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1. Canon PowerShot A95 5MP Digital
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2. Canon PowerShot S410 4MP Digital
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3. Canon Powershot SD400 5MP Digital
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4. Canon Powershot S2 IS 5MP Digital
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5. NIKON D70 Digital SLR Camera Kit
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6. Canon PowerShot A510 3.2MP Digital
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7. Sony Cybershot DSCT7 5.1MP Digital
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8. Nikon Coolpix 5900 5MP Digital
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9. Canon Powershot SD300 4MP Digital
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10. Canon PowerShot S500 5MP Digital
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11. Canon PowerShot G6 7.1MP Digital
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12. Sony Cybershot DSCW5 5.1MP Digital
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13. Sony Cybershot DSCS40 4.1 MP Digital
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14. Canon PowerShot SD110 3MP Digital
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15. Olympus C765 4MP Digital Camera
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16. Nikon Coolpix 8800 8MP Digital
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17. Sony Cybershot DSCW7 7MP Digital
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18. Sony Cybershot DSCT33 5.1MP Digital
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19. Panasonic PV-GS250 3.1 MP 3-CCD
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20. Nikon Coolpix S1 5.1 MP Slim-Design

1. Canon PowerShot A95 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $349.95
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Asin: B0002OD3JY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This Canon PowerShot A95 5MP digital camera lets you capture all of your important images, from their first steps to graduation day, in crisp, bold color. Its 5.0 megapixel resolution gives you larger and more detailed images. It is also equipped with a 3x optical/4.1x digital/12x combined zoom power that gets you closer to the image. Camera also includes a 1.8” TFT color LCD screen, VGA-size (640x480) movie mode, 9-point autofocus plus FlexiZone, built-in flash, has auto and red-eye reduction on/off operation modes and is PC and Mac compatible. Accepts a CompactFlash Type I memory card. Imported. 2-1/2Hx4Wx1-2/5D”. ... Read more

Features

  • 9-point AiAF plus FlexiZone AF/AE for off-center subjects
  • New Print/Share button for easy direct printing and downloads
  • Highly advanced 5.0-megapixel digital camera camera with 3x optical/4.1x digital/12x combined zoom
  • 14 shooting modes, with special Scene Modes for spectacular shots in special situations
  • New, larger 1.8-inch vari-angle LCD monitor for easier image preview and review

Reviews (73)

1-0 out of 5 stars Camera burnt internally after 3 months
This camera was good for 3 months. I had taken it to LA last week and took a few snaps at the beach. I did NOT drop it in the water or anywhere else. After some time I started hearing clicking noises and after that there was a louder noise along with a burning smell.

Maybe the other review about moisture affecting the camera is true.It would be pathetic if you can't take pictures on the beach or near the pool etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best camera on the market in price-range
After weeks of research on the web (here at amazon and at other places) reading reviews, comparisons, etc. I came to the conclusion that this is the best camera on the market for the price.

I bought mine here through amazon about 10 days before I was to leave for a long road trip from Oregon to Hollywood through many great stops such as the Redwood Forest, Yosemite National Park, Disneyland, and other great sites. Thus I was very anxious for my camera to arrive.

One week after ordering, I checked to see how far along the way it had come - I was hoping (and expecting) to get it any day. To my disappointment, it had only been shipped the day before (5 days after I placed the order) and I was certain it wouldn't arrive on time for my trip.

To my great surprise and relief, the camera was delivered by UPS only a few minutes before I was to leave. (I was packing up the car and seriously on my way out the door when he came.)

The point of my long story is that I had no time to read the instructions before leaving, so I had to rely 100% on the camera being self-explanitory and very easy-to-follow for people like me who had frankly never used a digital camera before.

Suffice it to say that it was VERY easy to learn, and I was able to get by on my 3,000 mile trip using only the auto functions.

Take a look at my pictures (uploaded to the images section for this camera) to see the results.

The only features I couldn't find (without looking it up in the manual) were: 1) the self-timer. 2) speed-shooting multiple pics pushing the button once (a series of pictures only miliseconds apart from each-other).

As you can clearly see, I am not very experienced with cameras and I don't even know what half the features are called. But I was able to take magnificent pictures without even opening the manual! :)

The things I learned that I wish I knew earlier on are:
1) when taking night shots, use a tripod or lower the ISO. It was very hard to keep might shots from becomming very blurry. (The shutter is generally opened for longer to allow in more light.) If you are taking pictures of moving objects (such as people) in the dark, and don't want to use a flash (to keep more of the background in or for whatever other reason) you can lower the shutter speed beforehand. Look it up in the manual because it's not easy to explain or very intuitive.
2) Most of the time pictures will look better without the flash, but (as mentioned above) you need a steady hand or a good tripod. Sports mode helps a bit as it lowers the shutter speed some.
3) When you take a landscape picture where the mountains (or whatever) are dark and the sky very bright, you will notice that the exposure tends to be lighter, taking out much of the detail from the mountains. To fix this, you lower the frame a bit (focus on the mountains with the sky barely visible in the shot) and then lightly press the shoot button and hold it down while the camera focuses. Then (still holding the button half-way down to keep camera focused) slightly raise the camera so your frame is now half landscape and half sky. Then finish pressing the shoot button completing the picture. The exposure stays locked to the darker mountains allowing for more detail in the shot.
4) For landscapes or anything more than 10 meters from your camera, everything will automatically be in focus so there is no need to worry about it. (In Yosemite I was often worried that if I focused on a waterfall, rather than the rocks around it the shot might turn out strange, but it all was crisp and beautiful regardless of which I chose to use as the focus point.)

Last minute advice: Make sure you...
1) get one (or more) 256 or 512 flash card as the measly one that comes with the camera only allows for about 20-30 pictures. I recommend SanDisk 512 which Amazon currently sells for under $40. 512 Mb will give you well over 350 pictures on the default settings. (I believe I got 385 or so on mine.)
2) get 2 sets of rechargable batteries and a car-charger.
3) get a case with a silky lining that snugly fits your camera so as not to scratch anything. And make sure it has an outside pocket for extra batteries and an extra flash card. I recommend one that closes completely (with a zipper) so it will get protected from rain or if you drop it in a puddle or something.

That's all. Happy photo-shooting! :)

2-0 out of 5 stars hope this one don't break!
Well, just got my A95 in the mail. I was VERY reluctant to buy it, since I bought the Powershot A70 only a year and a half ago and already it is broken.The only reason I went for the A95, after feeling burned by the A70 (same at A95, except with 3.2 MP and no flip LCD) was because I had already spent lots of money on Compact Flash cards and this was one of the few that still uses CF.
Frankly, I'm really pissed off at Canon for making a camera that didn't even last 2 years under normal usage.Now all my shots have these horizontal lines across it that ruin every photo. The guy at the camera shop says it must be some problem with the chip and I can send it back to Canon for $160+!! I had heard such good things about these cameras, but I guess durability is not one of them.I'm hoping I was just unlucky with the A70 and my A95 lasts longer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Canon is the best...
I can blindly purchase Canon's Digicam, they are so reliable. I was looking for a camera that can provide me the a resolution together with a proper zoom.

This camera comes my way as it provides 3x optical zoom solving my purpose and a good resolution with 5MP at a pretty reasonable cost.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Can't Buy A Better Camera For Less Money
Nobody knows more than I, what I don't know.That's where Canon comes in.Easy, economical, low carb technology that's easy on the draw, low tar, and has a taste that's right for me.

The Canon PowerShot (not to be confused with the Canon MoneyShot), brings affordable, big box technology, big bam boom.

So, if you want all of your days to seem sunny as summer weather, make sure, when there's housework to be done, that you do it, together! ... Read more


2. Canon PowerShot S410 4MP Digital Elph with 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon
list price: $449.99
our price: $229.88
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Asin: B0001G6U5M
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 1
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Capture enough detail for photo-quality 11x15 enlargements thanks to the 4-megapixel sensor on the Canon PowerShot 5MP Digital Elph Camera. And the Print/Share button lets you quickly print directly to your printer or upload images to your PC. Features: 3x optical zoom plus 3.6x digital zoom for 11x total; 9-point autofocus; movie mode; PictBridge compatible; store images on Compact Flash Type I memory cards (32MB card included); elegant compact design; 1.5 low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (118,000 pixels); real-image optical zoom viewfinder; built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, and slow sync modes; voice record function; and continuous shooting: 2.2 frames (maximum 14 images). ... Read more

Features

  • Store images on Compact Flash Type I memory cards (32 MB card included)
  • Powered by rechargeable battery pack NB-1LH (included with charger)
  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • Canon 3x optical zoom lens with 3.6x digital zoom
  • 9-point autofocus; movie mode; PictBridge compatible

Reviews (93)

4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT CAMERA
I JUST HAD TO WRITE BECAUSE I READ ON SOMEONE'S REVIEW THAT DIGITAL CAMERAS WILL NEVER TAKE THE SAME QUALITY PHOTOS AS SIMILAR PRICED REGULAR CAMERAS. HOGWASH.I HAVE A CANON ELPH THAT TAKES FILM AND THE CANON S410 DIGITAL AND THE DIGITAL CAMERA TAKES FAR SUPERIOR PRINTED PICS THAN THE FILM VERSION - BETTER CLARITY AND COLOR.I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT FOR NEW DIGITAL USERS - DIGITAL IS SUPERIOR TO FILM CAMERAS HANDS DOWN.MY ONLY PROBLEM IS MY LCD SCREEN BROKE - I WAS CARELESS.BE SURE TO ALWAYS KEEP YOUR CAMERA IN CASE AT ALL TIMES WHEN NOT IN USE.

1-0 out of 5 stars Short Lifespan
I bought this for my fiance, and while it worked, we were both very happy with the size and quality of pictures.But then the day came, less than a year after buying it, that it decided to stop working.Very frustrating, and it seems like we are not the only ones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good value but limited features.
I like the camera and for the price it is a pretty good option.

5-0 out of 5 stars CFCard Error Repair
I had good luck (so far) fixing the CF Card Error on my Canon Digital Elph.Here is what I did.I removed the memory card and battery.Then I removed every screw I could see on the outside of the camera.I opened the CF card door and carefully opened up the camera a crack and blew inside. (I did not even remove the case completely.) Then I closed it up and replaced the battery and CF card.THE CAMERA WORKS NOW!
(Note: The tiny screws look alike but they are NOT!Keep track of each screw and place them on a card with labels or something so you know which screw goes where.)

My camera was 3 years old when the CF Card Error appeared all of a sudden, for no apparent reason.It is an S200 digital elph.After trying a new card, a new battery and other things that did not work, I contacted Canon. I received the same response as other people: repairs would cost at least $150 OR I could upgrade to a "refurbished" S410 for $175 (only six month warranty on this one).

So I decided to buy a NEW one rather than buy the refurbished one. Amazon had a great deal on the S410 (came with battery, card, software, cables, etc.) so I ordered it.

Then, since my old one was headed for the trash can, I decided to look inside.I don't why looking and/or blowing inside it fixed it, but it really did!I am very happy right now.I hope this works for other people.Who knows, it might work with other cameras too.Spead the word if it does.

I get stunning photos with my S200 so I canceled my order for the S410.However, most people would probably like the S410 even better than the out-dated, low megapixel one I have. I will likely upgrade to another Canon Elph in the near future.For now, I am completely nonplused by the fact that my S200 is working again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Error code E18
One month after going out of warrenty,I got the common E18 error code that 1000's of others have reported.The camera is now useles.I will never buy another Canon camera....

John ... Read more


3. Canon Powershot SD400 5MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0007TJ5OG
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 4
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This compact and lightweight Canon PowerShot ELPH 5MP Digital Camera comes equipped with dynamic digital technology. The SD400 has a 5-megapixel resolution with a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. Camera's 2" low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (118,000 pixels) gives a big image preview and playback. Other features include real-image optical zoom viewfinder; 9-point autofocus; Fast Frame Rate movie mode; PictBridge compatible; SD memory card compatible; built-in flash with auto and red-eye reduction modes and continuous shooting: 2.1 shots per second. Also includes software, USB and A/V cables, AC adapter kit and wrist strap. Made in USA. 2Hx1Wx3-1/3L". ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion battery; stores images on SD memory card
  • 5-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom; 2.0-inch LCD display; ultra-compact design (.8 inches thick)
  • Enhanced movie mode with fast 60-frame-per-second capture rate
  • DIGIC II Image Processor provides fast, accurate image processing

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars No complaints - great camera
Same story as the other reviews: fantastic camera. It is about the size of a pack of cards, or smaller; IMO, this is about as small as most people would want. Pictures are excellent. Video is excellent.

I disagree with another review, in which it was stated that you cannot zoom while video recording; my SD400 can zoom while video recording just fine. However, the zoom control is pretty loud in the video clip.

For me, this camera eliminates the need for a separate video camera. I have a 1-gigabyte SD card, which is enough for more than 8 minutes of video. If you want to spice up your DVD slide shows with occational video clips, as I do, this is perfect.

Battery life seems to be greatly improved over the older digital elph model I owned. IMO, most people would never exhaust their battery in a full day picture taking. Recharge takes only 90 minutes.

Camera menus are simple and easy to navigate; a pretty big improvement over my old elph.

5-0 out of 5 stars SUPER CAMERA!
This is the first digital camera that I have bought.All I have to say is that this is one of the smartest buys I have ever made. The photo quality is absolutely impeccable. The 2 in. LCD is a very high resolution.AutoFocus, start-up, and shot-to-shot times are all quicker then possibly anyone would need. I recommend buying this camera in conjunction with a Canon PIXMA photo printer in which case you can get a $70 mail-in rebate from Canon... so if you buy a Canon PIXMA iP3000 printer from amazon you basically will only be paying 10 bucks for it.Overall I highly recommend this wonderful camera to all classes of photographers... from beginners to experts.I never expected so much could be packed into such a small device.

P.S. Macro Mode in the SD400 IS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars SD400 only improves the Elph series
Whenever a new version of a favorite product is released, I always worry that it won't be as good as the last, that I'll be disappointed in some way.The SD400 is the third Canon ELPH I've owned, and it does not disappoint.

As a long time user, I was extremely pleased that not only did the SD400 improve upon my last Canon (S400), it also didn't change or remove any of the functionality that I had grown accustomed to using.

Plenty of reviews here praise this camera in general terms, so I will instead compare major changes compared with the Canon S400/410.Some are subtle, others more obvious.

* Smaller and lighter than the S400

* A larger LCD than the S400.

* USB 2.0 (notably faster) instead of the USB 1.1 in the S400.

* 5MP instead of 4MP.

* Digic2 instead of Digic (only the SD cameras and SLRs have it at this time).

* Shoots video at double the resolution (640x480) steadily until memory card is full.

* The default version of ZoomBrowser software (5.x) is much improved from the older versions -- faster and smoother to use, with better features to control the camera.The new version can be downloaded for older cameras.

* Same metal casing, but a small plastic hinge flap covers the output ports now, instead of a rubber one.

* Uses SD memory cards instead of CF1.These can be notably faster than CF1.

* The physical controls are slightly more closely packed together, but I had no trouble with pressing the wrong ones by accident or anything like that.If anything, the small controls are better organized than previously.I always used to rotate the S400's dial into the wrong mode, which has not been a problem with the new layout which uses a slider switch and software menus.

* Far more shooting modes (such as portrait, pets&children, night snapshot, etc), and better control over focus method, flash metering, exposure metering, etc.It's not a manual SLR, but it gets as close as pocket digital camera can.

