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1. Sony MVCFD200 FD Mavica 2MP Digital
2. Nikon Coolpix 2500 2MP Digital
list($1,099.99)
3. Sony DSCF707 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital
list($699.99)
4. Canon PowerShot G2 4MP Digital
list($2,249.99)
5. Olympus E-20 5MP Digital Camera
$333.99 list($449.99)
6. Olympus Camedia D-550 3MP Digital
list($599.99)
7. Sony DSCP9 Cyber-shot 4MP Digital
list($349.99)
8. Sony DSCP51 Cyber-shot 2MP Digital
$191.30 list($699.99)
9. Olympus Camedia C-720 3MP Digital
$379.99 list($249.99)
10. Kodak EasyShare CX4230 2MP Digital
$475.00 list($345.99)
11. Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4MP Digital
list($499.99)
12. Sony DSCP7 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital
list($599.99)
13. Sony DSCS85 CyberShot 4.1MP Digital
list($249.99)
14. Olympus Camedia D-380 2MP Digital
$58.00 list($99.99)
15. Logitech Pocket Digital USB PC
list($449.99)
16. Sony DSCP71 Cyber-shot 3MP Digital
list($229.99)
17. Samsung Digimax 200 2MP Digital
list($199.99)
18. Samsung Digimax 130 1.3MP Digital
list($299.99)
19. Olympus Camedia D-520 2MP Digital
list($699.99)
20. Sony MVCCD250 2MP CD Mavica Digital

1. Sony MVCFD200 FD Mavica 2MP Digital Still Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $399.99
our price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000063S40
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 776
Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 3x optical/2x digital (6x total) zoom
  • Stores images on floppy discs or Memory Sticks (not included)
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port or via floppy drive
  • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery(included)

Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars Very good but on limited use
I use this camera for work and it works very well. The only problem I have had with it is after a few months of taking 30 to 40 pictures a day it won't read a disk. I comes up with a formating error. I have had to send it out for repairs twice already. Other then that the picture quality and options are very nice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mavica Camera by Sony
If all you want is a straight forward and simple Digital Camera with Beautiful colors, Great ease in operation and high resolution get this before they will be gone
I got mine after using my older Sony Mavica MVC-FD88 for the last 3 years.
my older mavica costed much more and served me right and it has a 16 x Zoom with 1.3 Mega Pixel and MPEG with sound only on Floppies...
but Sony improve alot with this MVCFD200
First, they got a Floppy Disk Drive that accept all 3.5" disks which is great for uploading to older PC's with no USB etc.
and the new Memory stick with a USB to PC is unreal improvement
not to mention the feature of uploading and downloading between
all these formats!!!
the Memory stick that I use is 128 MB and it lets me take hundreds of high quality photos like no other Digital camera that I tried including "other" cameras with 4 Mega Pixel !!!
this is simply a great camera with some extra features like the MPEG (no sound)and 6x Zoom and Digital effects.
to me, these features are only extras and not importent as I have a Digital Camcorder in order to make high quality movies...
Sony always make the best cameras and that is a fact.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sony...
Quite heavy but a good one. If you don't have problems carrying it with you then use it! Make sure to buy the Memory Stick because it is much better than relying on a floppy alone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some Good Features
I've used the Mavica 7 and 75 for years in my work (real estate). The features most useful were Zoom (10x optical), aperture (1.8 would do low light pictures) and the floppy disk convenience. The major draw back for me was poor printed photos. I thought the 200 was an opportunity to keep the good features and correct the poor resolution and add the alternate storage capability etc. I am not sure why but Sony reduced the zoom to 3x and changed the aperture. Unfortunately I'm returning my 200.

4-0 out of 5 stars Many, maybe too many, features
I received this camera for my birthday. And after much waiting for shipping, it met my built up excitement. It takes great outdoor pictures and the flash is great in close nearly pitch-dark situations. Oddly enough, regular indoors pictures don't always turn out great, but who cares, just delete them. I strongly recommend getting addition equipment, a spare battery and at least 64Mb or Memory Stick. I've got a 128 which holds nearly 200 pictures at 2MP. The spare battery is nice, in that the one that comes with the camera has about 90 minutes of picture taking. The built-in macro zoom feature is a personal favorite because it does wonders to flowers. Kind of wish the optical zoom was stronger, maybe like x6 optical, x12 digital. I have yet to take full advantage of the Memory Stick to disk transfer feature, although I've done it a couple of times. Oh, but don't buy this camera for it's mpeg ablity, because it really doesn't have any. (I mean it does, but it's so poor that it's not worth talking about.) If Sony comes out with a FD Mavica with 3MP or more, I would strongly recommend it. ... Read more


2. Nikon Coolpix 2500 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Nikon

Asin: B0000635UX
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 1851
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 3x optical/4x digital (12x total) zoom
  • Included 8 MB CompactFlash card holds 15 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery(included)

Reviews (86)

4-0 out of 5 stars A friendly camera that looks cool
Nikon Coolpix 2500 is a great compact camera. I wanted to buy a camera that can work in an easy to use automatic mode for point & click situations like parties, casual travel; and also provides manual mode for experimenting & control. My choice was mainly between Coolpix 2500, Coolpix 995 & Canon Elph Series. I just fell for the cool styling of 2500 and the ability to carry it in my shirt pocket.

I just took it out to Australia for a week long trip. It has performed well under different lighting conditions. All I needed to do was change the "SCENE".The camera allows me to identify the type of scene I am going to photograph. It has a bunch of "SCENE" that I can select from. Some of them are - Beach, Landscape, Party, Portrait, Night Landscape, Backlight to name a few. I was also able to take night shots of the Opera house & the Harbor Bridge in the "night landscape" mode. They came out pretty well. I was happy to see the result in about 2 seconds - the duration of the exposure. Pictures taken in bright daylight like that on a beach also came of well. What disappointed was the photgraphs that I took at a night Bar-be-Q party. In most photographs, the people close to the camera looked bright and those away by more than 7-8 feet away from the camera looked dark. Another "scene" that I found useful was "Close Up". I wanted to note down a recepie from a local magazine. Instead of taking notes I just photographed the page in the "Close Up" mode. Now, I do not have to write them down ! I just read the recepie off the picture stored on my computer. It is not much of a "Manual" camera. So if you want to control everything, I recommend look else where.

I found the controls easy to use. There are a bunch of on-screen menu items, buttons & knobs. They are well layed out and are intitutive to use. Let me add - I am a techie. I can handle complexity. I had my first picture in about 10 minutes opening the box and charging the batteries. It took me about 1 hour to understand all the controls & install the software.

You got to buy a memory card unless you intend to save your pictures in a very basic picture format (like 640 X??). I bought a 128 MB card. It stores about 140 pictures in best quality mode (called "FINE"). The camera can be put on a tripod. That is a big plus for night photography. It is very easy to put my fingers on the lens. So I have to worry about it all the time, specially while opening or closing the lens. A price for this cool design!

In a nutshell I find Nikon Coolpix 2500 a fun, easy to use camera for easy going photography.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compact and Powerful, a good combination
I researched several cameras, including the Canon PowerShot and greater and lesser Nikon Coolpix, before deciding on the Coolpix 2500.

Things I like about it:

1. The size is great. I carry it in my purse or around my neck at all times. You can't get the shot unless the camera is with you! This is one camera you CAN have with you all the time. The swivel lens helps make it more compact because there are no protruding parts once you close the lens, no lens cap to worry about, and the lens is totally protected. I slide mine in an inexpensive zippered makeup bag and throw the strap around my neck. Wha-la! - instant [inexpensive] camera bag.

2. The quality of the pictures is amazing! The resolution is fantastic, much better than I needed or expected. It does a good job in low light situations too, which was something I was looking for.

3. Scene modes: These are very useful for someone like me who wants to be creative and get good shots, but doesn't have the time or patience to figure out the correct shutter speed and what-not.

I don't have any negatives that are bad enough that I would take the camera back, but just so you know...

Things I don't like:

1. People have complained that the flash is too bright. For this reason, I usually rely on natural lighting when photographing people. Fortunately, the camera is usually able to handle this. You have to hold it steady because the shutter speed is slower. I'm usually able to get one that is clear if I snap several. The nice thing is that it is digital, so you can see what you are getting, and retake if necessary.

2. Buy a 128 MB or at least 64 MB memery card the same day you buy the camera. I have not even messed with the starter card they give you. Way too small.

3. This is just an oddity, not really a problem. When you are in close-up mode, the lens is constantly refocusing and/or resetting the lighting, not quite sure. Consequently, it makes a lot of clicking and buzzing sounds. Not so great if you are trying to sneak up on a butterfly or something. Hasn't really bothered me, except that I thought my camera was broken. I decided it wasn't when my replacement camera did the same thing.

4. If you can afford it, buy a second battery. It lasts a decent amount of time, but it would be nice to have an extra.

So, these are minor problems, with solutions. I'm very pleased with the camera. It's great to have a digital. My photographic skills have improved just by buying this camera because 1. I can take as many pictures as I want, without worrying about wasting film 2. I can re-take until I get the shot. 3. I always have it with me, so I rarely miss that awesome photo-op. 4. It's a Nikon!

2-0 out of 5 stars Could be better
I wanted an easy to use digital camera for vacation pics, hobby use etc. This is my first digital camera. Picked this one after much reserach, and due to some sale pricing I found.

Things I like:
1. Camera looks good and is very compact.
2. Swivel lens has a few uses. (not very significant.)
3. The price of the camera is fairly low for the features.
4. Takes good outdoor and closeup photos.
5. Controls and menus are OK. More than enough options for me & comparatively easy to use.
6. Comes with a battery charger.

Things I don't like.
1. On / Off slider switch can easily get switched on by mistake.
2. The swivel lens is awkward, but is a little better than dealing with a lens cap.
3. Terrible red-eye when using flash. The flash is directly adjacent to the lens due to the swivel lens design. Therefore, red-eye is very bad, even when using the flash in the red-eye reduction mode.
4. The Nikon software (NikonView 6) did not work for me (using a Mac OS 9.0). Caused freezes and several functions did not work. I ended up deleting the Nikon software after many days of trying to work with it and fix it. Not sure I got it all deleted. Still some ongoing computer issues stemming from the Nikon software.

Overall, if you are going to be using your camera for indoor shots of people or animals using flash, I would not suggest this camera unless you like red eyes.
Also, if your computer is a Mac, the Nikon software may give you problems.
If I were doing it over, I would take a closer look at the Canon digital cameras, but they probably have their own list of shortcomings.

4-0 out of 5 stars Loooove
I absolutely adored this camera! It was my first digital camera, and I took over 2,000 picures with it during the time it lasted, however it has now died completely (won't turn on most of the time and when it does the screen reads "Error") and I have only had it for about a year and a half. So, now I have to look for a new camera.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible design.....
I agree, it looks really cool. Everything on this camera is perfect OTHER than the flash. It is less than 1/8th an inch from the lense, this cameras only major downside. When you take a picture everything up close is white and everything behiend that is black. Trying to take a picture of somthing that might be a little reflective? Too bad! I tried to take some pictures of a plastic computer case, and the flash created a lovely white glare on it, obscuring everything but the background, which was turned a lovely shade of black. Turn the flash off you say? Well, then the pictures get even blurrier. Yes, the pictures are always blurry. I am yet to get a good, non blurry picture from this camera. The camera figures "Well the flash is off so I should keep the shutter open for a half of a second". Most pictures from this camera make it look like a huge earthquake is in progress. Avoid this camera at all costs! I give Nikon some credit for trying to give this camera a cool look, but they could have moved the flash! Have they ever heard of product testers?? ... Read more


3. Sony DSCF707 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Still Camera w/ 5x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $1,099.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005UKBD
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1547
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Stay ahead of the digital curve with the Sony DSC-F707. Showcasing superb functionality and some of the most advanced technology currently available, the DSC-F707 combines a 5.24-megapixel CCD, a swivel Carl Zeiss lens, hologram AF laser focus assist, and Sony's NightShot technology, which enables you to shoot infrared photos.

Optics and Resolution
The Sony DSC-F707 features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens with 5x optical and 2x digital zoom (for a 10x total), an f2.0 maximum aperture, and a focal range of 9.7-48.5mm (equivalent to 38-190mm). It contains a 5.0-megapixel (effective) CCD, or 5.2-million gross pixels.

More Features
The DSC-F707 uses Sony's NightShot technology, the same feature seen on Sony's camcorders, which uses infrared illumination and an infrared filter to take photos in complete darkness. The night-framing system provides infrared light as a composition assist, and utilizes hologram AF focusing and preflash exposure metering for consistently great shots even in low- or zero-light conditions.

Picture quality is enhanced with clear-color NR (noise reduction) that reduces color noise and slow-shutter NR that captures and subtracts CCD noise from long time exposures.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the DSC-F707 produces color digital videos in multiple creative formats, including 320 x 240 (high quality), 320 x 240 (normal), and 160 x 112. You can fill up the Memory Stick with digital video, but you are limited to 15-second movies with 320 x 240 mode. Another movielike feature is called ClipMotion, which will take 10 images and put them into an animated GIF.

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

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Memory Sticks, Sony's proprietary memory-card format. The included 16 MB stick holds approximately 11 images at the camera's standard 5-megapixel setting (2,560 x 1,920 pixels). Memory Sticks are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 11 images per outing, then you'll want a bigger card. A 128 MB stick is a great size for this camera, storing around 70 images.

To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera--your computer should automatically recognize the camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive. If you own a Sony desktop or laptop, your computer may also have a built-in Memory Stick reader, which makes transferring as easy as reading a floppy disk.

Power
The DSC-F707 uses a proprietary rechargeable Infolithium battery (model M).

Size
The DSC-F707 measures 4.75 by 2.75 by 6 inches and weighs 25.06 ounces with battery, Memory Stick, lens cap, and shoulder strap attached.

Other features include:

  • Through-the-lens (TTL) preflash metering and red-eye reduction, cold-shoe and accessory terminal for HVL-F1000
  • Twilight, portrait, and landscape mode autoexposure
  • Multipattern measuring exposure system
  • 46-step shutter priority (30 sec to 1/1,000 sec)
  • 13-step aperture priority (f2.0 to f8.0)
  • Full manual exposure
  • High-speed scan autofocus
  • Manual focus ring with LCD magnifier

Contents and Recommended Accessories
This package includes the DSC-F707 digital camera, Infolithium M battery, AC adaptor/in-camera charger, AV output cable, USB cable, shoulder strap, lens cap, 16 MB Memory Stick, printed manual, and CD-ROM featuring MGI PhotoSuite and drivers. ... Read more

Features

  • 5-megapixel sensor creates 2,560 x 1,920 images for prints at 11 x 14 inches and beyond
  • Carl Zeiss autofocus lens with 5x optical/2x digital (10x total) zoom
  • Included 16 MB Memory Stick holds 11 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery(included)

Reviews (79)

5-0 out of 5 stars A great amateur purchase
I bought this camera a year ago as an upgrade from the P70 because I wanted something with manual focus and a higher resolution. I've been extremely satisfied with the picture quality, although a slightly faster lens would have made taking indoor pictures easier without the flash. The image quality is astounding; everyone around me is amazed at what this camera can produce. 5MP is plenty for producing decently-sized prints.

