Our Picks For ...
Ultracompact Digital Cameras
By Todd Lappin

(Business 2.0) – KODAK V570 [3]

$400; www.kodak.com

PROS It looks gorgeous, and it automatically and seamlessly switches between its regular and ultrawide-angle lenses.

CONS The chassis is relatively bulky, the tiny buttons are hard to manipulate, and the oversize docking cradle works only with Kodak software.

BUY THIS ONE IF ... You love big panoramas. The wide-angle lens captures scenes other cameras just can't.

CASIO EXILIM EX-S600 [4]

$350; www.exilim.com

PROS A breeze to handle, this mini camera has a clever, simple-to-use screen interface, plus antishake technology to help capture sharper low-light shots.

CONS The design is ho-hum, and the 2.2-inch LCD screen seems puny.

BUY THIS ONE IF ... You want a camera to carry in your pocket all day. It's the thinnest and lightest of the bunch.

OUR FAVORITE

CANON POWERSHOT SD630 DIGITAL ELPH [4½]

$400; www.powershot.com

PROS Feels great in your hands, with zoom and shutter buttons that are easy to find and control. At 3 inches, the rear viewscreen is huge.

CONS The screen interface is clunky, and the number of preset shooting modes is limited.

BUY THIS ONE IF ... Simplicity is your top priority. Picture taking is intuitive, and most photos turn out great in auto mode.

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Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.