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81. Kyocera Finecam M410R 4MP Digital
$254.99 list($499.99)
82. Olympus Stylus 400 4MP Digital
$179.99 $179.88 list($199.99)
83. Samsung Digimax A400 4MP Digital
$349.99
84. Olympus Stylus Verve 4MP Digital
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85. Sony DSCP9 Cyber-shot 4MP Digital
$420.00 list($799.99)
86. Canon PowerShot S40 4MP Digital
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87. Canon PowerShot S410 4MP Digital
$176.50 list($399.99)
88. Olympus D-565 Zoom 4MP Digital
$512.50 list($599.99)
89. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10K 4MP
$249.99 list($599.99)
90. Olympus Camedia C-4000 4MP Digital
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91. Vivitar 4mp Digital Cam "2x Dig
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92. Gateway DC-M42 4.1 MP Digital
$319.00 list($999.99)
93. Samsung Digimax V4 4MP Digital
$349.95 $345.99 list($399.99)
94. Pentax Optio 43WR 4MP Water Resistant
$289.00 list($499.99)
95. CasioQV-R4 4MP Digital Camera
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96. DC DXG-409C 4MP Digital Camera
$299.00 list($399.99)
97. Canon Powershot SD10 4MP Digital
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98. Digitrex DSC4500Z 4MP Digital
$475.00 list($345.99)
99. Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4MP Digital
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100. Casio QV-R40 4 MP Mini Digital

81. Kyocera Finecam M410R 4MP Digital Camera with 10X Optical Zoom
by Kyocera Optics, Inc.
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0001WPS90
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kyocera Optics, Inc.
Sales Rank: 2841
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Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • Kyocera 10x optical zoom lens combines with 6x digital zoom for 60x total zoom
  • Advanced auto features; movie mode with audio; supports USB 2.0
  • Store images on Secure Digital (SD) memory card (not included); high-speed SD memory card required for some features
  • Powered by 4 AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable NiMH recommended)

82. Olympus Stylus 400 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B000087KYH
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 1682
Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Carrying on the heritage of its film predecessor, the Olympus Stylus 400 is an ultracompact, all weather, and easy-to-use camera designed for the digital photography enthusiast looking for high performance in a stylish and portable body. It features a 4.0-megapixel resolution, 12x total zoom, and a movie mode for short video clips.

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 4.0-megapixel CCD sensor, the Stylus 400 delivers images up to 2,272 x 1,704 pixels and prints up to 11 by 14 inches. A high-quality Olympus 3x optical zoom (and 4x digital zoom for a seamless 12x total) gives you the ability to fill your pictures with sharp detail and vibrant color. It features an Olympus aspherical glass lens with a focal range of 5.8-17.4mm (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography).

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on xD Picture Card memory cards. The card's small size, about the same as a postage stamp, helps to keep the camera size down. The included 16 MB card will store approximately 16 images at 2,272 x 1,704 pixels (at HQ, JPEG setting). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB storage-class connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98 Rev2Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the Stylus 400 can also record movie clips of up to 40 seconds without audio. The QuickTime Motion JPEG format offers limited resolution, which is great for capturing a short movie that can be e-mailed to friends and family, but is no replacement for a true camcorder.

More Features
The Stylus 400 offers basic point-and-shoot simplicity for flawless picture taking. For photographers who want optimum results in a wide variety of settings, the easy-to-use scene modes provide fully automatic exposure adjustments for portrait, self-portrait, and landscape portrait.

Other controls include digital ESP multipattern and spot metering, auto white balance, multiple flash settings, and exposure compensation. The camera comes with a built-in flash that offers four settings to provide the widest range of options.

The lightweight and ergonomic metal body of the Stylus 400 provides all-weather protection from the elements and can even endure a downpour.

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It measures 3.8 by 2.2 by 1.3 inches and weighs 5.8 ounces. This package includes the Stylus 400 digital camera, 16 MB xD Picture Card, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger (LI-10B), self-timer remote control (RM-2), USB and AV cables, wrist strap, and CD-ROM with Camedia Master software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 4.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14 and medium-quality poster-size prints
  • 3x optical plus 4x digital (12x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • All-metal body and all-weather reliability lets you shoot digital images under almost any weather condition
  • Included 16 MB XD memory card holds 16 images at 2272 x 1704 HQ setting
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery included; connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Camera!!!
This Camera is great!!! I bought this camera right before a trip to Las Vegas and have no regrets. In fact I can't imagine my trip without it. I took over 120 pictures on High Quality resolution and still had 140 shots left with my 256 card. The Camera is so small that I went clubbing with it in my pocket and was still able to bust moves on the dance floor. The display screen is a good size and the buttons are easy to access.The features are easy to access and take about 5 minutes to learn. The different shooting modes come in handy depending on your shooting conditions. Panaramic mode is awesome! I took a great shot of the Las Vegas Strip using the panoramic mode and stitched it using the software included. You have to have an OLYMPUS BRAND MEMORY CARD to use panorama mode. Some people complain about the new Xd card, but there are so many good things about it. It is so small; about the size of a stamp. The size helps consume less battery life. I never had a problem with my battery running low; I just charged it whenever I went to bed. Also, you can get an adapter for the card to make it compatable with compact flash or smart media formats. The quality of the pictures look incredible and you can notice the most minor details when zooming in. In movie mode the movies are crisp and smooth. Length of the movies depend on the picture quality that is set. Some people complain that there is no sound in movie mode. If you want a DV camcorder that can record audio and video, then buy a DV camcorder. Otherwise movie mode is great when you want to capture those little memorable moments. When you are ready to print the photos you can set options on your camera to decide the quantity of each photo you want printed. You can also decide whether or not you want the date or time printed on the pictures. The information is saved on your memory card. When you want your pictures printed out just take your card to the photo lab and the printer will automatically know how many pics you want and if you want the date printed. I just took my card to Costco and was set to go. This camera is a little costly but definitely worth the price. If you want a nice camera that will last for at least 5 years then get the stylus 400. If you want to save money then get a 2 megapixel camera that is bulky and will be obsolete in 2 months. Again awesome camera! Did I mention that it is all weather and can take water sprayed in any direction. You don't have to worry about taking this camera to the beach and getting messed up with sand and water. The Stylus 400 is Stylin'!

2-0 out of 5 stars Decent camera; don't believe the 1-year warranty
This camera takes good pictues in well-lit, close-up situations--a good point & shoot camera.

I have a major complaint with Olympus' failure to honor the 1-year warranty on this product. A plastic component of the USB port broke, rendering the USB port useless. Olympus refused to honor the warranty for this repair, despite repeated requests from both me and the camera shop where I purchased the camera.

Also, the "metal body" description of this camera does not apply to the media door--it is plastic, and prone to breakage.

I own about 15 cameras. This was my first Olympus, and based on their failure to honor the warranty, it will be my last.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots to like - but weak/slow flash
I'll not repeat the praise most have for this camera except that I agree with most. It's really a nice camera.

The big problem this camera is the weakness of its flash. I find that fully 50% of my photographs are underexposed even when I set things on "P" program mode which should adjust for lighting (of course at the expense of video noise....

If you have kids and like to catch them in the act - you can do so in good lighting but NOT with the flash. It takes fully 7-8 seconds to recharge, even with a full battery.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but some design flaws and bad flash
I got this camera a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that it is a very good quality product. I had other digital cameras before and the main reasons I selected this one was to reuse my existing xD-Picture cards from my Fujifilm camera and the great form factor and overall style of this one.
One thing got in my way from the get-go: the battery compartment cover is positioned exactly where most people place their right thumbs when using the camera. This causes it to slide open way too frequently for my taste, sometimes causing the camera to shut down. Another problem I see is the tiny buttons that are intended to be pressed using your right thumb but prove to be too small for the thicker thumbs I have.
The flash also seems to be a little too weak for outdoor night shots and to focus on not-so-close objects indoors.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you want convenience-
Look, I understand that the pictures won't bring you to tears of joy with their intense colors and riveting detail. If you want that, spend more on a camera that will be much larger and feature laden.

However, if you want to throw your camera in your pocket and run out to a bar, the beach, or wherever (knowing full well that you might not even use it on said trip) it doesn't get a lot better than this. It's stupid easy to use, it's light, to this point it's been indestructible, and about 95% of my pictures, even from dimly lit places have been high quality. For some reason the quality suffers when you DON'T use the flash, but it really doesn't make much difference.

So it's really all about what you're looking for. If you're in college or are a young person looking to document adventures, get this camera. If you're taking family vacations, probably you could do better. Either way, I love the thing. ... Read more


83. Samsung Digimax A400 4MP Digital Camera with 2.8x Optical Zoom
list price: $199.99
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B0007PN4GA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Samsung Optical
Sales Rank: 1889
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Features

  • Stores images on SD or MMC memory cards; includes 16MB of internal memory
  • 4 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 11 x 15-inch prints
  • 2.0-inch LCD display
  • Macro setting allows photos as close as 2 inches
  • 8 acceptable power sources, including AA-size batteries

84. Olympus Stylus Verve 4MP Digital Camera with 2x Optical Zoom (Copper)
by Olympus
list price: $349.99
our price: $349.99
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Asin: B00061S8O8
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 4417
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Features

  • 4 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11 x 15 prints
  • 2x optical and 4x digital zoom; PictBridge enabled
  • Capture video clips with sound; view images even in bright light with 1.8-inch HyperCrystal LCD
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included with charger)
  • Resists damage from the elements with all-weather engineering

85. Sony DSCP9 Cyber-shot 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B000067R8G
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2449
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Sony DSC-P9 builds on the success of earlier models from Sony, such as the DSC-P1 and DSC-P5. The DSC-P9 adds a high-performance 4-megapixel CCD and combines it with an excellent quality 3x optical zoom lens. The chief selling point of the DSC-P9 has to be its diminutive size--this really is among the smallest, feature-rich digital cameras on the market--at just 4.4 by 2 by 1.4 inches.

The metal body not only looks great but also gives the reassurance that the camera is robust and can be carried anywhere. Controls are straightforward and include a mode dial, a zoom toggle, and menu navigation buttons. Access to the Memory Stick and battery are from a single compartment door on the side of the camera. Input-output jacks are the fairly standard power, USB, and AV out.

The 3x optical zoom lens tucks neatly into the body of the camera when not in use and includes an automatic lens protector. In use, the zoom moves from wide to full telephoto in less than three seconds, although it is a little noisier than expected, especially as compared to the notably quiet transport on the Kodak DX4900.

The Sony menu navigation, which is fairly consistent across the range, is extremely easy to use. In capture mode, there are options to set exposure compensation, manual focus, white balance, spot metering, ISO, image size from 2,272 x 1,704 down to 640 x 480, compression levels, flash levels, and picture effects. There is also a scene selection mode that offers presets for twilight, night portrait, and landscape. While useful, this is extremely limited when compared to some other digital cameras, such as the easy-to-use Nikon Coolpix 2500 or the endlessly configurable Casio QV-4000.

The image quality is what you would expect of a 4-megapixel camera--plenty of detail and scope for cropping to get just the right composition. When using the automatic settings, the images were not as sharp as expected, although this can be compensated for using the in-camera sharpening. Both exposure and white balance were generally accurate, but it would have been nice to see the ability to take a manual white-balance reading like on the Nikon 2500. To its credit, the DSC-P9 has a powerful autofocus illuminator that greatly aids focusing in poor light conditions.

