It hasn't been that long since 10-megapixel compact cameras were the top-of-the-line models. For 2009, though, this resolution is the starting point for most manufacturers' point-and-shoots. These entry-level models are also typically outfitted with a standard 3x optical zoom lens. (Hence my somewhat lame headline playing off the proper driving position of 10 and 2. Though experts now say 9 and 3 is better, so I'm still off by one. But I digress.)
The combination allows for small, inexpensive cameras that produce decent photos that are perfect for prints at or smaller than 5x7 inches (though 8x10s aren't out of the question) and definitely for Web use. These cameras aren't the speediest either; they'll be good for portraits and landscapes, but not for fast-moving kids and pets. They are simple to operate, mostly by design, partly because they lack the features used to up-sell you to another model. However, if you're just looking to take some photos at the next party, wedding, prom, or family gathering you attend, one of these should do the trick.
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