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181. Lexmark Z810 printer with Vivitar
$162.99 $126.47 list($299.99)
182. Mustek PVRA1 Personal Media Center
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183. Fujifilm Finepix E500 4MP Digital
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184. Pentax *ist DS 6.1MP Digital SLR
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185. Sony DSCF717 5MP Digital Still
$249.85
186. KODAK EasyShare LS753 Digital
$199.99 $195.92 list($219.99)
187. DC DXG-301V Digital Video Recorder
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188. Olympus Camedia C5500 5.1MP Digital
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189. Canon EOS-10D 6.3MP Digital SLR
$419.99 list($549.99)
190. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15K 4MP
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191. Canon EOS-10D 6.3MP Digital SLR
$419.99 list($549.99)
192. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15K 4MP
$176.99 $173.00 list($219.99)
193. Mustek DV5500 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional
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194. Konica Minolta Dimage Z20 5MP
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195. Olympus C-740 3MP Digital Camera
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196. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 4MP Digital
$142.99 $134.95 list($199.95)
197. Mustek DV4500 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional
Too low to display $369.95 list($499.95)
198. Pentax Optio SV 5MP Digital Camera
$293.95 list($399.99)
199. Sony Cybershot DSCP41 4MP Digital
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200. Kodak Easyshare CX7530 5MP Digital

181. Lexmark Z810 printer with Vivitar ViviCam 3632 Digital Camera
list price: $149.00
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Asin: B0007LKVDI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lexmark
Sales Rank: 3785
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Features

  • 2-megapixel digital camera with 1,600 x 1,200 resolution, 4x digital zoom
  • 4,800 x 1,200 resolution on photo paper, 2,400 x 1,200 resolution on other paper
  • Up to 20 ppm black and 14 ppm color print speed
  • 16 MB internal memory with SD card slot
  • USB 2.0 interface; Windows and Mac compatible

182. Mustek PVRA1 Personal Media Center
by Mustek
list price: $299.99
our price: $162.99
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Asin: B0002MGZPA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Mustek
Sales Rank: 1499
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Features

  • 7-in-one multi-functions include digital video player, digital video recorder, digital photo player, digital voice recorder, MP3 player, mass storage, SD/MMC card reader
  • Playback photos and video on the 2.5" color LCD screen
  • Uses SD memory card
  • MPEG 4 technology for high quality video recording
  • Print photos conveniently from Direct Print Support (DPS)

183. Fujifilm Finepix E500 4MP Digital Camera with 3.2x Optical Zoom
by Fujifilm
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B0002AHQKK
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Fujifilm
Sales Rank: 263
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Features

  • An elegant and versatile point-and-shoot digital camera
  • 4.1 MegaPixel CCD
  • New Metal Body Design for 2004
  • 2.0" LCD Monitor (154K Pixels)
  • USB 1.1& 2.0 Compatible

184. Pentax *ist DS 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
by Pentax
list price: $999.95
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Asin: B00061LSAY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 2423
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Features

  • 6.1 MegaPixel CCD housed in one of the world’s smallest, lightest digital SLR camera bodies
  • High-rigidity stainless-steel chassis
  • Compatible with 35mm-format lenses and accessories
  • Fast, high-precision 11-point autofocus (9 cross-type sensors) with SAFOX VIII
  • SD memory card compatible

185. Sony DSCF717 5MP Digital Still Camera w/ 5x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $799.95
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Asin: B00006JU62
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 653
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

It takes two hands to hold Sony's new DSC-F717, which you'll need to use all the many features packed into this digital camera. The F717 captures images at up to 5.2-megapixel resolution--2,560 by 1,920 pixels--which allows for prints of 11 by 14 inches or even greater.

Images are crisp, colorful, and deep with detail. With USB 2.0 support, transfers to the PC zipped by and can be set to dispatch automatically. The large, autofocus Carl Zeiss lens zooms optically at 5x, with another 2x in digital mode. Atop the lens, the automatic flash pops open when needed. It also performs preflash metering and corrects the amount of light sent to create shots with the best possible exposure.

This aids the NightFraming mode, which incorporates the camera's NightShot infrared technology, and can help with taking optimal shots in low-light or no-light situations. If you've never used an infrared viewer before, you'll be impressed by the additional photo opportunities it provides, like snapping shots of teenagers stealing your jack-o'-lanterns and catching them orange-handed.

NightShot can also be used with the camera's movie-capturing mode. The audiovisual movies can be played back full screen with the HQX mode; we played our movie at 1,280 x 1,024 and could only find minor pixilation around the edges.

Video size is limited only by the capacity of the Sony Memory Stick inside the camera. The F717 ships with a 32 MB stick, so an upgrade to a larger size is recommended. It comes with a shoulder strap, but we also recommend buying a case to protect your investment. Not a camera for beginners, the F717 does everything you'd expect from a high-end digital camera. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • 5-megapixel resolution with 5x optical zoom
  • NightShot infrared mode is quite handy
  • Multiple modes, including movies with audio

Cons:

  • Not compact
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Features

  • 5-megapixel sensor creates 2,560 x 1,920 images for exceptional prints at 11 x 14 inches and beyond
  • Carl Zeiss autofocus lens with 5x optical/2x digital (10x total) zoom
  • Included 32 MB Memory Stick holds 23 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)

Reviews (54)

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Prosumer Digitals On the Market
With the Sony 828 coming out in January, the 717 may soon be a relic. But at this time it is hands down the finest digital camera in the Sony line and strong competitor in the $750-1,000 range.

I've only given this camera 4 stars primarily because the price is misleading. For all practical purposes you can not operate a camera like this with the small Memory Stick provided by Sony. You'll need to upgrade to at least 128 or preferably 256MB or you'll spend more time downloading files than taking photos. So tack another $100 onto you bill. Also consider a UV filter to protect that protruding (and thus vunerable) lens (add $20).

PROS
- overall outstanding image quality
- best-in class low-light photos (helpful at Xmas!)
- optional manual controls and hot shoe add flexibility
- Burst "feature" allows three essentially simultaneous shots.
- surprisingly quiet
- decent battery life

CONS
- bulky
- zoom is ergonomically difficult to get used to. Practice before a big event!

Also check out the Minolta Dimage and the Nikon Coolpix 5700 --- comparable cameras with a lot to offer and have a more traditional SLR feel. I ultimately chose the Sony because reviews showed it outperforming the others in low-light, a situation I find myself in frequently.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great digital camera
Pro:
* Preforms well in low light even without a flash.
* 5x optical zoom
* The ability to manually focus
* Controls easy to navigate
* Excellent picture quality
* Special settings such as sepia
* Three burst mode for action or hard to capture shots (Beware of long write time before you can take pictures again if you are using a high resolution setting)

* Manual control of white balance allows for color correction
* The battery life is really good (however if you plan a long day of picture taking an extra battery is essential)
* Ability to manually set shutter and / or aperture

Cons:
* On high resolution can take a while to write to
* Bulky compared to a lot of other digital cameras (but not so much so when compared to a good 35mm)
* Memory sticks have historically cost more than other digital cards but I find that prices have come down significantly
* Sony really should ship this camera with a 128MB memory stick. The 32 it comes with captures only a few pictures at a high resolution.

