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Pocket Cameras

Point-and-shoots with creative, unique features

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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: 3.9x2.3x0.8 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: 4.1x2.3x1.1 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 224x64 resolution, 480 fps with 224x160 resolution or 240 fps with 432x320. Topping it off is a wide-angle, 12.5x optical zoom that extends from 24mm to 300mm in 35mm format. The camera captures 1920x1080 HD video at 30 fps, has a built-in stereo microphone and delivers full-time autofocus.


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