"Compact camera with so much packed in"4.5 starson by China Dark
Pros: 10x zoom, multiple scene settings, small size
Cons: no image stablization, no flip away screen
Summary: This is one awesome camera for this price range. I did a lot of looking around in my area and I was down to deciding between this camera and a Canon that was $100 CAD more, comparing regular prices. This one was on sale, and came with NiMH rechargeable batteries and a two battery charger, whereas the Canon came with 2 alkaline batteries. So I got this one, which I still think is a much better deal. The lack of image stabilization may be a pain, but you can still make beautiful photos without a tripod or stable surface. This camera does not have a flip away LCD screen, but the only thing that would add to this camera is protecting that screen. The swivel lens (with internal zoom) goes a full 270 degrees, allowing you to photograph in front of you, behind you, above you, or below you. This camera has settings for backlighting, close-up, a night scenes, portrait, landscape, indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, fireworks, museum, and panorama. You can also record video, but if your focus is making videos, I strongly suggest looking at video cameras, some of which are surprisingly small and can also take stills.
The S4 also has a basic point-and-shoot mode, which will do most of the focusing for you, but you can also use the macro, self-timer, and flash settings on screen. This mode also allows you to choose your colour mode (standard, vivid, black and white, sepia, cyanotype), ISO, best shot selector, exposure, white balance, and file size.
You can easily delete photos or mark/unmark photos you want to be transfered to your computer. Don't like icons on your LCD screen? That's easily fixed as well. You can turn on or off a welcome screen and sound as well, so you can be greeted with a coolpix screen or your favorite shot.
It does come with a lens cap and a spot to attach it to a tripod, and takes 2AA batteries. It doesn't have a manual viewfinder or a lot of manual settings, which can be either a pro or con, depending on your personal preferences.
It comes with basic software and panorama stiching software, as well as USB and A/V cables.
It's small with plenty of settings, and if you aren't a pro and have reasonably steady hands, but want to explore photography (like me), you'll likely be quite happy with this camera.