One feature we feel should be included in a camera of this quality is an orientation sensor that automatically rotates images when stored to match the photographs as taken. Despite this we would still recommend the DSC-P9 as being one of the sexiest high-resolution cameras available. --Nick Baxter ... Read more

Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at sizes up to 11 x 14 inches
  • 3x optical plus 2x digital (6x total) autofocus zoom lens
  • Included 16 MB Memory Stick holds approximately 15 images at default resolution
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included)

Reviews (36)

2-0 out of 5 stars it does not like dark, does not like flashes
i bought this camera a few days ago.
my co-worker loved this camera, and told me to buy this one repeatedly, since it's such a good camera. so, i did. and, i was disappointed immediately, when i took first few photos. i took so many pictures indoor, trying to find out what was wrong. it didn't seem to focus right in dark with flash light. pictures come out fuzzy, blurry.... :<
so, i returned it after a few days try... got Sony Dsc-S85.
DSC-S85 worked much better, taking much better pictures at the same price. if you like to carry a camera in your pocket all day long, DSC-P9 may be way to go, but, if you want better picture, clearer picture... get DSC S85... its twice more functions and it is twice clearer imo... i am very happy with DSC S85 even though it's heavier. DSC P9 didn't cut it for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Love this camera but...
I love this camera, size and picture quality wise. I did a lot of research and I chose this over the Nikon or Canon because I wanted an underwater housing for it and one wasn't available for those at the time. ... I have tried to get one from Sony but have been unable to do so because I live outside the US. The quality of the pictures is great and I often crop and blow up sections and the quality is still great, although I don't have other brands to compare to. My main problem with the camera is that so few of the features that I want to change from picture to picture are available manually (i.e. on the menu screen)e.g. high, normal or low level flash; Center focus or multipoint focus etc; portrait, macro or landscape mode; twilight, full-sun or shade, most of these features cannot be manually set by the dial on the trot. While scanning through menu features on the screen you miss your picture moment. There is loads of space on the manual dial for these features to be added on the next model of this camera and then I would give it 5 stars. I think if you change settings often another camera might be better. I didn't think that so many basic settings would be unavailable by manual dial. I am still trying to get the underwater housing.

I would now add that I was finally able to get the underwater housing from Amazon and love it. I am finding the lack of quick change from flash: (off, on, auto, red-eye, low, normal, high) a particular irritant especially since, as I have now realised that low light pictures are not that great. Outdoor pictures however, are superb, especially pictures in and around water, which given where we live are the majority of my photos. Red-eye is turned off and on from the setup menu, a major pain and so I rarely, if ever use it and choose to correct red-eye by software. Low, normal and high flash levels are turned off by the menu, again a pain! I think they should all have been alterable using the flash on, off, auto button on the back of the camera. I am still working on finetuning the manual controls to get better indoor/low-light shots. I hope the new DSCP-10 has improved on these things.
Unlike another reviewer, I have been able to take excellent macro photos of orchids and butterflies, I'd say as close as about 10 inches.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sony Cameras Have Fatal Flaw
Although the camera is fine, the memory card format represents a fatal flaw that prospective buyers should consider. The memory cards are prone to format errors (Format Error 13-01) which can cause you to lose your photos. We have 8 memory sticks and have had problems with all but 3 of them. I recommend that any one considering a Sony camera purchase do a Google Search using search terms: Sony format error "13-01" to discover what disgruntled Sony owners are saying about this problem.

3-0 out of 5 stars Battery Issues
I had my camera about a year when it stopped charging fully. It is supposed to get 120mins on a full battery and only got 20. After trying two new batteries I called Sony to be advised that they would look at it for a cost of $180!!! It would have cost me around $200 with shipping! The only people allowed to service Sonys are Sony. You can't bring it someplace else. Kind of like a Volvo in that respect. Moral of the story, when buying a camera make sure it is something that your local camera store can fix.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent pictures but not in low-light
This camera is top notch in many ways.
I gave it only 4 stars because of one thing: low-light shots.
Someone wrote that if you set the flash power manually to highest, it produces good low-light pictures. Unfortunately it's not true. I wish it would be. This camera is worse in low-light shots than the competition. Believe me.
It's your decision: if you can handle this, buy it, because otherwise it takes excellent pictures in normal lightning conditions. If low-light, night and indoor shots (with poor back-light) is important for you, look at the Canon S45 or S400 instead. ... Read more


86. Canon PowerShot S40 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B00005QFZG
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 2215
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Canon's S30 and S40 cameras fill a gap in the company's digital lineup. Nestled between the ultra-tiny Elph models and the feature-packed PowerShot G and Pro models, the S30 and S40 combine most of the portability of the former with nearly every advanced feature of the latter.

With the exception of their CCD sensors (the S30 is a 3-megapixel model, while the S40 is 4-megapixel), the cameras are essentially identical. Each features a brushed aluminum body with a sliding clamshell lens cover, a 3x optical zoom Canon lens, and a 1.8-inch LCD on the back of the camera for previewing and reviewing shots.

For beginners, the cameras are point-and-shoot simple. Just twist the dial to Auto and start snapping pictures. For more experienced photographers, both models include aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual modes, plus manual focus, exposure compensation, slow-sync flash, spot metering, and adjustable ISO (from 50 to 400 on the S40, and 50 to 800 on the S30).

Movie mode lets you capture video clips with sound. At 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 pixels, the movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments. The cameras also include an unusual voice-memo feature, which lets you record up to 60 seconds of audio with each image.

To provide maximum battery life in the smallest possible space, the cameras use a proprietary lithium-ion battery (both the battery and a charger are included). The battery charges quickly and holds a reasonably long charge, but if you're planning to use the camera for extended outings, a spare battery is a good idea. A larger-capacity memory card is also advisable if you want to shoot more than a dozen photos at a time or really take advantage of the movie mode. The cameras use Type I or Type II CompactFlash cards, including the Microdrive. To print your photos at home, the S30 and S40 connect directly to Canon's CP-10 and S820D printers for easy printing--you don't even need a computer.

If you're looking for a camera with the sleek, compact style of a point-and-shoot with the extensive manual controls of an advanced amateur camera, the S30 and S40 are both great choices. ... Read more

Features

  • 4.1 megapixel sensor creates 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at 8 x 10 and beyond
  • 3x optical (plus 3.6x digital) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 13 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
  • Uses proprietary NB-2L lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (72)

5-0 out of 5 stars Compact, Sturdy, and Takes Beautiful Pictures
(...) After looking at the Digital Elphs and the A-series cameras, I stumbled upon the S40. This camera has it all. Four mega-pixels, a sturdy metal body, complete control over almost every aspect of your shot, and all in a compact size to boot. The feature-set is based on the popular Canon G2, which is a professional grade digital camera, so you know it uses a fully field-tested, high-quality internal design.

I mostly use this camera in auto mode, in which it takes absolutely beautiful pictures. They are clear, beautifully saturated, and capture motion extremely well. Indoor and outdoor pictures are equally impressive, and I found the metering to be very intelligent. That is, highlights, shadows, and exposure levels are all handled very well.

The camera offers an amazing amount of control with 12 user-selectable modes in addition to the auto mode. (...) But, suffice it to say that anyone seeking a high-level of control over their settings will not be dissapointed by the S40.

A Little Advice:

1. If you are looking to spend a little less money and do not need a 4 mega-pixel camera, a 3 mega-pixel version is available in the S30.

2. If you are looking for a point-and-shoot camera only, you do not need to spend this kind of money. Look toward the Canon A-Series cameras instead. These are plastic and lack the high-level of user control, but they are also much easier on the wallet.

3. Although this is a very compact camera, it is not the smallest that Canon makes. If you want the ultimate in portability, look at their Digital Elph line.

4. The proprietary battery that comes with the S40 is extremely powerful and has an impressive life. The charger is also very compact and very fast. However, I highly recommend buying a spare battery from Canon's website (for about $70).

5. Do not waste your money on the leather case for the S40 that Canon sells on their website. It is far too small for the camera and the lens cover slides open whenever you try to put the camera in it. I am not a big fan of sliding lens covers in the first place, and the leather case does nothing to win me over. Go buy yourself a generic camera case that fits the camera properly.

6. The included 16 MB CompactFlash card is embarrassing. Go buy a 128 MB card (at minimum). And while you're at it, pick up a USB card reader. They are under $(...) and are far more convenient than using the direct camera hook-up (although the S40 software and connection is quite convenient compared to many other digital cameras).

7. Be careful when removing the label from the lens cover. You can actually pull the cover right off if you're not careful. PEEL SLOWLY!

Conclusion:
Overall, this is a beautifully designed, well-built camera from an excellent company. As you can see by my review, Canon has won me over. In summary, the S40 matches the excellent picture quality of the finest Nikon and Kodak cameras available. The difference is, Canon does not skimp on the build of the camera by using cheap plastic parts. This, in my opinion, puts the S40 above the rest in this category.

Well Done Canon!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera
This is a great camera, highly recommended, photo image quality is great, even the video quality is surprisingly good for short clips.

The only gripe I have so far (which I've seen in many other reviews) is the set button, when pressing it you can easily press the arrow down/up or left/right by mistake, but overall it's actually not that bad and with experience it gets easier.

I read a lot of reviews of this and other cameras before deciding on which one to buy.

What I love about this camera:
- 4 Megapixel camera at this price point
- complete manual control available
- program mode will remember your last settings
- iso setting up to 400 - This is really great for getting good night time shots without having to use the flash
- very easy to use software with both win and mac/os x versions
- large lcd screen for preview
- fairly good interface and on-screen menu system
- good lense for a compact camera

A minor issue is the lense sliding door, seems a bit flimsy in the construction, like it would easily come off, time will tell. If Canon fixed this and the set button they'd have a perfect 4Mp camera in my opinion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Watch out for that sliding door!
The Canon PowerShot S40 was a terrific small digital camera when it was introduced, but the digital camera market advances quickly and this model has been surpassed by Canon's own S45 (an updated S40) and the new S50 (5 megapixel in the same body only in high-tech black). Serious photographers seekng a digital would turn to Canon's EOS Digital Rebel. The S30 and S40 are good cameras if you want lots of features in a small package without paying a lot of money.

Features begin with the generous maximum 4 megapixel image size (you can make them smaller to conserve space on the CompactFlash card). Several modes are available to you such as Sports (high shutter-speed and high resolution shots), Portrait, Night, etc. You can put it in complete Idiot Mode (okay, Automatic mode) and let it select your shutter speed and aperture, or you can pick one or the other and let the camera pick the missing one, or you can go full into Manual mode and pick both. There's even a Movie mode, complete with sound. These video clips are 320 x 200 pixels.

This small camera fits in a purse or shirt pocket easily and won't get in the way if you're shouldering it in a case (not included, just buy a generic). But you pay a price for the small size: the optical zoom is limited to 3x. And unfortuately, the S40, like all the PowerShot S family, starts out with a focal length of 11mm, which is a very wide-angle view. Even at 3X optical zoom you will max out at 55mm, often not as close as you'd need. There is a digital zoom, but so what? Crop your picture in software later rather than play with that silly feature. I found 55mm insufficient for shooting across a large room. If you work closer in this won't be a problem, but it is not a good focal length for shooting children, who stop whatever adorable thing they're doing when they notice you framing that shot. (And see comment on slow shutter response, below.)

The sliding door that covers the lens (and turns on the camera) seems flimsy and can cause problems. My 3YO niece got ahold of my S40 and ripped the door off. I was able to reattach it but now it's a loose tooth, ready to fall off again. Even under warranty, my choice was to send it back to Canon for 12 weeks or live with it. I couldn't live without the camera, so I kept it, loose sliding door and all. I've just learned not to lend it to people who can't baby it; a good push and that door is off the camera again.

One of the S40's most frustrating limitations is a slow shutter response. I can't tell you how many shots I've missed using it; I frame it lovingly, I see the perfect moment, I shoot... but no score. The people have moved on, the sun has set, the universe suffers heat-death, and finally the shutter clicks. If you want a fast shutter then you must have a digital SLR, as almost all the compact-style digital cameras such as this one have the delayed shutter issue. Another note of annoyance on the PowerShot S family: they come with a wrist strap but no shoulder strap. I don't know what use a wrist strip is for a camera; if I'm not using it then I want my hands free. I bought a generic shoulder strap but it wasn't a great fit. At least Canon should offer one as an extra-cost accessory.

One difference between the S30 and S40 is the latter only allows an ISO of 400 which restricts low-light photography. This is a limitation of the larger CCD in the S40. ISO 800 shots on the S30 are quity noisy so it isn't clear you are missing this feature in the S40, and you gain an extra megapixel.