Things I would recommend to get along with the camera

* Extra memory sticks.
* Memory stick case
* A UV filter. You don't need to get the one that Sony makes for the camera. Any 58mm-thread filter will work.
* Tripod
* Sony's shutter remote
* A Neoprene camera strap
* Extra batteries

This is a great camera and I would recomend it even over the 827.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT
IM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER BY NO MEANS. BUT I LIKE TO HAVE A CAMERA AROUND TO TAKE PICTURES WHENEVER I CAN EITHER OF MY BOYS OR BEFORE AND AFTERS OF PROJECTS AT THE HOUSE. I ACTUALLY GOT A CARRYING CASE FOR IT AND ACC. I TAKE IT EVERYWHERE I GO. ALSO GOT A PRINTER TO GO WITH IT. WHAT WONDERFUL PICTURE THAT I CAN TAKE. IMAGINE IF I KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT TAKING A PICTURE WHAT I COULD DO. A FRIEND HAS SAME CAMERA AND HE FEELS THE SAME WAY.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product
I did my usual research at amazon, dpreview, etc etc and decided on this one and have used it for almost a year. Even if the 828 is out and this one is kind of a relic, I cannot imagine needing anything more than this in a digcam and want to recommend it specifically because there would be lots of used units at great prices now in the market. What are the best things about it?

Just read all the issues with the Nikon 5700 (my comparison is mainly with the Nikon, which I have used). The 717 outscores the Nikon in all those areas (excellent autofocus, not clumsy to handle, very fast response time, and simply the best battery - 300 pics without a problem - i charge my battery once a fortnight if even).

Picture quality is fantastic. I am not a pro, and I do not need anything more than the quality and crispness that this camera offers.

But the biggest plus, I think, is its great quality in "auto" mode. My friends can simply aim and shoot and get a great result - all of us typically take a lot of pictures at fun times, and aim n shoot quality really matters at those times.

What else? Excellent flash quality. I also love the way the lens bends up and down - I used it to great effect when shooting a wedding - it gives you angle flexibility that no camera can match. It's also extremely sturdy, and I really love the way it stays in the grip. Lastly, the Carl Zeiss lens is of superb quality and the 5X optical zoom is more than I can ever need.

Negatives? Maybe a couple. Initially, I found a lot of pics, particularly in bright sunlight, to be either milky or bluish. This can be solved by using the white meter optimally as well as by managing exposure well, and also with filters - I just needed to spend some time with the camera. Also, the camera necessarily needs a U/V filter (not a big deal for $20).

Like many others I was hesitant to choose a Sony over Nikon and Canon, but clearly in the non-SLR class, Sony is teaching the pro companies a lesson or two.

Overall, great buy, simply the best in its class - probably barring the 828 which I have not used.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Christmas Gift
I have never bought anything high-tech for my software executive husband before I bought this camera. I spent a week on line and reading reviews here and decided this was the right pick. Not only was this the right pick it was a HOME RUN!! This is a great camera. I would recommend the digital photo printer (DPP-EX7) and a real nice Tumi bag to carry the camera in. We have had a blast with this camera. It's great quality and has that "cool factor" as well. We recently took a trip to Walt Disney World and bought the T1 to take instead of this one because this is a bit huge and love both cameras. We are now big Sony fans. I highly recommend this camera. ... Read more


186. KODAK EasyShare LS753 Digital Camera with EasyShare Dock 6000 Kit

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Asin: B0009EK9XU
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 554
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Features

  • 1.8 LCD Screen

187. DC DXG-301V Digital Video Recorder with MPEG4 & Digital Still Capability
by BDI Distributors Inc.
list price: $219.99
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0002F8T42
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: BDI Distributors Inc.
Sales Rank: 525
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Features

  • 3.2 Megapixel CCD
  • 4x Digital Zoom
  • 1.8 inch LCD
  • SD Slot
  • 4 AA batteries

188. Olympus Camedia C5500 5.1MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B0007CZ2UO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 429
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Its 5x SportZoom lets you discover every detail. Its 2.0â LCD keeps subjects and menu options in full view. Its appealing ergonomic design means every feature â both automatic and manual â is just a click away. With 15 shooting modes. A 5.1-megapixel CCD. An anti-shake function for steady movie recording. And just about anything else you could want.5x SportZoomJust when you think you're close enough, go even closer with the outstanding 5x optical Sport Zoom lens and discover what it's really like to see the "whole picture".No Detail is Too SmallDon't worry about missing a thing when you take photos near and far, big and small with the 5.1 megapixel CCD and 20x total zoom designed to deliver every detail.Large LCDCapture, review and watch slideshows of your images on the large 2.0" LCD that makes every C-5500 feature easy to see and use. 15 Shooting modesSee how easy it is to get amazing results for a variety of picture-taking situations with 15 available shooting modes including Portrait, Night Scene, Fireworks and more.Nice and SteadyRecord TV-quality QuickTime movies in steady fashion with the "anti-shake" function for you and everyone who sees them to pleasantly enjoy. Direct Print CapabilityThe C-5500 SportZoom includes PictBridge technology so you can quickly and easily make prints of your images via a direct connection to any PictBridge-enabled printer.Super Macro mode enables shooting from as close as 0.8" Shoot often and fast thanks to the TruePic TURBO image processor, which also reduces noise and other aberrations for enhanced image reproduction Automatic and Manual features give you the freedom to take it easy or take control High-Speed Sequential Shooting, up to 2.7 fps Histogram features lets you review and adjust exposure settings prior to image capture for desi ... Read more

Features

  • Shoot from as close as 0.8 inch with Super Macro mode
  • 5.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality prints up to 13 x 17 inches
  • 5x optical Sport Zoom lens allows you to get close to the action without sacrificing picture quality
  • Large 2.0-inch LCD; 15 available shooting modes including Portrait, Night Scene, and more
  • Record steady, TV-quality QuickTime movies usign camera's "anti-shake" function

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Some please review this camera!
I too have not purchased this camera.Sorry!I also own the Olympus C-4000 and am completely in love with it.I would like to purchase this camera in hopes of it being a tad faster than the C-4000.With two busy boys the C-4000 just can't keep up.I have purchased a Sony DSC-W5, a Kodak DX6440, a Fuji E550 and one more I can't remember and all of them have been returned because none came close to the tremendous pics of the C-4000.This looks like a nice camera and very comparable to the 4000, can someone please review it who owns it.Maybe I will have to buy this one too (can always send it back if my hopes are dashed again).

5-0 out of 5 stars Olympus C-4000 reviewer
Like the 2nd reviewer, I haven't yet purchased this camera.I have the Olympus C-4000 from several years ago.Had my husband not broken it, I would still be in love with it.It still takes great pictures even though we have to struggle with the tele-photo lens and with changing the various modes.I'm looking to replace it.I already spent about the same amount of money, last Christmas for a competitor's (Kodak's) camera, that the salesman said was "THE" best.I HATE IT!!!For the price, I was really happy with the C-4000.

I was hoping to find a review about the C-5500 that would encourage me to buy it.I saw an Olympus camera similar to both the C-4000 and the C-5500 at a wedding a few weeks back.The owner (my uncle) was thrilled with it.Unfortunately I didn't get to ask him which model number it was.I'll keep checking back for more or better reviews.

5-0 out of 5 stars This camera cannot be so bad!!!
I actually do not have this camera, but many reviewers in other sites say that picture quality is "very good" or "excellent"!!! How can it be so bad like "one star" or "the worst camera in the world"? OK, I can imagine that this machine is not perfect, but I am secure that it is a good camera, like all Olympus models before it, specially at this price. May be the person who wrote this doesn't know how take picures at all...
Remember: the most important thing in a good picture is the person behind the camera.

1-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the world's worst digital camera
This thing is horrible, and I am returning mine tomorrow. Picture quality is absolutely pathetic. I've seen better pictures from camera-phones.

In bright light, with no motion, with everyone holding their breath, you may be able to get an acceptably sharp picture. At any other time forget it. With decreasing light and increasing amounts of motion, picture quality degrades to a featureless blur of colors. I checked, double-checked, and re-checked to make sure that I wasn't missing something obvious (I wasn't).

In addition to this overarching complaint, I have to say that the camera body is flimsy, and feels cheap. Unlike the solid metal you find on, say, a Canon Powershot, this one is plastic. The cover for the battery station is made of the same cheap plastic, and feels as if it could break off after a moderate amount of use.

