Great pictures, even if you’re shaky

By Mir
March 19, 2009

I have a fabulous little Canon point-and-shoot camera that I really like, but it’s the generation before they came out with the version that has image stabilization. And while I don’t consider myself a particularly shaky person, there are photos I flub because the camera wasn’t perfectly still. While some “added features” on a point-and-shoot are a waste of money, that’s one feature that is absolutely worth it.

All of this is to say that if you’re looking for a camera like that, you might want to check out the Pentax Optio A40 at today; it has “shake reduction” and is just $104.99 shipped! That’s about half what it’ll cost you anywhere else—for reference, the same camera is currently $215 at Amazon (check out the great reviews, there), and the image-stabilization version of my Canon runs $150 at Amazon.

If I was looking for a great little point-and-shoot in the $100 range, I’d scoop up that Pentax. My guess is that it’ll sell out pretty quickly, at that price.

It’s really a shame I haven’t dropped my camera, in fact. (Too bad I’m too frugal to drop it accidentally-on-purpose, huh?)


  1. Thanks! This came at the perfect time!

  2. Thank you! Great camera, came today. Made the purchase after reading your column that day. Did my own research and now love that camera.

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