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181. Kodak EasyShare CX4230 2MP Digital
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181. Kodak EasyShare CX4230 2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B000066TOT
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 1677
Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (49)

4-0 out of 5 stars A great camera for the price
.... I've never used the Kodak software, I use a memory card reader, it's faster and doesn't use the camera batteries or rely on an expensive camera dock to transfer images to the PC. I certainly wouldn't have bought it without reading what type of memory card is uses, which ARE, ...., available from many 3rd party manufacturers and they're only moderately more expensive than other types of cards. All non-SLR digital cameras have a delay in between pressing the shutter button and the taking of the picture, the delay of this camera is no better or worse (around 1 second) than any other.
The few drawbacks/complaints I have about the camera are;
Flimsy doors, especially the door over the memory card slot, it
feels as if it could be easily broken if special care is not taken
when removing or reinserting the memory card.
Plastic camera body, while my AE-1 has been flung off cliffs
and sunk in rapids I fear that a drop from almost any height
would cause significant damage to this camera.
Poor placement of the 'camera ready/camera status' light. It's
right next to the optical viewfinder and can interfere with taking
pictures in low light situations because of it's brightness.
Slow shutter speed of 1/8th sec. isn't very slow. A full second
would have been a nice addition.

All in all this is a great camera for the price, it takes good
pictures, comes with decent features and is almost completely
idiot proof. It's not a professional camera but great for someone
who's interest in getting started with digital photography and
small enough to take with you anytime (I don't leave the house
without mine.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3-0 out of 5 stars Shutter Lag is Very Annoying
Like an earlier reviewer, I feel that the shutter lag on the 4230 is very slow. I have an earlier model Kodak digital camera (3400) and couldn't be happier with it. It is very responsive and the prints are incredible. When I saw the 4230 used two fewer batteries and had a smaller form factor, I thought it would make the perfect present for my wife. Unfortunately when trying to take pictures of our kids, the delay between pushing the button and the actual capture often leave us with less than optimal results. The camera is a nice camera and the other functions work well. Perhaps I was just spoiled by their earlier model. ... Read more


182. Canon PowerShot S30 3MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00005QFZF
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 1946
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

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

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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

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

Reviews (145)

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

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

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

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific, fun and easy to use...
This camera is spectacular! I had no trouble installing it on 2 systems, however I did encounter some small issues when installing the Canon Zoom EX software on a Win98 OS with Twain drivers already installed. In the end, I got it working without much headache.

I received this camera as a gift, and I'm glad I did. I'm not sure I would have purchased it otherwise, as I was hooked on the Sony Mavica. For some reason I was sold on the Mavica since you could store images on floppy. I thought I wouldn't be able to hold enough pics on a Flash card. Boy was I wrong! I took well over 50 pics wile at Sea World for the day, at the highest resolution, and my 256 mb card still had memory to spare. It's well worth getting the 256 mb Flash Memory, but also consider getting an additional battery. By late afternoon my battery was running low on juice and it alerted me, well before any poor pictures were taken.

The clairty and color of the pictures is phenominal. We took a picture of a sweating soda can when we first hooked it up, and we could see even the finest, smallest sweat bead on the can. The digital and optical zooms both work extremely well, making it very easy for you to add drama to a picture. The preview screen is so very clear, I had people in the airport looking at pictures over my shoulder in amazement that they were so good. I also liked the weight of the camera. It was heavy enough to make it feel solid in your hand -- something that I find a lot of the pocket-sized digital cams lack. Also the sounds it makes when powering on, or even the clicking of the shutter when you take a picture, all serve purpose and are easily identified.

All in all it's quick and easy setup has you taking pictures in 10 minutes (after the battery is charged of course). I found that camera to be intuitive as well -- especially good for those people who refuse to read manuals.

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

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

5-0 out of 5 stars Zoom in!
I've had my Canon s30 for a year and a half now, and it's still at the top of its game. Brushed aluminum. Weighty, but not bulky. Crystal-clear screen. Potentially ridiculously intricate functionality, but simple enough for anyone to use. And yes, the video function is incredibly handy to have around.

The cons cited in other reviews hold, of course: the joystick is difficult to use, you'll want to buy a separate 256 MB card, the battery drains fairly quickly, that sort of thing. Except for these aspects of its anatomy, it really is a brilliant camera.

But here's one pro I haven't seen anyone mention yet: you can zoom in--really CLOSE!--on a picture you've taken, and then scroll around in it. This is an incredible function, catering to those social settings where everyone gathers around you and demands to see themselves in that last picture you took. Really handy (and sometimes VERY entertaining). ... Read more


183. Olympus Stylus 100 35mm QD Zoom Camera Kit
list price: $249.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00006LFIZ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 1607
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The new Olympus Stylus 100 offers a 3.6x wide-angle zoom lens that lets you zoom in for amazing detail, or zoom out for incredible range. Automatic flash, focus, exposure, and more give you clear and beautifully lit pictures at the touch of a button. And a stylish, compact design means it's small enough to fit in a pocket to accompany you anywhere you go.

The camera includes an LCD for time stamps and exposure counting to keep track of those special dates. A pop-up six-mode variable flash and autofocus are standard as well. Automatic film winding, loading, and rewind continue the long list of features to help reduce or eliminate unnecessary motion. A 12-second delay timer allows the photographer to be a part of the shot. The kit comes with a battery, case, strap, extended warranty, and a remote control. The Stylus comes complete with a sliding lens cover and an all-weather design. ... Read more

Features

  • Multi-autofocus system
  • Wide-angle 28-100mm, 3.6x zoom
  • Quartz date/time imprint
  • 6 mode variable power flash with red-eye reduction
  • All-weather design

184. X Digital Media 1 GB REDLINE PROformance70X Compact Flash Card
list price: $109.95
our price: $109.95
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Asin: B0002V8KZO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: X Digital Media Inc
Sales Rank: 5103
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Features

  • High performance 70X, 1GB storage capacity
  • Sustained Write Speed 7.5MB per second
  • Sustained Read Speed 11MB per second (70X)
  • Type I Card
  • Reliability tested over one (1) million read/write operations; five (5) year replacement warranty.

185. Panasonic PVDC252 MiniDV Ultra Compact Digital Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, SD Slot & Digital Still Capability
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B000065AGA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 5525
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With an ultracompact design that weighs a little over a pound, the Panasonic PV-DC252 is a feature-filled camcorder that can easily be toted around on vacations and other special events. It features a large 2.5-inch LCD screen, a 10x optical zoom, remote control, and digital still capability with a SD memory slot.

Lens
With an optical zoom power of 10x, the DC252 also has a digital zoom, which works by electronically enhancing the optical image, and can magnify the picture up to 700 times. The digital image stabilization system keeps the picture steady and solid throughout zooms and camera shakes.

Digital Stills
You can store your digital stills directly onto tape or onto the included 8MB SD memory card using the camcorder's memory slot. The camcorder can be switched into a mode called progressive photo shoot, so that images captured will not have the jagged lines of interlaced video and will remain clear and undistorted. The digital stills are in JPEG format and have a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, good enough for e-mail or posting on the Internet.

Inputs and Outputs
The DC252 comes with the standard DV IEEE 1394 port (also known as FireWire) for a super-fast, lossless connection to a PC or other DV machines. You can also connect to your PC via a USB connection. S-video and RCA connections are also provided for direct viewing on a television or VHS dubbing.

You can save video and still photography on removable Secure Digital (SD) cards. One 8 MB SD card is included with the PV-DC252.

MiniDV Format
MiniDV digital technology delivers clear, sharp video with up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution--far superior to the 240 lines of resolution offered by 8mm camcorders. You'll also get minimal color noise interference for a more stable picture.

Using Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) technology, Panasonic's MiniDV camcorders provide pristine sound. Choose from 12-bit or 16-bit audio recording modes.

  • 16-bit audio includes a set of stereo audio tracks to produce CD-quality sound.
  • 12-bit audio utilizes two sets of audio tracks so you can easily add background music or commentary into your videos while maintaining the existing soundtrack.

This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. A MiniDV tape offers digital recording time of two full hours--20 times the capacity of a CD. ... Read more

Features

  • MiniDV camcorder
  • 10x optical, 700x digital, zoom with digital image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch color LCD; color EVF
  • Records digital stills up to a resolution of 640 x 480 onto included 8 MB SD card; also compatible with MultiMediaCards
  • Ultracompact size

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars compact size, easy to use, HIGHLY RECOMMENED
I don't know how they built this camera, it is so small! But at the same time, it is fully packed with nice features and records sharp picture and superb sound.

