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Photos: Low-price cameras

Nowadays, buying a camera on the cheap doesn't mean cutting back on extras or quality.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor
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Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z57

Equipped with a relatively large screen (2.7 inches) and 400-shot battery life, the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z57 is easy to use, even if images are only snapshot quality. It retails for $254.

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Fujifilm FinePix F10

The 6.3-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix F10 is priced at $280. It takes good, grain-free photos even in low light, according to New York Times consumer technology writer David Pogue, although the camera includes few scene presets or manual controls.

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HP Photosmart R817

The HP Photosmart R817 features 5x zoom and 5.1-megapixel resolution, with 32MB of internal memory and a 2-inch display. Price is about $255.

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Kodak Easyshare V530

Priced at $250, the Kodak Easyshare V530 offers 5-megapixel resolution, a 2-inch display and a zoom lens that can operate while the camera is filming.

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Konica Minolta Dimage X1

An 8-megapixel camera with 2.5-inch screen, the Konica Minolta Dimage X1 costs about $280. It is pretty but also "dog slow," says consumer technology writer David Pogue.

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Nikon Coolpix S1

With 16 scene presets and 5.1 megapixels, the Nikon Coolpix S1 can focus on objects only 1.6 inches away. It sells for about $233.

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Olympus Stylus 600

The Stylus 600, priced at about $238, features an "all-weather" body (in red, blue or silver) resists rain, snow or dust, and, in dim light, the screen shows the scene with vivid clarity and brightness. The screen is 2.5 inches, resolution 6 megapixels.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 features a 6x zoom, image stabilizer and 5-megapixel resolution, all for about $204.

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Pentax Optio S6

The Pentax Optio S6--billed as small enough to fit in an Altoids tin--includes a 2.5-inch screen and 6 megapixels of resolution. It costs about $282.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 offers 5.1-megapixel effective resolution and a 2.5-inch screen, with just over 400 shots per battery charge. It sells for about $260.

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