The camera works well with every computer I've plugged it into on a range of operating systems (Mac OS 8-X, Windows 98-XP,RedHat Linux 7.x) and shows up as a mounted filesystem that I can easily drag a drop to/from. I don't use the included software to edit images, preferring ImageMagick for quick edits or photoshop for more complicated work.

I would certainly reccomend this camera for anyone looking for capability beyond the basic point-and-shoot models. The manual focus and exposure settings are simple and relatively intuitive, and more complicated things like white balancing are properly available.

I would reccomend this camera for anyone looking for a digital camera, but still wanting to retain some of the flexibility of a SLR film camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Investment in Digital Photography
Frankly, this IS an investment...you spending $1000+ for this camera plus some needed accessories. Few people will ever shoot 5 Mega Pixels (MP) shots every time, but serious (and serious amateur) photographers will certainly appreciate being able to produce stunning detail when the need arises. Look at images shot on your friends' 2 or 3 MP cameras...this level of quality is amazing...but you WILL want to exceed this occasionally, and (...) is the price you pay to get the technology NOW. A 5 MP head shot will allow you to EASILY discern individual hairs on life-size prints (as in 11x14)...it's truely amazing.

I looked at the Minolta Dimage 7...the auto focus zooms past the subject and back...it seems irritatiingly "loose", for lack of a better term. The Sony is a bit crisper in it's approach to auto focus, though not perfect.

Low-light shots are a challenge, but the viewfinder does have a tremendous amount of information available, including exposure "F" stops, shutter speed, low light warnings, etc. The true genius is that you can essentially operate the camera in a manual mode, quickly overriding the meter to compensate for the light in any situation...backlight, contrasty light, reflections, etc.

If you ever used a 35mm in manual in the old days (when you really had to KNOW photography), you'll love the control available. And younger photographers will find a whole new world in being able to make this camera do what most digitals will still not do...take the unusual shot.

The camera is well balanced, and rather sturdy. You will get used to the shooting position...give it time. My biggest complaint is that the zoom selection switch operates "backwards" to my taste. Intuitively, I want to zoom "in" pressing the "out" button (!)...

You have an adequate built-in pop-up flash...PLUS a PC connection for external flash AND a flash shoe! Slavery, anyone?

The memory stick is a bit of a hassle, but extremely convenient once you get over the struggle. Buy a small USB reader to use at work or home...I use the "Zio". And buy the 128 MB memory stick...nothing smaller.

There were early problems with "White Balance", as recently as Nov 01. Current cameras should be shipping with the factory fix, but Sony, to it's shame, STILL has no information on it's website detailing same, even though it required early owners to send the camera for a "free" repair. Not exactly good thinking for a $1000 camera.

The images are good, but I do have to compensate a bit in low-light. Based on shooting several thousand "test" shots with another camera, I'm happy with this one. It does the job and can satisfy both consumer and professional. Note that I do not plan to replace this camera for several years. Why? Because printer technology has not caught up to the resolution of the camera (at least for the home user) and no one really needs much more in a camera. Five Mega Pixels will generate a poster-size image with very nice quality...you won't be doing it often, but you'll be glad you did when you do.

I like it, and I shopped hard to ensure the most features with the best price. As with all electronics, find a cheap extended warranty. (...) . Cameras DO break.

Shop carefully for a CASE to put it in...the unique shape requires some thinking. I have 3. One for everything including cords and cables, one for the camera plus memory sticks, and a Sony brand "ever-ready" case. Depends on how long you're out and how fast you want to access the camera..at what level of protection. Think.

You'll want an extra battery. Perhaps a travel charger, otherwise you charge the battery by plugging the CAMERA in the wall (!)...thanks Sony. :-(

Buy a UV filter (58mm) to protect the lens.

This camera is expensive, and generally reliable - it's a Sony. Many features I have not detailed, and it has a superb 10x OPTICAL zoom (and a 2x digital). If you are thinking digital and want to not have to trade-up for a while, I suggest the Sony DSC-F707. If you love photography, do not buy a smaller CCD chip than 5 MP...even if you buy another brand. But I certainly recommend the Sony DSC-F707 camera for people to whom the image is important.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome camera
This is my first camera i ever purchased. It's great! I haven't had any complaints. It shoots great pics, the zoom is phenomenal, and the features are great. Its a quality camera

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Camera!
This Sony takes some awesome photos! I have printed a lot and they are always sharp & clear, this cam has a ton of features and is every bit worth the asking price, so go ahead and plunk down the cash, you won't be dissapointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb camera for the Money
Like most people about to buy a digital camera, I did a lot of research. A lot. When it came down to making a decision about price vs. value, I kept coming back to the 707. It really came down to the incredibly high resolution, the Zeiss lens and the EFT veiwfinder which although not the ideal, it's damn good for an EFT. It also has a very functional diopter adjuster which makes the viewfinder the best in its class. I've been using the camera for about a year now and it's NEVER run our of power. I work at a graphic design firm and my co workers are blown away by my 11x14 prints made from this camera. I still don't see anything that can touch the quality of this camera for the $. You just can't go wrong. ... 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. Olympus E-20 5MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $2,249.99
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Asin: B00005QCO1
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 1658
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

You'd be hard-pressed to find a digital camera that captures better images than those from the Olympus E-20N. The camera pairs a 5-megapixel sensor with a high-quality custom-designed 4x zoom lens for photos with clarity that rivals film.

First, a note about naming conventions: this camera is also known as the E-20 and the E-20P. The N in E-20N signifies that this is an NTSC (North American) model. European versions are called E-20P because their video-out feature is designed to work with PAL televisions. The models are otherwise identical.

Design and Optics
The E-20N looks and feels like a high-quality professional film SLR. It's hefty, weighing in at 37 ounces, due both to the glass in the lens and the camera's cast-aluminum body. Unlike other digital cameras in its class, the lens on the E-20N is not removable, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Digital SLRs from other manufacturers typically include just the camera body, and adding a quality lens is a substantial additional expense. Olympus asserts that having removable lenses exposes the sensor to dust, but digital SLRs from Nikon, Canon, and Fuji all use removable lenses, and dust isn't a widely reported problem with those models. Olympus also states that using a lens specifically designed for a digital camera produces sharper images than using a lens designed for a 35mm SLR. This makes sense, since the imaging sensor in a digital camera is smaller than a 35mm negative.

The lens on the E-20N contains aspheric elements, ED elements, and a Gauss-type lens group--features designed to maximize image quality, and typically found only on high-end lenses. In 35mm terms, the lens zooms from 35-140mm, with a maximum aperture of f2.0 to f2.4, depending on how much zoom is used. If you're looking for even more flexibility, add-on lenses ranging from 28mm to 420mm are available.

To compose your photos, either use the swivel-mounted 1.8-inch LCD on the back of the camera or look through the traditional-style ground-glass viewfinder. Most digital SLRs use a mirror to send light to either the viewfinder or the CCD sensor, but the Olympus uses a beam-splitter--basically a prism--to illuminate the viewfinder and the sensor simultaneously. The LCD monitor also sits on a hinge, letting you tilt it up 90 degrees, or down 20 degrees, so you can take pictures from unusual camera angles while still accurately framing the scene.

The 5-megapixel CCD sensor on the E-20N is one of the highest-resolution sensors currently available and captures images with filmlike detail. Like most CCDs, this unit retains a design limitation handed down from the device's origins in television cameras: it is an interlaced chip, which means the camera reads information from the CCD twice--once for all pixels in the sensor's even rows, and again for all the odd rows. The camera then merges these two sets of data into a single image. This technology limits the top shutter speed in 5-megapixel mode to 1/640th of a second--reasonably quick, but not fast enough for high-speed photography. To get around this limitation, Olympus has added a progressive-scan feature to the camera. In simple terms, this mode only reads information from half of the pixels on the sensor (and limits your photos to 2.5 megapixels), but increases your shutter speed to a screaming 1/18,000th of a second, increasing the camera's flexibility tremendously.

More Features
Shooting options on the E-20N include all of the typical modes you'd expect to see on a high-end consumer digital camera: program, aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual shooting modes. Other user-controlled settings include exposure compensation, metering mode, ISO setting, flash, white balance, and focus. Users can leave white balance on auto, select from a number of kelvin temperatures, or manually create a preset. The built-in flash features red-eye reduction, auto, fill-in, and off modes. External flashes can connect to the E-20N through the hot-shoe on top of the camera. Exposure compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV in one-third EV increments. The ISO can be set to 80, 160, or 320. Also, an autobracketing feature takes three pictures, one over exposed and one under exposed, and allows you to set the exposure compensation up to one EV step in either direction, in one-third EV step increments. A histogram function lets you view exposure information after you capture an image, giving you instant feedback about how to improve your picture-taking skills. A large internal buffer allows the E-20N to take up to take up to four shots in sequence at three frames per second, even when set to record images as uncompressed TIFFs.

Power
The E-20N uses four AA or two CR-V3 lithium batteries--a set of the lithium batteries is included. These batteries have a long life, but they aren't rechargeable, so they're not a good long-term solution unless you're an extremely occasional photographer. We strongly recommend using a set of rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries.

Storage and Transfer
Unlike most other digital cameras, the E-20N uses both SmartMedia and CompactFlash (Type I and II, including the IBM Microdrive) for storage, and can use both simultaneously. The camera has slots for both types of cards, and a menu setting lets you toggle between the slots for storage. The included 32 MB SmartMedia card holds 11 pictures at full resolution with normal compression or two pictures in uncompressed TIFF mode. The card can be erased and reused over and over, but if you plan to take more than 11 photos on an outing, then you'll want a higher-capacity card--a 256 MB CompactFlash card, for example, holds around 80 photos at default settings.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The kit includes the camera, lens hood, lens cap, video, and USB cables, strap, lithium disposable batteries, wireless remote control, 32 MB SmartMedia card, basic manual, and software on CD, including Adobe PhotoShop Elements. Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but to make the most of your camera, we strongly recommend a higher-capacity memory card, rechargeable batteries, and a carrying case. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page.

Conclusion
For serious 35mm SLR users considering a digital camera, the E-20N is a natural choice. The camera feels extremely solid, and controls are logically arranged. Thanks to the high-resolution sensor and fine lens, picture quality is excellent. Admittedly, there are still some areas where the E-20N can't keep up with a film camera, but unless you're a sports or news photographer who needs to blast through a roll of film in five seconds, or someone who requires an unusual lens, this Olympus should offer the features and performance you need. --Shane Burnett

Pros:

  • 5-megapixel sensor captures filmlike detail
  • Features, appearance, and performance are all similar to a 35mm SLR
  • Dual memory card slots let you choose your format--or load both slots for more capacity

Cons:

  • Though the lens is of extremely high quality, competitors' models feature detachable lenses
  • Rechargeable batteries and more memory are necessities for long-term use
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Features

  • 5.2 megapixel sensor creates 2,560 x 1,920 images for prints at 11 x 14 and beyond
  • 4x optical zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 32 MB SmartMedia card holds 7 images at default resolution
  • Compatible with SmartMedia and Type I and II CompactFlash
  • Uses 2 disposable lithium batteries (included) or 4 AA batteries; auto-connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars This Is A Camera Not A Toy
What an amazing machine this is. After suffering through the flimsy plastic trinket cameras with little or no real optical quality, I finally own a truly versatile digital camera. The E-20 (as with the E10) offers extraordinary flexibility in digital photography. Prior to my recent purchase I spent at least a year and a half researching and waiting for this last pixel jump. The E-20 offers all of the flexibility of a high-level SLR which is missing on most other digital cameras.

Good Points:

-The feel... It has enough weight for good stability, and it fits your hand very nicely.
-Excellent lens with the ability to add extenders, filters, what-have-you.
-Super Image Quality
-Good bundled software (Adobe PhotoShop Elements and Camedia)
-Image control
-SmartMedia, CompactFlash, AND Microdrive compliant with the ability to use more than one card type at a time (you can switch between the cards).
-True SLR (some competitors offer interchangeable optics, but still have you look through a viewfinder. What's with that? I want to see what I'm taking.).
-Great accessories! (I can't wait to get the lithium polymer attachment)

Drawbacks
-I'll have to get a better strap
-Flexibility & control vs. ease of use trade-off... there are roughly 30 buttons to learn (but most of us will want that kind of control).
-It doesn't come with a case... even a cheapie
-I need to buy stock in a battery company
-Remembering to turn it off whenever I open the media bay or change power source

This is probably not the camera you would buy for your instamatic dependent Aunt Sally or Uncle Jimmy-Bob, but if push came to shove you could always tell them to just put the big knob on "P" (Program) and snap away.

When you pick your camera, don't go by statistics alone (or reviews alone for that matter). You've got to get out there and see how the camera feels in your hands. If you've a history with good quality 35mm SLR's you are going to love the E-20.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent VeriPic compatible camera
We tested this camera for compatibility with VeriPic. We put it through its paces in all the modes including adjusting manual white balance, IS, PS and Noise Reduction mode, sharpness filter, all combinations of the 5 resolutions and 3 compression modes. The camera performed flawlessly and what amazed us is the camera was very frugal on the batteries. Once set of charged 1600 mah NiMH AA batteries actually got us through 350 pictures! This was a very pleasant supprise. The technical specs also don't mention another gem...There is a large RAM buffer that allows you to take up to 5 FULL mode resolution (5 MegaPixel) photos one after another without waiting for the photos to write to the Compact Flash card! This means you can take photos quickly without having the normal digital camera wait between photos that other cameras have. (The manual lists a 60 ms wait between shutter press and photo capture. This is almost too small to notice and the user will think this camera responds like a 35 mm SLR). The photos look great in FULL resolution JPeg at 1:2.7 compression. Don't use the two TIFF modes because you'll run out of memory card soon and there is no noticable quality difference between the TIFF and JPeg mode so you might as well use JPeg and save some memory. Additionally this camera is VeriPic compatible! That means it is suitable for professional insurance or evidence photography work. We would have given this camera 5 stars instead of 4 except for two things we didn't like about it. The camera is a bit too heavy and hard to lug around unlike the direct competitor (Minolta Dimage 7 which is significantly lighter) and the second drawback is that it is significantly higher price than the Dimage 7. Otherwise it is a great camera!