First Video, this camera delivers 500 lines of horizontal resolution which delivers digital quality pictures. Features many special effects and fader, titles and PIP. Magicpix doesn't really do anyting, so don't buy it for that reason. 10x optical zoom is quite sufficient, yet 700x digital zoom is useless. This camera feature AV and S-video plugs for TV connections, and i-link/firewire/IEEE1394 for easy access for computer transfering for editing.

Audio is amazing, you hear no motor noise even in the quietest places. Audio pickup is superb with zoom mic, easy to hear people talking from a distance. Also feature wind cut. Choose between 12 or 16 bit sound.

Extras are quite good. Built in still camera is a nice feature, but don't expect 4 megapixel quality pictures. the included 8mb SD card stores between 50 and 100 pictures. Choose from normal, fine or eco mode. USB and software included for viewing photos on computer. Battery has quite decent life, for its size. up to 1 hour (or more with viewfinder). The LCD screen is easy to view, but the viewfinder is hard to see in, but at least its colour unlike other models. All controls are easy to reach. Includes lens cap, charger, battery, adapter, shoulder strap, 8mb SD card, IR and wired remote, AV and USB cable and editing software. I would suggest buying a good case. The Panasonic palmcorder camcase 7 fits quite well, with loads of room for accesories.

CONCLUSION: GREAT BUY. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. BLOWS JVC, SONY and CANON AWAY.

4-0 out of 5 stars very good value
I did quite a bit of research before buying this camera. The online reviews were favorable, and just before buying it, I also noticed that Consumer Reports (CR) had rated its video quality as being very good (in the top 3).

The camera is fairly compact, not as compact as the Canon Eluras or the small Sonys, but it is more comfortable to hold because of its horizontal format.

Sound quality is simply excellent. The only extraneous noise picked up is the zoom motor. I cannot hear the tape transport motor on playback (this is a problem with some of the small Canons and Sonys). Video quality in good light is also very good. Good light includes indoor shots in a reasonably well lit room. In dim lighting, colors fade and the video does become a bit grainy. Otherwise, color fidelity is very good using the automatic white balance.

Image stabilization is very good except when at full zoom, but I understand this is a common phenomenon. CR indicates that other cameras have better stabilization.

I found the best playback option was connected to my TV using an S-video cable. The video looked incredibly good, much better than with the supplied composite video cable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tiny, gorgeous, nice to use, very high quality results.
In Europe this model is called the NV-GS5, which is what I have, but it's otherwise identical.

I've had it a few months now. I bought it after lots of research, and after rejecting the "upright" style cameras because they're so hard to hold steady. This little Panasonic is still very small (and cute) but you have a chance of holding it reasonably steady. Having said that, even with the image stabiliser on, you will need a tripod to make decent use of even the 10x optical zoom.

Panasonic's main selling points for this camera seem to be its ability to record stills, MPEGs and voice clips onto SD card, but if you've already got a digital stills camera, you'll not be too excited about stills at 640 x 480, maximum.

Forget that, and notice the other advantages. As the top model in this range (the 352 is really quite different and a lot bigger) it gets a colour viewfinder, and an analogue AV input. That could be really useful. There appears to be a connector for just about everything you can think of, including the all-important external microphone. The lens has a screw mount for proprietary conversion lenses and filters too.

Performance wise, I have been very pleased indeed with the results. It focuses with alacrity (almost never caught out), produces a really crisp clean image in all but the murkiest conditions, and generally looks surprisingly close to broadcast quality. Sound is pretty good using the built-in microphone: lots of atmosphere. Unlike some mini-DV camcorders, the microphone is mounted right at the front, so you only notice camera noise when you film in a very quiet location.

It's quite easy to use, though you'll need to spend a little time with the horrible instruction book before you can use it confidently. At first I kept forgetting which menu contained which control. But some controls are easily accessible, like the manual exposure (nice to have) and focus wheel. Most things fall to hand well, though the menu button requires a double-jointed index finger...

On the whole though, I have few criticisms. It's small, looks great, is quite easy to use and most important, produces excellent pictures and sound. I'm very impressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great ultra-compact DvCam
The PVDC252 wasn't really on my list for Christmas as I was eyeing vetical-type Dvcams, specifically the JVC GRDVM76U. Then I happen to see the PVDC252 in an electronics store and it really caught my attention. The 'silver barrelled' lens looked really nice, plus the cold shoe attachment, and of course the price caught my attention. It had everything the JVC had, only that it is in the traditional 'horizontal' design. I played around with the unit and it grew on me quite quick. I did final research and even looked up the Sony MicroMv DCRIP5, but I kept going back to the PVDC252.

A full week before Christmas, I bought the PVDC252 - and I never looked back :-) The dvcam was really good for the price and yes, very compact (length-wise). It came with a lot of goodies (IR remote, wired remote, USB cable, charger/adaptor). Handling of the unit is simple and controls are wel within reach. The video output is quite exceptional and PC connectivity via Firewire is a snap (I used Adobe Premiere to capture my vids to my HD).

Got an additional battery (Lenmar LIP120) as a backup. The main battery works just great too, giving 1hr+ of recording time. The LCD is clear and easy to view, while the viewfinder is also easy to use, despite being quite small. It also has a built-in speaker so you can hear audio while playing back your recorded movies on the unit. Secure Digital slot for taking snapshots - of course don't expect digital cam-quality images - it's still best to leave that to dedicated digital cameras and IMHO, the digital 'photoshot' features in DV camcorders is just an extra convenience, not a replacement for digital still cameras. Nevertheless, the photoshots are decent for email/electronic scrapbook purposes. :-)

The zoom lens works smoothly and can be easily controlled. Audio pickup is very good. The camera feaures a 'zoom mic' too, which allows you to zoom in the audio in the same location you are zooming your view. And the wind cut feature is good to help mask wind noise while recording. And one thing very noticeable (or not noticeable) is that no motor noise gets recorded in (unlike some Canon models).

Conclusion: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - worth the price! And get a good dvcam bag with it (the Case Logic DVC-30 Camcorder case fits very well, check it out here in Amazon's listing).

5-0 out of 5 stars Small but Mighty
This is the coolest camcorder I have ever seen. It took me a while to figure out what all it can do, but it's truly remarkable. It's nice that it comes with two controllers one that's a tethered remote and the other one has every button that you can possibly think of. The wireless controller is really nice because if you want to video tape yourself then all you have to do is put the PVDC252 on a tripod, turn the LCD screen towards you and press record on the controller. I haven't used it on the computer yet, because I haven't had the chance yet. It's also cool that you can record still pictures on the tape or on a memory card it comes with. The only two things that aren't as great, is that the software isn't editing software for videos and the eye piece you look into is so small there's not point. All in all this is remarkable little gadget. It's kind of funny when you eject the Mini DV tape out because you see the whole inside of the camcorder itself. This camcorder is a little pricy by itself and for the Mini DV tapes, but it's worth it. (I didn't order from this site though. I found it cheaper somewhere else. Hint: shop around online a lot before you buy this product) ... Read more


186. Olympus E-10 4MP DigitalCamera w/ 4x Optical Zoom
list price: $1,449.99
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Asin: B000051TOG
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 2206
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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The Olympus Camedia E-10 is a near-professional quality four-megapixel single-lens-reflex (SLR) digital camera with a number of unique features. First and foremost, the E-10 features an exceptionally high-quality 4x optical zoom lens with a focal length equivalent to a 35-140mm lens on a 35mm camera, and has a aperture of f2.0-f2.4 to f11.0, depending on how much zoom is used. Unlike many of the digital SLRs on the market, however, the lens is not removable. Olympus works around this by offering an extended set of lens additions that convert the lens from a wide-angle wonder to the equivalent of a 420mm super-zoom. Additionally, while the E-10 is an SLR camera, the LCD monitor also features live preview. Most SLR cameras utilize a mirror to supply the optical viewfinder with its image. Because of this, on most digital SLRs, the LCD monitor does not provide a live preview of the scenes you are trying to capture. The E-10 uses a beam-splitter--basically a prism--that allows the image to speed its way to both the optical viewfinder and the LCD monitor. The LCD monitor also sits on a hinge, letting you tilt it up 90 degrees, or down 20 degrees, allowing you to take pictures from unusual camera angles while still accurately framing the scene.