I still give this camera 4 stars for putting so many features in such a small package. The pictures are reasonably good, and at this size you can crop plenty out and still print good 4x6 inch images. The PowerShot S40 comes with software, but you'll probably want to buy your own image editing package, such as Photoshop Elements. The one provided is fairly limited. Useful software includes PhotoStitch, which allows you to make your own panaramic style images from a series of linked shots. The included 32 MB CompactFlash card is also too small for typical use, so plan on buying a bigger card. Also plan on buying a second battery.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect handheld for the amatuer photographer!
This is a great camera for anyone looking for advanced features at a compact size. Unlike Canon's "lower-end" models, the S40/45/50 series pack in all the adjustable/tweakable features seen in most "SLR" cameras at a lower cost. This camera is not as compact as some of Canon's and some of the other manufacturer's units. But the additional features offered by these cameras outweight the size/weight penalty.

My only complaint with these cameras are their less than desirable lenses. The S40 has a 3x optical zoom (11x digital) and doesn't have the lens power of some of the other Olympus cameras. Then again, if you're looking for that type of lens capability, you're not looking at these cameras and are more apt to looking at the higher-end SLR versions.

Overall, these cameras have the Canon photo quality and the construction quality. A great buy!

4-0 out of 5 stars If you want to get into digital photography
...this is a good camera to start with. Especially if you use a Mac because it works great with iPhoto. If youre a beginner like me, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of features the S40 offers, but dont worry. Just put it on automatic and you will be able to take great pictures. It just takes a little practice to get used to the delayed response shutter button.

Some of the things I like about it:
1. It takes very nice pictures. Your pictures will look as good as anyones.
2. It has a movie mode that I didnt know existed until recently. Saves the movie (with sound) in AVI format (QuickTime player will play it)
3. Attractive small body (and who doesnt like attractive small bodies?)
4. The LCD display is great for reviewing your pictures
5. It takes gigantic pictures. At 100% they are about 20" tall by 30" wide. You probably wont ever print out anything this large, but this just means you have a lot of detail and resolution wont be a problem.

What I dont like as much:
1. Too many manual settings keeps me from experimenting too much. You would have to read the manual if you want to do any shooting besides automatic. And who wants to read a manual?
2. You have to get pretty close to your subject. Taking group pictures from much further than 10'-15' will not turn out very good. If you can get up close you will have great pictures. Dont try to use this camera at a football game from the stands. I just dont think it has enough zoom power.

Ive enjoyed using mine for the last year and a half. Like the reviewers before me, I recommend doing the following:
1. Get an extra battery cause you never know when the battery will run out of juice. It will cost $25-$50 depending on what brand you get.
2. Im not sure what size compact flash card comes with the camera, but its probably in the 16MB range which is pretty much useless. Being a 4.0 Megapixel camera, and shooting such a large picture, it eats up memory. Get a couple of 128MB's or even larger if you can and you will have room to take 100 or so pictures.
3. I dont think it comes with Photoshop Elements, but if you can afford it, get it. If you do cropping and getting photos web-ready you will want to have this or the full Photoshop package (you better be very good if you want Santa to bring this)

You will like this camera and all your friends will tell you that you take great pictures. ... Read more


87. Canon PowerShot S410 4MP Digital Elph with 3x Optical Zoom (Coach Edition)
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0002YF2LQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 803
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

A beautiful match: The sleek Canon PowerShot Digital Elph S410 in its own luxurious, custom-made Coach leather carrying case. Updating the popular S400 Digital Elph, Canon's PowerShot S410 is both elegant and powerful. It features a 4-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, and movie mode for videos of up to three minutes. Elegantly designed and super compact, the S410 has a protective stainless steel shell with a celabrite finish, which mixes metals and ceramics to produce a tough cool-toned exterior that is visually stunning. It also features Canon's new Print/Share button, which helps you quickly connect directly to a printer or send an image via e-mail.

Optics and Resolution
The 4-megapixel PowerShot S410 can capture 2272 x 1704 images for photo quality 11 x 14 print enlargements. It also has 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 resolution modes. The 3x optical zoom lens has a focal length of 7.4-22.2mm (35mm equivalent: 36-108mm). It also has a 3.6x digital zoom.

Movie Mode
The PowerShot S410 features 3-minute QVGA (320 x 240) or QQVGA (160 x 120) movie clips with sound recording, full playback and in-camera cutting and editing. Individual video clips are limited to three minutes in length.

More Camera Features

  • 9-point Artificial Intelligence autofocus (AiAF) for fast and sharp images, even with off-center subjects
  • 1.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (118,000 pixels)
  • Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
  • Built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, and slow sync modes
  • Record a voice memo of up to 60 seconds and attach to images
  • Shutter speed: 15 - 1/2,000 seconds
  • White balance control: Auto, pre-set (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H), or custom white balance
  • Continuous shooting: 2.5 frames (maximum 5 images)
  • 2x to 10x zoom into captured images while reviewing via the LCD

Canon Technology Features

  • Digic Imaging Processor: While much technical discussion of digital cameras centers around the optics and the CCD sensor, the complex task of image rendering is the job of the image processor--the "brains" of a digital camera. Canon's latest, exclusive DIGIC Imaging Processor significantly enhances digital camera performance in numerous areas. DIGIC's high-speed signal processing is combined with high-capacity buffering to give Canon digital cameras fast response and continuous shooting capability unmatched by other digital cameras. DIGIC delivers longer battery life and beautiful, rich color rendition with far fewer white saturation problems. And DIGIC's unequaled precision delivers clear, noise-free images that are demonstrably superior.
  • iSAPS Technology: Canon iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology dramatically improves the performance of AF (Autofocus), AE (Auto Exposure), and AWB (Auto White Balance). By analyzing a huge volume of photography data, accumulated over 60 years and the manufacture of over 150 million cameras, Canon engineers arrived at statistical relationships among focal length, focus distance, scene brightness, and other factors. Equipped with this "fore knowledge" Canon PowerShot cameras can optimize AF/AE/AWB settings for any given scene more rapidly and more effectively.
  • Multi-point AiAF: Canon's wide-area, multi-point AiAF (artificial intelligence autofocus) automatically selects one or more focusing points based on factors, such as subject position and motion. AiAF works in conjunction with iSAPS Technology to more quickly and accurately achieve autofocus under a wide variety of shooting conditions. You get fast, accurate AF whether you hold the camera horizontally or vertically, with stationary or moving subjects, with off-center subjects, and even in low-light/low-contrast lighting.

Direct Printing/Sharing
The PowerShot S410 introduces a new Print/Share button that speeds and simplifies printing to compatible Canon and PictBridge enabled printers and one-touch image transfer to Windows XP, Me, 2000, and 98 computers for use with image processing programs, uploading to the Internet, or placement in e-mail. When connected to a Canon Compact Photo printer, a Movie Print mode divides the selected clip into equal parts and prints thumbnails of a maximum 63 equally spaced frames onto a single sheet of Postcard Size Paper.

Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on CompactFlash memory cards (Type I only) and the included 32 MB card holds approximately 21 images at the Large/Fine setting. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1 connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-1LH). With the LCD on, you will get approximately 190 shots. It measures 3.43 x 2.24 x 1.09 inches and weighs 6.5 ounces (without batteries).

What's in the Box
This package contains the PowerShot S410 digital camera, 32 MB CompactFlash memory card, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-1LH), battery charger (CB-2LS), USB and A/V cables, wrist strap, custom Coach case, metal neck strap and gift box. The supplied software on the CD-ROM includes browsing and printing software ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac). Other software includes PhotoStitch, plus photo and movie manipulation software ArcSoft PhotoStudio and VideoImpression. ... Read more

Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • Comes with a luxurious custom-made Coach brand leather carrying case
  • Canon 3x optical zoom lens; 9-point autofocus; movie mode; PictBridge compatible
  • Store images on Compact Flash Type I memory cards (32 MB card included)
  • Powered by rechargeable battery pack NB-1LH (included with charger)

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Point-and-Shoot Camera
This is the ultimate camera for active/sporting/outdoor snapshots. It's so small you can stick it in a pocket, and yet it has flash, 3x optical zoom and 4 megapixel resolution! Because it's digital you can see the results immediately, and you don't have to worry about wasting film. Send your experiences and memories to everyone!

Pros:
* Very small and handy
* Unobtrusive-your friends will stop posing every time you try to take a picture! My friend Christine has mastered the art of stealth photography with her S410; she looks in a different direction while glancing at the LCD viewfinder!
* Uses Compact Flash (CF)- Low-cost easy to handle memory cards available in capacities up to 1 GB!
* Picture quality (so far) is excellent

Cons:
* Uses a rechargeable battery-This takes some extra planning and perhaps a purchase of a spare battery.
* Non-automatic operation is difficult-the small size makes it hard to read and navigate the controls
* Small size can be a danger! You could lose it accidentally or drop it out of a shirt pocket

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellently made compact camera
I've been reading the reviews on this Canon PowerShot S410 camera before and after purchasing my own. There certainly are numerous whiners out there. It seems people love to find something to whine about. Honestly, this camera has given me nothing but pleasure, excellent pictures and compliments from others. This is a solid well-built camera (my cats knocked it off my desk and dragged around a bit and it had no scratches and still works excellently) with excellent picture quality both indoor and outdoor and easy to figure out menu and buttons. People also seem to complain about the LCD screen being small on digital cameras in general. My answer, look through the view finder. In addition, with the Canon S410 the image on the LCD screen is so vivid and clear and the colors so rich that it doesn't really matter. After all, the most important thing is both the final print and how it looks on your computer not the size of the LCD screen. When I connect the camera to my Canon CP-330 compact photo printer, it's a one press operation and away it goes printing the best quality pictures ever. Unless you love to nit-pick (there's really nothing to nit-pick about on this one) you'll love this camera. Minor note, Canon could have possibly been a little more generous in what comes with the camera, such as an AC power adapter (although I love the battery recharger). However, don't consider this a complaint, just a suggestion to Canon. If you do decide to purchase, ENJOY! And to those whiners, life is too short .......

5-0 out of 5 stars Small Size/ Big Performance
I'm not an expert on photography. I have only taken one photography class in my life, but this little camera is quite amazing! The size fits perfectly in anyone's hands; moreover, the buttons and controls are easy to manuever.

I was able to operate this camera pretty much right out of the box without having to read the manual. I have no problems downloading the pictures into my computer. It's very user friendly.

The pictures are crisp and clear, as you can see in the open window. It's a great daytime, point and shoot sort of camera and the pictures look quite professional. The only problems it has is taking night-time photos. This camera has a bit of a problem in the dark, but overall, great value for the price!!!!

I highly recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best cameras out there for its size.
I got this camera because I was looking for a camera that was small but had great resolution. This camera can fit right into the palm of your hand. The only thing i didn't like was that the video is 320x240 pixels but the camera takes outstanding photos. This is a camera for someone who wants a small camera but with great resolution.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Still Picture Quality for Compact Digital Cameras
If you just need a digital camera to take pictures in the sun light, you can almost pick any digital camera.

But if you want your camera to take great pictures under all different light conditions (i.e. in door, with dark background, wedding photos and other complex light situations), then Canon S410/S500 will be the only choice. Thanks to Canon DIGIC Image Processor and iSAPS Technology, this Canon S410 really takes perfect pictures in all different light conditions, which no compact digital camera from other vender can match.

However the Canon case for S500/S410 is very dispointing, which is poorly made with cheap fake leather.

I found the most beautiful, perfect fitting leather case for Canon S410/S500 from http://stores.ebay.com/ProCases ... Read more


88. Olympus D-565 Zoom 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0000DIWOQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 676
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4.0-megapixel resolution for photo-quality enlargements up to 11 x 14
  • Olympus 3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom combine for 12x total zoom
  • Auto-Connect USB for hassle-free downloading of files from camera to computer
  • Store images on xD-Picture Card (16 MB xD included)
  • Powered 2 AA batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable recommended)

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little camera for price
Bought the olympus d565 camera with an epson 5400 all in one printer from office max for $299.99 . So in reality this camera cost me $150 or so. Thats a great price for a 4 megapixel camera and its an olympus camera too!
There weren't too many reviews on this camera, but I'm very impressed with the results so far. I've taken very nice pictures in alot of different settings and the camera produced real nice images. Take the previous reviewers advice and turn off the flash if you want a better white background in your picture.
This camera is small enough to fit in your pocket, it uses 2 batteries (aa) - buy rechargeable batteries, they last so much longer. I got rayovac( radio shack brand ) ic3-15 minute rechargeables with a charger and I took about 60 high quality pictures with them and the batteries still have juice in them. The aa's included with the camera were used up after 9 shots .

