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1. Nikon Coolpix 4300 4MP Digital
2. Nikon Coolpix 4500 4MP Digital
3. Nikon Coolpix 995 3.2MP Digital
list($699.99)
4. Canon PowerShot G2 4MP Digital
$420.00 list($799.99)
5. Canon PowerShot S40 4MP Digital
6. Nikon Coolpix 885 3MP Digital
list($1,299.99)
7. Minolta Dimage 7 5MP Digital Camera
list($599.99)
8. Canon PowerShot S30 3MP Digital
list($399.99)
9. Samsung Digimax 340 3MP Digital
$475.00 list($345.99)
10. Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4MP Digital
list($519.99)
11. Minolta Dimage S404 4MP Digital
$469.00 list($859.99)
12. Minolta Dimage 7i5MP Digital Camera
list($419.99)
13. Samsung Digimax 350 SE 3.3MP Digital
$190.00 list($699.99)
14. Minolta Dimage S304 3MP Digital
list($799.99)
15. Pentax Optio 430 4MP Digital Camera
$395.00 list($599.99)
16. Pentax Optio 430RS4MP Digital
17. Nikon Coolpix 5000 5MP Digital
list($350.99)
18. Kodak EasyShare DX3900 3MP Digital
list($1,499.99)
19. Minolta Dimage 7Hi5.2MP Digital
list($3,000.99)
20. Sigma SD9 3.54MP Digital SLR Camera

1. Nikon Coolpix 4300 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Nikon

Asin: B00006KIYS
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 950
Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Nikon Coolpix 4300 packs a lot into its tiny frame: a 4-megapixel CCD, a 3x optical zoom (4x digital), and an excellent list of high-end features. It's also easy to grip and can be used entirely with one hand--for right-handers at least (as usual, southpaws will just have to get used to the design).

We were able to adjust the saturation, white balance, and noise reduction of our images even before taking a shot. The 1.5-inch LCD is smaller than average, but the bright and crisp panel was clearly visible in anything but direct sunlight.

The 4300's image quality duly impressed us--crisp, bright colors that stood up to 11-by-17-inch enlargements. You can also capture 40-second video clips, although they're silent movies. We appreciated the Best Shot Selector feature, which let us snap up to 10 quick pictures and then have the Nikon cull out the best one for us.

We were able to get over 90 minutes of use out of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, although we had to remove it for recharging. This design works well for an optional backup battery; however, you'll need a fully-charged battery ready to go. Nikon includes a 16 MB CompactFlash card, but you'll want to upgrade early on--high-resolution images and video clips fill 16 MB rapidly.

One minor caveat: if we turned the camera on with the lens cap in place, the 4300 would flash a message telling us about it. Removing the lens cap didn't work, and we had to turn the camera off and back on to clear the message and get started.

For the price, the Coolpix 4300 delivers a lot of megapixels and excellent image quality. If you're planning on upgrading to a high-end digital camera, plan a stop right here. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Bright, crisp images
  • High-end features
  • Easy-to-hold design

Cons:

  • Have to remove battery to recharge
  • Lens cap irritation
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Features

  • 4.0 megapixel sensor creates 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at 11 x 14 and beyond
  • 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom for 12x total
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 16 images at normal setting and 2272 pixel resolution
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 1 rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL1 battery (included)

Reviews (65)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Compact Digital Camera
I am a Nikon fan, and owned and used SLR Nikon FE, N50 and N90s for many many years.

Recently bought this Coolpix 4300 along with a 256MB ULTRA flash card ... As expected, I happily found that qualities of the picture are excellent with 3M-4M Pixel/FINE combos and many of the user-friendly functions are very similar to SLR models, and with added convenience of a digital camera that you can see pictures immediately. I particularly like the "TXT" file which records all the Control information for all the pictures you take...The compact digital camera is especially useful if you have little children around and you can always take the camera with you and take many pictures of them.

Try to buy a high capacity Ultra card, as it's 2X as faster as the regular CF card. Consider the time you save during picture taking (especially not missing a good moment) and during download, it's well worth the little extra money.

An extra rechargeable EN-EL1 battery.. is also handy, so you will seldom run into "out of battery" situation. Use the rechargeable because that saves you money and helps the environment in a long run.

One thing puzzles me is that for "FINE and 2200+" quality pictures, one Ultra 256MB CF card can only hold 130-140 pics, but the size of the pictures are only around 1.2MB, the math does not add up. I would expecct the card to hold over 200 pictures for size of 1.2 MB/per. Anybody can explain that?

A Nikon will make you happier and leave you lots of good memories, as always.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool pics
Coming up to 1000 pics with this camera now and this Coolpix does the job. A slightly older design, but now down in price to compete with the newer kids on the block, so look out for the deals. Feeling feels solid in the hand with a pleasingly positive shutter button, it is slightly heavier than the competition which helps to steady your shot when you capture the moment.

In the 'green' all auto mode it produces pretty good results with a low button count. Switch to the scene mode (fireworks, sunset etc) and you don't have to worry about f-stops and apertures, your pictures will also benefit. There is also enough scope for the developing photographer to explore in the manual mode. Manual white balance, shutter speed and focussing are all here although there are only 2 true apertures from which to choose. So sit down, get a tripod and read the manual - the menus at times can be a little esoteric. Take some time to play at home and become familiar with the camera, it's well worth it.

Essential accessories:
- Battery - this camera does not take AA's so buy one or two 3 rd party batteries
- Compactflash cards - again 1 or 2 128MB (or larger) cards don't go crazy and get a huge 4GB CF - buy a couple of smaller cards rather than one large one - you will sit on one, drop one in a cup of tea one day, transfer regularly and you won't lose you precious pics
-Card reader - less than $10 for a PC card for your laptop or not much more for a USB reader - save your batteries and faster transfers

A day shooting about 120 pics will use up approximately one 128MB card and 1 battery (using LCD, shooting 4mp JPEGs etc) so don't get caught out, stock up!

Pros:

-Clean, sharp images that print nicely at 6x4" 5x7" size (4mp is more than enough for this and gives you a little leeway for cropping)
-Superb macro out of the box - very easy to get great results
-Not too button heavy - 'auto' modes yield good pictures without delving in the manual
-Uses cheap, readily available Compactflash media
-Feels solid and comfortable in the hand, heavier and less plasticky than Canon A70/80

Cons:

-Proprietory battery - not AA so you're stuck when you can't recharge you Li-ions, but 3rd party battery so far is cheap and running well
-Lens cap - it will get on your nerves
-Huge shutter lag (5-6 secs) when LCD is turned off good for saving battery, bad for catching the action

But go to a shop, pick it up, play with it then buy it on Amazon!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good pictures, loud, slow, and a bit big.
Overall: Good for the price, and the quality Nikon optics.

But it is slower than I imagined - comparing it to other camers that use a different metering system with the "red light laser" thingy.

That plastic cap - I got use to it - don't worry about that.
The battery - I NEED ONE THAT LASTS LONGER!
The pictures - great 4mp quality with plenty of handy scene modes
The extras - I wnat to get a wide angle lens soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stationed in Iraq......
and this camera is everything I wanted! Even more. Extremely easy to use right out of the box. Very durable......so far. Pictures are perfectly clear and easy to send to my wife via e-mail. Two drawbacks: Camera is a bit loud. Maybe because it's always focusing on objects. 16 mb card is a joke. Luckily, I have a thumb drive and I can download them to it. Anyway, if you're looking for a great camera at a reasonable price, go with the Nikon 4300.

4-0 out of 5 stars good camera, but not terrific
I bought this camera one year ago and paid mid $300 for it. It did produce several nice pictures. But I'm disappointed with two facts. First of all, it's hard to get a good picture of moving subjects. Many pictures of my baby girl, when she is waving her hands or rolling over on the floor, are blurry. Second, I haven't gotten any good prints yet. All pictures look vivid on the computer but dull on the print. Maybe it's because I developed them at Sam's club. But it sucks if the only way to get good pix is to develop them at somewhere else at higher price.

I have read several good reviews of this product on this website and many others. I feel either those guys are smarter than me, or they just have relatively low expectation of digital cameras. I really hope that in the future when someone writes his enthusiastic reviews of this product, he can tell us whether he has experienced my problems, and if yes, how he solves them. ... Read more


2. Nikon Coolpix 4500 4MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom
by Nikon

Asin: B000069096
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 2208
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Nikon's Coolpix 4500 offers 4-megapixel resolution in the same swiveling frame as their previous Coolpix 995. The left half of the 4500--which houses the lens and flash--can be twisted around 360 degrees, making it simple to for you take pictures at a variety of angles. It's especially handy for taking self-portraits, as you can see how you look in the 1.5-inch LCD viewfinder.

A 4-megapixel capability means that you can take pictures at up to 2,272 by 1,704 pixels in size, which can be printed out at 11 by 14 without any loss of quality. Our images duly impressed us, with sharp edges, bright colors, and an incredible amount of detail. Also impressive is the 4500's 4x optical zoom. Higher than most digital cameras, the 4x zoom lets you get close to your subject, with another 4x of digital zoom available after the snap.

A built-in flash pops up when needed, and the audio recording capability lets you dictate memos to match your pictures. The rechargeable battery provides about two hours of life, although it must be removed from the camera for a recharge.

Although the 4500 features a broad range of tools for the more advanced digital photographer, it's easy enough for the beginner to use. Its 16 different scene modes--including various portraits and a panorama assist mode--make taking different types of pictures a one-click task.

Nikon includes only a 16 MB CompactFlash card, but it supports Type I and II cards, meaning you can pop in a 512 MB or 1 GB microdrive for the ultimate in storage.

The 4500 is a hefty metal camera, and you can't just drop it into a breast pocket. But you also won't be afraid of damaging it easily. It looks and feels like it works--sharp, dependable, and versatile. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Bright, detailed images
  • High resolution and optical zoom
  • Innovative twist design

Cons:

  • Hefty
  • Have to remove battery to recharge
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Features

  • 4.0 megapixel sensor creates 2,560 x 1,920 images for prints at 11 x 14 and beyond
  • 4x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom for 8x total
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 16 images at normal setting and 2272 pixel resolution
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 1 rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL1 battery (included)

Reviews (36)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Put: It's A Nikon
For serious digital enthusiasts, this is an incredible machine for the money. First of all, it has Nikon optics. Nothing more needs to be said there. The camera operates from a completely manual mode to complete automation. The color rendition and saturation are extremely accurate and rich.

The negative items I've encountered after taking more than 1000 images are few and relatively minor. First, as with most auto-focus devices, the camera works best in well lit conditions. The pop-up flash unit is powerful, but it is delicate and needs to be treated gently. And lastly, the navigation through the on-screen menus can be a bit tricky.

I'd recommend purchasing additional memory (I use a 256Mb card), because once you get used to the features, you will enjoy bracketing your shots to take advantage of the range of performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous value, even for a beginner
I bought the 4500 9 months ago, and have taken almost 2000 pictures, inside department stores, Grand Canyon/ Las Vegas, night landscapes, fireworks, closeups, documents - you name it, with great success. This is a really, really versatile camera that gets better as you spend more time with it, and discover features. I give it a 5, because for the price (I got a great rebate) you can't get better value. Being able to switch lenses is great. I shot the Grand Canyon with a 0.42 wide angle. Inside dept. stores (for work), I shut off the flash, hold the camera at waist height and click. Yes, to quickly adjust for flourescent lighting, or spot focusing, you have to work the menus. But it gets better as you learn to use it more. The only bothersome thing is that it is hard to take pictures of fast moving objects - it takes too long. Oh yes, the 35 sec. video with audio is also great. And the camera is really comfortable to easily hold in one hand and shoot.

2-0 out of 5 stars too much,& not enough!
>When I first read about the 4500, I was really excited about some of the features advertised,especially the macro feature.(I am a tattoo artist, and this feature helps with documenting my work)Unfortunately,the camera is not really living up to my high expectations;
>It's macro feature never seems to capture a clear photo.(either blurry ,too dark,or the flash washes the image out.)
>It's auto focus doesn't do much better.
>Technical support seemed futile each time I tried.
>It seems nearly impossible to get any point and shoot from the camera at all.

>There is one feature that I enjoy, and that's the 35 second film snips it produces...otherwise, I'd recommend a more user friendly camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars People are still buying this?
I got this cam in thailand two years ago and while it's been a real workhorse for me, i'm surprised to see it's still selling around the web. Well, maybe it's that good a camera. I give it four stars; here's why: the quality of the build is good but for the following things: focus motor connector came loose once and rubber strip on front is now super-glued. i am a journalist, so i beat the hell outta these things. as far as function: the tele-converter tc-e33d 3x is worthless on this camera without a tripod and the results are questionable even with. Performance in low light is not good. Battery life is good. And the fact that you can pop in disposables available anywhere is a blessing. Oh, the AV output connector stopped outputting some time ago...the socket in the camera is defective i suspect. BUT THE AMAZING THING is the camera's clarity in closeup mode using the WC-E24 lens. It's what you would expect from a professional SLR, but not in a consumer digital. I did some catalogue work with this camera using the ring-light adapter and I don't think the SLR could have done better. Don't be swayed by those who say why not get an SLR instead of this one, or get a tiny IXUS? This camera is perfect for the professional who already has too much to lug around and can't be bothered with tiny toys either. Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant camera for ones who have time
OK, first of all, I'm a 14-year-old wanting to just snap some pictures on the go, and something I could afford. However, my dad is a photographer and would like to have some use for a digital cam too... after lots of research, this camera is clearly the best for us. I LOVE IT! :) It has GREAT quality. The setting options are endless, but if you don't want to fool around, that's fine. Auto mode is your friend. And for those who say the menus are hard to control...sure, it could be easier. But after reading the manual, the controls really aren't THAT hard. The swivel design is really clever...and yes, Nikon customer service is horrid, but then again, so are many other companies. You've got to admit, Nikon makes amazing cameras.

If all you want is a little techie toy to show off to your friends and take some pictures, look somewhere else. It's rather bulky sometimes, but the good factors definitely outweigh that. It's not the most cool-looking camera in the world, but I'm glad Nikon focused on quality instead.

And one more thing...when they said that having to take the battery out to recharge was a bad thing? It's not, necessarily. Think about it. If you have a backup battery (like me), it is SO much better to be able to use the camera, then when one battery runs out, put it to charge while you use the other battery to keep snapping pictures. It's BETTER this way! :)

Hope this was helpful! ... Read more


3. Nikon Coolpix 995 3.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
by Nikon

Asin: B00005MA9X
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 1518
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Nikon Coolpix 995 builds on the versatile swivel design of the Coolpix 990 and 950, with features such as a new multimode pop-up flash that helps reduce red-eye considerably, and a handful of inventive creative controls, including white-balance bracketing, four-color saturation modes, and a 50-step manual focus mode. Its 3.34-megapixel CCD sensor captures high-resolution images (maximum of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels) for quality enlargements, and the 4x optical zoom Nikkor lens provides the 35mm photography equivalent of a 38-152mm zoom. This is currently the highest zoom range in the Coolpix line (as of July 2001). The Coolpix 995 also has a 4x stepless digital zoom, 256-element matrix metering, an advanced autofocus system, QuickTime movie mode for movies up to 40 seconds long, multiple automatic exposure modes, and a 1.8-inch LCD monitor with 6x zooming playback.

