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For a compact digital camera, Canon’s mid-range Powershot sx200is ($$, ♥♥♥♥) (pictured above) is a great choice along with fixed-lens superzooms like the FinePix S200EXR ($$$, ♥♥) . For the ultimate in pocketability, choose a supercompact like the Canon Powershot sd1100 IS ($$$$, ♥♥♥) or fun-packed Samsung TL225 ($$$,♥♥♥♥) for its dual-LCD screens.