The only problem ( solved) with this camera is opening the front cover to turn the camera on. If you gently slide the slide over, sometimes the camera won't start up. After practice I learned that you have to slide it over while gently pushing down on it. Pushing down gently on the cover will sliding it over starts the camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars The D-565 is simple to use & doesn't eat batteries!
As a hardcore 35mm user, this was my first experience owning a digital camera. I have to say, I'm impressed with this little number! It's a no-brainer to learn how it works and, compared to other makes and models, its AA battery useage ranks as "better than most!" Pictures download quickly and easily, too. I am so pleased!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Pictures; So-So Manual
I've been a professional photographer for more than 30 years (4x5, 220, 35mm, etc.) and a maxim is: NEVER use an unknown piece of equipment for an unrepeatable event! My old 35mm died on the day I had to fly out for a funeral. I bought the D-565 and 128Mb card at a supermarket on my way to the airport. READ THE MANUAL, loaded fresh batteries, shot test pix at airport - SMILED!! Bottom line: Great focus, color saturation, flash/fill, ease of use, subject satisfaction! 6 to 8 shots on alkaline batteries - ordered AC Adapter from Amazon.com - carry pocket full of AA's when prowling for shots. Love it! Pix are incredible on my Big-Screen TV!!
Gripes: Sucks AA's dry far too quickly. REALLY needs NiMH's or recommended AC adapter for downloads, etc.
Get a D-565 while you can and get out there!

2-0 out of 5 stars Good picture quality, but poor user interfaces
This is our first family digital camera. We bought it mainly because it was on sale, and it came with the highest mega pixel in the market at the time of purchase. It produces good quality pictures I must say. However, the design of user-interface for the camera need more improvement. I agree with one the reviewer who mentioned that the cover slides open easily, and even a slight push on the cover while taking pictures would turn the camera off, which was annoying as one has to push the cover open again and wait for the lense to extent, an anti-climax for people wanting a quick shot! another weakpoint about its-user interface, is that, one can't view the pictures with the cover 'open'. One has to turn off the camera (closing the cover), and only then the viewfinder menu would work. pretty annoying when one wishes to view the picture immediately after the shot, needing to shut down the camera, view and turn it on again for the next shot! I think the viewfinder uses up too much battery, and we had to reserve energy by switching off the viewfinder while taking pictures! what do you think? having a viewfinder is one of the main feature of a digital camera!!!! I think the camera should be designed to recharge the batteries without having to remove them, and this camera uses AA batteries, which dries out very quickly when we use the viewfinder. Another bummer today.. I was transfering the photos from the camera to my PC and and the camera has to be turned on all the while (meaning the cover has to be opened with the lenses extended). without realising it, the battery ran out, now I can't retract the lenses and it is still sticking out till I get home to change the batteries! How high tech! Guess I have more dissapointment to discover! This is an expensive lesson to learn on digital cameras. For first timers, I would suggest to invest some money on digital cameras magazines and check out reviews on the Net, learn more about them, go to shops, toy with them before buying them impulsively!!! Am looking for a new camera now!

4-0 out of 5 stars Simple to use, great pictures
I recently bought this for some travels and have found it to be a superb camera. It's simple to use, nice small size, takes great pictures, download is easy... what else can I say!

If you're looking for a great quality digital camera (4mp for this price is worth it) that's easy to use, this is the one. ... Read more


89. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10K 4MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom (Black)
by Panasonic
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B0000W533W
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 2536
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 4-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10 offers a host of professional features at an affordable price. It includes a 12x optical zoom with image stabilization, full manual controls (with a manual focus ring), a hot shoe accessory connector, and movie mode with audio. This Lumix model (the DMC-FZ10K) has a black body; the DMC-FZ10S has a silver body.

Optics and Resolution
With its 4-megapixel CCD sensor, you can capture up to a 2304 x 1728 pixel image for prints up to 11 x 17 inches. It also has 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, and 640 x 480 pixel resolution settings (and 1920 x 1080 for display on HDTV wide screen TVs with a 16:9 aspect ratio).

The extended zoom of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10 digital camera
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The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens features an F2.8 brightness throughout the entire 12x zoom range, which is equivalent to a 35-420mm zoom lens on a conventional 35mm film camera. (The DMC-FZ10 also has a 3x digital zoom.) Its precision lens, extraordinary telephoto features and no-lag processing speed enable this camera to capture every detail of distant or quick-moving subjects with superb brightness and clarity. The Lumix DMC-FZ10 image stabilization system uses gyroscopes within the camera to sense camera shake and shift the lens elements to compensate for the movement--thus enabling you to shoot at a slower shutter speed.

About Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
The same image with IS off and with IS on
Handheld telephoto shots, or shoot-
ing in low-light conditions, often magnifies unintentional hand move-
ments into blurry images (above, top). This optical technology (bottom) provides precise compen-
sation for these movements without any degradation of image quality.
Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the DMC-FZ10 can also record 320 x 240 movie clips at either 30 or 10 frames per second (fps) with audio. Your video length is limited only by the size of your memory card. The included 16 MB card can hold 25 seconds of 30 fps video.

More Features
In addition to the variety of convenient automatic controls, the DMC-FZ10 has full manual controls for exposure, focusing, and white balance. Manual exposure capability gives you complete freedom for capturing images according to your preferences, including intentional overexposure or underexposure. The manual focus ring provided on the lens barrel, like traditional camera lenses, allows you to focus on the particular part of your subject according to your preference. Advanced histogram functions on the DMC-FZ10, like a digital light meter, provide a graphic representation of the luminance level of the pixels composing an image for more precise exposure control for quality photos.

Incredibly responsive, the DMC-FZ10 captures consecutive shots nearly as quickly as a motor-driven film camera. As soon as the camera's CCD captures the image signal, Panasonic's multi-tasking Venus Engine LSI simultaneously displays images on the LCD while writing data to the memory card, significantly reducing lag time between shots. To capture sudden events as they unfold, Panasonic's exclusive Mega Burst recording feature enables consecutive rapid-fire shooting, capturing 4 frames per second with undiminished quality from frame to frame.

Other features include:

  • 2-inch LCD display with 130,000-pixel resolution
  • Flash modes: Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync
  • Focus modes: Auto Focus System, Manual Focus, Normal/Macro (Dial), Spot AF On/Off (Spot Mode), Continuous AF On/Off
  • Audio recording with images up to 5 seconds
As an added bonus, Panasonic includes a lens hood, which comes in handy when you're shooting outdoors. The lens hood is threaded for 72 mm filters, as well.

Panasonic's MegaBurst Mode
Designed for action shots, Panasonic's Mega Burst imaging captures up to eight full-resolution shots in two seconds.
Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on either Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory cards. A 16 MB SD card is included with the DMC-FZ10. At the 2304 x 1728 pixel setting, the 16 MB card can hold 8 images at Fine Quality mode or 16 at Standard Quality mode.

Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1 connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included). It measures 3.4 x 5.5 x 4.2 inches and weighs 19.4 ounces (550 grams).

What's In The Box
This package includes the Lumix DMC-FZ10K (black) digital camera, 16 MB Secure Digital memory card, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (CGA-S002A), AC adapter/battery charger, lens hood, lens cap, neck strap, USB and A/V cables, and 139-page printed manual. It also includes the following software:

  • ArcSoft PhotoBase--Transfer images from an SD Memory Card to a PC that "footnotes" and display them in a list
  • ArcSoft PhotoImpression--Adjust colors and process images to create calendars, cards, etc.
  • ArcSoft Panorama Maker--Merge separate photos to create a single image
  • ArcSoft PhotoPrinter Pro--Select numerous photos to print together as one group
  • SD Viewer for DSC--Makes it easy to check image data on an SD Memory Card. Use it to create slide shows and save them on an SD Memory Card (For Windows)
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Features

  • 4.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 12x optical zoom and 3x digital zoom (36x total); optical image stabilization helps keep images sharp when using extended zoom
  • Black body, full manual controls, movie mode with sound limited by memory card size
  • Compatible with Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards; 16 MB SD card included
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (CGA-S002A); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great in-betweener camera, very minor drawbacks
I've never owned a digital camera, but I've had a Canon AE-1 for about 20 years. My wife and I wanted to get a digital camera that we could share (manual for me, point and shoot for her) and the Panasonic DMC-FZ10 seems to be the perfect compromise. The picture quality and color fidelity are truly amazing. I'm happy with the ability to adjust almost all of the settings, and the gun-and-run style pictures are great too! Two minor annoyances with this camera:

- The lens cap isn't attached. We're going to lose it sooner rather than later;
- Low light settings: The camera sometimes struggles to autofocus in low-light conditions sans flash. This won't affect you if you're using your own settings, but be aware that low light point-and-click isn't perfect; also in auto mode, the LCD is almost impossible to read in the dark.

Other than that, we're thrilled with the camera. If you truly need an SLR with swappable lenses and full control, spend more for the Canon Digital Rebel. If you just want point and click, spend less and get an A70. But for the in-betweener, this camera really hits the sweet spot.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best digicam for the money right now!
The best cam for the money and has every potential to become the next 2100UZ as far as legacy is concerned. The lens and IS are 1st rate and you can get beautiful crisp photos in almost no light although focus lock in those conditions can be tricky. The zoom and the digital zoom are all very usable and I have gotten nice photos at full digital zoom. Overall Panasonic did their homework for the most part albeit some minor annoyances I listed below. But there are no perfect digital cameras out there. But couple this cam with the 12x Leica/IS combo and beautiful 4MP picture quality, many user available settings and you have a photographer's dream here.

Minor gripes I have-
Handgrip needs to be bigger.
No eyecup, although a workaround is available as the Nikon 2939 cup.
Proprietary battery. Wish this could have taken AA NIMH's.
Lowlight focus can be tricky at times. Other than that once you get used to the possibilities of this cam you won't regret getting it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wooow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've bought this awesome digital camera at amazon.com one month ago, and I've taken hundred of pictures with excellent results, the imaging quality is superb, great sharpness and very low noise levels in night shots. Leica lenses do a very good job as always and give to this camera a professional level. The 12x optical zoom works very well, you have to get used to keep your hands fixed when using the maximum zoom, but with some days of practice, you are gonna get unshake and sharp shots. Its incredible that you can get a 420mm lens with an aperture = 2.8 in the whole range, for less than a one thousand dollar and even the renowned LEICA lenses. What a BARGAIN!!!!
Optical image stabilizer (OIS)is needful with large zoom lenses and Panasonic included it, but in spite of this - you need to have firm hands like I wrote down in the paragraph above.
Panning mode works fine and I enjoy taking pictures with this mode, its quite useful since the only way that you could get this effect was by using a photo editor (not anymore)
Only one drawback, its flash is very weak, so how this camera has a hot shoe, you are gonna be forced to buy an external flash.
I hope Panasonic releases an 8MP digital camera with 12x optical zoom soon... using LEICA LENSES. Im gonna wait fot it eagerly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love at first sight
I wanted to go digital, but looked and looked for the perfect first digital camera. My sister put the Panasonic Lumix in my hands, and it was love at first sight. First, the camera is amazingly light for a camera with a zoom equivalent of 400+. Second, the camera never misses a shot, no matter what the light conditions. Yes, I read the manual thoroughly, and yes, the camera can be confused a little when the conditions are dark and there are lights in back of the subject, but not a huge problem, and even most of those shots turned out great. I am in love with this camera, so in love that making the switch to digital was easy and delightful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the lens
This was my first post-film camera, and it turned out to be a relatively easy transition. It's about the same size as the SLR film cameras I was accustomed to, albeit half the weight. It provides full manual controls once you decypher the menu protocol.
If you're into nature photography, as I am, the FZ10 is just about unbeatable. You can reach out with a 420mm equivalent for shots of birds or other wildlife and in macro you can take a portrait of a bug on a flower. Unbelievable!
The image-stabilization gyroscope combined with the Leica optics means you can take hand-held shots in daylight at full zoom that are super-sharp -- if you know how to squeeze a trigger.
Shutter lag is not a problem -- about 1 second betwen shots and the burst mode gives you 4 frames a second.
Downsides:
1. Poor low-light performance, common with digitals, is perhaps even more problematical with the FZ10, since it has no focus-assist light. (The internal flash is fairly good, and there's a hot shoe for something with more punch.)
2. It's not an SLR, so no interchangable lenses. (But if you need more than 420mm, use your feet!)
3. The proprietary battery is expensive, about $50, but they can last for a whole day of fairly heavy shooting.
4. Forget the lens cap (it's unattached so you're gonna lose it anyway) and get a 72mm skylight filter to protect that great Leica glass. ... Read more


90. Olympus Camedia C-4000 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00006F2MW
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 431
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With exposure options ranging from automatic to manual control, as well as six innovative scene program modes, it's easy to customize the Olympus C-4000 digital camera for any shot you line up. The C-4000 features a 4-megapixel CCD sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens, and expandability via SmartMedia cards.