One of the best reasons to choose the Coolpix 995 is for the quality Nikkor optics and the ability to add any (optional) Coolpix converter lenses and accessories. There is even a multiflash sync terminal for attaching up to five external Nikon Speedlights. The camera's 4x optical zoom lens incorporates two aspherical elements (10 elements in 8 groups overall) for optimal performance in a compact design, plus it features super-integrated coating (SIC) for incredible sharpness. In macro mode, you can focus as close as 0.8 inches from your subject. Other interesting features include the ability to shoot subjects in motion with a high-speed full-resolution image capture at three frames per second, an improved shutter speed of 1/2,300 per second, and a fast maximum ISO setting of 800. There is also a noise reduction mode on the 995 to minimize digital artifacts and help capture excellent images at long exposures.

To sweeten the deal, the Coolpix 995 comes with rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger, Lexar 16MB CompactFlash memory card, USB cable for high-speed connectivity, multiple software products (even a program that allows users to edit their QuickTime movies), lens cap, and neck strap. It is covered by a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • 4x optical plus 4x digital (16x total) autofocus zoom lens
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash memory holds 19 images at default resolution
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses dedicated lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack (included)

Reviews (76)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great camera, but not without limitations
Strengths:

1. 4x optical zoom. Most digicams in this price range only have 3x, and most lower-priced cameras only have a 2x or no zoom at all.

2. Pop-up flash. Many owners of the Coolpix 990 and 950 have significant red-eye trouble. Popping up the flash on the 995 gets it far enough away from the lens to eliminate most red-eye troubles.

3. High resolution. 3.3 megapixels in a quality camera like this is more than enough for most serious amateurs. The only time this will become a limitation is if you want to make obscenely large prints (probably 16" x 20" or larger, and even then I don't think it would be a significant degradation) or if you want to crop significantly and make an 8" x 10" or something in that range. I have been very pleased with my results, even in...

4. Auto mode. The 995 has a steep learning curve if you want to really take advantage of its full feature set. But its auto mode is intuitive enough that you can take the camera out of the box and start taking quality shots immediately. The auto mode is no more complicated than any point-and-shoot camera. Excellent feature.

Weaknesses:

1. 16 mb CompactFlash card. This one is really a joke. Nikon should have included at least a 32mb card and probably a 128. I strongly suggest purchasing a larger CF card immediately. Most CF cards have fallen to the 50 cents per meg range now (January 2002), so you should be able to get a good name-brand 128mb CF card for $60 or so. Do it. Now.

2. Digital zoom. Worthless. The pixellization is horrendous, and unless you have a huge amount of light the lens speed is such that you really need a tripod to avoid camera shake.

3. Lens speed. With no zoom the aperture is f/2.6. The further you zoom, the worse it gets. If you don't have a tripod, I strongly suggest one (the 995's mount is sturdy and well-made, by the way).

4. No case included. Again, something you definitely need. I've had very good luck with LowePro, and they're reasonably priced.

5. Complicated menu system. To take advantage of all the features of this excellent camera, you really need to spend significant time reading the manual and exploring the extensive menu system. Not for the faint of heart.

I've given 4 out of 5 stars, with one star removed due to the above weaknesses. But this is a fantastic camera. I've had mine for only about three weeks and I've already taken more than 300 shots, many of them excellent. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nikon's Grand Reputation Untarnished
I have owned 2 or three 35mm SLR cameras and based on
reputation, decided to go with the Nikon 995 for digital photography. I could not be more pleased with this purchase. Whether you point and shoot with the auto mode or
go for controlled effects with manual, this thing makes wonderful pictures. The 995 has it all--the pixels, the zoom, the monitor, the close-ups, the convenience AND simple to use. Like the camera, accessories are precision made albeit somewhat pricey, but hey--you're getting the quality of a Nikon.
Every conceivable option is available including telephoto
lense, wide-angle, fisheye, and assorted filters to name a few. The camera design allows 360 degree vertical rotation so
one can look into the monitor AND shoot the photographer.
The location of the built-in flash reduces redeye over prior models. I have read a few reviews where someone had trouble loading onto their computer. I am a computer neandrethal and this puppy was up and running in a few minutes without a single hassle. Color is fantastic, but it helps to orchestrate your lighting for professional results. I could go rambling on,
but let's keep it succinct, "you get what you pay for" has
never been more true than with the Nikon 995.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CAMERA EVER
I have been using the 995 since 2001, I am a medical Radiologist, in my field everybody needs a high quality digital camara aid for storing cases. The results using my Nikon 995 compared to other cameras (from my collegues) in the same range are breath taking!! You a get a great Nikor lens, with a very convenient Makro and so many manual options that makes it impossible to need another camera.
Plus you can have add-ons that the others don't have like the slide reproducer that lets you digitize all the old slides!!. I have literaly taken thousands of pictures and works as good as new. The 995 lets you take charge when you need to, but also has the automatic ¨SNAPPY¨ mode for easier shots. It's a must have. After comparing I can't imagine 3 years later why would I want to change it for another.

4-0 out of 5 stars It was a great first Digital Camera for me the dentist
Just got home today after looking at new digital cameras, all of the sudden my Nikon 995 seems HUGE. But over the past 18 months it has been flawless, and made me switch completely to digital for family and some work (dentist).
I thought it interesting that someone noted that red eye was not as much of a problem as earlier Nikon digital cameras - I thought it was a big problem, and it would be my one complaint about the 995.
The 3.2MP was more then sufficient, I recently just got an 8 X 10" from an online printing surface, and it is beautiful. Printing on my HP 7550 I was able to get excellent 5" X 7"'s, but I guess this isn't a printer review.
The menus are easy, and downloading via USB was a snap. I would rate the software as very average. I still don't understand why WIN XP can't just recognize the camera for direct downloading instead of going through a third party soft ware.
I have now attached the camera to a clinical microscope and will continue to use it. And I don't think I will buy anything more then a 4MP camera for my next hobby camera. Of course, I just purchased the 6.2 Canon Rebel today for work and serious photograpy, but that's another story...

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome for closeup pictures!
I received this camera as a gift 2 years ago.

I sell gemstones and jewelry and it was very important that I could get a camera that took good closeup pictures. This camera never let me down!

It is also great for everyday pics of the family or vacation shots but it met and exceeded my needs for the up close images I needed.

Thanks Nikon for an awesome camera! :-) ... Read more


4. Canon PowerShot G2 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $699.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005Q5U5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 1257
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Quite simply, the Canon PowerShot G2 is an elegant, easy-to-use joy of a digital camera that boasts impressive 4-megapixel resolution, a 3x optical zoom, a bright LCD monitor that swivels off to the side of the camera and tilts up and down as needed, and maximum overall creative control in addition to a fully automatic mode. Of course, none of this comes as much of a surprise to anyone familiar with its popular predecessor, the PowerShot G1. Both of these cameras have features and picture-taking modes similar to Canon's EOS cameras, which means they have what Canon calls a "very camera-like feel." Some of the G2's more obvious improvements over the G1 (besides higher resolution) include a champagne gold finish, larger grip for easier handling, improved image and color quality, new photo-effect shooting mode for various effects, including black-and-white and sepia, and a new high-speed selectable three-point autofocus.

The G2's 4-megapixel CCD captures images at user-selectable resolutions of 2,272 x 1,704, 1,600 x 1,200, 1,024 x 768, and 640 x 480. This range allows for detail-rich 8-by-10-inch prints that match the results of film cameras as well as easy-to-upload images for the Web and e-mail. Choose between three varying degrees of JPEG compression or store images in the 10-bit RAW data file format for faster transfer without any image quality loss. Your computer easily translates the RAW files into TIFF files using Canon's included software.

The telescoping, 3x optical zoom lens (34-102mm equivalent on a 35mm camera) with 3.6x digital zoom, offers both automatic and manual focus control. The improved, high-speed, selectable three-point autofocus system allows flexibility in composition over the single focus point of the G1. A distance scale has been added on the LCD monitor for precision focus adjustment that works best for extreme close-ups. Improved circuitry allows the G2 to perform these advanced functions with faster image capture times and longer battery life than the G1.

Like the G1, the G2 has point-and-shoot settings that take the guesswork out of almost all situations, but the manual controls and creative options are where this camera stands out from the competition. Twelve EOS-style shooting modes allow for a wide range of creative possibilities, with manual focus zoom, adjustable aperture priority at 50, 100, 200, and 400 ISO, selectable shutter speed, and six preset white balances--sunny, cloudy, tungsten, etc. Canon has provided four presets for professional results when shooting for maximum depth of field, portraits, landscapes, and night scenes. Other creative controls include the photo-effect mode that allows four possible variations of the normal color saturation: vivid color, standard color, sepia tones, and standard black-and-white.

Two video formats have also been included, allowing for 30 and 120 seconds of moving images with audio. Slow shutter-speed mode allows extended exposures in low-light situations. Autoexposure bracketing allows you to intentionally over- and underexpose two extra shots to help capture the best picture possible. Five different flash modes, including red-eye reduction, handle after-dark challenges. The TTL hot shoe is fully compatible with all Canon EX-series Speedlite flashes. The included software package goes beyond standard image processing with a remote capture function that allows complete control and manipulation of the camera functions from your computer keyboard. Canon's Stitch Assist program allows you to combine up to four images into one, seamless, panoramic view.

Exterior design features include the highly versatile LCD monitor from the G1 that needs no improvement; its 270-degree rotation allows all angles of image composition from around corners to self-portraits. Changes in ergonomics, as requested by the users of the G1, include a contoured grip for better one-handed shooting and a more streamlined look. Photographers new to the digital market will find the G2 as easy to use as previous PowerShot models, while professionals will be pleased with the improved selection of creative options for capturing the best possible images.

The G2 comes complete with USB port and cable for connection to PC or Macintosh computers; Canon's digital camera software package for downloading, processing, and organizing your images; a NTSC cable for connecting to a television set; a rechargeable BP-511 lithium-ion battery pack and AC adapter for charging the battery in the camera; a generous 32 MB CompactFlash card; infrared remote control; lens cap; and neck strap. The camera weighs about 14.8 ounces, and its dimensions are 4.8(W) by 3.0(H) by 2.5(D) inches. ... 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 32 MB CompactFlash card holds 24 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
  • Movie mode captures variable amount of video depending upon memory card size
  • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included); connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (150)

5-0 out of 5 stars Canon G2 -The BEST digital camera for under $1000US! Period!
The Canon PowerShot G2 is a digital camera consumer's dream come true, and a nightmare for other digital camera manufacturers.

Make a list of features you'd expect and not expect to find from a "prosumer" digital camera, and chances are you'll find them on the G2. This is a little camera that was designed to act a lot bigger than many other digital cameras in its class.

You only have to pick up a G2 to realize that there's a lot more to it than meets the eye; this camera's significantly heavier and feels sturdier than any other camera in its class! The extra weight means better camera stabilization. The G2's sturdiness inspires confidence and makes the camera feel like a photographic tool, not an electronic gizmo.

From the tilt-and-swivel LCD, the magnification loupe for manual focusing, dedicated and fully functional flash hot-shoe, evaluative metering, IR autofocous assist mechanism, ISO 50, RAW image format, etc., etc., this camera has it all!.

Many photographers will argue that the real measures of any camera lie in the controls and results. The G2 doesn't disappoint in either of these respects. Although you'll have to familiarize yourself with the camera's controls initially, you'll soon find them very intuitive and actually use them more often than not.

The quality of images captured with the G2 is nothing short of superb! You'll get clean, detailed, very high-resolution photographs with the G2, especially if you use the camera's RAW mode at ISO 50.

The Canon PowerShot G2 is still a point-and-shoot digital camera. Anyone who's ever used an SLR will miss the optical viewfinder, true manual focus, and lens selection not available in the G2. However, this can be said for any other digital camera in the G2's class. In every other respect, the G2 rises above its inherent limitations and really challenges its competition to try and keep up!

Beyond the camera itself, Canon has really done the consumer proud by offering most every accessory that you would want included at no extra charge, i.e. an remote control unit, high-capacity rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, and remote capture software.

If you're in the market for a capable digital camera at a reasonable price, thank Canon for making the choice really very simple.

Positives:
- extensive feature set
- excellent build and design
- superb results, especially in RAW mode at ISO 50
- Excellent lens produces very little distortion and chromatic aberrations
- extremely reasonable price
- All the accessories that should come standard do come standard.

Negatives:
- Certain exposure adjustments, i.e. flash compensation, aren't available in full manual mode.
- The fact that the G2 isn't an SLR.
- Not much else.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best on the Market
After months of exhaustive searching, I finally decided to purchase the Canon Powershot G2 (it's a wonderfully re-designed upgrade to the Powershot G1). The clarity of the images that this camera takes is spectacular. Combine that with the list of outstanding features that aren't included on any other digital camera: ISO 50, RAW image capture, a flip out LCD screen (which is much more handy than you would think), an infrared remote for long exposures and self-portraits, and easy menu functions -- this camera is without equal in it's price range.

It's definitely not for the beginner, but, if you're familiar with photography, you'll be able to take sharp, beautiful pictures with this camera. Skin tones are perfect and the built in flash with exposure compensation does a good job for portraits. And, if you're considering a Sony, this camera uses the more inexpensive Compact Flash memory storage system. Compact Flash memory cards are cheaper than the Sony Memory Stick and are compatible with more peripherals than Memory Stick.

All in all, if it's in your price range, you will be very pleased with the Canon Powershot G2.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Digital Camera with the je ne sais quoi!
There is something about this camera, and its hard to say what exactly, that makes it a joy to use and its owners fiercely loyal. I bought the black body in a kit that came with a sporty real leather wrap-around case and a 96Mb compact flash card to go along with the 32Mb card the camera body came with. This was a great deal at only about fifty dollars over the normal camera price.

To begin with, the camera looks and handles like a classic camera, which is what none of the other 4 or 5 megapixel cameras can boast, with the exception of the Leica Digilux 1. It has heft and controls which please the eyes and fingers of dyed in the wool 35mm photographers like myself.

Secondly, it delivers on image quality. Check the stats from the photography magazines and online camera reviews. The G2 comes out on top every time in its category, period. Sharpness, color accuracy, and contrast are all excellent.

Thirdly, Canon delivers superb software with their product. Zoombrowser EX is a well thought-out program that allows the user to group, sort, modify, print or show slides of images with ease. It also coordinates well with Adobe Photoshop (a full version of which Canon also supplies!).

Lastly, there are the little things that make a photographer happy if they are present in a digital camera and sad if they are absent. Happily they are all present in the G2: long, long battery life; excellently sharp and fast autofocus; accurate evaluative metering; manual override of autofocus; manual exposure control; the ability to add filters and other lenses (close-up, wide angle and tele); the truly wonderful swiveling LCD screen; and the ability to attach an accessory flash.

Is this camera perfect? Of course not, but I think it is the closest thing to an instant classic the digital world has come up with and will still be used by its happy adherents when its contemporaries have hit the ash can long ago.

I am a faithful Nikon 35mm camera buff (using the F5 and N80 bodies extensively), but I crossed the line on this one baby! Check out all the reviews of its competitors. None of them compare.