Unlike most other digital cameras, the E-10 uses both SmartMedia and CompactFlash (Type I & II) for storage. Also unlike many other cameras, the resolution of your image can be selected from 2240 x 1680, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, or 640 x 480 pixels, an unusually large selection. A histogram function lets you view exposure information after you capture an image, giving you instant feedback about how to improve your picture-taking skills. A 32 MB internal buffer allows the E-10 to take up to take up to four shots in sequence at three frames per second, even when set to record images as uncompressed TIFFs.

The shooting options on the E-10 include all of the typical modes you'd expect to see on a high-end consumer digital camera: program, aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual shooting modes. Other user-controlled settings include exposure compensation, metering mode, ISO setting, flash, white balance, and focus. Users can leave white balance on auto, select from a number of Kelvin temperatures, or manually create a preset. The built-in flash features red-eye reduction, auto, fill-in, and off modes. External flashes can connect to the E-10 through the hot shoe on top of the camera. Exposure compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV in one-third EV increments. The ISO can be set to 80, 160, or 320. Also, an autobracketing feature takes three pictures, one over-exposed and one under-exposed, and allows you to set the exposure compensation up to one EV step in either direction, in one-third EV step increments. The E-10 uses four AA or two CR-V3 batteries. ... Read more

Features

  • 4 megapixel CCD creates 2,240 x 1,680 images for 8 x 10 prints and beyond
  • 4x optical zoom with autofocus
  • Included 32 MB SmartMedia card stores 16 images at default settings
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses 4 AA or 2 CR-V3 batteries

Reviews (38)

4-0 out of 5 stars Film is dead --- long live digital
I've had a Minolta SLR for the past 10 years and been very happy with it, but after buying the my "other half" a Canon Digital Elph, I found the ability to immediately review photographs compelling. So, I looked for a digital SLR.

Olympus has hit the price/performance sweet spot with this camera. Competitive digital SLRs cost 50% more than the E10 for the body alone -- i.e. before you've bought any lenses. However, I was concerned that the E-10 would be an adequate replacement for my film SLR. So, The E-10 passed with flying colors.

What's good about this camera: terrific image quality, great lens (f2.0-f2.6!), all the control you could want (white balance, focus, zoom, exposure, flash), support for compact flash and smart media, and ability to take up to 4 shots in rapid succession, easy upload of images to a PC, Adobe Photoshop LE included and good battery life on Olympus NiMH AA batteries.

I took scores of pictures every day and was generally pleased with the results. The camera functions well in program mode, but immediate image review on the camera enables you to use more control if you don't get the shot you need. And with digital, you can just keep on taking shots until you get it right without worrying about film.

The ability to take 4 shots in rapid succession is useful when trying to capture spontaneous events -- like the procession of flag throwers (a Tuscan tradition that goes back over 700 years) out for a practice early one Sunday in Siena. Other digital cameras have big problems with both "shutter lag" (time from pressing the button to capturing the image) and the interval between shots -- especially with a 4 megapixel CCD where images take longer to write to flash.

I made extensive use of a polarizing filter to cut glare under the Tuscan sun, and the images came out with strong colors as a result. The E10 seems a little "flatter" in its color balance than Canon cameras, but color saturation can be easily tweaked in Photoshop if this is a problem for any given image.

I never managed to run the Olympus AA NiMH batteries (purchased separately) flat during a day's shooting, so camera power consumption seems to be excellent -- short battery life is a killer for many digital cameras.

The lens is very impressive. It has a great zoom range, and as the camera was designed for digital from the ground up there are none of the multiplying effects of film cameras converted for digital use (e.g. Canon D30). This means that the E10 has great short-range capability as well as telephoto without having to switch lenses. This is very important if you want to travel light, as I did.

What's not-so-good: problems with IBM Microdrive, autofocus requires care to avoid misfocus errors, viewfinder image location leads to orientation errors, general operation could be a lot faster, and the optional Olypus case is poor.

The E10 requires the photographer to carefully monitor whether it has successfully locked on the subject. Early on, I got several poorly focused shots because the AF didn't focus on the subject. It's easy to miss this in the viewfinder or on the LCD image preview -- you only find out when you get home... However, once you learn to watch for mistaken AF lock, it is possible to re-focus and avoid this. Still, after Minolta's exemplary AF system, this was an unpleasant surprise.

I also used an IBM Microdrive with my E10, but discovered that it does not work properly. I would be able to take several photographs, and then the camera would suddenly complain of flash card errors. It's easy to miss candid shots when you're wondering why the camera isn't working, then realizing there's a flash error, switching to smart media... so the Microdrive went back. Get a 256MB flash card instead.

The viewfinder image is large and oddly focused -- it's easy to tilt the camera about a degree and not notice -- until you get to image review. This can be fixed in Photoshop, but it's annoying to have to fix it.

Finally, the Olympus feels slower than many point-n-shoot cameras, and this is likely down to the embedded processor used in the camera. It takes several seconds before an image can be previewed, and it is slow to move around in image preview mode. Also, it seems to take a long time to compress an image and store it to flash. The 4 image buffer dramatically reduces the impact of this, but not entirely -- especially when you want to take one photo and see how it came out straight away.

Finally, don't buy Olympus' case for the E10. It is very cumbersome and you'll end up wishing you never brought it. I left it at home or in the car most days. You cant open up the case and leave it hanging off the camera -- it gets in your way. That means you have to totally remove the camera from the case and either put it down, stuff it in a bag or squash it under your arm while you try to take photographs.

The net is that I can't see why I'd go back to a film SLR. Although the Olympus E10 has its quirks, and Microdrive incompatibility is a drawback, it is a very good digital camera at an excellent price point for the value you receive. Olympus really doesn't have any competition for the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny
Ok - Wow.

In digital photography, all you need is good photo-editing software (the E-10 comes with Adobe Photoshop LE) and a good printer - no eye-irritating chemicals and hours alone in the dark, like with film photography! Oh ya, and a good camera!

Using the E-10 is functioning on a whole different plane than anything I've used before (digitally, Kodak and Sony in the $800 - $900 range). The control is total. The product is eye-popping. What pictures! I'm producing 13x19 inch prints of amazing clarity. And although there is still quite a bit of effort involved - the comfort level and the amount of ultimate control over the product is astounding. And it all starts with the E-10.

To the hand, the fit and feel are unmistakably that of a 35mm SLR. Of course, there is no f-ring, and no gnarled knob dedicated to shutter speed control - too bad, I thought at first. But with some adjustment to thinking, there is an easy (actually, easier!), total control of these functions - and so much more. The zoom and focus rings are the smoothest I've ever used (and I have a couple of lenses for my 35mm that cost more than this camera).

I also have the 0.8x and the 1.45x lens attachments, for wide and telephoto (or 28mm and 200mm, respectively, in a 35mm format camera). Lens extenders exaggerate chromatic aberrations, flares and distortions - and they certainly reduce the speed of the lens fairly dramatically, among other things. Regarding the Camedia extenders, though there is a reduction in speed, it's absolutely negligible. And for image quality, I performed some tests photographing newspaper (a great test pattern, believe it, or not) and found nothing to complain about - quite the opposite. This is really good stuff. Not perfect, but very, very good. The quality of the lens on the camera, on the other hand, may as well be perfect. Similar, but more precise tests performed against this lens just made me smile. There are some flares and barreling under certain circumstances, but nothing - absolutely nothing to complain about. The contrast and brightness-uniformity (condensing) of the image are as good as you can get without spending a lot, like on some of Canon's Flourite lenses.

Overall, the experience is just great. The designers thought of everything. This E-10 is easier to use, and fits the hand better than any professional grade camera I've ever used.

Just a couple more notes: The optical viewfinder is bright. The shutter release is perfect for handheld, low shutter speed shots in that it requires only a very light touch (but there is good travel to prevent premature release). The CCD is noise-free at any contrast (some owners claim noise at higher contrast settings, but I haven't experienced this. Perhaps, Olympus had dealt with this by the time I purchased mine). The LCD monitor really comes in handy with its multi-position feature - in making waist level and over-head shots.

Olympus suggests that this camera will eliminate the need to ever return to film format cameras. I definitely agree. Digital photography really is a revolution. And this particular camera really is the beginning of the revolution as far as cost/quality combination is concerned.

This is a great camera.

3-0 out of 5 stars After using it for 2 years
The camera has many nice points. These have been covered in other people's reviews. I will mention the few items that I think are less good:
- It is not very good at focusing, especially in less light environment. I had the Olumpus people look at it but they said there was nothing wrong with it.
- It is terribly heavy.
- It is slow to start up.
Dispite the recomendations from Olympus to not use the Microdrive, I have found a somewhat safe way to copy the pictures from the Smartmedia card to the Microdive. In this way, I can take several hundreds of pictures without needing to upload to a computer.
My next camera will be a Minolta - also with a Microdrive function.