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a CCD sensor with 4 million effective pixels, the C-4000 can capture digital images up to 2,288 x 1,712 pixels for 11-by-14-inch prints and beyond. The C-4000 features an Olympus aspherical glass lens (6.5-19.5mm, or 32-96mm equivalent in 35mm photography) that's designed exclusively for digital photography and provides vibrant color and sharp detail. It features an aperture range of f2.8 to f11.

Shoot both wide-angle and close-up shots easily with the 10x total zoom lens (3x optical and 3.3x digital). Use the macro mode to shoot a flower from a distance of 8 inches, or use supermacro mode to shoot a dewdrop on a petal from just 1 inch away.

Storage and Transfer
The 16 MB SmartMedia memory card supplied with the C-4000 can store 16 images at the default high-quality setting (2,288 x 1,712 pixels). You can save images as either a TIFF or a JPEG. We recommend purchasing an additional high-capacity memory card.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the C-4000 produces digital videos in two formats--320 x 240 and 160 x 120 pixels--for QuickTime movies at 15 frames per second. You can shoot movies up to 2 minutes in length.

The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

More Features
The advanced manual controls let you take the picture you envision. Or choose full-auto mode for point-and-shoot simplicity. The C-4000 also includes six scene modes, including portrait, self-portrait, sport, landscape, landscape-portrait, and night scene. There are even four customizable "my modes" for instant access to your favorite combinations of camera settings. The new virtual-dial interface provides quick, easy, and intuitive access to all shooting modes, including the six scene modes.

For extra-large prints, choose the optimum image enlargement mode to increase image size to the equivalent of 7.6 million pixels (3,200 x 2,400). And with 3:2 aspect modes, you can print photos in traditional 35mm format. Olympus's noise-reduction technology helps prevent the image noise that could otherwise appear in longer exposures taken in low light. The C-4000's USB autoconnect enables you to connect to your PC automatically--no driver software is required to transfer photos to most computers

Power
The camera is powered by two CR-V3 lithium-ion battery packs (included). We recommend getting a set or two of rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries (you'll need a total of four AA NiMH batteries to power the camera) and a charger. A digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you're using the camera's LCD display, so they aren't recommended except in a pinch.

Size
The C-4000 measures 4.3 by 3.0 by 2.8 inches and 10.5 ounces (without battery).

Contents
This package includes the Olympus C-4000 digital camera, a 16 MB SmartMedia card, AV and USB cables, two CR-V3 lithium-ion battery packs (model LB-01), carrying strap, lens cap and retainer cord, Camedia Master software CD-ROM, drivers for Mac and Windows, and a printed instruction manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 4.0 megapixel sensor captures 2,288 x 1,712 images for prints at 11 x 14 inches and beyond
  • 3x optical plus 3.3xdigital zoom lens (for 10x total) with autofocus
  • Stores photos on 16 MB SmartMedia card--16 images at high-quality setting
  • Movie mode captures up to 2 minutes of video with no audio; connects to Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Includes 2 CR-V3 lithium-ion batteries (model LB-01); also accepts NiMH rechargeable batteries

Reviews (67)

4-0 out of 5 stars Olympus C4000: The Best Four Megapixel Digital Camera Deal!!
Pros: Lots of manual options, incredible feature set, superb four megapixel digital images, Fantastic optics for color and clarity, Manual and automatic controls for pros and debutants, Very little lag, Excellent image quality and easy to use buttons, Fast, Many settings and options, great zoom ratio, nice control layout, nice size LCD

Cons: Slightly Heavy, Not as cool looking as other cameras, 8 MB Storage card supplied with camera is woefully inadequate, User manual, software kind of plain, battery life, Size of pictures and erase features are not what I would like.

Summary: The C-4000z is a very impressive digital camera and for the price it can't be beat. This camera packs a serious punch with features only found on higher end digital cameras. I have been using digital cameras for the past four years from Kodak to Sony but this one out beats them all. Now I won't beat around the bush and say there are no flaws with the cam, the first being the batteries shipped with the cam (they are one time use only)! So right off the bat you have to spend a couple more dollars for rechargeable batteries. The batteries I got I'm able to take about 200 hundred high res. (TIFF) pictures before being replaced. The second problem is the small memory card shipped with the cam (at the time of my buy Olympus was giving free 64 mb cards with mail in rebate). The camera does come with a owners manual but has very limited information in it, for a extensive manual you have to read it off the installation disk in PDF form which isn't bad for me because it makes it a little easier to look something up using the word find feature. Now for the good things about the camera. This camera is packed with features and this should be taken into account if your new to digital cameras there is a lot to take in. Everything is arranged on the camera that makes it easy to navigate and set up. Olympus even went and put a user choice setting button which is nice if you use certain setting such as focal length, shutter speed etc. which enables you to set your preferences and return to them without having to set the whole camera up again. The pictures that result from this camera are amazing! I was at Yosemite a couple of weeks ago and shot some impressive pictures which I framed and had hanging on my wall a service tech who was doing some work in my house actually wanted to know where I had bought the pictures. Several other features that Olympus thought of were the ability to attach an external flash (optional). The camera also gives you the ability to crop pictures right on the camera. The panoramic feature takes a little to get used to but works really well. I don't want to bore you with the fine details (exposure settings, shutter speeds etc) but just wanted to let you know if your looking for a decent digital camera at a fair price the C-4000z is for you. Oh just one more thing a little tip I use all the time, If you happen to have a smart media card take it along with you to your local camera shop or electronic store and ask the sales person if you can insert your card and try the camera. You can then take the card home and if you have a media reader or printer that has a reader built in you can see the results of the camera prior to buying it (just a suggestion). It also gives you the opportunity to see how your digital dark room will do when it come to printing from this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Value for a 4MP Camera
WHO IT'S FOR: With its complete set of manual controls, the Olympus C-4000 is for the serious amateur photographer or a novice wanting to learn a lot more about photography. If you're one who would rather just point-and-shoot, this camera or its rivals (like the Canon S45) is NOT for you, better just save your $200 and go for the cute compact types.

Granted that YOU ARE serious about your photography BUT you are on a tight budget, then this camera is perfect for you. The 4MP is just right for the occasional 8x10 prints and more than enough quality for 5x7 prints. Among the competition (Canon S45/G2, Nikon Coolpix 4300, Sony S85), its price and features stand out.

I bought this camera here at Amazon 5 months ago for 2 main reasons:
- given the features and full manual controls, it had the most competitive price among the competition.
- although not included in the package, the camera uses standard 4 AA-sized NiMH rechargeable batteries.

I brought the camera to Europe for my honeymoon and have taken 300+ pictures with it. I am extremely pleased with it. Prints on 4x6 came out as crisp as my 20-year-old SLR (the excellent Nikon F3), and sometimes better (mainly because you can preview a shot and tweak exposure and composition without worrying about the cost of film: an obvious advantage for all digicams).

PROS:
- excellent daylight exposures on full auto or manual modes.
- a fully-charged set of AA NiMH batteries lasts me two days of shooting 60+ pictures and previewing the LCD, something the proprietary batteries of other digicams would be hard-pressed to match.

CONS:
- You have to remember to remove the cap before turning the camera on -- an annoyance for all C-class Olympus cameras. Forgetting that doesn't damage the camera, but it's an annoyance still.
- No remote control. You have to turn on the timer every time if you want to be in the picture or you want to take long exposures.
- The lens cap more often than not gets removed inadvertently when removing or replacing the camera in its case. Be sure to always bring lens tissues or whatever you use to clean lenses.
- The paltry 16MB card that comes with it. Although all camera brands have this fault of not including enough memory, I hoped Olympus would just do the right thing and pack it with a 128MB card.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Always have two sets of 4 AA NiMH batteries. Buy the Olympus B-50SU Quick Charger or the Kodak Max K2000 Battery Charger. They both come with 4 NiMH AA batteries and works whatever a country's voltage is. Then buy an additional set of 4 Kodak Max 1850mAh NiMH batteries.
- Buy at least 2 128MB SmartMedia cards. Each 128MB card stores about 60-70 pictures at full 4MP SHQ resolution. Better still, bring your laptop along when going on extended vacations to backup your pics. I made the mistake of not bringing mine and had to look for shops to transfer my pics to CDs whenever space on my cards were running out.

Finally, just go ahead and buy it (with the charger, extra batteries and extra memory cards). It's an excellent camera given its features and price.

3-0 out of 5 stars Red Eye
This camera generally takes very good pictures but I do have one complaint that has not been resolved. Even with red eye reduction feature on, it still takes bad redeye, especially with babies. The software does not eliminate it either. I have been through their customer service several times for this and one other problem and they were not helpful. I felt I was being talked down to and I finally gave up. I like the camera except for that, but I probably would not buy another Olympus unless customer service is more helpful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good for the money
I've had this camera for over a year now and I'm very pleased with it. I've purchased nothing but Olympus products since I started photography as a hobby about 10 years ago. This is my second Olympus digital camera and it gives great pictures time and again. I've made prints up to 20"x30" that look like they were perfessionaly taken. I do recommend having an extra set of rechargable batteries on hand and extra memory cards. Very nice camera that isn't very bulky yet not too small that it will slip from your hands. You will be very happy with this camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars I love this camera!!!
The camera is just outstanding! I love it! I had it for about a year and the pictures are just great. It has ton of options and even after a year, I haven't used them all.

There are several reasons, hovever, why I gave it only 4 stars. 1. The cap on the lense got to go. I forgot to take it off once just when I bought the camera, and the camera died on me. I had to send it back for a replacement.
2. It's pretty bulky and you have to carry it around in it's own case, which could be problematic when you go to other countries and don't want to attract attention.
3. The flash makes everybody blink and it's hard sometimes to get a good picture.
Other than that, I would highly recommend the camera and I would buy it again in a second!
Buy it. ... Read more


91. Vivitar 4mp Digital Cam "2x Dig / 1.4""lcd *nic*"
by VIVITAR

our price: $137.99
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Asin: B0002UB0FC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VIVITAR
Sales Rank: 6409
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92. Gateway DC-M42 4.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Gateway
list price: $219.99
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Asin: B0000W4MW0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Gateway
Sales Rank: 977
Average Customer Review: 2.44 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4.1 megapixel CCD
  • 3X optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • 1.6" TFT LCD for preview and review
  • Up to 2304 x 1728 pixel images

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars battery killer, poor pics
If you like purchasing batteries then this is the camera for you. You cant even download all your pics onto the computer before the batteries die. The camera does not even come with a wall plug in so you have to spend more $$. I have had this camera since Christmas and I dont like using it because of the battery issues. Save your $$ on this product. The pics dont even look good the quality is worse then my old 2 Mega pixel camera

1-0 out of 5 stars not even 1 Mpixel product
This is not a good quality product. Do not expect even fair pictures. After I bought it, pictures was not coming good. I thought "it can't be camera, probably I am making some mistakes". I tried everything for one week. No progress at all. Finally I invited one of my friend who has 2 Mpixel Minolta Camera. We set the tripod. We took same pictures with two different cameras. You should see the differences. His pictures far better than mine. (If anyone want to see them I can send via E-mail and all other pictures I took.)

Battery life is another story. It does not hold any battery even Ni-MH.

