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21. Canon PowerShot S50 5MP Digital
$179.95 list($399.99)
22. Olympus D560 3.2 MP Digital Camera
list($399.99)
23. Canon PowerShot S230 3.2 MP Digital
$177.99 list($299.99)
24. Canon PowerShot A300 3.2MP Digital
$429.99 list($449.99)
25. Canon PowerShot S400 4MP Digital
$299.95 list($369.99)
26. Pentax Optio S 3.2MP Digital Camera
$200.00
27. Konica Minolta Dimage S414 4MP
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28. Minolta Dimage F300 5.3MP Digital
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29. Canon PowerShot G2 4MP Digital
$254.99 list($499.99)
30. Olympus Stylus 400 4MP Digital
$333.99 list($449.99)
31. Olympus Camedia D-550 3MP Digital
$199.00 list($299.99)
32. Sony DSCU30 Cybershot 2 MP Digital
$469.95 list($759.99)
33. Olympus Camedia C-5050 5MP Digital
$29.99
34. Digital Concepts Gear to Go Cyberpix
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35. Fujifilm FinePix 2650 2MP Digital
$129.99 list($149.99)
36. Factory Reconditioned Olympus
$379.99 list($249.99)
37. Kodak EasyShare CX4230 2MP Digital
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38. Minolta Dimage E223 2.1MP Digital
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39. Toshiba PDR-M25 2MP Digital Cameraw/
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40. Sony DSCP7 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital

21. Canon PowerShot S50 5MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B00008OE5I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 1069
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Although it may look like a compact digital camera, the Canon PowerShot S50 delivers is actually a 5 Megapixel camera with features and options normally only reserved for high-end digital cameras.

Housed in a mostly metal casing, the Canon PowerShot S50 is turned on via a sliding lens protector that in turn allows the 3x optical zoom to pop out and the large and clear 1.5 LCD monitor to fire into action. There are over 10 buttons on the back of the camera alone, allowing you to easily change everything from white balance to reviewing images.

The jog wheel on top gives access to the many options including Night Scene, Fast Shutter, Slow Sync and Program and shows how serious this camera is when it comes to taking pictures. Better still is the quick access function button on the rear of the camera that allows you to access White Balance, Drive Mode, ISO, Effect, Flash and image size settings all at the press of a button.

Power is delivered via a Li-ion Canon rechargeable battery pack and the camera is shipped with a 32Mb CompactFlash Card enabling you to store images. A 3x optical zoom offers 38 - 105mm equivalent for a 35mm camera and this added to the 4x digital zoom gives you plenty of scope. F range is F2.8 - F4.9, and focusing is managed via a whole host of options: 9-point AiAF, 1-point AF (any position), AF lock, Focus bracketing, AF assist beam (on/off) and Manual Focus.

Picture quality, as with all Canon cameras, is very strong, detailed and well balanced. You would expect this from a 5 Megapixel model, but everything here seems to gel. Colors are crisp, white's well defined and skin tones very clear. The host of focusing options only help in creating better pictures. While the pre-programmed settings get you out of trouble if you're not sure what to manually set up.

Overall this is a very good camera that is only let down by the positioning of the review button. The picture quality is very good and the functions that the camera offers are extensive. For this too really be treated as a high end camera it should have a hot shoe function, but then that's what the G3 and new G5 are there for. If you are looking for a good field camera and are at that stage where you want all the functionality of a high camera without the size, then this certainly does the job. --Jason Denwood, Amazon.co.uk

What's in the Box
PowerShot S50 digital camera, 32 MB CompactFlash card, battery and battery charger (CB-2LT), USB and AV cables, wrist strap, and ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 5 megapixel sensor (2592 x 1944 pixels) for enlargements up to 20 x 30 inches
  • 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom (12x total)
  • Nine point AiAF, flexizone focus selection, three-minute movie clips, and automatic image rotation
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II cards; 32 MB card included
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-2L); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (93)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great pictures from a tiny camera!
As an avid amateur photographer, I love my Canon EOS SLR, but wanted to buy a digital camera for traveling and family snapshots.

Since a digital SLR body was out of my price range, i researched maybe 15 compact digitals before settling on the S50. I'm thrilled with my purchase and would recommend this camera even to folks who, like me, are used to higher-end SLRs.

The S50 offers an incredible array of features and options in an improbably small package. I've had it for about six weeks and have yet to take advantage of all the bells and whistles. Although the camera offers options galore, its controls are pretty intuitive. And despite its myriad features, you can use it right out of the box in its "Auto" mode.

Its color fidelity is stunning -- even with magentas, which some digital cameras don't capture well. Its automatic white balance is also superb; it produces none of those ugly casts you get with cheaper digital cameras. If you prefer to set the white balance yourself, though, this camera gives you plenty of flexibility.

I've had very good results with the focus. The couple of blurry pics I've gotten were probably my fault because I didn't give the camera enough time to focus. The focus lock seems pretty quick - comparable to that on my SLR.

There are a couple of areas in which this camera doesn't perform as well as my SLR (an unfair comparison, but worth mentioning). One is the slight, occasional shutter delay. This can be annoying but it's not the end of the world for travel and family shots. If you're big into anything that involves split-second action, though, I'd recommend you stick to an SLR.

I must also echo other reviewers' comments on the flimsiness of the lens cover. I contemplated returning the camera because of this but was so impressed with the quality of the pictures that I instead resolved to handle the cover with kid gloves. It's helpful to note that you don't have to use the lens cover at all, if you're worried about it... the camera powers down automatically after a while, and you can wake it up again by depressing the shutter. (Of course, this option leaves the lens exposed to dust and scratches...)

That said, the S50 offers a couple of huge advantages over film cameras. One is its performance in low-light settings. I've been amazed at the S50's ability to capture pictures indoors, without a flash. No funky purple ghosting, either!

And I love the LED screen that's built into the back of the camera. It has pretty good resolution so you can tell what's in focus, and you can adjust its brightness depending on whether you're shooting indoors or out. It's great to be able to compose your shot without having to mush your glasses against a tiny viewfinder, and it's even better to be able to review your photos at the end of the day.

The software that comes with the camera is easy to install and intuitive to use (on a Mac, anyway - can't vouch for the PC version!). The 32mb memory card that comes with the camera, on the other hand, is inadequate... I'd recommend buying a card with at least 128mb of storage. An extra battery couldn't hurt, either!

On the whole, I think this is one of the best compact digital cameras on the market today, and certainly in its price range. I'd expected to compromise some image quality in moving from film to digital, but am surprised and delighted to find that's not the case. If I had my choice to make over, I'd buy this camera again.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Now A Believer
I never thought the day would arrive that I would abandon my Canon Rebel 35mm camera for a "digital....ugh..camera" but the Canon S50 has made me a true believer. I finally got fustrated trying to scan in all my 35 mm prints in order to "preserve my memories". Very time consumming, and I was never quit satisfied with the quality. So, after a lot of soul searching, and a lot of on-line reseacher reading countless reviews, I finally took a leap of faith and purchased the Canon S50. I couldn't be happier. This is an excellent camera for the serious amature, allowing for point and shoot capability or multiple features that allow one to adjust various settings. I've had the camera for over 5 month now and don't have any regrets. The quailty of the pics is VERY VERY CLOSE to 35 mm and I've enlarged prints to 20 x 30 with excellet results. I strongly recommend buying an extra battery and 512 MB Compact Flash Card. Also, www.shutterfly.com offers a tremendous service which allows one to utilize your new digital camerea to the fullest. Buy this camera and I highly doubt you'll be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product, fine pics, very durable
I have a lot of experience with a wide range of fully manual SLRs and digital SLRs, and this camera stacks up nicely. As an architecture student, I bought the S50 to have a quick alternative for shooting models, sites and other miscellaneous scenography to use in large scale presentation format. After 7 months, I have been very pleased.
A few things:

The good:
-RAW format (nice to have that versatility)
-color balance is nice
-easy acces to menus
-loads of manual functions
-light adjustments are right on
-nice lcd, crisp and bright
-overall great consistent pictures, and it's easy to be really creative (making you feel like a better photographer than you actually are)

The not so good (but no so bad either):
-there is too much discrepancy between the area that is seen in the viewfinder and what the sensors see. (You always get more than what you see)
-the 5-way toggle selector button has got to go!
-a little bit too brick-like
-noisy zoom

I would recommend this to semi-serious light-heavy shooters. (but get a spare battery, 2 for a full day of shooting with lcd on)

5-0 out of 5 stars does exactly what it's supposed to
Sometimes I travel to places where more likely than not, I will not have the opportunity to revisit. That is why I like this camera. The quality of the pictures are quite good (often, bracketing and having a big memory card helps this further) and the durable metal body and small size makes it ideal for traveling.

My only major gripe is the battery indicator. The camera doesn't give you a good indication of how much more battery power is left. A second battery is almost a necessary convenience.

Obviously, the pictures taken from this are not as good as the SLR's, but often those cameras do not fit so easily in your pocket. Having easier access to a camera makes it easier for me to take spur of the moment pictures. In addition, the s50 does have some remarkable manual features. Some are a bit gimmicky, but the basic manual features, even a manual focus (kind of a pain to get used to at first) are available.

All in all, I do love this camera for what it is.

4-0 out of 5 stars Consider Your Needs Before Purchasing.....
Before purchasing a digital camera, sit-down and consider your needs.

1. Are you just getting started out in digital photography? This particular camera has a lot of bells and whistles but if you don't take the time to learn the features then it may be a bit of an overkill. The manual has a nice layout, but for the amateur photographer, its not going to be enough explain the functions in detail.

2. How portbable do you want the camera to be?
This is a medium sized camera. Not quite small and light enough where you feel comfortable slipping it into your pocket and heading on out. But at the same time, not a big contraption that is bulky and difficult to manage.

Recommendations:
1. Buy a bigger memory Card - With a 5 megapixel camera, I highly recommend getting at least a 256mb memory card.
2. Buy a USB 2.0 Memory Card Reader - While the camera comes with a cable that connects to your computer for downloading images, the USB 2.0 Reader is lightning fast. For example, suppose that a download may take 5 minutes with the supplied cable, that same download will only take 45 seconds with USB 2.0. If you plan on taking a lot of digital pictures, then this item is recommended. Just be sure to check if you computer is USB 2.0 compatible.
3. Buy an extra battery - More than likely that one supplied with the camera will not be enough if you plan on taking a lot of pictures during a trip. At least with the back-up, you can snap away without having to worry if you have enough battery power.
4. Consider buying image editing software- This will give you more control over the finished product. You will be able to crop images, brighten them, sharpen them, take out the red-eye, etc...Again, if you are not familiar with such software, it may take some time to learn.

Conclusion: This camera takes awesome pictures for the most part. At 5 megapixels, the images come out clear and detailed. There is a bit of a red-eye problem, and the flash is not very powerful. This camera offers a lot of features, but unless you are willing to sit there and learn what each function does, you may not need it. Portability was an important factor for me while wanting to preserve camera performance, and so I purchased this camera. If I could do it again, I probably would have bought 2 cameras instead. One really small camera like the Canon SD10, so that I can take it anywhere, and then purchase one bigger camera like the Canon G3. I figured that this camera is in between and compromised. Now I kind of regret it. So take your time and think about what kind of settings you will use the camera in and what functions you really need. ... Read more


22. Olympus D560 3.2 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00008IOEJ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 1406
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 3.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical zoom plus 3.4x digital zoom (10x total)
  • Large 1.8-inch LCD; up to 60 seconds of video
  • 16 MB XD memory card included
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (51)

5-0 out of 5 stars great camera, great buy!
Batteries: 1)Yes, the D560 can go through batteries, but as others have said, buy some NIMHs, always carry a spare charged set, and you won't have a problem. Lithiums are a nice idea, but they're expensive. 2)Use the viewfinder, not the LCD. ALL digitals will drain batteries much more quickly with the LCD on. Besides, when you're outside in bright light, it's hard to see the LCD screen at all.

