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41. Sony MVCCD400 CD Mavica 4MP Digital
$129.95 list($199.99)
42. Kodak EasyShare CX4200 2MP Digital
list($299.99)
43. Sony DSCU20 Cyber-shot 2MP Digital
list($599.99)
44. Canon PowerShot S45 4MP Digital
$179.99 list($499.99)
45. Vivitar Vivicam 3825 4MP Digital
list($499.99)
46. HP PhotoSmart 850 4MP Digital
$88.95 list($49.99)
47. SiPix Stylecam Blink II Digital
list($399.99)
48. Kodak EasyShare DX4330 3MP Digital
list($299.99)
49. Pentax Optio 33L 3.2MP Digital
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50. Konica KD-220Z 2MP Digital Camera
Too low to display list($299.99)
51. Samsung Digimax 3500 3.1MP Digital
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52. Canon EOS-1D 4.15MP Digital SLR
list($499.99)
53. Toshiba PDR-M65 3MP Digital Camera
list($299.99)
54. Sony DSCU30/H Cyber-shot 2MP Digital
list($449.99)
55. Canon PowerShot S230 3.2 MP Digital
list($499.99)
56. Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4MP Digital
$999.88 list($1,399.99)
57. SeaLife ReefMaster DC310 Digital
list($699.99)
58. Sony MVCCD250 2MP CD Mavica Digital
list($49.99)
59. SiPix StyleCam Blink Digital Camera
$394.95 list($369.99)
60. Casio Exilim EX-S3 3MP Digital

41. Sony MVCCD400 CD Mavica 4MP Digital Camera w/3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $799.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000066HU9
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2146
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The unique feature of Sony's CD400 Mavica is a built-in mini-CD recorder, a clever solution that simultaneously provides affordable portable memory and long-term archival storage. The camera also features a 4-megapixel sensor, a 3x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, a jumbo 2.5-inch display, and long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Optics and Resolution
The CD400's 4-megapixel sensor captures a tremendous amount of detail, allowing sharp 11-by-14-inch prints with pixels to spare. If you're currently using a high-quality 35mm point-and-shoot, expect to see as much detail in your digital pictures as you currently see in your film photos.

A 3x Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens (34-102mm equivalent) helps you to capture exactly the picture you want, and an additional 2x digital zoom (6x total) further magnifies your image. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly. In low-light situations (a particular weakness for many digital cameras), a focus-assist lamp sends out a small patterned beam to help the camera accurately determine distance.

To save space, there's no traditional optical viewfinder to look through. Instead, to compose your images or review shots you've already taken, the CD400 uses a 2.5-inch color display. The advantage to using the LCD to frame your shots is that the screen lets you see exactly the picture you'll capture. The disadvantage is that you can't turn off the screen and just use the optical viewfinder to extend battery life. Fortunately, the included rechargeable battery holds a relatively good charge.

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

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

Power
The CD400 uses Sony's excellent InfoLithium battery system, which not only holds a respectable charge, but also displays on screen how many minutes of power remain. Both the battery and the charger are included. Because the battery is unique to specific Sony models and can be nearly impossible to find when on the road, we strongly recommend getting a spare if you're planning to take the camera on extended outings.

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

Storage and Transfer
With a traditional digital camera, images are stored on memory cards, then transferred to your computer via a cable or card reader, and ultimately archived by recording on a CD-R or other high-capacity medium. Sony's CD Mavicas simplify this process by recording images directly to CD, using a 3-inch miniature CD recorder integrated into the back of the camera (hence the camera's rounded shape). These discs are substantially smaller than traditional 5-inch CDs, and only hold about one-fourth as much information (156 MB instead of 650 MB), but this is still enough space to store over 60 photos at the camera's highest-quality compressed mode. Each disc costs a couple of dollars. To transfer pictures to your computer, simply remove the disc from the camera and insert it into your computer's CD-ROM drive. Unlike images recorded on memory cards, pictures taken on a CD-R are permanently burned into the disc, instantly providing a digital "negative" for archiving your photos.

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

Size
At 5.5 by 3.75 by 4 inches, and 23 ounces, you won't slip this one into your shirt pocket, but it's still one of the smallest disc-based cameras available. The CD400 fits nicely into most SLR camera carrying cases.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the CD400 camera, NP-FM50 battery, AC-L10 cable for in-camera charging, six 3-inch CD-R discs, one 3-inch re-recordable CD-RW, shoulder strap, AV cable, USB cable, and software on CD.

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

  • 4.1 megapixel sensor creates 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at sizes up to 11 x 14 inches
  • 3x optical Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar zoom lens and 2x digital zoom with 5-area multi-point autofocus
  • Stores images directly on 156 MB 8cm CD-R or CD-RW (rewriteable) discs
  • Discs can be read by virtually all Mac and PC CD-ROM drives(not currently compatible with Apple iPhoto)
  • Uses proprietary Infolithium rechargeable battery (NP-FM50 )

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Man what a camera!
I've used this camera over the past seven months and I become more impressed with it the more I use it. The expanse of capabilities and options with the camera allows for taking excellent pictures under nearly any conditions. The manual as well as the shutter and aperature priority imaging modes allow you complete control over the imaging process. I've taken pictures of everything including northern lights at 2 a.m., my cats in near complete darkness, portrait shots of subjects in dark rooms standing in front of bright windows, and they've all turned out wonderfully. For printing, I've used both my home printer, and a professional photo store, and prints up to 10x12 have turned out perfectly with no degredation at all.

Several recommendations if you buy this camera. Don't waste your money on Sony's cd-r disks. I've used verbatim, memorex and k-hypermedia cd-r with no problem. They're certainly much cheaper, and they all hold 185 MB while the Sony's only hold 156 MB. I would also suggest that you buy the Sony external flash for the camera. While the hot shoe will accept other brands of flash, I've been very impressed with the improvements to my pictures since buying the sony flash. I would also recommend buying a small (3-6") expandable tripod that will fit in any case. This allows you to set up longer exposure shots for dark environments, as well as for using the timer function on less than ideal surfaces.

If you're looking for huge storage (and archive) capabilities, excellent images, and complete control over your picture taking (minues the zoom limitations), then this is certainly the camera for you. Everyday I think it is worth the price I've paid, and with a new baby in the house, being able to take several hundred pictures in the first few days and email the "best-of" off to the grandparents is certainly a plus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Got mine 3 days ago!
It is simply a marvel of technology and represents good value for money considering that it comes complete with a superb long-lasting Lithium-ion battery pack, International 110-240V 50/60Hz charger as standard for when you're travelling (you still have to buy adaptors to fit the sockets in other countries), and 156MB+ storage capacity on the CD-R/ CD-RW for about [price]. The camera and its' extensive features are easy to use after only a few hours of ownership. Slip the 3"CD-R or CD-RW into most CD-ROM drives and immediately access your photos in Windows Explorer without the aggravation of cables and card readers. The only blemish is the meagre 3X optical zoom. For anybody in Europe where this camera sells for about [price] before adding 15 to 20% sales taxes to give an average retail price of about [price] , this camera is an especially great buy.

But the Sony is BIG! OK, it can't be any smaller than the 3" CDs it uses for storage. But somewhere in Sony's system of R&D, having established that they had a superb product concept, nobody then passed on the design to the Sony boffins who specialize in miniaturizing everything. The result is simply that you have a great camera but which is simply GIGANTIC compared to anything else out there!

I should have spent more and bought a Fuji Finepix S602 with a 1GB IBM microdrive. Anybody want to swap?

1-0 out of 5 stars Fragility, portability, durability
As an avid photographer, I wanted a digital camera that had the complicated lense features of a regular SLR without the complications of the various storage disks/cards/drives that plague most other digital cameras. This camera looked like the one. It burns to a mini cd, and therefore the orginal images are available immediately on disc without software or cords. It has mini video functions as well as other high tech possibilities.

Nice idea, but it failed. This camera is still relying on new burning technology, so the camera is still extremely fragile and definately not portable. I've had the camera 10 months and I've had to fix it three times. First the burning lense broke... any slight shake or bump will cause it to go off course, making the entire camera non-usable. As there is no harddrive within the camera, if you cannot burn to cd then you cannot take pictures. Then the photo lense got jammed (over the course of a month--so photos picked up a blur after a little while) and was unable to function, although I was still able to view pictures. After paying to REPLACE both parts (in excess of $150 each) the burning lense broke again after two months.

If you're planning to only take the camera out on special occasions, fine, but if you're planning on doing any sightseeing with it, putting it in a bag and taking it anywhere, it won't hold up.

5-0 out of 5 stars love this camera
This is the best digital camera I have ever used. I have even bought a spare camera (MVC-CD400 it is sitting quietly in its box) just incase I where to ever break it beyond repair ;)

Ya its that Sweet!!!

Brandon

5-0 out of 5 stars what a great gift
This camera was a gift. I don't know much about digital cameras except that whenever I have used one, the pictures always seem very grainy. I never understood why people would use them over regular cameras, except for the online uses. Having said all that, I must now admit that I love this camera. The picture quality is excellent, and I love being able to see my pictures on the computer and choosing which ones I want on paper. My only complaint (minor) is the view screen. When you are outside, it is difficult to see what you are aiming for. ... Read more


42. Kodak EasyShare CX4200 2MP Digital Camera
by Kodak
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006IRUL
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 487
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Get ready to shoot and share with the Kodak EasyShare CX4200 digital camera. The EasyShare CX4200 is designed for people who love to easily share pictures with friends and family. 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 the included software for one-touch photo printing and organizing means that prints and e-mails are only one step away.

The 2-megapixel EasyShare CX4200 is rich with features that deliver quality pictures. The Kodak Retinar all-glass lens also features a 2x digital zoom. 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 EasyShare CX4200, 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 EasyShare CX4200 features an internal 16 MB memory, as well as a slot for optional Secure Digital (SD) MultiMediaCards (MMC). 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
  • 2x digital 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 (41)

4-0 out of 5 stars simple so far
I just got this camera from Amazon. At first, I was nervous. The camera is very small and light -- it felt... cheap. I loaded up the software (Windows 98) without a problem. I was able to take pics the first day, upload them, edit them, and email them. The pictures were really quite good -- I wouldn't consider paying hundreds for more expensive cameras -- it's not worth it. The free 32 MB card (offer from Amazon which might have expired) lets me take about 35 pics at the best quality.
Cons: the LCD screen is really pretty small and the editing software is really basic. But it lets you email people right away and sends them at low resolution so your friends won't have to download gigantic files when they open your email.

I am mostly pleased so far. I did not want to spend big $ and I feel I definitely got my money's worth -- $... for the camera and the free 32 MB secure digital card. Also -- I was able to connect to my TV and view pics there without a problem.

Kodak EasyShare is definitely Easy. I don't have a Dock and won't buy one -- that's just unnecessary.

This is a very good First Camera to buy for those on a budget but want pics that look clean, crisp, and that are easy to take/edit/email.

4-0 out of 5 stars Basic camera but a terrific value
This was my first digital camera, and I was happily snapping pictures 5 minutes out of the box. Menu system is very easy to use, though the controls to do so lack fine control, and you may wind up trying a couple times to select on option, but that's a very minor complaint! The images are fine for email, but as with other reviewers -- printing them out in any size is an exercise in frustration. They're simply not good printed, but for 2mg pixels how much can you ask for? I found the color to be extremely true to life, the flash *more* than adequate for casual pictures, and so far it has handled surprising extremes of lighting very well.

Cons? The camera sucks battery life like a starving vampire! CRV3 batteries are the only thing with any life at all, but at $10 a pop for those, you'll want to be very conscious about turning the camera off when not using it. Do NOT use AA - you'll go through 60 pounds of them inside a week, and camera performance suffers.

