Good cameras for bad photographers

Good cameras for bad photographers We all shoot them: underexposed, blurry, poorly composed, incorrectly focused, missed-the-right-moment pictures. They have red-eye, green-eye, or even closed eyes. But if cameras are so smart these days, why should we have to live with these snapshot problem children?

Don't lose heart. The latest wave of digital cameras have features designed to help you take better photos, fix the bad ones, and get the right shot -- and in the process, they'll even teach you how to use them.

So if you have unsteady hands, look at Panasonic's Lumix line for a shot of optical image stabilisation. The Casio EX-P505 starts recording before you press the shutter, so you'll never miss the moment again. And if it's too late to reshoot, the current line of HP and Nikon cameras can automatically touch up red-eye and bad exposures.

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505
Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505
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This camera comes close to successfully combining high-quality photos with acceptable-quality video.

Resolution: 5 megapixels
Zoom: 5x optical, Up to 8x digital
Dimensions: 99 x 74 x 56 mm
Weight: 215 grams

HP Photosmart M417
HP Photosmart M417
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A basic snapshot camera with a few useful special features including on-camera help and red-eye removal in playback mode.

Resolution: 5.2 megapixels
Zoom: 3x optical, 7x digital
Dimensions: 106 x 34 x 52 mm
Weight: 149 grams

Nikon Coolpix 7900
Nikon Coolpix 7900
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Despite a few shortcomings, this handsome little camera packs a punch, with practical snapshot features and solid picture quality.

Resolution: 7.1 megapixels
Zoom: 3x optical, 4x digital
Dimensions: 88 x 36.5 x 60 mm
Weight: 150 grams

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7
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High-quality optics and two image stabilization modes deliver good image quality in an ultracompact package.

Resolution: 5 megapixels
Zoom: 3x optical 4x digital
Dimensions: 94.1 x 24.2 x 50 mm
Weight: 135 grams

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