Compacts

•CASIO Exilim EX-S5

With most electronics, smaller means pricier, and ultraslim cameras are no exception. Casio, which essentially invented the ultraslim, counters the trend with the $130 (street) EX-S5. At just under %-inch thin, you could fit two of these metal-clad cuties in a shirt pocket. It has 10.1 MP capture, 2.7-inch LCD, and plenty of modes, including one for YouTube. While it lacks HD video, you can shoot in 848x480-pixel standard-def that matches the 16:9 widescreen. And it comes in five colors, (www.casio.com)

• PANASONIC Lumix DMC-FS15

What we like about many Panasonic compacts is that they give you a little more of everything. For instance? Optical zoom range: the FS15 gives you 5X instead of 3X. Wider angle of view, with the 29-145mm (equivalent) zoom. A couple more megapixels; 12.1 instead of 10. Add

•KODAK EasyShare M1093 IS

If you take all the features that make a good compact camera—10.1 MP capture, 35-105mm (equivalent) 3X zoom lens, sensor-shift image stabilization, 3-inch LCD with wide viewing angle, plus clear and intuitive controls—and keep the price to S140 (street), you'll get an EasyShare M1093 IS. What makes it all the more impressive is that it takes 1280x720-pixel HD video, and even provides some in-camera editing controls. Plus, it connects to an optional EasyShare G610 Printer Dock ($300, street) for simple 4x6 printing. (www.kodak.com)

the usual Lumix virtues of lens-based image stabilization, Intelligent Auto mode that adjusts everything according to the scene and subject, and a 2.7-inch LCD that automatically varies brightness for lighting conditions. You get a lot for $200 (street), (www.panasonic. com)

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