Quality: I was astounded at the quality of pictures I get with this camera. Color is wonderful and clarity is great. I've never had a fuzzy picture - indoors or out, low light or bright. Not so with my SLR. I love the immediate feedback - if you don't like it, retake it. Of course, that doesn't work well with spontaneous photos of people, but I don't think I have any less success with my digital than I did with my SLR. At least with the digital I know what I got right away, and can try again.

Ease of use: Accustomed to a bulky SLR, I didn't think I'd like using such a small camera, but once I got used to it, I love it. The 560 is lightweight and fits easily in a pocket. I carry it with me everywhere I go. I couldn't do that with my SLR. As a result, I take way more pictures than I used to. I just wish Olympus provided a slipcase with it to protect the LCD screen. I ended up buying a sunglass case to protect it from things like pens and nail clippers in my purse.

I bought the D560 a year ago to replace our broken 35mm point and shoot back up camera. My main camera was a Minolta SLR. Since I loved my SLR, I leaned toward buying a Minolta digital, but after some reasearch and a lot of reviews, I decided on the Olympus D-550. When I went to buy it, I found that I could get it's replacement, the 560 for the same price, so I decided to go for it. The only time I've been disappointed with the D-560 is when I dropped it and broke the lens... and that was my fault. As to my SLR, I finished out the roll of film that was on it, and it's been in my closet ever since. I've been thinking about giving it away because I don't see myself ever using it enough to make it worth keeping.

As for my broken D560, Olympus said that the standard charge for repair and servicing is $135. They will let me know if it is more than that and I can decide whether to have them repair it or not. I fear it will turn out to be "not economical to repair" but I think that if I have to replace it, I'll buy another D560. I'm so happy with it, I don't want to risk disappointment with something that turns out not to perform as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quick lecture: Digital cameras and battery types.
Maybe it's because I design small electronic devices that I seem to have a better understanding of this issue of the D-560/C-350 and battery life than others. Digital cameras including this one with LCD monitor screens put savage power demands on their batteries. The basic chemistry and construction of alkaline batteries means that they are not able to efficiently deliver power at this very high rate. They just get hot and their voltage drops very quickly, making the camera shut down in a matter of minutes.

Olympus have been amazingly short-sighted in supplying a pair of alkaline batteries with the D-560. It's giving users the very mistaken idea that it's designed to use this battery type, when it *isn't*. The manual on the CD-ROM more or less spells it out that alkaline batteries are only to be used as a last resort. OK?

Rechargeable Ni-MH and non-rechargeable lithium batteries (CR-V3) have a completely different chemistry. They *are* capable of efficiently delivering the kind of power this camera (and other digital ones) demand, to give a very useful operating time.

I've been using 2,000mAH PowerBase Ni-MH batteries in mine, and getting more than 150 photos before one set is discharged. I think that this is perfectly reasonable. The supplied 16MB XD card can only hold about 80 1024x768 pictures after all.

The bottom line is this: if you are going to buy this or a similar digital camera, be prepared to buy some Ni-MH batteries and a charger or pay a lot for CR-V3 lithium batteries for as long as you own it. Olympus should make this fact crystal clear in their owner's manual, but they don't.

Yes, the D-560 obviously does have a design fault. It will often give the Low Battery warning even on batteries which have just been charged. However mine doesn't stop working, and the flashing red symbol disappears after a while. If you can live with this glitch and are prepared to buy Ni-MH batteries and a charger (or CR-V3 batteries), this is one incredibly good digital camera I fully recommend.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good camera
Takes very good quality photos, but the batteries run out after a day of use. It also freezes up quite a bit-i.e. you can't close the front bc the lense will not retract.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Small, cute and easy to use. I love the MACRO. Have taken more than 20,000 photos with it and it's great. Only drawback is battery consumption - eats up AAs and spits them out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good camera for easy P&R
I bought this one after much research when my Fuji A210 was lost. As other previous reviewers have said, it takes great outdoor pictures as long as I choose the right white balance for the lighting. Pictures are sharp and color is saturated. As for the indoor pictures, the objects need to be within the flash range. If they are within 10 ft, the camera takes great pictures. But as soon as the objects are beyond 10 ft or so, the pictures become bad (very blurry and dark).
As for the batteries, I experienced no problem as long as I used 2000 MAh NiMH batteries. One thing I did notice was that when I took many shots in short time frame, the low batter warning showed up even though the batteries were relatively fully charged. But instead of replacing the batteries, I let them "recuperate" for about 10 seconds. After that, the full battery meter returned and I could take many more pics.
It does have a long shutter lag. But if you focus first (let the green light come on) and shoot, you can compensate for it.
This camera does not have many features like Canon A70 (such as aperture priority, shutter priority, and video with sound) does. But it does have 4 scene modes and 4 white balances. It's a good entry-level 3MP digital camera for people who just want clear pictures. ... Read more


23. Canon PowerShot S230 3.2 MP Digital ELPH Camera with 2x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006LV79
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 732
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With the Canon PowerShot S230, you've got the best of both worlds--the compact size and high style of the digital Elph series plus the higher resolution of a 3-megapixel camera. Updating the popular 2-megapixel PowerShot S200, the PowerShot S230 also features a 2x optical zoom, an improved 3.2x digital zoom, movie mode for videos up to 3 minutes, and more--all in a stylish, compact package.

Optics and Resolution
S230's nine-point autofocus lets you sharpen the image on your subject, no matter where it is in the frame.
Featuring a 3.2-megapixel CCD sensor, the PowerShot S230 delivers a wide range of detail and color (with images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels) and prints up to 11 by 14 inches. Canon's high-quality 2x optical zoom lens allows you to close in on the action, while the 3.2x digital zoom allows for a combined 6.4x zoom, letting you capture intimate details that might have been missed with another camera. The PowerShot S230 is also one of the few digital cameras to feature wide-area nine-point autofocus for taking crisp, sharp images no matter where the subject appears in the image frame.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on CompactFlash memory cards, and a 16 MB card is included. When shooting images at the medium or fine setting, the 16 MB card will store approximately 26 images. 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.

Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the S230 can also record movie clips of up to 3 minutes. You can choose from three different video formats: 160 x 120, 320 x 240, or 640 x 480 pixels. Both picture and sound quality have been improved, and an editing feature allows you to delete unwanted scenes during playback. The S230's photo-effect mode lets you do more with your still images. Choose from low sharpening, vivid color, sepia, neutral, and black and white.

More Features
Though it's primarily designed as a point-and-shoot, the S230 includes several advanced features for photographers who want more creative control, including exposure compensation, low-light manual shutter speeds, manual ISO and white balance, and stitch assist, plus black-and-white, sepia, vivid, and neutral modes.

The PowerShot S230 uses highly advanced technology to make your digital photography experience simple. DIGIC enhances image definition and processing speed, while the sophisticated iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology assures faster and more accurate autofocus, autoexposure, and automatic white balance. The intelligent-orientation sensor ensures your pictures are always right side up, on the LCD or even while downloading.


Horizontal

Vertical
S230's Intelligent Orientation Sensor knows which of your images were shot horizontally and which were shot vertically.

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a proprietary Canon rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included). It measures 3.4 by 2.2 by 1.1 inches and weighs 6.4 ounces. This package includes the PowerShot S230 digital camera, 16 MB CompactFlash card, lithium-ion battery (model NB-1LH) and battery charger (model CB-2LS), USB and A/V cables, wrist strap, and CD-ROM with imaging software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 3.2 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • Autofocus lens with 2x optical/3.2x digital (6.4x total) zoom
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 26 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)

Reviews (139)

4-0 out of 5 stars Canon PowerShot S230: Pocket Hercules
WHY I PURCHASED THE POWERSHOT 230:
I was never really a fan of Canon cameras, especially Canon digital cameras. It wasn't until recently that a few of my friends were sending me pictures via email that were taken with a Canon Powershot camera. I was pretty impressed with the results and decided to check out the newest Powershot; the S230. This camera packed a lot of features, but kept the bulk to a minimum. Producing images at 3.2 megapixels, the S230 was definitely appealing.

WHAT IT COMES WITH:
- Canon PowerShot S230 Digital ELPH camera
- NB-1LH Lithium-ion battery
- 16 MB CompactFlash (CF) Card
- USB cable
- A/V cable
- Wrist Strap
- CD with Canon software suite
- Users Manual

POCKETABILITY:
The first thing you notice about this camera is that it's small. Probably the smallest digital camera I've seen in the 3 megapixel category. You can truly put this in your pocket and not have everyone stare at the bulge...

DURABILITY:
I've already dropped this camera once on my hardwood floor. Amazingly, it still works like a charm. The S230 is encased in stainless steel with a few chrome accents and a couple of plastic parts (mainly the switches & dials). I expect this camera to last several years without any problems, if not longer. A buddy of mine has owned his Powershot S100 for over two years and he still loves his to death.

EASE OF USE:
The S230 was as easy to use (if not easier) as my previous Sony digital cameras. Before selling my Sony DSC-S75, I had the chance to compare the two, side-by-side. The size alone, gave the S230 an overwhelming advantage. The picture quality is very impressive with the S230. The indoor photos that I took without the flash turned out great. The auto-exposure, as well as the auto-ISO settings works fine, but if you want to manually set those on your own, it's easy to do. There are other cool features on the S230 such as picture effects (black and white, sepia, soft, sharp, etc.). The 1.5" LCD is very useful and is very clear, even in bright sunlight.

ADVANCED FOCUSING:
AiAF (Artificial Intelligence Auto-Focus) is a new feature found on the S230 that was not present in the earlier models of the Powershots. This function allows the S230 to select from one of the nine focus areas within the frame to capture the sharpest shot. It's pretty amazing how this works. This feature can also easily be turned off in the settings. This feature is found on the new Canon G3, as well, and is the flagship of the point-and-shoot digital camera line for Canon.

PICTURE QUALITY:
As I mentioned, I was quite impressed with the photo quality. I managed to print some of them on photo paper using my HP 960c deskjet printer. Printing them in 5X7 produced brilliant, almost photolab quality pictures. I might add that my Sony DSC-S75 also produces some of the best photos, as well, but I expect that from a camera that boasts a Carl Zeiss Sonar lens, 3.3 megapixel resolution quality.... If you own a Canon printer, you should be able to directly print off of your S230 using the supplied cable. I just ordered the Canon i850 printer, so I'm anxiously waiting to try it out.

VIDEO MODE:
The ability to capture 30 seconds of 640X480 AVI video (20 frames per second) with sound is awesome! My father was surprised at how clearly it captures motion video. Although you're able to capture the video with sound, you won't be able to play it back with sound on the camera itself, as it is not equipped with a speaker. The S230 is capable of capturing more than 30 seconds if you use smaller resolution. After visiting the Canon Powershot website, I learned that if you use a high-speed CompactFlash (CF) card, you should be able to capture more than 30 seconds of 640X480 video. Canon expects to market the high speed CF card soon.

BATTERY STRENGTH:
This is where I'd say that my Sony DSC-S75 shines. All of Sony's digital cameras display the remaining life of the battery in minutes. The S230 goes strong until there's about 5% or less power left. I've read a few articles and reviews stating that the battery life is the weakness of this camera, but it's not all that bad. It all depends on how much you use the LCD display, the flash, and how often you turn on/off the device. I quickly ordered an extra battery from buy.com and I'm perfectly happy now.

The S230 comes with a separate battery charger. This is very convenient, as you don't have to charge the battery using the camera, like most of the Sony cameras do (Sony sells the battery charger as a separate accessory). From a fully discharged battery, the charger is able to completely charge it in about two hours. There is an LED which displays in 'red' when it's charging and 'green' when it's complete.

OVERALL WEAKNESSES:
Some people will say that the small size can be a weakness, but I'd say that the size is definitely its strength. The optical zoom capability is only 2X, so you won't be able to zoom up very closely from afar. It does offer a digital zoom, but this may result in grainy photos. The macro mode of the S230 isn't as crisp as my Sony DSC-S75, but I can live with it. Also, the flash on the S230 isn't as effective as it should be. The flash tends to white out (too bright) close-range subjects, but is very weak for any subjects more than 6 feet away. I'll have to play around some more with the settings, I guess. Finally, the tripod mount is not positioned in the center of the camera. It's actually placed on the side, causing it to be off-center and hard to balance.