5-0 out of 5 stars What we all NEED! Better than it's descendant the G3
I have had this camera for more than a year and I am just now getting to write a review. Which means I have had much time and practice to test this camera.
This camera is very much in the middle and by that I don't mean just ok. It is not to hot and it is not too cold, it is "just right!" It has features and manual controls for those who like to manipulate their shots, but in the same respect if you are used to just snapping a picture with one button and letting the camera do the work, then this camera is for you too! The image quality is great! You can buy accessories and extra lenses for it just like those hot shots with expensive film cameras! I have 3 lenses and two filtering lenses(polarizing and UV filter.) One of my extra lenses is a macro lens which really is wonderful. Which brings me to the point that the camera's macro capabilities are wonderful as is! If you don't know what macro means, I can take a picture of those unsightly pores it gets so close. I have taken some wonderful nature photographs with the macro. I love up-close, detailed pics. This camera has a little bit of everything but not too much it is overwhelming. If you want to use it, it is there and if you don't keep it on automatic! The best part is that there have been two cameras in the "G" line that have been introduced since the G2 but they aren't as good as this one(in my opinion.) So the price has dropped dramatically you can get one for less than 300 if you know where to look.

I just cannot stress enough how much this camera has been in service to me. I never even used a regular film camera before I got this camera because I never had the money to get a really good one. Sure I took the occasional pic with my aunt's point and shoot film camera at Christmas, but that wasn't much fun. When I got this camera I just experimented and took soooooooo many pictures. I am really enjoying photography. I guess the reason I never got interested in photography before was the expense of film and then developing, as well as not being sure the pictures were even any good until you got them back from the drug store. With this camera you just look at the shots and if they stink you delete them and take another shot. No wasted film! IF you don't have a printer at home then you can easily take them to Walgreens or upload them to Walmart's site and get prints from your digi pics. So simple.

I have experimented with many consumer valued digital cameras when I took my photography class last year( which was the reason I bought this camera) and let me tell you, it was the best in the class. We had Kodak and Olympus and so many other brands and they all stunk compared to mine. Olympus C something was pretty comparable but still not as good as my G2. I would recommend this camera to the new aspiring photographer as well as to the family photographer who wants to capture all the good things. I am sure once we become professional photographers we will have a SLR digital camera but for anyone less than a professional who is actually getting paid for their pictures, this is the best quality at the best price. When printed on photo quality paper my digital pictures are as good as if not better than other film photographer's pictures. I have been told my shots are good enough to be in National Geographic! Have fun with this joyful contraption.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent photo qualtiy with this Canon GS2
I have had my canon for almost a year now, and I just want all to know who are looking for a camera, that there are a lot of cameras out there that you will not be satisfied with if you are looking for excellent photo quality.. this camera creates beautiful pictures, and they are easy to load on the computer with included software, and when I order prints, they look like they were done professionaly. this camera is not for someone who wants a camera you can slide in your pocket, it is an amatuers camera and is made for good quality picture taking, it can be attached to a tripod, and is intened for light duty amatuer photos, however, if you dont mind the weight of it, it is great for all your picture taking needs, and it really isnt that heavy, just not as slender as the little pocket cameras, same with the G3 by canon, anyway defientely an A+ on this one. ... Read more


5. 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


6. Nikon Coolpix 885 3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Nikon

Asin: B00005OL85
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 3441
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Comparable in design to the popular Coolpix 880, the Nikon Coolpix 885 weighs less (a mere 7.9 ounces without battery or CompactFlash card), and incorporates a one-touch transfer button for directly uploading digital photos to your desktop or the Internet. The ultracompact Coolpix 885 has a 3.21-megapixel CCD for prints up to 11 by 14 inches, an all-glass 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm), plus an additional 4x digital zoom, and advanced image processing features to ensure clear, vivid images under almost any lighting conditions. It accommodates additional Nikon lenses including telephoto, wide-angle, and fisheye converter lenses, and it has a movie mode that lets you record 40 seconds of video at 15 frames per second.

The 885 shares many features with the 880, such as selectable scene modes for specific shooting situations. The 12 scene modes are: Portrait; Party/Indoor; Night Portrait; Beach/Snow; Landscape; Night Landscape; Sunset; Fireworks; Close-Up; Copy; Backlight; and Museum mode, which cancels the flash. There is a quick-review button to display the image just taken in a quarter of the LCD screen, allowing you to still see and shoot any ongoing action in front of you. In addition, the 885 has a five-mode advanced built-in speedlight, five-area multi-autofocus, a 1.5-inch LCD monitor, 256-element matrix metering, and USB interface. For the more advanced photographer, the camera comes with an automatic noise reduction mode for clean images taken at slower shutter speeds, manual white balance settings, and white balance bracketing.

The Coolpix 885 features a comfortable side grip for easy shooting and quick access to all of the camera's controls. This camera comes with a 16 MB Lexar CompactFlash card, one 2CR5 lithium battery, protective lens cap, wrist strap, USB cable, and video cable. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-megapixel sensor captures 2,048 x 1,536 images for prints at sizes up to 11 x 14 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 3x optical/4x digital (12x total) zoom
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 20 images at default resolution
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 2CR5 disposable lithium battery (included) or optional rechargeable battery pack

Reviews (21)

2-0 out of 5 stars The 885 has problems
The biggest problems with this camera are the short battery life (90 minutes with the LCD viewer on) and the color of anything red in a picture. The price should include a caveat that you'll either spend $.../battery or need to get the $... or more rechargable. The bigger issue is the color of red - stands out in almost every picture. There is not currently a way to correct this problem on the camera - you have to correct using picture editing software. You can see view this color problem on some digital camera review sites by looking at the photographic tests.... Nikon recently responded to my questions on the red saturation, saying that they know of the problem and are working on it. On the positive side the camera has great features, is easy to use and other than the 'red' problem takes excellent picture. Unless you don't plan on taking pictures that include red objects or don't mind editing most of your picture with software, I'd wait until this problem is fixed to purchase this camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars nikon 885 impression
this camera takes wonderful, striking photos, good color, excellent macro mode, compact design. i haven't spent enough time yet studying the modes and the quality of auto makes me put it off. it is a battery and memory hog. the 16 mg card that comes with it is not even close to being enough, i would recommed a 64 at least, 128 would be preferred, or both. a battery charger and one at least rechargeable battery is a must, two batteries would be preferable for more than casual shooting and to keep up with more memory.
as my fourth digital camera, it is impressive and will last me i hope until there is a digital slr with 4+ megapixels for around $1000. shop around for the best price of course.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great value for Money
This is my first Digital Camera and I am glad I got this after doing a lot of Digtial Camera Research. The clarity and color balance of the pictures are really good.
The only annoying fact was that I have to reset the date everytime I change the battery.

4-0 out of 5 stars Too cool for its size
Compre mi CoolPix 885 tres dias antes de irme de viaje en un crucero, asi que tenia poco tiempo para aprender a usarla si es que queria tomar fotos con ella. La 885 es facil de usar, con menues faciles, modalidades predefinidas y solo los botones necesarios. El manual es exhaustivo pero facil de leer con muchas ilustraciones.

El "form factor" de la camara es muy comodo siempre que no seas de manos grandes. Lo de los 12 modos pre-programados hace la vida mas facil o puedes usar el modo CSM para mayor control. La 885 tienes decenas de parametros que te permiten miles de combinaciones posibles para una foto. El problema a veces es encontrar DONDE cambiar un parametro. Muy lenta para encender, para grabar cada foto (8-10 seg) y para salir del modo de "ahorro de energia".

Pero definitivamente ofrece mucho mas de lo que esperas. El precio es una ganga. La compraria de nuevo si la perdiera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
Wow what a neat compact digital camera ! Easy to use for any beginner , pictures that I took came out fantastic !!!! ... Read more


7. Minolta Dimage 7 5MP Digital Camera w/ 7x Optical Zoom
by Konica Minolta
list price: $1,299.99
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Asin: B00005MA7J
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 3599
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The first consumer-oriented 5-megapixel camera to hit the market, Minolta's DiMAGE 7 leapfrogged the competition by coming out at a time when other camera manufacturers were just introducing their 4-megapixel models. The DiMAGE 7 offers an ultrahigh resolution 5.24-megapixel CCD sensor that delivers excellent images for prints as large as 13 by 19 inches. A high-performance, all-glass, 7x zoom lens (equivalent to 28-200mm on a 35mm camera), with a 2x digital zoom, ensures maximum flexibility when composing your shots. Add to this a host of creative controls stacked into a unit with the size and feel of an SLR, and you have a digital camera with the type of functionality typically found only in professional models.

Three controls provide access to the camera's primary adjustable features. Digital subject-program selection allows you to set aperture and shutter speed for superior results in five popular formats: portrait, sports action, sunsets, night portraits, or text. A function dial allows adjustment between four modes of pixel resolution, five modes of data compression, four modes of exposure control, five modes of drive options, seven modes of white balance, and five levels of ISO. The digital-effects controller allows image manipulation by compensating for exposure, contrast, and color saturation before the image is saved. As insurance, Minolta provides a fourth control that instantly restores the camera's automatic settings. Changing most settings is a two-handed operation: one hand selects the feature you're adjusting, while spinning a second dial actually changes the setting. The system is reasonably intuitive, but don't plan to make any adjustments with one hand.

To preview and review images, the DiMAGE 7 features a digital viewfinder that pivots for comfortable close-ups or tripod shooting. An eye-sensing switch (triggered when you put your eye up to the camera) automatically turns off the TFT LCD viewscreen to conserve battery power.

In manual-focus mode, the camera also has an electronic magnification feature. At the push of a button, the center of the image is blown up to 4x original size in the viewfinder so you can check the fine details and ensure the image is in focus before snapping the shutter. In autofocus mode, a flex-focusing option allows the focal point to be moved to any part of the image for off-center shooting.

The DiMAGE 7 is so packed with features that it would be impossible to list them all, but here are some highlights:

  • A supermacro mode allows images to be captured from as close as 5.1 inches.
  • Four modes of data imprinting with up to 16 characters help you keep track of your work.
  • Movie provides up to 60 seconds of lower-resolution moving images.
  • The built-in flash has two selectable metering options and three flash modes. An accessory shoe for optional flash units adds even more varied shooting scenarios.
  • A quick-view or instant-playback button that allows you to view the image you just captured and decide whether or not you want to save it to your CompactFlash card without switching out of the shooting mode.

    Despite its ultrahigh resolution and extensive set of features, the DiMAGE 7 has a few flaws. To compose shots traditionally, it uses an electronic viewfinder (EVF), which offers far less detail than a traditional optical viewfinder. The 16 MB CompactFlash card provided with the camera holds only 12 images at the default resolution (or a single uncompressed image). Like many manufacturers, Minolta supplies the camera with a set of inadequate AA alkaline batteries (use of rechargeable Ni-MH batteries is recommended, even by Minolta). Though the image sensor is at the cutting edge of technology, the rest of the circuitry can't quite keep up; saving an uncompressed image to the memory card requires a 40-second wait. In addition, we found the multitude of control buttons that must be manipulated simultaneously to be somewhat awkward and initially intimidating. Finally, zooming the lens is a manual-only operation requiring a twist of the barrel--unlike many cameras, the Minolta lacks a pushbutton zoom.

    These minor gripes aside, the manual zoom is actually faster than an electronic zoom and easy to get used to; larger capacity CompactFlash cards are readily available; and the control systems are easy enough to learn even for the novice. Moreover, since the EVF is a tiny monitor, you can view camera settings while composing your shot--something you can't do with a traditional optical viewfinder. Though some controls may be awkward for beginners, the camera operates in fully automatic mode by default, allowing users the opportunity to manually adjust settings as they become comfortable with the controls.

    The camera comes equipped with a lens cap, lens shade, neck strap, video cable, USB cable, accessory-shoe cap, 16 MB CompactFlash card, four AA alkaline batteries, and a CD-ROM for DiMAGE image processing software. --Brett M. Nunn and Walt Opie

    Pros:

    • 5-megapixel sensor is the highest resolution available in a consumer camera
    • Impressive 7x optical zoom lens
    • Virtually every function can be controlled manually, including focus
    • Movie mode captures short film clips
    • SLR-style look and feel

    Cons:

    • Generally skimpy set of included accessories
    • Adjusting most settings requires the use of both hands simultaneously
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    Features

    • 5.24-megapixel sensor creates 2,560 x 1,920 images for prints at sizes up to 13-by-19 inches
    • 7x optical plus 2x digital zoom lens with autofocus
    • Included 16 MB CompactFlash memory card holds up to 12 images at default resolution
    • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
    • 12-bit A/D conversion provides excellent tonal range

    Reviews (66)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great, but...
    The is an awesome digital camera that often takes photos of better quality than 35mm film cameras.

    The 4 things that I can't stand about the camera:

    1. Power hog: When using high capacity nickel metal hydride batteries, they only last about 20 to 50 pictures, depending on the resolution that you're using, the autofocus, and the flash. Don't even THINK about using the rear display screen. The power indicator often indicates a low battery when in fact you may have 10 or more shots left. I use 3 sets of batteries!

    2. The electronic viewfinder's pixelated resolution makes it difficult to tell whether the subject is in focus.

    3. The autofocus can be infuriatingly slow at times, sometimes can't focus, and sometimes tells you that the subject is in focus when it's not (I mostly use the focus by wire focusing ring for manual focus).

    4. The neck strap attachment ring on the right side of the camera gets in the way of opening and closing the compact flash door (just annoying).

    Don't even think of downloading pics through the supplied USB cable (very slow). I highly reccommend the Zio USB CF reader (transfer rates of ~1MB/S).

    Still, it's the highest quality camera for the buck right now.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Photos -- Painfully Slow Autofocus
    My camera decision came down between the Dimage 7 and the Olympus E-10. My former camera was a Fuji MX2900.

    I wanted two things in the new camera: SLR design and feel and pixels! I wanted a digicam that can truly replace my film SLR.

    The Dimage 7 was a bit more affordable than the E-10 and beat it in nearly every technical spec. What finally sold me was the zoom capability of the D-7, its wider range of shutter speeds, and wide range of manual options.

    Shortcomings: Everyone moans about battery consumption and it's warranted. Do not buy this camera unless you also get NiMH rechargeables. Alkalines are good for 15 minutes. In my opinion, the biggest shortcoming of the D-7 is the autofocus speed. I have a toddler who does not like to sit still, and the D-7 simply cannot keep up. I agree with those who say an AC adapter should be included, especially since it is a very hard accessory to find. A minor annoyance that didn't appear in the brochure is that the video function does not collect sound. Not a dealbreaker, but someone out there will want to know.

    Bottom line - I think it's a great camera. It takes excellent pictures in any lighting condition, has a great built in flash (red-eye reduction that actually works!), and feels like a real camera. Oh, did I mention that it takes great pictures??

    2-0 out of 5 stars Behind the times
    While this camera boasts lots of features, and for the most part that is true, it is not easy to use. There is so many buttons to change to get the right photo, it is time comsuming and awkward.

    Battery life- none- batteries are only good for about 20 pictures then, new ones must be put in.

    Quality of pictures are variable and enhancements need to be done on almost all pictures taken.