5-0 out of 5 stars A solid performer
I've been a serious hobbyist photographer for more than 25 years and this is my sixth digital camera. After looking for more than a few months I settled on the Olympus E-10 for its high quality photographs. There are other cameras with more mega-pixels and more powerful zoom lens but few if any of those will come close to the quality that this camera produces.

There are manual controls for everything and that big lens just sucks in the light for great low light pictures. The beam splitter view finder is sweet and the manual zoom allows for working the 4x zoom quickly. I bought the matching F-40 flash unit which integrates with the camera to expose flash pictures very well. The flash also follows the zoom lens shifting from wide-angle to telephoto as the lens is worked.

This is a big solid camera that is not for causal snap shots - though when set to the "program" mode it can do that. Where this camera will excel is in the hands of someone who can put that big piece of glass, well matched sensor, and manual abilities to work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great DSLR Starter
I started my DSLR career with this cam. Have a film Leica R series with $15,000 in lenses but wanted to expand horizons. This camera is great. I have had mine for 18 months, still learning new thngs about it, keep the owners manual close. I also purchased the MCON and Telephoto 1.45. Macros are really great with the MCON. Tele is okay but only gives you 200 equivalent which isn't always enough. Some of my photos have been good enough to sell in the local art gallery. Buy this camera if you really want great pictures and a great price. I paid $1200 for mine and now they are down to $700 and more than worth every penny. ... Read more


187. Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera w/ 28-70mm Lens
list price: $299.99
our price: $159.99
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Asin: B00005K2R0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Vivitar
Sales Rank: 1412
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Get classic with the Vivitar V3800N, a 35mm SLR camera with a 28-70mm zoom lens packed with features ideal for aspiring photographers. A bright viewfinder with split-image focusing and three-LED display makes composing shots painless and easy. The depth-of-field preview and multiple exposure settings provide the fine-tuning control that great photographers demand.

Film loading is manual with the traditional single-frame advance, and a safety mechanism prevents double-frame advance or double exposures. The camera is also equipped with a hot shoe so you can easily connect a flash unit for more light. The self-timer has a 10-second delay, useful for taking group photos or self-portraits. Weighing barely over a pound, the V3800N is an easy carry for photographers on the go. ... Read more

Features

  • Easy-to-use manual single-lens reflex camera--great for beginning photographers
  • Complete with 28-70mm f3.4 to f4.8 lens
  • Bright viewfinder with split image focusing and 3-LED display
  • Depth of field preview and multiple exposure capability
  • Hot shoe with x-contact for flash photography, synchronized at 1/125 second or slower

Reviews (18)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great camera, poor lens
I purchased this camera as my first SLR to start learning photography.

The Good: The camera body is excellent. It has all the features one needs for manual photography including metering, depth of field preview, and multiple exposure.

The Bad: The lens is slow (f3.4). Unless the scene is very well lit, you'll find yourself shooting at f3.4 with a slow shutter speed almost all the time at ISO 100, even with a tripod. Also, I have never been able to achieve a sharp photograph with this lens, even at mid-range apertures (f8 and f11). At first, I attributed this to inexperience and poor technique. But as soon as I started shooting with a used Sigma lens, the difference was astonishing. I finally know what a sharp photograph looks like.

Overall, I would not recommend this camera package. The camera body is excellent, and is worth buying separately. However, the poor quality lens is not worth it. You will be much better off purchasing a used lens. The lens that comes with this camera can be very discouraging for beginning photographers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jewel in the dust! The real professional camera!
I was looking for a replacement for my trusted but worn out
manual Pentax K-1000 SLR.
Its spare parts and repair costs became very prohibitive.
I didn't want to buy used and old camera for the reasons given above.
I've tested at least fifteen different modern professional SLR's.
I stopped experimenting only when I came across this Vivitar V3800n camera.
I was amazed by the quality of the pictures and reliability of its mechanics.
This camera has all features needed in professional photography.
Depth of the field preview, wide range of the film speeds B-1/2000,
split image focusing, multiple exposure button, flash socket and direct Xcontact.
I completed two photographic seasons with this camera and purchased the second
one of the same model to keep it as a spare.
All my pictures selected and sold for publishing in the magazines and journals
I'm contracting with, were performed using this professional camera.
I can use all set of lenses left from my old Pentax with Vivitar 3800n camera
'cause they have the same K-type mount.
...
This is a truly professional grade camera ...!

4-0 out of 5 stars I love this camera
I bought this camera for a beginners B&W photography class, and although it's basically the bottom of the line, it's a great little camera. All of my pictures came out clear, unless by my beginners error, of course. It's light weight and very easy to use. I'd reccomend this camera to anyone who wants a good SLR, beginner or non.

5-0 out of 5 stars For those of us who love the essentials...
I love, love, love this manual camera. Personally, I feel that a lot of the bad reviews stem from the fact that some reviewers have skewed expectations for the V3800--it would probably be best to pack your cute digital point-and-shoot for Aunt Edith's party, for instance.

Don't get me wrong--it's the photographer, not the camera that produces a great picture--but this is definetely a device for those of us who are trying for "art", not the family scrapbook, and prefer not to be encumbered by extraneous settings.

I'm not saying I'll never come back to my cute little Rebel EOS(there's something to be said for not having to manually wind your film!) but it's wonderful to be able to set your exposure with a few little dials. Much faster than having to sort through the all the digital silliness. And who really uses that "Night Portrait Mode" anyway? Not I.

Of course, there are some flaws. The flash sync only goes up to 125 and the body is on the heavy side compared to the featherlight cameras produced these days. But even these "flaws" are easy to ignore; I can live without a fast flash sync, as I'm not one for sports photography and prefer ambient light; I also find that my camera shake is greatly reduced now that I've got something to grab on to.

Buy it!! Makes you feel like Brenda Starr or Mickey Spillane, depending :)

1-0 out of 5 stars Want quality? Better keep looking.
I recently bought a Vivitar v3800N camera from a local, specialty camera store. After having the camera for less than 2 months and having shot only about 4 rolls of film the camera BROKE! I have taken extreme care with this camera and have not found a reason for it to malfunction. I will not recommend this camera to anyone.
I am not trying to be harsh or unfair toward Vivitar. I would just write this problem off as a fluke, but I have had two of these cameras and this exact same thing has happened....twice! If you are curious about the problem, the shutter is jammed, for some unknown reason, which I might add is quite expensive to repair. I will not buy another Vivitar camera. ... Read more


188. Toshiba PDR-T20 2MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00006HYYU
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 8781
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Toshiba PDR-T20 offers optimal digital photography with 2-million pixel capability, 2x optical zoom, and touch-screen controls. With its sleek, compact design, this camera fits in a cell-phone pouch or can be carried with the convenient neck strap. The sliding front cover provides maximum protection for the lens and the pop-up flash has several settings to suit your environment.

With its 2-megapixel CCD sensor, you can snap images up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels and produce prints up to 8 by 10 inches. The PDR-T20 features a 2x optical zoom as well as a 2x digital zoom for a 4x total. Save images on the included 8 MB Secure Digital memory card.

The LCD on the rear of the PDR-T20 includes touch-screen controls, allowing you to manipulate the camera settings simply by touching the appropriate icon. You can also paint, draw, edit, erase, and annotate right on the LCD while your images are fresh in the camera. Then save the original untouched image and the version with your notes, drawings, or creative highlights.

This package includes the PDR-T20 digital camera, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC power adapter, 8 MB memory card, stylus pen, shoulder strap, camera pouch, USB cable, and CD-ROM with image processing and electronic photo album management software. ... Read more

Features

  • 2.0 megapixel sensor creates 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • 2x optical plus 2xdigital zoom lens (for 4x total) with autofocus
  • Stores photos on included 8 MB Secure Digital memory card
  • Connects to Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included)

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Starter Camera
This is a good Camera if you just want point and click. No having to worry about file formats (only does jpg) and focusing .If you need to do things manualy buy another camera. The LCD is easy to use and the internal battery is nice touch since you don't have to buy batteries. The main drawback is if you forget to charge it you can't just buy batteries. The software is easy to use both on the camera and supplied for the pc. It also supports a sd card which is really nice as well. Like I said before this camera is for those of us who just want to take quick pictures when were out without much hassle.Overall I am happy because that is all I want out of a camera. Much better then buying disposables or a cheap 35mm camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good deal
I Got this camera last week, ...
what makes this camera distinctive is it's touch and very sharp LCD , brilliant body design and slim size, it comes with rechargeable battery which saves batteries drain. it's very easy to operate even from first time, resolution of this camera is minimum requirement for you needs. Only movie mode is not available in it which is the only the drawback I found. ... Read more


189. Lomographic Pop 9 Camera
list price: $50.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00006AG7B
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Lomographic Cameras
Sales Rank: 637
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Outdo Andy Warhol and push the borders of pop art into new territory with the Pop 9 camera. Equipped with nine lenses arranged as a square, the Pop 9 produces photos with a grid of nine mini-photos produced from the corresponding lenses. Since each lens is a few millimeters apart and has a slightly different perspective, each photo provides a unique take on the same object.
(All sample images)
The built-in automatic flash provides you with even more shooting opportunities.