Do NOT buy the dock! It's outrageously expensive, and you can transfer pictures with the USB cable provided. The dock is a waste of mnoney.

I recommend this camera because it's the best value for the money spent for a name brand camera at the beginner level. However, if you take a lot of pictures, or want more control - ie filtering, zoom, movies etc -- then you should spend more and move up the pixel ladder to a 4mp. But be prepared to spend *several* hundred more to do so!

1-0 out of 5 stars If it weren't a gift I'd send it back...
Even with the little screen on the back of this camera you can't tell that a picture you've taken is blury. Not to mention it is particularly confusing having a switch on the side to determine whether its in focus for close ups or distance photos. The low megapixels make it impossible to enlarge anything you've cropped to any extent. Finally and probably the worst problem has to do with light. If you are unfortunate enough to have to use the flash, it only lights up the center of the picture often washing out the middle and leaving a circle of darkness around the edge. I was almost broken hearted when I realized there was nothing I could do about this. I imagine that for as much as the gift giver paid...it was probably still too much.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time, money, and review space.
Unless you're a philanthropist or one of those people who just love pain, don't buy this product. My first use went OK; I was able to send the pictures to my computer with little problem. Finding them was an adventure, but with a little computer knowhow (not available with camera) I found them.

Everything since then has been a nightmare.

I can take pictures, but my computer refuses to recognize the camera through the USB cable. Frustrated after several attempts, I bought Kodak's overpriced camera dock. It doesn't even do the initial charging of the batteries! But that's for a review on the dock...

The pictures it did take (both the ones I was able to get to my computer and the ones forever stuck on the camera) were subpar at best. They were fuzzy, and any amount of light (daylight and lack of) won't help this. The included software only helps if you don't use it. Even the wretched Paint software included on every PC is more help to pictures than the Kodak software.

Please, please, spend your hard earned money elsewhere. This product isn't worth any price tag.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this little camera
I bought our CX4200 back in March. We've taken hundreds of photos and are well pleased with it. It's easy to use and the software gave us no problem at all. But the most truly amazing thing about our camera is this - we live in Ohio and visited Dawes Arboretum (a magnificent place) and I accidentally dropped our camera. It hit the ground, rolled down an incline, went off the incline into the lake where it became totally submerged. I jumped in after it and it was dead as a doornail. We removed the Kodak memory card and the batteries, hoping to use them in a different camera. Today, four days after the dunking incident, I put the batteries and the card back in, turned it on and it's working again, just as good as new. The pictures transferred as well as they ever did, and all the camera's functions are working. This camera was under water - it had water inside it, water in the battery compartment, water in the dock connector, water in the viewfinder and fogging up the LCD. A camera repairman offered little hope for it but today, this little camera is alive and well and taking photos. Don't try this with your camera! Just know that Kodak make a quality product, despite what may be said to the contrary. ... Read more


43. Sony DSCU20 Cyber-shot 2MP Digital Camera (Silver)+B2
by Sony
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007E8YT
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1603
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sony has now made capturing spontaneous moments even easier with the diminutive Cyber-shot DSC-U20. Measuring a mere 3.38 by 1.19 by 1.63 inches and weighing just 4 ounces, you can comfortably carry the ultracompact DSC-U20 in your pocket, your purse, or around your neck. Capturing spontaneity is a snap, thanks to its state-of-the-art technology and ease of use. And with its 2-megapixel resolution, you can enlarge photo prints up to 8 by 10 inches.

Optics and Resolution
The DSC-U20 features a 2-megapixel progressive-scan Super HAD CCD sensor--bumped up from the 1.3 megapixels of its sibling, the DSC-U10--which captures images up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels. The DSC-U20 offers a fixed-focus 5mm f2.8 lens (or a 33mm equivalent in a 35mm camera) that has no optical or digital zoom capability. It features a three-area multipoint autofocus and four-step manual focus with automacro.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Memory Sticks, and an 8 MB card is included, which will store approximately 15 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 DSC-U20 can also record MPEG movie clips without audio of up to 15 seconds. 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

  • Fast start-up time and convenient slide-open lens cover
  • One-inch, 64 K pixel transflective LCD viewfinder with battery indicator
  • Built-in flash with through-the-lens (TTL) preflash metering and red-eye reduction
  • VGA burst mode captures up to five 640 x 480 frames at 2 frames per second
  • Selectable soft snap, illumination snap, and nature scene modes
  • Selectable sepia, solarize, black and white, and negative art modes

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by two rechargeable NiMH AAA batteries (included). It measures 3.38 by 1.19 by 1.63 inches and weighs 4 ounces. This package includes the Cyber-shot DSC-U20 digital camera, 8 MB Memory Stick, rechargeable NiMH batteries (model NH-AAA-DI), battery charger (model BC-CS1 NiMH), USB and AV cables, neck strap, and CD-ROM with Pixela ImageMixer for Sony v1.0 imaging software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 2.0 megapixel CCD sensor captures images up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels for prints up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Ultracompact body, weighs just 4 ounces
  • Includes 8 MB Memory Stick
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Powered by two rechargeable NiMH AAA batteries (included)

Reviews (41)

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best electronic purchases I've ever made
I just got this as my first digital camera. I mostly need a camera for when I go out on weekends, and this small size is perfect for my needs. This easily fits into your pocket and is perfect for group pictures with friends at events/clubs/parties/skiing/canoeing/videogameArcade/horseshoe.
I love gadgets, and this is surely one of the best purchases I've made in the electronics department(go get your Samsung s105 phone, handspring treo, t-mobile sidekick, and roomba robovac while you're at it, they'll complete the picture).

Make sure you get the quick recharger starter kit, otherwise you will wait 13 hours for the batteries to recharge (as opposed to 1.5 hours).

Ths picture quality is excellent. Great color saturation. And not like you need more than 2.0 megapixels unless you're some professional photographer (1600x1200 is larger than most desktop resolutions). For the ... price tag, this camera is STILL worth every penny. Just don't expect a ton of features (no zoom, no eyepiece viewfinder)... the price is all justified in the size and sony quality you've come to expect.

Don't install the software that comes with it (Pixela), it's nothing worthwhile. Works flawlessly with Windows XP. GET IT BEFORE YOUR FRIENDS DO !

4-0 out of 5 stars A fun little camera!
The three things I took into consideration when I was shopping for a digital camera was: size, price and picture quality. This camera met all 3 requirements easily.

Size: almost as small as the current crop of cell phones. People couldn't believe how small it was. Personally, it's a little on the thick side so I put it in my pants instead of my shirt pocket.

Price: good value for your money. More features than you'd expect from a sub camera. Comes with its own recharger and NI-MH batteries. About 13 hours to charge it fully.

Picture quality: I was actually quite surprised by the picture quality. Really. It's more than just decent or average, it's good. Movie quality however is terrible. Don't bother with it unless you are outdoors with lots of light. Also, you cannot record sounds.

Bottom line: you'll be glad you gave this camera a shot. Great conversation piece too. Pop in a 128 MB memory stick and you can take up to 244 pictures at 1632x1224! It's just a lot of fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars Major fun camera
I have had it for about a year. It is my constant companion. We ditched 35mm in favor of this baby. Results are not perfect, but for the size & price, it's wonderful. And don't forget that it uses AAA batteries!

Having said all that, I am hoping to get a DSC P92 before our next family vacation...

5-0 out of 5 stars Tough, small, great shots
I took this to Iraq in order to have a camera I could keep with me at all times. For 6 months I lugged it around wherever I went. Despite the lack of a zoom, it took great shots, and with a large (128MB) memory stick, I was able to store many pictures and download them when I had the opportunity. Just what I was looking for!

4-0 out of 5 stars TOOK A LICKIN & KEPT ON CLICKIN!
Though I've not had experience with this U-20, I can comment on its predecessor, the U-10, which is a 1.3 megapixel version of this camera.

When our son in law was deployed to Iraq in Feb. 2003, I wanted to send a digital camera with him. It needed to be very small and lightweight, but also needed to withstand the rigors of life in a fox hole. The Sony Cybershot DCS U-10 really came through! When he returned 8 months later the camera had been dropped many times and had a lot of scratches and dents. It was very dusty and gritty and even the memory card inside felt gritty. I was afraid the data on the memory card wouldn't be readable. But also, the little Sony had takin a lickin and kept on clickin! The pictures were very very good for a 1.3 megapixel. The photos taken inside the tents were a tad dark because the flash only goes about 6 feet, but overall they were good. The photos taken outside were wonderful. If I had to send another camera off to the Iraqi desert, I'd stick with the Sony and choose another Cybershot U. It may have its limitations but it was perfect for the need we had. ... Read more


44. Canon PowerShot S45 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $599.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007F8UQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 1404
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Following up on their S40, Canon's Powershot S45 offers the same aesthetically pleasing metallic chassis with the powerful innards to go along with it. With a 4 megapixel CCD, images taken with the S45 were deeply detailed and could be easily printed out at 8 by 11 and larger without any loss of resolution.

Although the 3x optical zoom is average for mid-range cameras and above, it still let us get in a bit closer to our subjects when snapping shots. Improving on the S40, the S45 now captures video clips--complete with audio--of up to three minutes in length (although you'll probably want a larger storage card than the 32 MB CF card the S45 ships with). There are also easy-to-use video playback and editing controls on the camera itself.

A unique design, the metal lens cover of the S45 serves as the on/off switch--slide it open and the camera turns on, slide it closed and it powers down, with the lens folding out or back into the frame of the body respectively. You can't put any accessory lenses onto the S45 because of this design, but you'll also never try to take any pictures with the lens cap on.

The rechargeable batteries lasted for well over 200 shots before needing to be plugged in. And that's with the LCD on--Canon promises a life of over 500 without the LCD. Speaking of, the bright and large 1.8-inch LCD took up nearly half of the back of the S45 and followed the lens quickly while using it for framing shots.

While it weighs a solid 11 ounces, the 4.4-inch by 2.3-inch by 1.7-inch camera is compact enough to slide into a pocket, making it easier to take on day trips than bulkier Powershot models. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Enhanced movie mode
  • Compact design
  • Well priced

Cons:

  • No accessory lenses
  • Average optical zoom
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Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures 2,272 x 1,704 images for photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14 inches
  • 3x optical (plus 3.6x digital) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 32 MB CompactFlash card holds approximately 27 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses proprietary NB-2L lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)

Reviews (55)

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

Features begin with the generous maximum 4 megapixel image size (you can make them smaller to conserve space on the CompactFlash card). Several modes are available to you such as Sports (high shutter-speed and high resolution shots), Portrait, Night, etc. You can put it in complete Idiot Mode (okay, Automatic mode) and let it select your shutter speed and aperture, or you can pick one or the other and let the camera pick the missing one, or you can go full into Manual mode and pick both. There's even a Movie mode, complete with sound (although the product info above suggests this is new to the S45, this was available on its precursors the S30 and S40). These video clips are 320 x 200 pixels.

This small camera fits in a purse or shirt pocket easily and won't get in the way if you're shouldering it in a case (not included). But you pay a price for the small size: the optical zoom is limited to 3x. And unfortuately, the S50, like all the PowerShot S family, starts out at a focal length of 11mm, which is a very wide-angle view. Even at 3X optical zoom you will only come in to 55mm, often not as close as you'd need. There is a digital zoom, but so what? Crop your picture in software later rather than play with that silly feature. But getting back to the range, I found it insufficient for shooting across a large room. If you work closer in this won't be a problem, but 55mm is not a good focal length for shooting children, who stop what they're doing when they notice you right next to them.

