Editors Choice 2005: Digital Point and Shoot Cameras

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Elph

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Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Elph
The most pixel-packed Elph ever, this metal-clad model shoots and shows its seven-megapixel photographs with a big two-inch LCD monitor yet is still the size of a deck of cards. It's a quick pixie too, with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection, 30 frames-per-second video mode at full VGA resolution, and a high-speed movie mode "60fps at 320x240 pixels" for capturing fast-moving subjects more smoothly. Its 3X zoom equals 37-111mm in 35mm.
Offbeat controls include in-camera color tweaks: lightening or darkening of skin tone; punching up a single color or isolating one color against a monochrome background; and a "color swap" that does just that, exchanging two colors in the picture.
About $465.

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