This is exacerbated by the fact that it takes 4 AA batteries which must be removed for replacement or recharging. Battery life with standard Alkaline batteries was abysmal -- after 20 shots the "check battery" indicator was already flashing.

I never got around to checking the bundled software. After 1 bungled gymnastics meet it was clear that this was not the camera for me.

The preview LCD is very large, sharp, and clear. In fact, pictures look better on it than they do at full size.

Printed documentation is minimal. To learn about all of the settings, you must consult the soft-copy "Advanced" guide on the included CD. ... Read more


189. Canon EOS-10D 6.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $1,899.99
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Asin: B00008OT2G
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 414
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Canon's EOS-10D 6.3-megapixel digital SLR builds on the strengths of the award-winning EOS-D60 and offers a range of improvements to both the camera's design and its feature set. It offers a seven-point wide-area autofocus system, fast 3-frames-per-second burst rate, and an ergonomic, super-tough magnesium alloy body shell.

The 6.3-million effective pixel CMOS sensor--providing up to 3,072 x 2,048 pixels--is supported by Canon's unique high-power DIGital Imaging Core (DIGIC) processor. The speed at which the DIGIC processor works has allowed Canon to extend the number of full resolution images in burst sequences to nine, at a rate of 3 frames per second. As well as improved speed, DIGIC also helps produce more accurate color rendition while reducing image noise.

The metering system, using the newest metering algorithm available and a 35-zone evaluative metering system linked to all seven focus points, offers improved exposure consistency and stability. A range covering ISO 100 to 1,600 offers high-quality images across a very broad spectrum of shooting conditions. Photographers working in particularly poor light may also take advantage of an option to extend this range to ISO 3,200.

The EOS-10D is the first digital SLR camera to feature direct printing. Linking via a USB cable, you can make prints immediately from any of Canon's range of compatible bubble jet or CPprinters--including the S830D, S530D, and CP-100--without the need to connect to a computer. Controls within the camera's own menu system allow you to choose print quantity, size, and image cropping. When using Canon's card photo printer CP-100, with the optional battery pack, prints can be made in the field away from a power supply.

Other features include:

  • Automatic selection of FAT16 or FAT32 file systems, to supportlarge-capacity CompactFlash Type I or II memory cards of over 2 GB storage size (such as Microdrives).
  • 1.8-inch TFT (transreflective) LCD monitor with five brightness levels and 10x zoom.
  • Super Intelligent Orientation Sensor detects whether the camera is being held in the portrait or landscape orientation when an image is captured, and automatically rotates the image in the camera's LCD preview screen and on a computer when downloading using Canon's ZoomBrowser software.
  • Extended battery life providing approximately 650 images without flash or 500 images with 50 percent flash.
  • Ability to save an image in RAW format even when it was shot in JPEG mode.

The EOS-10D comes complete with battery pack, compact singlebattery-charging unit, USB cable, video cable, the latest Canon software and Photoshop Elements. The EOS-10D accepts the same BP-511 battery pack, and the same BG-ED3 battery grip as the EOS-D60. ... Read more

Features

  • 6.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor for images up to 3072 x 2048 pixels
  • Magnesium body; can save images simultaneously in both RAW and JPEG formats
  • 3 frames per second (fps) burst rate up to 9; Adobe RGB color space; 7-area AF sensor
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II cards; no card included
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (BP-511); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (59)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing camera, outstanding flexibility
The 10D is the camera I had been waiting for; the look and feel of a 35 with all the benefits of a digital camera. The camera feels great in your hands and produces outstanding results. It can be used as a point and shoot with little instruction and the creative modes and manual override settings allow you the freedom to take control of any shooting situation. The 9 shot drive mode is great for sports action. The camera even gets good battery life (approx. 500 shots w/half flash). I highly recommend a minimum of 128mb compact flash card for higher end photos as well as a tripod for optimal control. B/c the 10D is compatible with all EF lenses it's easy to pickup extra lenses at good prices. Extra batteries and other accessories are also available. Outstanding camera but still very hard to find and a bit pricey when you can find one.

4-0 out of 5 stars canon eos 10 :affordable digital for serious photographers
I purchased my Canon eos 10d seven months ago after extensive reviews of available cameras that were affordable. Recent price drops have made this camera within the reach of serious amateur phtographers. I would never go back to film because the instant review of photos is a great learning tool, plus you can experiment with settings without paying for film or waiting for developing. Reading all the camera tests was great but there is no substitute for actual experience.
I have taken over 4000 photos of wildlife, mostly birds, plus quite a few landscapes. The quality of your work will depend a great deal on quality lenses, study of exposure theory and becoming familiar with the cameras features. If you just want to point and shoot, buy a less expesive camera. to get the best use you will need to use the customized features to adjust exposure. This camera will require manual focus in low light nature scenes and shots with lots of sky. It also will not function in autofocus mode when using the teleconvertor on a lens like the Canon 100-400L IS. This unit also tends to overexpose when taking landscapes with lots of light, requiring the use of built in exposure compesation or photoediting programs. Be prepared to spend time studying the manual or buying
an aftermarket book. With these reservations I highly reccomend this camera.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not happy with this camera
I have owned a Canon TX and Canon 650 film cameras. I was always very happy with my Canon film cameras. I bought the 10d thinking that I was finally able to get a digital replacement for my old Canon film cameras.

I have now owned my 10d for over a year. The picture quality is only fair. It often selects ISO 100 and gives me fuzzy pictures. The white balance is extremely poor compared with the film cameras. The "full automatic" mode does a poor job of focus and white balance. The "creative" modes are similar to the film cameras but don't seem to work so very well. I am just having a terrible time trying to get the settings right to get good pictures! After a year of trying I am extremely frustrated with it.

Finally, the print pictures I get from it are _always_ too dark. It seems I need to post-process EVERY PICTURE in photoshop to get the gamut correct, or brighten/enhance/correct the photos to make them look right. Argh!

It's all probably user error, but I never had these problems with my old film cameras. If I could easily get PhotoCDs made I would go back to film immediately!

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
This camera is everything I desired in a digital camera and so much more. While other kids played baseball and football I grew up with a Pentax MX strapped around my neck. Photography was and is my passion. This camera allows me the expression I always dreamed of. Combined with Adobe Photoshop, this is the best camera/darkroom setup I've ever worked with!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mega happy
I've had my 10D for just over six months, taking mainly landscape/wildlife photos during that time. I moved up from a Minolta film SLR and chose the 10D in preference to Nikon due to my experiences with the Powershot S400 (compatability of menu systems, software etc) and in preference to the Digital Rebel due to build quality/feel and the slightly faster FPS and improved buffer (important to me when trying to photograph animals). I have a big trip to Alaska coming up where the camera will pay for itself with the savings in film/developing alone, never mind the instant feedback and convenience of not having to sort through 250 rolls of film when I get back.

Overall experience with the 10D is very positive with minimal/no shutter lag, great autofocus speed, and the SLR type features often missing such as depth of field preview, mirror lock up etc. If I have any issue with the camera it is the boot up time which seems like an age compared to simply turning on a film camera but isn't too unreasonable compared to other digital SLRs (the brand new Nikon being one of the few exceptions-at a price, mind).

Other reviewers here and on other sites have commented on the soft focussing. Never had an issue with it but I'm not shooting portraits of people but rather I'm normally using large depth of field.

Picture quality has been consistently excellent. Without trying to mess around with the white balance etc I find the color to be spot on and exposure is consistently where I expect it to be. The additional exposure latitude of digital over slide film really helps on difficult to catch contrasty outdoor scenes and the 10D does a great job of making the most of it (comparing it to point and shoot digital images really brings out the differences). I've printed numerous prints at 13"x19" on a Canon i9100 inkjet at home that are outstanding and exceed the quality that pro lab printed slides/negatives have achieved.