Also included with the camera are a 35mm color film roll, AA battery, full-sized editorial poster, and multilingual instructions. Read the directions to get a feel, but experiment above all else. Take the Pop 9 into the world and reorganize it in a three-by-three pattern. ... Read more

Features

  • One single shot produces 9 identical images on one print
  • Built-in flash allows for gorgeous results in low-light and at night
  • Compatible with all 35mm film
  • Fashionable metallic goldexterior
  • Includes 1 roll of 35mm film and 1 AA battery

Reviews (9)

3-0 out of 5 stars Laughs just for taking it out of the box
Never in my life do I recall taking an item out of the box and receiving such a swell of laughter. Every time I bring this plasitc camera out, manually switch on the flash, manually advance the film and of course, forget to remove the lens cover (manually), my guests laugh enough that they don't have to say cheese. As of yet, I have never taken a picture that shows my subjects in their entirity. I havent even gotten used to what I have to do to get a picture that doesn't draw yet more laughter. I know that you can not be close to your subject if you even want to see their whole face.
I didn't expect this to be a digital quality, sharing the moments type of camera and it is a good thing. My guests and I do share the same feeling that it is a fun camera just preparing the camera for use. Quality -- NO * Fun -- OK * Amusing -- Yes

3-0 out of 5 stars Why?
My imagination must be broken and I have asked several people so theirs must be broken, too. Why would anyone want a camera that takes 9 images of exactly the same thing? If you want 9 prints, just have 9 prints made. If you have a digital camera, as I do, just print 9 copies on the same piece of photo paper. Please feel free to educate me as I am totally baffled.

1-0 out of 5 stars Broken
I opened the package to find a cheaply-made camera. All my disposable cameras look better than this. I can't comment on the picture quality because the camera would not advance the film - the advance wheel is stuck, and the button to free the wheel is stuck also. A piece of junk I'm returning it back to Amazon today.

5-0 out of 5 stars FUN!!!
This camera has got to be the funnest thing I've ever owned! You get four photos per frame, so basically there are four 2"x3" images per 4"x6" photo. The photo quality is awesome - nice, crisp and full of color. Plus, this it is super easy to use and load.

It's fun to keep the photos intact and look at the variations per image, but I've started cutting the photos and using them in craft projects - collages, greeting cards, etc. And they are perfect wallet size! The possibilities are endless.

Buy one and enjoy it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Cheerful
I agree with the other reviewer who said this was a cheap little plastic camera. It is, but the photos were great quality, crisp, clear images and vivid color; just as good as you'd get with a "regular" camera. Immediately, I started taking all kinds of artsy-fartsy pictures, wondering how they'd look once they were developed. My pictures came out almost looking like postcards. I got the best results taking close-up shots of things. I'd also reccomend taking pictures of neon signs. I did the Radio City marquee. Very cool.

I only give this product 4 stars, because I dropped it on the ground, and it half opened up. None of the film was compromised, and the AA battery they sent with the camera was dead. ... Read more


190. Canon PowerShot S40 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B00005QFZG
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 2998
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Canon's S30 and S40 cameras fill a gap in the company's digital lineup. Nestled between the ultra-tiny Elph models and the feature-packed PowerShot G and Pro models, the S30 and S40 combine most of the portability of the former with nearly every advanced feature of the latter.

With the exception of their CCD sensors (the S30 is a 3-megapixel model, while the S40 is 4-megapixel), the cameras are essentially identical. Each features a brushed aluminum body with a sliding clamshell lens cover, a 3x optical zoom Canon lens, and a 1.8-inch LCD on the back of the camera for previewing and reviewing shots.

For beginners, the cameras are point-and-shoot simple. Just twist the dial to Auto and start snapping pictures. For more experienced photographers, both models include aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual modes, plus manual focus, exposure compensation, slow-sync flash, spot metering, and adjustable ISO (from 50 to 400 on the S40, and 50 to 800 on the S30).

Movie mode lets you capture video clips with sound. At 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 pixels, the movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments. The cameras also include an unusual voice-memo feature, which lets you record up to 60 seconds of audio with each image.

To provide maximum battery life in the smallest possible space, the cameras use a proprietary lithium-ion battery (both the battery and a charger are included). The battery charges quickly and holds a reasonably long charge, but if you're planning to use the camera for extended outings, a spare battery is a good idea. A larger-capacity memory card is also advisable if you want to shoot more than a dozen photos at a time or really take advantage of the movie mode. The cameras use Type I or Type II CompactFlash cards, including the Microdrive. To print your photos at home, the S30 and S40 connect directly to Canon's CP-10 and S820D printers for easy printing--you don't even need a computer.

If you're looking for a camera with the sleek, compact style of a point-and-shoot with the extensive manual controls of an advanced amateur camera, the S30 and S40 are both great choices. ... Read more

Features

  • 4.1 megapixel sensor creates 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at 8 x 10 and beyond
  • 3x optical (plus 3.6x digital) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 13 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
  • Uses proprietary NB-2L lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (72)

5-0 out of 5 stars Compact, Sturdy, and Takes Beautiful Pictures
(...) After looking at the Digital Elphs and the A-series cameras, I stumbled upon the S40. This camera has it all. Four mega-pixels, a sturdy metal body, complete control over almost every aspect of your shot, and all in a compact size to boot. The feature-set is based on the popular Canon G2, which is a professional grade digital camera, so you know it uses a fully field-tested, high-quality internal design.

I mostly use this camera in auto mode, in which it takes absolutely beautiful pictures. They are clear, beautifully saturated, and capture motion extremely well. Indoor and outdoor pictures are equally impressive, and I found the metering to be very intelligent. That is, highlights, shadows, and exposure levels are all handled very well.

The camera offers an amazing amount of control with 12 user-selectable modes in addition to the auto mode. (...) But, suffice it to say that anyone seeking a high-level of control over their settings will not be dissapointed by the S40.

A Little Advice:

1. If you are looking to spend a little less money and do not need a 4 mega-pixel camera, a 3 mega-pixel version is available in the S30.

2. If you are looking for a point-and-shoot camera only, you do not need to spend this kind of money. Look toward the Canon A-Series cameras instead. These are plastic and lack the high-level of user control, but they are also much easier on the wallet.

3. Although this is a very compact camera, it is not the smallest that Canon makes. If you want the ultimate in portability, look at their Digital Elph line.

4. The proprietary battery that comes with the S40 is extremely powerful and has an impressive life. The charger is also very compact and very fast. However, I highly recommend buying a spare battery from Canon's website (for about $70).

5. Do not waste your money on the leather case for the S40 that Canon sells on their website. It is far too small for the camera and the lens cover slides open whenever you try to put the camera in it. I am not a big fan of sliding lens covers in the first place, and the leather case does nothing to win me over. Go buy yourself a generic camera case that fits the camera properly.

6. The included 16 MB CompactFlash card is embarrassing. Go buy a 128 MB card (at minimum). And while you're at it, pick up a USB card reader. They are under $(...) and are far more convenient than using the direct camera hook-up (although the S40 software and connection is quite convenient compared to many other digital cameras).

7. Be careful when removing the label from the lens cover. You can actually pull the cover right off if you're not careful. PEEL SLOWLY!

Conclusion:
Overall, this is a beautifully designed, well-built camera from an excellent company. As you can see by my review, Canon has won me over. In summary, the S40 matches the excellent picture quality of the finest Nikon and Kodak cameras available. The difference is, Canon does not skimp on the build of the camera by using cheap plastic parts. This, in my opinion, puts the S40 above the rest in this category.

Well Done Canon!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera
This is a great camera, highly recommended, photo image quality is great, even the video quality is surprisingly good for short clips.

