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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2011 Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Point & Shoot Camera

Best Point & Shoot Camera

With so many different models and specifications for point & shoot digital cameras, we narrowed it down to similar-sized simple, everyday PnS compacts with a price tag of about S$500 that can shoot at around 10 - 14MP resolutions and had a maximum of 7x optical zoom.

Nominees:

  • Canon IXUS 300 HS
  • Casio Exilim EX-Z2000
  • Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR
  • Nikon Coolpix S80
  • Olympus µ 7040
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99

And the Winner Is...

The Panasonic DMC-FX75 might not be as attractive as the Canon IXUS 300 HS, but its high convenience of use more than makes up for that. Firstly, the camera is outfitted with a good mixture of touch and physical controls which makes shooting a breeze. Secondly, the DMC-FX75 comes with an iA mode that keeps hassles to a bare minimum. And when it comes to performance, its quick shutter/AF speeds, accurate AF, impressive clarity and average noise levels put it slightly ahead of the IXUS 300 HS.

Scoring Breakdown

 Criteria/Model  Canon IXUS 300 HS Casio Exilim EX-Z2000 Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR Nikon Coolpix S80   Olympus µ 7040 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99
Physique 10.0 8.0 8.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 7.5
Features 9.0 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.5 8.5 7.5
User-Friendliness 8.0 9.0 8.0 7.5 8.0 8.0 7.5
Performance 8.0 8.5 7.5 8.0 8.0 8.5 8.0
Value 9.0 8.5 8.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 8.0
Overall 9.0 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.5 7.5
Price S$499 S$479 S$449 S$549 S$398 S$499 S$399

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.