Costumer service is not satisfactory. They deliberately does not discuss the quality. All they talk is "policy". I wonder "is there a policy about sending inferior product and labeling it 4 megapixel".
Now, I have to pay restocking fee. Instead of getting an apology, it cost me money and lots of time.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad product, worse service
I purchased this product to replace a 1.2 MP Olympus camera. In every aspect it is an inferior product. The 4 year old 1.2 MP camera has far superior image quality under all operating conditions. Battery life is a major issue and represents a serious design flaw. After following advice from Gateway to return the product for repair, I received a replacement which was no better. At this point, they refused to allow me to return the product stating that they do not accept returns for replaced units. They have no concept of customer service. I am now stuck with an inferior product that is essentially useless for its intended purpose.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a recommend purchase
Pros:
Easy to connect to PC

Cons:
Terrible grain even at 4.0 MP Fine setting
Poor colour saturation
Auto white balance cant adapt to flourescent lighting
Focus does not work well indoors
Very weak flash
Lengthy delay to achieve focus and between shots
High battery drain (even Ni-MH)

Conclusion:
An inexpensive 4.0 MP digital camera, but one that underperforms in every aspect. I have since returned mine and opted to spend an extra $75 to get an Olympus or Minolta instead. Other buyers would be wise to do the same.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stop Bashing the lack of battery power!
This camera will not work witn many batteries. Don't even bother trying to use regular batteries. But if you use Ni-MH batteries, especially Radio Shacks new 15 minute charge ones that are 2000mAh, this camera will keep on shooting for a very long time. Also, if you get the charger, they actually charge in 15 minutes. Anyways, overall, i really like this camera, and i have been taking pictures of EVERYTHING. With these batteries, always using the flash, this camera will push 100 pictures before changing batteries. The pictures come out great most of the time, and it's very easy to use. Overall, i reccomend it. ... Read more


93. Samsung Digimax V4 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Samsung
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B00008KUVU
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Samsung
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Samsung Digimax V4 packs a relatively large CCD in a relatively small package, allowing for high-resolution shots that are crystal clear. The camera can "remember" settings from various users, making it a great choice for family vacations where everyone wants to take some pictures.

Optics and Resolution
The Digimax V4 uses a 4.0 mega-pixel, high-resolution CCD that provides vivid picture images and renders accurate color tones. It is ideal for general pictures as well as for high-quality printed results. In addition, the Digimax V4 uses a Schneider lens, recognized throughout the world as being one of the leading quality lenses available, producing crystal clear images. The camera features an advanced multi-purpose 12x zoom consisting of a 3x optical zoom (focal length of 38mm-113mm in a 35mm film camera) and a 4x digital zoom.

Storage and Transfer
The Digimax V4 uses a USB 1.1 interface to transfer data to and from the PC. Images and video are stored on removable SD or MMC cards.

Movie and Audio Modes
The Digimax V4 has a WAV sound recording function, which is ideal for recording events such as speeches and important business meetings. You can also capture AVI movie clips with sound at a resolution of 288 x 208 pixels and add commentary to your still images. Video clip size is limited only by the available memory capacity of the storage card. More Features
The Digimax V4 personalizes camera settings to work for each user. The "My Set" function lets users choose and save 3 favorite camera settings, such as image size, quality and ISO. This enables users to achieve the great results they personally want, in many different shooting conditions, with just one touch of a button.

The Digimax V4's Super Macro function makes it possible for you to capture images from as little as 6 cm away. Accurate focusing control has been made possible through precision design and lens cutting skills.

You can edit captured images easily, without the need for a PC. The Trimming function can be used to save only a certain part of the captured image and the Resizing function can be used to resize images.

Other features include:

  • Three kinds of manual exposure options, including Aperture priority, Shutter priority and Manual
  • Manual focusing available
  • 1.5 inch LCD

Power and Size
The Digimax V4 supports nine kinds of power sources, including AA Alkaline, AA Lithium, CR-V3 (included), and rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, as well as a dedicated Li-ion battery or AC adaptor. You are now free to take pictures whenever and wherever you'd like, without having to worry about running out of power and missing out on a perfect photo opportunity.

The camera measures 105.5mm by 54.6mm by 38mm and weighs 165g(without batteries).

What's in the Box
The camera comes with a variety of accessories, including a carrying pouch, 32 MB SD card, wrist strap, and software CD-ROM. It also includes USB and AV cables for interfacing with a PC or AV equipment. ... Read more

Features

  • 4.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14 and medium-quality poster-size prints
  • 3x optical zoom plus 4x digital zoom (12x total)
  • Captures movies with audio; powers up in less then 3 seconds
  • Included 32 MB Secure Digital (SD) card
  • Powered by AA batteries (NiMH rechargeables recommended); connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

94. Pentax Optio 43WR 4MP Water Resistant Digital Camera with 2.8x Optical Zoom
by Pentax
list price: $399.99
our price: $349.95
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Asin: B00021OZOE
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 652
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4.23-megapixel sensor captures enough information for photo-quality 11-by-15-inch prints
  • 2.8x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom (11.2x total)
  • Waterproof design, can be immersed in water up to 3 feet for 30 minutes
  • Stores images on SD memory card
  • Powered by one CR-V3 or 2 AA batteries

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Sturdy but the picture quality leaves much to be desired
I got this camera for one reason - fishing pictures - and it is adequate for that or beach photos. If everything is evenly lit and you don't need to rely on the flash it's OK. And no problem if it gets wet or sandy. By the way, the imaging software that comes with it is bad beyond belief and makes all the pix look worse so don't bother installing it - use whatever you have. It is serviceable and sturdy and will probably never endear itself to me unless I become enamoured of taking pictures in the rain. However, I must say it has an excellent macro capability and if you're not catching any fish you can take nice flower closeups along the bank. ... Read more


95. CasioQV-R4 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Casio
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00006N087
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 6340
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Casio QV-R4 incorporates the latest in digital-imaging technology at an agreeable price. It boasts a 4-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, full-motion movie mode, and 11 MB of built-in memory to compete with today's best digital cameras. The sleek and stylish stainless-steel body is solid to withstand heavy use, and is compact for easy traveling.

Optics and Resolution
The 4-megapixel CCD sensor captures razor-sharp images of up to 2,304 by 1,712 pixels, creating prints with sizes of up to 20 by 30 inches. You won't miss any of the action with the 3x optical zoom and, when combined with the 3.2x digital zoom for a total magnification of 9.6x, the QV-R4 will capture that subtle moment. Focusing can be set to automatic for ease of use, manual for more precise control, and infinity or macro for more specific needs.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on 11 MB of internal memory, which stores about 23 images with settings at normal resolution. If you want more memory, the expansion slot is compatible with any MMC or SD memory card. You can quickly and easily transfer your files onto a PC or Mac using the USB port for computer editing and sharing with friends and family.

Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the QV-R4 can also record movie clips of up to 30 seconds at a resolution of 320 by 240 pixels.

More Features
Many of the QV-R4's settings can be modified for photographers in need of more creative control, such as exposure, white balance, and flash. There are also several different shooting modes, including interval, continuous, and night scene. With the "best shot" mode you select a stored photo that looks similar to the photo you want to take and the camera automatically sets up to achieve that look. You can easily keep track of all these modes using the large 1.6-inch color LCD screen.

Power, Size, and Contents
The QV-R4 comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has an approximate battery life of 100 minutes. The camera itself measures a compact 3.5 by 2.3 by 1.2 inches and weighs 7 ounces without the battery. Other standard accessories are a camera strap, battery recharger, CD-ROM with imaging software, and USB cable. ... Read more

Features

  • 4.0 megapixel sensor captures 2,304 x 1,712 images for prints at 11 x 14 inches and beyond
  • 3x optical plus 3.2x digital zoom (9.6x totoal) autofocus lens
  • Includes 11 MB of built-in memory--also expandable via Secure Digital memory cards
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium ion batter(included)

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, Great Quality
Love this camera. Just point and shoot. No need to reread the manual if you don't use it for months. It has so many other capabilities that I forget to use that would make my pictures even better, but however you use it the photos come out great. The preprogrammed settings for different environments really, really works. The LCD display is amazingly clear. The battery door is a little fragile -- broke it and had to replace it, but other than that, this thing is rock-solid quality. For the other reviewer who lost the charger, they are available at www.pacparts.com

4-0 out of 5 stars Great camera for the money
I recently purchased this new 4mp camera from Casio. The historigram is great and the overall use of the equipment is easy to use. The pictures are high quality and given the internal "auto" settings, found it to be wonderfully simple and ready to shoot. It powers up quickly and is small enough to fit in your coat pocket. The only flaw is the movie mode, sound is not a component of this camera? I wish it was so everyone could see and hear my three angels on any email I wish to send. Thanks to Casio for meeting my digital needs, I will be a return customer for sure!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars PhotoLover from AL
I have used this camera for couple of months now and I am quite pleased with it, though I am dissapointed that you can not buy the charger from the manifacturer separetly. I have lost the charger and I can not charge the battery. I have to carry an external battery unit to use the camera which really dissapoints me. I do not understand why the manifacturer does not supply the charger for the unique battery that the camera comes with?????

4-0 out of 5 stars Great User Interface but Movie Mode is Lacking
I just picked this camera up and snapped a few photos. The user interface is wonderful: as long as you don't want to do manual focus or other manual functions, you won't even have to read a manual to figure out how to use features like "Best Shot" modes or using the special effects like "sepia". The UI is the best I've ever seen in a digital camera though I have really only used a Canon camera for more than a few minutes.

While the photos look great when imported into my Mac, the extra resolution above 1600x1200 doesn't seem to make that much of a difference (even as I zoom in to different areas). I'm going on a trip tomorrow so I'll have a chance to vary the resolution and see if it really matters. If you just want your first digitial camera, 1600x1200 resolution may be good enough for you and you'll save some money. One thing that I noticed and liked was that this camera seems to take pictures pretty quickly (less lag) as compared with other cameras I've used.

Now for some flaws. The movie mode is horrible when compared to my brother's Canon Powershot (roughly the same size and his model was cheaper than this one). For one, the Canon had sound but you don't get sound with this camera. You may argue that if you want to make movies, buy a DV camera but my brother has sent me some cool little emails of my niece and the movie mode really is a good plus. Second, the movie mode picture was much grainier than with my brother's Canon. I probably won't use the movie mode on this camera but I probably would have if it was better.

In summary: great pictures so far (even though it is a cloudy day), great size, best UI I've seen, but the awful movie mode prevents me from giving this camera 5 stars (though I guess 4.5 stars would be closer to my opnion).

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZED!
I was totally amazed by all the functions that this camera can perform. It has options that my more expensive cameras don't have. The main reason I bought this camera is to have a light weight digicam to carry in my purse at all times. I was missing too many opportunities. I have taken dozens of test shots and have not been disappointed. The color of creeks, in this part of Texas, is brown from the tannic acid, I merely use the built in blue filter and I have wonderful water! All the grass is dead and the pines have brown needles with a little green, I use the built in green filter and it looks like summer. The clarity is good right out of the camera and the images need little or no post production work. It surprised me that the battery life is so good since I thought that with a pack that small, I would run out in no time, but it's excellent. I can't say enough good things about this camera. I like it much better than my G2. The ability to regulate the flash is great, since I would tend to blow macro shots right out of the scene. The option to reduce the flash output is extremely valuable to me. The camera is unbelievably easy to use and I started shooting before having had time to read the manual and had no difficulty. I'm in the process of reading it now and it is also excellent, easy to understand and to the point. The camera is also fast, which is a definite plus! ... Read more


96. DC DXG-409C 4MP Digital Camera
list price: $99.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000799ONI
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: DXG
Sales Rank: 3993
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Take crisp photographs and record short clips with this sturdy and compact digital camera. Features include a 4.0 megapixel CCD, 4x digital zoom for versatility and a self timer. The 1.5-inch LCD screen allows for easy preview and reviewing. One year warranty. Model DXG-409. ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by 2 AAA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeables recommended)
  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough information to create photo-quality 11 x 15-inch prints
  • Fixed-focus lens
  • 1.5-inch display; direct print capability
  • Store images on SD memory cards (memory card not included)

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars A decent little camera
I've had this camera for a little over a week and I've found that it takes decent pictures. They aren't quite as good as my Kodak CX6330, but the DXG-409C costs about half as much. Overall, the pictures are pretty good; better than indicated by the previous reviews.

