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Digital Cameras: Beginner Compact

Here is a selection of new and current model cameras covering a broad spectrum of user requirements from good quality starter compact cameras right through to professional level studio quality models. They are listed in no order of preference or relevance other than being grouped together in their relevant market sectors. It is worth noting that whilst manufacturers rarely produce region specific models they may on occasion have different brand names for the same model in different markets. For the most part however, the cameras listed here have uniform branding across the globe.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-E6

  • 6 megapixels
  • 3-inch LCD
  • 3x optical zoom
  • SD card slot
  • 98 x 60 x 23mm
  • 153g

Quick Review: SANYO, the world's leading manufacturer of digital cameras and components, has introduced the SANYO Xacti E6 6-megapixel digital camera with a large, easy to view 3-inch colour LCD screen, the biggest in its class. The palm sized E6 camera also features the world's first "Touch Sensor Shutter Button," designed to greatly simplify focusing; making it easy to quickly capture the photo you want, the way you want it.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-E6

Pentax Optio S6

  • 6 megapixels
  • 2.5-inch LCD
  • 3x optical zoom
  • SD card slot

Quick Review: For perfect photos you need only one thing: taste. The Optio S6 takes care of everything else. With a selection of exposure and picture modes at your disposal. Camera use is even easier with the use of the clear self-explanatory menus. The new, improved "Sliding Lens"-system with 3x optical zoom brings the scene close up. The enhanced auto focus system ensures sharpness quickly, even taking into account movement of the subject: Whatever the lighting conditions.

Pentax Optio S6

Nikon Coolpix 7600

  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 1.8 inch LCD
  • SD card slot
  • 85x60x39mm
  • 145g

Quick Review: Coolpix 7600 - a compact and easy to operate digital camera combining 7.1 effective megapixel performance with a host of new and enhanced in-camera features. Nikon's exclusive D-Lighting function is available in the Coolpix 7600, for use on images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash. At the touch of a button D-Lighting keeps bright areas bright while automatically adding light and detail to the darker parts. After cropping and enlarging up to A3 size the Coolpix 7600 still produces clear and sharp images thanks to its 7.1 effective megapixel high-resolution image sensor and 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, equivalent to a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format. Whilst Macro shooting enables the user to take close-ups as close as 4cm (1.6 inches)

Nikon Coolpix 7600

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