SUMMARY:
I mainly purchased this camera for its size, but it's turned out to be a much better camera than I anticipated. In terms of photo quality, it may not beat the higher-end digital cameras, but it will sure give them a run for the money. We have to hand it Canon for developing a truly pocket-sized 3.2 megapixel digital camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy
I started out with a s200 6 months back, only after doing extensive research on available small digital cameras. Small size was most important to me as I had been using a SLR full size before this, and found that for the money i had spent on that camera, it was not being used to its fullest potential- simply because it is not the type of camera for the amateur photographer- too large and not practical.

The elph range seemed the most appealing, especially when considering the features. My only gripe at the time was that it was without a higher MP range.
As soon as i found out the s230 had come out, it was certain that this was the upgrade i wanted. The Elph is a fantastic package, with its small size and solid build being its greatest advantages (among so many others). As most other reviewers have stated, it has a rather weak flash, and its low-light pictures aren't as good (as with the s200)- but its when those quick "point-and-shoot" moments come along that this camera shines its brightest. There's no fidgeting, and no long start up. Just turn it on and take the picture.
Now, if only Canon can squeeze a higher optical zoom into this little wizard.....!

Strongly recommend this camera for the amateur/start up digital photographer. Many moments of photographic fun guaranteed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest little camera!!!
What a work horse, plus the great size, just fits in my shirt pocket. Battery life is outstanding, but get a backup, plus this one uses compact flash so I was able to get the Sandisk II 512meg CF card also at Amazon for about $100. It's so good I bought a camera for everyone in my family.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
I got this camera after looking around and comparing it with others. I'm glad I decided to go with the S230 for many reasons.

Pro's
Small and can fit in your pocket, great quality pictures, excellent movie mode with sound, comes with battery and charger, not complicated to use, all around excellent camera, and again the 3.2MP makes the pictures very pleasing to the eye.

Con's
Zoom isnt the best buts its alright, it takes good pictures when its dark out but you have to edit with a program such as photoshop to make it brighter. These cons should no way bother you much and should not deter you to buy this camera.

I suggest you buy a viking 256MB memory chip because the one that comes with it will leave you able to only take a few pics. With the 256MB chip you take long videos and take well over 1200 pictures. All in all excellent camera and as usual amazons shipped it fast and got the camera in a few days after making the order. I look forward to buy from amazon and cannon again.

5-0 out of 5 stars compact, strong, and powerful all in one
I purchased this powershot s230 from Amazon in Dec 03. Before the ordering I did certain amount of research and had experience with a powershot s200. After 2 months of using, I feel that my decision was definitely right. Because:
1. The 3.2 MP is sufficient for most of daily photo need, either regular 4 by 6 in, or enlargment to 8 by 11 in. I persoanly don't see any necessaty of having a too high MP camera.
2. Extremely compact and strong. This camera has a size smaller than a cigarette pack; and realy stainless steel case. It can be easily put in your pocket and bring anythere, and don't worry about the possible scratches and pressure.
3. Long standing rechargable battery which can at least take 100 flash shots. this is a great advantage over those using AA batteries.
4. Movie with sound, resolution up to 640X480! you check this, Even the s400, s40, s50 don't have such a high movie quality. Plus instant play back on TV, compete with a camcorder.
5. It is peace in mind shopping at Amazon. I enjoyed timely, free shipping, confirmations of every step from order to shipping.
6. the only short coming of the s230 is the software.It seems too complicated. ... Read more


24. Canon PowerShot A300 3.2MP Digital Camera with 5.1x Digital Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00008OE43
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 363
Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Canon PowerShot A300 offers the entry level solution to digital camera users new to the field. Packed with a host of features and a 3.2 mega pixel CCD sensor, this little camera produces great pictures.

Like Olympus digital cameras, the camera is turned on via a sliding lens protector at the front that forces the camera into life. Two AA batteries and the CompactFlash compartment are housed behind a sturdy door that will easy take a beating over the lifespan of the camera without snapping or falling apart. The other side the camera offers a DC and USB port, but unfortunately no video-out to watch your pictures on the TV.

On the rear of the camera, the user is offered a 1.5" TFT screen that is sharp and responsive to changing lights and focuses, as well as, a host of buttons - most of which are self explanatory and you can easily access flash modes, picture review and other options like this without having to plough through plenty of menus.

The camera offers a 33mm f3.6 fixed focal length lens with a 5.1 digital zoom option that offers the equivalent of a 33mm - 168mm lens in a 35mm camera. This combined with shutter speed range of 1-1/2000 sec and ISO ratings of 50 - 400 and a range of pre-programmed settings to cope with landscapes and portrait shooting makes for a nice little camera for beginners. For the more adventurous there is a macro mode up to 5cm, as well as, the option to record up to 3 minutes of movie clips with sound.

For an auto focus fixed lens camera with a digital zoom the quality is quite good. Detail is captured well and greens are differential when it comes to photographing landscapes. The digital zoom is useful for getting into the action, but should not be replied upon for crisp images. Overall as a starter's camera this is an okay place to start. If you are starting out and need a camera that will get you going, this is as good a place as any to start, just don't expect the world. --Jason Denwood, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Features

  • 3.2 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 5.1x digital zoom
  • Up to 3 minutes of video with sound
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I cards; 16 MB card included
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (74)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but a great value for the price.
The jury is still out on this one. I purchased this with high expectations of Canon's experience and reputation for digital cameras. I grew up in a family of professional photographers so I am fussy.

PROS:
1) You can't beat the price considering this is 3.2 megapixel camera.
2) Picture quality is excellent.
3) This can take short movies, with sound. Again, excellent quality.

CONS:
1) No optical zoom. The 5.1x digital zoom is fine if that's what you want. However, there is a huge difference. If zooming is not important to you, then this is fine.
2) The button choosing between still pictures and the movie setting is a hair trigger and can be easily shifted by accident. Both my father and I inadvertently took movies when we wanted to take stills. We didn't know it until we downloaded the images.
3) Buy stock in a battery company. At least you'll get some of your money back in dividends when you become the company's best customer. Digitals consume batteries like water, but this one devours batteries like Niagara Falls. In fact, this is probably the single biggest limitation of this camera. Getting a rechargeable package is the way to go, and you'll be using it a lot. Also, be careful of battery consumption when connected to the computer -- it's a killer.
4) The instructions in the manual, and the controls on the camera itself, are very complicated. Plan to spend a lot of time reading the manual over and over again, and practicing with the camera to get the hang of things. This is far from a "take it out of the box and start taking pictures" kind of camera. The function and display controls on the camera are, in my opinion, very frustrating. If you have patience and can spend some time concentrating and practicing, you can master it.

All in all, while you may never use half of the cameras capabilities (either because you don't need them, or will never understand how to use them), you can take great pictures. The primary decision making factor here is price. Why spend $500 when you can get this camera for less than half?

3-0 out of 5 stars Absolute beginners, step right up!
We got this camera as a Christmas gift so for the price WE paid it's great, but I would never have bought this camera!

What good is paying $159 for a camera that is only half decent AFTER you pay $100 for 128mb card and $50 for a battery charger and 4 batteries?

Sure, the camera takes fine pictures in good light with little or no digital zoom, so it's great for parties or close range, if that's what you need.

I took the camera on a trip to Europe and was sooooo disappointed with the battery consumption. I was forced to buy batteries in all the most tourist-trap places, three times a day, for top dollar! Then, the enemic memory card it came with filled up in one day, so I had to buy a bigger card in an equally tourist-trap store. And yes, I bought a battery recharger on my trip as well. How much does my entry-level $159 camera cost now????

And just a word about digital zoom. NEVER use digital zoom if optical zoom in available, and NEVER buy a camera that has didn't bother including ANY optical zoom!

Save up a little money and buy yourself a better camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Entry Camera
I bought this camera as a spare for taking pictures while on vacation. It is nothing like my 10D or Pro 1, but I only paid $150 for the A300. The pictures are very decent, and much better then most, if not all cameras in this price range and class. Simple to use, readily availble AA batteries, and it shares the same Compact Flash cards with my other cameras.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not happy
It takes good pictures, but I have absolutely no patience for this camera . . . it eats up batteries like CRAZY (I think one time a set of batteries ran out only after TEN minutes, ahhh!!). The other issue I had with it was that it takes FOREVER to snap a picture . . . everybody is sitting there smiling and waiting for the picture to take, and IT DOESN'T SNAP! I discovered quickly that I must be an impatient person, because I just don't have the time or money (on tons of batteries) to deal with this camera. I'm actually going to try to sell it on ebay or something, because it's in perfect condition, but yet I can't return it to the store anymore (anybody want to buy it?). I usually only buy canon and think it's an excellent brand and have some really nice higher-end cameras, but I just don't like this one very much and can't wait to get a different one . . .

2-0 out of 5 stars Nothing past 20 feet
I wasn't expecting a lot from this camera, but I've been disappointed with two aspects of it. Even with a higher resolution setting, I couldn't get sharp pictures indoors from more than 20 feet away. I've also found the controls slower and more complicated than most other digitals I've owned. I wish I had put this money towards a higher-quality camera (which I ended up doing anyway). ... Read more


25. Canon PowerShot S400 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $449.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008OE6I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 393
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Canon's PowerShot range of cameras has always been strong, and the PowerShot 400 continues that tradition. The 4 Megapixel Canon PowerShot S400 digital camera is capable of taking still images at 2,272 x 1,704 pixels--enough for a good quality A4 print. Resolutions go down to 640 x 480 for images you might only want to look at digitally. You can also capture video at 320 x 240 and 160 x 120 pixels.

The camera is very small indeed--smaller than earlier PowerShot models, and is easily pocket sized. There is what at first might seem a bewildering array of buttons around the casing, but in fact these provide excellent one-button-press access to most of the most used features, such as the 3x optical zoom which goes up to 11x when combined with digital zoom features, the macro mode, settings for the flash and self timer. For more advanced features like changing the shutter speed, which it is great to be able to do on a digital camera; you do need to delve into the LED a little further, though.

Images are stored on CompactFlash card--the largest image can be a couple of MB in size so you'll need to think big when it comes to CF card size with this camera. The battery is removable, and a spare to carry in the pocket might be a good idea.

Canon supplies a range of desktop software for viewing, editing and making use of your digital images. As with previous PowerShot cameras, one of the tools works with the Stitch Assist mode on the camera itself in the production of panorama shots. Digital cameras get more advanced all the time, but we dare to say that the PowerShot S400 is probably the best pocket sized digital camera we've seen. --Sandra Vogel, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Features

  • 4.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical zoom and 3.6x digital zoom (10.8x total)
  • Stainless steel shell; up to 3 minutes of video with sound
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I cards; 32 MB card included
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-1LH ); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (190)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Velue Period - Ultra compact digital camera
... this camera is the best compact digital on the market.

Sure, there are 5 megapixel compact cameras out now, but the cost is still too high. 4mp resolution makes great 8x10 prints, and lab-quality at 4x6 and 5x7.

The combination if its tiny size, beautiful results, and stylish design is unbeatable at the current prices. I take it everywhere and hardly notice it. It's like carrying a deck of cards in my pocket. Most good hi-res digital cameras are much bulkier.

Compact Flash memory is really, really cheap now. Buy a 512mb card and never worry about storage.

3X optical zoom is wonderful.

If you don't have a digital camera, or want a top-quality unit, you really owe it to yourself to check out the S400.

Auto white balance, auto exposure, and auto focus help the least savvy technophobes take outstanding photos.

Flash is surprisingly effective in dark rooms.

Lithium-ion battery lasts a long time and charges quickly. Who needs rechargable AA batteries when this battery is so good? Prices on Canon batteries are also down, so buy a spare.