5-0 out of 5 stars Olympus E-20N
I love this camera! This camera is the most like a TTL SL Reflex 35mm camera I've ever seen in a digital camera. The only drawback is how it seems to "go to sleep" between shots, if the shots are not within a few seconds of each other, and then the camera is hard to "wake up." Of course, I am still learning how to use the camera, especially with the built-in flash, and the Olympus dedicated flash. And as far as I am concerned, as a user of Canon and Nikon cameras for many years, I bought this camera because I know that Olympus has made great cameras for as long as I can remember, and the 5 megapixel print quality from its images is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars OLYMPUS BUILDS GREAT PROFESIONAL SLR
I OWN AN E10 , E20 AND E1 . THEY ALL PRODUCE THE FINEST IMAGES I'VE EVER PRODUCED I'VE WORKED IN A STUDIO FOR 30 YEARS AND USED MANY CAMERAS INCLUDING AS LARGE 11 X 14 VUE CAMERAS . THE IMAGE QUALITY OF THESE CAMERAS IS HARD TO BEAT-THIS IS A GOOD CHOICE FOR ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO READ THE MANUAL.-- THE OPTICS ARE THE ( BEST ) I'VE EVER HAD.INCLUDING NIKON OR CANON.IF I HAD TO PICK ONE IT WOULD BE THE E1 BECAUSE OF THE CHOICE OF OPTICS BUT FOR ALL AROUND WORK ITS A DRAW.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buy at twice the price.
At least that is what I paid for the camera. I do most of my shots in camera raw which gives me aproximately 26 pictures on a 256 mg card. Excelent camera for use with Photoshop CS. Flash is weak for any type of professional use. Optics are excellent. The camera gives you the option to point and shoot or have complete control of all aspects of the picture. Untill the price comes down below 10K for a good digital back for my 2 1/4 in cameras, this is a top choice to use. The only thing better today is the E-1 which was not out when I purchased this camera. ... Read more


6. Olympus Camedia D-550 3MP Digital Camera w/ 2.8x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $449.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000068BRB
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 1559
Average Customer Review: 3.98 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sporting a similar design to previous Olympus D-series digicams, the D-550 Zoom features a 3-megapixel CCD, 2.8x optical zoom, and a 3.6x digital zoom. With its familiar film-camera style and high-resolution imagery, the D-550 is a great choice for vacation photos as well as family snapshots.

Optics and Resolution
The DS-550's 3-megapixel sensor captures ample detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches. For a serious amateur photographer, 3 megapixels is a great resolution, providing enough detail to perform some cropping and still have crisp prints.

The all-glass autofocus Olympus lens has a 2.8x zoom range that's equivalent to a 36-100mm zoom lens on a 35mm camera. For technophiles, its aperture ranges from f2.9 to f4.4 depending on the zoom setting, with a normal focal range from 2.6 feet to infinity. There's also a 3.6x digital zoom, but remember that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.8-inch LCD display (also used to review the shots you've taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you're used to a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you'll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
A sliding clamshell lens cover simultaneously protects the D-550's lens and provides a simple way to turn the camera on and off, and the all-plastic body feels both lightweight and durable. While the D-550 offers automatic settings for point-and-shooters and beginning photographers, there are several manual features for more adventurous photographers, including macro mode, adjustable white-balance settings, exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot black-and-white and sepia images.

Power
Power is provided by four AA batteries (alkalines are included). We recommend getting a set or two of rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries and a charger. A digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you're using the camera's LCD display, so they aren't recommended except in a pinch. To ensure you'll always be ready for action, we recommend having two sets of rechargeables so you can always have one set in the camera and the other set in the charger.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips at resolutions of either 320 x 240 pixels (up to 33 seconds per movie) or 160 x 120 pixels (up to 148 seconds per movie). The limited duration and resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on SmartMedia memory cards. The included 16 MB card holds approximately 21 images at the camera's default settings. SmartMedia cards are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 21 images per outing (or plan to use the video feature much), then you'll want a bigger card. A 64 MB card will store well over 100 pictures. With most cameras, the brand of memory card you use is irrelevant, but genuine Olympus cards have a panorama feature not found on cards from other manufacturers. This feature makes it easier to stitch together a series of pictures you've taken into a single panoramic photo, and may justify the slightly higher price of the card if it's a feature you plan to use frequently.

To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera. Your computer should automatically recognize your camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive.

Size
At 4.6 by 2.6 by 2 inches and 8.5 ounces, the D-550 is fairly thin and small, making it easy to bring along on outings--but it won't easily fit in your shirt pocket.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the camera, 16 MB SmartMedia card, four AA alkaline batteries, USB cable, video cable, carrying strap, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a set of NiMH rechargeable size AA batteries, and a higher-capacity SmartMedia memory card. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • 2.8x optical plus 3.6x digital (10x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 16 MB Smartmedia card stores 21 images at default settings
  • Movie mode captures up to 33 seconds of video with no audio
  • Uses 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries or 4 AA batteries (rechargeables recommended); connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (57)

4-0 out of 5 stars Wished I had this when I was in Europe!!!
Olympus has a great reputation with their 35mm and now that reputation is passed on to their digital cameras.
The camera feels very sturdy except for the shutter door which I do agree needs a new design.
However after the initial akwardness of the shutter door, it doesn't become much of a big deal. You just get used to it.

What's great is that the pictures turn out ABSOLUTELY WONDERFULL if you choose
the HQ (high quality) or SQ function which takes up a bit of memory. Therefore I highly recommend getting
a 128MB smart media card which lets you take 173 photos and short 30 seconds movie clips (no sound)!
Also I do recommend getting the rechargeable battery and adaptor because the LCD eats up all your battery juice.

I do recommend this camera if you are thinking of getting a digital camera that is reliable and affordable.
It has a lot of potential and features that you can explore but I'm a point-and-shoot type of person.

5-0 out of 5 stars For me, the perfect digital camera
I've tried out many different digital cameras over the last three or four years, from Kodak to Olympus to Canon to odd ones like HP. I've tried cameras that cost anything from $150 to $1000. So, when it came time for me to give up my never-used 35mm Canon SLR, I knew exactly which digital camera I wanted to replace it with.

A few years back, I tried out a friend's Olympus Camedia camera with the same body as this one. It was only in the 2-megapixel range, as opposed to the 3 megapixels of this model, but I was always really impressed with the quality of picture it took. For a point and shoot digital camera, the shots were just amazing.

So I didn't have to look very far before I found this camera, the Camedia D-550. And it's certainly lived up to the expectations I'd developed from using the friend's camera.

In my opinion, this is what really makes this camera stand out from its competition:

' It looks and feels like a camera. Some digital cameras go out of their way to be all futuristic and oddly shaped, which I find annoying. I want to be able to hold a camera with my hands, not my fingertips.

' The design of the navigation software is excellent. I've used cameras that go to the extremes of interface design, and I've hated it. I used a Kodak camera once that used menus and control panels that were so big and colorful, it was like it was designed by Fisher-Price. Sure, it looked friendlier to use at first, but when I actually tried to find anything, like how to change the size of my pictures, it was too big and clunky. On the other extreme, some companies make cameras that use a completely bare and technical interface that's impossible to understand. With the Camedia D-550, all of your important tools are no more than two button presses away, thanks to the intuitive design of the interface. If you want to switch to Macro mode, you just turn the camera on and press "Up" twice. If you want to change the size of the pictures you're taking, you just hit the menu button and press left on the wheel that pops up, and you'll see a nice list. Not too invasive, not too technical.

' Streamlined features. A few years ago, it became popular to pack as many different things into a camera as you possibly could. Sound recorders! Movie cameras! PDAs! Cell phones! Put everything you'd ever want in one device! I thought this was a terrible idea. If you want a video camera, get a video camera. A still camera can't possibly hold more than a tiny clip, so why even bother? While this Camedia D-550 does come with the ability to take video clips, it doesn't assume that video will be your primary use of the camera like other models sometimes do. The feature is there, but you can easily ignore it.

' Rugged body design. Olympus sells a similar Camedia to this in features and price, but a different body. I borrowed one for a weekend, and was constantly having trouble with the lens that stuck out of the camera body. The lens cap would fall off all the time, and I just wasn't careful enough with it. When I had my 35mm SLR, I just put a UV filter over the glass of the real lens, and didn't worry about scratching it, but you couldn't do that with the other Camedia lens. With the D-550, you avoid the problem entirely. When you turn the camera off, the lens retracts into the body of the camera, and is covered by the sliding panel that's part of the camera body. It's a brilliant design that keeps the lens safe, and the speed of the lens movement is quick enough that it's not annoying. I love that my camera is so tough. Though I haven't dropped it yet, I have the feeling it would survive a drop just fine.

' And, of course, the image quality. Even with plain old point-and-shoot simplicity, the colors are vivid and sharp, the exposure is just right, and the low-light pictures are just incredible, which is important to me as a hater of flashbulbs. The other day, a bird fell down our chimney and got trapped in the upper grill of our fireplace, beyond where we could see. So I stuck the camera up into the fireplace and had someone point a dim flashlight where we thought the bird was, and I got a pretty decent picture of it! The bird ended up getting out of the fireplace and flying out the window just fine, by the way. :-) The macro feature is pretty cool, too. My desktop picture on my computer is a photo of an ant I took with my D-550. People are really impressed that the ant takes up 3 inches on my screen.

When you consider all the excellent features this camera has, then realize that it's much less expensive than similar cameras, it seems like a no-brainer. I would have easily paid twice what I did for the D-550, and still felt like I was getting a great deal. This camera is going to last me a long, long time, and I'm loving every minute of it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Save your $$$$$
Photo's are good, but software ain't.

I've owned the Camedia 550 for a little over a year. I am very disapointed in the software that you HAVE to use with this camera. I upgraded to the "professional" edition, but it's still bad. It does not alow you to back up your photo's onto CD. (Floppy Disk Only, which is worthless). Also I have pixels dying on my viewing screen.
It is difficult to manuver through the options on the camera. Also uses a Smart Media Card, which the new ones do not use, and very few new camera do use, so I'll be stuck with $200 bucks worth of Smart Media Cards when I decide to chuck this thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Money Well Spent
I bought this camera a year ago; it has served me well in many different environments and in both nighttime and blazing sun conditions. Downloads are swift with either the 3.5 inch flash path floppy or USB. Picture quality is great at low compression settings, higher settings are even better. I use a 64 MB memory card and that is more than adequate for my needs. Battery life is impressive: one charge was good for a 2 week vacation, and that included at least one hour of time viewing pictures with relatives on the built-in screen. Easy to use. Documentation is a bit on the slim side, but sufficient, with the exception of instructions on taking a panoramic picture. Apparently, that info is on the CD. We've taken 1,200 pics or so, no problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars great camera
I bought this camera 18 months ago, and it takes GREAT pictures. I have taken thousands of pictures with this camera with no problem. The two only drwabacks to this camera is its size and it takes a second or two to save the picture to the card, but that's the way it is.
On the other hand, the reason why it is so big is because it uses regular batteries=cheap! However, battery life is great.
Would recommend this camera to anyone who needs a digital camera. ... Read more


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (36)

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

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

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

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

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

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


8. Sony DSCP51 Cyber-shot 2MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $349.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000066EW5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1229
Average Customer Review: 3.66 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sony's affordable DSC-P51 combines a 2-megapixel sensor, 2x zoom lens, and AA battery power in a pocket-sized package. If you're shopping for a family point-and-shoot that's easy to use, versatile, and small enough to take anywhere, the P51 is a great choice.

Optics and Resolution
The DSC-P51's 2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches. For the typical family photographer, 2 megapixels is a great balance between price and performance. If you want a camera with even more resolution, you'll need to step up to a 3- or 4-megapixel model like the DSC-P71 or DSC-P9.

The autofocus lens features both a 2x optical zoom and a 3x digital zoom. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's a good idea to use it sparingly. In low-light situations (a particular weakness for many digital cameras), a focus-assist lamp sends out a small patterned beam to help the camera accurately determine distance, and special circuitry automatically reduces the "static" that typically plagues nighttime digital shots.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.6-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you've taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you're used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you'll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
Though the P51 is designed for point-and-shoot simplicity, there are several options for more adventurous photographers, including manual focus with macro, adjustable ISO and white-balance settings, exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot black-and-white, sepia, solarized, and negative images.

Power
The P51 uses two AA batteries--a pair of high-capacity nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeables and charger are included. 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. To ensure you'll be ready for action, we recommend getting a second pair of batteries so you can always have one set in the camera and the other set in the charger.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips. Most digital cameras' movie modes are limited to 15- or 30-second clips, but in EX mode, the P51 can keep shooting until you've filled the memory card. The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Memory Sticks, Sony's proprietary memory-card format. The included 16 MB stick holds approximately 24 images at the camera's default settings. Memory Sticks are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 24 images per outing, then you'll want a bigger card. A 128 MB stick is a great size for this camera, storing around 200 images. To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera. Your computer should automatically recognize your camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive. If you own a Sony desktop or laptop, your computer may already have a built-in Memory Stick reader.

Size
At 5 by 2.4 by 1.75 inches and 10.4 ounces fully loaded, the P51 is a very compact and portable digital camera.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the DSC-P51 camera, two rechargeable NH-AA-D1 rechargeable batteries, BC-CS1 charger, video and USB cables, wrist strap, 16 MB Memory Stick, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a spare set of NiMH rechargeable size AA batteries, and a higher-capacity memory stick. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page.

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Features

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 2x optical zoom and 3x digital zoom
  • Includes MSA-16A 16MB Memory StickĀ® media
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 2 AA batteries (rechargeables included)

Reviews (50)

5-0 out of 5 stars You can't do any better than this one
Very easy to use, takes great pictures and has a nice quality feel.I found battery life to be very good,I have heard of other cameras only capable of 20-30 shots before batteries were gone.I just used this camera on vacation ,took 50+ shots in 1 day {I was using a 128mb memerory stick,highly recommend} and the batteries never got below the 50 % range.I would also recommend the acc. kit for this camera , you get a very nice case and 2 extra batteries and a charger that charges in 2 hours instead of 14 hours.Over all, very impressed with this camera.You can't go wrong with this quality Sony product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Decent price for a decent camera
This camera is the best in its class. Sony includes many features that set it apart from other brands, including easy to use menus, power saving feature, and size. The battery life is excellent; I was able to take just under 200 pictures on one charge. Normal batties can be used, but won't last longer than 15 or 20 minutes. At highest quality, you can get 30 pictures on the supplied 16MB memory stick. Pictures come out very well, although a macro setting would be nice to have. Multi burst and video are also handy features to have. Overall, this camera is a very good value for the money. You can get by with the included accessories, but other camera accessories can be expensive.