Unfortunately, I managed to get the dreaded "Error 99" message a few weeks ago. I use two new Canon lenses (28-135IS and 100-400IS) and a Sigma 12-24. Seeing other comments about non-Canon lenses causing the problem, I called Sigma who confirmed the 12-24 is software compliant and shouldn't be the issue. I called the Canon service hotline and after 20 seconds was actually speaking to a live body (amazing in this day and age). The technician ran through all the things that could be tried to fix it and confirmed that the camera needed to be sent in for repair. I mailed it on a Tuesday and received the camera back the following Wednesday (with the Memorial Day weekend in between) fully functioning, with a new shutter, updated software, and fully cleaned and running to factory specs. Outstanding service response and an experience to put a smile on my face.

Highly recommended accessories to get for the 10D: 1) a second battery (good power usage but I take way more shots than I used to on film and it's not good to run out while in the middle of nowhere); 2) some form of cover for the LCD screen (hoodman peel-on/off work great and help protect it from scratches). ... Read more


190. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15K 4MP Digital Camera with 12x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0002R2824
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 472
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Amazon.com Product Description

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 4-megapixel CCD sensor, the DMC-FZ15K delivers a wide range of detail and color with images up to 2304 x 1728 pixels--enough information to make photo-quality prints up to 11 by 15 inches. Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens, with 3 aspheric elements, combines comfortably small size with superb image rendering. By combining with a 4x digital zoom, users will have an equivalence of a 48x zoom lens in a very compact body, though users should note that digital zoom degrades picture quality.

Movie Mode
The DMC-FZ15K lets you shoot QuickTime Motion JPEG video at resolutions up to 320 x 240 pixels. The amount of video you can capture is limited by space on the memory card; you'll fit more at low quality (10 frames-per-second) than at high quality (30 frames-per-second). The movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments.

More Features

  • Flip Animation: Allows you to create your own frame-by-frame animations.
  • Unlimited Consecutive Shooting: Allows consecutive shooting up to the capacity of the SD memory card.
  • Two-inch diagonal polycrystalline TFT LCD display (130k pixels)
  • Mega Burst Shooting Mode: Shoot up to seven images at four or two frames-per-second in standard resolution, or up to four images in fine resolution. This option is designed to provide you with the best selection of photos during action, such as a sporting event.

Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. An 8 MB SD card is included. Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Printing
This camera supports thePictBridgestandard. PictBridge is a technology that lets you transfer pictures from a digital camera to a compatible printer, without a PC or image-editing software. Because PictBridge is an industry standard, users can connect PictBridge-compatible devices made by many different manufacturers. Learn more about PictBridge.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger). It measures 3.43 by 5.02 by 4.18 inches and weighs 1.14 pounds.

What's in the Box
DMC-FZ15K digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, 8MB SD memory card, lens cap, lens hood with adaptor, A/V and USB cables, strap, and CD-ROM ... Read more

Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens combines with 4x digital zoom for 48x total zoom
  • MEGA optical image stabilizer; 2-inch TFT LCD screen; PictBridge Compatible
  • Store images on Secure Digital (SD) memory card (8 MB SD card included)
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger)

191. Canon EOS-10D 6.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $1,899.99
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Asin: B00008OT2G
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 414
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Canon's EOS-10D 6.3-megapixel digital SLR builds on the strengths of the award-winning EOS-D60 and offers a range of improvements to both the camera's design and its feature set. It offers a seven-point wide-area autofocus system, fast 3-frames-per-second burst rate, and an ergonomic, super-tough magnesium alloy body shell.

The 6.3-million effective pixel CMOS sensor--providing up to 3,072 x 2,048 pixels--is supported by Canon's unique high-power DIGital Imaging Core (DIGIC) processor. The speed at which the DIGIC processor works has allowed Canon to extend the number of full resolution images in burst sequences to nine, at a rate of 3 frames per second. As well as improved speed, DIGIC also helps produce more accurate color rendition while reducing image noise.

The metering system, using the newest metering algorithm available and a 35-zone evaluative metering system linked to all seven focus points, offers improved exposure consistency and stability. A range covering ISO 100 to 1,600 offers high-quality images across a very broad spectrum of shooting conditions. Photographers working in particularly poor light may also take advantage of an option to extend this range to ISO 3,200.

The EOS-10D is the first digital SLR camera to feature direct printing. Linking via a USB cable, you can make prints immediately from any of Canon's range of compatible bubble jet or CPprinters--including the S830D, S530D, and CP-100--without the need to connect to a computer. Controls within the camera's own menu system allow you to choose print quantity, size, and image cropping. When using Canon's card photo printer CP-100, with the optional battery pack, prints can be made in the field away from a power supply.

Other features include:

  • Automatic selection of FAT16 or FAT32 file systems, to supportlarge-capacity CompactFlash Type I or II memory cards of over 2 GB storage size (such as Microdrives).
  • 1.8-inch TFT (transreflective) LCD monitor with five brightness levels and 10x zoom.
  • Super Intelligent Orientation Sensor detects whether the camera is being held in the portrait or landscape orientation when an image is captured, and automatically rotates the image in the camera's LCD preview screen and on a computer when downloading using Canon's ZoomBrowser software.
  • Extended battery life providing approximately 650 images without flash or 500 images with 50 percent flash.
  • Ability to save an image in RAW format even when it was shot in JPEG mode.

The EOS-10D comes complete with battery pack, compact singlebattery-charging unit, USB cable, video cable, the latest Canon software and Photoshop Elements. The EOS-10D accepts the same BP-511 battery pack, and the same BG-ED3 battery grip as the EOS-D60. ... Read more

Features

  • 6.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor for images up to 3072 x 2048 pixels
  • Magnesium body; can save images simultaneously in both RAW and JPEG formats
  • 3 frames per second (fps) burst rate up to 9; Adobe RGB color space; 7-area AF sensor
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II cards; no card included
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (BP-511); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (59)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing camera, outstanding flexibility
The 10D is the camera I had been waiting for; the look and feel of a 35 with all the benefits of a digital camera. The camera feels great in your hands and produces outstanding results. It can be used as a point and shoot with little instruction and the creative modes and manual override settings allow you the freedom to take control of any shooting situation. The 9 shot drive mode is great for sports action. The camera even gets good battery life (approx. 500 shots w/half flash). I highly recommend a minimum of 128mb compact flash card for higher end photos as well as a tripod for optimal control. B/c the 10D is compatible with all EF lenses it's easy to pickup extra lenses at good prices. Extra batteries and other accessories are also available. Outstanding camera but still very hard to find and a bit pricey when you can find one.

4-0 out of 5 stars canon eos 10 :affordable digital for serious photographers
I purchased my Canon eos 10d seven months ago after extensive reviews of available cameras that were affordable. Recent price drops have made this camera within the reach of serious amateur phtographers. I would never go back to film because the instant review of photos is a great learning tool, plus you can experiment with settings without paying for film or waiting for developing. Reading all the camera tests was great but there is no substitute for actual experience.
I have taken over 4000 photos of wildlife, mostly birds, plus quite a few landscapes. The quality of your work will depend a great deal on quality lenses, study of exposure theory and becoming familiar with the cameras features. If you just want to point and shoot, buy a less expesive camera. to get the best use you will need to use the customized features to adjust exposure. This camera will require manual focus in low light nature scenes and shots with lots of sky. It also will not function in autofocus mode when using the teleconvertor on a lens like the Canon 100-400L IS. This unit also tends to overexpose when taking landscapes with lots of light, requiring the use of built in exposure compesation or photoediting programs. Be prepared to spend time studying the manual or buying
an aftermarket book. With these reservations I highly reccomend this camera.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not happy with this camera
I have owned a Canon TX and Canon 650 film cameras. I was always very happy with my Canon film cameras. I bought the 10d thinking that I was finally able to get a digital replacement for my old Canon film cameras.