The video out cable is nice for previewing pictures on a TV, but I usually use the computer for viewing photos.

Bundled software does the basic image editing. You'll want to go with Photoshop Elements 2 or Paint Shop Pro ... for serious editing and enhanced capabilities.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fast 4 megapixel wonder!
After extensive research on the web ...I chose to upgrade my Canon S20 to a Canon S400. In someways, this was a step down. Unfortunately, the S400 does not support verticle alignment of it's panoramic "stitch assist" mode as they do on the S40, S45, S50 and other higher priced models. I found this feature on the S20 to be very useful in capturing more image (greater resolution and consistant panning) when stitching photos together to make a panoramic photo. Also, the S400 does not support the higher resolution movie mode of 640 x 320, as some digital cameras support. Hopefully, Canon will address these feature shortfalls with a firmware upgrade in the near future. As mentioned in a number of reviews, the S400's flash is miniscule and thus is somewhat inadequate to light wide distant shots.

Canon has improved the intelligence of the powershot digital line. Specifically in the S400 the Digic processing makes for fast picture taking and viewing. The size of the S400 is grand. It does fit in a pocket and powers up so quickly, you may never miss another shot with this camera (keeping in mind to charge your battery and have enough flash memory for the moment!!!).

The bottom line... the Canon S400 is compact, sturdy, and fast. If you are looking for a very small 4 megapixel camera with nice even colors, low levels of distortion, a basic movie capture mode, fast memory writing and reading, the S400 is a current top pick. However, if you are looking for lots of manual control, vertical "photo stitching," and more pixels try the S50.

One note if considering the S45 or S50 cameras, play with the navigation buttons before purchasing the unit; I have found the navigation to be somewhat clumsy in-which it is easy to hit "enter" when trying to navigate "up" or "down," or hit "up" when trying to "enter."

5-0 out of 5 stars It might be your memory cards
Not all memory cards work well with all cameras. I tried to use a Viking card with my Canon s230, and got the E18 error mentioned here. As soon as I swapped my SanDisk back in, the problem was gone forever. I think sending the memory card back was a much better and cheaper solution than ditching an excellent camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ideal size and function
I bought this a few months ago and wanted to wait until I had used it sufficiently. It's great. Whether alone in your pocket or inside the thin leather case (the Canon velcro one is nice), it takes up as much space as a pack of cigarettes or a thick wallet. Super easy to take out, turn on, point, shoot, turn off, and put back in your pocket, all in under 30 seconds. I've taken it on several trips including London where it was great to not look like a tourist, lugging a neckstrapped telephoto around town. And it couldn't be easier to get them onto your PC. I love it and wish I'd bought it sooner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera
This is a beautiful small camera that takes great pictures and has all the feautures most of us photo snappers need. The dials are fairly intuitive to use and the 3X zoom comes in handy. The negative is that battery life is relatively short. I would recommend a spare battery to be able to keep shooting if the battery runs out. Also, now that the price of the CF memory chip has decreased a great deal, I would recommend at least a 256 mB memory card. ... Read more


26. Pentax Optio S 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Pentax
list price: $369.99
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Asin: B000087HWM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 1223
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: March 2003.The world’s smallest 3.2-megapixel, 3x optical zoom camera.

The Pentax OptioS is so small it can fit into an empty mints tin. Smaller than the size of an average credit or business card and just over .75 inches thick, the OptioS boasts a high-quality 3.2-megapixel resolution and a 3x optical zoom lens in a sleekly designed, tough aluminum-alloy body. A new "sliding lens" system allows this lens to move up, away, and lie fully flush with the camera frame to protect the lens and allow for the camera’s tiny dimensions.

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 3.2-megapixel CCD sensor, the OptioS delivers images up to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and prints up to 11 by 14 inches. The zooming capacity of the lenses is augmented with 2x digital zooming, which offers smooth operation and realizes a combined zooming power of 6x zoom. It features a focal range of 5.8-17.4mm (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography) and maximum aperture of f2.6-f4.8.

Storage and Transfer
Images can be stored in the internal 11 MB memory or on optional Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMediaCards (MMC). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB storage-class connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the OptioS can also record movie clips of up to 30 seconds with audio at 12 frames per second. The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

More Features
The OptioS has been specially designed with audio recording capability rivaling the abilities of standalone audio recording devices. This can be exceptionally handy for recording important information in meetings. An index can be added during recording for easy playback.

  • Shooting modes: program, picture mode, night scene, movie, panorama assist, 3-D image, digital filter, user
  • Picture modes: landscape, flower, portrait, self-portrait, surf and snow, autumn color, sunset
  • White balance control: TTL auto, preset, custom white balance
  • Autofocus: 7-point AF, spot AF, and infinity landscape mode
  • 1.6-inch color TFT LCD screen with histogram display

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included). It measures 3.3 by 2.0 by 0.8 inches and weighs 4.1 ounces. This package includes the OptioS digital camera, battery and battery charger, USB and AV cables, hand strap, and CD-ROM with image software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • Tiny digital camera, small enough to fit into mints tin
  • 3.2 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical plus 2x digital (6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Store images on 11 MB internal memory; compatible with Secure Digital/MMC cards
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port; rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery included

Reviews (67)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing Macros!
Just got the Pentax Optio S. with a leather carrying case. 256MB SD and extra battery on their way.

I like cameras that are small and light enough that it's not a hassle to carry everywhere, yet still have sufficient bells and whistles that I can take great pictures under any circumstance. Overall, very pleased with this camera.

Pros:

1. Great Macro settings - There are Macro and Super Macro settings. The regular macro setting can take good photos upto about a foot away. But the super macro can get as close as 2.5 inches and when shot at the highest resolution and best image setting, the details are amazing (note: flash unavailable in the S-Macro mode).

2. Size - I also have a Canon S200 and the Optio is much smaller and lighter in comparison. The Canon feels bulky now. I have a Pentax leather case for the Optio S and the whole thing fits inside the Canon leather case (PSC-100 - discontinued). When worn on my belt, I don't notice that it's there.

3. Manual Focus - great for low light situations where the camera sensors have difficulty getting a focus lock.

4. Audio functions - You can add sound recording (voice memo) to annotate each picture. And you can listen to the playback on the built in speaker. You can also turn on just the audio recording (lens remains retracted) so that you can use it for short voice recordings.

5. Battery meter - Finally, someone added this feature to a camera in this category!!

6. Pentax leather belt case (PTLX-40) - very snug fit, zippered main compartment and a vecro closed, accordion style, outer pocket (very nice and expandable, unlike my Canon case) for extra battery, SD cards, Altoids, etc.

7. Flexible battery cover - someone dropped my Canon S200 and the CF cover latch broke off (easily replaced but still a pain). The battery cover is attached (somewhat loosely) via an elastic polymer so that in case of an accident, the cover is less likely to break off. While some people might think this is flimsy design, I believe it will actually keep the battery/SD card cover from breaking off on impact (you may have other worries in that case anyway).

8. Long neck strap - you can hang the camera from your neck and you will hardly notice that it's there because it's so light.

9. Loaded with features - Ability to save configurations so that the camera returns to previous settings (such as zoom, flash, EV, resolution, etc.) when turned back on, ability to assign a custom function to the controller button. Ability to edit image size. Panorama stitching. 3D pictures with included 3D viewer. Instant review setting variable in 1 second increments (my S200 has only 2 or 10 second presets). User adjustable focusing area. Just too many to list that I have not had a chance to try yet.

Cons:

1. If you have large hands, even fat fingers, the controller can be difficult to use. I have a medium sized thumb and I had to practice a while to keep from accidentally rocking the 4-way controller in the wrong direction.

2. Battery life seems somewhat short but that may have been due to my taking a lot of indoor flash pictures. Definitely need a second battery (as with most other digital cameras in this category).

3. PC/AV (USB) connector port is a bit difficult to plug into because there is a rubber cover/cap that gets in the way.

4. Small size - one of its best features but handing such a small object also takes a little getting used to.

5. Focusing option is somewhat limited (spot or multi metering) compared to newer Canons. Movable focusing center is an interesting feature but not very practical to use in the field.

Update:

1.5 months later... Still very happy with the little camera. While shopping for an engagement ring, I took many super macro shots of rings on my fiance's finger and it really helped to be able to review the close-up appearances, styles and details of each ring. (FYI, every jeweler I asked said it was okay to take the photos of the jewelry we were interested in.)

The 256MB SD card can hold about 124 pictures in the best quality highest resolution mode. Battery life was similar to my Canon depending on usage, about an hour of continuous shooting (I have a second battery and a second 256MB SD card that fit inside the pouch on the camera case).

I have used the audio recorder only mode (lens stays retracted) a few times to record memos to myself and it proved to be quite useful.

I really like being able to wear the camera strap on my neck because it provides ready access during a hike and is very light (you barely feel the weight of the camera hanging from your neck).

If you can find/get the Pentax soft leather case, it's the perfect case to hold this camera, a spare battery plus a few SD cards. You can wear it on your belt or in your front jean pocket (comfortable if you have loose/baggy pants).

I still have not explored the multitude of other special features but most of those (3D stereo, panorama, special filters, etc.) are not something I would use on a regular basis. They may be useful for some creative projects later on.

Update 10/10/2003:

I used the audio memo function of the Optio S while looking for rental housing. I took pictures of the places, of rooms and neighborhoods. It was very handy to make a voice memo for each picture of the rental units to remind myself later of any special features of each place, including rent+deposit, number of rooms, pets, floor style, utilities, impressions, etc.

This is the only camera I use for all my digital imaging needs.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Great Optio S
I have owned several other digital camera's in the past (Kodak and Fuji) and none even come close to comparing with the Pentax Optio S. I recently purchased the Optio S for a trip to the Greek Isles. I was a bit skeptical if such a small camera could deliver overall performance. The Optio S is fantastic. The battery life is great ( I bought an extra battery anticipating a short battery life...two batteries is almost overkill) and the SD media cards are super convenient. Just a quick switch and you have the ability to take up to 124 pictures on the highest picture quality setting. The little camera also takes video. It's not the greatest video, but it's good enough to show friends and family. The best feature about the camera is it's size...you can take it anywhere and almost forget about it, except when you want to take a picture. I get better pictures now because I take more pictures when it counts. My only complaint is that on top of the camera where the on/off switch is located, some of the markings (ON/OFF) are wearing off slightly. Nothing severe especially after the abuse I have given it. I highly recommend the Pentax Optio S digital camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Altoid?
The Pentax Optio S contains a lot of features for its size. Small enough to fit inside my Altoids container, the Optio S sports a 1.5" screen that is clear and easy to see. The buttons are big enough for human fingers (unlike some others that I have viewed...) and they are clearly labeled. The menu is easily readable and easy to use. There are almost too many different options for this small camera its stunning.

PLUS-SIDE:
The Optio sports different color schemes including blue, red, purple, yellow, black & white, and sepia (my fav.) in addition to a few others.
It offers 3x optical zoom, which I was personally impressed by exactly how far it can zoom in. It has an adjustable flash option for any lighting. The Optio takes pictures in four different pixel measurements. Its video card is usually cheaper than any other card (and holds the same). Its movie capability is spectacular for any digital camera. Its computer software is easy to use, including options such as downloading, uploading, and sychronizing.
Some features it contains are Self-Portrait, Night-time Photos, Movie Filmer, Stretching (distorting the pictures, sometimes this can give an unusual effect to those who desire it), a 3D option with included 3D glasses, the aforementioned colors and many, many other variations. Lighting can also be specified.

DOWN-SIDE
Shutter-speed. It's shutter lag is very annoying, and can drive anyone nuts. For me, shutter speed is a small consequence for such a stunning machine, but the lag can immediately turn anyone away, so buy carefully.
Internal memory. Without the card, the Optio has a pathetic 11mb storage--or about 10 pictures at high quality.
Battery length. This is what almost crossed the camera off my list. At full length, this battery can last anywhere from 1-4 hours. It's been a heartbreak on some instances when I could not take anymore pictures. One has to recharge it for about 3-6 hours just to get 1-2 hours of decent camera usage. Unpleasant.

