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Canon PowerShot SD850 IS (ELPH)
An amazing value for the money. Very strong on all the dimensions you'll care about for baby pictures: fast, good in low light, image stabilization and face recognition, and compact enough for the smallest bag or pocket.
"The PowerShot SD850 IS Digital ELPH is a digital camera that will really get your creative juices flowing. It starts with a high resolution 8.0 Megapixel CCD, a 4x Optical Zoom with Canon's exclusive UA Lens and an Optical Image Stabilizer for steady zooming. There's also a DIGIC III Image Processor with Face Detection and Red-eye correction, an ISO 1600 setting for sharper images in low light, six Movie Modes and a 2.5-inch PureColor LCD with scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating for easy viewing."
CNET.com Editors' rating: Excellent. The good: Great performance and image quality; solid image stabilization; face detection. The bad: No manual exposure controls; on/off button a bit awkward; noisy images at ISO 1,600. The bottom line: The Canon PowerShot SD 850 IS has just about everything you'd want in a point-and-shoot.