* Much faster feeling.Shooting a photo and having it stored to my "ultra" (high speed) SD memory card seems to take less than half the time it used to with the S400.

Highly recommended, no complaints at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dual purpose camera for pictures and videos
I am not going to write a long review since the others have done an excellent job with that.

I just want to point out that with this camera you don't really need a handycam video camera anymore since it takes very good videos with sound at 640x480 resolution at 30 frames per second.Using Windows Movie Maker you can create your own movies and email them in compressed format to your friends.That is much more versatile than working with a Handycam.

The main drawback on the video function is that you can't zoom while filming.So I suggest taking several clips and stitching them together later with Windows Movie Maker.With that software a 1 minute video is only 5 MB in wmv format (or whatever size you want), so it can be easily emailed alongside your pictures.

I suggest getting a 1 GB SD Card with it if you plan on taking lots of movies.They really have come down in price.Make sure you get a "high speed card" (45x or faster).Compared to similar Sony cameras, the Canon uses much cheaper non proprietary SD memory and has a viewfinder to save batteries.

This camera is so small that you can carry it with you at all times taking pictures and video anywhere you go.What good is a camera if you don't have it with you when the perfect Kodak moment is in front of you?

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this camera!!!
I have always had Canon's for my digital cameras, and recently received the Sd400 as a gift to replace my digital elph.I have nothing but good things to say about this camera. The size is amazing.The shutter speed is fantastic and I love the new version of the ZoonBrowser.The movie feature works fabulously.I can't wait to get a bigger SD card to start taking more pictures.The 16 MB one that comes with it isn't even worth the cost of making it.Your going to have to get a bigger one, obviously.I would highly recommend this camera. ... Read more


4. Canon Powershot S2 IS 5MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0009GZSSO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 5
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

5-megapixel effective recording * 12X optical zoom with ultra-low dispersion (UD) lens and ultrasonic motor (USM) * Image Stabilizer * 4X digital/48X total zoom * 1-13/16" flip-out color LCD * ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by four AA-size batteries; stores images on SD memory cards
  • 5.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 12x optical zoom; 1.8-inch vari-angle LCD display
  • Records VGA film at 30 frames per second with stereo sound; includes wind filter and adjustable levels for sound
  • MovieSnap feature allows you to capture a 5.0 MP still image while recording a movie; also features digital zoom and manual focus options for movies

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is my perfect camera!
I have been upgrading my digital cameras every couple years and my dream camera was one that was compact, 5-6MP, 10-12X zoom, and image-stabilized. This is it!! It won't fit in your pocket but will go in a medium size camera bag. My camera goes with me everywhere in my purse; I always like to be ready for that once-in-a-lifetime picture, and this camera starts up so fast you won't miss a shot. The clarity, color,and detail of the pictures are excellent. The menu and settings are super easy to use. I love the 12X zoom because I am a nature and wildlife photographer and the image stabilizer makes the camera shake a non-issue. I would highly recommend getting a larger SD card - I got a 512mb, which lets me shoot all day. Battery life is not too bad and I just carry extra AAs in my bag. It is a bit expensive but I got a good deal at Amazon and it has been worth every penny. I can highly recommend this camera, Canon has come through with the best of class!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best word to describe it is "WOW!'
I'm not a deeply experienced digital camera buff. But, I'm fairly tech literate, have a very critical eye for color, detail, and composition for photos and painting, and I did my homework on this purchase. Tried out Kodak, Nikon, and Konica cameras with similar MP and zoom specs and features, and the Canon Powershot S1. Didn't even KNOW the store had this Canon S2 model in yet, and stumbled across it. The better quality in its clarity, color and sharpness images was IMMEDIATELY apparent. So, too, was the ease with which I could quickly navigate the settings (as a complete novice) and find what would get me a dynamite shot. I've had it less than 24 hours and have tested out its Macro, Super Macro, optical zoom, optical + digital zoom, autofocus, and a few other settings. With Macro and Super Macro I'm already getting professional quality images with detail, exact color, and clarity that would blow you away. Other settings are good, but my skill in applying them is lacking so the compositions are not stellar.

Other competing cameras did not come close to matching the color reproduction of the Canon, nor did they match the image clarity, ease of handling, set up of menus... Most were not a patch on this camera. In fact, with the exception of the Nikon and Konica Minolta Z5, the Canon Powershot S1 beat most of the 5 MP cameras for color and clarity, too. So, if money is an issue you might consider whether you would be happy with 8"x10" as a maximum enlargement and go with the 3.2 MP Canon instead. But, if you want 5MP detail, high-speed 48x zoom with image stabilization, color and clarity that will blow you away, plus features and form organized to make it a breeze to use...get the Powershot S2.

It's expensive, but WORTH EVERY PENNY. While you've got your pocketbook open, plan on getting over to Wally World and buying a good 1hr recharger and two sets of 4 NIMH batteries for this puppy, plus at least one 1GB high-speed SD card (San Disk Ultra II or Lexar 32x). You should be able to cram in about 800 full-size, full detail 1.2 MB photos on a single SD card that way. If you can get a better deal on 512 MB SD cards and wonder if you should get several of those instead of one whopping big 1GB card, go for it. Swapping the card out is a breeze. If you plan on needing more, memory is getting cheaper every day. But be sure to get the high speed stuff to save on batteries and keep the options open for fast continuous shooting.

I am running a Gateway tablet PC with Windows XP and haven't even installed the Canon photo shop type software for image manipulation. But, with XP it's plug-and-play to download images. I hooked up the USB cable and in a snap my test photos were downloaded to a folder under MyPictures. No muss, no fuss, no setup, not learning new software...a breeze.

Bought this camera to satisfy my desire to get telephoto shots and macro close ups for artsy photog hobbying, selling stuff online, bird- and animal-watching. Also got it to satisfy my wife's need for a portrait camera that would allow fast shooting without a lot of composition set-up, yet have enough megapixel detail to allow it to be cropped later and still blow up if need be. This bad boy has it all, and then some. I am delighted with it and haven't even begun to tap its potential. ... Read more


5. NIKON D70 Digital SLR Camera Kit ( Lens Included )
by Nikon
list price: $1,499.99
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Asin: B0001LGDAO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 55
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

6.1-megapixel effective recording * AF-S DX 18-70mm Zoom-Nikkor f/3.5-4.5 lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-105mm) * compatible with AF, AF-S and DX Nikkor lenses * 1-13/16" color LCD * SLR viewfinder (with diopter adjustment) * ... Read more

Features

  • Image sizes to 3008 x 2000 pixels
  • Up to 1/8000 second shutter speed -- synch speed of 1/500 second for flash
  • Flexible Digital Vari-Program modes include Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Landscape & Auto
  • File formats include Nikon's RAW mode (NEF), JPEG formats or exclusive compressed JPEG & NEF combination
  • Built-in creative lighting system and 3D Color Matrix Meter enable effective shooting in any lighting environment

Reviews (76)

1-0 out of 5 stars Wow great product Nikon
After 13 months of light use my Nikon D70 will not turn on, and Nikon wants to charge me for them to fix it. That's right folks, one month out of warranty.

A great camera when it turns on, are you willing to deal with the chance of it dying?I'm certainly not!

Boo Nikon, Boo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nikon D70 Photo Samples
I will not rehash all the features as you can read the specs and all the other reviews for that. The camera is incredible. Not to mention once you start getting lenses for it, maybe a few years down the road you will be ready to upgrade, well then all you need to do it get the next Nikon Digital Body you want. All of your lenses will fit. For some great sample shots, please have a look at my blog to get an idea of it's potential...

www.MyCameraEye.com

Scott

5-0 out of 5 stars Pricing
I have to agree this camera is the best.The colors are amazing.I am curious about price I see it advertised for as low as $689 for the kit

5-0 out of 5 stars D70 and Using AIS lenses
AIS lenses are a joy to use with the D70, even in the manual flash mode.If you have a working knowledge of Shutter Speed, Fstop, ISO and
how it affects picture quality you will find the D70 with the AIS huge fun.Just set the Camera to manual, thumb wheel the speed required andbracket a few photo's for the lighting of the situation (easy to qualify in the monitor) then just focus and shoot.Same thing in the speedlight, when setting up the camera invoke the detailed menue (it defaults to the simple menue so you will need to read the manual to go through the steps)go to the flash, set it to manual,(dont forget to return it to ttl after) it will ask what strength flash you want 1/16 works the best (full strength down to 1/16) for all around shots, manually popup the flash with the button next to it, set the speed to 60 and shoot away...with excellent results..
Regards ...tc

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW what a digital camera!
I love this camera. It performs just as it states. My pictures have been awsome and the worst one yet is better than my older Minolta's best shot. I recommend this camera to anyone looking for a SLR digital. The only downside I have seen is that it transfers the pictures via USB at a slow rate. I recommend using an external card read, which is so so so fast. ... Read more


6. Canon PowerShot A510 3.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B0007KQUP2
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 6
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This compact and lightweight Canon PowerShot 3.2MP Digital Camera comes fully equipped with big-time technological features. The A510 has a 3.2-megapixel resolution with a 4x optical zoom and 3.2x digital zoom. Camera's 1.8" low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (115,000 pixels) gives a big image preview and playback. Other features include real-image 4x optical zoom viewfinder; 9-point autofocus; AVI movie mode; PictBridge compatible; SD/MMC card compatible; built-in flash with auto and red-eye reduction modes and continuous shooting: 2.3 shots per second. Made in USA. 2-1/2Hx1-1/2Wx3-1/2L". ... Read more

Features

  • Print/Share button for easy direct printing and downloads, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with Canon CP printers
  • Stores images on SD or MultiMedia Cards (MMC); powered by 2 AA batteries
  • 3.2 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 10 x 14-inch prints
  • 4x optical zoom, 9-point AiAF, 13 shooting modes
  • Large 1.8-inch display; D!GIG Image Processor for faster speed and vibrant colors

Reviews (27)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera if your subject is standing still
If you are taking pictures of babies, pets, or anything else that is not stationary and will not pose on demand, you might want to consider another camera. I am not a camera guru, so this is not a factor I even considered when purchasing. I read the online reviews and they were all good so I went with it. Some had mentioned slow shutter speed, but I figured since I wasn't a fan of NASCAR this would not be a problem. You don't know slow shutter speed until you've experienced it, and you will experience it with this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera!
I looked at MANY point and shoot digital cameras and had the following criteria:
-pocket size
-take AA batteries
-optical zoom at least 3X (this camera 4X)
-video capture with sound
-solid build quality
-feels good in hands
The Canon A510 met ALL of my requirements. This camera takes GREAT pictures and is very easy to operate (AUTO setting). For the more advanced users, this camera also offers many manual controls....AA's go rather quickly. Buy rechargeable NIMH AA's.
Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Go ahead and buy it
I just wanted a digital camera.Nothing too complex, but with enough features that once I got used to it, I could branch out to new things.
I shopped & shopped.Looked at about 100 or cameras online, read a ton of reviews, and asked friends who had cameras, and finally figured out want I wanted:

Point & shoot - a camera with which I could take basic family photos.
3+ megapixels-enough to get great resolution up to 8 X 10 prints, without having to pay a ton of money.
Features- but not so many options that I would have to take a class to figure it all out.
Hand friendly - small enough to carry along anywhere, but big enough that I didn't feel like a giant trying to operate tiny little controls.

Well, this camera was absolutely perfect.I took my first picture approximately 5 min. after opening the box.Literally put in the batteries and memory card, turned on the power, and hit the shutter.My first attempt at downloading photos to my computer would have been flawless if I had ony remembered to actually turn the camera on. (pesky little details)
The pictures are the best I have ever taken, were incredibly easy to take, and I haven't even begun to explore the possibilities.For the price, which was phenomenal, I am more than pleased.And I didn't have to hang around Best Buy for hours waiting on some teenager with angst.Double bonus!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little pocket camera !!
All in all, this is a GREAT little camera ! It is really versatile (full AUTO to full MANUAL), inexpensive, excellent point and shoot quality,very small, and takes awesome pictures.It also is battery friendly and uses AA batteries.

I have bought numerous digital cameras and I love this one! I got this to throw in my pocket when I do not want to lug around my Fuji S7000.This camera is far superior to the Nikon Coolpix I bought for my wife as a point and shoot digicam.

Go buy one-you'll probably buy a second one for a family member as you will be so impressed by its quality and price. Way to go Canon !!

2-0 out of 5 stars I am returning mine--disappointed
After much research online I bought this for an upcoming overseas trip. I have several other digital cameras but wanted a small one w/ good optical zoom for the trip. Here is the problem--this camera takes WAY WAY WAY too long to power up between flash shots. It sometimes takes WAY too long between no-flash shots, and it sometimes simply freezes in lens-open position and must be turned off and on again. I bought a high speed write Panasonic SD card, so the problemis not a cheap SD card. I have tried using different and fresh batteries. Possibly, since it runs on 2 AA batteries, it is just underpowered for it's own engineering. Second problem, in a loud enviroment, such as live music, it is very difficult to know if the camera actually took a shot or not when the button was pressed. If you can't hear it's little beep or click, you cannot tell by a indicator light.And since it takes so long to get ready for the next shot, you just don't know if you are actually getting the picture or not.When it does take a shot, the outdoor pictures looked good, but I found I missed as many shots as I got. Very frustrating. I took some no/flash shots at an indoor dance & live music event w/ this camera the first day and the pictures were so disappointing that I took my larger Toshiba M500 the next day. No comparison, same light,etc...but the photos the second day were great. Of course the Toshiba M500 and M700 are much bigger cameras, but I paid about the same for them as this Canon. ... Read more


7. Sony Cybershot DSCT7 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)
by Sony
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B0007XY6QY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 29
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

5.1-megapixel recording * Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens * 3X optical zoom (2X digital/6X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * 2-1/2" color LCD * MPEG Movie VX with audio * ... Read more

Features

  • Stores images on Memory Stick Duo media; captures VGA audio-video clips (length limited only by media)
  • 5.1 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 3x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Amazing compact design--camera is 3/8 inch thin at its narrowest and 5/8 inch at its thickest
  • Powered by rechargeable InfoLithium battery (included); comes with Cybershot Station for easy connection to computer or TV

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great consumer-level point-and-shoot digital camera
If you are just an amateur photographer that is either finally switching from analog to digital or just want a decent camera to take on family vacations or school projects, this is a great camera. It is small, lightweight, and does just about anything you could possibly need it to do. It won't take pictures of hummingbirds feeding across a forest bed, but it will take a decent photo of the grand canyon. The quality of the 3x optical zoom is really good, but the picture is sacrificed slightly as you try to artifically enhance it with the digital zoom. The battery life is good enough to take on extended trips from your hotel or on a hike without having to carry around a charger or spare batteries. If you plan on taking lots of high quality large photos, you will need to get a larger memory stick (64 MB will work, 128 MB even better), but the memory stick it comes with will be enough to photograph your child's birthday party as long as you download the photos onto your computer afterwards. At 5.1 MegaPixels, this camera will pick up hairs on a persons head and it will even be able to define a flea in the hair. 5.1 MP is enough to make clear 8x10 prints.There are 6+ MegaPixel cameras out there, but at the consumer level there is really no point in spending the money on one (7.2 MP won't come in handy unless you are making 15x20 prints or are a student taking pictures through a microscope or a telescope--it is more of a prosumer level) All around, while Sony's camera lenses may not compare with Canon or Olympus, Sony makes up for it with their superior knowledge of how to make a great consumer digital device and turn it into a decent digital camera. It is a great value for the price.