The only gripe I have so far (which I've seen in many other reviews) is the set button, when pressing it you can easily press the arrow down/up or left/right by mistake, but overall it's actually not that bad and with experience it gets easier.

I read a lot of reviews of this and other cameras before deciding on which one to buy.

What I love about this camera:
- 4 Megapixel camera at this price point
- complete manual control available
- program mode will remember your last settings
- iso setting up to 400 - This is really great for getting good night time shots without having to use the flash
- very easy to use software with both win and mac/os x versions
- large lcd screen for preview
- fairly good interface and on-screen menu system
- good lense for a compact camera

A minor issue is the lense sliding door, seems a bit flimsy in the construction, like it would easily come off, time will tell. If Canon fixed this and the set button they'd have a perfect 4Mp camera in my opinion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Watch out for that sliding door!
The Canon PowerShot S40 was a terrific small digital camera when it was introduced, but the digital camera market advances quickly and this model has been surpassed by Canon's own S45 (an updated S40) and the new S50 (5 megapixel in the same body only in high-tech black). Serious photographers seekng a digital would turn to Canon's EOS Digital Rebel. The S30 and S40 are good cameras if you want lots of features in a small package without paying a lot of money.

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

This small camera fits in a purse or shirt pocket easily and won't get in the way if you're shouldering it in a case (not included, just buy a generic). But you pay a price for the small size: the optical zoom is limited to 3x. And unfortuately, the S40, like all the PowerShot S family, starts out with a focal length of 11mm, which is a very wide-angle view. Even at 3X optical zoom you will max out at 55mm, often not as close as you'd need. There is a digital zoom, but so what? Crop your picture in software later rather than play with that silly feature. I found 55mm insufficient for shooting across a large room. If you work closer in this won't be a problem, but it is not a good focal length for shooting children, who stop whatever adorable thing they're doing when they notice you framing that shot. (And see comment on slow shutter response, below.)

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

One of the S40's most frustrating limitations is a slow shutter response. I can't tell you how many shots I've missed using it; I frame it lovingly, I see the perfect moment, I shoot... but no score. The people have moved on, the sun has set, the universe suffers heat-death, and finally the shutter clicks. If you want a fast shutter then you must have a digital SLR, as almost all the compact-style digital cameras such as this one have the delayed shutter issue. Another note of annoyance on the PowerShot S family: they come with a wrist strap but no shoulder strap. I don't know what use a wrist strip is for a camera; if I'm not using it then I want my hands free. I bought a generic shoulder strap but it wasn't a great fit. At least Canon should offer one as an extra-cost accessory.

One difference between the S30 and S40 is the latter only allows an ISO of 400 which restricts low-light photography. This is a limitation of the larger CCD in the S40. ISO 800 shots on the S30 are quity noisy so it isn't clear you are missing this feature in the S40, and you gain an extra megapixel.

I still give this camera 4 stars for putting so many features in such a small package. The pictures are reasonably good, and at this size you can crop plenty out and still print good 4x6 inch images. The PowerShot S40 comes with software, but you'll probably want to buy your own image editing package, such as Photoshop Elements. The one provided is fairly limited. Useful software includes PhotoStitch, which allows you to make your own panaramic style images from a series of linked shots. The included 32 MB CompactFlash card is also too small for typical use, so plan on buying a bigger card. Also plan on buying a second battery.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect handheld for the amatuer photographer!
This is a great camera for anyone looking for advanced features at a compact size. Unlike Canon's "lower-end" models, the S40/45/50 series pack in all the adjustable/tweakable features seen in most "SLR" cameras at a lower cost. This camera is not as compact as some of Canon's and some of the other manufacturer's units. But the additional features offered by these cameras outweight the size/weight penalty.

My only complaint with these cameras are their less than desirable lenses. The S40 has a 3x optical zoom (11x digital) and doesn't have the lens power of some of the other Olympus cameras. Then again, if you're looking for that type of lens capability, you're not looking at these cameras and are more apt to looking at the higher-end SLR versions.

Overall, these cameras have the Canon photo quality and the construction quality. A great buy!

4-0 out of 5 stars If you want to get into digital photography
...this is a good camera to start with. Especially if you use a Mac because it works great with iPhoto. If youre a beginner like me, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of features the S40 offers, but dont worry. Just put it on automatic and you will be able to take great pictures. It just takes a little practice to get used to the delayed response shutter button.

Some of the things I like about it:
1. It takes very nice pictures. Your pictures will look as good as anyones.
2. It has a movie mode that I didnt know existed until recently. Saves the movie (with sound) in AVI format (QuickTime player will play it)
3. Attractive small body (and who doesnt like attractive small bodies?)
4. The LCD display is great for reviewing your pictures
5. It takes gigantic pictures. At 100% they are about 20" tall by 30" wide. You probably wont ever print out anything this large, but this just means you have a lot of detail and resolution wont be a problem.

What I dont like as much:
1. Too many manual settings keeps me from experimenting too much. You would have to read the manual if you want to do any shooting besides automatic. And who wants to read a manual?
2. You have to get pretty close to your subject. Taking group pictures from much further than 10'-15' will not turn out very good. If you can get up close you will have great pictures. Dont try to use this camera at a football game from the stands. I just dont think it has enough zoom power.

Ive enjoyed using mine for the last year and a half. Like the reviewers before me, I recommend doing the following:
1. Get an extra battery cause you never know when the battery will run out of juice. It will cost $25-$50 depending on what brand you get.
2. Im not sure what size compact flash card comes with the camera, but its probably in the 16MB range which is pretty much useless. Being a 4.0 Megapixel camera, and shooting such a large picture, it eats up memory. Get a couple of 128MB's or even larger if you can and you will have room to take 100 or so pictures.
3. I dont think it comes with Photoshop Elements, but if you can afford it, get it. If you do cropping and getting photos web-ready you will want to have this or the full Photoshop package (you better be very good if you want Santa to bring this)

You will like this camera and all your friends will tell you that you take great pictures. ... Read more


191. Olympus Stylus 105 35mm Zoom Camera
list price: $249.99
our price: $169.99
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Asin: B00006LFJ0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 5568
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The new Stylus 105 is Olympus's most compact and stylish 35mm yet. With a new 11-point autofocus system, your pictures will look just as sharp as the camera itself. This system ensures your subject will be in focus at all zoom ranges, as well as in dark or low-contrast situations. For the harsh conditions of everyday life, the Stylus comes complete with a sliding lens cover, an all-metal body, and an all-weather design.

The camera includes an LCD for time stamps and exposure counting to keep track of those special dates. A six-mode variable-power flash and autofocus are standard as well. Automatic film winding, loading, and rewind continue the long list of convenience features. The kit comes with a battery, case, strap, extended warranty, and a remote control. ... Read more

Features

  • 38-105mm, 2.8x zoom lens
  • 11 point multi-wide advanced autofocus system
  • 6 mode variable power flash with red-eye reduction
  • Extra-low dispersion glass lens
  • Electric self-timer with remote control; all-weather design

192. Sony DSC-P5 Cyber-shot 3MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B00005UK93
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3501
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • Autofocus lens with 3x optical/2x digital (6x total) zoom
  • Included 8 MB Memory Stick holds 8 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)

Reviews (38)

5-0 out of 5 stars A TINY GIANT !!!!!
Having bought a previous sony digi-cam that failed before a big trip, I was somewhat reluctant to buy another sony. However, I returned my failed sony for this model(a DSC-P5 which was also an open box model so I saved $300 - highly recommended if you can find one), I cannot say how delighted I am with this camera. Not only is this one much smaller and handy than the other model, but the features are stellar. The mpeg movie feature w/ sound right out of the camera is fantastic; the picture clarity is awesome, and the LCD screen is larger than most for a camera this size. I've been on 3 other trips since, and have received many inquiries by onlookers on the "coolness" of this camera. ***The only downside is, buy a few extra batteries and at least a 64mb stick if not 2, since the 4mb provided will only give you a few pics at the 3.2 resolution and the battery supplied won't last long if you plan to take lots of pics****

5-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect design
This is a great camera, period.
But I have few comments. I had a Sony DSC-50, and with that camera I was able to make perfect-exposure panoramic photos using MGI's Photovista; I locked the aperture and all the photos had the same exposition, creating an almost perfect composite from several pictures. The P5 is unable to do so, since it changes both the exposure and shutter speed automatically (however the final result is OK anyway). Also, the DSC-50 was able to take exposures up to 8 seconds, and the P5 is limited to 2 sec. More: since the lens is smaller, it gathers less light, and pictures are dark in dim light (say under a 40 or 60W fluorescent light). Finally: The battery in the P5 lasts less than an hour (I got used to 2.5 hours from my DSC-50) (I'm ordering one from Amazon, by the way).