Pros:
* Comes with battery
* Comes with charger
* Comes with 16 MB memory stick
* Menus are simple and easy to use
* Includes USB cable
* Effects and camera settings (shutter time, white balance, etc) should satisfy the average person

Cons:
* Batteries must be charged to retrieve data from camera with USB cable
* 13 hour charge time with included battery charger
* NiMH batterys, while cheaper than LiIon batteries, have memory effect (They're only $...though and are supposed to last at least a year under normal conditions)

Note: Don't leave the the batteries in below freezing temperatures, as it will shorten the battery life.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good camera- until it stops working
I really loved this camera- until the screen recently went black and all pictures came out black as well. I wanted to get another Sony because of the ease of use and decent pics I got (don't like my dad's Olympus camera, have to use the manual just to figure out how to turn it on). However, I read the reviews and found out I had the same problem as many other people. I looked up reviews for other Sony models, and they had problems as well. Guess I won't be getting another Sony.

2-0 out of 5 stars for those with black screen problem
I also have had the black screen experience but I've found that you can temporarily correct the problem most of the time:
Reseting the camera by pressing the button located at the bottom
Striking the camera against your hand
For my camera, I think the problem resides in some bad connections.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy SONY cameras
LSD display went black! I think this will happen with all Sony cameras! I have 2 cameras Sony DSC-P51 and Sony DSC-P72 and both cameras LSD display went black!
One after 6 mns and 2nd one after 11 mns. ... Read more


9. Olympus Camedia C-720 3MP Digital Camera w/ 8x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $699.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000068BRE
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 2003
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 3-megapixel Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom digital camera boasts an outstanding 8x optical zoom lens (plus 3.0x digital zoom--equivalent to 40-320mm in 35mm camera) and an ultracompact size (4.2 by 3 by 3 inches). The impressive aspherical glass lens gives you excellent detail and sharp, clear pictures, plus the size of the camera makes it easy to bring along wherever you go.

The C-720 offers rapid-succession firing--just over half a second per shot--and QuickTime movie mode for short video clips. Additional features include multipattern TTL autofocus, built-in flash, diopter adjustment, 1.5-inch color LCD monitor, self-timer with 12-second delay, autoexposure bracketing (three or five images), auto white balance, and special image effects such as sepia mode and black and white.

The C-720 stores images on removable SmartMedia cards. The camera can be operated in several modes: in programmed auto mode the camera does everything for you. In aperture- and shutter-priority modes, you get to set the aperture or priority, and the camera does the rest. In manual mode, you have control over all camera functions, with shutter speeds as long as 16 seconds.

Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB storage class connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software. The C-720 also ships with two CR-3V long-life disposable lithium batteries (four AA batteries can also be used), a 16 MB SmartMedia card, lens cap, strap, retainer cord, USB and A/V cables, and software. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • Autofocus lens with 8x optical zoom and 3x digital zoom (for 24x total zoom)
  • Included 16 MB SmartMedia card holds 21 images at high quality setting
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries (included) or 4 AA batteries

Reviews (40)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera... wonderful zoom and great battery life
This is my 4th digital camera and they have certainly improved. I chose the 720 because of it's 8X zoom lens and small size, plus the use of standard sized batteries. I took it on a two week canoe trip in Ontario and it performed great. The photos are crisp and sharp. Even with the maximum zoom, the focus was sharp, although I did use a mono-pod for stability. I was particularly impressed with the battery life. Based on my older cameras, I took 6 sets of batteries for the two week trip.... but I ended up only using two sets: one set of NiMH rechargables and one set of lithium batteries was all it took for two weeks and over 600 photos, including lots of previewing with the LCD display.
I also found the LCD viewfinder more acceptable than I had first expected. It is a bit grainy and takes some getting used to, but it was brighter than most reviews have implied and it was great to be able to see 'exactly' what was going to be in the picture since it is 'through the lens'.

Overall, I am very pleased with the camera. Very impressive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grrreat Camera!
This camera is so cool. It is lightweight and just so great. It has a wonderful optical lens that gets far away objects in fine focus. It's digital zoom comes out surprisingly crystal clear. Plus, the multi adjustable exposure is a pleasure to use. You can set the camera to take manual shutter speed or manual exposure or both. You can set the overall lighting for the scene from dark to light. You can also take movies for 16 seconds! You can take self photos-timed, snaps shot on its own. There are several sizes of photos you can take. There are screw threads on the lens so you can also purchase a separate adapter and use filters such as polarization and UV or wide angle lenses (check out Ebay and search "Olympus 720 filter"). You can take time exposures for blurred water flowing or car lights streaming past. You can check out the back of the camera on the sharp active matrix LCD screen and look at the photo you just took and delete ones you don't like. You can watch the movies on the LCD screen. You can use smartmedia cards (check out "Viking" at Amazon) to save photos/movies ...for the maximum size 128 meg card which saves about 50 photos at the largest size or about 650 at 640x480. I think the greatest thing about this camera is the lens. You can zoom in to objects that are VERY far away and have them in sharp focus. I took photos of deer recently this way. It's simple to download the photos with the USB cable. The software that comes with the camera is really cool. You can upgrade ... by purchasing a number online that links right from the software that comes with the camera. The upgrade software is absolutely outstanding. The free stitch mode in the upgrade software is especially cool since it really does an outstanding job of stitching photos-this upgrade software is NOT A BURN..-it's really worth it-compare to other software like this online. Plus, the camera comes with a 16meg card to save photos right away. It comes with a CD of the software. It comes with a lens cap and strap to connect to the lens cap and another strap to connect to the camera. It comes with lithium duracell batteries. It comes with a USB connector cord. It comes with a cord to connect to your TV (stereo cable port) to watch your photos on your TV! You can even set the camera to do a slide show of your photos on the TV. You can watch the movies from your camera on the TV. May I recommend purchasing a 12' extension stereo cord for the TV cable from Radio Shack so you can sit at the sofa and watch your piks on the TV. I really, can honestly say.. that this is an outstanding product. I read the whole manual and tried all the different examples to get all out of this camera possible. It's really fun! Give it a try-you can't go wrong. It's a wonderful family camera or even great for a profesional. It's a blast-I love that I got it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great camera at a great price, but not for action shots
I own this camera and am very pleased with it. I have some photography experience but this is my first digital camera, so in choosing a camera my goals were to find one that is as close to a traditional 35 mm film camera, but digital. This camera acheives that goal. The main drawback to this camera is that it is difficult to take action photos. I'll get to that, but first a few pros:

- Of course, the powerful optical zoom and optical lens, (combined with digital zoom gives you almost 30x zoom).
- For having an optical lens, this camera is really compact! It is easily held in one hand.
- Full automatic controls of shutter speed and aperture, but also the option of full manual (as well as shutter speed priority or aperture priority) should you want to do something creative. Though it does not have unlimited exposure time; you can't go past about one minute.

And a few cons:

- The necessary accessories will drive the price up. It only comes with a 4 MB memory card, and much more is needed (I recommend at least 64 MB, probably 128 MB). Also, rechargeable batteries are recommended, as well as a carrying case.
- Though it uses double-A's, most rechargeable double-A's don't last long. I often end up buying regular double-A's in the end anyway.
- Like other digital cameras, the camera must be powered up before taking photos but you don't want to leave it on at all times in order to save batteries. However, if you have a sudden photo opportunity it does take a minute for the camera to power up. The camera will go into sleep mode to save batteries and it "wakes up" a little faster, but still somewhat slowly. This is a minor drawback.
- And the biggest drawback, for me, is the difficulty in taking action shots. It is difficult for two reasons:

1) The auto-focus is slow. By the time the camera focuses and shoots, your photo opportunity easily may have passed. It does have manual focus but it is much slower! You have to use the up/down and left/right arrows on the back of the camera to focus. First, this is an inconvenient location especially if you are using the viewfinder instead of the viewscreen. And, the buttons are digitally controlled; each press of the button requires a short processing time. If you think you can manually focus on the fly with this camera while shooting sports photography, forget it! So, unless you are in a situation where you can focus manually once and take all of your photos at that focal length, you will have to rely on the moderately slow auto-focus.

2) After each photo, the image freezes to show you the picture you just took. This is a nice feature on most any digital camera nowadays, but since you can't turn it off it can really interfere if you are trying to take several photos back-to-back. The viewscreen does this, but so does the viewfinder, so there is no avoiding it. The only option, if you want to take quick back to back photos, is to turn on the "rapid-shooting" which will take 2 or more photos every time you press the button. Fortunately it's digital so you aren't wasting film!

All of that said, I will mention that I have managed to take some decent sports photographs. The drawbacks are a nuisance but can be worked around in ways like those that I have mentioned.

I recommend this camera to anyone that is looking for a digital camera at a very affordable price that will provide many of the benefits of a traditional 35 mm film-based camera. It is good for beginners as well as amateur photographers, but if you're planning to do action photography I recommend sticking to the 35 mm, or finding a different (though surely more expensive) digital camera.

Bottom line: it is hard, if not impossible, to beat this camera for this price.

3-0 out of 5 stars I noticed someone reviewed it as not for beginners.....
And they are SO Right, it has so many whistles and horns, I cant figure out how to use it. The instruction book is as long as a novel. I have never used a digital camera, so I can guarantee that this one is HARD to understand.
Once you figure out the important needs of the camera, the one part that is easy is getting the pictures on the computer. That is camera/computer friendly, and easy to understand.
I noticed that all pictures have red eyes, and what I don't like the most, is I love taking pictures spontaneously, you can not take moving pictures at all, and that is a big downfall when you have kids and cats or dogs. Anything moving comes out blurry every-time. It is not the camera for those that like to be on the go, or like to take pictures as they happen. Its more for the mountain and tree type families, that take pictures of still objects.

2-0 out of 5 stars This is not a camera for beginners
This is my first digital camera and I did a lot of research before buying it. I bought it mainly for the 8x optical zoom and because of a retailer who recommended Olympus' lenses. The flaws of this camera were said by other reviewers - things like slow focus and blurry pictures. You CAN take good pictures with this camera, but it just takes a LONG time to learn for beginners (and after a lot of mistakes). And if you need somebody else to take pictures for you, it will be plenty of headaches. The paper manual that comes with the camera is the most user-UNfriendly manual I've ever seen - it assumes the user knows a lot about cameras. In conclusion, this camera is NOT for anyone who wants ease of use. ... Read more


10. Kodak EasyShare CX4230 2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Kodak
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000066TOT
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 719
Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Kodak CX4230 EasyShare digital camera was designed for people who love to share great-looking pictures simply. With superb color and exposure capabilities and a premium-quality lens, you'll always have crisp, sharp, colorful pictures. The on-camera Share button, and software with one-touch photo printing and organizing, means that prints and e-mails are only one step away.

The 2-megapixel CX4230 is rich with features that deliver quality pictures you'll want to share. The Kodak Retinar all-glass lens with 6x zoom gives crisp, clean close-ups. Auto white balance and exposure with matrix metering means even poorly lit pictures look great. And Kodak color science provides impeccable color prints up to 8 by 10 inches.

The Share button enables you to tag pictures right on the camera so when you dock the CX4230, they're automatically ready to print or e-mail. Select the camera's Print button and you're just one step from easy photo prints. And for e-mailing your pictures, you can store up to 32 addresses in the camera.

When it's time to transfer your pictures to your computer, connect the included USB cable to your computer, or do it with just one touch using the optional Kodak EasyShare camera dock.

The CX4230 features an internal 16 MB memory, as well as a slot for optional MultiMedia (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD) cards. It's powered by a CR-V3 lithium battery (included) or optional NiMH rechargeable batteries that are charged by the optional EasyShare dock. It comes with EasyShare software for both Windows (98, 2000, Me, or XP) and Mac (OS 8.6 or higher), USB and video-out cables, and wrist strap. ... Read more

Features

  • 2-megapixel sensor creates 1,600 x 1,200 images for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • 3x optical plus 2x digital (6x total) autofocus zoom lens
  • Internal 16 MB memory holds approximately 20 images at default settings; MMC/SD slot for additional capacity
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port or optional dock
  • Uses 1 CR-V3 lithium battery, 2 AA batteries, or rechargeable battery pack (when used with optional dock)

Reviews (49)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great First Digital Camera
If your criteria is: Ease of use, good quality pictures and optical zoom for less ... then this is the camera for you. We bought it for a family vacation and used it everyday. Surpised the original batteries are still going strong even after 75+ pics (added 32MB card), many LCD reviews, and several uploads. (I bought the Kodak charger and 4 battery pack and still haven't used it) We are waiting for the end results from Ofoto so I hope I haven't jinxed myself, but all the pictures look great on screen. Speaking of uploads, the software is very easy to install (WIN2000) and use. No need to spend the money on the docking cradle because you still do it with a push of the button within the software. Best feature: video out for slide shows on TV. Feature not avail: movie mode, but that's what video cameras are for. Summary, very happy we didn't blow our budget on a more expensive camera for features and settings we would rarely use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera - Fun, Fun, Fun
I received this camera as a gift and I have not been dissapointed since. You can print large pictures (up to 15" x 22"), I didn't realize this at first but when I found out, I was very happy. I figure I could make wonderful posters someday. I usually print up to 8" x 10" with excellent results. With the right paper and injets the colors are so vibrant and beautiful and the picture quality is superb. It's very easy to use and I love the "EasyShare" software that comes with it. This camera allows you to view your photographs on your computer or on your televison. How cool is that? That's a great feature you'll want to use in case you go on a trip. That way, you can have fun, create your own slide show and share your photos with your friends and family. I also like the weight of the camera. It fits comfortably in your hands. So, if you want a fairly inexpensive digital camera with great results, this is the camera for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA
I bought this camera during 2002 Black Friday Sale. After one year of regular use (no more than 20 times of use), it stopped to power on. I tried different rechargable battery (including Kodak recommended) and even recharges, but still no good. It has one year warranty, but it stopped working right after one year.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, but slow shutter and poor batteries
This is a really tough little camera and is great for vacation pictures. I just throw it in my bag and go--I've even dropped it a few times with no loss of function. I have blown up many of my photos to 8x10 and they still look great--even with some of the images cropped.

However, there are some down sides. It sucks up batteries like they're going out of style. I had no luck with the lithium batteries that came with it and now use (ick) lots of disposables. Also, the shutter speed is slow. This problem can be lessened somewhat by holding down the button halfway while framing the shot, then pushing down all the way to take a picture.