OVERALL:
Like any camera, it has its setbacks. But for this $300- miniature super-camera, I think it is worth it above others. Its inexpensiveness and its eclectic of features makes it a must-buy for camera-lovers or family members. Its perfect for that summer getaway to Rome or that Winter break in Colorado with the extended family.

4-0 out of 5 stars USED FOR YEARS!
okay, when i bought this camera, all i wanted was a nice macro, easy point and shoot camera with a "cool factor" im a teenager, and so that's obviously important to me. i bought it for 350, and sadly the price has dropped down to 200 now.

through the years i've used this, my ONLY complaints are the slow recording speed: it takes a while for the image to be captured from the time u press the shutter; and the grainy image in low light situations. otherwise, the camrea is great, beats the Casio exillim in almost every way other than LCD.

the macros are WONDERFUL all my photography classmates ask if i use a 5mp camera or a film camera and scanned it in.

I LOVE MY OPTIO S

3-0 out of 5 stars Beware warranty service
I have had this camera for over 6 mos and have been happy with the small size and the picture quality. It has a great macro lens for closeups of flowers etc. I did find that the flash is marginal, but the camera was designed as a small, easy to carry camera. That is where I have now had problems. It is apparently fairly fragile for a camera designed for active use. Several other reviewers have commented on the lack of warranty service by Pentax. My display button quit working, and when I sent the camera in they blamed it on moisture and would not repair. I checked with several camera stores and, according to them, most of the Warranties from most companies are very poor. If you plan on using this camera for hiking, bicycling or general travel be very careful, because if ANYTHING happens it will NOT be covered by warranty. The 4 megapixel model may be better, or you may want to go to the small camera of another company. I will not purchase another Pentax. If you buy a camera for active use, you may want to consider an extended warranty such as that offered by Best Buy. ... Read more


27. Konica Minolta Dimage S414 4MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom
by Konica Minolta

(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008I8OP
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 276
Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The new Minolta Dimage S414 combines high-quality images with automatic features that are ideal for novice users as well as more advanced photo enthusiasts. The stylish Dimage S414 offers a 4-megapixel resolution for prints beyond 11 by 14 inches, a 4x optical zoom, built-in flash, video recording capability, and Compact Flash card compatibility.

Optics and Resolution
The Minolta Dimage S414's high-precision electro-optical system is built around a 4.1-megapixel interline primary-color CCD with 4 million effective pixels. The built-in Minolta GT lens is a versatile apochromatic 4x zoom with anomalous dispersion (AD) glass for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements which, combined with a 2.2x digital zoom, provides an 8.8x total zoom. The optical zoom lens range is from 7.15-28.6mm, equivalent to 35-140mm in 35mm photography; with the addition of digital zoom, range is equivalent to 35-308mm in 35mm.

With Minolta's Focus Area Selection feature, photographers can move the focusing point to single out a specific subject from a number of objects at varying distances. The Dimage S414 can also be manually focused for more creative control and features multisegment and spot metering. Multisegment metering uses 270 segments to determine exposure. Three exposure modes are available: program, aperture priority, and manual.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on CompactFlash memory cards. The included 16 MB card can store approximately 11 images at the highest standard setting (2,272 x 1,704). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB storage-class connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the Dimage S414 is capable of recording up to 60 seconds of video with sound at 15 frames per second and at 320 x 240 pixels.

More Features
The 1.8-inch LCD monitor displays active camera settings, exposure information, and warnings. The Dimage S414 also offers the addition of grid and scale displays for improved composition. The Digital Subject Programs feature optimizes camera's exposure, white balance, and image-processing controls for specific scenes and subject, and includes six settings: macro, portrait, landscape, night portrait, text, and text and macro (for small text and line art).

Other features include:

  • Continuous recording ofstill images at a rate of approximately 1.6 frames per second
  • Five color mode options: natural color, vivid color, black and white, sepia, and solarization
  • Four preset white-balance settings: daylight, cloudy, tungsten, and fluorescent
  • Real-time histogram shows the luminance distribution of the image before it is captured
  • 10-second self-timer

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by four AA batteries (alkalines included; rechargeable NiMH batteries recommended). It measures 4.5 by 2.5 by 2.3 inches and weighs 11.8 ounces. This package includes the Dimage S414 digital camera, four AA alkaline batteries, 16 MB CompactFlash card, USB and AV cables, neck strap, lens cap, and Dimage Software and Viewer CD-ROM and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 4.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14 and medium-quality poster-size prints
  • 4x optical plus 2.2x digital (8.8x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Capture interval time of 0.8 seconds and continuous advance speed of 1.3 frames per second
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash memory card holds 11 images at 2272 x 1704 HQ setting
  • Powered by 4 AA batteries (alkalines included); connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (63)

5-0 out of 5 stars Digicamaphobia: Cured! Minolta s414
I researched digital cameras for several months to find THE one for me, a digicamaphobe. THE camera is - the does it all AND at a reasonbable price - Minolta s414.

I considered Canons, the G2, the Elph s230, various Olympus cams, and the easy,cheesy Sony. The elph was easy to use, but small, awkward, and distance shots were blurry and pixilated. I tried a friend's Olympus, but it was kind of complicated for me, downloading seemed a pain...My sis emailed me Sony pics she took, but the quality wasn't there...In April, while shopping, a friend pointed out the Minolta s414, 4 megapixels and 4 times zoom with movie and sound. So, I researched it...From reviews and info about the s414 I learned it was truly awesome with options galore. Additionally it was considered "user friendly"... I showed my boyfriend the info I'd found...An amateur photographer, he'd had never thought digicams could produce the quality of his NIKON, but he was impressed with the research I showed him; so he bought one. He was immediately blown away with the quality from the moment he started using it. His first macro shot of flowers with the s414 convinced him to set aside his Nikon. Then he had me try he camera...and had trouble wresting it away from me, because the Minolta s414 REALLY IS USER FRIENDLY.

I had to have the s414, and we went to buy mine...In addition to "user friendly", we found "sold out" at three stores... At the fourth stop, we bought the demo... along with rechargeable batteries, a 256 picture card and card reader...

Sunday, June 8, armed with our s414s, my boyfriend and I went to a dance recital and took some stupendous pictures in sepia and black and white as well as color ...EASY. ..After downloading the pics, we were amazed as we zoomed in on an eye to see the outline of my daughter taking the picture was reflected in the pupil!!! I took 100 pictures and made three quick films, plus reviewed and downloaded the pics before needing to recharge the batteries...Now how awesome is that? This camera RULES...

4-0 out of 5 stars good value
I bought 3 sets of panasonic rechargeable batteries (1950 mA) from the local warehouse store and they lasted most of a day. They are an affordable alternative to the monster rechargeable batteries mentioned in other reviews and it seems that 2 sets would have been enough. I bought a 256mb compact flash card and a sandisk usb card reader. For all of you new to digital photography (like I am), the camera is pretty much useless until you have purchased all of these.

I can say that the camera compares well to my Canon Z135 35mm. For a digital camera, it is a bit on the large and heavy side, but I'm ok with that.

I've found the 60 seconds of movie quite useful (in daytime outdoors and bright light only) especially when I saw dolphins in the ocean. I couldn't get a still shot because I never knew when the dolphins would go above water, so at least I was able to get a clip.

Also, I was unable to get a shot in medium light (indoor pool) conditions, (using the flash, the subject was fine, but the background wasn't, without the flash, the background was good, but the subject wasn't, using the fill flash was slightly better) but I'm not sure my Canon would have got the picture any better.

I've found the camera to do very well, for indoor portraits and outdoor (bright sun) landscapes.

I'm not happy with the date stamp feature, because it removes part of the picture (maybe there is a setting to change the way it puts the date stamp?)

I also don't like the way it does red eye reduction. It does 3 flashes, and the third is when the picture is actually taken, but after the first (no matter how many times you tell them) the subject believes that the shot was taken and stops posing.

Digital photography is great for beginners because you can immediately see what you are doing wrong and correct it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great camera for most situations.
I bought this camera because it saved in TIFF format, had 4x optical zoom and uses Compact Flash and the price was reasonable at $200. It came with NiMH batteries and charger which was a surprise. Overall I am very satisfied with this camera and recommend it to all but the very discerning. You get a lot for the buck. There are some drawbacks that are livable to me.
Pros:
1.Saves in TIFF format (I keep the size down, so I get 1 picture per 4MB of card)
2.4x optical zoom (I disabled the digital zoom)
3.Uses inexpensive compact flash
4.Takes quality images in AF and Macro mode.
5.OK batteries useage(I bought 2200mAh which take 80 pictures per charge, more at lower resolution).
Cons:
1.Heavy and bulky.
2.Tripod mount off center.
3.Focus OK indoors, diificult outdoors, resulting in some blurry images in the sun. Shade is not a problemNeeds a focus shade.
4.Overall color OK. could be better.
I use Photoshop to crop and color correct almost every image. I usually don't have to color correct images taken with this camera, like I did with my Kodak 280 so I am very please with that. The Outdoor shots in full sun can be a problem. I bought my daughter a SONY Cyber-shot, 2MP and no zoom. It is a basic camera that is wonderful. Light weight & easy to use, fits in shirt pocket and takes excellent images. It makes a great companion to the Minolta S414.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera, but it East Batteries
This is actually a pretty good camera if you look at the
features. The pictures are awesome, and the zoom is powerful.
I really like the autofocus. It draws a little rectangle
around the item that the camera thinks it should focus on,
so you know before taking the picture. The camera is
sturdily made, chunky, and easy to hold. The price is also
great.

So why do I give it 1 star? This camera eats batteries
like CRAZY! I don't mean it gets annoying after a while,
it gets annoying right away. I tried several good
recharageables, and I still run out of batteries after about
20 pictures. Once the batteries die, the lense won't close.
that's a problem when you're walking around.

As I already stated, the camera itself is great, but the
battery situation is so bad that it makes the camera virtually
useless. I traded mine in for a coolpix 3200, and I'm loving
it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok camera for the price
Pay 199, new. cheapest 4MB and 4x optical I found, so what you get.
I own a Olympus D-380 too (for 2 years). Focus free and 2 MB. Sometimes I prefer the 380, it doesn't eat so fast the batteries.
(but 380 gets sometimes wear little white rounds spots with pictures taken with flash at night, sometime too many).
The Minolta is clean in that way. Heavy camera, good features at menus.
Pictures with flash are fine at night. Pictures at day too blue, not good auto white. Sometimes better do it manual.
CONS:
- eats a lot of baterry
- color quality is not I aspect. much better is Olympus. Color quality is similar to HP products (2002-03) kind of dark.
- most of cons of previews reviewers are true.
PROS
-Price and 4x optical ... Read more


28. Minolta Dimage F300 5.3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Konica Minolta
list price: $749.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000087KY5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 2758
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 5.3 megapixel sensor creates high-resolution images for prints up to poster size
  • 3x optical plus 4x digital (12x total) zoom autofocus lens
  • Complete controls over exposure, color, contrast, saturation, and white balance
  • Includes 32 MB Secure Digital card; connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Package includes four rechargeable NiMH batteries, charger, and case

Reviews (17)

4-0 out of 5 stars solid feature set, 5MP, 3x optical, nice pics.
the minolta dimage f300 is a solid camera but there are a few complaints that lead to this 4 star rating: no AF assist light, noisier images than competition, a slow moving lens, and all but useless TIFF mode (takes too long to save).

pros:
- 5MP resolution and 3X optical zoom.
- good photo quality, very sharp images.
- LCD on top of camera displays essential info (very rare in this camera class) - to be truly useful though, this should have included shutter speed and aperture.
- subject tracking autofocus performs well.
- good color balance.
- full set of manual controls - aperture/shutter priority, manual exposure, manual focus.
- intuitive user interface plus simple menu system.
- wide ISO sensitivity range for a compact (ISO 100 - 800).
- good macro performance.
- solid build quality, aluminium body.
- good shot to shot times.
- selectable AF points, reasonable AF speed.
- tracking AF workings for slow moving high contrast subjects.
- USB connectivity.
- non-proprietary AA batteries used.
- automatic lens cover.
- small and light: 4.4"W x 2.1"H x 1.3"D, weighing 7.8oz.