    Eye piece and other connected plastic pieces seem to fall off easily and permanently

    The worst is the video, the quality compared to lesser priced camera is poor and WIHTOUT SOUND. What good is that.

    Overall I would go with another camera and I will. Most people don't need 5+ megapixels anyway.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellence for creative photography
    The uniqueness of this camera, as compared to many of its analogs, is the availability and quality of the black-and-white mode for serious creative photographers. The results are comparable to the real film but with digital manipulation, the camera provides a more versatile and efficient application. The examples of black-and-white images taken by this camera can be seen at:http://pathology2.jhu.edu/shihlab/index.cfm. The only things need to be improved for this camera are: 1) the autofocusing function is too slow and sometimes not accurate especially in the dim light; 2) the range of aperture is relatively limited. Overall, this camera is probably the only digital one for photographers who are seeking taking black-and-white images.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 2 years after purchase - and loving it more everyday
    This is my second digital camera, and at first I hated it because it was not a point and shoot, which was the only camera I had ever known. It was just too complex for a meathead like me to use. If I'd have reviewed this camera a year ago I would have given it a 2 star rating.

    Over the last year I have really gotten to know the camera and have upgraded the firmware, and I now take great shots with this camera, using a 512mb CF and (usually) 3 sets of rechargable NMH AA batteries. The firmware fixed alot of the bad issues with the camera, and most importantly sped up the drive rate for multiple shots. I would say that the firmware was the most important thing here. It truly makes the camera great.

    This camera has phenominal picture quality without the firmware update and will teach a meathead like myself to take better pictures just by the trial by fire approach. It only gets better as you learn to use it. That being said - if you don't like a steep learning curve challenge and are used to point and shoots, this is not the camera for you.

    I purchased the 7i for my father in law and I can tell you that its a much easier camera to use than the 7, but with all of the great features. You may want to go that route if you want the great image quality without as steep of a curve. ... Read more


  • 8. Canon PowerShot S30 3MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    by Canon Cameras US
    list price: $599.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005QFZF
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
    Sales Rank: 1375
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Canon's 3-megapixel S30 hits the marketing sweet spot between features and ease of use, making it ideal for a wide range of photographers. It offers point-and-shoot simplicity while still providing advanced settings for more experienced photographers. Features like video capture, stitched panoramas, and continuous shooting offer a huge bonus in terms of fun and versatility for photographers at all levels of experience.

    Getting started with the S30 couldn't have been simpler. We just slid open the lens cover and started shooting. Setting the camera to automatic mode, we were able to take vivid photos with accurate colors and outstanding detail. The 3x optical zoom--10x if you factor in the digital enhancement--made all the difference in our outdoor photos, letting us frame our shots perfectly.

    A quick look at the options dial of the S30 shows that its capabilities extend well beyond quick snapshots. Even novices can take advantage of the camera's video mode, which can capture short videos. Though nowhere near camcorder quality, these videos are perfect for putting on a Web page or sending via e-mail, and the built-in microphone records sound for videos or notations on individual photos.

    A bit more complicated is the photo-stitch mode, which lets you take panorama photos by lining up multiple pictures to cover vast areas and then stitching them together into a grand panorama on your PC. The handy continuous-photo mode enables you to shoot up to three images per second, ideal for capturing sporting events or wildlife.

    The camera comes with only a 16 MB CompactFlash card, and you'll definitely want to purchase an additional memory card as a 16 MB card only holds approximately 16 3-megapixel images. Beyond that quibble, there's not much fault to be found with the Canon S30. It combines the ease-of-use novices require with the advanced features serious photographers expect.

    Pros:

    • 3-megapixel resolution
    • 3x optical and 3.2x digital zoom
    • Captures short videos with sound
    • Excellent picture quality both indoors and out
    Cons:
    • Only comes with 16 MB of CompactFlash memory
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    Features

    • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
    • 3x optical plus 3.2x digital (for 9.6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
    • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 16 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
    • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
    • Uses proprietary NB-2L lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)

    Reviews (145)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Canon S30 - A *Wonderful* Digital Camera!
    For months, I researched digital cameras...printed off the specs of at least 30 different models. My search led me to the Canon Powershot S30 and after owning it for a mere three days, I LOVE IT!

    One of the "complaints" I kept reading about digital cameras in general was the poor quality of indoor pictures (too dark or blurred). This camera takes BEAUTIFUL indoor pictures! We *tried* to make it blur and took some action shots. This camera took a perfectly crisp picture of my husband wildy waving his arms! And, the pics of our young children are perfect every time. The flash is really amazing.

    The instruction manual is very well written, very detailed, not confusing at all. In three days, I have already taken pictures (on AUTO) in every resolution, taken three videos with the movie mode and all this was without reading the manual from cover to cover. The controls, menus and manual are so easily laid out that you can use the camera without a lot of studying. Of course, to have more control over my pics, I will need to read more about the manual settings.

    Oh, the battery life...excellent! There is not an always-present indicator of battery power; however, when the battery is getting low, a red indicator comes on (so there is some warning). But, so far, I have used the camera quite a bit with each charge and have had plenty of power. The charging process is very fast, too. (less than an hour to get a full charge)

    The cover for the USB connection seems rather flimsy...but, I download my pics using my Photosmart printer so I don't have to use a USB port. If I was continually opening and closing the cover, I would be concerned that it might not last. (?)

    Compactflash cards...keep in mind, the type this camera uses are available everywhere...they are not "proprietary" like some brands (Sony, for instance). That was a big thing for me...I can buy my cards online from many different sites or go out to Sam's / Wal-Mart. BTW, the 16 MB card holds so much more than I thought it would!

    This is my first digital camera, so I am not an experienced user nor do I have anything to compare this camera to. But, I have to say that I am extremely happy with the quality of the photos and highly recommend this camera! It is A LOT of camera for the price...the 16 MB card, rechargeable batteries and base...GREAT package!

    BTW, I bought a Case Logic camera bag at WM on clearance that fits this camera perfectly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It must be close to perfect in it's class!
    OK...I had a Digital Elph, which I loved, until it fell out of my pocket on a ski lift. :| The S30 outperforms it hands down in every category except size. A few of the things that weren't toally obvious to me from the advertising: You can do manual focus with this guy. Also has a Macro mode. You have complete apture priority, shutter priority, manual, or several program modes to choose from. 1/1500th shutter on the fast side, ability to pick emulated ISO from 50 up to 800(if I remember right). Raipd fire shutter mode is cool, I haven't seen this on a digital camera before. Basically it snaps off about 3 shots/sec until the camera's buffer is full, then it starts writing to the CF.

    The 16MB CF card is a joke..c'mon Canon...you're giving me a camera that I can take 14-16 shots with? Get real. I agree with everybody else saying you need extra batteries. Only other thing I'm still getting used to is this selective focus area - Canon's had this on their film cameras for a few years, but I've been a Minolta guy for years.

    Overall, due to the creative control this thing lets me have, I'm considering shelfing my film based gear for a while. The only thing this camera is missing for me right now is interchangable lenses(I'd love to go wider than it lets me).

    Great camera. I'd highly recommend for the intermediate+ photographer. For a beginner it will work great, just the extra features might be a little overkill.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera
    I have owned this camera for over a year now and taken probably 3000+ pics. I have learnt a lot in this one year about digital cameras in general and this camera in particular. The picture quality is simply superb in most conditions. The one problem of dull pics indoors that the previous reviewer mentioned is definitely something I noticed too. One thing worth trying is to not use the flash and instead use more light indoors if possible. The problem occurs because the flash range is small and it will illuminate only nearby objects. All in all, a fantastic product. I would buy it again if I had to.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Give Me A Break
    I have had this camera for over a year now. The camera is great until now. I simply plugged the camera into the USB port in order to download my pictures and all the sudden my LCD DISPLAY turned White. I have tried troubleshooting and nothing is expalined about this mess. I talked to Canon and the only option they left me was to ship it in and get it repaired...for $200.00 What a joke!

    4-0 out of 5 stars PowerShot S30 pros & cons after 1.5yrs use
    I've owned a Canon Powershot S30 since may 2002 and am happy with my purchase.

    Cons:
    - Joystick used to navigate menu items makes it very difficult to "click"/select items especially if in a hurry. Gets worse with age.
    - Sliding door is on/off switch, means camera is often accidentally switched off when framing shot as fingers press on loose door/off switch. Gets worse with age.
    - Dust gets on lens easily, under sliding door.
    - Supplied memory card (16mb) inadequate, recommend 256mb+.
    - LCD viewfinder difficult to see in direct sunlight, makes it very difficult to use manual features where small numbers/icons need to be read.
    - Often a long delay on shutter action, means you miss the framed shot.
    - Battery life only about 100 shots, seems to get worse with age. Need two batteries.
    - Bulky & heavy body, compared to many other compact digital cameras.
    - No protective case supplied with camera.
    - Software to get images from camera to computer a large-long install, I cant find a way to do it without installing all the software on the CD.
    - Impressive number settings can be controlled manually but accessing and changing them via menus and buttons is slow compared to an SLR.

    Pros:
    - Good quality photos.
    - Lots of settings can be controlled manually, compared to other compact digital cameras I've used.
    - Very good software on the camera, especially for navigating and viewing images.
    - Batteries charge very quickly ... Read more


    9. Samsung Digimax 340 3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
    by Samsung
    list price: $399.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000636WZ
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Samsung
    Sales Rank: 7121
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    Features

    • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
    • Autofocus lens with 3x optical/2x digital (6x total) zoom
    • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 30 images at default settings
    • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
    • Uses 4 AA batteries (rechargeables recommended)

    10. Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom
    by Kodak
    list price: $345.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    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


    11. Minolta Dimage S404 4MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
    by Konica Minolta
    list price: $519.99
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    Asin: B00005Y1S2
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
    Sales Rank: 1463
    Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    How do you make a good camera even better? With more pixels and more power. Think of Minolta's DiMAGE S404 as a "souped up" S304--there's a new 4-megapixel sensor, plus a faster processor for improved performance, but otherwise, it's virtually the same as their nicely designed 3-megapixel point-and-shoot.

    An all-glass 7.15-28mm lens (35-140mm in 35mm equivalents) with 4x optical zoom offers more power than the 3x lenses found in most digital cameras. An anomalous dispersion element and twin double-sided aspheric elements work together to minimize chromatic aberrations and reduce curvilinear distortion, giving you crisp, accurate, edge-to-edge imaging. In addition to the optical zoom, the camera includes an additional 2.2x digital zoom. This feature merely crops the edges off your picture and blows up the remaining image, enlarging your picture at the expense of image quality. Most photo-editing software will let you do the same thing to your picture once you've transferred it to your home computer, so it's a camera feature that's not often used. To compose images, watch the 1.8-inch, 122,000-pixel color LCD monitor, or use the optical viewfinder for traditional image composition.

    For professional results with the point-and-shoot operation of the S404, you can choose from five preset modes: macro, portrait, landscape, night portrait, and text. For more creative shooting, use a wide variety of adjustable features, including manual focus, selectable ISO, custom white-balance controls, exposure compensation and bracketing, and a digital-effects control that allows adjustment of color saturation, contrast, and sharpening. There's also a histogram function, a feature still found primarily on high-end digital cameras. A histogram is a graph displayed on the screen indicating the relative proportions of different levels of brightness in a shot you've taken, instantly letting you know if you've captured your shot with the correct exposure. A movable focus point allows for off-center compositions. Multisegment metering technology helps to provide accurate exposures. Four resolution modes cover the range from film-quality photographs to images for e-mail. Movie mode allows 60 seconds of live action and a voice-memo feature helps identify your work.

    Four AA batteries power the camera (an optional AC adapter is also available if you're planning to do lots of studio photography). The benefit to using standard AA batteries instead of a custom proprietary battery is that AA batteries are widely available, so missing a once-in-a-lifetime shot due to dead batteries won't be an issue. The downside is that a digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you're using the camera's LCD display. If you're an occasional photographer, you can get by with high-power disposables, but if you plan to take more than a handful of photos a month, a set of rechargeable batteries (scroll up to the Accessories section) is a virtual necessity.

    For improved performance, the S404 has a 32 MB internal buffer for temporary storage of images. This improves shot-to-shot speeds and performance in continuous shooting mode.

    The DiMAGE S404 comes complete with 16 MB CompactFlash card, A/V cable, USB cable, Minolta Image Viewer Utility CD-ROM, four AA alkaline batteries, lens cap, and neck strap.

    Pros:

    • 4-megapixel sensor captures filmlike detail in your photos
    • Advanced features like shutter- and aperture-priority, plus histograms for more advanced photographers

    Cons:

    • No connection for external flash
    • Included alkaline batteries are only a short-term solution
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    Features

    • 4-megapixel sensor captures 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at 11 x 14 inches and beyond
    • 4x optical/2.2x digital (8.8x total) zoom lens with autofocus
    • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card stores 12 images at default resolution
    • Automatically connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
    • Uses 4 AA batteries (alkalines included)

    Reviews (43)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not to go over the top, but this is a great camera!
    This camera is an upgrade for me and I'm embarrassed by how much I paid for so little camera last time around. So, I chose carefully and have not been disappointed.

    Best shooting so far has been at the Tidal Basin last Friday just past the peak of the cherry blossoms. The camera took some amazing shots of the Washington and Jefferson monuments surrounded by the pink splendor. I displayed the shots on my big screen TV to the whole family without any problems. Color was perfect and the automation in this camera really frames the shots well. I'm a so, so photographer so this is a big plus.

    Next I tried it out at the Dolphin show up at the National Acquarium in Baltimore. The results were excellent, especially the zoom. I caught the dolphins in the midst of almost every trick including the huge leap to the top of the auditorium to touch the ball. I also took some incredible photos through the glass of the seahorses. The exposure took some tweaking but I was able to figure it out with less than 10 shots. The family oohed and ahhed when they saw them.

    For those of you who own Minolta and have grown used to the interface and quality of features, this is a no-brainer. For the price, I expected a bit less and have been consistently amazed by the quality of pictures it takes, especially in automatic mode. My SLR has been sent to the cabinet until I really need it for more complicated shots.

    Be sure to have at least 2 sets of batteries and keep them in your bag. Each trip I exhausted the batteries and had to change them. Also, for the $$$, I recommend a 256MB card so you can take 100+ high quality images. That's what 4.0MP is all about.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful 4 Megapixel Camera
    I have used this camera for two weeks now and I feel compelled to write about my experiences. I find that the pictures that this camera takes are superb! I have printed them on both glossy and matte finish photo paper and the prints look beautiful. This camera has wonderful detail in the high-resolution setting. But, the 16 MB CompactFlash card that comes with it is woefully small. You MUST buy at least 128 MB CompactFlash card to make it really useful. With the 128MB card, you can get 61 full-sized high-resolution photos. Also, don't even bother trying to use standard AA batteries. Buy some high-quality rechargable Ni-Mh batteries because this camera, like all other digital cameras, chews through batteries very quickly. I have, and would continue to recommend this camera to anyone I know (or in this case, to anyone reading this!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This Camera!
    This camera takes wonderful pictures! I took it to the zoo on an overcast day. The auto controls did a great job of bringing out the color. I was able to shoot through glass, with the flash on, with no glare showing up in the photo. I got some great aquarium shots this way. The macro mode is amazing! The 4 megapixels allow for a lot of cropping to get terrific close-ups, especially when combined with the 4X optical zoom. I am still learning how to use the manual focus controls, but can see that this camera has a lot to offer for both the experienced and novice photographer. I will warn you to use NiMh batteries and take a couple of extra sets with you if you plan to do a lot of shooting. This is true of any digital camera though.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Good and Better
    First off I am not a camera expert, go to www.steves-digicams.com, www.dcresource.com or www.dpreview.com if you really need all the techie details.