I have now owned my 10d for over a year. The picture quality is only fair. It often selects ISO 100 and gives me fuzzy pictures. The white balance is extremely poor compared with the film cameras. The "full automatic" mode does a poor job of focus and white balance. The "creative" modes are similar to the film cameras but don't seem to work so very well. I am just having a terrible time trying to get the settings right to get good pictures! After a year of trying I am extremely frustrated with it.

Finally, the print pictures I get from it are _always_ too dark. It seems I need to post-process EVERY PICTURE in photoshop to get the gamut correct, or brighten/enhance/correct the photos to make them look right. Argh!

It's all probably user error, but I never had these problems with my old film cameras. If I could easily get PhotoCDs made I would go back to film immediately!

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
This camera is everything I desired in a digital camera and so much more. While other kids played baseball and football I grew up with a Pentax MX strapped around my neck. Photography was and is my passion. This camera allows me the expression I always dreamed of. Combined with Adobe Photoshop, this is the best camera/darkroom setup I've ever worked with!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mega happy
I've had my 10D for just over six months, taking mainly landscape/wildlife photos during that time. I moved up from a Minolta film SLR and chose the 10D in preference to Nikon due to my experiences with the Powershot S400 (compatability of menu systems, software etc) and in preference to the Digital Rebel due to build quality/feel and the slightly faster FPS and improved buffer (important to me when trying to photograph animals). I have a big trip to Alaska coming up where the camera will pay for itself with the savings in film/developing alone, never mind the instant feedback and convenience of not having to sort through 250 rolls of film when I get back.

Overall experience with the 10D is very positive with minimal/no shutter lag, great autofocus speed, and the SLR type features often missing such as depth of field preview, mirror lock up etc. If I have any issue with the camera it is the boot up time which seems like an age compared to simply turning on a film camera but isn't too unreasonable compared to other digital SLRs (the brand new Nikon being one of the few exceptions-at a price, mind).

Other reviewers here and on other sites have commented on the soft focussing. Never had an issue with it but I'm not shooting portraits of people but rather I'm normally using large depth of field.

Picture quality has been consistently excellent. Without trying to mess around with the white balance etc I find the color to be spot on and exposure is consistently where I expect it to be. The additional exposure latitude of digital over slide film really helps on difficult to catch contrasty outdoor scenes and the 10D does a great job of making the most of it (comparing it to point and shoot digital images really brings out the differences). I've printed numerous prints at 13"x19" on a Canon i9100 inkjet at home that are outstanding and exceed the quality that pro lab printed slides/negatives have achieved.

Unfortunately, I managed to get the dreaded "Error 99" message a few weeks ago. I use two new Canon lenses (28-135IS and 100-400IS) and a Sigma 12-24. Seeing other comments about non-Canon lenses causing the problem, I called Sigma who confirmed the 12-24 is software compliant and shouldn't be the issue. I called the Canon service hotline and after 20 seconds was actually speaking to a live body (amazing in this day and age). The technician ran through all the things that could be tried to fix it and confirmed that the camera needed to be sent in for repair. I mailed it on a Tuesday and received the camera back the following Wednesday (with the Memorial Day weekend in between) fully functioning, with a new shutter, updated software, and fully cleaned and running to factory specs. Outstanding service response and an experience to put a smile on my face.

Highly recommended accessories to get for the 10D: 1) a second battery (good power usage but I take way more shots than I used to on film and it's not good to run out while in the middle of nowhere); 2) some form of cover for the LCD screen (hoodman peel-on/off work great and help protect it from scratches). ... Read more


192. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15K 4MP Digital Camera with 12x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0002R2824
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 472
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Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 4-megapixel CCD sensor, the DMC-FZ15K delivers a wide range of detail and color with images up to 2304 x 1728 pixels--enough information to make photo-quality prints up to 11 by 15 inches. Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens, with 3 aspheric elements, combines comfortably small size with superb image rendering. By combining with a 4x digital zoom, users will have an equivalence of a 48x zoom lens in a very compact body, though users should note that digital zoom degrades picture quality.

Movie Mode
The DMC-FZ15K lets you shoot QuickTime Motion JPEG video at resolutions up to 320 x 240 pixels. The amount of video you can capture is limited by space on the memory card; you'll fit more at low quality (10 frames-per-second) than at high quality (30 frames-per-second). The movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments.

More Features

  • Flip Animation: Allows you to create your own frame-by-frame animations.
  • Unlimited Consecutive Shooting: Allows consecutive shooting up to the capacity of the SD memory card.
  • Two-inch diagonal polycrystalline TFT LCD display (130k pixels)
  • Mega Burst Shooting Mode: Shoot up to seven images at four or two frames-per-second in standard resolution, or up to four images in fine resolution. This option is designed to provide you with the best selection of photos during action, such as a sporting event.

Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. An 8 MB SD card is included. Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Printing
This camera supports thePictBridgestandard. PictBridge is a technology that lets you transfer pictures from a digital camera to a compatible printer, without a PC or image-editing software. Because PictBridge is an industry standard, users can connect PictBridge-compatible devices made by many different manufacturers. Learn more about PictBridge.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger). It measures 3.43 by 5.02 by 4.18 inches and weighs 1.14 pounds.

What's in the Box
DMC-FZ15K digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, 8MB SD memory card, lens cap, lens hood with adaptor, A/V and USB cables, strap, and CD-ROM ... Read more

Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom lens combines with 4x digital zoom for 48x total zoom
  • MEGA optical image stabilizer; 2-inch TFT LCD screen; PictBridge Compatible
  • Store images on Secure Digital (SD) memory card (8 MB SD card included)
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery pack (included with charger)

193. Mustek DV5500 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional Digital Camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD and 4x Digital Zoom
by Mustek
list price: $219.99
our price: $176.99
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Asin: B0002RSP5S
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Mustek
Sales Rank: 73
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Amazon.com Review

One gadget that can record video, operate as a web cam, take still pictures, make voice recordings, play MP3s and function as an SD/MMC storage device? Pretty handy.The question, though, is whether or not a single device can do all of those things well. The answer for the DV 5500 is that it's a mixed bag; the unit doesn't excel at any one thing, but the DV5500's incredible flexibility somewhat compensates for its weaknesses. It's a worthy addition to the gadget lover's arsenal. It's also a utilitarian media device for casual home users.

Design
The chassis of the DV 5500 takes design queues from some of the ultra-compact MiniDV camcorders now on the market. The unit easily fits into one hand, and controls are designed for use by the thumb and forefinger. Switching between modes is easy using a small thumbwheel while menu navigation is performed via a multi-directional button placed just below the thumbwheel. Our only gripe here was that the select button at the center of the multi-directional button was difficult to press; it's a bit too easy to make unintended selections with this button. Otherwise, the DV 5500 has a smart, user-friendly button layout.

The build quality of the DV 5500 is good and the plastic case feels sturdy in the hand. Both the battery and the memory card are housed in the bottom-rear portion of the unit. It's delightful that Mustek chose to include a good lithium-ion rechargeable battery as cameras like this are notorious for sucking batteries dry quickly, leaving the owner to schlep around a pile of alkalines. Not so with the good rechargeable in this unit, and although battery life only ran about an hour, it was great knowing we could simply recharge and start shooting again.

While most MiniDV-format cameras include an internal viewfinder in addition to an external LCD, the DV 5500 relies solely on an external display. Thanks to its relatively bright and clear 2.5" LCD, you probably won't find yourself missing an internal viewfinder, but because external LCDs drink a lot of juice an internal one would have been a nice option when power savings is a priority.

Using the LCD, you can navigate through the DV 5500's menu system, which is fairly intuitive, if not a bit rough around the edges. Some menu graphics and text are difficult to read, and you'll need to consult the manual to decipher them.