cons:
- more noise in images than competition.
- no auto focus assist light - makes focusing in low light difficult, if not impossible.
- slow moving lens - over 3 seconds to go from wide to telephoto!
- slow moving lens leads to slow startup time.
- shutter lag is noticeably worse than competition.
- noticeable barrel distortion from lens at wide angle.
- default tonal balance leads to lost shadow detail, clipped highlights.
- no flash power control.
- only TIFF format is supported, if you prefer RAW format, look elsewhere.
- saving a TIFF file means a virtual camera shutdown for about 30 seconds! this is a deal breaker for me.
- metal case scratches easily.
- doors for memory and battery feel flimsy.
- the included 32MB memory card is inadequate; be ready to shell out additional $$ for more memory.

as already mentioned, the f300 is a competent camera that is compact and quite stylish. if you don't plan to use the TIFF mode, the long save time is a non-issue. the shutter lag is troublesome though and the lack of an AF assist light is annoying. nevertheless, this camera has a lot going for it and is worthy of consideration. in the end, i would recommend the canon s50 over this.

i hope this helps your purchasing decision. peace.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid performance, but sluggishness is frustrating
This is my first digital camera after years of using old school film cameras. I purchased it when it first came out, having ready solid review of the F100 which was its predecessor. The F300 is stylish reasonably compact, and it can take regular AA batteries which is very convenient (though I recommend purchasing Powerex rechargeable 2200mAH AA batteries; this camera will drain regular AA batteries with alarming speed). Its feature set is solid--5MP, 3X optical zoom, solid macro performance--and my photos have turned out fairly neutral in color balance.

However, the one thing which frustrates me to no end is how sluggish the camera can feel. Turning the camera on and off leads to a several second wait for the lens to emerge or retract. The lag time when trying to get the lens to go wide or to zoom causes me to overshoot, so framing the subject properly can be an ordeal. The time to get an autofocus lock renders this camera unusable for all but stationery or very slow-moving subjects. And shooting at the highest resolution leads to long waits while the image is written to the memory card. I'm not expecting Nikon or Canon 35mm camera body responsiveness, but the F300's sluggishness removes some of photography's capture-the-moment joy.

I have become addicted to the convenience of previewing and sharing photos with a digital camera, but if I had to do it all over again I'd buy a nimbler 5 megapixel digital camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing outdoor pictures
After doing a ton of research, I found this camera for $300. At the time of purchase, this was a steal. I took the camera to Israel with me and took some unbelievable outdoor pictures.

The manual settings are plentiful (if a bit cumbersome at times), although I find that the automatic setting is still better at figuring out lighting than I am.

The only complaint is for low-light pictures, which have yet to come out too great. However, I think this is a problem in the user and not the camera. Time will tell.

Excellent camera for the price. Very satisfied

3-0 out of 5 stars batteries get sucked up quick
this is a a good camera for the price and takes great pictures, however it will drain batteries super fast. I can only get about 5 pictures out before the batteries are drained. I would suggest buying a different camera. I have spent over $100.00 in just batteries and I have used the camera less than 5 hours. I have owned it for about 7 months but I can not depend on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best for the money
I looked and used a lot of cameras and liked the features of the f300. One main feature is the lcd screen on the top and AA batteries and a sd card all common items. Most of the ones that are supposed to be better don't have this it is all proprietery. Anyway most reviewers are working or being taken care of $$$ by the manufacturer. I would check this one out. I have one and so does my wife. I used 3 of the top rated ones and they just don't touch this one. ... Read more


29. 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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (28)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


31. 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


32. Sony DSCU30 Cybershot 2 MP Digital Camera (Silver)
by Sony
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009X7VE
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 763
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sony Cybershot DSC-U30 digital camera is small and light enough to slip in your pocket for snapping photos wherever you roam. It features a 2-megapixel resolution, fast start-up to capture shots almost instantaneously, and a movie mode. It comes in two other colors: blue and dark gray.

Optics and Resolution
The Cybershot U30 features a 2-megapixel Super HAD (hole accumulation diod) CCD that captures excellent image quality by allowing more light to pass through to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing image noise. It has two resolution modes: high (1632 x 1224) for prints up to 8 x 10 inches, and low (640 x 480) for e-mailing to friends and family. A fixed-focus camera, the Cybershot U30 has no optical or digital zoom.

Movie Mode
In addition to taking still photos, the Cybershot U30 can also record up to 15 seconds of 160 x 112 MPEG video (without audio). The QuickTime Motion JPEG format offers a limited resolution, which is great for capturing a short movie that can be e-mailed to friends and family, but is no replacement for a true camcorder.

More Features
The Cybershot U30 has a fast start-up time of 0.9 seconds, enabling you to capture those important shots that other cameras might miss. The camera includes 5 scene modes (soft snap, illumination snap, twilight, active outdoor, and vivid nature) and pre-flash metering, which illuminates the subject and calculates exposure through the lens directly from the CCD for accurate calculation for a flash-lit shot.

Other features include:

  • 1.0-inch LCD for reviewing shots
  • VGA burst mode captures five 640 x 480 frames
  • Built-in flash with auto, forced on, forced off, and red-eye reduction modes
  • Shutter speed: 1/8 - 1/2000 seconds
  • Picture effects: solarize, black and white, sepia, and negative art
  • Automatic ISO and white balance settings
Storage and Transfer
Images can be stored on the included 8 MB Memory Stick, which can store approximately 15 images at 1632 x 1224 pixels. The Cyber-shot DSC-P92 is also compatible with optional Memory Stick PRO media, which can extend data capacity up to 1 GB.

Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via ultrafast USB 2.0, which means it can be connected to any USB-compatible Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software. When used with USB 1.1 connection, transfer will slow to USB 1.1 rate.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by 2 AAA batteries (rechargeable NiMH batteries included). It measures 3.3 by 1.6 by 1.1 inches and weighs 4.3 ounces (including batteries).

What's In The Box
This package includes the Cybershot DSC-U30 digital camera, 8 MB Memory Stick, neck strap, 2 AAA rechargeable NiMH batteries, battery charger (BC-CS2), and USB cable. The included CD-ROM features Pixela Image Mixer for Sony v1.5 and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 2 megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Small enough to go anywhere; fast start up (0.9 seconds)
  • Built-in flash with red-eye reduction; 1-inch LCD monitor
  • Includes 8 MB Memory Stick; compatible with Memory Stick Pro media
  • Includes rechargeable NiMH AAA batteries and charger; connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Neat camera
As you know this camera is tiny, with well-thought-out ergonomics, and just enough features to ensure decent picture quality. I bought it so my parents can have a simple digital camera to use that wouldn't require them to fiddle with the pictures on a computer afterwards. With resulting picture sizes ranging from 200K to 500K, they can just attach pictures on a e-mail and send them to me without resizing them. I bought a 128MB memory stick along with the camera so they can shoot over 250 pictures without ever having to change memory cards. Simple, easy to use, decent picture quality, it was a perfect choice.

Of course I just couldn't resist playing with this camera before handing it over to my parents.

Ergonomics: A-
With such a small camera, the buttons are necessarily small. But they are well placed and intuitive to use. I was able to figure out about 90% of the camera's capabilities on my own, referring to the manual only for the shooting modes. The camera becomes ready for taking pictures quickly, and the lag between taking pictures is very short due to small file sizes. I've accidentally left the sliding lense cover not fully closed on a few occasions, but this is probably just me. About the only major wish I have is for a larger LCD.

Quality: B+
Lable on the bottom says this thing is made in Japan and it certainly looks and feels like it. Why the B+ rating? Well, the sliding lense cover on my camera feels a loose and floppy. I can rock it back and forth like a see-saw by about 1mm, which is quite a bit of play. I can't help but wonder if my camera is defective, but I can't confirm until I get my hands on another DSCU30. Other than that, everything else is A+ quality.

Picture Quality: C, B+ with consideration
My digital camera is an Olympus C-50Z, a 5.0 megapixle powerhouse packed into a compact body. I am obviously not expecting the DSCU30 to provide similar levels of detail, but I did expect it to provide a decent picture quality otherwise. With pictures taken by both cameras in full automatic mode and resized down to 800x600, the DSCU30's picture was noticeably more washed out with less vibrant colors. Also, strong light sources, such as flash glare on eye glasses, produced large X-star patterns. The pictures were also noticeably grainy in all situations. In all this is very average performance from a 2 megapixle camera. However, given the intended use for this camera, the picture quality is adequate. So for my parents, this camera would probably be more like a B+.

All in all not a bad camera. I would strongly recommend it for anyone who wants a camera that is easy to use at a moments notice. I am sure my parents will love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun stuff!!!
I bought this camera for several reasons...1) I am a gadget junkie, 2) I love digital format cameras, 3) I truly love the portability and compact size so I'll "never miss a shot". This camera rounds out an extensive collection ranging to the top of the line Sony MEGA-pix camera I use for serious shooting... Granted, this midget will do far less than the big guns, but I am very impressed with some of the shots, especially outdoor shots!!! It offers true Sony picture quality and color. I bought the camera especially for a multi-state bike ride where economy of equipment and supplies was a must and I was not disappointed. In fact, on a recent company outing where we had commissioned a professional photographer, we resorted to taking ALL company group shots with my camera when the "pro" didn't show up and noone else in the group had a larger camera. This little puppy did just fine and the result was several high quality outdoor group photos which everyone raved about from such a small camera. And the BEST part of this was, I found a NEW unit on one of the main online auction sites and got it out the cyber door for $125 including shipping (no tax). I equipped my camera with a 128 meg MS and carry a 64 meg as backup (both also purchased off online auction for a fraction of the best store prices!!!) Had I known how satisfied I would be with this camera, I would have gladly paid retail price...but do shop around, whether through Amazon or other online sources, or check out the Sony website for promos!!! THis is a fun camera to own and use!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect!1
This a nice digital camera, it's worth it. The only problem is as well with all the other electronics gadgets, battery life, this itsy bitsy camera eats a lot of them, you will need at least two other sets of rechargable ones. And the red eye option not working very well. I love it

3-0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I wanted
I bought this camera because I just had a baby and I wanted to be able to just throw it in the diaper bag and not miss any cute little thing my new baby did. It's good for that. My two problems are why I only rated this 3 stars. One-it eats up batteries FAST! It's just not convienent to have more batters rolling around a diaper bag. And two-the red eye is horrible. I end up with demon baby every time her eyes are open. Even after I turn the red-eye reduction on. Maybe it's just my camera, I don't know. Most people seem to love this camera. I wish it didn't have that red eye problem. I'd be much happier with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sony has poor customer service
I ordered the camera thru Amazon. I love Amazon, they shipped the order to me right away.

However, the camera sent to me was missing the battery charger. Until I can charge the batteries, the camera will not work. The battery charger is proprietary to this camera, I cannot buy another charger at the store.

Sony customer service is poor. I've called, and emailed to request a replacement immediately. The Sony customer service rep acted as through they were doing me a favor. 3 days later, I still have no replacement, and have a camera which will not work. ... Read more


33. Olympus Camedia C-5050 5MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $759.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006JLOS
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 1816
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Olympus Camedia C-5050 is a monster in terms of performance, compatibility, and unfortunately, price. This 5.0 megapixel camera captures images at some of the highest detail possible in a digital device. It also supports a variety of storage media including CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Microdrive, and XD (it ships with a 32 MB XD card).

The 3x optical zoom lens slides into the black body of the camera when it's turned off. Although this doesn't cut down much on the heft of the 13-ounce Magnesium device, its design still allows it to be easily held in one hand while shooting. Since its powered by four AA batteries, you'll want to pick up some rechargeable ones to save on battery swapping.