    I love it. Its point and shoot (for novices like me). USB image transfer is straightfoward. It uses regular AA batteries (no proprietary stuff). Images are very good (as long as I take the picture at the right time, as I said I am not such a great photographer... beautiful picutres of people with their eyes closed or looking away...

    In any case... its snappy (no real awful delays) its not too expensive, its easy to use, does mini-movies w/sound and just works. Not too small, has a nice grip. Doesn't weigh too much (I caried it around Renisiance Festival all day no trouble). I know it has a lot more features but I don't use them (I will tweak digitally on the computer a bit but not on the camera). Preview is a great but that is true of all good digicams. Resolution is great, color is great, and in general contrast is very good (a bit dark but I keep messing with the flash settings and I can fix it on the PC), when I leave it alone it seems to be much better).

    The zoom is easy to use but it can REALLY zoom (both optical and digital) so be careful. The multi-shot is great, the flash seem good and seems to reduce red-eye.

    Things to think about:
    1. Get a large CFRam card (I have a 128) and get a few hundred shots.
    2. My CFRAM card is a little slow (check the speed when you buy).
    3. Get good rechargable AA batteries (2 or 3 sets). Spend a few more bucks on good ones, you won't regret it (and make sure to get a car charger for trips).
    4. In "automatic" mode make sure you focus on what you want your picture focused on (its very easy but I miss the target once in a while and focus is out).
    5. Watch the zoom (optical is great) but you can't see for sure through viewfinder with digital zoom (of course) so keep it in mind you need to look at LCD display when digital zooming.
    6. You might want a stand (tripod) for family pictures and such.

    Overall 5 stars!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great All Around Camera!
    I'd previously purchased a lower-end digital camera/MP3 player, and although I was happy with it, I wanted something that was going to take good pictures that I could make prints with. After a little research I ran across this camera and liked all of the features I was seeing. I bought it and have been using it for almost two years now.

    The 4 MPs and optical zoom were both very important in my decision. The quality is absolutely great. You can use it right out of the box as a point and shoot with the automatic setting and most of the picture come out excellent. The best thing though is that the camera also allows the a wide range of manual settings. As I learned more and more about photography the camera grew with me and allowed me to tweak my pictures more and more. For me, that's where the camera is the strongest: It can take quick and easy automatic shots when you want them, but it is very flexible and customizable when you are trying to take more professional or tricky shots.

    The battery life is decent. I use two sets of rechargable batteries, and if I bring both sets, I've never needed more. And I take a lot of pictures on an outting. If you use the highest quality setting, the save time can get a bit long, as it creates large 5 or more megabyte .tiff files, but if you're worried about that, you can step down a quality setting to jpegs, which are still excellent quality.

    All in all, this camera has grown up with me, and has served for everything I need, from quick shots at group functionings to closeup shots for professional nature websites I've worked on. I would highly recommend it to anyone. ... Read more


    12. Minolta Dimage 7i5MP Digital Camera w/ 7x Optical Zoom
    by Konica Minolta
    list price: $859.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000067DKI
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
    Sales Rank: 3135
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    For advanced digital photographers, Minolta's large and powerful Dimage 7i offers a broad range of features and tools for any type of still photography. With a 5-megapixel resolution, images can be outputted at poster sizes. And the excellent 7x optical zoom gets you extremely close to your subjects.

    It's definitely not a camera that you're going to be slipping into a pocket. The Dimage 7i is professional class in terms of both performance and size, weighing in at over a pound without batteries. That said, its heft is comfortable and can actually be handled with one hand.

    The color electronic viewfinder knows when you put your eye up to it, turning itself on and turning off the bright 1.8-inch LCD, which saves on battery life and makes for a nifty party trick. It even has a diopter lens so glasses-wearing users can adjust it to their eyesight.

    Captured images were downright impressive--with bright, lifelike colors, and very sharp details. The Dimage 7i sports a long list of advanced features, including a variety of movie capture modes (including low-light), a real-time histogram that lets you adjust your aperture and other settings before snapping a photo, and continuous auto-focus on moving subjects.

    You might think that a camera of this level would be a bit imposing to use, but Minolta has laid out the buttons and wheels appropriately, letting you adjust between modes easily and including an LCD panel on top of the camera that keeps you informed of the settings.

    It's not the kind of camera you'd want to buy your teenager for a birthday, but if you're looking for a digital camera that can hold its own against top film cameras, the Minolta Dimage 7i definitely deserves a look. --J. Curtis

    Pros:

    • 5-megapixel resolution produces impressive images
    • Huge optical zoom: 7x
    • Advanced tools and features, but easy to use

    Cons:

    • Professional photography is not inexpensive
    • Not exactly compact
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    Features

    • 5.24 megapixel (4.95 effective megapixels) sensor creates 2560 x 1950 images for prints at 13 by 17 inches and beyond
    • 7x optical plus 2x digital (14x total) zoom lens with autofocus
    • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 5 images at default resolution
    • Movie mode captures up to 60 seconds of video with audio
    • Powered by 4 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries (charger included); connects with Macs and PCs via USB connector

    Reviews (30)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Minolta Dimage 7i personal review
    I researched many cameras in stores and on line. I wanted high pixel, lots of zoom and movie with sound. Nikon 5700 with 8x zoom is more expensive and was not available. Nikon 5000 does not compare in the zoom.
    I was sold on the Minolta. I am still experimenting with all the amazing features. Automatic does a great job. I recommend reading the manual several times,,,, actually I study the manual and then practice on the actual camera. I bought an AC adapter and run an extension cord and practice on that and not use up the batteries,plus walk around the rooms taking pictures connected to the AC adapter...

    This camera is like buying a small computer. I love it. It is the best buy out there for a 5+ pixel with the 60 second movie with sound. I love the macro switch for close up work! There is even a menu to shoot black and white if you need to do some art work. You can change so many variables and even label your files that will come up on the PC when you download. In the LDC screen there is a small keyboard that shows up so you type in your own name to a photo file. I also bought a compact flash reader that connects to your USB and I don't even have to download from the camera. Plus with my printer I can just put in the card and print directly. I also bought a compact flash card with more MB. It comes with Sanyo rechargeable batteries and the recharger. I can't say enough about how please I was to find this camera. And actually a review like this about a Dimage 7 helped me realize the Dimage 7i is the newer model with sound for the movie! The investment of $1000 is worth it. This camera's technology will be around for a long time. Have fun !!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superior Digital Camera
    This is my 5th digital camera in approximately the last 4 years. The Dimage 7i a serious upgrade compared to the Nikon 990(3.34 megapixel) I was using. The Nikon is a nice camera, but the Minolta 7i has more functions and greater resolution.

    Battery life was my primary concern prior to purchasing the Dimage 7i. That turned out not to be an issue using good NiMH rechargable batteries (1600mAh or above). I was able to get over 70 photos on one set of batteries. I would recommend using the electronic view finder vs the LCD monitor to conserve battery life.

    Because the camera is 5 megapixel, have several memory cards at least 128MB, preferably 256MB or above. They fill up fast when using at the higher resolutions.

    Take a few minutes to read the manual to learn the tricks of the camera, it is well worth it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Dimage 7i
    I have just had the camera a few days now. As for all the gadgets, its gonna take a while to pick up on all those. Right now I am using it mostly on automatic and casually venturing from that to different settings and comparing to my other digital cameras.

    First, I love the 5 mp setting, the camera was very easy to pick up and start right out using .. (like most guys do)

    I am impressed with the quality of the pictures. I like the fact that everything is pretty much straight forward. The camera fires up quickly. I tested it with a romote flash sorta like a fill in and it worked flawlessly. The compact flash memory cards are fairly inexpensive and small so you can have a few backups for those multi picture extravaganzas.

    The one thing I would love to see addressed on the camera is the batteries... it would be nice to see minolta come with a battery, rechargable, rather than tring to keep up with two or three sets of AA s ... The instruction book... (guess I will have to read or at least review sooner or later ) looks like it covers pretty much anything you can run accross.

    Would I recommend this camera? Yes I would but not for the inexperienced guy... when you first look at this camera... there seems to be a lot to digest... but all in all... Love it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars doesn't say enough...
    I have heard bad reviews that this particular camera eats batteries, but I have not had any problems with batteries being used up fast. My last camera, which was only 2.2 Megapixels ate batteries much faster than the Dimage 7i. The picture quality is excellent. When the camera is taking pictures in it's best quality, you can see those minute blemishes that you don't usually notice in pictures. This camera is by far the best that I have ever tried. Highly reccommended to buy if you are in the market for a 5.0+ megapixel camera.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Performer
    The good:
    Great zoom range. It's the only ZLR that goes as wide as 28mm (35mm equivalent).

    The bad:
    Very poor focusing, especially in low light.

    The ugly:
    More noise than you'd expect. A better alogarithm is need. A digital camera is only as good as its programming.
    The electronic viewfinder is virtually useless. The low pixel count and distorted viewfinder optics do it in. ... Read more


    13. Samsung Digimax 350 SE 3.3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
    by Samsung
    list price: $419.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006BSTZ
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Samsung
    Sales Rank: 3907
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Samsung Digimax 350SE combines powerful optics with useful features to make a digital camera that meets everyday photography needs. The 3.3-megapixel sensor and autofocus lens ensure clear, brilliant photos, while the 6x total zoom--3x optical with 2x digital enhancement--gives you creative room to take photos of any subject.

    There are four different picture-size settings for space and quality needs, and photos can be printed at sizes up to 11 by 14 inches. Composing your shots is a simple affair with the large 1.5-inch color LCD display or the optical zoom viewfinder. There are four white-balance settings, and the flash can be set to auto, fill, off, slow sync, or the special red-eye reduction to fit your lighting needs.

    The Digimax 350SE can record voice memos and up to 30-second full-motion videos, which you can conveniently view on a television using the NTSC/PAL video-out connection. A 16 MB CompactFlash card is included and stores about 20 images at default settings. The seven-second self-timer is always useful for self-portraits or group shots. The USB connection provides an easy way to transfer your photos and video onto your PC, and MGI PhotoSuite SE is provided for photo editing. ... Read more

    Features

    • 3.1-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
    • 3x optical plus 2x digital (6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
    • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds approximately 20 images at default settings
    • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
    • Uses 4 AA batteries (included); rechargeable NiMH recommended

    Reviews (7)

    3-0 out of 5 stars good but one serious flaw
    I'm pleased with the quality of the pictures but the shutter speed is very slow, as is the startup time of the camera, the time between shots and the zoom. I realy miss a lot of nice pictures of my kids because they just don't hang around in the sme position for the minute or two it takes me to open the case and zoom.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Camera
    I purchased this camera and was impressed with the size - functions - and ability of this camera. I read the book and started taking pictures immediately with no problems what so ever. The audio feature with still prints is FANTASTIC. The night mode is incredible also. I wish I had had this camera at Christmas because it takes GREAT night shots even on a low resolution. I would highly recommed this camera.

    5-0 out of 5 stars good enough for everyday use
    I didn't like this when my dad bought me without asking my opinion because it doesn't look cool.. (I needed to show off to my friends)
    While using it for six months, I started to like this camera for its features and pics' clear color.
    Night shot mode makes picture like professional shot.
    and I could also send my sister's movie clip to my dad by e-mail.
    You can also put 10 shot mode which will take 10 high detailed picture continuously. I prefer 3 shot mode for perfect pose. (in case people close their eyes or red eyes.. or..so..)
    Its case is not just cloth made scratch proof one but its very strong that even if you drop it, camera will hardly damaged.

    I hope samsung makes it little more cool looking one next time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to learn, easier to use. Great camera for little money
    Prior to buying this camera, I had a Kodak DC215, a SanDisk Reader for downloading the CF card to my computer. The Kodak was 1.3 megapixels and since I do a lot of landscape painting, it just wasn't giving me the details I needed. I decided I wanted a 3 megapixel camera. Then I saw the prices, and started shopping for a 2 meg. While Target had this on sale for $.... I went for it. I have printed out 4 x 6 prints that look like they were developed in a photo place. Ease of settings impressed me along with the choices I had for taking the pictures. The software that comes along with the camera is pretty good also. I already had it on my computer. I've used the camera in many settings, candid, portraits, landscapes and have been very pleased. Battery life seems pretty good. To take my shots I've been using the LCD screen and no problems. Only recently I had to use the viewfinder because the LCD screen will black out on a bright day. Even the viewfinder gave me the shots I was looking for. If you are looking for the action shots, why not try the 10 continuous shot mode that the camera provides? Any way I look at it, I think it's a great camera.

    5-0 out of 5 stars digital excellence at the right price
    This camera is something of a marvel. It comes with 4 AA batteries, a very swanky carrying case, and all the software and connections that you need. It has a multitude of different settings that all you to change the quality of picture the picture. It also allows for short videos to be recorded in the AVI file type. Pictures are taken in the JPEG file type. It takes Compact Flash media cards and comes with a 16MB card. The menu options are easily maneuvered through with the four directional button. All in all it's an impressive tool for your digital imaging needs. ... Read more


    14. Minolta Dimage S304 3MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom
    by Konica Minolta
    list price: $699.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005NHAK
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
    Sales Rank: 4565
    Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Take your digital photography to a new level with the feature-packed and easy-to-use DiMAGE S304, which features a high-image-quality 3.34-megapixel 1.125-inch CCD. An all-glass lens, 7.15-28mm (35-140mm in 35mm equivalents), with 4X optical zoom, sets this camera apart from the competition with a combination rarely found in compact digital formats. An anomalous dispersion element and twin double-sided aspheric elements work together to minimize chromatic aberrations and reduce curvilinear distortion, giving you crisp, accurate, edge-to-edge imaging. Compose these images with the 1.8-inch, 122,000-pixel color LCD monitor or use the optical viewfinder for SLR-style shooting.

    For professional results with the point-and-shoot style operation of the S304, you can choose from five pre-set modes: macro, portrait, landscape, night portrait, and text. For more creative shooting, use a wide variety of adjustable features, including manual focus, selectable ISO, custom white-balance controls, exposure compensation and bracketing, and a digital-effects control that allows adjustment of color saturation, contrast, and sharpening. A movable focus point allows for off-center compositions. Multisegment metering technology provides accurate exposures. Four resolution modes cover the range from film quality photographs to images for e-mail. Movie mode allows 60 seconds of live action and a voice-memo feature helps identify your work.