The sliding door that covers the lens (and turns on the camera) seems flimsy and can cause problems. My 3YO niece got ahold of my S40's (exact same body as the S45) and ripped the door off. I was able to reattach it but now it's a loose tooth, waiting to fall off again. Even under warranty, my choice was to send it back to Canon for 12 weeks or live with it. I couldn't live without the camera, so I kept it, loose sliding door and all. I've just learned not to lend it to people who can't baby it; a good push and that door is off the camera again.

One of the S45's limitations is a slow shutter response. I can't tell you how many shots I've missed using it; I frame it lovingly, I see the perfect moment, I shoot... but no score. The people have moved on, the sun has set, the universe suffers heat-death, and finally the shutter clicks. If you want a fast shutter then you must have a digital SLR, as almost all the compact-style digital cameras such as this one have the delayed shutter issue. Another note of annoyance on the PowerShot S family: they come with a wrist strap but no shoulder strap. I don't know what use a wrist strip is for a camera; if I'm not using it then I want my hands free. I bought a generic shoulder strap but it wasn't a great fit. At least Canon should offer one as an extra-cost accessory.

I still give this camera 4 stars for putting so many features in such a small package. The pictures are reasonably good, and at this size you can crop plenty out and still print good 4x6 inch images. The PowerShot S45 comes with software, but you'll probably want to buy your own image editing package, such as Photoshop Elements. The one provided is fairly limited. Useful software includes PhotoStitch, which allows you to make your own panaramic style images from a series of linked shots. The included 32 MB CompactFlash card is also too small for typical use, so plan on buying a bigger card. Also plan on buying a second battery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compact & well built camera takes great pictures!
After extensive research, I decided on this camera as a replacement for my older 2 megapixel Olympus 2040. I have been very impressed with it so far - it seems very well built (sturdy), is small enough to fit in my coat pocket, and takes great pictures. The telescoping lens extends and retracts very quickly making it easy to take a picture on a moment's notice - this was a problem with my old camera - it was too slow.

When researching the camera, I was trying to find one that took "AA" batteries since they are much cheaper (NiMH). However, the Canon NB-2L battery isn't too expensive if purchased from a third party retailer (I got a generic one for [$$]). Also, the included charger is very small and portable with built in retractable AC plug - it's lightweight and easy to throw in a bag and take with you.

The camera records the orientation that each photo is shot with in the EXIF header, and if you use the bundled Canon software to download the photos, it auto-rotates them for you. This is very handy. Unfortunately, it doesn't work if you use other software such as iPhoto or Image Capture.

The mode dial is very handy - it has enough settings on it (ie, automatic, manual, shutter priority, aperture priority, night shot, portrait, movie mode, etc.) that you can quickly flip to the one you want. My old camera required the use of menu systems to set most of these modes - the dial is much faster.

The camera features a stitch mode which allows you to stitch together multiple pictures to form a panorama. When in this mode, the camera shows you the last picture you took (offset to the side) allowing you to roughly overlap 1/3 of the next picture with the previous one. Using the included stitch software, I was able to easily make a Quicktime VR movie - pretty cool. You can also make panoramas with this mode, and unlike some manufacturers (Olympus), this works with any brand of CF card, it doesn't have to be the manufacturer supplied one.

The only drawback I've found for this camera is the lack of a USB auto-mounter feature ("Mass Storage Device") which many other cameras have. This feature allows you to just plug in the USB cable to your computer and have the camera auto-mount on your desktop like any other removable disk. I wish Canon would include this feature since it enables you to completely bypass software for the import process. This is something I can live without though - the other features make up for it.

Overall, a great camera which I would highly recommend!

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality
My S45 has broke twice in the 6 months I have had it. I am very disapionted. I've always bought Canon but will look somewhere else next time! Very poor quality.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good camera - except for red eye
Happy with the features, functions, and performance of the camera in all except one area. The red eye reduction function is useless. I'm aware of the physical reasons behind red eye, and undertand it can never be completely eliminated. But most of the photos I've taken of friends and family are absolutely terrible when it comes to red eye. I had a compact Pentax zoom 35mm before this, and the red eye reduction with that camera was outstanding. Cannot undertand how many outstanding reviews I read about this camera with any mention of it's weakness in this area. If you ever plan on photographing someone's face, look for another camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get one before they're gone!
I'd been waiting for the five megapixel version of the digital Elph, but when the first reviews of that camera came out, I was a little disappointed. It seems that Canon is having a bit of a problem cramming so many pixels on such a small sensor, resulting in noisy images.

What does this mean? It means that the four megapixel cameras are taking better looking photographs with smaller file sizes.

I decided to get the S45 over the S400 after a little research. The S400 will probably suit most users fine, but if you want to have manual control while still retaining a reasonable camera size, the S45 is great. The S45 also has the capability to shoot in RAW mode and the S400 does not. This allows you to store images in an uncompressed state, with all the data from the sensor intact. I wanted a camera that I could grow into, not a camera that I would completely master in an afternoon. Right now I'm using it in auto mode and experimenting with the many manual capabilities.

Downsides? While the camera is small, it doesn't fit comfortably in your pocket. If this is really important, buy the S400. After all, you won't get a shot if the camera isn't with you. I don't mind carrying a camera, so it's no big deal.

I bought this a few weeks ago when Amazon was closing them out at less than 300 bucks. They're gone, but still can be found elsewhere. ... Read more


45. Vivitar Vivicam 3825 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Vivitar
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008AJCM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Vivitar
Sales Rank: 4656
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Vivitar V3825 4-megapixel digital camera offers high-resolution imagery and simplicity of operation. Its 3x optical power zoom lens ranges from 7-20mm (equivalent to a film camera’s 34-97mm) and is complemented with a macro function. Optical zoom is supplemented with 2x digital zoom capability. In addition to outstanding digital still images, the V3825 also has a burst mode allowing for the capture of sequential images in rapid succession.

Images can be reviewed on the 1.6-inch color LCD and the five different resolution modes allow you to send images through e-mail or you can upload them to the Web. The camera can also capture up to 60 seconds of video using AVI format, and can provide live video up to 15 fps using your PC and its USB port.

Photos are stored on SmartMedia memory cards. The built-in flash has red-eye reduction to eliminate those unwanted photo blemishes. The camera comes with editing software for your PC and is powered by four AA alkaline batteries ... Read more

Features

  • 4.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical plus 2x digital (6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Expandable via Secure Digital memory cards
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Powered by 4 AA batteries--rechargeables recommended

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Vivi Cam 3825
I have just bought this camera for my daughter at a Super Walmart on sale for $160.00. Brand new & still wrapped in box.
Have yet to try it but it makes me feel better that I saved almost $90.00. Will let you know how it works.
Alicia

4-0 out of 5 stars acceptable results for price
I looked around a bit before I made my choice with the 3825. One of the places I looked was vivitar.com where I inspected the sample pictures taken with this camera. I was impressed with their results and a little confused with the one review that complained about "grainy" pictures.
There's a bit of a learning curve involved with this unit regarding making changes for indoor shooting and also being able to view the LCD when outdoors, but both can be accomplished with mastery of the manual.
I guess what hooked me on the 3825 was the discounted price of $198.00. The camera originally listed for $367.00.
The specs on this page are (or were) incorrect about the power requirements. It takes 2 AA cells.

I did encounter grainy output when using the digital zoom outdoors, although the output through the optical zoom is excellent.
I didn't realise that the pictures in digital cameras default to JPEG files. This results in colors derived from a somewhat limited spectrum. Not that this will make a difference for the average "point and shoot" enthuasist. But for closeup work where one requires an _exact_ match (like a glass lampshade) one will experience a subtle difference. I supppose all cameras in this price range save their output in this format and if one needs _exact_ color replication one must either use film or a higher end digital camera.
Notwithstanding my last comment I enjoy using the 3825 and look forward to many years of faithful service from it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Grainy results
Bought this for my son. Most common functions were intuitive but we still needed to read the manual a lot. However, the pics were very grainy. My old 2MP Fuji Finepix had better resolution. We returned the Vivitar for a Samsung Digimax 360 (3.2 MP) which we like much better.

4-0 out of 5 stars BE CAREFUL
REVISION!!!! I have received the camera and it is very nice. Do NOT believe the advertising - it DOES include a 16mB memory card and it only needs 2 AA batteries, NOT 4! It is a nice camera and well worth the new price! ... Read more


46. HP PhotoSmart 850 4MP Digital Camera w/ 8x Optical Zoom
by Hewlett Packard
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006LK1Q
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 2429
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

You have to love a digital camera with a high level of zoom. Hewlett-Packard's Photosmart 850 offers 8x optical zoom in its relatively compact (for the optical length) lens. The camera itself, however, weighs over a pound. The camera also goes right into its 7x digital after you hit the end of the optical range, letting you seamlessly get closer to the action.

Unfortunately, the autofocus didn't always show us a crisp image on the LCD--the photos would show up sharply, but it was difficult to decide where exactly to line up the shot.

Other than minor issues with the zoom, we're enamored with the 850. Its 4.1-megapixel resolution results in deeply detailed images, while its 2-inch LCD displayed photos more brightly and in much higher quality than other digital camera LCDs. And the camera can record video (complete with audio) in clips of 288 x 216 pixel resolution and up to 60 seconds long. You can even record audio with your still photos to give them more life.

You'll want to spend some extra cash to upgrade the camera, however, as it only ships with a 16 MB Secure Digital media card. The optional docking station makes it easier to transfer images to your PC and also includes rechargeable batteries (the camera comes with four disposable AA batteries).

If you have a compatible HP printer, you can also print directly from the camera--no need to pass images through your PC. Although, if you do send your pictures to your computer, you can use HP's suite of tools, including HP's Instant Share, which lets you automatically send pictures to an e-mail recipient or the Web.

With its depth of resolution, high level of zoom, and versatility, the HP Photosmart 850 is a camera worth considering. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • 8x optical zoom
  • Audio with still images
  • 60-second video clips

Cons:

  • Not as portable as some
  • Focus issues
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Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at sizes up to 11 x 14 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 8x optical plus 7x digital (56x total) zoom
  • Included 16 MB SD card stores 15 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port; powered by 4 AA batteries (disposables included)
  • Movie mode records video and audio for up to 60 seconds

Reviews (43)

4-0 out of 5 stars New at digital but not 35mm photography! Lots of info!
I have been using 35mm cameras for 35 years taking pictures of the family, flowers, animals and landscapes so I think I know something about photo taking. I am a digital virgin though!
I shopped around before I purchased the HP-850. I was looking for a 35mm like camera with shutter (time exposures) and F-stop control, lots of zoom, macro ability, flash options (red eye & fill flash), good focusing abilities (low light and spot/averaging options), an easy to use inexpensive battery type and a reasonable price. All were there in the HP-850.
I recently used the camera on a trip to Hawaii where I tried all of it's options except the different white light options.
By purchasing a 110 Power Adapter cord from e-bay I was able to play with the many camera options and controls on my couch to learn the camera. I was also able to view the results and not use any battery power while doing all this.
I found the manual to be just fine. Naturally you have to be versed in 35mm camera use and wording to understand options and how to use them but that wouild be true with any camera.
The NIMH rechargable batteries lasted a long time (100+) photos. I used the power adapter each night to edit the days pictures so I really only used battery power to take photos. I did do some "on the spot" editing.
What I liked, and I liked a lot:
The powerfull zoom and the viewfinder indication (red box) when you transitioned into digital zoom.
The ability of the camera to take indoor pictures without a flash - it's amazing. Night time exposures were a lot of fun. With the amazing cameras natural bility to use natural light 1 - 3 seconds was plenty of shutter delay in all cases.
The flash red eye reduction and fill flash worked great but do take a few seconds to set up. I'm getting faster!
When Editing - the 4x enlarging option allows you to check focus detail over the whole picture. Also the second thought "are you sure" option before erasing a photo is great.