I was looking for something relatively inexpensive ($100) and small enough to put in a pocket and the DXG-409C seemed to be the best option. It works as advertised. Picture quality is certainly acceptable, though not outstanding. Clarity is decent and colors are true, but not quite as vivid as they could be. For casual photography it's fine. The major disadvantage of this camera is the long processing time after a picture is taken, but that's typical of cameras in this price range. I haven't tried movie mode yet, but I expect it will work well enough under good lighting conditions. I haven't tried the voice recording feature yet either.

Rechargeable batteries are a must as they are with all digital cameras. This camera takes AAA batteries. Most AAA rechargeable NiMH batteries that you'll find in stores have 750 mAH capacity, but the newest ones from Energizer are 850 mAH. They're starting to hit store shelves now. I bought a pack of four 850 mAH AAA Energizers from my local Target for $10.

Bottom line: You get what you pay for. At this price, you expect to get a camera that takes photographs acceptable to the casual photographer. The DXG-409C delivers on that score, plus it has full-motion video capability, voice recording capability and it's small enough to slip in a pocket or purse. In my opinion it provides good value for the money, but don't expect it to equal the performance of an expensive camera. (My rating of 4 stars is based upon the performance I expect for a $100 digital camera.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Pictures are very fuzzy, pass this one up.
I first tried taking pictures in Auto mode but those did not turn out very good. I then spent some time tweaking all the settings in Manual mode but nothing helps, the pictures this camera takes are fuzzy and extremely poor quality. Though the product comes packaged well and includes all the little extras (cables, case, strap, batteries) I would not recommend this product even to first-time or casual users purely because of the poor quality pictures.

This was an impulse buy because of the price but I'm taking it back to the store first chance I get.

2-0 out of 5 stars Small Size is the Only Positive
(...) Took 5 pictures with and without flash.My other camera is a 3-year old Canon S100 with 2MP resolution and I will review my experience with the DXG-409C in compariosn to the Canon.

Pros:
- Small Size
- Nice fit and finish (plastic body but feels ok)
- Package includes case (Had to buy extra for Canon)
- Uses 2 inexpensive AAA batteries (Canon uses pricey Li-Ions)
- No special software or driver was needed under Windows XP and the camera was recognized as an external drive (but they did include a CD with drivers and imgae software).
- Date and other settings retained even when batteries are replaced.
- 4MP (officially).

Cons:
- No optical zoom (I guess you can only get digital zoom at this price point)
- Long 5 second procesing time after every shot
- Even at 6 ft, the picture was slightly fuzzy (I didn't usedigital zoom).2MP Canon pix were distinctly sharper.
- No lens cover
- Flimsy rubber-like cover for USB-out, difficult to use.
- Batteries drain very quickly especially if using flash.
- Even at 4Mp and "Best" Image quality setting, the final iamges are about 450KB which is about the same size as the 2MP images on the Canon.Is the DXG overcompressing the JPGs and is this why the pictures are fuzzy?

Bottom line:
For casual/first time users, this should be ok.If you are serious, have used a brand name digital camera before or plan to keep the camera for 2-3 years, stay away. ... Read more


97. Canon Powershot SD10 4MP Digital Camera (Black)
by Canon
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0000CH6GA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 789
Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Super-sleek Digital Elph with 4.0 megapixel sensor--up to 2272 x 1704 pixel images for 11 x 14 photo-quality prints
  • 5.7x digital zoom, 5-point artificial intelligence auto focus (AiAF), DIGIC Imaging processor
  • Capture up to 3 minutes of 320 x 240 video with audio; on-camera video editing capability
  • Included 32 MB Secure Digital (SD) card; also compatible with MMC cards
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-3L ); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (36)

5-0 out of 5 stars UTTER FABULOSITY in the form of a Camera
*OK so this bad boy is TINYYYY. You will never have to worry about carrying a bulky camera again, plus its really ultra chic and trendy looking. HUGE PLUS.

*Unlike a lot of other digital cameras that take forever to take a picture, this thing is faaaaast. The time between each snap shot is fast too. VERY impressive.

*I'm not a professional photog but if your just about quality photos without all the technical craziness then this camera is perfect for you. Right out the box its super easy to work with without having to first read the lengthy manual(s).

*The digital zoom on this thing is more than cute enough to accomodate you and I find that it doesn't distort the photos or comprimose the quality of the pic. I understand there are a lot of people that don't care for this dital zoom feature but It hasn't been a problem for me.

*Its so tiny you feel like its the most fragile thing in the world. Its roughly about the size of a credit card!

*There's no optical viewfinder on this camera (for the lay person its the little hole most people look through on any other camera before taking a picture). I thought that it would be wierd having to look through the screen before flicking it up, and surprisingly its not. In fact taking pictures is easier now,

* I havent used the camera's included software because my computer allows me to download my photos by inserting the memory disk directly into it so I can't comment on that particular aspect.

*I'm in loooove.

*The ONLY bad thing about this little camera is that its so cute people want to hold it all the time and the belt clip is secured only by a leather velcro strip so it doesnt feel as secure as I would have liked.

*This camera is soooooo worth the money. Click that "BUY NOW" option immediately and stop fooling around, you know you want it. = )

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera, No Regrets!
This is perfect for you if you are looking for a small, portable digital Camera. You can take this thing anywhere.

Pros:
1. Size and weight - I love the fact that you can just drop it in your pocket and head on out. It's small, sleek, and light weigt.
2. Picture quality - At 4 megapixels, this is not a technological lightweight when it comes to picture clarity. The pictures I have taken so far have come out excellent.
3. Canon Quality - Canon makes great digital cameras that feel sturdy and are well - built.

Cons:
1. Digital Zoom/Lack of optical zoom - The zoom feature of this camera is not good at all. It's a trade-off for its compact size. When using the digital zoom, the pictures dont come out very sharp.
2. Red-eye - You will note a tendency for images to have a bit of red-eye in the subjects. That's not much of a problem if you have image editing software.

Suggestions:
1. Buy a bigger Memory Card - the one that the camera comes with is too small. At the very least, get a 128mb card, 256/512mb is my recommendation.
2. Buy an extra battery - this way when you are out, you can just swap batteries without having to worry about how much power you have left.
3. Buy a USB 2.0 memory card reader - If you take a good number of digital pics and your computer has a USB 2.0 port, then a reader is excellent for downloading pictures and transferring it to your computer. USB 2.0 is very quick and where a typical transfer may take approximately 5 minutes, with USB 2.0 the same transfer will take 45 seconds.
4. Get image editing software- This affords you the opportunity to brighten images, sharpen images, take the red-eye out, crop images. I use adobe photoshop, but any image editing software should do. It just gives you a greater sense of control over the output.

Conclusion:
You know that there will be a trade-off in some camera functions for its small size, and for me, I have no regrets about it. I simply can't get over how small the camera is. It excels in close to medium distance images in daylight. At 4 megapixels, the resolution of the pictures is very satisfying. This camera delivers as promised.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
I just got my camra today! It's the cutest thing ever. It's smaller than the rest of the camra's on the market. The 4.0 mega pix is a plus too! WOW I love it. It's smaller than my cell phone. You should get it too!

5-0 out of 5 stars REALLY IMPRESSED!!!
From the moment I recieved this product I knew I had made a great desision in this purchase. The packageing was impressive and it came with everything which I think is a total plus, the case, battery, battery charger and the cords. I recently purchased a more expensive digital camera and had to put more money into the rechargable batteries and charger and the AV cord and the case, and the product packageing was no where near as good as this little camera. Also this camera has an awesome orange light ( don't know the Tech. term )that totally suprises whoever your taking a picture of and can take a picture in a competely dark room, my big camera cant do that. I take it everywhere it is so small, I love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Canon SD10 (simply the best)
The Canon SD10 has to be one of the best cameras out there for its price. I only have a few things that I don't like about this camera. One of the things is that some of the pictures show a little bit of red eye but when you go to print it out you just click red eye and it takes it out for you so that really isn't that big of a deal. Another thing has to be the digital zoom. When you take the picture it is fine but when you are looking at it on the LCD when you want to take the picture it shows blurry. But if you want to use the zoom... just take the picture and zoom in and print it on the computer. This camera takes excellent pictures and let me tell you is it ever TINY! It is seriously the size of a credit card but you don't want to drop it because you know it will break. I think that anybody who is looking for a camera get this one because it is great! You won't be disappointed... ... Read more


98. Digitrex DSC4500Z 4MP Digital Camera
by APEX
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0002AHQU0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: APEX
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Features

  • 4.0 Megapixel
  • 3x optical, 4x digital zoom
  • 1.6 inch TFT LCD
  • 16 MB internal memory with SD/MMC expandability
  • Video/Audio Clip 15 fps @ QVGA

99. Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom
by Kodak
list price: $345.99
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Asin: B000063BGY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 2531
Average Customer Review: 3.72 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Kodak DX4900 builds on the success of the EasyShare range, bringing 4.0 megapixels and a whisper-quiet 2x optical zoom lens to this easy-to-use and extremely affordable package.

The DX4900 is essentially an update to the successful 3-megapixel DX3900, but with a new 4.0 megapixel CCD capable of producing good poster-size prints. Indeed, the camera was named best point-and-shoot digital camera in its price range at the 2002 Photo Marketing Association Awards, based on color accuracy and image and print quality. This is important because the EasyShare range of digital cameras, while not among the prettiest available, perform extremely well against the competition and at the same time offer extraordinary ease of use.

The DX4900 is, in fact, as easy to use as a compact film camera. Taking pictures is simply a question of loading the flash card and the battery and setting the date and time. From there, the camera operates in auto mode and takes pictures with excellent color balance in most situations.

Should the need arise, the camera can be set to override the ISO settings from 100 to 400, shutter speeds from 0.7 to 16 seconds, sharpness, metering, resolution from 1 to 4 megapixels, color settings, white balance, and exposure compensation from -2 to +2 in 0.5 EV steps. Despite the ability to set these, we feel that this camera does such a good job of capturing images in the auto mode that you will rarely have to alter these settings.

Another new feature on the DX4900 is the "advanced digital zoom," which claims improved performance, reducing pixilation. Limited testing showed that the combination of real-time interpolation combined with modest image sharpening does improve the appearance of pictures taken using the digital zoom.

What is missing from the package is, of course, the EasyShare docking station. Kodak has done this to make its cameras even more competitive, but at the expense of usability. Remember that the camera is supplied with a nonrechargeable lithium-ion battery that will prove costly to replace. You can use a couple of AA batteries, but the best bet is to invest in the docking station, which is supplied with a NiMH rechargeable battery and an AC power adaptor.

The software supplied with the DX4900 includes USB connection software, album creation software, image transfer software, and Kodak picture software. The transfer software runs in the background and starts up whenever the camera is detected and then guides you through transferring your images. Once an image is transferred, you are passed over to the picture software, which allows you to view your images and apply simple image enhancements, e-mail them, and organize images in an album.

The camera is supplied with wrist strap, Kodak picture software, USB and video cables, a lithium-ion battery, and a 16 MB CompactFlash card. --Nick Baxter

Pros:

  • Affordable, easy-to-use point-and-shoot 4-megapixel camera
  • Auto mode very satisfactory, but you can override with good range of manual controls
  • Named best point-and-shoot digital camera in its price range at the 2002 Photo Marketing Association Awards--and we agree

Cons:

  • Doesn't include EasyShare docking station, which we recommend
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Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at sizes up to 11 x 14 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 2x optical/3x digital (6x total) zoom
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds approximately 12 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port or optional EasyShare dock
  • Uses 2 AA batteries or 1 lithium CR-V3 battery (alkaline batteries included)

Reviews (72)

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great product!
I've had this camera for two weeks now and I feel very justified in saying...stop looking and buy this one. What an amazing deal! This camera is easy to use, has tons of great features (the dock that keeps your battery charged is a must, as is a 128mb card) and takes beautiful pictures. I waited to write my review until I got some hard copies back from the kodak print center and they look even better than my 35mm. I can honestly say that I will never need more camera than this. I use it for the kids sporting events and have tried it indoors and out. There simply isn't a reason not to go with this camera. Some of the 2 megapixel cameras are going for the same price. Definitely won't disappoint.