    The DiMAGE S304 comes complete with 16 MB CompactFlash card, A/V cable, USB cable, Minolta Image Viewer Utility CD-ROM, four AA alkaline batteries, lens cap, and neck strap. ... Read more

    Features

    • 3.2-megapixel sensor captures 2,048 x 1,536 images for prints at sizes up to 11 x 14 inches
    • 4x optical/2x digital (8x total) zoom lens with autofocus
    • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card stores 15 images at default resolution
    • Automatically connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
    • Uses 4 AA batteries (alkalines included)

    Reviews (26)

    3-0 out of 5 stars a mediocre product for such a price. excellent if cheap.
    The Minolta s304 is a fine camera if you can get it for significantly less than it's current retail price. The 3.3 megapixel resolution makes for some excellent daylight shots, and the 60 second movie recorder renders superb quality avi files. However, the camera suffers excessively from camera shake in low-light conditions. In addition, the manual setting for taking shots is difficult to manipulate...even for the intermediate level photographer. Night-time shots suffer from imbalance in color levels

    Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries are an absolute must for this camera. My unit came with 4 AA alkaline batteries which expired after roughly 45 minutes of usage. I've owned my current set of 1850 mAH Kodak Photolifes for roughly a year now and they've consistently given the camera an operational battery life 2-3 days with regular on/off usage.

    While the s304 has a workable zoom it fails to give adequate focus (in both automatic and manual modess), rendering blurred images - especially to subjects taken with the digital zoom.

    I won't recommend this camera to a first-time buyer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dimage S304
    Ths is a great camera. I have waited for many years to get a quality digital camera with 3 Meg Pixels for under $500.00. The only disappointment is that Minolta lists that you can use alkaline batteries, which is not correct. They recommend Ni-MH, which is the only batteries I have found to work properly. Using alkaline batteries result in a low battery indication after only a few shots. Getting the Ni-MH and charger are worth the extra money. I only wish that Amazon carried the batteries and charger. On standard photo setting the supplied 16Meg memory will only store 20 pictures. I recommend getting a 64Meg memory and the USB memory reader attachment for the PC. Download to a PC is easy directly from the camera. A 6V DC adapter is also available for powering the camera, but I haven't found that this is necessary.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Good Camera (if/when it works!)
    Had this camera for a little over a year and it's a piece of junk. From day one it has never worked right. At least 90% of the time it locks up when I turn it on; the red LED light stays on and I have to open the battery door for thirty seconds to reset the camera. Sometimes when I change modes it locks up. I have no confidence that it will work when I turn it on. When it does "boot up" correctly I jump for joy (is this how it's suppose to be?). This thing also uses a lot of power, my 1800ma NiMh batteries (4 AA) only lasts about 25 pics at medium resolution and small image size. It's a shame because this camera is constructed well (metal case), takes terrific pictures (when it works), zoom is great, LCD screen is very clear for it's size, uses easy to get CompactFlash cards and batteries. It's out of warranty right now and I don't think it's worth trying to repair so it'll get tossed into the rubbish can; what a waste! Maybe I just got a lemon when I bought it but I will never buy another Minolta digital camera again, this S304 really tarnished Minolta's reputation in my books. I won't tell everyone "don't buy it"......it's up to you, maybe you won't get a lemon like I did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I would buy it again.
    I looked at many many digital cameras before buying this one. I finally decided to buy it because it looked like it had everything I needed and it was cheaper than others. Well, I am really happy with my purchase. I bought this camera in 11/01 so I have had it for a long time. I have taken it to Hawaii and Florida and just around town and it has not failed me yet.

    Indoor pictures are not great with this camera but they are not horrible. I have taken some professional looking pictures with this camera and look at them on the computer daily. I would not even think about using regular batteries with it though, that would be a joke. This camera does suck battery juice like crazzzy.

    I enjoy taking pictures and this camera really has been great. I use webshots on my computer and I have my pictures of Hawaii cycle through on the desktop everyday, actually every 15 minutes. People are always commenting on them asking if they are professional pictures. I even printed some of them out and they looked great.

    If you do not have a lot of money to spend and want a pretty good camera I would go with this one. It really has just about everything. ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars easy, simple and great features
    This is my second digital camera. My first being Sony Maciva. This camera is great and very easy to use. I was at first worried about battery life but I am very please with performance of batteries. I would recommend a charger and only high quality batteries. I also bought a 64 & 128 memory card. I never run out of space.
    Highly recommend. ... Read more


    15. Pentax Optio 430 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    by Pentax
    list price: $799.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000066TI9
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Pentax
    Sales Rank: 9303
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • 4-megapixel sensor captures 2240 x 1680 images for prints at 11 x 14 inches and beyond
    • Autofocus lens with 3x optical/2x digital (6x total) zoom
    • Includes 16 MB CompactFlash; connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
    • Record movies in AVI format up to 30 seconds in length at 15 frames per second
    • Uses Li-Ion rechargeable battery (included)or 2 AA batteries; optional AC adapter available

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Depends for what!
    I have had this for 6 months, and use it extensively. I also own a Rollei prego90, and a nikon n70. I love it. its very very compact, and that is a great advantage. it takes sharp pictures and is easy to use. But if you need this for your main camera - i would not advise it. There is no shoe for an add on flash, the focusing and exposure setting time take about a second and a half, so if you need fast pictures, certainly if its anything with action, its not good enough. the batterie eats up very fast, so get a spare one.
    But again, if you are at all familiar with basic photography, the camera lets you customize almost everything, from exposure to color to file size. ... Read more


    16. Pentax Optio 430RS4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
    by Pentax
    list price: $599.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006B12C
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Pentax
    Sales Rank: 3531
    Average Customer Review: 3.82 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Take razor-sharp and brilliantly colored digital photos with the Pentax Optio 430RS digital camera. Its 4-megapixel sensor is capable of resolutions of up to 2,301 by 1,712 pixels, which can produce quality prints from 11 by 14 inches to poster size. Sitting comfortably in your hand and encased in a stainless-steel shell, the 430RS has a 3x optical and 2x digital zoom for a total 6x magnification. Take pictures effortlessly with the autofocus, autoexposure, and autoflash systems, or you can switch to manual settings for more artistic control.

    Several shooting modes are available for a variety of creative choices, such as standard, night scene, and metered manual. The movie mode records movie clips of up to 30 seconds. Digital-filter mode changes the picture tone to colors like sepia, red, and monochrome. A 3-D image mode gives photos a sense of depth and perspective when viewed with the included 3-D viewer.

    Photos are stored on 11 MB of built-in memory, but you can add more memory via CompactFlash cards. Control and keep track of all the camera's functions with the large 1.6-inch LCD monitor. The camera can be easily connected to PCs and Macs through the USB port, allowing fast transfer of your photos and video to a computer for editing and sharing on the Internet. There is also a video-out jack so you can watch your work on a television. ... Read more

    Features

    • 4.0 megapixel sensor captures 2240 x 1680images for prints at 11 x 14 inches and beyond
    • 3x optical plus 2x digital (6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
    • Built-in 11 MB memory; expandable via CompactFlash (Type I) cards
    • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
    • Uses rechargeablelithium-ion battery (included)

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Using the Pentax 430rs
    I really like this camera. I have been using digital cameras for several years now and this one is easy to use and takes great pictures. The most important thing for me was size - I found that unless I could put the camera in my shirt pocket I rarely took it with me. This on is only slightly bigger than a pack of cigerettes. You need to buy a compact flash memory for it if you are going to take high resolution pic's as you can only get something like 8 of the highest res pictures. The battery is a strong one and will run for a long time, and one ought to have a extra - but finding one of these new lithium ion batteries has not been easy. You can even zoom in on a picture you have taken while reviewing it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Worst 4MP digicam ever!!!
    This camera may have 4 MP resolution but it has low definition and is one of the noisiest cameras I have ever seen. My old 2MP coolpix 950 looks much better. Exchanged it for the 3.2MP Canon Powershot A70 today.

    Cool looks can be misleading...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good form factor and picture quality
    The Optio takes true 4MP pictures, which are good for enlarged prints. The image quality is good, with decent colors and slightly soft edges. (I personally don't like sharp edges anyway.) The form factor makes it easy to hold, and the 3X optical zoom is fast and accurate. You can use either the LCD viewfinder or the optical viewfinder, the latter saving you considerable battery life. A solid product that I think you'll like. Do look around for the best price.

    2-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent 2 megapixel camera!
    Frankly, I bought this camera thinking that I had found the perfect camera featuring 4MP, a 3x zoom, metal casing and all this in a very small format. The price was also really competitive, only the HP 812 was cheaper but it was made of plastic... (I think they share the same optics/CCD)

    I found this camera extremely easy to use! The learning curve was almost inexistant. Althought there is only 6 exposure modes on the dial, I found that it was much easier to use than other cameras with 10-15 modes. You can set it with just a glimpse.

    The 3D mode is especially cool, it permits to create a picture made of 2 frames shot 3-5 inches apart. This stereogram when printed in the proper size can be viewed with the special glasses (included) (or without, if you are able to "see" them...)

    However, the honeymoon ended when i looked at the pictures upclose. Even when taken on a bright sunny day, pictures never achieved 4 megapixels of sharpness, more like 2 megapixels. Under lower lighting conditions (cloudy day), you could easily see noise. Also JPEG were a rather big (usually around 2600 KB) considering their lack of detail, but that was a lesser problem.

    In the end, i had a really hard time deciding whether i should return it or not, but i finally did. There's no point in buying a 4 MP camera, if it produces 2 MP worth of quality at twice the price and more than twice the filesize (twice less pictures on a flash card), no matter how cute and easy to use it is... So i went ahead and bought a top of the line (but still compact) Canon Powershot S45. Althought it isn't has userfriendly, it give you 4 MP worth of picture.

    1-0 out of 5 stars It is not what one expects from 4MP camera
    1. The most important, end point - picture qulity is disappointing. For 15x10cm size pictures it is still OK (then rather buy 2MP camera and save). Digital noise is high esp. when max resolution is used. Noise is easily seen even on pictures taken under direct daylight, never mind lesser light. Compared picture quality with 2MP Nikon Coolpix 2500 - no comparison.
    2. Flash range 2 meters. Focus light <1 meter range.
    3. Auto white balance recognises only daylight, the rest must be done manually.
    4. Picture freezes while camera "slowly" adjusts focus. As the result your object might be gone. Poor light sensitivity (ISO"max"-200), ie. slow or no focus if light is poor.
    5. Strange JPG compression system - files are mutch large then taken with other cameras with the same resolution and compression degree. Higher capacity CF card required (but where is the quality for a bigger file size?).
    6. Features like "3D pictures" and "Colour filters (to make yellow, blue etc. pictures)" ... Who needs it???
    7. No TV/AV output, no sound recording, no speaker, battery needs to be removed for charging, charging time 2hrs.
    8. The rest is OK. ... Read more


    17. Nikon Coolpix 5000 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    by Nikon

    Asin: B00005QJCU
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Nikon
    Sales Rank: 2868
    Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Once again, Nikon has upped the ante in the world of digital cameras with the introduction of the Coolpix 5000. Its 5-megapixel sensor, 28-85mm zoom lens, and extensive controls make this a great choice for discriminating photographers seeking a digital camera with filmlike quality and SLR-style manual controls.

    In a departure from previous flagship Coolpix models, the 5000 is very compact (much smaller than the older 900-series models) and looks more or less like a traditional point-and-shoot. It does not employ the trademark Coolpix swiveling-lens design; instead, on this model, it's the LCD display that does the swiveling. The screen can be flipped out from the camera body and rotated for easy viewing from any shooting angle--it even works for a self-portrait. An added bonus to this design is the ability to tuck the vulnerable display inward for protection when the camera is not in use. Of course, images can also be composed by looking through the traditional optical viewfinder.

    The Coolpix 5000 features a 3x zoom lens--the most common power for zoom digital cameras. It's the range that sets the Coolpix apart--its widest setting is an unusually wide 28mm, perfectly matching the wide-angle setting on most SLR cameras. Almost every other digital camera's wide-angle starts at 35 or 38mm. The all-glass lens features nine elements in seven groups.

    Power is provided by a proprietary lithium-ion EN-EL1 battery rated for approximately 100 minutes of use (battery and charger are included). If you're worried about getting caught in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery, the camera also uses a standard disposable lithium 2CR5 camera battery. Unused lithium batteries hold their power for years, so you'll probably want to toss one of these into your camera bag as a backup. For hardcore photographers, there's also an optional power pack/hand grip that uses six AA batteries and offers several times the power capacity of the rechargeable pack.

    We've come to expect Coolpix cameras to offer an extensive set of manual controls, and the 5000 offers sports than we can list here, including shutter speeds from 1/4,000 to 8 seconds, shutter priority, aperture priority, and full manual modes, manual focus and white balance, ISO ratings from 100 to 800, and numerous other settings to let photographers capture any shot they can dream up. See our product specs for more details.

    An extensive selection of accessories has helped to make Coolpix cameras favorites with serious photographers. From wide angle and telephoto add-on lenses to an adapter that lets you use the camera as a scanner for your slides and negatives, Nikon offers enough add-ons to create a system that meets all of your needs.

    Shutter lag--the delay between the time you press the button and the moment the camera actually captures the photo--is a problem with most digital cameras, and the Coolpix 5000 is no exception. The camera can take over a second to snap your picture after pressing the button, which can be an unacceptably long time, especially if you're trying to take a picture of a quick-moving subject. Most of this delay can be eliminated by prefocusing--composing your shot, then pressing the shutter button halfway down to allow the camera to adjust the focus and metering. When you're ready to take the picture, press the button the rest of the way down, and the shutter will snap almost instantly.

    Movie mode captures movie clips with audio at resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels at approximately 15 frames per second for up to 40 seconds. 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.

    The Coolpix 5000 comes with a rechargeable EN-EL1 battery and charger, a 32 MB CompactFlash card, video and USB cables, lens cap, neck strap, and an impressive software suite that includes Genuine Fractals LE. The camera is covered by a one-year warranty.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • 5.2 megapixel sensor creates 2,560 x 1,920 images for prints at 11 x 14 and beyond
    • 3x optical (plus 4x digital) zoom lens with autofocus
    • Included 32 MB CompactFlash card holds approximately 18 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
    • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)
    • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

    Reviews (59)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. Worth the investment in time (& money).
    I have been using the Coolpix 5000 for the past few weeks, just enough time to shoot 1,000+ photos. My 3rd Nikon and 1st digital, it's lived up to my expectations: I've been more than pleased with the quality of the images, my ultimate criterion. While you'll hear a lot of wasted drivel on feature A,B,C and comparisons with model X,Y,Z, you need to decide what you're trying to achieve before investing this much on a new gadget. If you want to capture quality digital images for selected printing in 8x10 sizes or larger - and are willing to invest the time in learning how to make that happen - then this could be the camera for you.

