The Nikon Coolpix is the first digital camera with a small, built-in projector.

It costs about $430.

Consumer Reports tested the camera by projecting one-metre diagonal images at a distance of two metres onto a white screen.

The images could only be viewed if the room was extremely dark.

"We found the projected images to be pretty good, but your photos will look better, more detailed on a computer," said Consumer Reports' Elias Arias.

The remote control buttons don't light up so they're tough to see in the dark.

Also, a fully-charged battery will only last an hour - or less -- in projector mode.

"If you've been taking photos and then you want to use the projector, you're going to find it drains much more quickly," Arias said.

If you don't need a projector, Consumer Reports found two subcompact cameras that do a very good job for a $100 or less.

Two Kodak Easyshare cameras performed very well in tests and were rated 'Best Buys.'

For those wanting advanced features, the Canon PowerShot G11 is the updated version of the G10, and it got very good ratings.

Among super-zoom cameras, Canon took the top two spots - for the SX20 and the more expensive SX1.

Picking a digital camera is a personal choice so get one that feels right in your hands and has the features you know you'll use.

Research and talking to knowledgeable staff in a store can really help.

With a report from CTV British Columbia's Chris Olsen