BUT, it has all the other features I wanted in a camera, too long to list here, like the best color reproduction among many other models, the tiny size and good resolution (3.3 megapixels). That's why I think it is the almost perfect camera in the digital camera market, and the larger size DSC-50 no longer exists.

4-0 out of 5 stars Whats up with the 2 second shutter delay?
Here is the shutter specs right from sony:
Maximum shutter speed: .001 seconds
Minimum shutter speed: 2 seconds
So why are people complaining about the shutte speed? Isn't it something that you can adjust?

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent camera
I love this camera! I have owned my P5 for about 2 years now, and have had excellent results. I have quite a bit of 35mm equipment as well, but haven't touched it since getting this camera. I am quite a perfectionist when it comes to photo quality and have been very satisfied with the quality of images produced by this model. It's very easy to carry around, and the 3.2 MP resolution is sufficient for most of my needs. I would recommend this camera.
The only negative I have noticed so far is with the automatic lens cover. Sometimes it seems to stick, and not open all the way. I simply touch it, very gently, and it opens fully. I may need to get it cleaned to keep it working smoothly. This happens very infrequently, so it's not a major issue, simply a periodic inconvenience.

4-0 out of 5 stars Super small & takes decent pics, but battery & flash so-so
Pros: I bought this because I wanted something dinky to replace my unwieldy 3.5" disk-using Sony Mavica. It's sleek, styley, and nicely pocket-sized. The pics are reasonably decent, and I think 3 megapixels is enough, unless you're planning on printing billboards.

Cons: The flash isn't that fantastic; indoors and at night, my pics come out not-so-hot. The flash, even on high, isn't really powerful enough to illuminate things that aren't in good lighting. The battery life kind of sucks (60 mins but it really seems to last more like 30-40 mins) with the LCD on, but lasts longer with it turned off. I just take this as a necessary evil and charge the camera whenever I get a chance. The extra battery you can buy has a life of ~70 minutes (it started at 75 when I first bought it but only charges up to about 70 now). As long as you keep an extra battery on hand, charge it frequently, and are conscious of keeping the LCD screen off it's not too bad. You really need to purchase a bigger memory stick (I recommend 128 MB memory stick: stores ~82 pics at highest resolution and quality), but nearly every digital camera on the market comes with something silly like 8 MB. ... Read more


193. Sony CCDTRV608 Hi8 Camcorder with 3.0" LCD, Video Light & USB Streaming
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0000630MM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3342
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

In a world increasingly dominated by digital, Hi8 offers a refreshingly good format for home video. Despite the big press that MiniDV, Digital8, and the new MicroMV have been getting, many people still prefer the tried and true Hi8. It offers the highest quality outside of digital and is a good choice for everyday shooting. As long as you just want to document your family's life, and send videos to grandma, you aren't really giving anything up.

The CCD-TRV608 is Sony's flagship Hi8 camcorder, and it offers an assortment of features that make it great for the average home videographer. Sporting a 3-inch color LCD and 20x optical zoom, there's really no situation that the TRV608 won't shoot well. Especially when you add in the NightShot mode, which switches the camera to an infrared shooting mode, and SteadyShot image stabilization, which helps eliminate those annoying shakes that accompany high zoom levels.

In addition to a few fader and picture effects, as well as some titling options, the CCD-TRV608 offers a unique USB streaming mode. Essentially, you connect your camcorder to a PC via USB, and with the addition of some provide software, you can stream live audio and video from the camcorder, capture stills, and playback recorded video scenes. ... Read more

Features

  • Hi8 camcorder
  • 20x optical, 560x digital, zoom with SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 3 inch color LCD and black and white EVF
  • NightShot infrared mode for lowlight shooting
  • USB port for USB streaming when connected to a PC

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good camera
This is my first camcorder of any kind. i have used other types, VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, but this is probably the best that i have used. It's easy to learn the basics with and takes really great videos. The USB streaming capability is really easy to use and works great. Pixela seems to pixilate(spelling?) the movies, but it's nothing that really hurts and it's that severe. The NightShot is great, the lamp is really good, and the camera has a few little effects for the pictures. No big complaints except a remote would be nice for playback, and a colored viewfinder. But with a 3" color LCD screen, the chance that someone will use the viewfinder is small. i recomend this camera to anyone who doesn't want to spend a lot on a good quality camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for some, bad for others
This overall is a great camcorder. I used it for a year and had very little trouble with it. I've made a list of good and bad things about this camcorder that will hopefully help you in your decision.

First the good stuff

1.It has a nice big LCD screen for easy viewing when recording

2.There are plenty of different features for recording in different lights

3.It has OK sound and picture quality

4.It is good for families, groups, teachers or anyone else who just needs a good quality camera for a cheap price that they can use to to record family outings exc...

Now for the bad stuff.

1. The size of the camera is a little big. it is hard to hold for long periods of time and somewhat heavy (if you have a tripod and you use it this shouldn't be too much of a problem).

2. the battery life could be better (only about 50-60 minuets with the LCD screen).

3. the sound is a bit metallic, and the picture doesn't show reds or yellows well.

4.if you have the need to edit your recordings it will be very hard and somewhat expensive with this camera. If you want to edit, I would definitely recommend a digital camcorder instead because it will be much easier for you to edit your videos (this was my big mistake and I had to sell it for a Sony digital).

If this review has helped you or if you want to ask me any technical questions, e-mail me at dave_lancer@hotmail.com

2-0 out of 5 stars Ignore the USB Streaming
While this is a decent Analog camcorder, don't expect much from the USB streaming feature. The maximum frame rate over USB is 320x240, which is half the minimum recommended for creating a DVD out of a home movie. If you want to get the video from your tapes onto a computer or DVD, expect to purchase a separate video capture device or card.

To make matters worse, the bundled software doesn't let you capture more than thirteen minutes of video at a time before it crashes and claims the drive is out of disk space. regardless of how much disk space you really have avaliable. This happens even when recording to NTFS volumes, which do not have the 4 gig file size limit of Fat32.

Most third party programs will also have issues using the camcorder's USB streaming features. The drivers create an eclectic audio device that many video capture programs can't see, so you'll have to use a separate audio cable unless you like the idea of not having any sound. Roxio's products are among the many that can't find use audio driver.

In short, it's a decent camcorder, assuming you compare it to other devices as though the USB streaming feature didn't exist, because for all practical purposes, they doesn't.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great camera, but missing important feature
This is a great camera. We use it a lot. I love the night shot, the steady shot works great and it has a lot of other nice features. Everything on it works great all the time. The light metering and auto focus work very well too.

There is only one problem that really frustrates me. It has a right and a left microphone and records in stereo, but there is no way to get stereo playback through the analog A/V output. That's certainly one of the cheapest things I've seen in products that I've bought. It's very disapointing from a name like Sony.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the money
The picture on this camera is good and it needs very little light. However, the colors are not quite as accurate as I had hoped for Hi8. Perhaps digital would have been better, but the price was a factor. I shopped around and found Amazon had the best price available. ... Read more


194. Minolta Freedom Explorer EX Panorama 28-75 Zoom Date 35mm Camera
list price: $239.99
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Asin: B00004S5H9
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 3639
Average Customer Review: 3.13 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This stylish pocket-sized "capsule" 35mm Minolta Freedom Explorer camera features a built-in wide-angle 28-75mm lens. Designed for both scenic shots and close-ups, the Minolta Freedom Explorer EX lets users select panorama mode and date imprinting at any time. Users may also choose between selectable exposure modes to ensure proper exposure for close-up, night portrait, or landscape/night view shots every time.