5-0 out of 5 stars what more could you expect for $98?
I am writing this review mainly to counter some rather sour reviews about the Kodak CX4230, the Easyshare software, and the camera docking station.
First of all, the camera will take good quality images, and I would expect no less from a Kodak. Unless you are a making posters or shooting in the dark, you will not be disappointed. But then again, you shouldn't have bought a 2 mp, $98 camera if that's what you intended on doing. Anyway, I always use the "best" setting, and the files produced are like 780kb. There is good warmth of color and clarity in the pictures. It has a 3x optical zoom, which is fun to play with. The camera is very easy to use, the controls quite simple. I was taking pictures in just a few minutes. You will immediately notice the shutter lag, which can take a while to get used to, but it certainly isn't unacceptable compared to other similiar cameras.

The camera comes with a CRV3 battery, and you can take a lot of pictures with it. I would recommend using a CRV3 if you're going on a trip or as a back-up. The directions say that Kodak doesn't recommend the use of alkaline batteries, but in fact the camera won't work with alkaline batteries. It will work with Ni-Mh rechargeables which are a good way to go if you decide against the docking station. I haven't encountered any problems with the docking station or the kodak rechargeable battery pack, but i haven't had the dock for too long. The kodak batteries must be used with the dock charger and yes, they are uncharged when you get them. As with all rechargeables they will require a few cycles to accept a full charge. I have been pleased with the dock because it is just easier to set the camera in and go. For $49 you get the dock and a kodak battery set which goes for $9-$11, so it's not a bad deal. However, it is by no means a necessity.

The Kodak Easyshare software loaded effortlessly on our XP OS and I can't really see anything wrong with it. My daughter prefers to use Easyshare to edit photos rather than Picture It, but that's probably just because that's what she's used to using. Btw, the red eye edit feature works well on our images.

To sum up: the Easyshare software is easy enough for children to use, the docking station simplifies the task of hooking up and transferring images from the camera to the computer and recharges your batteries at the same time, and even I can take good pictures with this camera. So what more were you expecting for $98 ? ... Read more


11. 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


12. Sony DSCP7 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000068UYR
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2769
Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sony's DSC-P7 combines compact dimensions with a high-performance 3.2-megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens. If you're looking for a take-anywhere camera that's easy to use and produces crisp, detailed images, the P7 is worth a closer look.

Optics and Resolution
The DSC-P7's 3.2-megapixel sensor captures ample detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 11 by 14 inches. For a serious amateur photographer, 3 megapixels is a great resolution, providing enough detail to perform some cropping and still have crisp prints.

A 3x optical zoom lens (39-117mm equivalent) helps you to capture exactly the picture you want, and an additional 2x digital zoom (6x total) further magnifies your image. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly. In low-light situations (a particular weakness for many digital cameras), a focus-assist lamp sends out a small patterned beam to help the camera accurately determine distance.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.5-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you've taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: If you're used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder; if you want to see exactly the picture you'll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
The DSC-P7 is designed to be a simple point-and-shoot, so it doesn't have a huge assortment of manual settings. However, more advanced photographers will appreciate the manual focus mode, adjustable ISO, and white-balance settings, as well as the exposure compensation and the ability to shoot black-and-white, sepia, solarized, and negative images.

Other features include a three-area multipoint autofocus and a multiburst function that captures 16 320 x 240 frames with three selectable intervals for convenient motion analysis.

Power
The DSC-P7 uses a proprietary rechargeable InfoLithium battery (model NP-FC10), which can provide power for up to 90 minutes of continuous camera usage. To ensure you'll always be ready for action, we recommend purchasing a spare battery.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips. Most digital cameras' movie modes are limited to 15- or 30-second clips, but the DSC-P7 can keep shooting until you've filled the memory card. It features three MPEG movie modes: video mail (160 x 112), presentation (320 x 240), and HQX (320 x 240) with 16 fps full-screen playback.

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

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Memory Sticks, Sony's proprietary memory-card format. The included 16 MB stick holds approximately 16 images at the camera's default settings. Memory Sticks are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 16 images per outing, then you'll want a bigger card. A 128 MB stick is a great size for this camera, storing around 130 images.

To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera--your computer should automatically recognize the camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive. If you own a Sony desktop or laptop, your computer may also have a built-in Memory Stick reader, which makes transferring as easy as reading a floppy disk.

Size
At 4.5 by 2 by 1.44 inches and 7.5 ounces fully loaded, the DSC-P7 is a very compact and portable digital camera.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the DSC-P7 camera, one rechargeable NP-FC10 InfoLithium battery, AC-LS1 AC adapter/in-camera charger, video and USB cables, wrist strap, 16 MB Memory Stick, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a spare NP-FC10 InfoLithium battery, and a higher-capacity Memory Stick. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. ... Read more

Features

  • 3.2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical plus 2x digital (6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Includes 16 MB Memory Stick
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses rechargeableInfoLithium battery (NP-FC10)

Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars Tiny Camera Produces Great Photos
I had a hard time deciding whether to get this Sony DSC-P7 or the Canon PowerShot S230 Digital Elph. I was looking for a small 3.2 MP camera. I know some friends who each own one of these two cameras. They were nice enough to each let me borrow their cameras so I was able to fully play with them for a few days before I decided which one to buy. Although the S230 does capture images a little bit sharper, the P7 captures color better. The P7 has 3X optical zoom compared to the S230's 2X. The P7 comes with an AC adapter, the S230 does not (the P7's battery is charged directly on the camera while you must remove the S230's battery to charge it on a seperate charger). I found that the S230 often produced red-eye and the P7 seldom did (and seldom does). Luckily, you can correct red-eye on your computer. Still, I would rather have a camera that produces photos that require the least editing as possible. I would rather spend my time taking pictures! I wanted a camera that would fit in my jean pockets and although the S230 is a little smaller, the P7 is nontheless a tiny camera.
The quality of the MPEG movie clips with sound is great. This feature, however would never replace my camcorder--but it is a nice feature to have when I do not want to lug around my Digital8 camcorder. I also like the fact that the length of video capture time is only limited to the size of your Memory Stick. If I am not mistaken, only with Sony cameras (and only with some Sony cameras) can you fill the memory up with only video footage. Also, with the P7's Memory Stick, I am able to view and save photos directly onto my Clie organizer.
The size of the included 16 mb Memory Stick is insufficient. I purchased a 128 mb stick and am able to fit over 80 photos set at the camera's highest resolution mode. The photo quality is great. The photo quality is not as good as some (and only a select few) of the much larger 3.2 mp cameras out there but for such a small-sized camera, the P7 is one mean machine. I also thought of getting the DSC-P9 instead (with identicle shell/dimensions and features). After reviewing several samples of the P9 that a friend of mine owned, I found that it was not worth spending an extra $100 dollars for the extra 0.7 mega-pixels. The P9 is listed as a 4 mp camera but is actually a 3.9 mp. The image quality is not much different. Overall, I highly recommend the Sony DSC-P7 to anyone looking for a small camera that is able to produce photos with stunning quality. The metal shell also looks very sleek and attractive. I am glad I chose the DSC-P7 as I am enjoying it some much. I do recommend purchasing a larger capacity Memory Stick (at least a 64 mb) and maybe an extra battery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best digital camera I've ever used
I have previously used a Nikon Coolpix and Canon Digital ELPH. The Sony is far and away the best camera out of the three. Extremely crisp images, also has a letterbox feature (so you can take pictures in widescreen format if you want, which looks pretty cool). I would've liked if the digital video was captured at a higher res, but I can't complain since this is the only camera out of the 3 I've used that allows unlimited video capture (the only limitation is the size of the media) and audio. Also has some cool image effects- you can add sepia tones or take negative exposures. The menu is easy to use. The camera is sturdy without being too heavy, my only issues are battery life (about 1.5 hrs on a full charge, which is pretty standard but I'd expect more for the price) and the size of the provided memory stick- 16mb is ok if you're only using the lowest resolution, but to take advantage of the camera's full capabilites, including the digital video w/ sound, go out and get a 128mb stick as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Versatile and Highly Effective
I've had this camera for over 1 year now and I am nothing but satisfied. When I decided that I wanted a digital camera it was important for me to get one that was small enough not to impede on my active lifestyle yet did not compromise on technical ability. Sony's DSC P7 is the perfect mix. I travel a lot internationally and so I just put it in my pants pocket and keep the charger in my luggage. You can snap about 300-400 pictures before the battery dies. The menu functions are very user friendly and allow you to highly customize the settings.

There is also no compromise on other aspects. The movie quality is not perfect but really good and the sound is excellent. Another thing that is annoying about most digital cameras is how long it takes for the picture to snap. With this one, it takes the picture as soon as you push the button. This is also true with the movies. I know on some digital cameras when you are done recording a movie you have to wait a while for it to "save" to the flash memory. Not with this one; Sony seems to have gotten the right idea in that, flash memory should work in a flash. The only problem I have with it is that sometimes in extremely low-light conditions when the flash is imperative, you have to wait about 6 seconds for the flash to build up. But just to reiterate, this doesn't happen in the light. The other cool thing is the memory stick. You can get 512MB sticks and you can even buy generic ones (from the same company that makes them for Sony) at half the price Sony charges. The picture quality is outstanding. The user can select a variety of qualities along with visual effects such as B&W, etc...

To recap: It responds quickly to user commands, picture quality is excellent, it's small & light, it's not that expensive, and the movies have excellent quality sound with very good video.

Bottom Line: I'm a tough customer but the Sony DSC7 gets 5-stars because it deserves it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great to use, but disappointing pictures
My old Kodak digital camera finally stopped working after being dropped too many times so I replaced it with this Sony after reading many reviews of comparable products.
This camera is great to use, the menu options are easy to change and the USB interface makes downloading pictures very fast.
However, the picture quality is most disappointing compared to my old Kodak. Color and contrast never look quite right, and at lower resolutions, the pictures look grainy - unlike the Kodak at the same resolution.
Selecting "Autobalance" in Microsoft Photo Editor nearly always makes a difference - both for indoor and outdoor pictures.
I will now be looking for a new Kodak model.

5-0 out of 5 stars Our first digital camera
I got this camera for my wife as a Christmas present. I did alot of research and tried several brands and models before I decided to give her the Cybershot DSC P7. One of the strong selling points for this camera was the ease of use. The menu interface for the camera was easy and it made sense. It's ergonomics are excellent, it is lightweight, and compact. This camera is very forgiving and allows us to take almost flawless pictures regardless of the lighting situation we put it in. The delay between when you press the button and when the picture is taken is minor, but it might be an issue when you're trying to capture an action shot (I normally pre focus by focusing on the subject and holding down the shutter button halfway and it works). If you want a camera that captures action, you'd probably do better by sticking with the SLR cameras.

The LCD screen is crisp, but you'll need to use the view finder on a bright sunny day. The digital video is fair to below normal meaning you'd get better quality with a camcorder because the cybershot has a lower frames per second ratio, but it is nice to have the "movie" option in a camera. With a 128MB stick you can record up to 5 to 6 minutes of footage at the highest resoulution.

Other features are the multiburst mode (for your golf swing, etc.), night mode (use a tripod), white balance (snow or beach pictures), 10 second timer, multi and center focus, and a red eye reduction.

We have noticed that our picture taking has increased 300 percent since we've started using the cybershot. I would definitely recommend that you purchase the 128MB memory sticks. We can put about 80 to 90 pics on a 128MB stick depending on the resolution we choose. Also buy an extra battery.

This camera was designed for the average person, primarily the point and shoot crowd so it may lack some of the manual and advanced settings professionals prefer. Overall, it is a fun camera that is easy to use and I think that makes up for any advanced features it lacks.

***Update*** 10-21-2003
Still No problems with the camera. Now that we've used it for
almost a year, we kind of wish that there were some lens accessories to increase the optical zoom. It still takes wonderful family pictures which is what we bought it for. ... Read more


13. Sony DSCS85 CyberShot 4.1MP Digital Still Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00005LWLW
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2514
Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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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
  • Carl Zeiss autofocus lens with 3x optical/2x digital (6x total) zoom
  • Included 16 MB Memory Stick stores 15 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery(included)

Reviews (72)

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent camera for the non-expert (and up)
I've never owned a digital camera, nor am I anything but an extremely amateur photographer, but our first grandchild was coming, so I began doing a lot of research in consumer's magazines and at technical review websites. I narrowed the choice down to three cameras: The Sony S85, the Olympus C4000, and the Nikon CoolPix 4300, all of them 4 megapixels. After playing around with all three models, I finally went with the Sony S85 -- and I have not been disappointed. It's both simple enough for a camera novice like me to be able to take good pictures almost right out of the box, yet flexible enough (with the full manual control option, etc) to allow me to learn and to work up to a more advanced level. The controls are pretty intuitive -- for anyone with computer experience, anyway -- and the viewscreen is large and bright. It's also "camera-shaped," not a radical new design, which feels more at home when I hold it, and it's large enough to allow my rather large hands to wrap around it. (The Canon Elph is a nice little camera, but for me it's like trying to type on a cell phone keypad.) After six months and some hundred of images, I can recommend this camera unreservedly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible quality results from this Cybershot
I've had this one for seven months now, this is my fifth Sony digital camera, I've loved each one, but systematically upgraded in resolution (1, 2, 3, 3 again, now this 4 megapixel). The quality of the photos continues to amaze me. I've taken shots in complete darkness, only relying on the AF illuminator to view my subjects, the flash makes the photo look like it was taken in daylight. The size of the LCD makes reviewing photos easy for older relatives, they don't have to squint like some of the other P series Cybershots.

The memory stick that comes with it, a 16 mb is not enough if you plan on taking good resolution photos. Invest in a 128 mb, you can usually find them for under $50. The battery life is solid, I always take shots with the LCD on, and I still get enough life to take 300 shots before needing a charge.

My father-in-law is using a Nikon Coolpix 885, and is going to get rid of it to buy a DSC-S85. The Nikon has horrible indoor quality, the flash is weak, and it has a pinkish red hue to most shots. Though now discontinued, we found him a DSC-S85 from Circuit City where they searched the company-wide inventory to find a store who had it in stock. Circuit City has been the best retailer for my needs, their staff is always friendly and they don't jam that extended warranty down your throat like Best Buy does.

I was tempted to look into the new DSC-V1, but I don't really think 5 megapixel is necessary for anyone who prints 8 x 10's as the largest size. Also, at $699, that's a bit pricey compared to the $449 for the DSC-S85 (if you're lucky enough to find any more).

I've always been a Sony fan, and this camera will make any photographer get hooked on Sony products. Go buy this camera!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera from Sony
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Here's my review. The image quality is excellent. There is very good color balance. I also like the excellent battery life (This is true for Sony products). It's easy to transfer images to the PC using USB. It has a very good lense (Carl Zeiss). The menu is user friendly.

