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 Buy.com 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?)
Thanks! This came at the perfect time!
Thank you! Great camera, came today. Made the purchase after reading your column that day. Did my own research and now love that camera.