2-0 out of 5 stars Super stylish body, super horrible picture quality
I was looking for a ultraslim camera to replace my 2 years old Canon S400 which is still too thick and heavy for me as a snapshot camera.When I first saw the T7, I was attracted to its super sexy style.So the T7 automatically sit on top of my short list for the next camera.(the others are Panasonic FX7, Canon SD400 and Nikon S1)Before I made the decision, I have read a lot of reviews online regarding the T7, people are either love it or hate it, and I understand why soon after I got my hands on the it...

I purchased the Sony T7 from a local store (although Amazon offer a better price, it would be a huge hassle if I don't like it and decide to return it).But soon after taking a few pictures with the camera, I discover that this is definitely not a camera for me.

For those people who highly rated this camera, those are the people who love sexy and stylish gadgets, in this category, T7 should be a perfect choice.It is super stylish, slimmer than anyone could imagine for a 5MP camera and it is definitely an eye-catcher and a head turner that people just can't keep their eyes off it!

However, after I calm down from it's stunning appearance and start using it, I immediately realize the reasons why so many users of T7 left negative feedbacks.The camera is too small that it is awkward to hold and take pictures steadily.Lens and the large LCD screen are prone to the fingerprints.All of the pictures took indoor is grainy and noisy, even with the help of flash.The flash is so weak that it hardly reach over 6 ft.Using the red-eye reduction function will further induce handshaking effects and ghosting effects when taking pictures indoor due time required to steadily hold the camera is longer.Ironically, a camera of it's size is prone to red-eye since the lens and the flash is so closely located.

In short, the image quality of all the pictures T7 took are disappointingly lower than the pictures took with my 2 years old Canon S400.The supporters of T7 may argue that T7 is much smaller than S400.That's true, however, personally, at this price, I would expect the picture quality is on par or at least come close to my 2 years old S400.

PRO
- Super slim, super stylish and attractive
- Body feels sturdy and well build
- 2.5" large LCD screen
- Very fast start time

CONS
- Difficult to hold steadily
- Weak flash
- Weak battery life (Additional battery pack cost $50)
- Use MS Duo/Duo Pro (Which costs approx 50% more than SD with similar speed)
- Pictures taken indoor are noisy and grainy
- Prone to red eye, but prone to hand shake when using red eye reduction
- Lens and LCD screen are prone to fingerprints

After playing with the T7 and the comparison tests with my old S400, it is very clear to me that T7 isn't a camera that worth its price.The bottom line, how good is a camera if it can't take even decent quality pictures even though it looks cool on the outside?I am going to return it to the store and luckly they don't charge for restocking.

I am going to continue my research on the other cameras on my list (Nikon S1, Panasonic FX7 and Canon SD400) which are just a little thicker than T7 and cost approx $100 less!So far, I have seen less complaints on each of these cameras than T7.

3-0 out of 5 stars I got what I expected I suppose - cool but disappointing
$500, and I expected great performance as well as the latest gadgetry.

Plus side:Small, easy menus, light, quick docking, good performance in bright light outdoors

Down side:Sliding cover turns on too easily accidentally and already poor battery is flat when you want to use it.Flash doesn't carry but 5ft which is a problem because though the camera has a good quality Carl Zeiss lens, it is very small and the max apertures are not great which means in practice that the flash cuts in all the time when on auto and if it doesn't and its not bright sunshine, then you get camera shake.Worst I've yet seen for that.

My battery gives about 80 min on the readout after a full charge in picture mode, but if you use the flash, it murders it in no-time at all.

Though the menus are easy to access, certain functions like increasing the exposure one stop etc... are several levels down and are hard to find. Conversely, it is very easy to change picture size, flash setting etc...

I bought this as I have a young daughter and wanted to be able to capture shots even when I didn't have my Canon EOS D60 available.I bought it to replace an Olympus C-2000 2.1 Mp which I gave to my parents.Though the new sony is very compact and dead cool to have out, I'd probably rather go back to the 2.1Mp Olympus if I needed to get a great shot.1600x1200 is quite enough for the average person as long as the quality is good. 2592x1944 is great for cropping but doesn't replace a quality image to begin with.

Herewith the big proof that the "how about another Megapixel" game that the manufacturers play is to be avoided.If you want to take very specific types of pictures, outdoors bright sunlight or indoors portrait close flash, it does very well.The full screen video is actually quite good as long as you have great light too.
Everything else I found very disappointing.If you're considering this as your only camera I would look much more carefully and look at a Canon Powershot, Nikon coolpix, Olympus C-xxxx or similar or you will most likely be disappointed too.

Oh and as the 1Gb Pro Duo memory sticks are back ordered forever (to quote my dealer), be sure to check eBay or equivalent to make sure you will have one in time for your first shooting trip because not many 5Mb pictures fit on the 32Mb card!

3-0 out of 5 stars Great camera, wait for a latter version...
OK, so your thinking of buying this camera... well, its understandable, its a beautifull camera, has tons of features and it will make you the envy of every other digital camera holder... BUT what's to happen when you print your photos? They come out sub par. I have a SD10 from Canon, wich is an older model and takes better pictures then this one.

Image Quality will get about a 6/10
Looks 10/10
Battery life 4/10
Flash (wich affects picture quality) 3/10

I recomend holding out till they make a newer model. Why? Battery life and flash are things camera makers usually correct with time... why spend around $450 bucks for a camera thats going to have a better and improved model in a few months.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
What I like most about this camera is that it is so small yet built very well indeed. After reading some of the reviews on the net I was willing to take a chance on a 500.00 credit card sized machine! I have to say that I tested it under many conditions, outside light, outside dark, inside bright, dark, etc. From the box the camera is stunning but when you mess a bit with the options you can get better quality. Out of the box quality is amazing enough that you would never need to change a thing! I do have to agree that you will need a spare battery for this puppy as it did seem to go down like a rock... but then again most cell phone batteries will die in the same or less time with constant use... so it isnt a bid deal. Also the memory stick is great, you can hold over 100 pictures in 1m mode (im not sure why anyone shoots 5m pics anyway...) and are great for general use on the computer or for tv. The video works great as does the recorded sound. I really cant say enough about this baby, I am sure the nerds will gripe about small things but then again someone can always bitch about something! You will love this camera, it is great! Small, well built and shoots QUICK and great quality pics. ... Read more


8. Nikon Coolpix 5900 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Nikon
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B0007KQWEG
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 18
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Up your digital photo I.Q. with this brilliant Nikon Coolpix 5MP Digital Camera. The 5900 has a 5-megapixel resolution with a 4x optical zoom plus 3x digital zoom for total zoom of 12x. Camera's massive 2" amorphous silicon TFT color LCD with brightness adjustment offers easy viewing and playback. Other features include real-image optical zoom viewfinder; Contrast AF autofocus; TV movie mode with sound; internal memory equipped (SD memory card compatible); built-in speedlight with all-new face priority and auto and red-eye reduction modes; 10-second self-timer and continuous shooting: 1.3 frame shots per second. Imported. 2-2/5Hx1-2/5Wx3-1/2L". ... Read more

Features

  • Macro shooting as close as 1.6 inches
  • Powered by a Lithium-ion battery (included); stores images on SD memory cards
  • 5.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom through a quality Zoom-Nikkor lens (zoom is equivalent to 38-114mm in a 35mm camera)
  • 2.0-inch LCD display; exclusive Nikon In-Camera Red-Eye Fix

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars What else can be said? This is an excellent camera.
I just recently purchased the 5900 a couple of weeks ago, and have been extremely pleased with the quality, features and ease of use that this camera brings. I used to own a Coolpix 4300 and it too gave me great shots. But one thing that the 5900 improves on besides the in-camera red-eye sensor, is the fact that I no longer have to contend with a camera lens cover. When you hold this camera, you know you have a sophisticated piece of equipment. It doesn't feel like some cheap toy you picked up from the toy store. For it's size, it has nice balance. Quite simply the best camera for the buck. If there was one thing I would improve on, it would be to add better photo editing software.

5-0 out of 5 stars First Digital Camera
So after a weekend Cinco de Mayo party where everyone attending owned and was operating a digital camera, I figured it was time to join the revolution.After some research, I decided to go with this camera for the price, and the reviews that I had read in digital camera forums across the net.I am not an expert on digital cameras, nor will I even attempt to elaborate on shutter speed or anything of the sort.What I do know is that this 5.1MP camera captures incredibly vivid pictures, which when viewed on my camera for the first time last night solidified my decision to purchase this fine piece of electronics ingenuity.The video capture mode is also amazing, except I'm going to have to figure how to run them smoothly on my comp, but that could just take some simple editing.Size of the camera is amazing, and it literally fits in your back pocket( it may be slightly larger in construction vs. the canon SD series, but for the prices its unbeatable).I recommend this camera highly, and I'm pleased to add another 5 star rating to this wonderful camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed so far
I have been researching/shopping for my first digital camera for a little while now. My first camera was Nikon 6006 and after 14 years is still producing amazing pictures. That probabaly played a role in my leaning towards Coolpix. I have been using 5900 for 4 days now. So far this is what I know
-Easy to shoot (without a tripod)
-I don't like reading manuals and so far didn't have to
-Bought a 1 GB Ultra 2 SD card from Costco(89), easy to install and format (not as fast as I thought it would be)
-Good quality movie capture (not the audio part), although that is not what I intend to use it for
-Not overly impressed with digital zoom, optical works as it is suppose to

Haven't decided on a printer yet. If you plan to buy one of the Epson printer, buy it with the camera or else you would not be able to use the advertised rebate. (Read the fine print on back page of rebate form.) From what little I have read so far, I am not leaning towards Epson. I will report back in a few weeks after I have used the photo software and made some prints.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pleased, but not entirely thrilled. sample photos link here
Here's a link to some 3MP and 1 5MP random pics I took.Click on the dog to view more.
http://www.pbase.com/digitaltim/nikon_5900_pics


Overall I'm very happy with this camera.

I'm not crazy about the lack of sharpness, but I think it might be from motion blur. Some shots are fairly clear, but I'm often deleting fuzzy pics. I have a couple digital olympus cameras that are 2X the size, but much clearer. The 640 X 480 30fps videos w/ sound are great, especially considering its a compact camera - no complaints in the videos. The sound in the video is better than I expected, not perfect -->adequate. (my latest camcorder is a canon zr-85, which I'm weighing my opinions against in the video department) The cam lightens videos when needed. It's useful for candle or dimly lit rooms.

The camera feels solid, its fun to use, and easy. For me its a nice point and shoot.

Its tough to say whether or not I'd buy this again. The pics are good, not excellent. I think alot of the sharpness problems would be fixed with a tripod.I'm really happy with the video quality from this camera, but I'd look at other cams before deciding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality:price ratio!
This is my first digital camera. Before this I owned a Pentax and a Canon SLR and a Canon ELPH APS camera. I was pretty set on getting a Canon, but after doing a lot of online research and visiting many camera stores, I decided on the Nikon CoolPix 5900 - and I'm glad I did.

As far as I can tell this camera beats every other in its price range on advanced features. I won't go over them here, you can look at the product description for a list of them, then go to the page for the Canon SD300 (or any other brand) and compair. Also note that the SD400, Canon's 5MP camera, is actually priced at $399 and the 4MP SD300 is at $349, though you can currently get discounts on both. More importantly, the standard image quality is on-par with Canon and Sony (the only real competition in this range if you ask me), and when you throw in in-camera red-eye removal and D-Lighting it goes a step beyond. I know there are many other quality companies making cameras in this price range, but after reviewing actual prints from just about every one, it became aparent that Canon and Nikon in particular always looked noticably better in my opinion.

Also of note are the quality Nikkor ED optics, sturdy and light aluminum body, 2" LCD with a stunningly (really) high refresh rate and an excellen user interface, 640x480 movie mode at 30FPS with sound and surprisingly long battery life.

I highly recommend this product to anyone looking into getting a digital camera or looking to replace their aging one. ... Read more


9. Canon Powershot SD300 4MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $399.95
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Asin: B00064O89Y
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 25
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

4-megapixel effective recording * DIGIC II processor * UA lens for improved color accuracy and small size * 2" color LCD viewscreen * optical viewfinder * 3X optical/3.6X digital/11X total zoom * ... Read more

Features

  • New Scene Modes including Digital Macro Mode to widen shooting capabilities
  • Print/Share button for effortless one-touch direct printing and downloads
  • The ultra-sleek, ultra-slim Canon PowerShot SD300 delivers 4.0 megapixels of resolution--enough to make photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • New large 2.0-inch LCD screen for easy image preview and playback
  • First in the PowerShot line to use a DIGIC II Image Processor for even faster processing speed, excellent image quality, and crisp vibrant colors

Reviews (54)

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice little camera
I purchased this camera to replace a Pentax Optio 330 which got wet and died.

This is a nice little camera, much smaller than the small Pentax that it replaced. It takes very nice pictures. The LCD screen is nice and bright, but beware - it scratches easily. The pictures don't seem as vivid as they did with the Pentax, but they could be considered more realistic with the Canon. The time difference between pushing the shutter button and the picture being taken is much shorter on the Canon.

My only beef that I have is that the 'auto' mode doesn't let me change two settings that I like to tweak.

The first one is the auto-focus selection. The camera focuses on what it 'thinks' you want to focus on (of multiple focus points). It does provide an indication of what it selected. But, you have no way of overriding that in auto mode. You must switch to one of the other modes for that override capability.

The other is the ability to force the flash to turn on, which I use often outdoors for fill-flash. You cannot force the flash on in 'auto' mode. Yet again, you must get out of auto mode to change this setting. You can force the flash to stay off in auto mode, but not force it to go on.

This is a nice camera to take along when you don't want to carry your larger SLR. Just be careful not to scratch that LCD screen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Little Camera!
This was my first foray into a digital camera that came with much dismay about whether to finally take the plunge.Having been a long time Canon 35mm owner, I looked at this and many other options.

This camera has been a great find.It has a large screen, easy to use controls for point and shoot fun.I used this camera on a recent week long trip to China after having owned it for only one week.I hauled along the 35mm just in case... needless to say that roll of film is still in the camera weeks later.The joy of taking a picture and checking the quality are worth the jump to digital.Colors and clarity were excellent with this camera.Shooting in the mid-quality mode let me get 300 pictures and some short video clips onto the 512 MB card with room to spare.Another added bonus was the size and ease of portability.Movie mode is great, but will eat up your memory card.Go for the 1G card if you want to take a lot of footage.Size and weight were a major concern for me and this does not disappoint.It will fit in the palm of your hand, yet is light and offers the benefits a large screen.

A couple of small downsides include getting used to the focus with this camera, particularly for long distance shots and figuring out which mode will accomplish this task best.Sometimes having too many modes is almost a hassle.It also would be great if this camera had a slightly better way to review the most recent picture, but eventually you'll get it.The other twist is the lack of a battery monitor.Keep an extra battery on hand because once the indicator comes up you have about five pics left.

I also picked up the accessory pack with an extra battery.I managed to use the two batteries to take mearly 300 pictures and didn't have to charge over a 9 day vacation.The camera is tough to get out of the holder when on a belt unless there's a strap on the camera.

Quality of prints seems to be excellet.Included software is ok.

Have not experienced any of the cracked screens or error messages other users have reported, but did experience a bit of the condensation problem when going from cold to warm climates.Don't lose your battery charger... made this mistake and a replcement (Canon proprietary) cost $60.

