If a tight budget is making you reconsider your camera buying decision this Diwali, here is a list that might be of some use to you. This buying guide lists the top five digital cameras that perform well and cost less than 10K. However, please bear in mind that there is no specific logic in the order that these cameras are shown. We've used multiple brands, as we do have a lot of loyalists who would want to stick to their favorite brand.
Replacing the A470, the Canon Powershot A480 has been around for a few months now. The CCD has been boosted to 10 MP and it features a new smaller restyled body and simple user interface. The A480 offers a decent 35-122mm eq lens with 3.3x optical zoom, max aperture range from f/3.0 to f/5.8. Also featured on the back is a 2.5-inch LCD (115K) LCD display that is used as the viewfinder as well as for reviewing pictures. The A480 sports 15 scene modes for still pictures and can record 20fps VGA or 30fps QVGA video in QuickTime Motion JPEG format. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 80 to a maximum of ISO 1600. It has no on-board memory but stores images and videos on a SD card.
It's a great buy for those who only want to record those special occasions without the need for experimenting. The Canon PowerShot A480 should be available for about Rs. 7,500 with a one-year warranty and since this is a huge festive season, you should be able to bargain for a free charger and rechargeable batteries or at least a 2GB SD card.