The view finder does not work until you get your face about 2 inches from the camera. This saves battery power.
The shutter can easily be partially depressed for focusing. You do noy easily set off the shutter.
I found the view screen great as a view finder when taking delayed shutter and time exposure photos.
The camera is light and fits my hand very nicely. The controls are easy to access and work. You do not need a tooth pick or pen. Once you learn the options and programs they make sense and are easy to use (I have not figured out the 4 white light options yet well enought to comment on them.
Shop around for a bag. Don't forget to make room for extra batteries and an extra memory disk.
I purchased a battery charger and two sets of NIMH rechargable batteries. I have not regretted it a minute.
What I did not like:
The camera takes some getting used to but then it may be me getting used to digital photography.
The view finder goes black and there is about a 1 - 1/2 (noticable) second delay before the camera takes the pictuer. This makes taking pictures of moving objects (ex = waved breaking or hitting a rock, standing wildlife - they seem to move constantly, people walking or swinging a golf club)a real challenge since you are never really sure what you are going to get and you have to anticipate. Of course you can always review and erase/try again. It also makes long distance shots using a lot of zoom very hard without a camera support of some kind.
My wife, who has problems with a point and shoot, had problems with the focus in low light (set at central area of view finder). She does not understand the need to aim the camera onto the focal point of the photo and 1/2 press the shutter button to set focus. She is smart so it would probably help if I spent some time a explained it to her.
The 16mb disk that comes with the camera is basically worthless as are the four batteries they provide.
When asking others (waiters, bus boys) to use the camera the view finder going black, the shutter delay (1 second about) and 1/2 shutter button focus really throws them. I usually had them take 3 pictures then edited for the best. It helped to tell them what to expect first off and of course thier patience and ability to listen/learn are factors.

5-0 out of 5 stars great features for less price
I bought this camera for it's 8X optical zoom. This one produces good quality pictures and the video capturing is okay. Probably you need to avoid zooming while capturing video clips. It's definitely not for people who are looking for point and shoot camera. It takes a while to get used to shutter speed. The digital zoom is an added feature but not exciting. The camera comes with 16mb SD card , it should be upgraded to either 128mb or 256mb cards. This one eats batteries hence rechargeble batteries are must. The additional accesories needed are AC adapter and S-Video cable. Other than price of the camera you need to spend about 100-150 USD to get it complete. Still it's worth the expenses compared to other branded camera's with simillar features.

4-0 out of 5 stars Take your time.
I've had this camera now for over a year and it is awesome. First of all to the people complaining about the battery life, you must have a faulty unit because my batteries last forever. I am always taking pictures and very rarely have to change batteries. I spent 4 days in Vegas and the Grand Canyon last year and took over 600 pictures and never even had to replace the batteries and that was also with constantly looking at the pictures on the screen and downloading them to my laptop without using a power adaptor. The pictures I have taken are awesome but you need to take the time to learn the camera options. For example you need to learn when to use the flash or change the shutter speed to get good shots. Its not complicated but most people don't bother to do this and then complain about poor pictures. Its your own fault. I even had a professional photographist complement pictures I have taken with this camera. The zoom is awesome. I have taken pictures of things over 1500 feet away and they look crystal clear. If you take your time and learn to use the many features of the camera you will be extremely happy with the results.

1-0 out of 5 stars Complete tease!Takes spectacular photos; operates deplorably
This camera when it works takes spectacular photographs. Superior quality. However, this camera's reliability in terms of operation is awful. It burns through batteries as if they were candy. I always have had to have extra batteries on hand. More significantly, the camera refuses to turn on at times (even with fresh batteries). It also refuses to retract its lenses when turned off sometimes as well. I am completely frustrated with this camera. It now refuses to work at all despite seemingly operating correctly. The quality of this product surprised me given my previous complete satisfaction with other HP products.

4-0 out of 5 stars New digital photographer
This is my first digital camera. I've had the camera for approximately 8 months. I have used it on two vacations and for family photo opportunities. So far I am very pleased with the camera and it's many functions. I could go on about all the good things but you, reading this, expect those things.
I have four things that I am having trouble adapting to after using a 35mm film camera for years.
1 - The screen going black and the delay in the shutter action really makes it difficult or almost impossible to take action shots. Even taking a standing animal or bird becomes hard because they move unpredictably. You can anticipate, and I'm getting better at that, but to visually follow a subject and take action pictures is impossible.
2 - The lense is super untill you get to the digital only point and then things get grainy. I now never use the digital section of the lense.
3 - It would really be nice to be able to manually focus. You can't.
4 - I would really like to put a polarizing lense on the camera but this is not easy to do and keep the "camera off" dimensions of the camera. Maybe HP has an adapter that will allow me to do this but "Camera World" in Portland did not know of any. ... Read more


47. SiPix Stylecam Blink II Digital Camera
by SIPIX
list price: $49.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000087HX1
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: SIPIX
Sales Rank: 1434
Average Customer Review: 2.73 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Ultracool, compact, lightweight, and wearable, the SiPix StyleCam Blink II is the go-everywhere digital camera. Full-featured and convenient, the StyleCam Blink II is a digital camera, streaming snapshot camera, and video conferencing camera all in one package. With its built-in 8 MB memory, the StyleCam Blink II can store up to 300 photos. Included is a tilt base that easily stands on your desktop or attaches to your notebook computer.

Featuring SiPix's streaming snapshot feature, the StyleCam Blink II captures streaming images that will create up to 160 seconds of digital video. The SiPix picture manager automatically converts your streaming images into instant digital video. Send your video clips to friends and family via e-mail or share them on the Web. You can also use the StyleCam Blink II to have a live video conversation with your friends over the Internet. The StyleCam Blink II works with popular instant messaging applications such as Microsoft NetMeeting and Yahoo! Messenger.

The SiPix StyleCam Blink II offers image resolutions of 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 pixels. For video, you can choose between 320 x 240 (up to an 80-second length) or 160 x 120 (up to a 160-second length).

The StyleCam Blink II includes award-winning photo and video software. Use ArcSoft PhotoImpression to edit, retouch, enhance, and create fun projects with your photos. ArcSoft VideoImpression allows you to edit, add transitions, and share your video with your friends and family. The SiPix CamWizard provides easy transfer of your images to your computer. With just one click, you can view your photos or videos instantly.

The SiPix provides simple image editing (such as rotation, contrast, and cropping) before saving your images on your computer. Functioning as a mass storage device (via USB), the SiPix CamExplorer allows you to view, open, and save all files directly from the StyleCam Blink II.

The camera is powered by one AAA battery. It measures 2.2 by 2.2 by 0.6 inches and weighs 1.5 ounces. This package includes the StyleCam Blink II digital camera, one AAA battery, USB cable, tilt base, CD-ROM with image- and video-editing software, and USB drivers for Windows PCs. It is compatible with Windows 98, 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP. ... Read more

Features

  • Digital camera, video conferencing camera, streaming video camera, and USB video camera all in one
  • 0.3 Megapixel digital camera captures images up to 640 x 480 pixels
  • 8 MB memory can save up to 300 photos
  • Captures streaming images that create up to 160 seconds of digital video
  • Connects with PCs via USB port; powered by one AAA battery

Reviews (78)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good little thing
This camera is amazing for its size and price. The pictures arent the best quality when taken inside a building with bad lights but once you go outside the pictures are pretty good. Also if you ever have any problems if you go to the main homepage of the company they will tell you exactly what to do and what they say works. This camera fits in your pocket and can take a beating and still works perfectly. File transfer to the computer is quick and it comes with lots of programs to hepl edit your photos. The video feature works well too. The bad thing is that the camera doesnt have flash but ifs there isnt enough light the camera wont let you take the picture. Great investment for fun pictures!

4-0 out of 5 stars What a great little toy!
I bought myself this tiny little digital camera... And I do mean tiny. It's about three inches by two inches, less than an ounce without its battery, and it cost about $35.00 (at discount price). It came in a horrible, terrible, ugly box that made it look like complete trash. But it's a nice little thing. It's brushed titanium and light blue brushed aluminum. Gives it a posh/stylish/modern look. It can take 300 pictures at 320x240 or 70 pictures at 640x480. No flash, no focus, no nothing. Just good for LiveJournal snaps and scrapbooking, and silly spontaneous email pics. Gotta have good light, too, if you want crisp pictures. Luckily, it has a clever little light sensor that triple-beeps and refuses to take the shot if it's too dark. If it's too dark, you can take grainy pictures, but they're good enough as mementos and Kodak moments. Useless as prints, great for online stuff. Gotta use this camera for what it's good for... don't try to treat it like an inexpensive "real" camera, because it ain't that!

The so-called "big downside" is that it runs on a single AAA battery and a RAM memory chip, which constantly drains the battery, even when the camera's powered off. It will only run about 5-7 hours on the battery and then, if you haven't downloaded them already, you lose all your pictures. Poof. It has a snazzy little USB interface that zips the pictures onto your hard drive automagically once you plug it in. Then you can start over. But I can imagine one day I'll forget to promptly offload, and be completely upset at it for eating the snapshots. I chose this camera because it was steeply discounted due to its unpopularity. The critics said, "Great camera, but I have to be around a computer ALL DAY or I lose my pictures!" And I thought myself, "Self - you ARE around a computer all day." And so I think it'll be a fun little toy.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great little camera!
I have a good 35mm (delegated now to occasional slides use) and a Sony MVC-FD90 digital, which I use regularly and love. I purchased the Blink 2 a few months ago as a secondary, take-everywhere snap shooter -- for daytime situations not reqiring the quality or options of my Sony and where I, otherwise, wouldn't be inclined to carry an expensive / bulky camera.

The Blink 2 is inconspicuously with me most times and always ready for use. It is very simple to operate and performs well (better than expected). The camera includes good photo enhancement software, worth the price alone. I usually shoot at 640x480 resolution and am pleased with results (good as should be expected at that level). The camera averages 60 images in capacity -- presumably double at 320x240. I personally like the fact that this camera will shoot to within a 2 ft. range. Haven't tried the video feature yet, but assume that performance will be as stated. The biggest drawback is battery consumption (the camera will eat a AAA battery with use) and the possibility of losing pictures if a dying battery is neglected (left unchanged). Why I rated the camera at 4 instead of 5. The camera will let you know when it's time to change though, and this can easily be done without losing pictures (thus an acceptable drawback at this price range). I always download ASAP after shooting, remove the battery -- and carry a spare. The camera comes with a handy cord and small video stand but no case. Any little 2.5 x 2.5 container fills that void. It doesn't feature flash and isn't intended for low light use.

All in all, this is a great little second camera for anyone on the go and I wouldn't be without it. Well worth its cost. Anyone not happy with it had unrealistic expectations.

3-0 out of 5 stars Little
The camera is smaller in person than what it looks like in the picture. I'm having problems setting up the software on my computer. You can's see the pictures you've taken until you hook it up to your computer. I give it 3 stars because it's so small and can fit it in your pocket.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice chassis, but not much upstairs
My satisfaction with the camera, though initially attracted to it by its 'cute' & 'tiny' qualities, was rapidly demolished when I attempted to load the software provided in the kit: NOT SUPPORTED BY MY OPERATING SYSTEM (MS XP Pro). I forced my PC to accept the NOT digitally signed software installation, and it is a major freakin' tug of war to connect and then to transfer pictures (low quality, even in 'hi res' mode) into the very hokey GUI supplied. I'd rather a) that Microsoft can digitally sign the product and therefore offer some degree of support for it, and b) NOT use the hokey GUI -- I'd rather have the option to transfer pictures into "MY PICTURES" folder, so I can use whatever program I want to edit/correct poor image quality (let's say, Photoshop!), and lastly 3) I'm really NOT satisfied with the VERY amateurish poor quality of even the most carefully framed/composed snapshot. The dreaded Kodak Instamatics of my youth delivered a vastly better picture for "handy & ready to roll" casual snapshots!