    This is no simple point-and-shoot, which explains why some users have been apprehensive. Personally, I prefer the multitude of options it offers, including these (all of which I have used so far):
    - Ability to manually override nearly every automatic setting, including: exposure mode (S,A,P,M), focus distance, AF focus areas (5), flash level compensation, sharpening, white-balance, etc.
    - ISO sensitivity from 100 to 800, manual or auto, enabling hand-held shooting indoors
    - Spot, center-weighted, and matrix (256 segment) metering
    - Hot shoe to connect external flash for more lighting options
    - Wide angle lens (28mm equivalent) is wider than most 'standard' lenses on similar cameras
    - 3 User Set configurations let you adjust quickly to different shooting situations/styles
    - Shutter speeds short (up to 1/2000s) or long (8 sec)

    If you do like novel features, then don't worry, you'll also get red-eye reduction, self-timer, movie mode (QuickTime up to 60sec @ 15fps, 320x240) and "best shot selector". Rumor has it BSS is a cool feature that rattles off 3 frames and stores only the 'best' - the one with the most information, i.e., sharpest & best exposed (but I haven't used it). I did like discovering after I played back the first movie that the camera even has a built-in speaker for audio during playback. I also like the ability to zoom into images up to 6.0x during viewing to examine carefully whether you captured what you wanted. The buttons and menu settings, while overwhelming at first, really are intuitively designed - once you've figured out a feature, you don't have to keep returning to the manual.

    I've been really pleased with the images I've captured so far. Fleshtones are realistic, sharpness of images is pleasing (not excessively sharp, or 'digital'), and metering is accurate. There's plenty of data to work with in the 5 megapixel images, which I shoot in FINE .jpg mode yielding a 1.5-2.0 MB image at 2560x1920 pixels. The lens glass on the CP5000 is the largest of the Coolpix's so far, which probably explains the higher image quality.

    The typical 'knocks' on the CP5000, and my opinion:
    -"85mm is too short!": so is 200mm. If you want to shoot models on South Beach, get an SLR and a 400mm lens instead.
    -"32mb CF card is too small!": if you rely on only one CF card, you shouldn't be spending this much on a digital camera.
    -"images are soft!": I prefer mine stirred, not sharpened, and do the rest in Photoshop. If you let the camera over-do it for you, there's no getting back the lost/interpolated data.
    -"battery life's too short!": you'll run out of card space first (I use 128mb CF). You just spent a grand - stop whining and buy a 2nd battery.

    So, what are its real "issues"?
    - No way to screw in a UV/protection filter. For some reason, Nikon opted not to put threads over the glass. You have to buy the lens attachment mount (UR-E5) and attach filters to it. An inconvenience, since you can't replace the lens and really should protect it with a clear filter.
    -It's slow to autofocus, especially in low-light situations, as there is no AF-assist illumination. I generally use manual focus or set the Single AF mode in such situations, and it seems to work just fine.
    -My indoor pictures using the built-in flash sometimes over-saturate the reds in fleshtones. I suspect this is because the bulb is a bit blue/green, and the white-balance logic on the camera over-compensates. I have kept the WB setting on "Auto", but I may fiddle with this a bit to see if another manual setting produces better results. When this has happened, I just tweaked the Saturation of Reds in Photoshop and they look fine.
    - It feels smaller than it looks in the promo photograph. If you have big hands, you need to break the habit of groping the camera with your right hand. Otherwise, you'll cover the flash sensor and over- or under-expose your flash shots.

    Should you buy one? Qualified YES! It's not for everyone. You can pull it out of the box and start 'snapping photos', but you might end up with snapshots that you could have made with a cheaper alternative. If you give it a little time and really learn how - and when - to use its many features, then I think you will produce even better images than you'd imagined.

    You'll really like the CP5000 if:
    -you like the convenience of Auto-Everything features, but want the creativity that only comes with Manual settings;
    -you like the idea of plugging your CF memory card into an Epson/HP photo printer and spitting out snapshots, but you'd prefer to 'tweak' them yourself in an image editor like Photoshop.
    -you can't afford a digital SLR right now, but you can't wait to start experimenting with digital photography

    I like it, and I think you will, too. Make an informed decision, and be sure that whatever you buy is the right tool for the job.

    2-0 out of 5 stars too bad..from a retired after 30 years TV photojournalist
    this is the 3rd nikon digital camera I've had and returned (thanks Amazon).I had the 775,885,and the 5000.For me,and this is a personal observation,they're too damn small!! I have poor eyesight and the screen and menus are too small for me to navigate.sure,you could set it up for idiot proof but why spend $1100 for a totally adjustable camera? I did try a few pictures and they seemed fine but once again I didn't take the time to really use the features.I couldn't.I'm not sold on digital photography for my purposes.you could buy an excellent 35mm camera for 1/3 the cost of the 5000 and buy a $150 scanner and do the same thing.I've used Nikon equipment for 30 years and love them.It's too bad that these cameras don't work for me.maybe they will for you.GO LOOK AT THEM before buying and make sure they are what you want and need.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good camera for natural light photography
    I bought my CoolPix 5000 late December 2001 and have been shooting with it in various locations since then. I am globally pleased with the camera, but found its enveloppe of usage to be somewhat narrower than I was expecting.

    As a foreword, I should say that, this being my first digital camera, as well as my first compact camera, I don't have any other obvious reference to compare it to.

    First, the good points:

    - very good images at 100 ISO,
    - small size makes it very easy to carry the camera with you at any time. The 5000 is a compact camera, this should be kept in mind,
    - very high feeling of quality when handling the beast,
    - very convenient orientable screen,
    - great zoom going down to 28 mm equivalent. Image sharpness appears to be very good at all focal lenght and appertures (without any scientific data though),
    - good image results in point and shoot mode,
    - very convenient tools for image review after shooting (including zoom to the pixel that makes it easy to assess the sharpness of the image).

    Downsides:

    - price,
    - poor flash results (power and exposure),
    - poor autofocus when selecting by hand which sensor you want to use. Most of the time, the camera is unable to find focus even on contrasty subjects. I gave up using this quickly. The automatic mode, in which the camera chooses automatically a sensor on which it could achieve focus, works fine for most cases (on point and shoot mode I mean),
    - a lot of noise when using 200, 400 and 800 ISO modes (this could be the same with other digital cameras). I would strongly advise not to use these unless you really have to. They might allow you to take a sharp picture, but the result will mostly be unusable unless treated with special filters in photoshop (it seems some guys have created special actions that are good at removing such noise),
    - slow electric zoom (but this is a normal feature for a compact camera),
    - very short battery life. Any serious outing has to be planned with at least one if not 2 spare batteries,
    - camera difficult to master (even with a strong Nikon background ranging from F-301 to F100, but the manual in Japanese did probably not help :-)).

    To summarize, I believe that Nikon just released the best compact digital camera for day light photography ever made.

    The problem is that, at this price, most users will expect it to be more than a compact camera and might therefore feel somewhat frustated when using it. Personnally, I didn't own a compact camera anyway, so I don't really regret my purchase :-)

    I also believe that the overall strategy of Nikon will become easier to understand when they will have released their low end digital SLR camera (which should happen soon according to persistant rumours).

    Bernard

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice Pics, Frustrating Camera
    The photos I've taken with my Coolpix 5000 are pretty good, though it has a lot of trouble adjusting to indoor lighting, even with the $100 Nikon SB-30 flash attachment.

    But this can be a VERY frustrating camera to use. Besides the now-standard but always annoying delay built into virtually any piece of digital equipment (I thought digital was going to make things faster, not slower, didn't you?), the Coolpix 5000 will often just decide it's taken enough pictures for now, thank you very much, and it will do nothing more.

    I've gone over and over the instruction manual and can find no hint as to what to do in this situation. I am focused, I have checked lighting, I have my settings correct, I push the button...and then I push it again...and then I push it again, and then again, and again and again and again, and then I hold it down until my finger hurts, and then I just want to throw the stupid camera in front of an asphalt truck. Nothing happens. If I turn it off and then back on, nothing happens. If I turn it off and leave it alone for 24 hours, then it usually is ready to have fun again.

    Surprisingly, the kids have lost interest in posing for pictures and are getting a little cranky after waiting 24 hours for the camera to get its act together.

    2-0 out of 5 stars "System Control" Failed after a year: $244 Nikon repair
    Except for it being unresponsive (by the time it's ready to shoot, the moment is gone) it's been a good camera for the 16 months I've had it... but it failed recently, and Nikon had little to say about why, how, or how I could prevent it from happening again. In fact, the people at Penn Camera seemed to be surprised that I wanted to know exactly what work was done ("Nikon never gives that information"). After explaining it by way of analogy---"what if when you picked up your car from repair shop, the serviceman said 'we fixed it... you don't need to know what specifically was wrong, or what we did, you just need to pay up' ... how would you feel? Seems criminal, doesn't it."---they came around, but still couldn't tell me anything.

    So... I'm no longer a happy Nikon customer. If you're thinking of buying Nikon products, factor reapir costs in to the price. ... Read more


    18. Kodak EasyShare DX3900 3MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom
    by Kodak
    list price: $350.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005NVPW
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Kodak
    Sales Rank: 2058
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The 3.1-megapixel Kodak DX3900 offers excellent images, the ease of use of a point-and-click digital camera, and a number of interesting features that help it stand out from the crowd.

    The camera's 3.1-megapixel resolution captures images at 2,160 x 1,440 pixels, while lower-resolution modes are offered at 1,800 x 1,200; 1,536 x 1,024; and 1,008 x 720. Picture quality is excellent as the camera picks out the most detail possible, while color reproduction is spot on. The automatic white balance is also very good, helping correct picture color no matter what the lighting conditions.

    The camera will happily work automatically; however, a range of manual controls lets you specify exposure, white balance, focusing, ISO speed, and shutter speed. The LCD menu system is well designed, clear, and very easy to use, even though the display itself is a bit on the small side. A 2x optical zoom--with additional 3x digital zoom--is provided and works quickly with a snappy auto focus.

    Part of the EasyShare lineup, the camera is compatible with the separately available docking station, which not only provides a permanent USB connection with your PC, but also charges the camera's batteries that are supplied with the pack. The software ties in with the docking tray, letting you transfer images with the press of a button. When connected, the camera also appears in the My Computer window as a new drive, giving you direct access to the memory card. The dock isn't an essential purchase, as you can sync the camera with your PC without it, but it does come in handy and is well worth considering.

    The only annoyance with the camera is the tiny 8 MB memory card supplied, which simply isn't big enough for this camera's megapixel capacity. This size of card only allows you to store 7 images at top quality or 15 with a higher compression mode. Fortunately, buying additional memory is not going to set you back too much more. Otherwise, the only missing feature is video-capture, which is offered by many competing cameras. However, there's no doubt about the excellent image quality and the DX3900's ease of use. --Nick Baxter ... Read more

    Features

    • 3.1 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
    • 2x optical plus 3x digital zoom with autofocus
    • Included 8 MB CompactFlash card holds approx 8 images at default
    • Uses 2 AA batteries or optional rechargeable battery pack
    • Works with optional EasyShare Camera Dock for easy image downloading

    Reviews (109)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great pictures so easy a monkey could do it
    This is my first digital camera.I have used other cameras owned by friends and family,but never was convinced that the technology was refined.
    Well all that changed when I saw the Kodak line of DX cameras with docking station.
    I Bought the DX3900 in a bundle package,it had the camera,docking station,rechargeable batteries,memory card and software.
    The Docking station is what first got me interested in the camera.The features of the camera closed the deal.
    I am by no means a guy who take a good picture,but with the DX3900 it seems that you can't go wrong.
    When it comes to getting the pictures in my computer and e-mailing them,I really think that a monkey would have no problems doing it.
    The docking station is a must have to make this so simple.No wires hanging around to get dropped off and fall behind desk,just place camera in the docking unit it's as easy as hanging up a phone.
    To sum it all up I am very pleased wiyh my purchase of the
    Kodak DX3900 Digital camera.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great features for the price -- near-pro quality, super easy
    Digital cameras in general are getting better, but you can't beat quality like this. Though I was initially looking at the more talked-about Olympuses and Canons, this camera gives excellent color fidelity, great resolution, and point-and-click ease of use coupled with advanced features.

    I use Mac OS X, and no software installation is required to use the camera -- it works seamlessly with ImageCapture and the new iPhoto, including being able to control the camera (erase pics from the card, etc) from the iPhoto app.

    The direct USB connectivity is great. I was able to quickly and seamlessly download the photos without having to use a compactflash adapter, which I suspect will result in longer media life due to the lack of the physical stresses of jamming the card in and out.

    It looks like a film camera (as opposed to some of the Nikons which twist), and feels comfortable, with a nice weight to it. The body is plastic, but feels fairly solid, though it doesn't feel quite like the most expensve cameras. It feels like the most expensive camera you could buy at a drugstore -- well-put-together, but not top-of-the-line.

    The ergonomics are very well-designed and easy to understand -- the buttons are well placed for easy operation without any accidental activations. The camera has a built-in battery save feature you can enable which turns it off after a minute of inactivity, and has easy-to-navigate hierarchal menus to control many aspects, like date/time stamp, image quality, and sounds.

    The image quality is really excellent, better than I expected. Though the 3.1 megapixels is certainly impressive, what's more important is that the quality in those few million pixels is right on, with good range in lights and shadows, good detail (the camera includes macro and distance modes for customizing focus), and very good color fidelity. There are white-balance controls for different lighting (flourescent, tungsten, flash etc) which enhance the color fidelity in usually-tough lighting situations. There is a hint of jaggedness in high-contrast areas, but it's not too distracting. Overall, there is none of the graininess that I've seen with other digital cameras.

    The camera can take pictures in only 3 modes -- color, sepia, or black and white (some cameras have lots of built-in effects.) For cropping and sharing, it's nice anyway to have a program like Adobe Photoshop Elements, which will let you use all the filters you might want.

    One of the best parts of this camera is the lens -- you can buy accessories like a telephoto attatchment or a wide-angle, for even more flexibility.

    I am thrilled with this camera. As an art student, it suits my needs perfectly -- optical zoom and enough pixels to play with were very important to me. However, there are a few cons, which can be expected for all these features at the price. Unlike the top-of-the-line digicams, there's a separate viewfinder (as opposed to true through-the-lens -- parallax problems are slight, but there.) And maybe it's just me, but you can't seem to frame your picture on the LCD screen -- it seems to work only for reviewing photos. I wish there were a power adapter included for seamless recharging. The 8mb included memory is pretty skimpy considering historically-low memory prices -- it holds only 8 hi-res photos. The construction feels solid, but not tops. We'll see how it holds up.

    All in all, this is a wonderful camera for the price, and Kodak didn't sacrifice image quality to cram in more effective pixels -- the images that come off the camera are ready to go. The additional lenses, ISO and white-balance adjustments mean you can take it further, but it functions as a point-and-shoot easy camera, and with Mac OS X anyway, there's no software you need to install at all. I highly recommend it for everyone from the first-timer who needs room to grow to the advanced amateur without unlimited funds.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don¿t buy this camera
    I have had this camera for little more then a year now, and suddenly the camera at times freezes up when I try to turn it off. I tried emailing and calling Kodak for help. After many attempts I was told it will cost $250 to exchange the camera and to forget about servicing it. I did not spend the money on a camera that I can't trust to work after only one year. I will be buying another camera-most likely a Sony I will definitely never buy a Kodak camera again.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid Kodak
    I purchased a DX 3900 in June 2002. By November, I had to send it in to have the status lcd board replaced. By July 2003, the lens cap was no longer retracting, but by then it was off warranty. The support was not very helpful either. Overall, my experience was that this was a poor quality product, and I wouldn't purchase any of their products.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, great pictures
    I have had this camera for almost 2 years, and taken over 3500 pictures... I had a problem about six months after it was purchased (it was dropped), Kodak repaired the camera, & it worked great until it was dropped again.

