Cameras have come a long day since the days of snapping a photo in a Polaroid and then waiting the for photo to develop right in front of your eyes. Another point is that high quality cameras are not big and cumbersome anymore. You can also purchase a decent camera without breaking your bank. This was not always true.

Compact cameras are sleek and small, but lack none of the features that are standard equipment in the top-of -the-line cameras of yesteryear. For these reasons compact cameras make fantastic Christmas presents for just about anyone.

Nowadays, there are so many cameras on the market that the decision on which one to buy can be a daunting one to say the least.

If you have someone who would like to own a compact camera, here are some tips for you to consider before you make your decision on what camera to purchase. Here are some popular cameras and the features they have:

  • Canon Powershot S95: This is a digital and compact camera that has everything that a serious photographer could want. This slim and nice looking camera sports a full range of photo and video recording modes. This camera also has an image stabilizer to compensate for that last second, shaky hand syndrome. This camera has 10 megapixel resolution.
  • Canon Powershot SD1400IS: This compact, slender camera really packs lots of features into a small package. This camera has 14 megapixel zoom. It has a full range of shooting and recording modes as well as a 3.8 times optical zoom. This camera comes in 4 colors.
  • Nikon Coolpix L22: With 12 megapixel resolution, this compact camera has a 3.6 x zoom. One of the best features of the Coolpix is that is runs on AA batteries, making it very easy to find replacements during those inopportune, but important times. The Coolpix is very good at very close pictures.
  • Kodak Easyshare C182: These sleek, but affordable cameras sport 12 megapixel resolution and are also very good for those close-up shots.
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS7R: This sleek, 12.1 megapixel resolution camera comes in red. This camera has a 25 MM lense with a 16X zoom.
  • Samsung PL200: This sleek and compact camera has14.2 megapixels and 7x optical zoom.

Compact cameras make a perfect Christmas gift for a variety of reasons. This reason that I like compact cameras is that I can take high quality photos with a sleek and small camera that didn't cost me an arm and a leg.

A compact camera can be bought for just about anyone. You can even buy these cameras for someone who doesn't even have it one their list. They are easy to use and take fantastic photos.

There are many compact cameras on the market today. I have given you a synopsis of a few of the more popular ones on the market here to make your Christmas shopping a little easier this year. So don't forget about compact cameras and have a very Merry Christmas!

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