Pocket Cameras

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Pocket point-and-shoots are getting smaller, yet more advanced by the day. Manual controls, fast-aperture lenses, GPS navigation and speedy frame rates are just some of what’s now offered in the tiniest shooters. No, the image quality doesn’t rival that of a DSLR, but sometimes size is what matters most, and many of these models have cool features you won’t find in even the top pro cameras.

Size: 3.9×2.3×0.8 inches
Weight: 7.2 ounces
Est. Street Price: $350

Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS
Thinner than its predecessor, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS has a bunch of new features, including an Image Stabilization System that can adjust to whatever kind of shot you’re taking, whether it’s wide-angle, telephoto, macro and more. The 461,000-dot LCD is 3.2 inches, and navigating by touch is easy for tracking an AF point, switching modes and changing basic settings. With an innovative Touch Shutter function, you control the camera’s shutter by touching the screen to focus and releasing it to fire. Other features include a 28-336mm (35mm equivalent) zoom, a 12.1-megapixel sensor optimized for low light and 1080p HD video capture at 24 fps.


Size: 4.1×2.3×1.1 inches
Weight: 7.2 ounces
Est. Street Price: $299

Casio Exilim EX-ZR100
Don’t miss even a split second when shooting stills and video that involve a lot of action with the Casio Exilim EX-ZR100. With a dual-core processor, the camera can take up to 30 10-megapixel stills at 40 fps. To do even higher-speed shooting, the 12-megapixel camera has multiple burst modes that dramatically increase the frame rate (but also dramatically decrease the resolution), allowing you to take pictures at 1,000 fps with 224×64 resolution, 480 fps with 224×160 resolution or 240 fps with 432×320. Topping it off is a wide-angle, 12.5x optical zoom that extends from 24mm to 300mm in 35mm format. The camera captures 1920×1080 HD video at 30 fps, has a built-in stereo microphone and delivers full-time autofocus.

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Size: 4×2.3×0.7 inches
Weight: 5.3 ounces
Est. Street Price: $279

Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR
Using EXR CMOS sensor technology, the Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR captures images in one of three ways, depending on your shooting conditions. In High Resolution mode, which is the default option, pictures are taken in full 16-megapixel resolution for capturing rich color and sharp details. For high-contrast scenes, Wide Dynamic Range mode allows the camera to take two shots and combines them, revealing subtle details in both highlight and shadow areas. The third option is High Sensitivity and Low Noise mode for shooting in low light and taking full advantage of the backside-illuminated sensor. The camera has a 5x optical zoom (35mm equivalent of 28mm), a 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD, sensor-shift image stabilization and up to 12 fps continuous shooting.


Size: 4.1×2.3×1.3 inches
Weight: 7.7 ounces
Est. Street Price: $749

Leica V-Lux 30
Never forget where you took those great photos from your last trip when using the Leica V-Lux 30, which includes GPS technology. Images are tagged with location and date information stored in the EXIF data of the image file. As you scroll through images, the location pops up on screen. With a big 24-384mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens, you can take a variety of shots from wide-angle to macro to telephoto. In continuous shooting mode, the 15.1-megapixel (14.1-megapixel effective) camera can capture 10 fps at full resolution or 60 fps with reduced resolution, and it records 1080i AVCHD video (1920×1080 pixels). The 3-inch LCD has 460,000-dot resolution, and you control many of the camera functions simply by touching the screen.


Size: 4.3×2.5×0.9 inches
Weight: 6.6 ounces
Est. Street Price: $429

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj
The third generation of Nikon’s innovative PJ series, the Coolpix S1200pj incorporates the same front-mounted projector that lets you share photos and videos by projecting them, but has some cool new functionality. In addition to hooking up to a computer, you also can connect it to an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod. The projector is brighter at 20 lumens, compared to its predecessor’s 14 lumens. You can project images and movies up to five feet (diagonally). Other features include 14.1-megapixel resolution, a 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent), 720p HD video capture and a 3-inch LCD screen.


