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ciao I have a old Nikon Coolpix 7600.

Once a time ago, I used true reflex film cameras. Now I am on the digi side, it is more easy to carry around.

I am thinkb to buy a new, good performance / price digicam, faster than the 7600.

Faster : for me it is, in full sun light at 4 meters, with the 7600 I cannot shot my daughter in the mid of a jump - feet in the air.

Are the new entry level digicams faster ?

For example, what about Coolpix S3000, Canon Ixus 120 and competitors ?

Many thanks, happy new year Massimo

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closed as too localized by mattdm, chills42 Dec 1 '11 at 13:52

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Obviously your budget is a limiting factor, I am sure you understand, but you are in luck!

The fastest compact camera is the Fuji Finepix F300 EXR which you can find for $199. This is one of only two fixed-lens cameras that use the same phase-detection autofocus system as DSLRs, everyone else uses contrast-detection which is slower. Other operations are quite fast too. There are a few CMOS based cameras which have faster burst modes but they are more expensive than your budget, still none focuses as fast as the F300.

Image quality is excellent too for this category, although there are a few models which cost about twice as much that do a bit better now at high-ISO. The lens on the F300 is really fantastic as well as it gives an ultra-wide field of view and a nice telephoto reach.

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Itai, thanks for the answer. It seems a fast point & shoot digicam. You say : this is one of only two... Which is the other model ? – Massimo Jan 1 '11 at 15:06 – Massimo Jan 1 '11 at 15:09 – Massimo Jan 1 '11 at 15:10 – Massimo Jan 1 '11 at 15:37
@Massimo - Your last 3 comments which are just links are not really useful because you simply point to the homepage of rather large sites. It's as if you asked me where to find a needle and I showed you a haystack ;) The goal here is to have questions with tightly focused answers. – Itai Jan 2 '11 at 1:57

For $179.99 from Canon Powershot SX130. Have used myself and highly recommend!

Technical Details:

  • Shoot 720p HD video with stereo sound while using the optical zoom
  • High-powered 12x wide-angle optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Scene modes like Miniature Effect for Movie and Fisheye Effect; Advanced Smart AUTO
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor, with 12.1 megapixels; 3.0-inch wide LCD

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This is a great camera and I would recommend it as well but to another question :) Actually, I sent a friend to buy one last week. This one is great for learning photography since it has a complete set of manual controls and a versatile lens. It is not too fast though. – Itai Jan 2 '11 at 1:52

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