Also, is it just me, or is the battery life pathetically short? My little goddam camera goes through a whole new battery every time I go to use it, and I know it is turned OFF when I put it away each time. So, I've taken to removing the battery when finished so I can possibly get more than one days' use out of a battery. Rechargable (fully charged) or ordinary alkaline battery, not much difference in loss of battery life when you least expect it (or possibly need it to work ... like, to photograph your car after someone collided with it in a car-park, which is useful for insurance -- minor damage barely shows, but it costs plenty to take 'dings' out of a goddam BMW).

All in all, I'll admit one thing: IT'S CUTE. In all of its tiny glory it would be a steal at the price if only it delivered a decent digital picture.

Enough said.

Casual Observer Co. ... Read more


48. Kodak EasyShare DX4330 3MP Digital Camera and Docking Station
by Kodak
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00006JM1W
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 2095
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Powerful and packed with advanced features--yet decidedly easy to use--the Kodak DX4330 offers a 3-megapixel CCD sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens. The DX4330 also features automatic scene modes, a 16 MB internal memory, and a new indoor-outdoor LCD for reviewing your shots in even the sunniest of conditions. This version of the DX4330 also comes with the Kodak EasyShare Camera Dock II.

Optics and Resolution
The DX4330 delivers vivid and consistent color images up to 2,160 x 1,400 pixels, which produces print sizes up to 11 by 14 inches. Zoom into the action with a 3x optical zoom, equivalent to 38-114mm in a 35mm camera. When combined with the 3.3x digital zoom, you get a total zoom of 10x. It has an aperture range of f2.8-f5.1 and a shutter speed of 1/2 to 1/1,700 of a second.

Storage and Transfer
The DX4330 is always ready to go with its 16 MB of internal memory, and it can be expanded via MultiMediaCard (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD) memory cards.

The share button on the back of the DX4330 enables you to tag pictures right on the camera for automatic printing or e-mailing after transferring to your PC. You can even store up to 32 e-mail addresses in the camera. With the included Kodak EasyShare Camera Dock II, transferring your pictures from camera to PC is as easy as pushing a single button. Also, when docked, the DX4330's batteries are recharged in 2.5 hours or less.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the DX4330 captures continuous video and audio, which can then be played back via the camera's LCD and built-in speaker. 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
You can preview and review your shots easily on the DX4330's 1.8-inch indoor-outdoor LCD, which lets you maintain exceptional viewing quality even in bright sunlight. You can also magnify shots that you review in the LCD by 2x or 4x.

From landscape to sports, easy-to-access scene modes take care of the details so you can consistently get the perfect shot. Use the DX4330's creative modes for even more photo flair.

Power, Size, and Contents
The DX4330 is powered by a CR-V3 lithium battery (included) or optional NiMH rechargeable batteries that are charged by the optional EasyShare dock. We recommend getting a set or two of rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries and a charger.

The camera measures 4.4 by 2.6 by 1.9 inches and weighs 7.4 ounces without batteries. This package includes the DX4330 digital camera, CR-V3 lithium battery, AV and USB cables, wrist strap, lens cap and strap, and the Kodak EasyShare CD-ROM. ... Read more

Features

  • 3.0 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical zoom and 3.3x digital zoom for 10x total
  • 16 MB internal memory with slot for adding MMC and SD memory cards
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port; includes EasyShare Dock II
  • Powered by included lithium-ion battery (CRV3)--NiMH rechargeables recommended

Reviews (28)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great camera....great price
I bought this camera after reading the reviews. Thanks.. My Ricoh 5300 digital camera was in the shop getting repaired (good thing I had an extended warranty) and my grand daughter's 1st birthday is Sunday. They told me it would take 6-8weeks for repair. I began calling the 7th week.....anyway to make a long story short, I needed a camera to capture her birthday, so I bought the Easyshare 4330. Well, my camera came in the mail yesterday and yes, you guessed it, my Ricoh was ready for me to pick up. This camera, Kodak 4330, is without a doubt easy to use and takes great pics. Although I can't tell the difference when comparing the quality of the pictures with my Ricoh, each camera has different features that I like. This camera is a point and shoot camera. I can't stress enough how easy it is to use. I put my memory card in and started taking pictures. Great pics. Yes, I agree with the reviewers that you can only get 50 pics out of a 64 meg card and that I too can not load the software with XP; however I love the picture program I have in XP and I have a 6/1 card reader so it doesn't bother me. In fact I wouldn't download any other way.....Just stick your memory card in the reader and boom your pics are there....No need to buy the dock, rechargeable batteries and a card reader make more sense. You don't have to use your camera to download pics. Since I already had a digital camera I have rechargeable batteries and it only takes two instead of four so I'll always have a spare set with me. LOVE THAT! The reason I rated this a 4 is because of the lense cover. I would have never expected a digital camera today not to have a retractable lense cover as I have been used to. Overall,this is a great camera at a great price and you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Easy
When I looked into digital cameras, I could see from all of the advertising that Kodak really wanted me to believe that theirs are the easiest to work with. I have to admit that I had my doubts, but with the dock you seriously just hit the button and your pictures zoom onto your computer.

What really impresses me is the picture quality. I have a 17 inch monitor, and when I preview my pictures on a screen that size they are still GORGEOUS. This camera takes better pictures than my Nikon point and shoot. Well worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is a great camera. Good Pics. Extremely easy to set up and use - and I'm not that camera or PC savy! We really enjoy this camera! If you don't have a digital camera yet - this is definetly the way to go! You will never be sorry you bought it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Kodak Easyshare
As a novice digital camera user, this product was easy to use
right out of the box. I just love it. Very simple to use
and the transferring photos is a snap. I would highly
recommend this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is easy.
I will admit I was amazed at the picture quality for a digital camera. It takes very clear sharp pictures. It is very easy to use I took it out of the box put the battery in and was taking pictures in less than 5 minutes. It was easy to download pictures to my computer but first needed to get an update from Kodak. I uploaded the photos to Photoworks and was amazed at the quality prints I recieved. I don't think I will ever use my 35 mm camera again. ... Read more


49. Pentax Optio 33L 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Pentax
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00008NDZY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 4014
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Packed with a host of features including an optical and digital zoom, swiveling LCD monitor and a plethora of pre-programmed picture modes, the Pentax's Optio 33L has it all.

Offering a 3x optical and a 2.7 digital zoom all in a camera that resembles a standard 35mm compact the first question you're likely to ask is where is the LCD display and optical viewfinder? The later has been disregarded just like latest cameras from Nikon. The monitor however, can be raised through 180 degrees and rotated horizontally through 180 degrees. This not only allows you to protect the screen from scratches as it hides it away - a very good idea - but it also allows you benefit from still being able to see the screen if you are holding the camera above a crowd at a gig or sporting event.

Powered by two standard AA batteries, the camera weighs 230g (with batteries) giving it a sturdy feel and it sits comfortable in the hand. The zoom capabilities give it 38 - 114mm equivalent to 35mm standards with a f-stop range of 2.6 - 5.0.

On the inside, the camera offers plenty to the aspiring photographer with eight picture modes (Picture scene mode, Program, Night Scene, Movie, 3D image, Auto bracket, Digital filter, and Panorama assist) plus a manual focus option. Further searching within the camera's simple to use menu system, you'll also find a live histogram option (not normally found on entry level cameras) and the ability to change shutter speed, aperture settings, white balance and flash settings on a whim.

The 33L copes admirably with greens and multiple focus points. Even on the auto focus setting, pictures were impressive, holding plenty of detail and producing low amounts of noise. The four images size options (2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480) give plenty of choice for both picture quality and memory usage. Using the digital zoom on its highest setting produced images that were affected by noise, making this the only downside to the cameras performance.

This is a great entry level camera that offers users slightly more than they might need from a camera in its category.--Jason Denwood, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Features

  • 3.2 megapixel sensor captures enough detail for prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical zoom plus 2.7 digital zoom (8.1x total)
  • Swiveling LCD monitor, innovative stereoscopic shooting
  • Includes 16 MB CompactFlash card
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries or 1 CR-V3 lithium; connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best buy 3 MP digital camera
I think this should be one of the best buy 3 MP camera. I have another digital camera with 5 MP (Kyocera S5R) but I like this one much more. The most striking thing about this camera (33L) is the beautiful color high resolution swivelling LCD monitor. The swivel monitor is very useful. The images taken by this camera are also real good. The balance of flash is extremely good eventhough it seems to be a bit of reddish saturation. 3D , filters , and panorama are fun to use. I used the rechargeable NIMH (AA , 2000 mAh) with no problem.
All in all , I love this one and carry it with me whenever possible. The only complaint I may have is that it lacks of date imprint mode. ( I use camera to record my work so date imprint is important for me.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't ask for more!
Once I got this camera, I was in love. I love how the LCD swivels. I takes picture-taking to a whole other level. If your just going to use this camera for everyday use, you can stop right here. This is the camera to buy. The software for editing that comes with it is GREAT too. It's a whole lotta fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome camera, but one VERY IMPORTANT WARNING
This camera is great. Lots of features, super-cool LCD monitor...and a GREAT price.

However, beware of one thing. Do not try to power the camera with the "Power 2000" brand rechargeable AA batteries. I bought these batteries along with the charger from a website that suggested these batteries as an accessory for this camera. When I tried to use 2 fully charged Power 2000s, the camera would make 4 quick beep sounds and wouldn't turn on. After calling Pentax and telling them about my problem, they said I had to send it in for repair, and that it could take over a month. When I got the camera back I found out there was no problem with the camera. I was just using an "off brand" of AA battery that is not intended to power this specific camera.

I was angry at the retailer for suggesting a brand of battery that isn't even capable of powering this camera, but I was even more upset that the Pentax service rep didn't ask me over the phone which type of battery I was using. That whole problem and time spent without my camera could've been avoided if he had asked me that one simple question.

In summary, I would only use the Lithium Ion CR-V3 type battery with this camera. It lasts the longest, and now that Pentax themselves told me that it's the type of battery that is intended for use with this model, I won't try any other. It's too bad because I find it very wasteful and expensive to constantly purchase and throw away non-rechargeable batteries.

And one other thing - the reviewer that said he's had his camera "for 2 years" is either lying or accidentally reviewed the wrong camera. The Pentax Optio 33L was introduced in March 2003. It's less than a year old.

Don't let the negativity of my review deter you, though, because I love the camera. I'm just bothered by the service I got.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great buy
I was a pleasantly surprised with this camera. It has so many features and the zoom is really clear. You can even hook it up to your TV! This is a very good camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
I have had ALOT of didgital camera and they broke alot but this one I have has for 2 years and it works perfect!!! This is obviously the BEST digital camera. If you need one for a extra low price, this is the one for you!! ... Read more


50. Konica KD-220Z 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Konica
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00006NSRQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica
Sales Rank: 4451
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 2.11-megapixel Konica KD-220Z digital camera is a step up from its predecessor (KD-200Z). One of the smallest and lightest digital cameras in its class, it's equipped with many features of higher, pricier classes. Built with a high-quality, all-glass 3x optical zoom lens, it boasts excellent design, ease of use, and versatility.