The slight drawback is speed of operation. This may be true for most digital cameras. It's difficult to take good action shots as there is a time lag between shots (when compared to an analog SLR).

Bottom line is...Very good value for your money in the 4 MP range.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love this camera. I had it for over a year. And I am never with out it. Even my 6 year old can use it. It's the best camera I have had and durable beyond my comphernsion...

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera
I just purchased this camera for my parents--they're currently using a 2.0 MPixel camera and it's just time for them to "move up." I've owned six digital cameras (dating back to 1999) and I can say that this camera is as good as any I've owned. Image quality is excellent, battery life is adequate (I imagine that it could be improved by using an external flash). Newer 4 MPixel cameras may be a bit faster and cheaper, but many don't have much in the way of optics. Highly recommended. ... Read more


14. Olympus Camedia D-380 2MP Digital Camera
by Olympus
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000063CWP
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 1436
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

For a compact, affordable digital camera that takes sharp pictures with enough detail for prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches, look no further than the Olympus D-370.

Optics and Resolution
This higher-resolution successor to the popular D-370 comes with a 2-megapixel sensor that captures enough detail for crisp 8-by-10-inch prints. For the typical family photographer, 2 megapixels is a great balance between price and performance. If you want a camera with even more resolution, you'll probably also want more manual controls than the D-380 offers--consider the Olympus C-3020 instead.

The glass Olympus focus-free 4.5mm lens (equivalent to 35mm in film cameras) has an aperture range of f4 to f8. The camera features a 5x digital telephoto zoom, but remember that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.6-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you've taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you're used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you'll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
A sliding clamshell lens cover simultaneously protects the lens and provides a simple way to turn the camera on and off. While the D-370 is clearly designed for point-and-shooters and beginning photographers, there are several manual features for more adventurous photographers, including macro mode, adjustable white-balance settings, exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot black-and-white and sepia images.

Power
Power is provided by four AA batteries or two LB-01 disposable lithium batteries--a set of LB-01 batteries is included. These lithium packs are the size of two side-by-side AA batteries, and they have a surprisingly long lifespan. However, they aren't rechargeable, so when they finally die, they go into the trash. If you use the camera once a month or less, the lithium batteries are a logical idea, since they'll hold their charge for years when sitting in an unused camera. If you use the camera more often, then the lithium packs don't make economic or environmental sense--we recommend getting a set or two of rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries and a charger. A digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you're using the camera's LCD display, so they aren't recommended except in a pinch. To ensure you'll always be ready for action, we recommend having two sets of rechargeables so you can always have one set in the camera and the other set in the charger.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips up to 60 seconds in length. The limited duration and resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on SmartMedia memory cards. The included 8 MB card holds approximately 16 images at the camera's default settings. SmartMedia cards are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 16 images per outing (or plan to use the video feature frequently), then you'll want a bigger card. A 64 MB card will store well over 100 pictures. To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera. Your computer should automatically recognize your camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive.

Size
At 4.8 by 2.6 by 1.8 inches and 6.7 ounces, the D-370 is slim and compact enough to bring along in a purse or pocket

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the camera, 8 MB SmartMedia card, two long-life LB-01 lithium batteries, USB cable, carrying strap, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a set of NiMH rechargeable size AA batteries, and a higher-capacity SmartMedia memory card. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. --Shane Burnett

Pros:

  • Compact, lightweight, and easy to use
  • Focus-free lens means fast startups and quick operation between shots

Cons:

  • Movie mode lacks sound
  • 8 MB card and disposable batteries are fine for occasional users, but more frequent use will require upgrades to these accessories
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Features

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Fixed-focus lens with 5x digital zoom (no optical zoom)
  • Included 8 MB Smartmedia card stores approximately 16 images at default resolution
  • Automatically connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries or 4 AA batteries (one set of disposable AA batteries included)

Reviews (74)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Quality...
I'll admit I'm no expert when it comes to photographic equipment but I CAN recognise a bargain when I see it. Olympus are a manufacturer who have always had my utmost respect and when it came to upgrading my 1.3 megapixel digi-cam to something with a little more juice they were once again my first choice. The D-380 was released around Feb 2002 (I believe) and is one of the few 2.0 Megapixel cameras... at a price you simply can not argue with for this kind of quality.

What you get for your money is a camera which is aestetically pleasing as well as functionaly impressive as well. It's not too bulky, around 5" wide and sub 7 ounces in weight, with a sliding lens protector to make transportation a breeze, a wrist strap, 8MB Smart Media memory card (although it takes upto 128MB) as well as 1MB onboard memory, USB connector, built in flash and a 1.5" digital viewfinder at the back for live preview or viewing of your snapped images...a good size for a small camera.

The camera requires 4AA batteries to operate and unlike the previous model I owned uses some kind of battery saving technology to give you more operational time before run down. It still gobbles the things like nobody's business though if you use the viewfinder at the back too often so you are best advised to buy a set or two of rechargable batteries for this camera...but it is MUCH better than the previous models.

When it comes to using the camera you'll find it a doddle. I'm not going to run through each and every thing it does or I'll bore the pants off you, ...[but] if you want a list of specs, then visit the Olympus website. What I will say is that it is dead easy to use. The menu system is accessed through 4 buttons on the back, and is very intuitive - you'll have no problem with using this unlike with some others. If you've ever used an Olympus camera around this price range before in the last couple of years then you'll be more than familiar with the set up because it doesn't seem to have changed much in this respect.

The most important thing of all though is the quality of the pictures and I have to say that once again Olympus has come up trumps with this camera. Colour saturation is generally excellent and whilst bright sunlight and very murky conditions give you somewhat under/over-exposed results at times, it is otherwise faultless for a 2.0 megapixel camera. There are various image manipulation options such as switching to black and whire/sepia tones built into the camera as well and an option to record video footage as Quicktime images which is great as well.

The only thing which is missing for the average user (no, it's not a pro choice obviously) is a zoom lens. You can digitally zoom if you so wish, but I find a slight jagged edge appearing on the images if you do, so it's not optimal.

Overall, for the price you can't fault it and I'd be happy to recommend it to anybody in the market for a 2.0 Megapixel digital camera without any qualms that they would be disappointed in their purchase. If you want professional quality images then look elsewhere, but for the general user this is a great purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great intro to the world of digital photography!
The Olympus D-380 is my first digital camera. I did my research, using online reviews and consumer publications. I wanted something high quality, user-friendly, and well built, at a reasonable price. I concluded that Olympus makes products that fit my criteria. This camera is everything I hoped it would be and more!

Upon opening the box, I was pleased to find an attractive, sturdily constructed camera. Though there's nothing cheap-looking about it (it's all classy looking metallic surfaces), it is very lightweight and comfortable in my hand. The lens cover slides with precision and covers the lens securely (many of the cameras in this price range don't have an integrated lens cover). The wrist strap attaches easily. The covers for the battery compartment, memory card, and USB and AC adapters are well designed and look as if they will last a long time. This camera is manufactured in Japan.

It took only about a minute, after scanning the "Quick Start" guide, to insert the included batteries and SmartMedia memory card and start taking pictures. The very first picture I took was a keeper; I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality. I handed the camera to my 6-year-old son, who snapped off a shot of my daughter and me, which I then printed on glossy photo paper. It looks so nice that I'm actually going to frame it and hang it on the wall. I have since taken pictures at all the different resolutions, and all look great when viewed on the computer. I have settled on the 1024 x 768 setting as my "standard", since it matches the resolution of my monitor, and makes for reasonable file sizes (around 180 KB per photo). 640 x 480 works great for e-mail, and 1600 x 1200 turns out beautiful results for printing, or those special occasion "keepsakes". Even the QuickTime movie mode does a decent job, certainly much better than those grainy webcam captures.

There is a 5X digital zoom (no optical). I detect a little graininess when using it, but for the money, it's fine and it's simple to use.

I am running Windows 2000 Pro, and setup for transferring files to the computer couldn't have been easier. Simply plug the USB cable into the camera, then into the computer. That's it! Open My Computer and you'll find a new removable storage drive. From there it's a simple matter of dragging and dropping files to wherever you want to store them. You can delete the files from the SmartMedia card from your computer, which is easier than doing it with the camera. The included Camedia software looked fun, but I haven't had a need to use it yet, so I can't comment on its functionality.

I received a free 32 MB Viking SmartMedia card from Amazon with this camera. Together with the 8 MB card in the box with the camera, this is enough storage for roughly 200 photos at 1024 x 768. The only thing I needed to buy to complete my setup was a carrying case.

I highly recommend this camera to anyone looking to enter the world of digital photography. It is stylish, extremely easy to use, very well constructed, takes excellent pictures, and is an unbeatable value!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome low end camera.
I've used this camera for over 2 years now, and I've never had a problem with it. The battery life is excellent and the pictures are really sharp and good looking for 2MP. The camera has taken a lot of beating, but its really durable and still in excellent shape.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera for the price!
I have had this camera for about two years now, and I have to say that I have been extremely pleased with it during that time. It is very easy to use and takes great pictures for a 2.0 MP camera. Downloading pictures to my computer is a snap. The software is easy to use, and allows for editing of the images. I have printed out and framed many pictures that I have taken with my camera, and you can hardly tell a difference in quality when compared to pictures taken with my old APS camera.

The few drawbacks that I have encountered are that the picture quality does get fuzzy when using the zoom feature and alkaline batteries do tend to die fairly quickly. However, I came back a week ago from a trip to Cancun and easily took 75+ pictures and have since downloaded the pictures onto my computer and the batteries are still at full power. I do use alkaline batteries, and if you don't want to invest in lithium batteries, I suggest keeping an extra set of batteries in your camera case.

I would recommend this camera to any first-time digital users, who would like a great digital camera for a very reasonable price.

1-0 out of 5 stars Olympus d #80
This is my second d-380. The first one I purchased was returned for spots in the image. The second one has the same defect. I sent the product to Olympus for repair which wasnt done nor will they replace the camera so I'm stuck with it. It's a defect Olympus will not admit to. Their customer service is no service. STAY AWAY FROM THIS CAMERA!!!!! ... Read more


15. Logitech Pocket Digital USB PC Camera
by Logitech
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000066SAM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1899
Average Customer Review: 2.63 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Shoot up to 52 photos at a time with 1.3-megapixel resolution
  • See both bright lights and dim details with Autobrite technology
  • Download the images to your PC with a single click
  • Enough battery life to power hundreds of pictures between full recharges
  • USB-compatibility for easy PC connectivity

Reviews (49)

3-0 out of 5 stars Size matters, and small is a good thing
So you're thinking about buying a new digital camera, something to take pictures of the family and friends...maybe print them out to look at later...well then the Logitech Pocket Digital is NOT for you! It really is a pretty cool little camera (emphysis on little...2"x3.25"x0.4" or 5.7x8.8x 1.2cm for you metric folks). It's a great little camera for taking pictures of all those wacky things you just wish you had a camera for...however, don't expect it to be taking award-winning pictures for the family photo album. It may have a small and large picture setting, but the camera really only takes pics in 640x480 format (the larger setting only expands the 640x480 into a larger, blurrier picture). One hint: get it on sale (like I did), its not worth the $99 Logitech would have you pay.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better mini cameras
Let's face it, mini cameras like the Logitech Pocket Digital are not intended to give you top quality pictures. They are intended to be small enough (and cheap enough) to be taken to places where full size cameras would not normally be taken. People need to stop comparing them to cameras that cost hundreds of dollars more or cameras thatare 3 times its' size! That said, this a good mini camera, compared to other cams I've used- I compare the Logitech Pocket Digital to the Sipix Blink, and Spypen Luxo. Under day light conditions-- Colour balance: a little off, slightly worse than Spypen Luxo, much better than Sipix Blink; visual lens distortion - slightly better than the Luxo, much better than the Blink (bad distortion); White balance - same as Luxo, better than Blink; battery life/ battery circuitry- far better than either the Luxo or Blink. The The Pocket digital does lack the Web cam and contiuous mode that the Luxo and Blink both have, and has a slower shutter, but more than makes up for it with a solid housing, twice the memory, flawless WinXP connectivity and Big name support. Ranking low light performance from best to worst: Blink, Spypen, Logitech Pocket Digital. The Pocket digital is the worst performing low light camera with the most underexposed and dark shots. Under poor lighting conditions- all the cameras perform exhibit chromatic aberration, colour balance, exposure and white balance problems. Just make sure there is plenty of ambient light if you want your pictures to turn out. Especially in lower light you need to be very STEADY as you press the shutter, otherwise you'll have a blurry picture. Go [online] to check out sample pics.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's good for what it's good for....
This camera is all about portability. Don't expect much more than a cool little camera you can slip into a shirt pocket & you won't be disappointed.

Installation is easy and the camera is a snap (no pun intended) to use.

Great gift for a kid....

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor poor little camara
The Logitech Pocket Digital has very bad picture quality even for a 1.3 megapixeldigital camara. The pictures that I took in very bright light turned out ok, but if there was any shade around it would not turn out worth crab. Don't buy this camara unless you plan on carrying a spotlight around.

1-0 out of 5 stars Logitech pocket digital
the Logitech pocket digital has horrible picture quality. It is the worst 1.3 megapixel digital camara i have ever seen. Don't buy this camara unless you plan on carrying a spotlight around with you. ... Read more


16. Sony DSCP71 Cyber-shot 3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $449.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000063S4J
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2365
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sony's DSC-P71 combines compact dimensions with a high-performance 3-megapixel sensor and affordable AA battery power. If you're looking for a take-anywhere camera that's easy to use and produces crisp, detailed images, the P71 is worth a closer look.

Optics and Resolution
The DSC-P71's 3-megapixel sensor captures ample detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches. For a serious amateur photographer, 3 megapixels is a great resolution, providing enough detail to perform some cropping and still have crisp prints.

A 3x optical zoom lens (39-117mm equivalent) helps you to capture exactly the picture you want, and an additional 2x digital zoom (6x total) further magnifies your image. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly. In low-light situations (a particular weakness for many digital cameras), a focus-assist lamp sends out a small patterned beam to help the camera accurately determine distance.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.5-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you've taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you're used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder; if you want to see exactly the picture you'll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
The P71 is designed to be a simple point-and-shoot, so it doesn't have a huge assortment of manual settings. However, more advanced photographers will appreciate the manual focus mode, adjustable ISO, and white-balance settings, and well as the exposure compensation and the ability to shoot black-and-white, sepia, solarized, and negative images.

