point-and-shoot camera

Olympus E-3

Olympus’s Four Thirds sensor limits your lens choices, but the E-3 takes excellent pictures.  The Olympus E-3 is a beefy, 10-megapixel, semipro DSLR aching to beat up on the competition. But at $1,700 for its magnesium-muscled body and another $900 for a top-of-the-line Supersonic Wave Drive (SWD) lens, it may be tough to take on contenders that offer as much (or more) for the money.

Canon PowerShot G9

No need to lug a DSLR to every outing—the PowerShot G9 saves room in your beach bag for more sandwiches.  The PowerShot G9 is a “prosumer” camera, neither fish nor fowl in a world that otherwise clearly defines point-and-shoot versus full DSLR. But in not being clearly one or the other, the G9 winds up delivering many of the best characteristics of both. Its $500 list price is at the high end for point-and-shoots, and adding Canon’s optional lenses pushes it toward DSLR prices, but the price also foreshadows features with a high-end bent.

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PowerShot SD900

This 10-megapixel point-and-shoot camera is compact but compromised.

PowerShot G7

It won't replace your SLR, but it's almost as capable and much more portable.

Stylus 750

No-Fuss Point-and-Shoot Camera

Photosmart R967

Feature-Filled but Still Ho-Hum Point-and-Shoot Camera

Stylus 720 SW

Waterproof and Shockproof Point-and-Shoot Camera

Photosmart R927

Affordable, Impressive Camera