This camera and its prints have made heads turn, particularly from other people who were on the same trip.

5-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars for a superior camera
This is my fourth digital camera in the last twelve months. I am constantly buying new ones in the $300-500 price range and selling them on eBay once they've revealed their flaws to me. Without a doubt, this is the best one I've had and I think it'll stick around for a while. What's good about it:
1. size and style are great; there is nothing that can be improved upon here;
2. the LCD is a nice size without sacrificing the viewfinder;
3. the controls are very easy to access and understand. Though I prefer the point-and-shoot method, I find myself dabbling with the controls a lot and I take better pictures because of it;
4. the time it takes between opening the camera and taking a photo is almost instantaneous. There's no warmup period. Likewise, taking several pictures rapidly is a breeze, no lag time at all;
5. in general, the camera is simple to use. Someone with no experience could pick this up and use immediately; and
6. I wish more cameras would use plain ole AA batteries, but since that's probably never going to happen, Canon's li-on battery is adequate. It lasts a decent amount of time and charges very quickly. The charger is improved in this line from the S410, which was somewhat bigger and more awkward.

And what I don't like:
1. pictures indoors or after dusk just don't turn out that well, regardless of using the nighttime/indoor settings on the camera. I think that the flash is adequate but after all my digital camera trading, have found this to be a universal weakness. It's annoying;
2. no meter for the battery. You get about five pictures once the indicator tells you the battery is on the way out. It's something a lot of people have complained about and doesn't seem like a tough thing for Canon to fix; and
3. the software that comes with the camera is junk. I hate it. I recommend downloading Picasa, which is fabulous, and free.

As for the LCD cracking, that really sucks and I hope it doesn't happen to me. The obvious answer is to pick up a case and cart it around in that. I haven't had any experience with redeye-no more than expected, anyway-or purple fringing. For the price and portability factors, the SD300 can't be beat.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too fragile - avoid.
I strongly recommend not buying this camera. What you get in features, you lose in robustness. The battery cover is plastic and flimsy. The worst is the large LCD screen - there is absolutely *no* protection against minor knocks. My screen cracked after two weeks and I honestly have no idea how it happened (and have to pay big money for repairs)

I wish there would be a digital camera that is as robust and well designedas my iPod....

2-0 out of 5 stars LCD screen cracked
I had mine for about 3 weeks before my LCD screen cracked as well. If you find that it is hard to believe, (...). The camera, itself, takes good quality pictures, but the LCD screen is much too fragile. I sent my camera in and they sent me a bill of $114.05. I had heard from other people that they were not willing to waive the fee, but I decided to give it a try anyways. I simply asked the representative why my camera was not covered under warranty and immediately she says, "Okay.. this will be a ONE TIME free repair". So, ifyour LCD screen was cracked.. send it in, give them a call (nicely), and they'll fix it for free. Once I get it back, I'm selling it and buying a different camera. =) ... Read more


10. Canon PowerShot S500 5MP Digital Elph with 3x Optical Zoom
by Canon
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B0001G6U5W
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 66
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

5-megapixel effective recording * DIGIC processor for better color quality * 1-1/2" color LCD viewscreen * optical viewfinder * JPEG options: resolution up to 2592 x 1944; 2048 x 1536; 1600 x 1200; 640 x 480 * ... Read more

Features

  • Store images on Compact Flash Type I memory cards (32 MB card included)
  • Powered by rechargeable battery pack NB-1LH (included with charger)
  • 5-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 13-by-17-inch enlargements
  • Canon 3x optical zoom lens combines with 4x digital zoom for 12x total zoom
  • 9-point autofocus; movie mode; PictBridge compatible

Reviews (79)

5-0 out of 5 stars this is good
This digital camera isn't really mine though.My dad bought this camera last summer and this camera is pretty cool because it was voted on TIME Magazine that this camera was one of 2004's hottest and best technology.The picture quality is good and you can zoom in as far as you want to.You can also take videos but you may need a bigger Memory card if you want to take videos and pictures together.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for Most Everything!Almost free!
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MOST (the normal user) will not be disappointed!This is a cool small camera.If you want more power (7 megapixel) and a larger camera go to the Canon G6.This fits great in your pocket. The pictures are clear.Relatively easy to use. A good place to start - unless you are wanting to shell out the big bucks.I only wish it came with larger capacity memory card.But they are getting cheaper everyday.1GB seems to be getting cheaper everyday.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Great until something goes wrong
I bought the Canon S500 just before a trip of a lifetime earlier this year. This camera was brilliant while travelling around Australia Asia and the Middle east. The scenic photos I took came out beautifully the colours were vibrant, I couldn't complain. Ironically I make it back home with camera but that's when it all goes wrong.
The camera was knocked off a side table onto a carpet floor; the lcd screen still came up but that was about it, no photos were taken, none of the buttons to change the settings worked,you couldn't play back images or anything. Sending it off to Canon didn't help either. Although Camera was still within the warranty, it would cost a minimum of $150 (no matter what is wrong with these cameras it seems 150 bucks is the standard fee) to fix as the knock to the camera wasn't covered in the warranty. It just didn't seem worth it to pay that much to fix a camera when I could get a new one for a similar price.
Prior to owning the S500 I'd owned the S300. This camera lasted about 3 years (I upgraded to the S500 for the better megapixels and new functions) and it was not as delicate as the S500, it went all over the world and wasn't always in a camera case and operated perfectly, it's ownly fault was it was superceded by newer models. I know camera's are delicate machines but I expected the S500 to hold up a bit better than this. I hope the SD500 has had some of these kinks ironed out

5-0 out of 5 stars GET THIS CAMERA YOU WONT REGRET IT
This is a fantastic camera. Its true you can get yours free...
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5-0 out of 5 stars It's a great camera! And you CAN get it for FREE!
This is an outstanding camera if you want a 5MP that you can easily take with you wherever you go. It fits into your pocket, and takes unbelievably beautiful pictures. I've also read some reviews from people who say the online FREE sites are a scam and they don't work. Well, maybe some are, but Let me tell you, the one below DOES WORK. I got mine that way, and you can to. These naysayers don't entirely know what they're talking about. Just click on the below link, complete one of the offers, and refer a few friends to do the same....it's easy. the companys are all reputable - I recommend the Video Professor offer, which won't cost you a dime if you return everything within the 10 day trial period. The Blockbuster offer is also great. Just follow the link below and you WILL get your camera FOR FREE!!!

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11. Canon PowerShot G6 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
by Canon Cameras US
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0002OE2P8
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 105
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Canon PowerShot G6 7MP digital camera gives you an enhanced optical shooting system with a truly stunning image quality. Its 7.1 megapixel CCD gives your largest prints a smooth, serious level of detail with sharp, colorful, lifelike images and is optimized by a new optical system for superb image clarity. The camera is also equipped with an exceptionally powerful and responsive 4x optical, 4.1x digital and 16x combined zoom with a fine-tuned drive mechanism that speeds nimbly from the wide-end to the telephoto end in under 2 seconds. Camera also features a 2" TFT color LCD screen; VGA-size (640x480) movie mode; 12 EOS-based shooting modes and photo effects; built-in flash and auto and red-eye reduction on/off operation modes. Accepts a CompactFlash Type I or Type II memory card. Imported. 3Hx4Wx3D". ... Read more

Features

  • 12 EOS-based shooting modes
  • Print directly to Canon photo printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer
  • 7.1-megapixel PowerShot digital camera with a fast f2.0-3.0, 35-140mm (35mm equivalent) lens in a compact body
  • New ergonomic design includes an enhanced SLR-type grip for better handling and 2.0-inch LCD panel
  • 9-point AiAF for precise and accurate focusing

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Quality Camera A+++++
I purchased this camera as a upgrade from my first one and I LOVE it! It takes wonderful high quality pictures! It is so easy to use with some very cool features! I love the picture zoom, also takes great close up shots! If you are considering this camera, go for it!! You will love it! Ton's of accessories are available, very nicly made camera!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A good value camera to learn advanced photography
I purchased this camera about a month ago and have taken at least a hundred photos with it so far.I'm still learning the technical jargon of photography and it'll probably take a few more months to learn everything this camera can do.

It's not going to fit in your pocket, but it will fit in a small camera case you can put on your belt or over your shoulder. A lot of people scoff at anything that isn't a digital SLR, but their size makes them too cumbersome to carry around if you like to go out in the "bush" with you.With 7.1 megapixels, you will get sharp pictures that can be blown up large enough to put hang on the wall (perhaps 11X17 or larger).Remember, you won't see much if any difference on a computer screen because the most CRT's resolution is less than 7 megapixels.It's only when you zoom in that you notice the increased detail.

If you're an amateur photographer that wants to learn photography and produce high-quality images, you can get this camera for under $500 bucks.I suggest at least buying the 58MM adapter for the wide angle lens or telephoto, because you can then buy polarizing filters, which are essential for taking excellent photos on sunny days.I think that the most overated stat on these types of cameras is the zoom.It's occaisionally useful to have some zoom capability, but most of the time you want a wide angle shot to show the largest field of vision possible, especially for scenery shots.

If you really want 5x optical zoom or more, don't buy this camera, but make sure you get one with image stabilization.

I even saw it for sale for $360, but that deal actually sounded too good to be true!Search around and find the best price-I paid about $480 bucks. BUT do read the store reviews and make sure you're dealing with a reputable place.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Camera Choice
This is my third Canon digital camera, an upgrade from my Elf S400, a very nice camera that took very nice pictures. But the G6 blows it out of the water in terms of features and picture quality. Coming from the film school, I have not seen many digitals that could replace Kodak or Fuji slide film... until now. One picture on automatic out of the box made me a believer... superb! Flash shots are perfectly exposed edge to edge even in very dim light. And the list of features will take me years to learn, although many are similar to 35mm film boxes. Taking a poor picture with this camera would require either a defective unit or body movement while shooting. The included remote control takes care of hand shake blur.... a winner of a feature. I compared sample pictures on line from this camera, the Pro1, and the Sony DSCV3. Of course, I read all the reviews as well. The pictures from the G6 were the same or slightly better than from the Pro1 and significantly better than the Sony. This camera is a real deal for what you get... recommended without reservation for someone who wants more than a point-and-shoot model, although it does this extremely well. If is also for the person who enjoys a learning curve and who does not mind a camera with a bit extra bulk and weight... it is like a compact SLR film camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars really good!!!
I owned previously a Canon S45. I decided to move up a little bit as my interest in ohotograpy increased. I own this G6 now for about 4 months. Very user friendly and picture quality is perfect. They could put a little bit more zoom though.
The only con to me is the lens adapter if you want to use filters or other lenses.
An almost SLR...

5-0 out of 5 stars Powershot G6 - a Great Option to Expensive SLRs
I had been using a Powershot A20 (2 megapixel) camera for several years and decided to upgrade to a digital camera that gave me the ability to learn and use shutter speeds, lenses, etc.I didn't want to spend $1,000 or more on a camera that required instant knowledge of basic photography (it's been many years since I tried to manually focus).The G6 has provided everything I wanted.By using the various modes (Auto, P, Tv, Av and M), I can take point & shoot shots for general use and still have the option to use manual controls to learn the best shutter speed for water shots, etc.The 4x optical zoom is fine for most shots, and with the 1.75x teleconverter you increase that to 7x.The macro and supermacro setings are absolutely fantastic - I've got shots of dew drops on flowers that are amazing.There are many other settings in the menu and function areas worth looking at.The vivid setting punches up colors (perfect for flowers, etc. but be careful to change it back when shooting people), the ND filter is great when you want to use slow shutter speeds, and the flash sync allows you to change when the flash goes off.One of the coolest abilities of this camera is the ability to shoot in Jpeg and, during the review period right after taking the shot, push the flash button and your shot is converted into RAW.This means that you don't need to take all your shots in RAW (just in case you get that one special shot).As RAW reduces your storage capacity by more than half, this is wonderful.The battery life is one of the best - I can get about 3-5 days of average use (50-80 photos/day) on one battery charge.I bought one extra battery and I haven't found myself without power yet.I use one til it dies, pop in the other and finish my day, then that night I charge the first (it only takes 90 minutes) and the next day I'm ready to go again.No more pockets filled with disposable batteries.
In respect to the included 32mb card, you definitely want more (512mb minimum) - however, in the world of digital cameras, 32mb included is pretty good.Many still include an 8mb card only.
Memory storage at the Large/Superfine (3072 x 2304) setting are as follows:

32mb - 9 shots
64mb - 19
128mb - 40
256mb - 81
512mb - 163
1gb - 327
2gb - 645

Note that these numbers are affected by additional settings such as landscape, wide angle, zoom, macro and supermacro, in addition to the complexity of the shot composition (landscape vs. single flower).However, in my usage, I have found them to be accurate enough to bank on.
All in all, this camera has provided me with a great "point and shoot" camera with great advancement potential.In addition, it actually assists me in learning photographic techniques (use the Tv mode and manually set your shutter speed, the camera automatically sets the best matching aperture setting - after a while you start to get a feel for what combinations work best). ... Read more


12. Sony Cybershot DSCW5 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $399.95
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Asin: B0007CZ7BI
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 48
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Classic meets modern in this compact Sony Cyber-shot 5.1MP digital camera. The DSC-W5 features 5.1 effective megapixel Super HAD CCD and 3x optical and 2x digital zoom. The camera comes with Memory Stick media and supports Memory Stick PRO Duo media. Features include a 2.5" 115K pixel TFT LCD screen; MPEG VX fine with audio movie mode; 10-second self-timer and much more. Includes microphone and speaker; battery charger; USB and A/V cables; wrist strap and software CD-ROM. Made in USA. 2-2/5Hx1-2/5Wx3-1/2L". ... Read more

Features

  • 5-area multi-point autofocus and AF Illuminator; captures VGA video with sound, with length limited only by the size of the memory card
  • Powered by AA-size batteries; records images on Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO media
  • 5.1 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom; 2.5-inch extra-large display
  • Features Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens specially designed for digital cameras

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great consumer-level point-and-shoot digital camera
If you are just an amateur photographer that is either finally switching from analog to digital or just want a decent camera to take on family vacations or school projects, this is a great camera. It is small, lightweight, and does just about anything you could possibly need it to do. It won't take pictures of hummingbirds feeding across a forest bed, but it will take a decent photo of the grand canyon. The quality of the 3x optical zoom is really good, but the picture is sacrificed slightly as you try to artifically enhance it with the digital zoom. The battery life is good enough to take on extended trips from your hotel or on a hike without having to carry around a charger or spare batteries. If you plan on taking lots of high quality large photos, you will need to get a larger memory stick (64 MB will work, 128 MB even better), but the memory stick it comes with will be enough to photograph your child's birthday party as long as you download the photos onto your computer afterwards. At 5.1 MegaPixels, this camera will pick up hairs on a persons head and it will even be able to define a flea in the hair. 5.1 MP is enough to make clear 8x10 prints.There are 6+ MegaPixel cameras out there, but at the consumer level there is really no point in spending the money on one (7.2 MP won't come in handy unless you are making 15x20 prints or are a student taking pictures through a microscope or a telescope--it is more of a prosumer level) All around, while Sony's camera lenses may not compare with Canon or Olympus, Sony makes up for it with their superior knowledge of how to make a great consumer digital device and turn it into a decent digital camera. It is a great value for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good camera for the price
I bought the Sony DSC-W5 few weeks ago, so far I'm quite pleased with it. The choice was between this one and the Canon SD-400, both are 5MP as I think that's the optimum resolution for my use. Looks like both cameras have similar picture quality with a slight edge for the Canon.

