by Andrea Doyle | January 13, 2012
The Nikon Coolpix S8200

There is no better way to preserve the memories of an incentive trip than with photographs. Many trip winners who leave their cameras at home, thinking that their smartphones can handle the job of snapping pictures, regret doing so. For really top-notch photos, camera phones simply don’t measure up to the latest generation of digital SLR and point-and-shoot cameras. Here are a few models that make great incentive awards.

Canon’s PowerShot ELPH 300 HS models deliver brilliant still images and crisp 1080p HD videos. These 12.1-megapixel point-and-shoots pack 24-mm, five-times optical zoom capability to help incentive travel winners produce great images anywhere. $229.99.

The X10, Fujifilm’s premium compact camera, features a 12-megapixel sensor and a high-definition wide-angle telephoto lens with four times manual zoom. $599.95.

The Coolpix S8200 from Nikon has a 16.1-megapixel sensor and captures fast-moving images in low light. It can nab ultra-close-up views with its 14-times zoom lens. $329.95.

Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 fits into active lifestyles, with its waterproof, shock-proof, dust-proof, and even freeze-proof body. It has a touch screen and shoots HD movies and 3D photos. With the Sweep Panorama feature, incentive winners can go to the edge, literally, and prove it with wide-vista photos. $309.99.

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF3 is a powerful digital SLR interchangeable lens camera with the style and portability of a compact point-and-shoot. About the size of a smartphone, the lightweight unit benefits from bulk-reducing mirrorless technology and DSLR sensors that work with compact lenses. $599-$699.

Pentax Ricoh’s Pentax Q is claimed as the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera. Outfitted with a 12.4-megapixel sensor, it has the body of a point-and-shoot and the “DNA” of a DSLR. Its Q-mount system allows the user to change lenses quickly. $799.95.

Vivitar’s most popular incentive items are the iTwist models. They are combo camera/DVRs with swivel screens that allow users to easily frame themselves in pictures and self-portraits. Thus referred to frequently as social networking cameras, they also post images to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other sites with a touch of a button. $40-$90.