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  • Top 10 Cameras of August

    Note: Results are based on readership and polls conducted with selected retailers (Alan Photo Trading, Cathay Photo Store and M S Color Service) in Singapore.

    1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01

    The good: Wide-angle (28mm) lens; wide-aspect video recording at 30fps; dual image stabilization; High Angle LCD; uses same battery and charger as FX9 and FX8.
    The bad: No manual features or optical viewfinder; slight barrel distortions at 28mm wide angle; chromatic aberrations in the form of blooming and purple fringing; unable to select desired ISO level in High Sensitivity mode.
    The bottom line: The Lumix FX01 proves to be a compact shooter that performs, just like its previous incarnations, though it misses the mark in terms of image quality.

  • 2. Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS

    Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS

    The good: Great performance and pictures; effective image stabilization; attractive, comfortable design.
    The bad: No aperture-priority or shutter-priority modes; awkward optical viewfinder and power button.
    The bottom line: The Canon IXUS 800 IS has practically everything you could want in a compact camera, though you might think the price tag a bit steep.

  • 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1

    The good: Firm handgrip on camera facilitates one-hand shooting; familiar and user-friendly menu interface; 10x optical zoom for still and motion image shooting; travel-related functions.
    The bad: Removable lens cap a hassle; lack of manual (aperture- and shutter-priority) controls; can shoot a total of only three frames in Fine image quality; slow zoom startup; noisy images beyond ISO 800.
    The bottom line: For users who don't care for manual options on a 10x optical zoom camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 is a good choice.

  • 4. Casio Exilim EX-Z1000

    Casio Exilim EX-Z1000

    The good: Sturdy body with an elegant design; simple and intuitive interface; continuous shooting with flash; negligible shutter lag.
    The bad: Unusable pictures at high ISO settings; effective 2.5-inch screen estate; slow continuous shooting.
    The bottom line: The trendy design and user-friendly features manage to steal some thunder from this high-resolution shooter. However, the Exilim EX-Z1000 is still a basic digicam targeted at users who want a high-resolution camera.

  • 5. Canon Digital IXUS 60

    Canon Digital IXUS 60

    The good: Excellent image quality; top-notch build quality; quick performance.
    The bad: Basic feature set.
    The bottom line: Despite its no-frills feature set, the Canon Digital IXUS 60 delivers quality photos and strong performance in a small package.

  • 6. Canon PowerShot S3 IS

    Canon PowerShot S3 IS

    The good: Comfortable design; 12x optically stabilized zoom; reasonably fast camera; unlimited continuous shooting mode at 1.5fps; 0cm Super Macro mode; uses AA-sized batteries.
    The bad: Lens cap a hassle to deal with; small 2-inch LCD monitor; doesn't support RAW formas; ISO 800 pictures unusable.
    The bottom line: Like its predecessor, the Canon PowerShot S3 IS is a formidable prosumer with a 12x optical zoom lens and impressive performance.

  • 7. Fujifilm FinePix F30

    Fujifilm FinePix F30

    The good: Produces usable shots, without digital noise, even at high ISO 1,600 and ISO 3,200 sensitivity levels; aperture- and shutter-priority modes; versatile 2.5-inch LCD.
    The bad: Noticeable fringing in photos; lens could be wider.
    The bottom line: Low-light shooters will love that the Fujifilm FinePix F30's screen actually lets you see through the darkness and that its high ISOs produce usable photos with acceptable levels of noise.

  • 8. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30

    The good: Large 3-inch LCD screen; optical image stabilization; 58MB of built-in memory.
    The bad: Bulkier design; flimsy battery and memory stick compartment cover; camera's back tends to retain fingerprints; slow flash recharge cycle; no unlimited continuous shooting mode; noisy images at ISO 800 and ISO 1,000.
    The bottom line: The slightly bulkier Cyber-shot T30 (compared with the Cyber-shot T9) is targeted at those looking for a compact-sized shooter with a large LCD screen.

  • 9. Casio Exilim EX-Z70

    Casio Exilim EX-Z70

    Features: Dimensions: 95.2 x 60.6 x 19.8 mm,
    Weight: 118 g, Sensor Resolution: 7.2 megapixels, Optical zoom: 3x, Digital zoom: 4x, LCD size: 2.5-inch, Still image format: JPEG, Max. image resolution: 3072 x 2304

  • 10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07

    Upside: It's not so much of an upside but rather what the upgrades are compared with the FX01 which the new FX07 is modeled on. Size-wise, the FX07 bears the same dimensions, which should appeal to the ultracompact and fashion-conscious crowd.
    Downside: Though the FX07 uses a new engine, the camera is still rated to last for only 320 shots based on the CIPA standard, which is similar to the older FX01.
    Outlook: If you already have the Lumix FX01, the new FX07 won't much interest you unless you're looking to add an extra megapixel to your camera. But it's still worth a second look if you're out looking for an ultracompact.

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