So what decided me for the Sony? Mainly these 4 reasons:

- I have a Canon G2, which is slow and bulky, but most of all, after 3 years of use the image quality is degradating. Paid $800 for it 3 years ago, one would expect a longer product life.

-Battery. Canon does not know how to measure battery power, it goes from full to empty in 5mn, that's very frustrating as you have to fully charge the battery the day before you're going to use your camera. Sony gives you a detailed view of the charge left, and even in the case you run out of it, you can plug in 2 plain AA batteries.

- Sony is fast, very fast.

- Sony has a large bright LCD, it's a pleasure to take shots and look at the pictures on the 2.5' lCD.

I found the sony very easy to use, the settings are easily accessible and are memorised through power ups (which is sometimes bothersome as you have to check all your settings before using the camera at the begining of the day)

About blurry pictures, on something like 100 pictures I only had a few that were blurry. Mainly if you press the button half way and wait for the camera to autofocus, you'll get a good picture. Also the flash is required as soon as the luminosity dims a bit. The only defect I could find is on the autofocus, I believe the balanced autofocus feature gets confused on some situations, even simple ones like a mountain landscape with no tree in front.

Setting the autofocus to center may solve the problem. Also Sharpness should be set to "+" otherwise you get very soft images.

Conclusion: A great product for the price, picture quality is fantastic (most of the times), the LCD is a charm to look at.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Camera!
This has been the best digital camera i have ever bought! the quality of the picture that it takes enables me to pictures that i am unable to take with a high quality slr. the video quality is not that great but if you are serious about still pictures this is a great investment for someone starting out their digital experiance!

5-0 out of 5 stars Versatile, quick, big screen
I'm enjoying my new W5. I've had lots of fun taking pictures in every kind of circumstance I can think of.
The camera has the capability of a very long exposure, which I've enjoyed immensely, and the night shots I've taken are super.
I enjoy remodeling. The W5 has a 30mm screw mount, and I purchased the wide-angle lens at my local Sony Style store. I am very happy that I have the capability to add lenses and/or filters.
The person who complains that the "waving hand" shows when the light is low -- yes, it is just a warning -- so you the user knows what's going on. You know if the camer is not stable you could get some fuzziness. I think it's better to know that something requires a little caution, than to get crummy pictures because I didn't know.
It has a large screen, it has a screw mount for lenses/filters, it has a metal screw base for tripod use, it uses regular AA batteries, it uses my old Sony memory (plus the new Sony Pro memory I bought), it takes 640 x 480, 30 frame per second video, with sound, and it's among the lightest in this class.
Honestly, I think it's hard to beat.

1-0 out of 5 stars DSCW5.51MP
I purchased this camera for my trip to Europe. DISAPPOINTED
is the short review. My sister had an Olympus 3.1 MP and her pictures blew mine way. I had serious clarity and focus problems. My prints were terrible for the most part and I am considering returning this camera. Sorry Sony I was burned this time. ... Read more


13. Sony Cybershot DSCS40 4.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $299.95
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Asin: B0007VTUB2
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 13
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Get pristine images with the spectacular technology of this Sony Cyber-shot 4.1 digital camera. The DSC-P42 features a 4.1 megapixel Super HAD CCD and 3x optical and 2x digital zoom. The camera comes with Memory Stick media and supports Memory Stick PRO Duo media. Features include a 1.5" 67K pixel TFT LCD screen; MPEG VX fine with audio movie mode; 10-second self-timer and much more. Includes battery charger; USB cable; wrist strap and software CD-ROM. Made in USA. 2Hx1-1/3Wx3-4/5L". ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by AA-size batteries (alkaline batteries supplied); up to 500+ shots per charge with NiMH batteries (not included)
  • 4.1 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 12 x 15-inch prints
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens; 1.5-inch LCD
  • Real Imaging Processor LSI allows for fast start-up and shot-to-shot times, plus extended battery stamina
  • Stores images on Memory Stick media; features 32MB internal memory

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great consumer-level point-and-shoot digital camera
If you are just an amateur photographer that is either finally switching from analog to digital or just want a decent camera to take on family vacations or school projects, this is a great camera. It is small, lightweight, and does just about anything you could possibly need it to do. It won't take pictures of hummingbirds feeding across a forest bed, but it will take a decent photo of the grand canyon. The quality of the 3x optical zoom is really good, but the picture is sacrificed slightly as you try to artifically enhance it with the digital zoom. The battery life is good enough to take on extended trips from your hotel or on a hike without having to carry around a charger or spare batteries. If you plan on taking lots of high quality large photos, you will need to get a larger memory stick (64 MB will work, 128 MB even better), but the memory stick it comes with will be enough to photograph your child's birthday party as long as you download the photos onto your computer afterwards. At 4.1 MegaPixels, this camera will pick up hairs on a persons head and it will even be able to define a flea in the hair. 4.1 MP is just barely enough to make clear 8x10 prints.There are 5+ MegaPixel cameras out there, but at the consumer level there is really no point in spending the money on one (5 MP won't come in handy unless you are student taking pictures through a microscope or a telescope, it is more of a prosumer level) All around, while Sony's camera lenses may not compare with Canon or Olympus, Sony makes up for it with their superior knowledge of how to make a great consumer digital device and turn it into a decent digital camera. It is a great value for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars BIG value for the price
I got this camera for one hundred and seventy seven dollars here at Amazon.It packs alot of power for a small camera at a very low price.Here's what I like about it:

* Small compact size.I wouldn't exactly say this camera is meant for you pockets (although it would fit) as it's thicker than the slim design cameras that you may have seen.However, the thicker frame is what I like about it.It's very comfortable to hold with two hands - very good ergonomic design...fingers to not get in the way of the flash, lens, or viewfinder.I've tried taking pictures with the Canon Elph, and the thinness of that camera is very awkward (not good if you grew up with traditional point and shoot cameras).
* Excellent, excellent battery life. Say goodbye to proprietary batteries.This puppy uses two AA batteries.If you invest $20 for rechargeable Energizer Ni-Mh batteries (4 batteries and a charger), you'll find yourself taking picutres non-stop.My prior digital camera was a Sony P-50 that also used two AAs.That camera killed off my Ni-Mh batteries after only about 20-40 pictures depending upon flash usage and how long I left it on.The S-40 didn't drain my battery until I took about 200 pictures (the vast majority with the flash on - and I didn't try to conserve the battery).I think it can take a even greater amount, because the 200 was when I 1st got the camera and started playing with all the features wasting battery life.
* Relatively fast shutter.Press half-way to focus, then press all the way - practically no lag to take the picture unlike the older digital cameras.
* When using a Memory Stick Pro, the S-40 can take video with sound at 640 x 480 fine quality - good enough to burn onto a DVD and watch on your TV.
* Intuitive menu buttons on the camera...also has limited programmable camera features (i.e. ISO settings, EV, white balance, flash strength, center vs multi focus, etc.).
* 32 MB of internal memory - probably won't ever need with my 512MB memory stick, but nice to have just in case.
* 3X optical zoom on a Carl Zeiss quality lens.
* The 35mm equivalent is 32 to 96 millimeters.What this translates to is that the camera has a wider angle (so you can capture more in the frame without backing up) than a typical 35mm camera lens.Check out the 35mm equivalent on the other "micro" digital cameras and you will find that they are something like 38mm to 102mm, which means you have to backup to capture the same amount of detail.The higher mm rating is good for zooming, but worse for group photos.It's alot easier to move forward to your subject (for a manual zoom) than to move backwards (for a manual wider angle) in crowded areas.
* Takes good pictures...much better than my old Sony P-50 (which I got in 2001).

If I had to list one complaint about the camera, it's that in low lighting any picture taken with the subject greater than about 10 feet away (which is about the flash strength area) will show up "dingy" and the background will be in dark faded colors.HOWEVER, I surmise that ALL point-and-shoot digital (and conventional) cameras have this problem as well.Unless you can attach a larger flash to the camera, which isn't an option on point and shoots, this problem will always exist.Only SLR digital cameras will good pictures in low light with subjects greater than 10 feet away.The S-40 does have a night scene mode where it makes the shutter very slow so more light is captured - in this mode, the camera will take good low light pictures, but you have to use a tripod for this mode.

Overall, for under $200, I highly recommend this camera.You don't need to spend anything greater as this camera will do the trick.4.1MB is more good enough for photos as large as 8x10.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm so happy that I picked this camera!
I love this camera! I've only had this camera for about a month, but every picture is so vibrant. I work with children and have taken LOADS of pictures that are terrific! it captures everything- from them running,swinging,jump roping and sliding with perfect contrast and clarity. At the store, I was comparing this camera to a Samsung that was the same price and boy was there a difference in quality, this was the best one. This camera was so easy to figure out. In the car on the way home, I opened it,glanced at the manuel,popped open the batteries it came with and started to take pictures. The zoom is fantastic (being my first and only digital camera- I have nothing to compare it to)I took a picture of the car's license plate in front of me which I could not see clearly (w/out using zoom) and then used the 5x digital zoom to get a super clear license plate number (would come in handy for accidents :)). The menus were so easy to figure out, and connection to my computer was a breeze. Also, the software is great. I have just made a slide show video CD using pictures of my students and the software this camera came with. I love it! I HIGHLY recommend this Sony s40 to everyone. I am now addicted to digital photography!

2-0 out of 5 stars Good Camera for Basic operations
This is my first review.
I purchased this camera for memorial weekend holidays from Officedepot and returned it after 3 days.
Camera is taking good quality pictures, more flash power, good for indoor, outdoor pictures, movie mode.
Camera records movie with audio, playback with audio internal speaker (nice feature), quick start to shoot, quick auto poweroff.
good:
1. Good Picture quality
2. Long Battery Life
3. Quick starter
4. Professional quality Lens
5. Uses AA batteries


Bad:
1. No Rechargeable batteries and charger, like all sony cameras
2. Not fully manual operations
3. Menu controls are confusing
4. Manual doesn't explained all features
5. Pictures are blurred of moving persons or objects
6. You can not take pictures of moving or dancing (kids).

Because of 5 & 6 reasons i returned the camera.
I had P72 Sony purchased in Bestbuy for $99 is far better than this. I took continuous pictures ie burst mode and took all pictures in moving or dancing kids, even while driving the car without any problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Little Camera!
First of all, let me say that I am NOT a camera bug or a photographic expert (neither digital nor film) so this is a new learning experience for me.I am very impressed with this product.
It delivers professional results and is easy to use.Newbees like me can get great results with the AUTO mode, then when you have the time to do so, you can experiment with the manual settings for custom results.The nice thing about digital (with a computer) is that you're not throwing away expensive materials (ie film) in order to learn.You can just delete your failures and try again.When you get a pic that looks printworthy you can either print it using your PC or you can connect the USB cord (supplied) directly to a photoprinter (if said printer has a standard called PICTBRIDGE). There are many settings that you can control (ISO sensitivity, EV, White Balance and other settings that shutterbugs are familiar with) or you can set it to AUTO and let the camera set it up for you.It uses JPEG format and you can get much detail setting it to 4 megapixels but these pics turn out BIG (almost 2 megs).If you don't want your pics that big you can set them down to 3.2, 3,1, or VGA and they still look very good, but they are smaller and easier to store.The camera is about the size of a bar of soap and fits very easily into a pocket. You can also take "webcam" type movies. The documentation comes in print and on the CD and is excellent, going into much detail on how to use the manual settings for best results.My only disappointment is with the Photo Editing program that comes on the CD.This program dosen't offer much for editing your pics on a PC (no problem for me though.I have PhotoDeluxe). If you have a good editing program that came with your printer (or scanner) you might want to use it instead.I think the software included with this camera is more suited for HandyCams (video cameras).
The camera has 32 megs of onboard memory which allows you to shoot 16 pics at 4 MPs, 20 at 3MPs, 50 at 1 MPs and 196 at VGA.
It has a slot for a memory stick if you choose to buy one. If you do decide to buy one of these cameras, do yourself a favor and buy some rechargable NIMH batteries, because I'll tell you ( and anybody with digicam experience knows this) alkaline batteries do not cut it with this camera.It comes with 2 alkalines and I think I took all of about 12 pictures before they were WIPED OUT!I then tried some regular Everready alkalines I had just bought and they wouldn't even power it up.The NIMH's that I bought work excellent and last long in between recharges. So, all in all, would I recommend this camera?Absolutely!! ... Read more


14. Canon PowerShot SD110 3MP Digital Elph with 2x Optical Zoom
by Canon
list price: $399.99
our price: $199.88
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Asin: B0001G6U9I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 47
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PowerShot SD110 gives you the portability you want with nocompromises in power or capabilities. The slim stainless steel bodywith its new silver white finish makes a stunning design statement.Head-turning style excellent image quality and fun high-techfeatureswith this camera you get it all!3.2 Megapixel CCD 2x Optical/3.2x Digital/6.4x Combined ZoomWith plenty of resolution for printing and online applications plus azoom that brings the action up close PowerShot SD110 delivers superiorperformance while giving you the compact portability you want.Print & Share ButtonA new dedicated Print & Share button right on the camera makesdirect printing from a Canon Card Photo Printer or Direct Photo Printereasier than ever. Enjoy a full range of print features including IDPhoto Print in 28 sizes and a Movie Print function that lets you printmultiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet. PictBridgelets you print direct from any PictBridge-supported printer as well.9-point AiAF Intelligent Orientation SensorThe cameras 9-point AiAF system makes sure your subject is instantlyand precisely focused no matter where it appears in the frame. AnIntelligent Orientation Sensor knows whether a shot was takenvertically or horizontally and automatically rotates images forviewing on the LCD screen or your computer. DIGIC Imaging Processor and iSAPS TechnologyCanons exclusive DIGIC Imaging Processor revolutionizes how you shootdigital by allowing the camera to process images faster and improvingthe accuracy of the autofocus. DIGIC also reduces the effects on noisein your images. iSAPS Technology is an entirely newscene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon.Using an internal database of thousands of different photos iSAPSworks with the fast DIGIC Imaging Processor to improve focus speed andaccuracy as well as exposure and white balance. Quick ShotThe cameras new Quick Shot function reduces the time lag betweenpressing the shutter button and start... ... Read more

Features

  • Store images on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards (16 MB card included)
  • Powered by NB-3L battery pack (included with charger)
  • 3.2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 10-by-14-inch enlargements
  • Canon 2x optical zoom lens with 3.2x digital zoom
  • 9-point autofocus; movie mode; PictBridge compatible

Reviews (66)

5-0 out of 5 stars great camera!
I got this camera around christmas time because it was at a really low price on amazon. I love it to death! It is the best digital camera I have owned ever. It takes great dark room shots without the flash and the color and quality of the pictures is great. I love how you can set it up to take black and white pictures as well as sepia and some others. The zoom is pretty amazing, and the size of the camera is great to just throw in your purse and take it everywhere you go! I'd also recommend getting a small case for it, for protection. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars High Quality, Good Value!
Purchased this camera in January and have used it nonstop ever since!I did a lot of research before choosing this camera.Canon and Nikon are consistently the best digital cameras, however I find Canon cameras are more user friendly, especially for the amateur user.The automatic settings produce great pictures, the battery life is surprisingly good, and picture quality is as good as if not better than 35mm.My only two complaints would be that the SD Card is a little slow as memory cards go, and the flash on this camera is quite powerful and can produce some glare, but in such cases, turning the flash off is easy and still produces great pictures!If you are looking for a good quality, reliable camera at a value price, this is your best bet!