You can achieve up to 6x zoom by multiplying the 3x zoom lens and the 2x digital zoom, giving you the surest shot from any distance. The multimode autoflash includes slow-shutter sync and automatic white balancing. Reviewing your shots is quick and easy using the 1.6-inch LCD. Operational settings can be seen at a glance, and deleting unwanted pictures are a snap. The KD-220Z offers an 8 MB internal memory, and is expandable via Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory cards.

The KD-220Z comes ready to use right out of the package. Simply install the two AA alkaline batteries that are included, attach the strap, drop the camera into its included case, and you are ready to shoot. The KD-220Z is also packaged with a USB cable and AV cable, for connectivity to your PC or Mac. ... 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 zoom and 2x digital zoom for 6x total
  • 8 MB internal memory; expandable via Secure Digital and MMC memory cards
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Powered by two AA batteries(included)

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I got this camera as a birthday present six months back. I was looking forward to getting into digital photography.

Here are the results so far.
1. It takes a long time for the camera to settle on an image and allow you to take a photo. That's no good in a fast moving situation like a kids birthday party.
2. It takes too long for the flash to recharge, danger being that you miss photo opportunities.
3. As others have said, it eats batteries. You have to buy the lithium pack to get any kind of longevity. And then, you shouldn't use the view screen if you can avoid it.
4. Photo quality is very poor, even on the highest resolution. Any disposable plastic 35mm will give you just as good or better on film.
5. On high resolution there are very few photos, so you need to buy a card to get additional storage.
6. The movie option requires really good lighting, so I have only really got it to work in daylight out of doors.

On the positive side it is cheap and pretty easy to learn to use. It is very easy to transfer images to the computer, but I suspect that is due to the quality of my Dell, not the camera. The digital 2X3 zoom option only works on high resolution shots, but it does work pretty well!

The movie clips only play in Quicktime, so don't bother trying to load them onto other media players.

1-0 out of 5 stars 3 MONTHS LATER LOOKING TO BUY A REPLACEMENT
...this camera eats batteries like nothing else I've ever experienced. Cant think of anything in its favor.. its bulky and ugly.. and I feel embarrassed asking someone to take a picture for me, because it's difficult to use and very tempermental! Just arrived back from Chicago where I took 25 pictures.. and had to buy 4 new batteries along the way.. already searching online for a good replacement

1-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Junk
I bought this camera for my 6 year old son's B-Day. Before giving it to him I tried it out to make sure that it worked fine. Here's the result:

Pro:
- Simple to use.
- Inexpensive.

Con:
- Very mediocre quality pictures.
- After taking about 3 pictures, you have wait about 10 seconds between taking pictures (none of the buttons will work until it recharges itself).
- Eats batteries like crazy. After using it for about 20 minutes taking 10 pictures it was nearly out of battery power.

Returned it immediately and got a Sony.

2-0 out of 5 stars This is a battery eater
Bought the kd-220z at Frys for $120 with a $20 rebate and tried it for about 15 photos until the two new alkaline batteries went
dead. When I opened the package there was an insert from the factory which recommended use of a lithium CRV3 battery which came with the camera, even though the camera is touted as working with 2 alkaline batteries. The camera worked ok and the pictures were of good quality, though it took a second or two or three to actually take a picture after pressing the button. The menues and operation were effective but crude and slow - have to keep turning the display button on and off when switching from display to shoot. I returned it because it took so few photos with the alkaline batteries. I get the feeling the factory knew of this shortcoming and now includes the more expensive (to replace) lithium package. But then the cost is only $100. ... Read more


51. Samsung Digimax 3500 3.1MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Samsung
list price: $299.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00008KIWA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 3206
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Features

  • 3.2-megapixel resolution for print enlargements up to 11 x 14 inches
  • 3x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom (6x total)
  • 1.5-inch LCD; built-in flash
  • Store images in SD/MMC memory cards
  • Powered by proprietary rechargeable lithium-ion battery; connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

52. Canon EOS-1D 4.15MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $4,999.99
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Asin: B00006I53Z
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 3534
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Canon EOS-1D brings together the best of both digital and analog worlds of photography. It features one of the largest imaging sensors in a digital SLR, offering 4.15 effective megapixels for stunning, detailed imagery. Significant advances in large-volume data processing technology, a completely new imaging engine, and advancements in mirror-speed technology learned during development of the 35mm EOS-1V all contribute to the EOS-1D's speed and responsiveness.

Optics and Resolution
The EOS-1D's newly developed 4.48-million pixel CCD sensor (4.15-million effective pixels) is a full 28.7mm by 19.1mm in size--with square pixels a full 11.5 microsn by 11.5 microns. Another benefit of the large 4.15-megapixel CCD is that the lens focal length factor is only 1.3x. This means your wide-angle lenses will behave similarly to how they do on a 35mm SLR film camera, a huge benefit to photojournalists, commercial photographers, and many other professional shooters.

The CCD imaging sensor electronically times shutter speeds, and makes possible speeds as fast as 1/16,000 of a second. The EOS-1D’s shutter-release time lag of 55 milliseconds is faster than any contemporary digital SLR. With Canon's Active Mirror Control method, blackout time between exposures is a barely perceptible 45 milliseconds, and thanks to a generous buffer memory, the EOS-1D can fire up to 21 consecutive frames (at up to 8 fps) in its full-resolution mode,

The EOS-1D can record both a RAW image, for optimum image quality and archiving purposes, and a separate full-resolution JPEG file which provides quick access and small files sizes simultaneously.

Body
Professional photographers need tools they can depend on in any conditions. The EOS-1D’s body is built of cast magnesium alloy, combining strength, rigidity, and effective magnetic shielding of the electronic components.

The EOS-1D is the most extensively protected camera in its class. Seventy-two points on the camera body are specifically gasketed and sealed to protect it even in the harshest conditions, and the NP-E3 battery pack is gasketed as well to protect the battery compartment.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on standard Type I or II CompactFlash cards, and it is compatible with Microdrives for storage of up to 1 gigabyte (GB). Transfer images to your Mac or Windows PC via high-speed FireWire (IEEE 1394) connection--up to 400 mbps.

More Features

  • 100 percent viewfinder coverage meeting professional needs with adjustable diopter and eyepiece shutter
  • 45-point Area AF for compositional freedom, and 21-zone metering
  • 10 white balance modes and WB bracketing functions, including setting Kelvin values
  • ISO-speed settings from 200 to 1,600 in 1/3-steps, and Canon's exclusive ISO-speed bracketing
  • Voice narration recording with built-in microphone--maximum of 30 seconds
  • 21 custom functions and 25 personal functions, which can be stored into function groups

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a rechargeable NiMH battery pack (included). It measures 6.1 by 6.2 by 3.1 inches and weighs 2.8 pounds. This package includes the EOS-1D digital camera body (no lens), battery pack and battery charger, DC coupler kit, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) cable, neck strap, hand strap, and EOS Digital Solutions software, Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE Disk, and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • Cast magnesium alloy body combines strength, rigidity, and magnetic shielding
  • Withstands environmental extremes
  • Superb image quality, with minimal digital noise, superior highlight and shadow tonalities, wide contrast
  • 4.15 million (2496 x 1665) effective pixel CCD sensor -28.7 x 19.1mm in size; square pixels measure 11.5 x 11.5 microns
  • Large sensor means less adjustment & compensation for 1.3x focal length

53. Toshiba PDR-M65 3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
by Toshiba
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00005OCY5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 8283
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 3.2-megapixel sensor captures 2,048 x 1,536 images for prints at sizes up to 11 x 14 inches
  • 3x optical/2x digital (6x total) autofocus zoom lens
  • Included 8 MB Smartmedia card holds 7 images at default resolution
  • Automatically connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (alkalines included)

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the price I paid
I bought this camera this weekend at a retail store... it is my first experience with a digital camera, and for not having a manual handy, I was taking pictures within 15 mins. Even my mom who is so computer illerate that she has trouble surfing the web was able to use this camera. I took pictures not even on the highest resolution setting and they came out very clear. I bought a 128MB memory card today and contrary to the product description it works fine without downloading anything from Toshiba. My mom is now looking for one at the great price I paid.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost great
Well first off this is a great buy for the price (I got a refurbished one.) But with a low price comes some drawbacks. First of all the manual. Like the other reviewers said, you have to print it out. No thanks. It is easy to learn though so that's not that big of a deal.

If you have Win 98 you will more than likely have problems connecting it to your USB. It can be done, but it's a bigger process than the manual states. There are drivers not on the CD-Rom that you need for installation. Their in you computer, but finding them is tricky.

The pictures are great though. Even at the lowest resolution they are incredible. The highest? WOW!! what detail. The included software is great for beginners. If you have Photoshop or the like however, use those instead.

The autofocus is a bit slow. I would've liked a manual option but oh well.

All in all, for a 3.3 Megapixel [at this price]. This is a good deal. I recommend it to any newbies to digital photograpy.

1-0 out of 5 stars First digital camera
I bought this camera 2 weeks ago. I quickly found out I did not like the placement of the viewfinder. It looks like your thumb is in the way every time. At first, the images did not look that great but I found out it was the software. The software that comes with the camera is OK but not great. I have Photoshop 6.0 and PhotoImpact 6 Web Sudio Pro. What a huge difference the software makes! The same pictures that I thought were terrible looked very good with the PhotoImpact.I read reviews on this camera and some negatives were that you did not have a lot of choices for adjustments (aperture, etc.). Those things were not important to me and i bought it for [price]. I thought that was a pretty good price for a 3.3 Megapixel camera. I also like the fact that I don't have to mess with a lens cap. I have not printed the manual from the CD. I just played around with the controls on my own and the little booklet they give you. It was pretty easy to work with and I've taken about 150 pictures in all types of lighting situations and they range from excellent to pretty good.

2-0 out of 5 stars Toshiba Digital Still M 65
Although the camara is easy to use, the software is difficult. Additionally, battery time is < 2 hours of consistent use (alkaline). The USB software for downloading is difficult to use.You can only save to A drive, or a CD. I would like to save it to my ZIP disc (D-drive) so I can use less discs and port it to my other computers which have Zips. The accessories are expensive... I also don't like the fact that you have to print out the manual (105 pages) or read it on CD. For practice use and to learn how to use the camara, you must print it out. My PC won't recognize the USB port for this camara (and there is nothing wrong with the USB port) so I can only use it with my desk top. The "on-line" help is helpless. The Toshiba company places you in a "loop" for Q and A (ie: "here are the most asked questions and answers")!

5-0 out of 5 stars Get down Digital!!!!!
I bought this camera, it is a beatiful camera the pictures are better than any film cam can do! If your thinking about this please do it you'll see it was worlth it!!! I got this for my birthday. I took pictures of my familly, Mom,dad,cousin's!
with over 3.0 megagix's your pictures will be as clear as if you were still there. It hook's up to your comp nicely. But it u perfer to take this camera places and not hooked up to the comp u can do that to with the Memery it has.
i say BUY IT!!! ... Read more


54. Sony DSCU30/H Cyber-shot 2MP Digital Camera (Dark Gray)
by Sony
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00009XADH
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3628
Average Customer Review: 4.62 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 to snap 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:silver and blue.

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 (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not too bad for a fun little camera
Pros:
1. This is a fun camera. Perfect to put in your pocket and take it places.

2. It takes great outdoor/daylight and well lighted pictures.

Cons:
1. The indoor pictures are no where as clear or nice as my old Sony 2.0 MP Cybershot camera. I miss it, I gave it away to my mom and want it back now.