Features
At the heart of the DV 5500 is a microprocessor designed to encode video into a format known as MPEG-4. This compression scheme makes it possible to fit a respectable amount of video on the included 32 MB memory card. We were able to squeeze in six minutes at the highest resolution and quality settings, but this can be easily doubled when shooting at the lower resolution settings. Purchasing an optional memory card with a larger capacity is the ticket to even longer run times.

Still images can be captured onto the memory card, as well. At the highest resolution (2048 x 1536), expect to only hold a few images. Again, a memory card upgrade is required to get more out of the DV 5500's photo features.

Although the DV 5500 ships with a number of software utilities for photo and video organization and editing, we were using a Macintosh computer. Fortunately, our computer's USB port recognized the DV 5500 and we were able to drag and drop video and image files onto the Mac's hard drive. It was also easy to drag a few MP3 tracks to the DV 5500's memory card and listen to them via the unit's MP3 player interface. Similar capabilities are possible on a Windows-based computer with a USB port.

Image Quality
In good lighting situations the DV 5500 produced respectable stills with good color accuracy and sharp textures. Video results were good, but not as good as the quality you'll find with the tape-based MiniDV format. The tradeoffs in sharpness, light response and color accuracy are certainly due to the MPEG-4 compression the DV 5500 uses. However, if you can live with lower quality in the video department, you'll appreciate the ease of use, flexibility and convenience the DV 5500's tapeless format offers. --Joshua Gunn

Pros

  • Great "Swiss army knife" media device
  • Decent build quality
  • Good still image quality
  • Rechargeable battery

Cons

  • MPEG-4 video quality could be better
  • Short battery life
  • Awkward selection controls
. ... Read more

Features

  • 7-in-1 multi-functional Camera
  • Works as Digital Camcorder, Digital Still Camera, Digital Voice Recorder, MP3 Player, Video Camera, SD/MMC Card Reader, and PC Cam
  • Pocket-sized design
  • Swivel 2.5" TFT LCD screen
  • Built-in flash

194. Konica Minolta Dimage Z20 5MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Mega Zoom
list price: $349.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0007LW2US
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 1073
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The DiMAGE Z20 - 5.0-megapixel digital camera with 8x optical zoom lens. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20's 8x optical Mega Zoom lens and 4x digital zoom combine for a total 32x zoom, allowing users to capture everything from sporting events to panoramic scenery. And with the camera's Rapid AF with Predictive Focus Control and a 0.5-second (approx.) fastest-in-class startup, photographers will be sure to captures those unexpected photographic opportunities. 8x Optical Mega Zoom - The new DiMAGE Z20 offers photographers a wide shooting range - the 8x optical zoom lens provides focal lengths from 36-290mm (35mm equivalent) while providing focal lengths up to 1160mm (35mm equivalent) when combined with the 4x digital zoom. With the 8x optical zoom and the 4x digital zoom combining for a 32x total zoom, the DiMAGE Z20 is ideal for taking distance shots at sporting events or capturing far-away landscapes. The Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 incorporates a high performance 8x optical lens consisting of 11 elements in nine groups that includes two aspheric lens elements. With two aspheric lenses, the DiMAGE Z20 corrects various kinds of optical aberrations in the zoom range and renders beautiful, homogenous, distortion-free images from the center to the edges. ... Read more

Features

  • Stores images on SD cards; powered by 4 AA batteries (alkaline or Ni-MH)
  • 5 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 8x optical zoom; fast start-up time of .5 second
  • Rapid AF focuses in approximately 0.3 second in wide angle and telephoto modes
  • 1.5-inch LCD; macro mode for shooting subjects from as close as 1 centimeter away

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Camera!
I own this camera for three weeks now, and I'm very pleased with it. Bought it with a 512MB SD-card, which can handle about 250 pictures (highest quality). I never use the automatic setting, defining the shutter-speed and the diaphragm by yourself is much more fun. The possibilities with this camera are enormous. Great zoom range, also with the digital zoom disabled. The Macro-function is also a great feature. Considering the 5.0 MP, the 8x optical zoom and it's price (239 pounds), this is one of the best camera's in it's class!! ... Read more


195. Olympus C-740 3MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $459.99
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Asin: B00008IHTY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 481
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
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Point and shoot ease and full manual controls, the Olympus Camedia C-740 delivers sharp, crisp 3.2-megapixel images for print enlargements up to 11 x 14 inches. With its powerful 10x optical zoom digital camera (30x total zoom when combined with the 3x digital zoom), you'll capture image detail you didn't know existed. The Camedia C-740 also features a more compact body than its predecessor (the C-730), a new extra-low dispersion (ED) lens, movie mode, a built-in flash, and compatibility with XD memory cards.

Optics and Resolution
The 3.2-megapixel Olympus C-740 digital camera can capture images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels; it can also produce 3200 x 2400 pixel images through interpolation for extra-large prints. It boasts an outstanding Olympus aspherical glass 10x zoom lens with 11 lenses in 7 groups. When combined with the 3x digital zoom, you get a total zoom of 30x. The F2.8-F3.7 lens has a focal range of 6.3-63mm, or 38–380mm equivalent in 35mm photography. The ED coating on the lens helps reduce the purple fringing normally seen on larger zoom cameras.

The C-740 also features Olympus TruePic technology, which optimizes the image information captured on the CCD before the data is saved by using the brightness and color information of the neighboring pixels when processing the pixel data. This leads to digital pictures that set standards for picture sharpness, contrast, true colors, and gradation.

Storage and Transfer
With the C-740, you can store images on XD memory cards. With the included 16 MB XD card, you can store 20 images at HQ mode (2048 x 1536 pixels). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Movie Mode
In moviemode, the C-740 captures continuous video (without sound) at 15 frames per second in two formats: 320 x 240 (up to 33 seconds) or 160 x 120 pixels (up to 148 seconds). The QuickTime Motion JPEG format offers a 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

  • 1.5-inch low-temperature poly-silicon LCD screen and electronic viewfinder.
  • Built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, slow synch, and fill in modes.
  • Stitch up to 10 frames to create a panorama effect with Camedia Master software when using Olympus brand XD memory cards.
  • Six scene program modes; Four customizable My Modes let you choose and save preferred settings
  • Image adjustment modes include sharpness, contrast, and saturation (adjustable +/- 5 steps).
  • Super macro mode gets as close as 1.2 inches away from your subject.

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by two CR-V3 lithium battery packs (LB-01, included); rechargeable AA-size NiMH batteries are recommended (four are needed to power the C-740). It measures 4.2 x 3.0 x 3.1inches and weighs 10.4 ounces. This package includes the Camedia C-740 digital camera, 16 MB XD memory card, batteries, USB and A/V cables, wrist strap, and CD-ROM with Camedia Master imaging software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 3.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 10x optical zoom with 3x digital zoom (30x total)
  • Extra-low dispersion (ED) lens, movie mode, built-in flash
  • Included 16 MB XD memory card stores 20 images at 2048 x 1536, HQ mode
  • Powered by 2 CR-V3 batteries (4 AA NiMH rechargeables recommended); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (27)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Zoom and Features
I've had this camera for a few months now and I think it's a good one. At the time I purchased it, it was the only 3.2 Mega Pixel camera with a 10X optical zoom in the price range and the only one that was really portable in size.

The C-740 has plenty of versatility in its features. It allows a wide range of control and it can be a little intimidating trying to figure it all out. The optical zoom is absolutely amazing and having a glass lens rather than plastic is a real plus.

The one area where I am a bit dissapointed with the Olympus C-740 is in low light sensitivity. I've used an old Sony Mavica at work and with that camera I am able to take clear, crisp pictures without a flash - even in extremely low light conditions. Unfortunately, this is not true of the Olympus C-740. Even when there is relatively good lighting levels the C-740 requires a very steady hand or tripod to get a clear picture without a flash.