    When I contacted Kodak, the gave me the option of repairing this camera ...or upgrading for slightly more. Although, I have really loved this camera, I chose to upgrade.

    This camera is very easy to use, my 4 year old has taken great pictures with it. Just don't drop it!! The pictures come out as good as 35mm film, especially when developed at a local lab. If you purchase this from a store that offers extended warranties, I would recommend it for this or any other digital camera. ... Read more


    19. Minolta Dimage 7Hi5.2MP Digital Camera w/ 7x Optical Zoom
    by Konica Minolta
    list price: $1,499.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006K16A
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
    Sales Rank: 1009
    Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • 5.24 megapixel (5.0 effective megapixels) sensor creates 2560 x 1950 images for prints at 13 by 17 inches and beyond
    • 7x optical plus 2x digital (14x total) zoom lens with autofocus
    • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 5 images at default resolution
    • 60 second movie mode records at 15 fps; built-in flash synchronization terminal
    • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB connector; powered by four NiMH rechargeable batteries

    Reviews (26)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finest I've ever owned or Used
    I've been a serious amateur photographer for at least 50 years. This is my 3rd digital camera. It was difficult deciding between the Nikon 5700 and the Minolta 7Hi. The 28mm capability of the zoom lens plus all the other features made me go for the Minolta.

    I've not been disappointed. The lens is absolutely pin sharp. The Auto focus (a problem with all the Nikon coolpix cameras) is right on for 99.9% of my exposures. And it focuses quickly.

    If this camera has a weak point....it is the hot shoe which is a propriatory one which can be used only with Minolta external flash units. It is a dirty trick that Minolta played and their flash units cost a fortune. Hopefully Vivitar will come along with a compatible flash unit for the 7Hi.

    I've never been able to observe the so-called noise that some reviewers have objected to in the images. Low light level images turn out beautifully.

    I've tried all the color profile settings while playing around with the various profiles with my HP printer. I've finally returned to the Normal sRGB setting even though it has a smaller gamut than the Adobe RGB profile. I seem to realize better compatibility with my printer when I use the sRGB setting.

    Images made with the camera then blown up to 8 X 10 on matte surface paper have an almost 3 dimensional quality. Beautiful, rich colors, so sharp it's almost too good to be true.

    This is the sharpest lens and best camera I've ever owned in my life and I'm 67 years old. AND, guess what? The local Micro Center store had a 20% off sale on all digital cameras so I was able to get my 7Hi at a reasonable price from a local dealer without having to fight with high pressure salesmen on the phone.

    This one is a real keeper.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, solid pre-professional digicam
    I'll say this right up front: I love this camera. It's the third Dimage I've had - previously, I owned the 7 and the 7i, and I *may* go for the A1 soon.

    It's a fine camera, but it's not a *great* camera.

    Pros:
    - solid construction
    - wonderful manual features, esp. the rotating focus ring
    - lots of controls to customize shots
    - excellent zoom lens, that happens to be manual (a plus!)
    - variety of colorspaces to choose from
    - uses standard AA batteries

    Cons:
    - some noise, mostly on 800 ISO shots
    - complex to learn
    - hard to carry around - it's not that heavy, but it's awkward
    - eats batteries (though this has not been a problem for me, as I just carry a spare set of rechargeables)
    - rubber ring around zoom lens requires occasional removal and re-taping (as on all of the Dimage 7's)

    This camera has so many features that it opens a lot of doors for experimentation. The ones I particularly use:
    - manual zoom
    - manual focus
    - 30 sec bulb exposure
    - external flash port
    - good "sunset" mode
    - good video w/ audio
    - digital viewfinder that switches to B/W in low light
    - high speed shot mode
    - excellent digital zoom doubler (2x)

    For $600 new, the current price, it would be hard to find a camera even close to this quality for $200 more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great
    I've you've never used a high-end camera in your life, you would think this is a pretty good camera. But I have, and I'm pretty disappointed.

    What disappointed me:
    - Wrong subject focused. If you let the camera's artificial intelligence pick the subject to focus for you, you're likely to have to refocus a lot, unless you fix the focusing point.
    - Impossible action focusing. If the subject is moving, you can forget about getting it in focus in the continuous focus mode. You'd have to prefocus.
    - Slow focusing. Even slower than some compacts.
    - Power hungry. Make sure you get spare batteries. I have a feeling that most of the power goes to heating the CF card, since the card gets pretty hot when reading/writing.

    What kept me from trashing it:
    - Picture quality is pretty good.
    - Adobe RGB colorspace can be useful (if you use it).
    - Good lens range (28mm-200mm equiv.), with decent quality throughout.
    - Pretty good macro performance.
    - Manual zoom, but this is subjective.
    - Comfortable to handle, though slightly small.
    - Useful view modes, like grid or crosshair.
    - Useful manually controlled focusing point.
    - Allows screw-on filters.

    So should you buy one? I'd say that if you do any form of action photography, be it sports or just cute kids running around, look elsewhere. But if you like landscapes, architecture, still life, portraits, etc. where the subject doesn't move around, this might be for you.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Poor workmanship and terrible customer service
    I would warn anyone of buying any minolta digital camera if they are at all concerned about manufacturing quality and customer service. I bought a Dimage 7hi nine months ago and had several rubber pieces fall off within the 1st two months. One of these was the surface for the manual zoom function on the lens. When this came off and allowed dust into the underlying plastic mechanism (yes plastic!), the plastic piece broke rendering the zoom lens useless.

    When I sent this to Minolta, they told me they would not honor the warranty because the camera had been "used a lot." In fact, they wouldn't even acknowledge poor workmanship for the rubber piece and charged me repair cost for the whole thing minus 30%. Please let your readers know what they are getting into if they buy a minolta product...as for me, I will never buy one again!

    4-0 out of 5 stars some important "cons" to be noted
    After reading so many "pros" I must add some "cons":
    1 - Service - I bought my brand new camera on July 2003 used it fo 3 months and then it stoped functining - showing the "error" sign.
    I droped it to the Minolta representative in Israel 3.5 months ago, and have not received it back yet.
    Minolta Japan did not reply my e-mail.
    2 - You have to carry atleast 2 sets of extra batarries, because it "eats" them more than any other camera I have used.
    3 - When you compare the size in megabites of this camera's photos with similar pixle photo made by another make - you may find that this camera use almost double amount of m.b. to create the same photo. ... Read more


    20. Sigma SD9 3.54MP Digital SLR Camera
    by Sigma Corporation
    list price: $3,000.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000063YA4
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sigma Corporation
    Sales Rank: 7120
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Amazon.com Product Description

    Early Adopters Pick: December 2002. Powered by Foveon X3 image sensors, the world’s only technology that captures red, green, and blue light at each and every pixel in three distinct layers.

    The breakthrough Sigma SD9 high-definition, digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera contains the world's first image sensor to feature three layers of photo-detectors. The camera’s SLR system can take advantage of over 30 different lenses, from 8mm circular fisheye to 800mm ultra-telephoto, plus two digital flashguns, power pack, and accessories.

    Optics and Resolution
    The Sigma SD9, powered by the Foveon X3 image sensors, captures red, green, and blue light at each and every pixel in three distinct layers. All other image sensors feature just one layer of photo-detectors, with just one photo-detector per pixel.

    The SD9's three layers are embedded in silicon to take advantage of the fact that red, green, and blue light penetrate silicon to different depths, allowing full color to be measured at every pixel. This means that for every pixel on a Foveon X3 image sensor, there's actually a stack of three photo-detectors, forming the first and only full-color capture system.

    Storage and Transfer
    The SD9 uses CompactFlash memory cards and is compatible with CompactFlash Type I/II cards, which enables you to use IBM Microdrives as well. You can transfer the images from camera to computer with high-speed IEEE 1394 (also known as FireWire) and widely available USB (1.1) interfaces. The camera's video-output system can be switched between the PAL system (used in Europe) and the NTSC system (used in Japan and the U.S.).

    Image Format
    With the RAW data recording system of the SD9, it is possible to obtain high-picture definition and compact file size. The lossless compression system of RAW data eliminates image deterioration, and provides superior pictures, without sacrificing original image quality.

    More Features
    The SD9 is equipped with a large 1.8-inch, 130,000-dot low-temperature polysilicon TFT-LCD monitor with a white LED on the back panel, which displays images, menus, and histograms.

    The SD9 is equipped with a "sport finder," so you can easily follow the situation outside the picture area. The area that is out of the image sensor’s coverage range is marked by transparent light gray, to distinguish it from the active picture-taking area.

    Dust and dirt entering through the lens mount of a digital camera can create serious defects in image quality. In order to prevent dust entering and adhering to the image sensor, the body mount of SIGMA SD9 is equipped with an integral dust protector.

    Power, Size, and Contents
    The SD9 comes equipped with four CR-V3 batteries and an AC adapter; you can also use four optional rechargeable NiMH batteries to power the camera. The SD9 measures 5.9 by 4.7 by 3.1 inches and weighs 28.3 ounces. Other standard accessories are a hand strap, CD-ROM with imaging software, USB cradle and cable, AC adapter for cradle, remote controller with LCD, and stereo headphone. ... Read more

    Features

    • 3.5-megapixel digital SLR uses the new Foveon image sensor for increased color resolution
    • Records 2268 x 1512 stills--good for prints up to 8 by 10 and beyond--onto Type I and II CompactFlash cards
    • Connects to Macs and PCs via IEEE1394 port and USB port
    • Uses two CR-V3 and two CR123A batteries
    • Compatible with all of Sigma's SA mount lenses

    Reviews (8)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Inferior color
    It's hard to get decent color with this camera and its software. Skin tones come out too yellow. Resolution is good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best camera I ever used! Period!
    Well, this camera is something special and I have been compelled write this review because of couple of reasons. For the first, here the reasons. I read many bad , negative reviews of this camera and in the same time all those people who actually used it told how much they have being amazed by the picture quality it produces. So I've decided to try. The camera's images are not amazed they are stunned. The image quality is so high that it left me speechless for the first.
    I'm just wandering about those who left negative reviews about it? The CNET review, that named it "mediocre SLR camera" is just a plain lie. In my opinion they giving point for those who gives more money, it's it. Another interesting "review", I read from Ken Rockwell (really gifted photo artist!, no questions!), who reviewed this camera without even try it!
    So let start. First of all, it is NOT 3.5M camera. It is AT LEAST 10M camera, but megapixels in the traditional meaning just are not applicable here. This camera produces NEGATIVES. This negative is result of 10M photo elements. In the same time any of 6M cameras has HALF OF THEM GREEN and ONLY 25% red and another 25% blue. If we speak about "image quality" using this kind of "resolution" , this camera produces 14M images. In the same time the "real" resolution of those "6M" cameras stand about 1.5M, the everything else is a pure deceiving interpolation. I see that Cannon and NIkon, aren't happy to see this Sigma on the market, since it MUCH SUPERIOR to any camera they make they started to discredit it.
    I do not say it is an ideal, but it close. Much closer than everything else that feels like SLR.
    This Sigma produces PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES. I mean it. There's full range of amazing continuos beautiful halftones as you can see on the best reversible films. The pictures are spectacular.
    Since it is real photographic tool, you come back to the true that photography and it is about light. Your raw pictures will normally produce 3000 by 4500 huge images that is not interpolating, they just "enlargements" from digital negative. It reviles as many details that ANY other camera can't produce. There are 14M cameras on the market, but they DO NOT MUCH this SIgma in the meaning of photography. I can blow my raw image 4 times more and it still looking better than those from 14M Canon. By the way, those image from Cannon show horrible color reproduction, especially in the red. For example two closely colored redish colors coming out the same!
    This Sigma saves colors! It saves the real colors, not the estimations, not the interpolations but the real thing. Camera has just the everything that it has to have, including the high speed synchronization up to 1/6000 !!!
    The lens from Sigma just as good(or better) as any other lenses from Nikon , Cannon or Minolta. Even cheap $100 tag slow glass is of very good optical quality. Yes/ for $100 you're getting slow lenses, but it almost distortion free and high contrast! But fro $300 you can get perfectly fast, noticeably bright zoom that at least as good as any lens from "leading companies".
    Camera is very well constructed, it handles as it should be, the focusing system is fast, the screen is bright and clear, all controls location are very clever and logical. I like this camera and you're going to like it too. No boundaries anymore. You can print image as large as you need, no questions. In two, three years Foveon will overcome. I

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best image quality currently available at any price
    Given reasonable light, this DSLR bests all others in overall image quality with its 10.2M sensors and astounding sharpness. The best digital portrait camera in existence.

    Don't be fooled by the camera's 3.5MP rating--that is non-interpolated--all other digital camera manufactures, including all DSLRs, list only interpolated resolutions as their MP rating. This inflates other cameras' MP rating by a factor of 3 times relative to the SD-9, since they count each Red, Green, and Blue sensor as a sigle "pixel." The SD-9 counts a full set of three sensors, one Red, one Green, and one Blue, as a single "pixel." Foveon.com claims the SD-9's image quality bests film for any given capture area, and approaches medium format film quality for enlargements up to 40 inches. Some report that sharp enlargements up to 8 feet on the long side are possible from the SD-9's interpolated 14MP output files. The camera's software is the best available. The SD-9 always works losslessly, so be sure to compare only RAW mode specs when comparing to other DSLR's operating speed and convenience of workflow.

    Price is amazingly low for a DSLR with so many sensors, now below [$$$]...Hopefully Amazon.com will match them soon.

    Not the best DSLR for low light--low light noise is a weakness. Still, can produce very fine low light/night pics with experience.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, hefty price
    I'm basically a point and shoot kinda guy. Before this I owned a run of the mill Olympus D-490.
    Wow, what a difference. I've been snapping away for over 2 weeks with this little gem and am shocked at the picture quality. It's amazing what a little jump in technology can do. This X3 chip produces great color, fantastic detail and it's easy enough to have running in minutes, providing you have all the batteries, and it takes alot.

    The downsides are that it's heavy, like a couple of pounds w/ the lens and flash (sold separately). It's expensive, try shelling out 1.5k USD and telling your wife it's for a camera. Ouch.
    It requires Sigma software - I think if your going to charge an arm and a leg for a camera, it should take images in a standardized format. I appreciate the fact that the images in "sigma" format are infinitely manipulatable, but geesh. At least give us a choice if we want all that control in every shot.
    The pics cant be blown up very much. Now as an aside, I'm no master with the software yet, but on Hi quality with autofocus on the darn thing makes great pics, but viewing at anything over 2:1 magnification in Paint Shop produces pixelated images. It's a quirk, but it matters to me.

    Other than that, like I said, images are great. It's fun to run because it's so much like a pro-shot camera, but still easy enough for the average PHD to run it. (PHD= Push Here Dummy ;)
    ...

    4-0 out of 5 stars This camera is great..
    I got mine last week, and it's image quality is the best of any digital camera.

    My only complaint is that for the price they skimped on the little things... Specifically one of the battery doors is poorly made (I broke it after inserting the batteries :-( )

    But after shooting pictures almost continuously over the holidays, I have to say that the Sony 717 doesn't compare.

    Lance ... Read more


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