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Boot Camp camera guide: Point-and-shoots

By Michael Saba, Special to CNN

(CNN) -- Like the cellphone, the point-and-shoot is a compact and inexpensive alternative to many higher-end cameras but with more settings to allow for adjustments to light, color and focus.

Though the point-and-shoot in its nascent form was strictly a camera for stills, many new high-end ones can record quality video. And a perennial favorite, the disposable camera, is still a solid alternative for those on a budget.

Verdict: A solid intermediate step between cellphones and more expensive or specialized recording devices.

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Take a look at the other Boot Camp camera guides here:

Part I: Cellphones

Part III: Tablet PCs

Part IV: DSLRs