Overall, I think it's a good camera, especially if you are looking for high optical zoom in a compact size.

4-0 out of 5 stars 10x optical zoom, 3MP resolution at a good price
the ultra-zoom c-740 camera is a virtual twin of the c-750 with some notable differences. the biggest differences are a lower resolution (3MP vs 4MP), no hot shoe, no sound recording support, and no remote control support. finally, the c-740 has a body constructed from a mix of metal and plastic while the c-750 has an all metal body.

pros:
- 10x optical zoom - this is the main selling point of this camera (make sure you get a tripod or monopod to hold the camera steady at 10x, though).
- 3MP resolution.
- good image quality.
- allows a great deal of manual control, including the ability to fine-tune white balance.
- support for add-on lenses.
- customizable buttons and menus.
- ability to store four sets of individual settings.
- bright 1.5" LCD display (smaller size than competition, though).
- has an electronic view finder allows you to see what the CCD sees.
- adjustable AF area, plus manual and automatic focus modes.
- auto bracketing, sequence, AF sequence, and hi-sequence capture modes.
- allows contrast, saturation, and sharpness image adjustments.
- ability to save low resolution movies directly to the xD card.
- supports TIFF format.
- non-proprietary AA batteries used. this means replacement batteries are as close as the nearest convenience store (i recommend rechargeables though).
- compact for a 10x zoom camera: 4.2 x 2.6 x 2.8", 10.4oz.

cons:
- purple fringing noticeable.
- noise levels higher than expected.
- some barrel distortion at wide-angle.
- hair-trigger power button.
- electronic viewfinder difficult to view in low light.
- slowest shutter speeds only available in full manual mode.
- does not support RAW format.
- so-so battery life.
- no AF assist lamp, making autofocus difficult in low ambient light.
- no accessory shoe.
- no sound on video.
- the supplied 16MB xD card is inadequate. be prepared to shell out a few more bucks for more memory.
- add even more to buy more rechargeable batteries; you may also want to invest in a faster charger, the included charger is SLOW.

the c-740, like the c-750, is very easy to use and can be used as a point and shoot or as a full manual camera. the noisier than expected images at higher ISO settings, the lack of an AF assist light, and the lack of an accessory shoe are areas for improvement. all in all, a solid camera at a good price. if you have the $$ to spend, i would recommend trading up to the c-750 and get the extra 1MP resolution and hot shoe.

i hope this helps you with your buying decision. peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this camera
I went to a 4th of July celebration where I took 319 pictures. Only 5 of them were bad pictures (probably user mistake). I have taken some awesome fireworks picture. The 10X optical zoom really helps get in close on subjects. The only MINOR complaints that I have are:

1) It's not a fast click between pictures with AutoFocus.
2) Camera settings are reset each time by default.
3) When changing the quality to Super High Quality, the picture gets darker.

All in all, I am very happy with this purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars An inexpensive, but Powerful camera
I just bought this camera a week ago and I am surprised at how easy it was to learn! I've already have taken a panoramic shot, and it came out great! The only 2 weak parts in the whole package is 1- it doesn't come with rechargeable batteries and a charger, 2- the software it comes with is very basic. But all in all, I looked around and this is the best bang for the buck at the 10x optical zoom.

2-0 out of 5 stars C-740 and C-750 are Not as described in Manual
I have used an Olympus C-3000 for several years and like it. I then purchased a C-740 because of the 10X optical zoom, but quickly learned that it does not function according to the the instruction manual. I actually downloaded the manual first to check the capabilities before I bought one. For one thing you cannot access the top level menu in the "P" (Program) mode without separately turning on the monitor. This is a serious drain on the batteries while you adjust your settings. Another problem is that when the REC VIEW function is on (the default) the camera is supposed to flash the picture just taken on the monitor while the picture is being written to memory. This feature also does not work. The only way to view the last picture taken is to double click the monitor button. Then pushing the monitor button again turns the monitor off or you can press the shutter button half-way down to turn the monitor off. Of course, you can also use the review function to see all pictures on the memory media. I also was not impressed by the digital viewfinder as opposed to an optical viewfinder. A friend of mine has a C-750 which is identical to the C-740 except that the 750 is a 4 mp machine. Her C-750 had the same problems, but she didn't seem to mind because she is not technically oriented. She runs her camera in the Auto mode all the time. I, however, did mind these drawbacks because these are two important features, so I sent my back. ... Read more


196. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1 4MP Digital Camera with 6x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom

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Asin: B0007OV45O
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 686
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Panasonic Digital Still Camera - Point and Shoot Model. 4.0 MP 6x Optical Zoom Optical Image Stabilizer 2.0 LCD ... Read more

Features

  • Stores images on SD memory cards; powered by 2 AA-size batteries
  • 4 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 11 x 15-inch prints
  • 6x image-stabilized optical zoom; 2.0-inch LCD display
  • Records 320 x 240-pixel motion video ( QuickTime motion jpegs) without sounds; movie length limited only by memory capacity
  • 14MB built-in memory

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
I've known what I wanted in a digital camera for several years:
1. Fast shutter release (my Canon S-200 takes 3+ sec., 5+ flash).
2. Small and light (for backpacking, travel).
3. Point and shoot zoom(5X plus with image stabilization).
4. 4+ megapixel, under $250.
5. No proprietary batteries, 2 AA preferred.

Up until now, nothing has come close. Then I read in Business Weekthat the LZ1 and LZ2 had become the best selling cameras in Japan within several months of their introduction. No independant reviews were available (even CNET) so I bought the LZ1 on the strength of it's technical spec's and my previous experiences with Panasonic products.

I took the LZ1 to the rodeo several days ago to test it under demanding conditions. I used the "sports" setting and burst mode(four exposures in about 1 1/2 seconds under those circumstances), all freehand. The results were stunning! No noticeable shutter lag, no blurry or out of focus pictures, all action frozen. Simply put: point, shoot, you got it!

Notes: Actual weight with 2 batteries is 8.2 ozs. The user interface is the best I've seen: full functioned and simple. Flash shots have shutter lag of approx. 1/2 second. I use Panasonic 2300 mah nmh rechargeable batteries purchased at Costco. Panasonic specs claim 370 pictures with those batteries, 30 seconds between shots, LCD on, flash every shot, full zoom in and out each shot. This camera has no optical view finder. I use Panasonic high speed 256mb SD memory cards- expensive, but after having a Viking card quit and swallow 200 pics on another camera, I don't pinch pennies on memory. I may try a Sandisc Ultra II SD card if Amazon gets some in stock. ... Read more


197. Mustek DV4500 MPEG-4 7-in-1 Multifunctional Digital Camcorder with 1.5-inch LCD and 4x Digital Zoom
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list price: $199.95
our price: $142.99
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Asin: B0002SPK46
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Mustek
Sales Rank: 852
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Features

  • 7-in-1 Multi-functional Camera (Digital Camcorder, Digital Still Camera, Digital Voice Recorder, Video Camera, PC Cam, Card Reader)
  • 3.1 MP CMOS Sensor
  • 32 MB internal memory and MMC/SD memory card slot (card not included)
  • MPEG 4 technology for high quality video recording
  • Built-in flash

198. Pentax Optio SV 5MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom
by Pentax
list price: $499.95
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Asin: B0002B80EA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 908
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Features

  • 5.0-megapixel sensor creates photo-quality 2560 by 1920 pixel images
  • 5x optical, 4x digital zoom
  • 1.8-inch LCD screen, AVI movie mode with sound
  • Store images on SD memory card (not included)
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery

199. Sony Cybershot DSCP41 4MP Digital Camera & Sony DPPFP30 Photo Printer Bundle
by Sony
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0002X7V02
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 858
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Features