1-0 out of 5 stars Finish on camera poor, otherwise no problems.
I bought this camera less than 3 months ago and though it is easy and fun to use, the silver finish on the camera body is quickly wearing away on the points where it is held to take photographs.The camera really looks dingy for being just a few months old, and I intend to contact Canon about this flaw.Otherwise it does take nice pictures, and the battery life is outstanding.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...
Hmmm...

As an avid motorcycle fan I was looking for a camera, which could easily be taken along in a jacket, on the belt, in a pouch without bulging too much. When prices came down on Amazon to US$ 190,oo it was a "now or never" decision. It was my Christmas present for myself.

Basically I am very happy and get many envious looks from my fellow bikers at the club. Simple to use - although too many features spoil the cook - easy to operate in a "quick draw" situation, and small, the main reason for having bought it.

A few drawbacks:
· The paint started to rub off within a week! Even if always kept in its leather case. This is a joke! After 5 months of use the top starts to rub off as well, giving it a funky look like if it has been used for years. Low resale value!
· I still haven't found a workable combination of self-timer and flash. Sometimes the photographer wants to be in the picture as well. Right?
· Without the flash, pictures tend to be too dark, which means that the aperture automatic isn't compensating in the right way.

I'll give it a three and a half out of five.

Best regards from Costa Rica, and for the bikers out there: keep it vertical and the rubber side down!

Haymo Henry Heyder

2-0 out of 5 stars disappointed by unexpected flaws
Like many other buyers, I was attracted by its compact cute size and positive reviews (and the clearance price of course).There are two flaws that disappointed me.The silver paint on the camera body started to rub off after two weeks of light use indoor.The flash is very harsh; it makes every light colored surface appear shiny, resulting in over-exposed photos.These flaws (especially the harsh flash) were mentioned by other reviewer here.If I didn't send the UPC for a rebate, I'd have returned the camera.By the way, mine was made in Japan.Don't believe the myth about Japanese manufacturing.Their optics are relative good because they have been in the camera business since the 60s, but the body paint rubbing off in less than two weeks?That's a joke! ... Read more


15. Olympus C765 4MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
by Olympus
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B0001DKQXM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 80
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera gets close to the action every time. Features a high-resolution 4.0 megapixel CCD that provides sharp, vibrant images; 40x total seamless zoom capability (10x optical and 4x digital); 1.8" TFT LCD; 0.44" viewfinder; TruePic Turbo image process; 11 selectable shooting modes like Scene Program, customizable MyMode presets, QuickTime Movies and more; built-in multi-mode flash; direct print capability; date/time calendar and more. Includes battery charger; 16MB xD-Picture Card; digital camera Win/Mac USB cable; audio/video cable; carrying strap; lens cap and hood; Camedia Master software; Quick Start Guide; and more. System Requirements: Windows 98 rev. 2/Me/2000 Pro/XP. Mac OS 8.6-OS x 10.1. 2-23/64Hx4-7/64Wx2-1/16D". ... Read more

Features

  • Store images on xD memory cards
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium ion battery (included with charger)
  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-14-inch enlargements
  • 10x optical zoom combines with 4x digital zoom for a 40x total zoom
  • 1.8-inch LCD display; PictBridge enabled; Quicktime movie mode

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a camera and what a LOW price!
I've had an SLR most of my life and several point and shoot models, plus an inexpensive digital.This is the best camera I've ever owned!It'll take me 6 months to figure out all the things it does do!

One GREAT thing about this camera...it is NOT HP!I had an HP digital and then bought and HP 3 in 1 printer thinking they'd compliment each other.WRONG!HP makes nice hardware but they have the BUGGIEST software going!The camera's software actually conflicted with the Printer's software and both were HP!

Now, no worries and no ugly "dock" to stick it in (that only works about half the time too).This camera just plugs directly into the computer and download away with NO conflicts!The Camedia software is nice, if rudimentry.I would advise a Print Shop Pro type program to REALLY work with your pictures, particularly if you do any web hosting/posting.

I took a picture of our black german shepherd at dusk, sitting in a shadow covered corner of the house and did NOT use the flash, just to see what would come out (the HP camera would have rendered a black screen).With no flash I got a GREAT picture of our dog without that possessed look that you get when your dog looks directly into the flash.Just amazing pictures.I took another one of the flowering bush outside out house THROUGH the window and there is no way you could tell!My daughter commented that the picture was nice enough to put on a calendar. And she's right.

For less than $300 this camera takes fantastic pictures.Of course you have to have an eye for your photo taking too.I have a friend who bought a $1200 camera and his pictures stink because he thought a more expensive camera would make him a better photographer....WRONG!!! hahahahaha!!

You can macro set this camera (ultra close ups) or shoot sports or shoot in just about no light at all.If you want one camera that'll last you for years to come, this is it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera for a wide range of uses and users...
My husband just bought us this camera, and we love it. We're both long-time photographers, and have run the gamut from high-end SLRs to PHDs (Push Here Dummy.) This camera is excellent for everything we do with it, from adding images to our website (see www.pathfindersfarm.com to compare some photos which were scanned in to those which came straight from the camera) to selling things on Ebay, to making prints to send to grandparents.

It is simple to use, easy to get started (no need to read the entire manual unless that's your thing), and painless to transfer files to computer or printer. I do agree that a larger memory card is a must-have from the get-go, and we also purchased the USB reader, although you can connect the camera directly to your computer with the provided cable if you wish.

The only downside I've found is that it can be hard to see the screen in bright daylight, but it's easy enough to switch to the viewfinder in those situations. The color is clear, the depth of field excellent, and the detail glorious. If you're thinking of buying this camera for home or light office work, don't hesitate, go for it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great close ups, action and zoom
I shoot thousands of close up pictures per year of American Indian jewelry for my website (most at a distance of 8" to 24"). See Chacodog.com for real examples of close up photos from this camera. I'd been using an Olympus C3020 for the last three years and liked it very much, both for ease of use and the true color it produced. All such shots are taken outdoors and everything is taken on auto settings in macro mode. It was time tostep up and I was favorably disposed to Olympus cameras (I have a Canon SD10 ELPH and, while it's okay, it's not as easy to use the menus as on an Olympus and it seems to yield colors that are a little more vivid than what you shoot). I chose this camera because there was no point going beyond 4 megapixels for web photos (most people reduce their photos in size to send them via e-mail, etc. and throw out half or more of the pixels, so anything beyond 4 megapixels is for the thin air crowd, i.e., pros). Cutting to the chase: I was stunned by shots I got effortlessly with this camera. Particularly, it was easier to shoot in several different light conditions with it and the C765 would adjust automatically for conditions and create a great shot whereas my old C3020 could produce a great shot on auto but the light had to be within much narrower perameters for success. This camera also has super macro, which I needed because I sometimes shoot objects that are too small for the C3020 to focus on properly at 8" and beyond (which is the closest it will work). The C765 will get you to within 1 1/2" on super macro. Okay, granted, this is very specialized as a need, but someone out there needs this for the same reason--shooting close ups for eBay, for example, if you're running in eBay's hamster wheel, on their treadmill, working in their salt mine. I found that this camera produced much less noise than the C3020 and I still prefer Olympus colors to those produced by my Canon ELPH. I may shoot thousands of photos per year, but it's wash and wear photography. It has to be true for color, but I don't have time to do much more than crop, re-size and re-name photos. I can't take hours touching up photos (which wouldn't necessarily yield a true photo, just a pretty one). I need a camera that does most of the work automatically and permits me to shoot up to 200 photos in a session with a high rate of success and produces honest shots which don't need tweaking. This has a vastly improved speed on focusing and just knocks out the photo right. I make a living with this camera and it carries its weight and more. My only regret? That I spent too long shooting with the C3020 before upgrading. I just figured that any problems with my pictures were my fault and eventually I got to where I had a 90+% rate of success with the C3020. Who cares if it was my fault--moron or not, I can shoot great pictures faster, more consistently and effortlessly with this machine.

I was also intrigued by the zoom power on this camera and hoped that getting all these features wouldn't bugger the most important one for me--close ups. Anyway, I've used the zoom at outdoor track meets and gotten great, clear shots from 50 or 60 feet. And I've used the high-speed sports setting coupled with sequential shooting at track meets to get crystal clear shots of track events with runners at full speed (100 meters finish, coverage of all eight lanes in the curve on the 4 x 100).

Had I paid a little more attention when buying this, I would have bought the C770 to get the MPEG video and the remote control (though I might never use either one). I find the battery life on a charge is wholly acceptable and I always have a spare battery charged. Likewise, I prefer having two xD cards of 256--it's plenty of pictures to shoot without uploading to the computer and a larger card just isn't necessary for me. Great deal on the 256's, so no sense in buying 128's. In short, buy an extra battery and two cards (the one they give you has zero capacity, it's just so they can say they gave you a card with the camera). I bought the bullet proof case for ten bucks or so and it will fit the camera and extra cards and batteries and is good enough while keeping the size small.

I don't see how you could go wrong with this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great size, great price
I was looking for a digicam with ultra zoom that I could basically use for point and shoot purposes along with video.I went to the Steves-digicams.com website and found this in the category of "best of" under the super zoom cameras.Turned out this was the smallest size brand of zoom cams and was actually under $300 at another reputable online store.I decided to give it a try and figured that Olympus specializes in cameras so it shouldn't be too bad.

At first, I couldn't believe the camera was so small.When I started playing around with it, I was pleasantly surprised that the video function lasted more than the usual 3 minute limit that most other cameras have.I tested it up to 5 min then turned it off.I also was happpy with the zoom and the pop-up flash.Often, I take it to b-ball games and other events and don't want the flash accidentally going off.Picture quality outside is great but inside, its a bit suspect.But I'm not really anal about all my shots.The shot-taking speed is a bit slower than the Canon A75 I used and that is a bit annoying but its ok.

Overall, if you want a great zoom camera thats smaller than any other, is a good value, and is versatile then get this camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great buy
I really like this camera.The biggest bonus to the camera is how adaptable it is. If you are a novice, it can be used as a simple point-and-shoot camera, and it has several scene selections (portrait, landscape, sport, night, etc.).If you are a more advanced user, this camera is great too.It has several levels of customizability:choose one function and allow the camera to determine the rest, or you can select ALL the settings yourself.

The camera has threads on the lens, so it is essentially upgradeable, with more advanced telephoto (not that you need it with a 10X optical zoom built in), macro and other lens attachments available through Olympus.Or you could attach filters.It is as close as you can get to an SLR without paying an arm and a leg.

The C-765UZ has an electronic viewfinder.Many people don't like EVFs, but I love it.I have some visual difficulties, and sometimes can't really see through an optical viewfinder.The EVF is very bright and clear.It is even manageable in low light settings.It was the brightest EVF of any camera in its class that I tested.

Many people may say that the C-765UZ is a little pricey compared to other 10X zoom cameras.However, those other brands are usually 3MP instead of the 4MP of the C-765UZ.In addition, the optics on the Olympus C-Series is generally superior to those other camera.Remember you get what you pay for!!Plus the C-765 is the SMALLEST 10X optical zoom camera on the market today (Spring 2005).

The only complaints I have are with the packaged accessories.Olympus only provides a 16MB xD card, so you need to add a 256MB card to your initial purchase.Also, Olympus provides the Li-10B rechargeable battery, but the "replacement" 12B battery has a higher capacity.It would have been nice to get the better battery in the initial bundle.Oh, and speaking of batteries, the C-765UZ ONLY takes the rechargeable Li-10B/12B batteries, so if your battery is running low you can't just throw in a few AA's to get by until another charge.It keeps the size and weight down, but trades convenience. ... Read more


16. Nikon Coolpix 8800 8MP Digital Camera with 10x Vibration Reduction Optical Zoom Lens
by Nikon
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B00061S2OO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 185
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Capture incredible detail to produce sharp, beautiful prints as large as 20x30" with this Nikon Coolpix 8MP digital camera. Features 10x telephoto Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (35mm equivalent of 35-350mm); 4x digital zoom; Vibration Reduction (VR) system; automatic, in-camera red-eye fix; D-lighting exposure correction that automatically compensates for insufficient flash or excessive backlight; 15 scene modes; 1.8" electronic viewfinder and Vari-angle LCD; movie mode that allows the capture of live action with sound; multiple auto-focus and flash modes and built-in pop-up flash; Type I/II CompactFlash and Microdrive cards compatible; rugged magnesium alloy body; and much more. Includes lens cap; strap; USB cable; A/V cable; battery charger; wireless remote control; PictureProject CD-ROM. Imported. ... Read more

Features

  • D-Lighting improves images shot with strong back lighting or in shadow
  • 15 Scene Modes automatically adjust controls for great pictures instantly
  • 8.0 Effective Megapixels for photo-quality prints beyond 20" x 30"
  • 10x Ultra Telephoto Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED 35-350mm Lens (35mm equivalent) for wide-angle, telephoto, and macro shots
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) System helps you take sharper handheld shots in low light and other conditions

Reviews (26)

4-0 out of 5 stars Love my 8800, but...
This is a fabulous camera!I love the point and shoot mode plus all the many, many other functions for when I want to use them.The only problem is the lag-time from taking the picture to getting it on the memory card.However, the good folks at Nikonusa tell me an 80X digital memory card will help this. Also there are adjustments on the camera that allow for fast shots.I have only touched the surface of all these.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Technology for the price
Abysmal bit of engineering. I returned the first one because I thought it must be defective. No camera at this price could have bad focusing and snail-like write times and lag, right? Wrong! This camera has a sharp lens, but do your homework. It's a VERY slow chunk of glass and the contrast based AF module ruins shot after shot. Lag and write times mean you can't catch a special moment unless everyone agrees on a time and place for it. It's almost funny, unless you can't get your money back. You could make all kinds of excuses for this dog if it cost 279.00, but it's current price of close to 700 dollars just buy a DSLR. Cameras are about being able to shoot focused shots when you hit the shutter button, without DELAY. The 8800 is incapable of that by a long mile.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE FINEST DIGITAL CAMERA ON THE MARKET
IF YOU ARE READY TO STEP UP TO A SEMI PRO TYPE CAMERA, AND YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH THE USUAL 3-5 MEGAPIXEL TYPE MICKEY MOUSE CAMERAS......AND YOU ARE LOOKING TO BUY A TOP SHELF CAMERA THAT WILL LAST YOU A NUMBER OF YEARS..THIS IS THE CAMERA FOR YOU......
THE PHOTOS THIS CAMERA TAKES ARE NOTHING SHORT OF BREATHTAKING
THE 10X ZOOM AND THE NON SHAKE FEATURE , THE NIKON OPTICS, ARE THE FINEST ON THE MARKET, NIKON MAKES THERE OWN GLASS FOR ONE.......AND THATS SOMETHING THE OTHER WANT TO BE"S DO NOT.........
BUY THIS HIGH QUALITY CAMERA, READ THE MANUAL, AND THEN REREAD IT AGAIN.FIMULURISE YOURSELF WITH ALL THE FEATURES AND BENIFITS OF THIS FINE PIECE, AND BE PREPARED TO BE OVERWELMED

2-0 out of 5 stars Nikon'shas missed th mark with this one !!!(the 8800)
I've owned 9 or ten point and shut digital cameras including the best so fare the SONY F828. So , I will say this without trying to tare down Nikon's reputation.In quality of photos it is very comparable to the best , but my gohss !!! what happenedto quiet smooth auto zooming with this Nikon 8800 ? Terribly noisy and very slow.Next problem I had was almost immediate ; The micro-drive fits in very tight and the Flash card latch will not close properly and completelyif I want it touse my micro drive with the Nikon 8800.It would also not transfer the photos and froze up my computer on the transfer attempt !!And I do own a very good computer, so it couldn't be my computer. And again I can only compare it to Sony F828 I own right now. In all ferness to Nikon ,they made great cameras in the past and they have a lot of other good ones out there today,So in final I would not recommend this one to some body woe wants a precision instrument, and a digital camera of this price range , should be just that !