Size: 4.2×2.7×1.6 inches
Weight: 8 ounces
Est. Street Price: $279

Olympus SZ-11
With a big 25-500mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens, versatility is part of what makes the Olympus SZ-11 so appealing. In addition to offering a generous focal-length range, the SZ-11 includes creative effects filters for adding some in-camera flair or mood to your images. Pop Art, Soft Focus and Watercolor are just a few of the 10 filters offered. New to the lineup is Miniature, which simulates the look of a toy world, and Reflection, which produces mirrorlike fantasy effects in night scenes or landscapes. The 14-megapixel camera captures 720p video and has a 3-inch, 460,000-dot LCD. It’s also considerably faster than its predecessor, shooting full-size images twice as quickly at 1.7 fps and ranging up to 7 fps for a five-second burst.

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Size: 3.8×2.4×1.0 inches
Weight: 6.1 ounces
Est. Street Price: TBA

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5
Take tack-sharp pictures with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5. With a maximum ƒ/2.8 aperture, the camera delivers top-notch image quality in low light and incorporates Optical Image Stabilizer technology that corrects any blur caused by shaky hands. The 26-130mm ƒ/2.8-6.5 (35mm equivalent) lens delivers flexible framing options, and the 2.7-inch LCD has 230,000-dot resolution. In iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, Face Detection and Intelligent Scene Selector assist in capturing properly exposed and focused images. The 14.1-megapixel camera captures 720p video at 30 fps. Note that the LS5 uses AA batteries—which can be a convenient advantage when traveling.


Size: 4.5×2.3×1.1 inches
Weight: 5.9 ounces
Est. Street Price: $349

Pentax Optio WG-1 (GPS)
With a waterproof, dustproof and crushproof body, the Pentax Optio WG-1 (GPS) is an ideal travel companion when you’re roughing it out in the wilderness. The camera is waterproof down to 33 feet, and can survive drops from up to five feet and withstand being crushed by a weight of up to 220 pounds. The design also offers protection in dry, dusty environments and in temperatures as cold as 14º F. The 28-140mm ƒ/3.5-5.0 (35mm equivalent) lens has five LED lamps around it for lighting macro shots. A detachable macro stand is included for steadier picture-taking as is a strong carabiner strap for quickly clipping the camera to a belt or bag. The 14-megapixel camera has a 2.7-inch LCD with antireflective coating, captures 720p video at 30 fps and records GPS data while taking pictures.


Size: 3.8×2.2×0.8 inches
Weight: 5 ounces
Est. Street Price: $279

Samsung ST700 Dual View
Handy for taking fun self-portraits with your friends, the Samsung ST700 Dual View has front and back LCD screens. The front display is 1.8 inches, and the rear display is three inches with a new touch-screen Smart Touch 3.0 user interface. Key camera functions are accessible by simply touching, dragging and clicking on the screen. Like a smartphone, touching the screen lets you control app-style icons, flip through photos and more. With Smart Auto 2.0 technology, the 16.1-megapixel camera analyzes key compositional elements in a scene and then selects from 17 photo and four movie modes to capture the best shot. The camera employs a 26mm Schneider wide-angle lens and takes 720p video.


Size: 3.8×2.3×0.5 inches
Weight: 3.8 ounces
Est. Street Price: $350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
With By Pixel Super Resolution technology, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55’s zoom range extends from 5x to 10x with full 16.2-megapixel resolution. In 35mm format, the camera’s zoom ranges from 26mm to 130mm. At 10x, the optical zoom extends to 260mm. The TX55 records 1080i AVCHD video at 60 fps and delivers a 10 fps burst mode for stills. With dual-record functionality, the camera can take 12-megapixel stills while recording full HD video. Other features include high-speed autofocus that can lock onto subjects in 0.1 seconds, in-camera editing treatments called Picture Effects and a 42.9-megapixel Sweep Panorama mode. A 3.3-inch diagonal OLED touch-screen handles most of the in-camera controls.