  • 4-megapixel resolution captures even the tiniest detail and allows photo-quality prints to 11 by 15 inches
  • Fixed focus lens with 3x digital zoom
  • Compatible with Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro media; includes 16 MB card
  • Bundled with DPP-FP30 digital printer, which can make borderless lab-quality 4-by-6-inch or 3 1/2-by-5-inch prints
  • Print up to 20 images without refilling auto-feed paper tray

200. Kodak Easyshare CX7530 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom & Easyshare Printer Dock

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Asin: B0008KL7FO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 2871
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Kodak Digital (8970972) CX7530 and Printer Dock Bundle ... Read more

Reviews (19)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for outside photos but terrible for inside photos
I purchased this camera after reading the perfect product reviews on nearly every website I researched. However, my experience was very different and disappointing compared to others.I am a professional graphic designer and have experience with professional photography as well. I wanted a good inexpensive digital camera that would exceed the quality and resolution of my $800 4 megapixal digital camera.I purchased the Kodak EasyShare CX7530, so I would have it before my sister's wedding.I tested it around the house for a couple of days and made the following observation.Photos that were taken outside in natural sunlight turned out absolutely perfect.I could see extremely detailed aspects of my photo subjects that could not be seen when taken with a 4mp camera. I took pictures of my dog and could literally see every single strand of hair on her in all the photos.Outside photos are absolutely amazing. HOWEVER, the photos I took indoors (using lighting from lamps and/or overhead lights) did not turn out as well. The overall color of my photo subjects seems to be rather subdued and the color was not accurate.The details that I saw in outdoor photos weren't as prominate when the same subjects were photographed indoors.Nevertheless, I still felt that it had potential, and I took it to my sister's wedding anyway.

I took approximately 90 photos at the wedding, and nothing could have prepared me for how terrible the photos would turn out. The chapel had natural sunlight coming through the windows providing enough lighting so that the flash was not automatically used. All of the photos were taken using the "Auto" setting. I was sitting in the front row so I wouldn't be too far away from my subjects. While the photos appeared to be normal through the viewer window, I was shocked when I got home and transferred them to my computer.Every single photograph taken in the chapel was absolutely ruined.They all had a bright red tint to them that could not be corrected, and they were all severely distorted and blurred.I only used the zoom in a couple of photos, and those photos were completely unrecognizable.But the majority of photos were taken without zoom, in good lighting, close to my photo subjects..... and none of them are usable and worthy of being printed. The ONLY photos that turned out decent were the few I took outdoors during the wedding reception, which was held at 3pm sunlight and in perfect weather. I am shocked, disappointed, and angry.... words can't describe how I felt when this happened.How can a camera that takes such perfect photos outside in the daytime take such horrific photos indoors?I will never be able to replace the memories or photos I took that day, and I think everyone should be aware of the potential downside of this camera.It definitely doesn't deserve a perfect rating.I am a professional, and if I received such terrible results from a camera, I would caution anybody else who is looking for a dependable, easy point and click camera.I returned this camera the second I got home from the wedding.

As a side note, my aunt has the Kodak EasyShare DX7630 6.1 megapixal camera, which isn't much more expensive than this 5MP camera.Almost all of her photos came out perfect and the detail is absolutely amazing indoors and outdoors.I am going to purchase one just like hers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kodak has a winner!!!
After a recent trip to the mountains for a weekend getaway,I decided it was time to purchase a "wearable" digital camera. I wanted something small enough to carry in a belt pouch (like you carry a cell phone) so I could keep it with me all the time.

Also on my list of "wants" were the requirements that it: run on standard batteries (I now refuse to purchase electronic devices that require $50+ proprietary batteries); must be reasonably priced; must interface to my computer via a cable utilizing a USB port/plug (didn't want to be forced to use a docking station); be easy to operate; and of course, needs to be able to produce a nice looking picture.

I've owned several digital camera's (Canon and Sony) over the past 6 or 7 years, so I've had some experience with both the good and bad aspects of digital photography. After a fair amount of research (with an admitted bias toward Japanese name brands), I settled on the Kodak CX7530.And I have been impressed.

The photos are absolutely stunning.The color saturation and clarity will amaze you.I have yet to take the instruction manual out of the plastic wrap, yet I have managed to figure-out how to use most of the camera's features with just a little trial and error in a single afternoon.Runs on 2 standard "AA" penlight batteries.Sports more than average internal memory with the option of adding more storage capacity via removable cards (I purchased a 512MB SD card for about $40).Computer software installation can be a bit aggravating, but once completed, picture transfers were simple, fast, and flawless. And you can even shoot video clips that offer pretty credible quality.Lightand small, slips into a small padded pouch on my belt so it is always handy.

If you can get past your "name tag" bias, get you one of these little gems.Kodak has put together a winner with the CX7530!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars is not enough
I'm not new to photography or digital cameras.I've had them for a few years now.This CX7530 is a fabulous camera.You can just point and shoot or you can go into the menus and adjust the shutter speed and ISO and get some really creative shots.I took mine to the Shedd Aquarium at night and put it on a tripod to capture the city (Chicago) from the lake.I adjusted the shutter for a long exposure on 5 MP setting.The resulting picture was breath taking.We've had it professionally printed and it is now a wall mural.It is that good.Really sharp pictures even when laid down on very large paper stock.

You can not go wrong with this camera, and I highly recommend the printer dock.Once you get the camera and printer dock you will never go back to film.

I've had the camera for about 9 months.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for anybody!!!
After about 1 year of research, I finally made the plunge and purchased a digital camera.I finally decided on a Kodak after using my sister-in-law's older model.After reviewing the different models, I decided that the CX7530 had the best bang for the buck, and shouldn't have me needing to buy a "better" camera for several years.I have to give HUGE kudos to Kodak for absolute ease of use.When we got this camera (yesterday) neither of us looked at the owner's manual.We just started clicking away, using each of the settings.Getting in and out of the menu, and picture review was so easy.Uploading the pictures to the computer was also easy.The software that came with the printer dock wouldn't install because of some conflict with XP.But we have been using the Microsoft Camera Wizard which is basically idiot proof.Our Dell computer has preloaded software, which we have been playing around with.So far we have taken about 36 pictures, all in the "best" quality.I am absolutely AMAZED at the crisp clarity of the photos this camera takes.Scenery, pictures of people, animals, close ups of flowers, they are all amazing.I think I am most impressed with the close up pictures.I took a close up of a yellow dandelion, and the picture shows every detail in 3D.I still can't get over the pictures!We used Wal Marts online photo center to upload some of our picutres to see how they actually looked in print (they look STUNNING on the computer).We got 2 4x6's, 4 5x7's, and 2 8x10's.I was just as impressed with the prints.The same colors, depth, and clarity was present.We also used the movie mode to take a quick 30 second movie, using the internal memory.The sound was good, and the picture better than I expected.Things were a bit jerky when moving, but once focused, it was good.Very impressive over all!So, for those of you doing the research, ready to make the plunge into the world of digital cameras, or even looking to upgrade, you really need to look at this camera.The ease, number of features, price, and quality of the photos make this an unbeatable bargain.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
I purchased this camera about 3 months ago and couldn't be more pleased.This is my first journey into the digital camera world and I had been researching this for about 2 weeks before I made my decision to go with this one.The ease of use and the large viewing area was a must being that my 17 year old daughter loves to take pics and view immediately.I will admit though, that I ditched the Kodak software almost immediately......it just didn't have enough features to keep my interest.I have been using software called "Picasa2" by google, it's free, fun and very easy to use.It has many features that we have enjoyed, and emailing them is a breeze.

I have just recently bought a photo printer and with the 2 combined the quality is better than anything that you can take and get developed.I never thought I would find a digital camera that I would find the quality as good as a 35mm, but I have and strongly recommend this one. ... Read more


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