Power
The P71 uses two AA batteries--a pair of high-capacity nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeables and charger are included. 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. To ensure you'll always be ready for action, we recommend getting a second pair of rechargeable batteries so you can always have one set in the camera and the other set in the charger.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips. Most digital cameras' movie modes are limited to 15- or 30-second clips, but the P71 can keep shooting until you've filled the memory card. The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Memory Sticks, Sony's proprietary memory-card format. The included 16 MB stick holds approximately 16 images at the camera's default settings. Memory Sticks are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 16 images per outing, then you'll want a bigger card. A 128 MB stick is a great size for this camera, storing around 130 images. To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera--your computer should automatically recognize the camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive. If you own a Sony desktop or laptop, your computer may also have a built-in Memory Stick reader, which makes transferring as easy as reading a floppy disk.

Size
At 5 by 2.3 by 1.75 inches and 10.4 ounces fully loaded, the P71 is a very compact and portable digital camera.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the DSC-P71 camera, two rechargeable NH-AA-D1 rechargeable batteries, BC-CS1 charger, video and USB cables, wrist strap, 16 MB Memory Stick, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a spare set of NiMH rechargeable size AA batteries, and a higher-capacity Memory Stick. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. --Shane Burnett

Pros:

  • 3-megapixel resolution provides ample detail for most users
  • Compact dimensions make it easy to bring this camera along on outings
  • Point-and-shoot operation makes it easy for even beginners to get great results

Cons:

  • Movie mode lacks sound
  • Proprietary Memory Stick memory card format less common and more expensive than other formats
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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 Memory Stick holds 16 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 2 AA batteries (rechargeables included)

Reviews (43)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, sharp pics, lightweight, great deal
We went from our old, bulky, slow digital camera to this camera and couldn't be happier.

We used it today for pictures while we were hiking. Some pics under redwoods were a bit dark, but a little adjusting in Photoshop worked wonders. Almost all of the pics are perfect the way they are.

The controls are easy to use. The batteries seem to last quite a while. We haven't run out of battery power yet, so I don't know how long they will last. I took about a hundred pics while testing it over several hours, the battery display was still at a half. The included charger is slow, so we're going to get the starter kit. ASIN: B000066HU8 The tripod mount is metal, our old camera had a plastic one...which got stripped easily. The eyepiece helps save battery power , and also helps with taking pics in poor lighting conditions when we can't see the screen too well. The time it takes the camera to be ready after turning it on is only about the same as most point and shoot cameras. It is very quick between pics also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera, easy to use, yet it does a lot of things
The Sony cyber-shot P71 is an exelent camera. It is extremly easy to use, and yet the things it does is endles. The camera comes with rechargable batteries and charger, an 18 mb card, a wrist strap, and software. There is one thing else that you need. A bigger memory card. There is no backing down from it. I got a 64 mb card, and it is great. I can do movies for about 30 minutes! Although it is not a camcorder, it is so much fun to make movies.I was worried about the picture quality. It turned out that I worried for nothing. 3.2 megapixels is great.All of the controls are in the right place. The zoom is better then I thaught. Since the picture quality goes down when you use digital zoom. the camera tells you when you zoom in over optical zoom, and are now using digital zoom as well. Putting pictures on your computer is easy. I have windows XP home edition, and I find that XP makes it even eaiser to se your pictures. A lot of cameras also need an expensive USB driver for the computer to read yor memory card. But the USB driver is built right into the camera, so you can just hook up tour camera to the computer. Overall, this camera is a great camera, with great pictures as well as many cool features. Its great!

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent camera... has its drawbacks...
Sony has just about infiltrated every electronic marketplace possible and the digital camera sector is no exception. When I was researching to buy a camera, it came down to the Canon A40 vs. the Sony DSC P71. I went with the Sony because it was smaller and I didn't want to carry around the larger Canon. I wonder now if I made a mistake as Canon cameras are constantly being raved about.

The P71 being my first digital camera it would be unfair to say I was disappointed. It has a decent zoom 3x Optical and 2x digital. The form factor of the camera is a huge plus. It's very small and light and easy to carry in a jacket pocket. The LCD is 1.5" more than large enough to see images clearly. The 3.2 megapixels has allowed me to develop beautiful, clear 5 x 7 photos. Even the 8 x 10 pictures come out very well.

The strength of Sony digital cameras lies in taking outdoor pictures. The colors in natural sunlight are vibrant and clear. The pictures taken outdoors always come out beautiful - especially in areas where flowers, trees, and grass are present.
I have seen very few digital cameras that take nicer outdoor pictures than the Sony P71.

The navigation is very intuitive even if the buttons are a little small. Sometimes I find it hard to find the center "ok" button - I often accidentally slip my finger to the right or left. When going through pictures taken already, the preview images render very quickly on the LCD. The camera offer a plethora of options for shutter speed, contrasting, picture quality and resolution, as well as view.

Battery life is good. I can go through a 64 MB memory stick at high resolution on one set of batteries (and flash). Sony also provides a free set(2) of rechargeable batteries and a charger with this camera. This is a very very nice addition and accessory for this price. I bought an extra set of rechargeable batteries to keep as a spare (one set always charges while the other set is being used).

Also provided is a USB cable to hook up to your computer to download images. This is an extremely easy set up with Windows XP - just plug the USB cable into your computer and camera and XP automatically recognizes your new hardware. You don't need to install the provided software if your computer already has a default picuture viewer.

Now the reasons this camera received just 3 stars:

1) Remember how I mentioned that this camera takes great outdoor pictures? Well as great as the outdoor pictures are, the indoor pictures are as equally horrible. I don't know if it's the flash or Sony's interpretation of artificial light, but every single indoor picture is dark with an orange tint. They are clear, but the coloring is always off. It's like I'm looking at pictures through sunglasses.

2) I wish Sony would have configured this camera to leave the flash on when I turn it on. The default setting for the flash is always "off" so when you turn the flash on and the camera is idle for a minute, it turns itself off and sets the flash to the off position. This wouldn't be annoying if it didn't take the camera so long to re-initiate the flash. It takes a good 5-7 seconds to re-initiate. Furthermore, what would make most sense would be if the camera just sensed when the flash was needed and turned it on itself. That's what most cameras do.

So there you have it - a layman's review of the Sony P71. I'm not a hobbyist or a professional photographer, I just use the camera for fun to basically record memories. The Sony P71 is an decent camera. If you take a lot of indoor pictures, stay away from it, otherwise, it will serve its purpose.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This is my first digital camera & I have been using it for over one year. I use it for both my business & vacations. It is very easy to use (especially for beginers). It is also great because there is never any film to develop (for those of us who forget to drop it off or pick it up). It has some wonderful features like color or black & white, the buttons are easy to use & the instructions are great. The viewfinder on the back is very clear & choice of image size is great.

In addition to the camera I would purchase a tripod and an additional memory stick (128MB is a great price at amazon.com). If it is still available the starter pack with case, battery charger, etc... is also a good choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great camera..
This is my latest camera and I'm using it for web purposes. The picture quality is great and the zoom is also very useful. What I love about this camera? Fast when taking a new picture, great flash option. What I don't like is the noise that the camera does when you start it and the zoom moves in and out, so you can't take pictures without somebody notices you. ... Read more


17. Samsung Digimax 200 2MP Digital Camera
by Samsung
list price: $229.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000635V1
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 6051
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 2x digital zoom
  • Included 8 MB SmartMedia memory card holds 28 images at default resolution
  • Connects with PCs via USB port
  • Uses 2 AA batteries (rechargeables recommended)

Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars A little slow...
I bought this camera as my second one. I had previously a Polaroid PDC640, image was really crappy with that one.
I was very happy with this camera, UNTIL I bought a 128MB smartmedia card. Camera turned very slow. It tooks me nearly 27 seconds to get the camera ready to take a shot, and flash fully charged. Indeed, as someone commented out here, this is NOT an action sports camera. But you get what you pay for.
Overall, I'm happy with it, despite the fact that is slow.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good camera for the price
You can probably find this camera at a very low price. The picture quality is quite good, and once you get used to it, its fairly easy to use and gives good results.
Be aware that, when using flash, this camera uses up AA batteries very quickly. I'd estimate you can get 20+ flash pictures before you'll need to replace the batteries. You'll get better battery life when taking pictures in sunlight, without flash.
The camera does support a DC power supply, but finding a DC power supply that matches the specs listed in the manual may be difficult. I finally located one at a specialty camera store.
Finally the manual, Samsung web site, and Samsung customer support leave MUCH to be desired.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera but. . . . .
I picked it up for about a hundred bucks cheaper at Wal-mart.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera for the Price
This is my second digital camera. My first was the awful Polaroid Fun Flash 640. My mom had a Samsung 130, and I liked the features (easy downloads) but the picture quality was lacking at the 800x600 resolution. I found the 200, which is essentially the same camera with higher resolution (1600x1200).
Your computer sees it as a removable drive, so downloading is as easy as cut and paste. You don't even need drivers for XP Pro.
A couple caveats-after you take the picture, you have to wait about 10 secs to take the next one. The other problem-just like others have said-battery consumption. Standard alkalines will last about 15 minutes if you use the LCD. Get the Ni-MH rechargables-they last hours and you then you can recharge them.
Overall, I am extremely happy for with this camera.

1-0 out of 5 stars DON"T BUY THIS CAMERA
I could not get this camera to transfer the images to my Vaio laptop or my desktop machine. Samsung's tech support site no help at all. Be warned! ... Read more


18. Samsung Digimax 130 1.3MP Digital Camera
by Samsung
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0000636X1
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 5332
Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1.2-megapixel sensor captures 1,280 x 960 images for prints at sizes up to 5 x 7 inches
  • Focus-free lens with 2x digital zoom
  • 8MB internal memory holds approximately 24 images at default settings; CompactFlash slot for expanded storage
  • Connects with PCs via USB port
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (rechargeables recommended)

Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars _
This camera is good for beginners . The zoom isnt that great. Pictures come out good as long as the object isnt moving. It EATS batteries though. After a year with this camera , the plug for the USB cord got loose. So im'm stuck with a photo album unable to load the pictures on to my computer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent, some problems
The main thing that comes to mind when i think about this camera is the rate at which the batteries wear out, it is a real compromise. The quality is nothing more than decent. It's fine for use for work or something, nothing more.

4-0 out of 5 stars A decent entry level digital camera
All I needed was a simple camera that could take resonable quality jpgs for newsletters and websites. Outdoor pictures are fairly good and indoor (flash) pictures are quite acceptable. The sensor is rated at ASA 200, so keep in mind that flash range is only about 12 feet.

With a 32M flash card it holds 69 photos at high resolution. Downloads are easy,the digimax viewer/browser is excellent and all the included software seems to run well enough in Windows 98.

The only flaw is that it is too easy to leave the lens in macro position when taking normal range photos. On the plus side, the macro pictures are excellent. With Nickel-Metal rechargeables and conservative use of the LCD screen, battery life is "not bad" for a digital camera. All things considered, a decent camera if your needs are modest.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Great Beginner Camera
This is my first digital camera. It is really easy to use, but there are two flaws I can think of. The batteries wear out pretty fast, so I am planning on getting rechargable ones soon. The other is that the pictures on your computer are very large. They take about 1 minute to transfer to another user on AIM, which is what I use mostly. I'd rather the pictures be half the size, because I have no use for large images.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cool
This is wonderful for a beginner or intermediate photographer, though it only has 1.3 megapixels. ... Read more


19. Olympus Camedia D-520 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B000063CWO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 1908
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Seeking a digital camera to replace your 35mm film point-and-shoot? A 3x optical zoom lens, 2-megapixel sensor, and familiar film camera style and operation make the Olympus D-520 a great all-around performer for your family snapshots and vacation memories.

Optics and Resolution
This successor to the bestselling D-510 comes with a 2-megapixel sensor that captures enough detail for crisp 8-by-10-inch prints. For the typical family photographer, 2 megapixels is a great balance between price and performance. If you want a camera with even more resolution you'll probably also want more manual controls than the D-520 offers--consider the Olympus C-3020 instead.

The all-glass autofocus Olympus lens has a 3x zoom range that's equivalent to a 35-105mm zoom lens on a 35mm camera. For technophiles, it's an eight-element lens that includes an aspheric element, and the aperture ranges from f2.8 to f7.5 at its wide-angle setting. There's also a 2.5x digital zoom, but remember that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.5-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you've taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you're used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you'll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
The D-520 is substantially smaller than its predecessor (the D-510), but its general design is still very similar. A sliding clamshell lens cover simultaneously protects the lens and provides a simple way to turn the camera on and off, and the all-plastic body feels both lightweight and durable. While the D-520 is clearly designed for point-and-shooters and beginning photographers, there are several manual features for more adventurous photographers, including macro mode, adjustable white-balance settings, exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot black-and-white and sepia images.

Power
Power is provided by two AA batteries or one LB-01 disposable lithium battery--a pair of AA alkaline batteries is included. The LB-01 batteries essentially look like two attached AA batteries, and they have a surprisingly long lifespan. However, they aren't rechargeable, so when they finally die, they go into the trash. If you use the camera once a month or less, the lithium battery pack is a logical idea, since it will hold its charge for years when sitting in an unused camera. If you use the camera more often, then the lithium packs don't make economic or environmental sense--we recommend getting a set or two of rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries and a charger. A digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you're using the camera's LCD display, so they aren't recommended except in a pinch. To ensure you'll always be ready for action, we recommend having two sets of rechargeables so you can always have one set in the camera and the other set in the charger.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips at resolutions of up to 320 x 240 pixels. The limited duration and resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on SmartMedia memory cards. The included 16 MB card holds approximately 32 images at the camera's default settings. SmartMedia cards are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 32 images per outing (or plan to use the video feature frequently), then you'll want a bigger card. A 64 MB card will store well over 100 pictures. With most cameras, the brand of memory card you use is irrelevant, but genuine Olympus cards have a panorama feature not found on cards from other manufacturers. This feature makes it easier to stitch together a series of pictures you take into a single panoramic photo, and may justify the slightly higher price of the card if it's a feature you plan to use frequently.

To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera. Your computer should automatically recognize your camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive.

Size
At 4.4 by 2.4 by 1.4 inches and 6.3 ounces, the D-520 is extremely slim and compact, making it easy to bring along on outings.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the camera, 16 MB SmartMedia card, two AA alkaline batteries, USB cable, video cable, carrying strap, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a set of NiMH rechargeable size AA batteries, and a higher-capacity SmartMedia memory card. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. --Shane Burnett

Pros:

  • Familiar film point-and-shoot look and operation
  • Smaller and lighter than its predecessor

Cons:

  • Movie mode lacks sound
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Features

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • 3x optical plus 2.5x digital (7.5x total) autofocus zoom lens
  • Included 16 MB Smartmedia card stores 16 images at default resolution
  • Automatically connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses CR-V3 lithium battery or 2 AA batteries (alkalines included)

Reviews (79)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
My wife, a beginner in photography (all types of it) could produce nice pictures with this easy to use point-and-shoot type camera, that allows basic interventions by the photographer.

