Canon SD 890 IS Digital Camera

A perfect, pocket-sized digital camera for any weekend warrior.

If you're tired of ripping through AAs and your hikes are mostly weekend length or shorter, Canon's SD 890 IS is your camera. It squeezes 10 megapixels, a 5x optical zoom, and image stabilization into a pocket-size unit.

Menus are intuitive, the 2.2-inch screen is big and bright, and one charge of the internal lithium-ion battery nets 300-plus photos. While the SD 890 is not technically waterproof, our sample survived a rainy night outside. It uses universal SD cards.

Bummer: Curved edges are hard to grasp securely. $350; 5.5 oz.; usa.canon.com. Reader service #107