5-0 out of 5 stars 8 X 10 = Amazing!!
Hi there SinMin Here again! I'm going to assume you've just come over from the 8700 page, if you haven't you may want to check it out and compare my reviews on the 8700 & 8800. Okay. Now as I've said before when it comes to digital cameras the absolute love of my life has been the Sony F-828, I say has been because I now have a mistress called the 8800! So for the sake of argument I'm going to compare the 8800 to the 8700 and the 828. Lens: while quality goes to the Sony zoom and function go to the 8800 hands down, the 8700 has nice range but the 8800 is plain fantastic. VF mode: the process by wich the camera compensates for hand movement at slower shutter speeds resulting in great ambient light photography (I tend to hate flashes!) POW!! 828 and the 8700 blown right out of the water here!Not to mention the 8800 has retained all of the great Nikon scene modes (Including that Panorama thing), My beloved "Bulb" Function, Time lapse function(also available on the 8700), and the ability to correct your exposure after you take your shot right in the camera! Again ouch goes Sony! Controls: Sanity at last!! Nikon took the hint and gave the 8800 a familiar control interface which makes this camera 110% more user friendly than the 8700. ISO noise: Its no secret that high ISO numbers and digital cameras equal noise but I noticed a slight improvement with this on the 8800 over 8700, much more so than on the 828.And as I said before maybe it's me but the Nikon images seem to clean up better than my Sony shots tend to.Nikon also corrected my pet peeve about the 8700 by putting AF sensor OUTSIDE of the flash housing(thank You). Other pros: I(at least) noticed quite a bit of image improvement over the 8700 And I thought the 8700 shots were great, the 8800 was a bit better (Probably due to the VR feature) Another means the 8800 surpasses its little brother and the sony is the variation in image formats it can capture. Besides RAW and Tiff, the 8800 can capture 4 degrees of JPG files, (Basic, Normal, Fine and Extra which captures images at 1-2 compression) Get out yer gig card boys! Over all picture quality just barely goes to the 828 (that CCD is hard to beat)Dual memory capability, and overall design are all pro's in the 828's favor. But on virtually every other front the 8800 either matches or beats the Sony.And while the 8800 is a difinitive replacement for the 8700 they remain cameras with two different personalities (thats why I own and love both!)Other improvements over 8700: aside from the much needed improvements in design as well as zoom capability, it seems as though the 8800 shutter to apature function is a little tighter than the 8700, in other words my settings seemed to work better on the 8800. Now for the drawbacks, first off know one thing... this is a freaking HUGE!! camera!!! Only the 828 is longer and heavier (for me this is not a bad thing, but for some of you it will be) Speed as with the 8700, the 8800 just does not have speed (this is another area where the 828 wins out) either in start up or general picture function, this is strange considering the speed demon Nikon makes that goes by the name D-70! Noisy lens: I was told that the unusually loud noise the lens makes when you pull back focus or shut down the camera is normal by Nikon's customer service department, but I think it was excessive and should be something for correction on the next model (just a thought). These things aside, when you factor in all the goodies packed into this monster I can say this- "I now have 2 right hand cameras." As I mentioned using the 8700 I shot a series of sunset photos using the "sunset" scene mode, I did the same with 8800 (same shoot in fact) and if you can believe it the shots were even better (I love that zoom with VR!) And as far as low light photography (long exposure) I have used few better.With my low light work even at a realatively high ISO, the shots were crisp and sharp.The biggest plus is that unlike the 8700 and in some ways the 828 the 8800 is easy to navigate and use most photographers will be able to get a great shot right out of the box, and that definitely will not happen with the 8700 or 828! Battery life: again this one goes to Sony, the first time I used my 8800 I killed the battery (doing long exposures) so I need to buy yet another AC adapter - the one for 8700 won't work! (what is it with Nikon and included accessories anyway?) Heres a pet peeve for you the 8700 & 8800 use completely different USB cables, AC Adapters (sold seperately), Batteries and chargers. as well as the most confusing array of exstension lenses and adapter tubes imaginable! Whats up with that? And yes I bought the lens hood for the 8800, and unlike the 8700 this one looks nice and normal (A flower hood to be exact) Conclusion: If your ready to step up (and I mean Up) to a pro quality camera, If you want to own and shoot with a piece of digital history this is your camera. For the novice looking to move on up, the 8800 is currently your only and best option, while I love the 828 as well as the 8700 they are fussy complicated cameras, the 8800 is not. even tho it is as powerful as the other 2 (more so in some cases)! This is the only camera I have found to date that I would reccomend as highly as the F-828. How should you decide? that depends on the type of photographer you are.(read my reviews and decide) The 8800 is by no means a toy, believe me it is very much a advanced photographic tool, just a little more user friendly. Bravo to Nikon! Sorry to Sony! I guess I just have to learn to shoot with two cameras...two very BIG cameras..WHEW! Well I hope this has helped, until next time Happy Shooting! ... Read more


17. Sony Cybershot DSCW7 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B0007S8C7I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 30
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

7.2-megapixel recording * Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens * 3X optical zoom (2X digital/6X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * Real Imaging Processor for high-quality images and faster camera response * 2-1/2" color LCD * JPEG options: resolution up to 3072 x 2304; 3072 x 2048; 2592 x 1944; 2048 x 1536; 1280 x 960; 640 x 480 * ... Read more

Features

  • In 5-shot burst mode, capture up to five 5 MP shots or 100 shots VGA at 0.9 frames per second
  • Powered by AA-size batteries (charger included); stores images on MS cards
  • 7-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom; large 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is specially produced for very compact cameras

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great consumer-level point-and-shoot digital camera
If you are advanced consumer, or thinking about prosumer, that is either finally switching from analog to digital or just want a decent camera to take on family vacations or school projects, this is a great camera. It is small, lightweight, and does just about anything you could possibly need it to do. It won't take pictures of hummingbirds feeding across a forest bed, but it will take a decent photo of the grand canyon. The quality of the 3x optical zoom is really good, but the picture is sacrificed slightly as you try to artifically enhance it with the digital zoom. The battery life is good enough to take on extended trips from your hotel or on a hike without having to carry around a charger or spare batteries. If you plan on taking lots of high quality large photos, you will need to get a larger memory stick (64 MB will work, 128 MB even better), but the memory stick it comes with will be enough to photograph your child's birthday party as long as you download the photos onto your computer afterwards. At 7 MegaPixels, this camera will pick up the fuzz on a bee head as its sitting in a flower. 7 MP is enough to make clear 15x20 prints. All around, while Sony's camera lenses may not compare with Canon or Olympus, Sony makes up for it with their superior knowledge of how to make a great consumer digital device and turn it into a decent digital camera. It is a great value for the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great little camera.
It's compact but not too small.I was looking at Canon SD500 and Sony W7, and chose the W7, as the SD500 was just too small in physical size and really needed to hold it with both hands to feel secure.W7 is easy to use and picture quality is great.It would have gotten 5 stars if it had shutter and aperture priority mode built in.1Gb memory stick, 15 minute charger and extra batteries should be considered must have accessories with this camera. ... Read more


18. Sony Cybershot DSCT33 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)
by Sony
list price: $449.95
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Asin: B0007CZ7AO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 58
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This Sony Cyber-shot 5.1MP digital camera has a slim figure with a big screen that makes identifying and choosing the images you really want a breeze. The DSC-T33 features 5.1 effective megapixel Super HAD CCD and 3x optical and 2x digital zoom. The camera comes with Memory Stick media and supports Memory Stick PRO Duo media. Features include a 2.5" 230K pixel TFT Hybrid LCD screen; MPEG VX fine with audio movie mode; 10-second self-timer and much more. Includes microphone and speaker; battery charger; USB and A/V cables; wrist strap and software CD-ROM. Made in USA. 1Hx2-1/3Wx3-4/5L". ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro media; includes 32 MB card
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery (NP-FR1); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 2.0
  • 5.1 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 3x optical, 2x digital zoom; Carl Zeiss optics; super-sized 2.5-inch Clear Photo Hybrid LCD
  • Docking station (included) keeps batteries charged and enables easy computer, printer, and TV connectivity

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great consumer-level point-and-shoot digital camera
If you are just an amateur photographer that is either finally switching from analog to digital or just want a decent camera to take on family vacations or school projects, this is a great camera. It is small, lightweight, and does just about anything you could possibly need it to do. It won't take pictures of hummingbirds feeding across a forest bed, but it will take a decent photo of the grand canyon. The quality of the 3x optical zoom is really good, but the picture is sacrificed slightly as you try to artifically enhance it with the digital zoom. The battery life is good enough to take on extended trips from your hotel or on a hike without having to carry around a charger or spare batteries. If you plan on taking lots of high quality large photos, you will need to get a larger memory stick (64 MB will work, 128 MB even better), but the memory stick it comes with will be enough to photograph your child's birthday party as long as you download the photos onto your computer afterwards. At 5.1 MegaPixels, this camera will pick up hairs on a persons head and it will even be able to define a flea in the hair. 5.1 MP is enough to make clear 8x10 prints.There are 6+ MegaPixel cameras out there, but at the consumer level there is really no point in spending the money on one (7.2 MP won't come in handy unless you are making 15x20 prints or are a student taking pictures through a microscope or a telescope--it is more of a prosumer level) All around, while Sony's camera lenses may not compare with Canon or Olympus, Sony makes up for it with their superior knowledge of how to make a great consumer digital device and turn it into a decent digital camera. It is a great value for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I bought this Sony camera at an Apple store a few weeks ago. It was expensive but I think it's worth it.

Pros:
-Lightweight: I bought this camera mainly for concert photography. It's light enough to carry around with you wherever you go.
-Excellent picture quality
-Great features: I love how there are so many settings to choose from. You can play around to see what works well for your shots.

Cons:
-No hole for tripod: This probably isn't an issue for many people. You should know it's not compatible with a tripod though. Then again, this is such a small camera. Why would the average person want to use it with a tripod? It's supposed to be an on-the-go type of camera.
-Battery: A full charge only lasts for approximately 85 minutes so it's a good idea to buy a spare battery if you're going to use this on long day trips. The spare battery is very expensive though.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sony T33
This is a nice unit to carry in the shirt pocket. I hate the lack of an optical view, the LCD is NOT convenient for point and shoot type photos. Especially out-doors. This is a special purpose camera and is very good for posed in-door or nature shots. Also, in the practical use of this unit, it is best to crank it down to the 3.2 pxl mode, or other lower res. The close shots at 5 pxl are phenomenal, every detail of a product label for example is perfectly reproduced. Good toy, but I like my DSC-P73 for every day use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly nice
I own the DSC-F828 (8 megapixel) Sony...and do a lot of varied work, usually taking it everywhere.But it's a bit slow out of the bag sometimes, for a simple snapshot.Therefore I purchased this camera (the T-3 Euro version) as an adjunct to the big brother.

Frankly, 5 Megapixel appears a bit less sharp now that I'm used to 8 Megapixel ....and the lens CAN be a tiny bit soft focus in low light.Yes, there's relativly few manual adjustments, too.

Flash is not bad, works well as a fill in sunlight, a bit harsh indoors.But then I shot a lot of no-flash, as slow as an 1/8, handheld.It works well.Nice colors, too,

However, this little devil powers up FAST as I draw it from the Sony leather belt holster.Red Eye reduction, 3x zoom, *HUGE* view screen (really impressive for showing off to your friends what you just shot...), neat carry strap.

This thing is really HANDY....not as your ONLY camera but as the all-day, EVERY-DAY camera.It fits on your belt in as little space as a cell phone with the abilty to shoot all day long....

I bought a travel charger & spare battery (these can charge while I shoot), extra memory (came with a 32mb - I bought a 128, then a 256.You buy a 512.), and the nice Sony leather belt case.Look for a USB memory stick reader, like the wonderful SanDisk MobileMate MS (the size, literally, of a USB flash drive, i.e. keyring-able), and you're ready.

You can afford this.Think about it.Super small, excellent quality, out of the way...but ALWAYS there.Get it.Or, let me put it another way, "Can you afford less?".

PSWhat I REALLY like about this camera is that my big 828 scares the pants off my subjects because it's seen (to them) as "professional", yet no one runs away when I pull this little guy out.You can see the differences in their attitude right away.

I get more intimate pictures, with minimal quality loss, using this camera far more frequently, now, than the 828.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Compact Camera - The Shape of things to come
I bought this camera about a month ago and have been truly impressed.I know a bit about digital cameras having owned a few over the years and this camera presses all the right buttons for me.The camera is small, about the size and weight of a pack of playing cards, smaller even.The styling is great and the build quality is top notch.The camera has many features normally found on larger format cameras.The video quality is superb and nearly does away with the need for a camcorder for those holiday videos, works best out doors and in daylight.There is no set limit to video length except for the capacity of the memory card. A 1 Gig card holds about 13min of highest quality video, long enough for any take I can think of.The general picture quality is very good for a compact and the prints I've made to A4 paper are spot on.It is fast to start up and "reload".The LCD screen quality is the best I've seen on a compact.The macro/magnifying mode is a revelation, allowing for some "microscope" type close-ups.The interface is intuitive and user friendly.In conclusion this camera is perfect for the average user who needs a highly portable quality digital camera.Recommended upgrade would be a 512mb or 1Gig memory card for that high quality video. ... Read more


19. Panasonic PV-GS250 3.1 MP 3-CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $999.95
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Asin: B0007QN87Y
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 494
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

3 separate CCD sensors for red, green, and blue * 640,000 effective pixels per sensor for video * 710,000 effective pixels per sensor for photos * variable-speed 10X Leica® Dicomar® optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 700X) * manual focus ring * records video on tiny Mini DV tapes * digital photo mode * 3.1-megapixel photo capture with Quad-Density Pixel Distribution * SD memory card slot * microphone input * Optical Image Stabilizer * ... Read more

Features

  • Leica Dicomar lens
  • 3.1 Mega Still picture recording
  • 2.5 inches diagonal LCD
  • USB 2.0 hi-speed port
  • 3CCD camera system

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camcorder!
Excellent picture quality in good lighting.The colors are bright & vivid with good contrast.I was pleased with picture quality on indoor shots as long as there was reasonable lighting.It exceeded my expectations based on the reviewer's comments about low light issues.I don't expect to shoot in the dark anyway.The Optical Image Stabilization worked very well.The camcorder was much easier to handle than I expected with it being so small.You can take a snap shot while shooting video.The snapshot shutter button is right next to the zoom slider so it is convenient to do both at the same time without shaking the video.Controls are well placed and easy to use.It has many excellent features but it takes a little time to learn to use them, especially since the manual is so poor.Panasonic would do their customers, and themselves, a great service by hiring an expert to develop their end user manuals.My product came through OneCall and the service was excellent.I highly recommend this camcorder.