2. The flash indoors doesn't distribute evenly like my old sony. It's not a great indoor or night camera. When I take pictures, it looks like the objects closer to you are way over flashed while the background is lacking a lot of light.

I will be selling it to get a better sony or Olympus with more options again and somwhere between the size of this one and the bigger one I had before. So for the price its nice, but if you are like me and want a somewhat compact camera, yet still quality pictures because you will be saving the pictures for years to come, don't get this camera. Be sure to read the rewviews here when buying a camera because it costs money to ship a camera back and usually there is a restocking fee. Hope this helps. - Kevin

5-0 out of 5 stars A great "pocket" camera!
This is a great pocket camera that you can take anywhere and get good pictures.

It's a 2 mega pixal so you can get decent prints up to 8x10, but nothing larger than that.

It has no zoom feature, digital or optical. But typically I don't use that anyway, so I don't find it a problem. I use the "manual" zoom method, in other words I move closer or farther away from the subject!

It turns on very quickly and you can take pictures within one second of hitting the power button.

It offers a built in flash with the option to turn the flash off, on, auto, or auto with red-eye reduction. The base 8Mb card is pretty worthless so spend the money to buy a 128MB or bigger card.

The only real downside to this camera is the battery life. It uses to rechargeable AAA batteries and I've found that I can only take about 60 pictures before I have to recharge. So you may want to buy an extra set of batteries right away so you'll have a fresh set charged and ready when you need them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice!!!
I bought it for my wife as a mother's day gift, and she went crazy about it. The thruth is that now i'm the one who really uses it and I just love it.

It's so compact that you almost forget that you have it with you until you need it, and then, is almost instantly ready to be used. Never miss one of those candid moments with your kids or friends again.

The only thing I think could be improved is the speed when you need to take pictures with the flash, and that it doesn't has a zoom. Other than this two details, it's great.

4-0 out of 5 stars A real review of this camera!
I'm formerly a still photographer and own a Canon G2 for better quality still work. I've used film cameras costing thousands on pro shoots.
Use your heads! This camera is TINY. The lens is very small. You can get surprisingly nice photos from it, far better than a cell-phone camera to be sure. Expectng a optical viewfinder or zoom is dumb on something this small. It helps to know a bit about taking pictures and practice to get better. Indoors, the unit is limited by it's size and flash. You must frame within range and learn the limits. Outdoors, it does very well, often looking like better units. As a SECOND camera it's pretty hard to find fault with the unit. I can get VERY nice shots with it and so can anyone who takes some effort to learn the basics. Bottom line: Goes anywhere anytime and takes reasonably good shots. If they build a SLIGHTLY bigger one with a larger lens and 3 MP everyone will be happy. memory sticks are cheap....you'll need one extra (64 mb is fine) and an extra set of batteries to supplement the two that ship with the unit.
Buy one!
Capt RB

5-0 out of 5 stars love it!!!!
i love it this product!! bought it when it first came out, and still lovingit! i bring it everywhere i go..it fits in my pocket when i don't wanna bring a bag or when i go clubbing, and fits into my little purse for parties.....I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH! have gotten so many compliments...the pictures look GREEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTT!!!! worth the money!! ... Read more


55. Canon PowerShot S230 3.2 MP Digital ELPH Camera with 2x Optical Zoom and Coach Camera Case
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $449.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DGEQQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 2038
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

A beautiful match: The sleek, stainless steel Canon PowerShot Digital Elph S230 in its own luxurious, custom-made Coach leather carrying case. This exclusive Coach edition also includes a scratch-proof metal neck strap.

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
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.

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); custom-made Coach leather carrying case

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


56. Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom and Travel Kit Value Pack
by Kodak
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006JN2R
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 2158
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Kodak DX4900 builds on the success of the EasyShare range, bringing 4.0 megapixels and a whisper-quiet 2x optical zoom lens to this easy-to-use and extremely affordable package, which includes the handy Kodak travel kit for DX EasyShare series cameras.

The travel kit contains carrying case, battery pack, and charger. The padded carrying case has been custom designed to protect your camera and provide you with ample storage for accessories. The battery pack features two AA NiMH rechargeable batteries. The convenient battery charger can charge these batteries in three hours or less. It also comes complete with U.K., European, and Australian plugs.

The DX4900 is essentially an update to the successful 3-megapixel DX3900, with a new 4-megapixel CCD capable of producing good poster-size prints. Indeed, the camera was named best point-and-shoot digital camera in its price range at the 2002 Photo Marketing Association Awards, based on color accuracy and image and print quality. This is important, because the EasyShare range of digital cameras, while not among the prettiest available, perform extremely well against the competition and at the same time offer extraordinary ease of use.

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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Maybe not the best-looking camera around--but it gets the job done
  • Would be nice to have more of an optical zoom
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Features

  • Bundled with Kodak Travel Kit, with carrying case, rechargeable batteries, and international battery charger (a $39.99 value)
  • 4-megapixel sensor captures 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at sizes up to 11 x 14 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 2x optical/3x digital (6x total) zoom
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds approximately 12 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port or optional EasyShare dock; uses 2 AA batteries or 1 lithium CR-V3 battery

Reviews (23)

4-0 out of 5 stars Digital Camera's Old Story Remain....
I have bought the Kodak DX4900 last week. Here are my PROs and CONs:

PROs: The picture quality is excellent and rock!. The camera's firmware and software interface are great. It is really high tech speaking for its electronic and servo/mechanical systems. The Kodak software (download the latest!) is very friendly and does the job. The photos can also be accessed via a DRIVE LETTER in MS Windows..just like another hard-drive or so.. then remove it without having to un-mount the device.. just unplug the USB cable (no docking station yet for me).. The camera's weight is ok.. The travel kit is nice to have..

CONs: The speed (next shot) problem remain though with digital cameras regardless (I'm using a 256MB Compact Flash). You will have to wait for more than 5 secs in 4MP mode to get the next shot. 2.2MP mode is still slow. It seems that the camera to memory interface is the problem regardless of the brand/make.. I have 2 digital cameras and they are the same..

Overall, this is a great toy for getting excellent photos.. just do not expect to capture many shots of a super sonic UFO.. You get one shot... or maybe two..

4-0 out of 5 stars Best 4MP Camera for price
I bought this camera 3 weeks ago from Amazon (new) with the travel kit. Initially I was looking for a good 3 MP camera but when I looked at this one with great price tag, I couldn't resist. I must say I am impressed with various features it offers for the price. Ok, if you compare with other higher priced 4 MP cameras, it may not offer some of the advanced features but ask yourself if you are ever going to use those features. Todate I have taken more than 100 pictures, with various settings & I must say they are amazing. Camera is easy to operate & LCD, although relatively small, is very clear. Also, I still have not changed batteries even after using LCD screen for most of my pictures, so I don't understand the fuss about digital cameras eating too much battery. I would highly recommend it to anybody looking for camera with more megapixels for less price and easy to operate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple to Use Even A Child Could Figure Out How
I am not a professional photographer and never will be. My life is very active and I needed a camera that is simple to use. If you are looking for a camera that will take beautiful pictures and not have to read the whole manual before to do it, this is the camera for you! The menu is very easy to use and it is a great point and shoot camera if you don't want to mess with changing everything. This camera has been used sometimes daily because I also list on Ebay. The 4.0 megapixels really give it that extra boost in quality pic taking. I also have the Kodak DC3400 and this was an upgrade. Both cameras are great!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Camera
This is a good solid camera. I dropped it on the gravel (with the lens open) right off the bat, but other than a small ding and some scratches, the camera still works great! The picture quality is excellent and it's easy to use. The one button dock is super easy to use and charges the batteries at the same time. The only reason I am not giving it a 5 star rating is because few of the pictures taken at school functions have not turned out well at all - those pictures are dark and fuzzy. I think it has something to do with the red-eye setting on the flash, since that's the only time we have used that funtion and all other times the pictures are generally very high quality - some are incredible. We bought a 128MB memory card at the same time, which is definately the way to go - we have only filled it up once and had to use the 8mb card that came with it for additional pictures.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Camera,affordable price...charger problems..
Great camera when it comes to photos or price but the international charger does not work up to expectation. It like a conventional charger does not completely charge the battery, rather it switches off just after 10 minutes or so and you gotta manually start it up again (for another 10 minutes...) . The manual mentions that slowly this 10 min thing will increase....but what the hell!!
The transfer software does not work when you have anything less than 90% charged battery... so either carry loads of DuraCells or be patient and do the 10 minute drill....
(Though i didn't mind getting the travel case along with the camera at this price !)
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57. SeaLife ReefMaster DC310 Digital MAXX 3.3MP Digital Dive Camera
by Pioneer Research
list price: $1,399.99
our price: $999.88
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Asin: B0001F73TK
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pioneer Research
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Features

  • 3.3-megapixel resolution for photo-quality 10 x 14-sized enlargements
  • Includes macro set with 8x and 16x lenses; 2x digital zoom
  • Rated to a depth of 200 feet; camera removable from housing for pictures out of the water
  • Store images in 8 MB of internal memory or Secure Digital (SD) memory card (128 MB SD card included)
  • Powered by SeaLife 2100 mAh rechargeable batteries (3 included with charger)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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

Reviews (18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


59. SiPix StyleCam Blink Digital Camera
by SIPIX
list price: $49.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000691LX
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: SIPIX
Sales Rank: 2119
Average Customer Review: 2.97 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Squarely aimed at the family, the SiPix StyleCam Blink is a digital camera that is both compact and easy to use. With its simple point-and-click operation, multiple modes (including two resolutions and continuous shoot), and a stack of bundled software, the Blink sets new standards in digital imaging on a budget.

The StyleCam Blink is a compact digital camera that offers resolutions of 640 x 480 and 320 x 240, allowing for up to 400 images on its internal 8 MB memory when shooting at the lower setting. The installation process is very straightforward: install the drivers, reboot the machine, and then plug the camera into a spare USB port.

The camera itself is very easy to use, with all of the features accessible by the press of a single button. The small LCD window shows the camera mode and options available as well as the number of images taken. The Blink can take still images, of course, and a series of 100 images that can be stitched together to make a short video clip. Also, the camera can be used as a Webcam.

The images produced are sharp and clear and very acceptable considering the size and price of the camera. Our only criticism is the slight shutter lag of about half a second; it becomes annoying if you want to picture moving objects. If you're capturing still life or using the camera as a Webcam, this will be irrelevant.

The manufacturers clearly thought about their target audience when packaging the software with the camera. The unit comes with a range of six software titles, including ArcSoft's PhotoImpression and PhotoFantasy 2000. The software is fun and very easy to use. Simply transfer the images from your camera onto your computer via PhotoImpression and then edit them to your heart's content. For those of you wanting to have a bit of fun with family members, PhotoFantasy 2000 gives you the chance to place someone's head on another body. Again, this is very easy to do and is a lot of fun. Other software included is VideoImpression, a basic video-editing package and some Webcam software.

The Blink won't win any awards for image quality, but for how much it costs, you wouldn't expect it to. It does, however, offer better-quality images than its competitors. The ability to store up to 400 images on the 8 MB memory is a real bonus. It's a great little camera, given how little it costs, and the bundled software will keep kids of all ages amused for a good few hours. --Martin Snelling ... Read more

Features

  • 0.3 Megapixel digital camera captures images up to 640 x 480 pixels
  • 8 MB memory can save up to 400 photos
  • Digital camera, video conferencing camera, streaming video camera, and USB video camera all in one
  • Connects with PCs; includes Windows-compatible software
  • Powered by 1 AAA battery

Reviews (64)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Per Dollar is Five Stars PLUS
The soda-cracker sized wonder not only fits within my shirt pocket, it leaves room for three pens, an envelope, a folded piece of typing paper and half a dozen 3x5 cards. And the picture quality, even compared to the full range if sub-$1000 digital cameras, is reliable and good at 640x480 resolution.