People who want to go digital and will use the images for e-mail, web-sites and for keeping a digital album will be very much satisfied with the performance of this camera.
In macro mode the viewfinder can induce to error in framing. Its better to use the screen.

The photographers beyond this should try a more sophisticated model. I have had very good results with the Olympus E10.

A pair of alcaline batteries lasted long (aprox 250 pictures, a number with taken with flash, and rather frequent use of the screen, during a 5 days trip).

The camera is small and easy to carry in a pocket, pouch, etc. Users need to be careful while closing the lens cover... don't do it too fast in order to allow the lens to retract and avoid hitting the lens barrel with the lid.

The software provided is very good.

A must: extra memory cards -64 M or more- recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars A decent entrey-level camera.
I have been following Olympus's cameras since the D-360 and D-450 came out, and had been waiting for them to release one with a certain feature set. I wanted 2 megapixels, USB, and a reasonable price. The D-520 has that, and unlike its predecessor (the D-510) it is pretty compact and runs on only two AA batteries, not 4.

Finally, receiving my tax refund, I decided to break down and buy a digital camera. There were really three contenders in my mind: The Fuji Finepix 2600Z, the Olympus D-520, and the Canon Digital IXUS 330. A friend of mine highly recommended the Canon model, but its list price was [money], which was out of my price range (also, nobody had it in stock). So for me it came down to the Fuji and the Olympus. I ended up going with the Olympus because a local electronics retailer had it for [money].

The camera itself is pretty simple to use. It has four quality settings: 640x480 (sq1), 1024x768 (sq2), 1600x1200 low (hq), and 1600x1200 high (shq). While some Olympus models I've used previously allow saving as a TIFF, with the D-520 all of the pictures are saved to the camera as JPEGs. This is a shame, because it means you are stuck with the camera's JPEG quality level. If they had allowed you to save as TIFF, you could easily set your own JPEG compression level in photoshop.

That is part of the problem I have with this camera, and part of the reason I only gave it 3 stars. The picture quality is not that great. The camera seems to have an extremely difficult time focusing in low-light situations, even when the flash is used, and the pictures come out very blurry. I played around with some of the settings, but I can't seem to fix this. And even in bright sunlight, I find images taken with the camera not to be very sharp at all. Also some colors seem to bleed: I took a picture of some flowers in direct sunlight and the picture came out as some pink and red blobs, losing all the detail of the flower. I tried adjusting the white balance, but it didn't seem to help.

The camera does take some nice pictures too, however. Pictures of people come out very nice, and since I mostly take pictures of people (at family gatherings, etc), and not scenery, it's an OK camera for my needs.

The USB connection is extremely handy, and in my opinion, the best way to access a digital camera's files. My girlfriend's brother has a smartmedia floppy adapter, and that is extremely slow. With the D-520, I simply plugged the USB into my computer, and my PC (running Windows 2000) recognized the camera as another hard drive. I then simply copied the files over. The camera comes with some software for editing pictures and stuff, but I haven't bothered to install it. I don't believe that Windows 98 will allow you to simply plug in the camera and have it recognized as another hard drive, you probably have to install extra drivers.

Battery life is OK; I have rechargable NiMH AA's, so it's not something I worry about too much. The fact that it only takes 2 instead of 4 effectively doubles battery life over most cameras, in my mind at least.

The included 16 MB Smart Media card can hold: 99 pictures at SQ1, 58 at SQ2 (my preferred size), 33 at HQ, and 11 at SHQ.

All in all, it's a decent camera for the price, but don't expect perfection.

1-0 out of 5 stars I hate this camera with a passion
If I could give this camera 0 stars I would!

As a teenager I'm not looking for anything too snazzy in a camera. I had a pretty cheap digital olympus that lasted me about 3 years and I loved it. No fancy modes, no high-tec fancy smancy mumbo jumbo... not that I wouldn't like a high-tec camera, just that I don't particularly need it. I just want a camera that allows me to take a few hundred pictures at a time, for trips with friends and the family, for soccer games, for concerts, the beach...ect... My old reliable camera broke last summer after I got thousands of great pictures out of it, and so for the last x-mas my mother (who didn't do much research, but with good intentions) bought me this PIECE OF CRAP...

If you like all the fancy ways to take pictures- there is a tiny possibility you might like this camera... It has all that...somewhat... no wait... not at all...
It maintains a pretense that its high-tec, but it's really just a piece of crap.
When I first got it I brought it with me on my trip to Paris and I was highly dissapointed that after I shot a picture it took literally 15-20 seconds for the flash to re-whatever and let me take another one. I missed about 70% of the pictures I wanted to take, and whenever people posed in my pictures- it took about 5 minutes for my camera to "let" me take the picture. NO CANDID SHOTS here.
Then halfway through the trip, I'd turn on the camera, the screen would pop up, I'd try to take a picture, the orange and green lights would flash and then it would simply turn off... I looked through the manuel and it says that this is simply a problem with the batteries (although the battery symbol came up as full) and so I bought a fresh pack and re-loaded them. And of course it continued to flash and turn off..

I'm not done- I took it to a camera shop, and the guy had no idea what was wrong- I missed pictures of half my Paris trip, a concert , and a beach trip with my friends all because of this horrible joke-of-a-camera.- I also spent the equivolent of the price of this piece of crap on disposable cameras that gave me horrible pictures.

BIG TIP- If you have a son or daughter and you're buying them a camera DO NOT buy this one just-because it's cheap(in case I haven't made myself clear), because they will hate it and resent you for not researching or caring about it...

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Little Camera for amateurs.
I got this camera for my birthday a year ago. I have had a wonderful time using it, and I wouldn't have any problems with buying another Olympus. I am currently working on becoming a professional photographer, so it's time for an upgrade.

Good stuff:

Takes sharp, clear photos with great color in most situations.

Decent battery life, 2 AA's last for about 100 pictures.

Easy-to-use features, and handy digital on-screen photo index.

Bad Stuff:

Photos often come out blurry in night-mode.

Shutter Speed is a little slow, tripod is best.

All in all, I think this is a wonderful camera for anyone who enjoys taking everyday photos.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst camera I have ever owned - terrible response time
Olympus has an outstanding reputation in 35-mm and digital. I had owned an earlier generation Olympus Camedia so I did not hesitate to purchase the D-520 zoom as a pocket camera for quick snaps of our newborn daughter to email the grandparents. Easy to carry in a pant pocket, quality digital pictures, right?

WRONG.

I have a simple expectation of a camera...point it at an object, push a button, and capture the image. The D-520 only occasionally takes the picture when you push the button, sometimes not responding at all. When you have your infant sitting beside her dog, smiling, both dog and daughter looking at the camera, you have a very limited window of opportunity to snap the shot. The D-520 fails miserably.

I have no problems with the quality of the pictures taken, but the response time on the camera between pushing the button and the camera taking the picture is painfully slow. I have missed so many shots, while waiting for the camera to decide that it is ready to take a picture, that I have plan to chuck the whole camera into a landfill somewhere. Worthless digital disaster.

My suggestion, get a 35mm and never miss a candid shot again. ... Read more


20. Sony MVCCD250 2MP CD Mavica Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B000066HUA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3731
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The unique feature of Sony's CD250 Mavica is a built-in mini-CD recorder, a clever solution that simultaneously provides affordable portable memory and long-term archival storage. The camera also features a 2-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, a jumbo 2.5-inch display, and a long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Optics and Resolution
The CD250's 2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches. For the typical family photographer, 2 megapixels is a great balance between price and performance. If you want a camera with even more resolution, you'll need to step up to 3 or 4 megapixels--Sony's MVC-CD300 and MVC-CD400 are nearly identical to this model, but have higher resolution sensors.

A 3x optical zoom lens (39-117mm equivalent) helps you to capture exactly the picture you want, and an additional 2x digital zoom (6x total) further magnifies your image. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly. In low-light situations (a particular weakness for many digital cameras), a focus-assist lamp sends out a small patterned beam to help the camera accurately determine distance.

To save space, there's no traditional optical viewfinder to look through. Instead, to compose your images or review shots you've already taken, the CD250 uses a big 2.5-inch color display. The advantage to using the LCD to frame your shots is that the screen lets you see exactly the picture you'll capture. The disadvantage is that you can't turn off the screen and just use the optical viewfinder to extend battery life. Fortunately, the included rechargeable battery holds a relatively good charge.

More Features
The engineers at Sony have gone out of their way to make it as easy as possible to share your images online. For example, the e-mail mode stores a lower-resolution version of your picture on the disc in a separate folder from the full-size version. This compact file lacks the detail of the original, but has a small file size, making it ideal for e-mail attachments. In addition, a video e-mail mode captures highly compressed, less detailed movie clips that are also small enough to easily e-mail. With the time, expertise, and the right software, owners of any digital camera can create these more compact files on their home computers, but Sony saves you this trouble.

More advanced photographers will appreciate manual focus, a 14-bit A/D processor that captures more gradations in color than most digital cameras, and an uncompressed TIFF mode for recording the highest-quality photos.

Power
The CD250 uses Sony's excellent InfoLithium battery system, which not only holds a respectable charge, but also displays on screen how many minutes of power remain. Both the battery and the charger are included. Because the battery is unique to specific Sony models and can be nearly impossible to find when on the road, we strongly recommend getting a spare if you're planning to take the camera on extended outings.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures video clips with sound at resolutions up to 320 x 240 pixels. Unlike most digital cameras, the length of each video is limited only by the amount of memory left on the CD. The limited resolution of these clips guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
With a traditional digital camera, images are stored on memory cards, then transferred to your computer via a cable or card reader, and ultimately archived by recording on a CD-R or other high-capacity medium. Sony's CD Mavicas simplify this process by recording images directly to CD, using a 3-inch miniature CD recorder integrated into the back of the camera (hence the camera's rounded shape). These discs are substantially smaller than traditional 5-inch CDs, and only hold about one-fourth as much information (156 MB instead of 650 MB), but this is still enough space to store over 120 photos at the camera's highest-quality compressed mode. Each disc costs a couple of dollars. To transfer pictures to your computer, simply remove the disc from the camera and insert it into your computer's CD-ROM drive. Unlike images recorded on memory cards, pictures taken on a CD-R are permanently burned into the disc, instantly providing a digital "negative" for archiving your photos.

If you prefer to transfer your images in the traditional way, just use an erasable/re-recordable CD-RW disc and connect the camera to your computer with the included USB cable. After transferring the images, you can erase the CD-RW disc to ready it for another batch of photos.

Size
At 5.6 by 3.75 by 4 inches and 22 ounces, you won't slip this camera into your shirt pocket, but it's still one of the smallest disc-based models available. The CD250 fits nicely into most SLR camera carrying cases.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the CD250 camera, NP-FM50 battery, AC-L10 cable for in-camera charging, six 3-inch CD-R discs, one 3-inch re-recordable CD-RW, shoulder strap, AV cable, USB cable, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, additional 3-inch CD-R or CD-RW discs, and a second battery (especially if you're taking the camera on extended trips). Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. --Shane Burnett

Pros:

  • Integrated CD recorder provides inexpensive storage and image archiving
  • Big 2.5-inch screen makes it easy to preview and review photos
  • E-mail modes make it easy to share your photos electronically

Cons:

  • No traditional optical viewfinder
  • CD drive makes the camera bigger and heavier than cameras using memory cards
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Features

  • 2.1 megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • 3x optical zoom lens and 2x digital zoom with 3-area multi-point autofocus
  • Stores images directly on 156 MB 8cm CD-R or CD-RW (rewriteable) discs
  • Discs can be read by virtually all Mac and PC CD-ROM drives (not currently compatible with Apple iPhoto)
  • Uses proprietary Infolithium rechargeable battery (NP-FM50 )

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars MVC 250 Great Camera User Friendly
... I like the ease of use, I can view the pictures as I take them and delete them if I want. With the included cables I can view the pictures on my TV or download through a USB port. I have been happy with the battery life, I did buy an additional AC charger, and a 2nd battery($...). Normally you use a cable to charge the battery in the camera. It tells you in the viewfinder about how long you have left on the battery in minutes of useable life. I would not hessitate to recommend this camera to any one, at 2.0 +/- megapixel it takes great quality pics and movies. Buy the big carry case for all the extra cables and stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
This is my first digital camera and I am glad I waited. I am just an average guy who had always used a basic 35mm for vacation & family photos and, while I had considered digital cameras for quite some time - I was not quite convinced and was somewhat confused by the variety of cameras and storage media. This camera changed my mind and convinced me that "digital" is the way to go.
While the Sony CD-250 is not the top of the line in terms of ghee-whiz features, for a non-technical person I have found it to be just superb. The CD's (CD-R & CD-RW) are durable and have more than ample storage, the camera is easy to use, it produces great shots, has a solid feel (same size as a typical 35mm camera) and has a good battery life. Downloading and attaching photos to e-mail or posting to the Sony photo site is quite easy. In short, I am very pleased.
In my opinion, for the casual camera user who has been considering a digital camera, take a look at the the Sony CD series of cameras - I think you will be pleased.

2-0 out of 5 stars IT LOSES PICTURES!!!
Not sure if anyone else in this reviewer pile has seen this, but I have had several "life events" including birthdays, my son's sonogram, and others that the camera shows upon review through its display the pictures you have taken. However, upon connecting it to the USB interface, they disappear. Disconnecting from the USB cable does not get the pictures back. Can you believe that Sony would release a product like this?

I bought this device for the ease of use, USB capability, and the CDR/CDRW format. However, for anyone wanting a reliable camera buy a $12 disposable! You can only rely on this unit giving you permanent digital pictures 91.2% of the time.

If I had to do it again, I wouldn't buy this unit. There are far smaller units at a fraction of the price with 100% reliability. Granted, some of them don't use CDR/CDRW technology but memory sticks are fine with me it they don't lose pictures (and the cameras are quite smaller).

5-0 out of 5 stars Should give these things a military rating!
This summer while I was in a canoe taking pictures of my daughter, she accidently tipped us over. Here I am in a cold mountain lake with my Mavica and I think my camera is ruined. Well when I got home I dried the camera out for a week and cleaned out the lenses. Put in a new battery and the thing ACTUALLY WORKED and has been taking great pictures for the past four months. For something that is not rated as water resistant, I was surprised by the hardiness of the camera.
Complex as it may seem, this is no wuss of hardware.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great camera
This is very easy to use and gives top quality pictures. I wish I had bought one much sooner. ... Read more


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