4-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Perhaps the biggest failure of this product is the lack of documentation on how well this camcorder operates with Macintosh.Using a 4pin to 6pin Firewire cable (not included), this camera easily connects to Macs making an easy tranfer into iMovie for editing. In fact, I couldn't find any mention of how to use Firewire with this camcorder.
This camcorder is extremely small and I was concerned about how well I would like the small controls. I was very surprised at how easy the controls were to use.
Picture quality is very good, even in low light conditions. In-door shooting will usually require the whitebalance to be manually set because in auto mode lighting is yellow, but it is as easy as clicking a menu item.
It also makes transfering from VHS to miniDV easy with the enclosed cables.
I'm giving 4 stars due to the documentation.

4-0 out of 5 stars MotionDV socks
Excellent camcorder with a lot of feartures. Bravo to Panasonic hardware engineers. However, I spent entire weekend in trying to connect camcorder to Motion DV. Instructions in English are made from direct computer translation from Japanese, so it is very hard. French version a little better. No a clear expalnation between USB and IEEE connection options. As the result, you will do a false step in installation, then you will be not able to desinstall Motion DV, you will need to manipulate your registry files and so on. Finally I gave up and installed Premiere LE from my last camcorder whichwas working immediately with all features.
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20. Nikon Coolpix S1 5.1 MP Slim-Design Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Includes Dock)
by Nikon
list price: $379.99
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Asin: B0007KQWF0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 212
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

With an incredible 2.5" LCD screen, this Nikon Coolpix S1 digital camera makes it easier than ever to review your snapshots. The 5.1MP camera also features a 3x optical zoom, ED glass lens, internal memory, SD slot for an additional memory card, self-timer, in-camera red eye repair and a Coolstation dock to quickly download your pics. There are plenty of modes to play with, including auto, scene assist, close-up, fireworks and voice recorder. And the camera is super slim (just 0.75"), so you can slide it into a pocket or purse. Imported. 2-4/5Hx3/4Wx3-1/2L". ... Read more

Features

  • Ultra-compact--a mere 3/4 inches thin
  • Powered by Lithium-ion battery (rechargeable battery included); stores images on SD memory cards
  • 5-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom with Zoom-Nikkor lens; 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Exclusive Nikon in-camera red-eye fix and face-priority autofocus

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars wow!
Firstly, I am not a tech-junkie, i.e. I do not update my stuff every two months, once I buy something it usually stays with me til it eventually falls apart or is no longer compatible with what I need it for. Hence after much deliberation, I decided this year to buy a digital camera. I have been staying away from them all these years simply because I had a pretty good film-camera and I didnt really see the advantages. However I figured I stayed away long enough and decided to check out whats available and do a bit of reading into the whole thing, because it was all quite new to me.

My options were the nikon coolpix S1, the S2, the new sony cybershot T7 and the sony cybershot T33. Basically I guess my requirements may seem quite superficial to anyone who knows a lot about digital cameras and what to look for. I wanted a slim camera (as you can guess from my options!) that I could easily carry around with me, I wanted a big LCD screen (simply because its cool!), around 3-5MPs resolution, optical zoom and a rechargable batteries with a dock.

I then narrowed down my options down to the S1, the S2 and the sony T7. The T7 I went to a store and checked out and it is GORGEOUS. However its pricey ($500) and there is the danger that you could lose it or drop it because its tiny and to be honest it wasnt too handy because it was so thin that it felt like i was trying to take photos with a THICK credit card or something!

So between the S1 and the S2 the only difference that mattered to me was the fact that the S2 was splash-proof. This wasnt a big factor to me because I wasnt planning on taking pics while wakeboarding or something. So hence I decided on the S1.

Amazon were amazing, I placed my order on friday and I got the camera on tuesday. Very very impressed with the service. The camera itself, I've only had a chance to play around with it for a few hours and so far it's GREAT, no complaints at all. Nikon is a great make and I admit I can be biased because every single camera I've ever owned has been a Nikon. Overall, if you want a camera that match the basic requirements I mentioned before, this is the one to go for!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nikon S1Mini Camera
I didn't buy this camera.I got a magazine from one of my credit card companies that gives me points and I was going to cancel the card and thought I might as well burn up a bunch of points.I have a Canon S200 2.1mp camera that I carry in my pocket most of the time.It has served me very well, but I like new gadgets and I saw this S1 in the magazine within my points, so I decided to try it out.

Upon opening the box, I was surprised at how much smaller it seems than my S200.It is about the same size around, but it is about half as thin.The Canon was a lot easier to hold onto when taking photos than the S1 is.The first suggestion I will make to anyone buying this camera is to put the camera strap on and use it every time you take photos.It is very easy to lose your grip on this camera, especially if you have big hands like me!

I've been playing with it for several days and find there is certainly a learning curve as far as not taking blurry photos with it.The colors are very good and the videos are acceptable, though a bit choppy.Course this isn't a video camera, if you want that function, go get one of the new minidv's that are cheap!

The stop motion video function is another that will be pretty fun to play with.You can set the camera to take a frame every few seconds for as long as you want (or until battery runs out or card fills up) and then it will stitch the frames together in kind of a neat jerky video.I suppose you could animate drawings this way as well.

Buy a camera case.The large LCD is just begging to be scratched or bumped.Of course you have to buy a memory chip (secure digital) to go along with the 12mb internal memory. What was Nikon thinking? (...)

A lot of people make a big deal about not being able to plug a cable into the camera and download images. I have a couple thoughts on that,#1I don't want to be sticking usb cables in and out of my tiny little camera. Those plugs are just begging to break and I don't think it's worth the risk. #2 Get a card reader.Leave it attached to your computer and transfer from the card to the reader. It's quicker and much easier than plugging your camera into a dock just to transfer the images.

As far as my conclusions,I just don't know yet.This camera may wind up on an auction site so I can get the cash to buy a Canon S500.The jury has not yet rendered a final verdict!The user submitted images of the rings were taken by me and the S1.

4-0 out of 5 stars O like it so far
--hi hi hi
I just recieved my S1 yesterday
I haven't had this camera for a long time,
but so far, I like it! :D

this small thing take so beautiful natural shots
I took about 40 random shots so far
- everywhere without flash, with flash, outiside in office, etc..
green color is little strong and that's why some pictures look so pretty

if it's little dark, and if you don't want flash,
the shutter speed can be little slow.
when it's bright enough, it's faster and I think nobody will have any problem.
Compared to Sony V1 (I have it here) which is also 5 megapixel camera,
and which is huge,
I really like this tiny camera with great color and function :D

Especially I had so hard time choosing this camera over Canon SD400.

I chose this one because when canon take pictures of people, it tend to make their face bit red.

I was going to take lots of portraits with this camera, and I thought Nikon would be a better deal for me! :D

I"m not really a technical person,
so I don't really care or know about what soft edge is or anything like that.
If pictures look clear and pretty, I'm just fine with them.

somebody here showed review pictures of S1 from dcresource.
they were horrible pictures! I was so worried because I already ordered it.
However, I don't understand now how that person came with those pictures.

I'll summarize it

good -
good and pretty color (pretty green and blue :D)
nice design (I think it's prettier than SD400)
nice color for portraits
reasonably good indoor pics..(w/o flash)
(I like pictures without flash)

bad-
-little bit slow shutter speed

-not doing real well in shots that have a very close distance (like tiny flowers)

I really like this camera so far
and I'm glad I got this one!

I checked SD400 and took some shots in stores

and that small thing was really great, too! if you like pictures that are very clear and if you are going to take lot of natural shots,

I recommend SD400. I have seen lots of pictures of SD400, it takes great pictures, too!!!!

anyways. I hope this review helps! :-)

I don't know how to post pictures here. but I can certainly send you pics if you want! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nikon's first ultra-compact digicam is simply great
Nikon is the last of the Japanese digital camera makers to come out with an ultra-slim (<= 0.8 inches thin) digital camera, and Nikon has apparently taken many a page from its competitors' playbooks and come out with a deliciously good camera.

Before I continue with my review, let me point out that there's a jet black version available (unfortunately not on Amazon yet) which simply looks MUCH better than this silver version.(Remeber, black makes everything look thinner and cooler.)If possible, I recommend you get the black S1.You'll surely impress not only your friends but their grandmas, too.

Despite being a small and light -- and pocketable -- camera, the S1 takes surprisingly good pictures.Of course, it's unreasonable to expect the kind of quality you can get on a Nikon D70 SLR or Coolpix 8800 "bridge" camera, because these latter models are bigger and therefore have a larger lens (very important for great optical quality) and a larger sensor (important for better color accuracy and lower noise), but I can say that the S1 has the best picture quality in its class, even bettering the great models from Canon (SD400, SD500, etc.)In normal lighting, S1's pictures are sharp and very accurate in color.This latter is very important for getting eye-pleasing photos.Even indoors, the S1 does a decent job; since the lack of light always makes photography difficult, the S1 is better than most.BTW, when indoors, using a camera's built-in flash always results in harsh-looking pictures where the background is dark and ugly.Instead, try mounting the camera on a tripod -- the S1 has a tripod mount -- and taking a picture without the flash.The picture you get will be much more pleasing to the eye.

In short, the S1 is a trustworthy performer when it comes to picture quality -- once again, with the necessary caveat that you don't compare this with a D70 d-SLR.I've seen thousands and thousands of digital images, on screen and on paper, and I'm pretty impressed with the S1's image quality.I simply don't think you'll find another ultra-slim camera that can take better pictures than this.

Nikon has put in a lot of effort -- and marketing -- in creating in-camera software editing, such as in-camera red-eye reduction and the new D-lighting (which lightens up dark shadows and darkens blown highlights).Both of these can be done during playback, but the red-eye reduction can also take place during shooting: in other words, after a picture is taken, the S1 checks whether there's a red eye problem.If so, it'll automatically fix it (you can set this option).

What really amazes me is Nikon's exclusive "face-priority" autofocus (AF) mode when shooting: it can automatically identify the faces in a picture and focus and expose on the closest or centerist face.This is truly AMAZING and works very well -- provided the lighting is not too shabby, or the facial skin tone not too dark.This works especially well in restaurants.You know the drill: you gather your friends at the dining table for a picture, and lo and behold, all too often the camera focuses on the white table cloth in the foreground or that giant Coors neon sign in the back instead of your faces.Nikon S1's face-priority comes to the rescue.The only caveat is, indoors, it doesn't seem to work as well as outdoors when lighting is aplenty.

I should also mention the wonders of D-lighting, which I believe is also included in some other Coolpix models.The idea is that after a picture is taken, better lighting effect can be achieved by lightening up shadow (dark) areas and darkening highlight (bright) areas through software post-processing, thus resulting in a better balanced picture.This is what pro photographers do in the darkroom (burning and dodging) or in Photoshop.In fact, every pro picture you see has gone through this process, since almost no picture has teh perfect lighting in its raw film.D-lighting basically lets you do this adjustment in-camera.While it works quite well, my own preference is to turn it off and save the lighting adjustment for later in Photoshop, where I can see a big picture (pun intended) and know exactly which areas need to be fixed.Anyway, for casual photography, D-lighting is a wonderful aid in creating eye-pleasing photos.

The S1 does not have an optical viewfinder, so for framing you rely on the 2.5" LCD screen.The screen is bright and covers 97% of the shooting frame, but its 110,000 pixel resolution is only average.This pales in comparison the 230,000 pixel count on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7's 2.5" LCD.The Sony's LCD is also brighter, but the Nikon S1's is not shabby at all and compares favorably to the LCD on most ultra-compact cameras.

One area in which the S1 does lag market share leaders such as Canon and Casio and Sony is shutter lag.You know, every photographer wants instantaneous picture-taking.The latest models from Canon and Casio are super-fast and have negligible shutter lag, meaning when you press the shutter button, the camera takes the picture in less than half a second -- that includes the time for the camera to focus, take a meter reading and open the shutter.The Nikon S1 has a noticeable shutter lag that will disappoint some buyers.This can be a problem when you demand fast response from the camera, such as when you want to capture those Kodak moments of an energetic baby or child.Many people place a lot of emphasis on shutter lag, so this may be a serious problem for them.

There are, however, two solutions.First, you could press the shutter button half-way and hold it there to pre-focus and pre-expose, and when the moment you want arrives, just press the button further down to release the shutter.I'm not saying this to excuse Nikon for not including better shutter lag performance (esp. given the S1's price point), but in general, it's always a good idea to pre-focus, even with a fast digital SLR such as the Canon Digital Rebel XT or Nikon D70.One benefit from pre-focusing is you minimize the handshake when pressing the shutter button, since your finger travels less than from the "up" position.Second solution is use the S1's nice continuous-focus feature which allows you to focus on a moving subject without pressing the shutter button.This continuous-focus (also known as servo AF) feature always keeps the subject in focus, at the expense of battery life and slightly more wear on the focusing motor in the lens.

Conclusion regarding shutter lag: if you absolutely demand as little shutter lag as you can get on an ultracompact camera, consider the Canon SD400 or the Casio EX-Z55/Z57.The Fuji Z1 is reportedly very fast, too, although I haven't played with it yet.If you don't mind shutter lag or are willing to use one or both of the solutions outlined above, then you'll love S1 for its other great features (excellent image quality, big LCD, easy interface, ultra-cool styling).My advice: if you don't know much about shutter lag and its implications, check out the S1 and other cameras in a store and pay attention to the time between pressing the shutter button and hearing the "click" sound characteristic of shutter release.My OWN personal preference is I always pre-focus (solution #1) when I need to minimize shutter lag, whether I'm using the S1 or my beloved Nikon D70 d-SLR.(Of course, if you really want fast shooting speed, you'll need to shell out some serious money for a d-SLR such as the Nikon D70.)

What else can I say?You get 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35mm-105mm focal range in 35mm format), a LiIon battery that's about average in performance (the king in this department is the Casio Exilim EX-Z55/Z57 series), and a cradle which you need in order to transfer pictures.(I myself use a USB card reader that takes the SD card.)Speaking of this, the Nikon S1 kit does not come with an SD card, but the camera itself has 12MB of internal memory, which isn't a lot at all.

Supposedly the "S" in S1 stands for style, and Nikon has definitely created a very stylish and very desirable ultra-slim digital camera -- especially in the black-body version.But great looks are not the only thing the new S1 has; its picture quality is simply the best in its increasingly crowded class.Finally, you can impress your friends and speed-dating dates with a camera that not only looks good and goes into your pocket, but flatters your subjects as well.

Finally, some quick advice: 1) be sure to hold the camera very steady when pressing the shutter; fuzzy pictures from handshaking is the #1 complaint with these tiny cameras; 2) don't let your left hand block the lens; 3) protect the huge LCD screen well; 4) there's a new model called "S2" that's coming out which you might want to investigate before deciding (I personally find the S1 much better-looking).

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice small form factor but not so great pictures
I have a Canon Powershot G2 and my wife\'s cousin bought this camera (Nikon Coolpix S1). We both took pictures at lots of different light settings and here is my conclusion about this camera.

Pros:
1. Very small and thin. Easily put in pocket.
2. High megapixel resolution and pictures are good in proper lighting.

Cons:
1. Very small and thin. It is good for small people but for someone big, the camera is too delicate and buttons very small.
2. The screen is unprotected and can be damaged easily in the pocket.
3. Low light photos are not illuminated well enough by the flash so you might just have the subject lighted up and the background dark.
4. Don\'t know if it is due to small size but if you casually take out the camera for a picture, the chances of picture being blurred are high.
5. Also, almost 80% pictures had red-eye problem which can be removed easily but still is cumbersome.

Summary :
Camera is an entry level camera good for small people. The main asset is the small size. ... Read more


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