4-0 out of 5 stars User-Friendly
This camera is a good deal. It is aimed towards the people who want to take out the camera, push the button, and not have to deal with other [stuff]. While sometimes I wish for a bit more freedom and control, it does make photography easy and accessible. Some downfalls are the lack of real zoom. 2x isn't much, and the digital zoom quickly reduces the quality of the picture. Getting a really close up shot of something is very tough also. Overall a good deal, the software that comes with it is easy to use and helpful, if a bit simplistic. I would say that getting at least a 64 mb memory card is necessary, as the included one is too small to be of any real use. I got a 128 mb card for (US)[money] after a mail-in rebate, and it holds 102 pictures at highest quality. Good quality, easy interface, though sometimes lacking in freedom to tweak camera settings. Another necessary purchase with this is 4 AA Ni-Mh batteries and a charger... so that you can have one set in the camera and one set charging. I don't recommend getting the "dock" or anything like that, very simple and quick to transfer pictures with the included USB cable. It takes maybe 3-4 seconds per picture on highest quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome pictures!
This camera takes flawless photographs at almost any distance, and at almost any light. There are lower resolution modes and also a high-compression mode, but this does degrade the quality of the image (perhaps the reason for some of the unfavorable reviews?). Also, Kodak has some extra lenses available, one of them being a 2x zoom lense (I've ordered it, but it's still in the mail), which I am hoping will give me 1x to 4x zoom, which is actually BETTER than the 3x zoom you get on most digital cameras. They also have a close-up lense for taking pictures of things like stamps if you are interested in that sort of thing.

The downside is that you don't get a camera bag, and the 16MB memory card is too small. I think the 64MB memory card is perfect for me, but then I have a laptop that I can take with me and dump the pictures onto when the card gets full. The camera also comes with a lithium battery, so you still need to buy either a charger or a cradle (both come with one rechargable battery pack). Buy an extra battery pack so you don't get caught without juice! The lithium battery packs last only about twice as long as a charged battery pack, but they cost more ..., so definitely go rechargable!

Even without accessories, however, this is a great camera, and you can't get this kind of resolution for this price anywhere else. I've taken some absolutely breathtaking nature photographs after having the camera for only a few days. The automatic shutter speed is great for evening and low light situations, and I haven't even tried some of the cooler features of the camera yet.

One more thing - think about investing in some photo-editing software. The camera takes great base pictures, but they still need to be brightness, contrast, and color adjusted. And cropped. And retouched. I like the ULead stuff myself, because it is [reasonably priced] and powerful. But there are a number of very good tools available for less than [money], and you can really spruce up your favorite photos pretty quickly and easily with the right software. In my opinion, it is the ability to edit the photos that MAKES digital photography so powerful, and the higher resolution you go in with, the better the end result. Although Kodak provides some image editing software with the camera, it was really pretty poor. I definitely recommend getting something better (though you may not need it at first depending on what you want to do, and your level of experience).

Great camera, great pictures, great price. Plan on spending at least another [money] on accessories (battery charger or cradle, memory card update, camera bag, optional add-on lenses), and maybe [money] on software if you don't already have a favorite image editing tool. Once you have it all in place though, you get to take as many high-resolution photos as you want to for almost free! And I am telling you, I was just blown away at how some of my photos came out. Breathtaking!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it would be
I got a good deal on a used Kodak DX4900 on Ebay and the first day of using it I thought I really got a good deal. Motion shots were lacking, but I thought I could live with it because inside low-light shots were good and that is what I needed.
But then the problems started on day 2, the little shutter lens wont open all the way most of the time now, so the pictures are all dark or black. Every once in a while it will work okay and I can get in a fairly good picture although a little grainy, but it is too frustrating to fight with. I wish I had read the reviews before buying!
I like the features if they worked right, and this could just be an individual camera thing since it was used, but I really believe durability is a key factor.
I have a Vivitar 1.2mp I have had for 3 years that works better than this piece of junk. Will try to get the shutter fixed at a camera place,but probably will end up taking the loss and buying the camera I really wanted in the first place..the Cannon Powershot A75.
However I will say that my brother has a Kodak Easyshare 3.1mp and his camera has been great for him for a year now. Maybe the issues are with the DX4900 only.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money...
This camera is a total disaster. First, Kodak actually took away features such as video capture which used to be available in the 2.0 megapixel model. Second, the camera has a charging defect. I had to send the camera in for repairs because the battery would not charge. Third, the camera has a shutter defect. After a few months, my photos were overexposed and blurry. Again sent camera in for repairs. Kodak fixed the problem temporarily. Finally, a few months later my photos were double exposed and blurry. Kodak would not repair the camera for free because it was out of warrantee. The people at Kodak were nice but their policies suck. Based on the other reviews I have seen on Amazon, it is obvious that this camera should have been recalled.

Bottom line - DO NOT TOUCH THIS CAMERA! In fact, I would not recommend you buy a Kodak until they improve their customer service and post sales record. ... Read more


100. Casio QV-R40 4 MP Mini Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Casio
list price: $329.99
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Asin: B0000AWFIF
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 2489
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The affordable, powerful Casio QV-R40 digital features a 4-megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom lens, a fast 1-second start-up time, and a stylish, durable stainless steel body.

Optics and Resolution
The QV-R40 features a 4-megapixel resolution that captures vibrant colors and produces images up to 2304 x 1712 pixels for photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14 inches. Other resolution modes include 2240 x 1680, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, and 640 x 480.

The QV-R40 packs a 3-segment telescoping type 3x optical zoom lens with sliding mechanism that makes it possible to fit everything into an ultra-thin, stylish aluminum body. Optical zoom provides the means to produce beautiful, low-distortion close ups. Using digital zoom in combination with optical zoom allows a total zoom of 9.6x with optical 3x and digital 3.2x combined. The 8-24mm zoom lens is equivalent to 39-117mm in 35mm photography.

Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the QV-R40 can also record up to 30 seconds of video (without audio) at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

More Features
With the QV-R40's Best Shot mode, both amateurs and professional photographers can take outstanding professional-quality photos without fussing over calibrations, filters or attachments. There are 21 settings within the Best Shot mode, including portrait, coupling, flower, sundown, text, food, and natural green.

Other features include:

  • 1.6-inch LCD screen and viewfinder with diopter correction slider
  • Built-in flash with auto, on, off, and red-eye reduction modes
  • Built-in digital quartz clock with world time
  • Capture an entire sequence of 1.3 megapixel images at 10 frames per second
  • Focus modes: Contrast-type Auto Focus (AF Mode [AF Area: Spot or Multi], Macro Mode), Infinity Mode; focus lock; manual focus
  • Color modes: Natural Color, Vivid Color, Black and White, Sepia
Storage and Transfer
Images can be stored in the QV-R40's internal 10 MB memory or on optional Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NP-30, included). It measures 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.3 inches and weighs 7.4 ounces (excluding battery).

What's In The Box
This package includes the QV-R40 digital camera, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and battery charger, USB cable, wrist strap, and CD-ROM with Casio Photo Loader software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures 2304 x 1712images for photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14 inches and beyond
  • 3x optical plus 3.2x digital zoom (9.6x totoal) autofocus lens
  • Store images on 10 MB internal memory; compatible with Secure Digital/MMC cards
  • 1-second (approximate) startup time; 0.01-second release time lag for virtually instantaneous recording
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries (NiMH rechargeables included); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (28)

4-0 out of 5 stars Should be 4 and a half Stars - Great Camera
I really like this camera, it is small enough to be discrete in your pocket yet packs a powerful punch. If you look at price to performance ratio, this camera excels. It doesn't cost that much yet for the price you get a fully functionally quality digital camera. At 4 megapixels I can't complain. I took this camera around during my day to take random pictures and to see how the camera performed. I took pictures in a restaurant and outside, both pictures looked good. I had it on highest setting and it does not differ too much from other 4 megapixel cameras. The LCD screen is average size, not too big but good enough to see without strain.

I used AA alkaline batteries just to see how long they would last. Since it was recommended not to use them as they drain quickly I wanted to see for my self. The batteries lasted the whole day (I took around 70 pics) and I never had to change batteries even with using the flash for half those pictures. The charger also can charge other name brand AA and AAA batteries and those worked great for me.

Again, I don't know why casio does this but the videos that you record do not have sound. Why? I do not know. Nonetheless it is a camera and not a camcorder but if you're not going to have sound, might as well not even bother with video at all and use those resources towards something else on the camera. The camera does take a couple of seconds in-between shots but not long enough to lower my rating. The newer version of this camera, the QV-R51 takes much longer (probably because it is processing an extra megapixel of info per shot)than this one.

Overall all, even though there is a newer version of this camera, it is significantly more expensive than this and the performance of that camera is not worth the price (all you get is a bigger LCD screen that drains the batteries quicker and 1 more megapixel of resolution). This camera on the other hand is a spectacular deal in price for the performance you receive and the portability. I definitely recommend this camera, it sure hit the sweet spot for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive, Compact, Fast
The feature that I like the most is the fast startup time (about 1-2 second from pressing the ON switch to taking the first picture w/o flash.) The shutter lag (the time from pressing the shutter till the time the camera actually records the picture) is very small also. Casio advertises the lag time as 0.01 second and I couldn't feel any lag time so I tend to believe them.

I bought this camera mainly to photograph my 4 month-old son, so the short startup time and small lag time is very important to me. So far, I'm very happy with this camera.

The package contains two NiMH batteries and charger. No SD card is included but the camera has 10 MB built-in memory. The camera can use AA alkaline batteries (in emergency situations) but the batteries would not last long. At the default 4 mega-pixel resolution, each image takes about 1.3 MB, so you should definitely buy SD card to store your pictures.

The size of the camera is also very compact and light. Very suitable for spontaneous shooting.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great camera but not without its flaws...
I already had a Sharp 4 MP camera, but the only reason that I got this camera is because of its small size. Here's some reason why I choose this camer, It uses AA batteries which NIMH batteries cost about 4 for $10, secondly, it uses SD memory card which is what my Sharp camera uses, and thirdly its very compact for a camera that uses AA battery. Further plus includes its start up time which is only about 1 second, and it includes many useful features such as cropping your photos in your camera after you have taken the photo to free up spaces on the memory card. It also have many color filters such as blue, red, green, etc... useful for enhancing the sky, ocean, etc... There is also 21 pre-settings for different situations. As for the con, there are some noise in the photo, and it doesn't focus well in dark areas. It also doesn't let you manually adjust the shutter speed and the only way to take bright and shadowless photo at night or under a weak tungsten light is to choose from the 21-preshot options which really annoys me. Other than that, this camera is terrific and i love it, because it comes in handy because of its small size and its low cost accessories (batteries, memory card, etc..) The only reason i gave it a 4 instead of 5 because of the noise that is in the photo and sometime the sky came out unaturally bluish-green. Unless you're on a tight budget or doesn't mind the amount of noise in it, I would recommend the QV-R51 because it has much less noise in the image and you can always scale the size down to 4MP to reduce image size. (See www.steves-digicams.com for sample image) For me, I got it at walmart for just $200 during clearance so it's definitly a great buy!

1-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable...
I've had this camera for about 3 weeks now and I've been happy with it up until now. The features of the camera are great for the price but the instruction book is vague about the most important thing I believe a camera owner should have. Repair information. Yes, after three weeks, my great little camera now pops up a system error upon start up without any option to do anything. The manual simply states that it needs repair. On a 3 week old camera?! Ridiculous! However after some playing around with the USB (which BTW my pc was still able to read it) I got display and shooting back. However, any modification to the settings and it's back to system error. Mind you the screen is missing some items so I assume the software has been corrupted somehow. Sorry Casio. This camera (maybe a one in a million defect) is just not reliable enough for my memories...

5-0 out of 5 stars The best camera for the price
This is my second digital camera and I'm glad with my choice. This camera has so many pros and few cons that it is worth for you to try.
Some of the pros are: Robust aluminum-alloy body, excellent image quality, 4.0 mega pixels, 3x digital zoom, small shutter lag (2/10 seconds), lens retracting completely into the body, flash with red eye reduction, handful preset shooting modes, video mode, two AA-size NiMH 2100mAh batteries and charger included, and many other etceteras.
The only cons I found were: 15 fps video clips with no audio up to 30 seconds each (audio recording would have been great), lack of exposure controls other than program AE, lack of a video output port.
This camera gives an impressive performance and quality for a great price, and definitively you won't regret on buying it. ... Read more


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