It is always with me. Remember that face you saw on the subway that was like an epic novel, or that serendipitous combination of advertising sign and pedestrian, and wished you had a camera? Now you can.

One important suggestion: the latency period between pressing the shutter release and hearing the beep to indicate the picture has taken is the better part of a second and, because the lens is tiny, the exposure time is long. So hold the camera very, very steady. Then shout your surprise when you first see on your computer screen how well [this]camera serves you.

Rating: Quality per dollar and fun per dollar are both five star-plus.

3-0 out of 5 stars You get a little more than you pay for....
....but not much more. This is a handy little digicam with very limited capabilities, the best of which is its ability to function as a very adequate webcam, broadcasting at a standard Internet quality resolution of 640 x 480. As a camera for general photography, however, this is far from adequate for anything other than emailing images, posting pictures to websites or dropping pictures into reports. There is not enough resolution to make printable pics (even standard 4" x 6" will look grainy), and the lack of any kind of zoom limits its use further. It is easy to use, happily runs on a single AAA battery, has an adequate (but non-expandable) internal memory and attaches easily to your PC via any USB cable. If you're looking for an inexpensive webcam that just happens to offer easy pocketability in case you want to take it with you for some potential photo opportunity, you can hardly go wrong at this price. However, if you're really looking primarily for a camera (as opposed to a webcam), you'd be advised to look elsewhere.

1-0 out of 5 stars Won't Work With USB 2.0
Was so excited to get this tiny little "spy" camera, however (a BIG however), you cannot download pictures if you have a newer computer with USB 2.0. Check this out before buying.

4-0 out of 5 stars SiPix mini cam
For the price, the camera is worth the money. It does the trick, but don't expect the same quality of [a more expensive] cam.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not what you want!
The product is priced cheap and is small.
But you get what you pay for...
I had no problem with no flash, bad indoor pictures, losing pictures if you do not change the battery etc.
I bought it for my daughter.
But the camera often will not download the pictures.
I contacted tech support and they told me to delete all the pictures, take out the battery and wait awhile.
This does not help since you lose ALL your pictures everytime this happens.
Why have a camera if you cannot get the pictures?
This little issue alone makes the camera useless. ... Read more


60. Casio Exilim EX-S3 3MP Digital Camera and Docking Station
by Casio
list price: $369.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008PVXB
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 729
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Casio Exilim EX-S3 digital camera packs a 3.2-megapixel CCD sensor and a large 2.0-inch LCD screen into a body that's only a half-inch thick. Its high-speed startup minimizes the time until the camera is ready to shoot after being turned on and a 0.01 release time lag records the image virtually as soon as you press the shutter release button.

Optics and Resolution
The Exilim EX-S3's 3.2-megapixel CCD image sensor yields a maximum image size of 2048 x 1536 pixels, for print enlargements up to 11 x 14 inches. While the Exilim EX-S3 doesn't have an optical zoom feature, you can get closer to your subject with the 4x digital zoom.

Storage and Transfer
In addition to its 10 MB of built-in memory, the Exilim EX-S3 also supports use of thin, compact Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards (not included). An easy operation copies images between a memory card and built-in memory. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Movie Mode
The Exilim EX-S3 captures 320 x 240 resolution video clips (with no sound) at 12 frames per second up to 30 seconds in length. 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 Best Shot Mode provides optimum camera setups in an instant. Simply select the sample scene that is similar to the image you want to record, and the camera's exposure compensation, white balance, and other settings are configured accordingly.

With the included cradle, you can connect to your PC or Mac and transfer images easily via USB. The PhotoLoader software automatically transfers all JPEG and AVI files in image memory to the computer. You can also start a slideshow of images currently in the camera's memory.

Other features include:

  • Built-in flash with auto, on, off, and red-eye reduction modes.
  • Calendar screen provides visual diary of images to help you quickly search and locate the image you want.
  • Direct print ability to select Epson printers without the need of transferring images to PC.

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included). It measures 3.5 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches and weighs 2.5 ounces. This package includes the Exilim EX-S3 digital camera, battery, AC adapter, dock, USB cable, hand strap, and CD-ROM with imaging software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 4x digital zoom; large 2-inch LCD screen
  • Best Shot mode provides optimum camera setups in an instant; captures videos up to 30 seconds
  • 10 MB of built-in memory; compatible with Secure Digital and MMC memory cards
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery(included); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1

Reviews (33)

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect take-with-you camera but w/ quality problems
If you even know me for just one day, you'd know that I love taking pictures. I have 2 other digicams (Olympus D450 and Canon S30, plus the Verizon vx6000 camera phone) and 7 or so film cameras. Having kids, I needed a camera that I will *always* have with me, regardless of the ocassion or what I'm wearing. I was very excited when the S3 became available and snapped up this camera about 8 months ago. 8,000 pictures later, I'm confident that I can give it a pretty much fair assessment.

THE ROLE: The role for this camera for me is to be always available for group and family shots, indoors or outdoors. With it's size and speed, it fits that role perfectly. It's inexpensive enough that it's almost disposable, in a sense that if I lose it I would definately miss the pictures in it more than the camera itself.

PORTABILITY: The reason I bought this camera is the convenience. As you know, It's very small. I carry it everywhere, including at home. You never know when the baby is going to do something cute! In that front the S3 is excellent. Very portable and always available.

IMAGE QUALITY: Get real. With a tiny fixed focus, fixed focal-length lens, I didn't expect the S3 to have the same image quality as the $1000 Canon 300D DSLR or even my Canon S30. However, I was pleasently surprised. The image quality, especially for what I use it for, is excellent. For family, friends group shots, it's more than just okay. 8x10 enlargements is no problem. As I found it, fix focus can acually be a benefit (speed, huge depth-of-field). Having a video mode is essential for me, but read in pro/con section about the video.

PRODUCT QUALITY: However, there are some serious quality problems witht this camera. First of all, over the length of 6 months, the lens got dirty internally, and small grey spots shows up in the same location of every picture. I could shake the camera and got the dust to move around, but I couldn't get rid of it. Then, the flash stops firing reliabily. Then, the case turns yellow in the front, where I rest my middle finger when holding the camera. Not wanting to part with it, I hesitantly sent it back to Casio. EIGHT LONG WEEKS and many phone calls later, I finally got the camera back. The dust is gone, the flash problem is fixed, and they even replaced the camera case. But the amount of time it took was no excuse - I missed the entire holiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas) on this camera (I had others cameras to work with). So when I said that I've had it for 8 months, it's actually 6 months, plus 2 in the shop.

Pros:
- The size is great
- Image quality is excellent for a fix-lens, fix-focal-length camera
- Fast (start-up, shotting, navigating through pictures)
- Conversation piece
- The most excellent www.exilim.jp site, especially the Exilim Avenue web magazine (in Japanese language)
- Movie mode which Casio eliminated in ther Z4U and S20U models. But see cons.
- Spare battery is cheap on eBay for about seven bucks each. I have 4 spares but rarely use it because the battery life is excellent (much better than my Canon S30)
- Inexpensive

Cons:
- My camera lens got dirty internally. Until I sent it back to Casio, it had small grey spots in each picture and was very annoying.
- Over time, the camera case tarnished and turns yellow
- Repair services, if you ever needed, is SLLOOW. Took them 8 weeks to fix my camera
- No true thumbnail view of every picture (only calendar-view)
- Casio-branded cases not widely available in the US
- The video quality is quite low compare to the other digicams. The Motion JPEG artifacts is more apparent than with my Canon S30. However, once you convert it from AVI (MJPEG) to MPG (MPEG-1) with VirtualDub, the quality dramatically improves. It became VCD / NTSC quality and the JPEG artifacts actually went away. Most amazing.

Overall, it's an excellent camera that I still carry with me daily. However, I would only recommend this as being your secondary, almost-disposable, take-along camera considering its shortcomings. I'm personally looking forward to the next batchs of Canon cameras in 2004 to add another one to my collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice
Pros:

- Great design. Very sleek. Large LCD is an attention grabber.

- Portability. Very light and thin. The actual size is not as small as you'd think. But the lightness of the camera and it's thinness makes this maybe the most portable camera. You can just put it in your front shirt pocket and not feel like anything's in there.

- Lots of cool functions. The best shot mode is awesome. It allows you to make your own settings, and use it at ease. ISO levels are pretty decent too, considering it's such a small cam.

- I thought that the quality of the pics were very good. I'm merely a beginner, so this may not mean much, but I really thought this cam took some nice pictures, and I didn't even set it at the highest resolution. Perhaps, if you are really into photography, you may notice, but if you are, you probably would want to go with the SLR's anyway.

Cons:

- Too small? Well, this is actualy a good thing, but because it's so portable, it's really easy to lose. I actually lost my first Ex-3 on my first week, then bought another one, only to lose it again! Luckliy, I found it the second time around, but it just shows u, how easy it is to misplace it.

- Lack of a good case. First, it doesn't come with a case. You have to buy it. But even the ones that are out in the market, are not that great IMO. The cases make the camera bulkier, kind of beating the purpose of having this camera.

- No Zoom. Yes, there's digital zoom, but like everyoneelse in this site has mentioned, is practically useless. You mind as well just take the picture normally, then zoom it up in photoshop. It'll give you pretty much the same effect. I found zoom to be quite a necessary feature in photography, after i played around with my friend's zoomable camera.

- No burst mode. yes, it's really fast and easy to turn it on and take a picture, but you still have to hold the camera steady for like a second or two, before it actually takes the picture. For example, if you wanted to take a picture of someone who didn't want to (hehe), you would probably take a picture of them on a surprise, but by the time the camera actually takes the picture, they'll have their hands on their face. So it's not 'instant', as I thought it would be. I think for it to be instant, it needs 'burst mode'. Comparable Kyocera cam has this.

- The recharger/USB port is cumbersome. It's nice when u have it at home, but if you were travelling, you'd have to carry that whole cradle with u, just so u can recharge ur batteries.

Conclusion:

Suffice it to say, I bought the camera again for the second time, after I lost it the first time. This should tell you how much I like the camera. It's really the most portable camera out there, outside of those 1 mega pixel spy cams, and its features and sleek look, make it a true winner. But for my next cam, I'm going to make sure that it has zoom capability and burst mode.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CAMERA I'VE EVER OWNED...
I have several Olympus Digitals that are excellent (5050 in particilar). But this Casio goes with me wherever I go. Consequently, I have taken many more pictures with this camera than with all the others combined (over 2500 in a year's time).

As for the case issue, I slip mine into an eyeglass case - the kind that is felt lined and has a pocket/belt clip attached. It fits nicely in my shirt pocket, dosen't fall out when I bend and
can be removed (and put back) in an instant.

Also, it is somewhat wide angle so it is great in small rooms.

Try it, you'll love it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Works OK for a while, get something else
Great small size, picture quality good for its size, but not for the price. You can get better pics from disposable cameras.

LCD is poorly designed. There is no case, and no protection. The frame is thin and weak and flexes easily so the LCD is designed to break, it is just a matter of how often you use it. The LCD on mine cracked when I pressed the MENU button, which is too close to the LCD.

Not worth repairing -$200 to repair. What a joke.

5-0 out of 5 stars So thin...so many resources...fits my front pocket.
So thin...so many resources...fits my front pocket.
Great Lcd screen...great resolution! ... Read more


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