Its bright, large 1.8-inch LCD can be viewed easily even in high light environments. It also conveniently detaches from the camera body and swivels out into multiple positions to aid in atypically angled shots (although not through as wide a range as other cameras offering this feature).

All of the controls within this camera are adjustable, including aperture and shutter priority, Panorama, special effects, etc., as well as programmable into a My Mode, letting you customize your most oft-used settings. Captured images were incredibly detailed at the highest resolution of 2560 by 1960 (large enough for printing out at 13 by 17 inches). You can also capture video clips complete with sound with lengths limited only by your storage capacity.

The myriad buttons and dials on the top and back of the camera might prove a bit daunting to the novice digital photographer, although the power and price of this camera will most likely be attracting intermediate or advanced users.

This isn't a camera to get for your kid's sweet sixteen present, but if you're looking for a digital cam with the performance and range of features to compete with a high-end film camera, the C-5050 holds its own. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Lots of features
  • High resolution captures
  • Video with audio

Cons:

  • Pricey and hefty
  • Menus have a learning curve
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Features

  • 5.0 megapixel sensor creates 2500 x 2000 images for high-resolution prints up to poster size
  • 3x optical plus 3.3x digital (10x total) autofocus zoom lens
  • Includes 32 MB XD Picture card--also compatible with SmartMedia, CompactFlash, and Microdrive cards
  • Movie mode captures up to 148 seconds of video with audio
  • Powered by 4 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries (charger included); connects with PCs and Macs via USB port

Reviews (51)

4-0 out of 5 stars From 640 to 2560 px!
My interest in digital photography began with my mother's Sony Mavica FD-75. I began taking photos of flowers in our backyard, but hated lugging around floppy disks wherever I went, and found the bulky body too cumbersome for my delicate subjects.

Following my love of Sony products, I went for the Cyber-Shot P-30, a much more compact version of the previous camera. The MemoryStick media was much more convenient. But after less than a year, my photos were becoming more detailed and 1-2 megapixels just wasn't enough. I was also sick of tossing 9 out of 10 photos because they were out of focus.

I needed something better, something that could focus within an inch and had all the bells and whistles so I could fine-tune before I even shot.

Enter Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom. This camera is totally custimizable, with buttons for most everything and menu functions for the rest. It can focus on a subject while the lens rubs against it, with SuperMacro. And it can handle most of the standard memory media, including the new xD format. It can capture and associate sounds with your images, apply special effects to them, and then save them DPOF format directly to your digital printer. Even more exciting, this one doesn't use interpolation like almost every other digital, so you don't end up with grainy images. When they say 5 megapiexls, they mean it.

My new best friend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Non-SLR digital available on the market!
Typically, digitals have suffered from two major problems. Shutter lag and poor performance in low light situations. The Olympus cameras (particularly this one) suffer none of that. The shutter opens when you push the button which is crucial when your subject is a two year with the attention span of a gnat. Additionally, the f1.8 aperture lens is as good as it gets for a non-slr and consequently this camera does a great job in low light situations. Combine this with the incredible # of features (umpteen shooting modes, you can shoot the shot in Sepia, save to SmartMedia, CompactFlash, & XD picture cards), this is one great camera. I simply could not be more pleased. Finally, if you learn to master a decent photo editor (e.g., photoshop, paint shop pro), you can produce near works of art with this camera that people are willing to part money for. I have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Digital Reincarnation of the OM-1
For more than ten years of mountaineering, running rivers and exploring remote corners of the world, my OM-1 was my constant companion. Although not a professional, I was passionate about photography. In 1990 I was experimenting with low-light color photography. In a cement health clinic in a roadless corner of Nicaragua, my OM-1 suffered a fall and a fatal head injury.
I had bought and experimented with half a dozen cameras since, but none could begin to replace my photographic partner. After only a week with my C5050, I am still learning just how to get the precise image I envision - but already I am capturing wonderful light effects, the color is true, the display almost as good as the SLR. The brilliant optics, the feel of the shutter, the sophisticated but not unfriendly programs and manual override, and the ease of in-camera composition echo this camera's great film predecessors. My beloved OM-1 is reincarnated for the 21st century. I can hardly wait to get back into the wilds.

5-0 out of 5 stars shoots in very low light
I have this camera and the quality of the pictures it takes are astounding.I live in Nashville Tennessee and take alot of pictures of aspiring songwriters when they play in clubs this camera takes great professional photos under stage lighting without a flash.you can hand hold it and still get sharp professional images;even when the lighting is low it still performs well.I have had mine a year and had no trouble with it.I also use it to take astounding outdoor pictures of nature;this camera will make you look like a professional photographer.It takes xd,compactflash,and smartmedia cards and can write images between the xd and smart media slot and the compactflashcard slot.It can shoot from the program mode(good for beginers)and can be used fully manual so you can tweak every setting.I am not a techno geek but I found the menues easy to follow.You can start as a beginner and develope your skill as you learn to use it.you can also shoot two different pictures on one frame which comes in handy when taking pictures for inventory. I have no regrets about buying this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comparibly Better & Cheaper than the E-Series
The C-5050 is one of the best digital cameras out there. The multi-function settings allow for extreme versatility, and the mini-videos are neat when there is no camcorder available (although it would be great if a light was pre-installed for low lighting videos). It's shape & weight makes it look & feel like a regular 35 mm film camera. For those who are looking for a digital camera with manual functions; this is the camera for you. I originally wanted one of the Olympus digital cameras in the E-Series, but after some comparison, I found that the C-5050 has more capability at a much cheaper price. ... Read more


34. Digital Concepts Gear to Go Cyberpix 1.3MP Digital Camera
by Sakar
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0000ZG52W
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sakar
Sales Rank: 606
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 6.3mm fixed focal length lens -- f/2.8 aperture
  • Supports shutter speed between 1/6 and 1/1500 second
  • Maximum sensor resolution -640 x 480 pixels
  • Stores 152 still pictures at VGA resolution
  • Powered by two AAA batteries (not included)

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5-0 out of 5 stars cyberPix digital camera
purchased because I wanted small digital camera to take pictures of things I take apart to fix. Never expected camera to take such clear pictures. I took a picture out of my truck window as i was driving and picture came out awesome. Color reproduction is extremely good and software that came with the camera is many times better than my more expensive larger digital camera. Highly recommended as a take everywhere pocket digital camera. especially like the auto-shut off to save battery life.Easiest download to computer I ever used. Way better than the price would suggest. ... Read more


35. Fujifilm FinePix 2650 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Fujifilm
list price: $274.99
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Asin: B00006IR39
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Fujifilm
Sales Rank: 1028
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The FinePix 2650 proves that entry-level digital cameras don't necessarily have to take mediocre pictures or skimp on the features. Unlike many other cameras at this price, this model offers a limited amount of manual control, with six white balance modes and four different flash modes. Of course, everything can be set to automatic as well, and that's where this camera is in its element.

Offering only 2 megapixels, the FinePix 2650 isn't going to stun you with finely detailed images, but it is perfectly adequate for creating small prints or snapping photos you plan to e-mail or use on a Web site. Its color reproduction is impressive, as the camera doesn't suffer from the supersaturation problems that plague lesser products in this price range. Colors are bright but accurate, and don't "bleed" very much due to compression.

Unfortunately the viewfinder cuts off a surprisingly large part of the final image, making it difficult to frame shots. The excellent LCD on the back of the camera compensates, of course, and for the types of pictures most people will use this camera for it's a minor problem.

Of greater concern is the long interval of image processing after a shot is snapped. The camera churns away compressing and storing an image for up to 8 seconds after each picture, eliminating the possibility of taking shots in quick succession.

Otherwise, the included 16 MB xD-Picture Card is fast during transfers and when images are erased, although users may want to upgrade to a larger card if they plan to stick with high-quality images of 1,600 x 1,200. Despite its few problems, the FinePix 2650 remains an excellent light-duty snapshot camera. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Bright, fast LCD
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Easy to operate

Cons:

  • Slow recovery time after each shot
  • Needs a larger memory card
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Features

  • 2.0 megapixel sensor creates 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • 3x optical plus 2.5x digital zoom lens (for 7.5x total) with autofocus
  • Stores photos on 16 MB XD card--25 images at fine and 39 images at normal
  • Movie mode captures up to 80 seconds of video with no audio
  • Includes 2 AA alkaline batteries (rechargeables recommended); connects to PCs and Macs via USB port

Reviews (154)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fuji FinePix 2650, the way to go
My wife and I decided to get a digital camera.

Because I'm a techno-head Art Director, not just any camera would do and the price had to be right. Plus, it had to be loaded with enough features to justify the purchase. I really wanted at least a 4.0 mega pixel but after discussing it over with my wife, we figured a 2.0 would do exactly what we wanted:

1. Instant digital gratification.
2. Excellent for e-mail shots and iPhoto.
3. The possibility of printing higher res shots.

It takes great color shots right out of the box. Extremely intuitive. The optical zoom eliminates bitmapping (jaggies) when close-up. And the auto-focus mode is idiot proof. It has 5 flash modes for lots of shooting customization. Macro (close-up 3.9" to 2.6') and self-timer photography add to the host of features. White Balance (for light sources), Exposure Compensation and Movie (no sound video) mode round off this great little camera.

Check out the fujifilm.com sight for a great interactive preview. It's what really sold me. The purchase is up to you from there. The only other option in the same category was an Olympus, but the memory card was only 8mb, as was the Sony which only had its body-style going for it.

Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Value priced with top of the line results
I bought my Finepix 2650 before Christmas 2002 so I could have a small camera instead of lugging around my SLR and bags of equipment. I didn't expect great shots from an inexpensive, pocket-sized camera, but WOW, I was truely amazed at the great results. The 2650 blows away my Canon Elan IIe for consistantly good color balance and overall image quality.

Is it the perfect digital camera? No, but it's about the best you'll find in this price range and even among those costing a couple of hundred more. It's packed with features and I've experienced zero problems in the 4 months I've owned it.

Pros:
*Great overall image quality
*Small but not too small
*Good selection of picture modes
*Accurate focus
*MP3 movies (no sound)
*XD picture card
*Good battery life

Cons:
*Menu (you have to surf to find what your looking for and memorize the symbols since it doesn't give text descriptions)
*Somewhat slow shutter speed (set to the equivalent of 100 asa 35mm film)
*Crummy, ad-filled software (if you have XP don't even bother installing it)

After experimenting with several of the modes available, I'm happy to leave it in full-auto which gives great reults for 98% of my shots, indoor and out. I haven't even used my SLR since buying the Fuji. The zoom lense is adequate except for extreme long range shots (but how many people own 500mm lenses for their SLRs anyway?) For anyone who complains about weak flash - the flash is as good as any in a small camera, it won't illuminate a stadium, but it's not meant to.

Last but not least, the XD picture card. Yes it's proprietary and currently only Fuji and Olympus use it. It's extremely fast, amazingly small, works well and is not over-priced compared to other media. I dare-say anyone who has a complaint about proprietary issues hasn't changed an ink cartidge in their printer and probably still uses floppy-discs for their primary data storage.

Great Job Fuji !!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
As mentioned in other reviews, after about six months, the auto focus feature stopped working. At first, we thought the battery was low or we needed a new card. After purchasing a new battery & new card, still the auto focus will not work! Very frustrating! I feel like we've just thrown our money away & we're stuck with a useless camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Camera for the Money
Being someone who just takes pictures for fun, I wanted a digital camera that was little bit more than a point-and-click. This camera offered that. The menu is easy to use and for an amateur, it is very easy to get accustomed to. The pictures come out pretty well. The only thing I wish I had on it would be a stronger zoom but for what it does offer, it's not bad. Uploading the photos from the camera to the computer is very easy also. Again, this camera is great for someone who is looking for digital technology but is not exactly the most camera savvy person.

4-0 out of 5 stars Value for money
pros
This camera produces excellent quality images.
light weight and sturdy

cons
Takes long time to get ready between shots
No video output to TV ... Read more


36. Factory Reconditioned Olympus D-395 3MP Digital Camera with 2.5X Digital Zoom
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0007R2IFQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 3718
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Amazon.com Product Description

Stylish and compact, the Olympus D-395 is an affordable and fun way to enter the world of digital photography. Designed for ease of use without sacrificing photographic quality, the D-395 integrates a bright f2.8 lens and smart picture taking functions for incredible shots with point-and-shoot ease. It also offers a 3.2-megapixel resolution, built-in flash, and automatic exposure, focusing and ISO systems.

Optics and Resolution
The D-395 has a maximum resolution of 3.2 megapixels, good enough for print enlargements up to 11 x 14 inches. It also offers 1024 x 768 (SVGA) and 640 x 480 (VGA) low-resolution modes. The Olympus 2 aspherical glass fixed focus lens has a 33mm equivalent in 35mm photography), and it's constructed of 5 lenses in 4 groups. Get closer to your subject with the 2.5x digital zoom.

Movie Mode
In addition to still images, the C-60 can record video with sound at two resolution modes--320 x 240 (15-second movies) and 160 x 120 (60-second movies)--both at 15 frames per second. Movie length is only limited by the size of your memory card.

More Features
The D-395 boasts four scene programs enabling you to get to grips with any photographic situation. These include Landscape to capture sweeping mountain ranges and Night Scene to shoot after sundown.

  • 1.5-inch 120,000-pixel LCD display with multi-language menu
  • Built-in multi-mode flash (auto for low and backlight, red-eye reduction, fill-in, off)
  • Self-timer with approximate 12-second delay
  • Image effects: black and white, sepia, resize

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on tiny XD memory cards, and a 16 MB card is included with the D-395. You'll be able to store 6 shots of SHQ (or 20 HQ) 2048 x 1536 pixel images on the included card. The D-395 transfers images to Macs and Windows-based PCs via a USB 1.1 connection. The Auto-Connect USB function is designed to connect to almost any computer with a USB port and transfer images quickly, with no additional software to install.

Direct Printing
The D-395 is PictBridge compatible, which enables you to transfer pictures from your digital camera to a compatible printer (such as the Olympus P-10), without a PC or image-editing software. All PictBridge devices share three basic features: camera-to-printer connecting, single-image printing, and uniform error messages (in case something goes wrong).

Power and Size
The camera is powered by 2 AA batteries (alkaline included; NiMH rechargeables recommended). The D-395 measures 4.3 x 2.4 x 1.5 inches (WxHxD) and weighs 5.4 ounces without batteries or recording media.

What's in the Box
This package contains the Olympus D-395 digital camera, 16 MB XD memory card, 2 AA alkaline batteries, wrist strap, USB cable, and CD-ROM with Camedia Master software and Windows drivers. ... Read more

Features

  • Factory reconditioned to like-new condition; includes 90-day warranty
  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 10-by-13-inch enlargements
  • 2.5x digital zoom; Optical viewfinder; PictBridge enabled; 1.5-inch LCD display
  • Store images on xD memory cards
  • Powered by 2 AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable NiMH recommended)

37. Kodak EasyShare CX4230 2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Kodak
list price: $249.99
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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


38. Minolta Dimage E223 2.1MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optcial Zoom
by Minolta
list price: $199.99
our price: $191.99
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Asin: B00008VDX5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Minolta
Sales Rank: 3428
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The affordable, entry-level new Minolta Dimage E223 offers high-quality still images, easy-to-learn operation, and cool features such as digital video with audio, making this the perfect camera for amateur digital photographers. The Dimage E223 also offers a 2.1-megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom, and built-in flash.

Optics and Resolution
Featuring a 2-megapixel CCD sensor, the Dimage E223 delivers image detail up to 1600 x 1200 pixels for print enlargements up to 8 x 10 inches. The 3x optical zoom lens features a nine-element, six-group lens design; the Dimage E223 also offers a 3x digital zoom. With a focal length range of 6.2mm to 18.6mm, the 3x optical zoom is equivalent to a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera. It can range from wide angle for landscapes to telephoto for intimate portraits.

Storage and Transfer
Images can be stored on either the internal 8 MB memory or on optional Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards. Download image files to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, including any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Movie Mode
The Dimage E223 is also capable of recording movie clips up to 60 seconds in length with audio. The 320 x 240 size (QVGA) images can be played back with the camera's color monitor and built-in speaker.

More Features

  • 1.5-inch TFT (transreflective) LCD monitor.
  • Built-in flash with autoflash, autoflash with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, and flash cancel modes.
  • Macro mode for close-up shots to 3.1 inches away from subject.
  • Program modes include macro, portrait, landscape, and night portrait.
Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included; NiMH rechargeables recommended). It measures 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.5 inches and weighs 7.1 ounces. This package includes the Dimage E223 digital camera, 2 AA batteries, USB and A/V cables, hand strap, and Dimage Software and Viewer CD-ROM and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 2.1-megapixel sensor creates 1,600 x 1,200 images for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • 3x optical zoom and 3x digital zoom (for 9x total)
  • Compatible with Secure Digital and MMC memory cards
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included; rechargeable NiMH recommended)
  • Connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for price; room for improvement
The Minolta E223 is my first digital camera. I like it. A few caveats:

The delay between pictures is a long time--especially if you're using flash--between 5 and 10 seconds. It's difficult to take candid photos of toddlers with this much delay.

The construction is cheaper than I'd like. The battery door is a little plastic slide held in place by a plastic nub. The shield over the USB port is a bit of rubber that you peel back. It's not water resistant.

The autofocus seems weak. Much of the time it won't focus, even though the lighting is good and the object is clearly framed within the focus bars. The autofocus on my 10-year old 35 mm camera is much better.

Until you buy additional memory cards, it will store exactly 7 pictures at 1600 X 1200 resolution (adequate for quality 4X6 prints).

The LCD screen is bright and easy-to-read. Given the way it eats batteries, I wish there was an option to dim the screen, but there's not.

It uses the standard "push the button halfway to focus, all the way to shoot" technique. But I end up shooting by mistake when I'm trying to let it focus. I can't tell if the button is too sensitive or it just shoots when the autofocus doesn't work.

I'm a software engineer, and it took me several hours to configure it for Windows 98 Second Edition. (I had to force it to install the msd_.inf drivers from the CD that ships with the camera. I had to install a "USB Mass Storage Device," not the "Dimage Camera" that came up automatically when I plugged it in.) Configuring it for Windows 2000 was a piece of cake.

It ships with batteries and a note that says "Although alkaline batteries are supplied with this product, its performance will be limited. . . ." Expect them to last for half an hour. I bought NiMH batteries and a charger, as the docs recommend, for another $30, and these work much better.

I think the microphone and speaker are unnecessary. (They are there because you can record--get this--23 seconds of low-quality, slow-framerate video under bright conditions. What's the point?)

The optical viewport also seems unnecessary. It's just a pane of glass in the camera body--nothing else. It doesn't even have lines to indicate the edges of the image or the area that the autofocus triggers. You have to use the LCD anyway to see whether or not the autofocus is picking up your image.

All that said, it's an inexpensive digital camera that takes quality photos. It has a great feature that increases the brightness by holding the shutter open longer. I'm happy with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the money
I wanted a basic starter digital camera and I also own a minolta 35mm, so I knew that it would probably be a good buy. It had all the features I needed. It takes good pictures, but of course not as good as my 35mm minolta. The only negative things about it is the startup speed and battery life, which was solved by getting NiMH rechargeable batteries.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compact but extremely fragile
I loved my starter digital camera, once I
figured out the battery situation. That is,
until someone accidentally dropped it.
Needless to say, one short trip (in a
very light carrying case) from waist high
to the kitchen floor, did this camera in
for life. If you buy it, handle it carefully.
Because it is soooo light, it's easy to fumble it. ... Read more


39. Toshiba PDR-M25 2MP Digital Cameraw/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Toshiba
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B000068V0G
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 2979
Average Customer Review: 3.14 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 2.0 megapixel sensor creates 1792 x 1200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • 3x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom for 6x total
  • Included 8 MB SmartMedia card holds 14 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 4 AA-type batteries (alkaline batteries included)

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars A technical powerhouse for its price range.........
Having never used a digital camera previously, I have to say using this camera has been nothing but easy and fun. The photos can be effortlessly transferred to your PC via usb port to JPEG format. The enclosed IMAGE EXPERT software is also very user friendly. While the camera's auto-focus does have some difficulty getting the shot in low (artificial) light settings, the overall results are quite good. For example the outdoor daylight shots without the use of flash are amazing. Also the 3x optical zoom lets you get up to three inches away from your subject for crisp, clear controlled exposures. (This is ideal for internet auctions). The flash gives you the option for red-eye reduction as well. Another really fun feature is having the ability to view your pics via sideshow on your TV set. (This can be used to video tape the pictures onto a VHS tape to mail to friends/ family members who do not have a computer). I strongly suggest picking up the Toshiba PDR-ACM1A AC Adapter (sold separately through Toshiba). This way you needn't worry about drained batteries when transferring images to PC, or while taking photos when at home.) Otherwise, you could just keep a stockpile of alkalines on hand, or pick up a rechargable set of batteries. A great first-time (Macintosh compatible) digital camera!

5-0 out of 5 stars A TECHNICAL POWERHOUSE FOR ITS PRICE RANGE
Having never used a digital camera previously, I have to say using this camera has been nothing but easy and fun. The photos can be effortlessly transferred to your PC via usb port to JPEG format. The enclosed IMAGE EXPERT software is also very user friendly. While the camera's auto-focus does have some difficulty getting the shot in low (artificial) light settings, the overall results are quite good. For example the outdoor daylight shots without the use of flash are amazing. Also the 3x optical zoom lets you get up to three inches away from your subject for crisp, clear controlled exposures. (This is ideal for internet auctions). The flash gives you the option for red-eye reduction as well. Another really fun feature is having the ability to view your pics via sideshow on your TV set. (This can be used to video tape the pictures onto a VHS tape to mail to friends/ family members who do not have a computer). I strongly suggest picking up the Toshiba PDR-ACM1A AC Adapter (sold separately through Toshiba). This way you needn't worry about drained batteries when transferring images to PC, or while taking photos when at home.) Otherwise, you could just keep a stockpile of alkalines on hand, or pick up a rechargable set of batteries. A great first-time (Macintosh compatible) digital camera!

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
This was my first digital camera and I spent my hard earned money on it. Picture quality indoors was very poor, outside was ok. Downloads were easy and fast. Battery life was a joke,it would never be consistant on how long they would last a day or two weeks..I used rechargable ones from the start and had two kinds it never made a difference.
Now after 6 mo the camera will not recognize the charged battery at all.I have tried every thing new batteries 3 kinds and still nothing . So basically I have a useless camera,tech support at Toshiba is worthless and no one will work on the camera around here..they tell me to throw it away and buy something other than Toshiba.Great! Well that finished me with ever buying a Toshiba product again and you can be sure I will tell EVERYONE I know, that they need to look elsewhere for a better company and product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Toshiba PDR 3300 digital camara
Even if it was for free It's not worth your time or money
Battery life is horendous that you will never have a pleasant day taking pictures with this camara. Plus it has some flaky problem that it does not always turn on even if it has battery life left.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst camera and company on the planet
My camera was DOA upon arrival. It never worked from the minute that I opened the factory sealed box.

Toshiba offered to fix it if I mailed it to their service center and waited 4-6 weeks for them to repair it. Yeah, right.

My other option was to buy an identical camera from them and if I mail in this piece of junk they will give me a "discount" on my next purchase. I shouldn't have to PAY MONEY to get a camera replaced that never worked and is supposedly under warranty.

The bottom line is that the product is a piece of junk that never worked. The fact that the repair department has a 4-6 week backlog proves that these cameras are junk.

I will never buy any Toshiba product again in my life. I am very dissapointed with this camera and the way Toshiba treats their customers after the sale is downright insulting. ... Read more


40. Sony DSCP7 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $499.99
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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


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