This camera also offers precise, three-beam active infrared autofocus for sharp pictures. The built-in automatic flash system includes "soft flash" for close-ups, along with red-eye reduction, autoflash, flash fill, and cancel flash. Film advance and rewind are automatic and fuss free, and users can select continuous advance or midroll rewind. The Minolta Freedom Explorer EX also features a 10-second self-timer setting and wireless remote control release. Along with the camera, the kit includes a carrying case, strap, film, batteries, remote control, and a two-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Deluxe point-and-shoot kit with 28-75mm zoom
  • Programmed autoexposure with center-weighted metering and 4 special modes
  • 3-beam active infrared focusing
  • Built-in flash with red-eye reduction
  • Panorama mode, continuous shooting, date imprinting, and self-timer

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars the best point-n-shoot camera with wide angle lense
I own the older Explorer model with black face, and is very happy with this camera. The new model is Explorer EX with silver face, and comes with remote. I recently bought one for my friend. To me this is one of the best point-n-shoot cameras

Pros: Most importantly it takes great pictures. Easy to use. With great features, such as wide angle lense (28mm) and with zoom (70mm), softer flash so that it will not "white out" you face for night shoot, red eye reduction flash light, date stamp and much more

Cons: View window is too small. Objects are a little bit distorted (stretched) on both sides of the piture because all point-n-shoot cameras have small lenses. In closs-up mode, small object tends to off forcus.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not perfect.
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I chose to buy this camera because it was rated number 1 in Consumer Reports magazine. Besides being one of the few that was rated as actually taking good photos (which is the most important thing!), it also got a high rating for being small, light, simple to use, for containing many features, and for being well priced.

I agree with this in general and recommend it. I tested all the features and they seemed to work well. I even compared photos from this camera with those taken at the same time with my other two cameras (including an SLR). My conclusion is that the Minolta Freedom Zoom Explorer does take nice clear pictures with good colours that I am pleased with. However, a potential buyer should be aware of certain things:

1) The viewfinder itself is quite small and dim, and the objects within the viewfinder are also very small. The viewfinder is the biggest problem with the camera and an annoying one. You have to squint and struggle to get your objects into the frame even if you are not an eyeglass wearer. Dark settings will make the situation worse.

2) Some, but not all, of my 28mm wide-angle photos have a dimness or darkness near the sides.

3) When you turn the camera on, it goes to the 28mm wide-angle setting by default. This is annoying since you will rarely use this setting for photos. Instead it should go to a more common middle setting like 50mm (since that represents what you see with your naked eye).

4) There is no way to know what zoom setting you are at. Ideally, as you zoom in and out you should see the numbers (mm) displayed in the viewfinder or at least on the main LCD display. The camera does not do this, and the objects in the viewfinder are too small and dim to even help guide you. So you are basically guessing with every shot.

5) When taking shots with no flash, especially self-timer shots, you'll have a hard time knowing when the shutter has closed. You can hardly hear it when you are not right next to the camera or if you are in a loud environment. A light should stay on for the length of time that the shutter is open. Otherwise you or your subjects might stop posing before the camera is done taking the picture, which produces a blurred image.

6) The remote works, but not as smoothly as I would have liked. Sometimes I have to push the button 2 or 3 times to get the camera to shoot. I did test the battery and it is good.

7) It is difficult to use this camera with gloves on because the buttons are quite small.

8) A couple more features like the BULB feature (to keep the shutter open for as long as you want) and the feature that overlaps frames (for cool effects) would have been good to have. Some point and shoot cameras have these features.

But besides all this, all the features that the camera has work well on mine like Macro (for close-ups), Panoramic, Night, Landscape, even the Red Eye Reduction seemed to do its job despite all the flashing being so annoying.

It is also a very easy to understand and use camera, and I like the yellow Date numbers on my photos instead of red ones that most cameras produce.

Overall, I am very pleased with this small, light, fun camera in general, and still recommend it despite the faults written above.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Point and Shoot Warrier
I was drawn to this camera because of the special macro setting with a minimum distance from objects at 1.1 feet. It is specified as having a "smallest field of 6 inches" - but at 1.1 feet, the smallest frame is about 17" wide. Out of focus close-up images happen about 40% of the time - either because I was closer than 1.1 feet or the autofocus may be inaccurate at that distance.

All these P&S cameras start out in 28mm wide angle mode - which naturally distorts the image (at the edges especially and indoors as noted in other reviews). There is no way to find the "standard" 50mm setting to minimize the distortion, except to guess w/ the zoom.

These finer points should not discurage most users of this very sturdy camera. However, the zoom control is cramped (if you use your left eye to focus), and it does take some time to find the image in the viewfinder, especially with a dark image in view.

The camera endured 2 years of torture in the bottom of my bookbag. Maybe I'll actually use the free softcase in the bookbag to provide more padding. It's light enough to carry around all the time for those moments when you say "I wish I had a camera right now". Good flash control. You must use the "landscape" setting if there is an object in the forground - or you get an image focused on the back of someone's head.

2-0 out of 5 stars Repair Problem
I purchased the Freedom Zoom Explorer about a year and a half ago after my 6-year old Olympus Stylus Zoom bit the dust. I've really enjoyed the camera--it takes great pictures most of the time. There is a problem with the flash rebound--it takes several seconds for the flash to recharge which is not good when trying to capture continuous flash shots of your kid's squad in cheerleading competitions. You can take the pictures, but most of them will not have the flash activated. I am now camera shopping to replace the Explorer. I started to use it the other day, but when I took it out of the case (which was also in the video cam case), the LCD on the top of the camera was black and mottled. It still took pictures, but I have no idea what setting it was on or how many shots were left on the film. At least I was able to rewind the film. After taking it to a local camera shop, they determined that it could be sent off to the factory and repaired.... They couldn't tell me what had happened or how it had happened, and I certainly don't have a clue since it's been safely stored since it was last used. This has been a good camera, but I was hoping to keep it longer than eighteen months. I don't think I'll be purchasing another.

5-0 out of 5 stars camer has wider angle lens than others
I got this camera 6 months ago after reading that it was a rated one of the best in Consumer Reports, and I have been extrememly happy about it. The pictures are extremely clear and just exceptional. The only thing to watch out for is that the lens is wide angle when unzoomed. That means you get more of the field of view in, which is great on some shots, such as in big buildings. However, shots of scenery that have not been zoomed may have dark corners as the lens creats a fish eye effect. Its not bad, and the wider angle is great for many occasions. If it happens just know its not a defect, just something to watch for. ... Read more


195. Sony DSCP31 Cyber-shot 2MP Digital Still Camera
list price: $319.99
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Asin: B000063S4I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3295
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sony's DSC-P31 combines compact dimensions with an affordable 2-megapixel sensor and AA battery power. If you're looking for a take-anywhere camera that's easy to use and produces sharp images, the P31 is worth a closer look.

Optics and Resolution
The DSC-P31's 2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches. For the typical family photographer, 2 megapixels is a great balance between price and performance. If you want a camera with even more resolution, you'll need to step up to a 3- or 4-megapixel model like the DSC-P71 or DSC-P9.

The autofocus lens does not have a true optical zoom, but a 2x digital zoom (6x total) works in much the same way. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's not as useful as a true zoom lens. In low-light situations (a particular weakness for many digital cameras), a focus-assist lamp sends out a small patterned beam to help the camera accurately determine distance, and special circuitry automatically reduces the "static" that typically plagues nighttime digital shots.

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

More Features
Though the P31 is designed for point-and-shoot simplicity, there are several options for more adventurous photographers, including manual focus with macro, adjustable ISO and white balance settings, exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot black-and-white, sepia, solarized, and negative images.

Power
The P31 uses two AA batteries--a pair of high-capacity nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeables and charger are included. The benefit to using standard AA batteries instead of a custom proprietary battery is that AA batteries are widely available, so missing a once-in-a-lifetime shot due to dead batteries won't be an issue. The downside is that a digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you're using the camera's LCD display. To ensure you'll always be ready for action, we recommend getting a second pair of batteries so you can always have one set in the camera and the other set in the charger.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips. Most digital cameras' movie modes are limited to 15- or 30-second clips, but in EX mode, the P31 can keep shooting until you've filled the memory card. The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Memory Sticks, Sony's proprietary memory-card format. The included 8 MB stick holds approximately 12 images at the camera's default settings. Memory Sticks are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 12 images per outing you'll want a bigger card. A 128 MB stick is a great size for this camera, storing around 200 images. To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera. Your computer should automatically recognize your camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive. If you own a Sony desktop or laptop, your computer may already have a built-in Memory Stick reader.

Size
At 4.2 by 2.3 by 1.6 inches and 8.5 ounces fully loaded, the P31 is an extremely compact and portable digital camera.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the DSC-P31 camera, two rechargeable NH-AA-D1 rechargeable batteries, BC-CS1 charger, video and USB cables, wrist strap, 8 MB Memory Stick, and software on CD.

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • No optical zoom lens
  • Movie mode lacks sound
  • Proprietary Memory Stick memory card format less common andmore expensive than other formats
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Features

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 3x digital zoom (no optical zoom)
  • Included 8 MB Memory Stick holds 12 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 2 AA batteries(rechargeables included)

Reviews (37)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera!
After much debate with myself, I orderd, and just received this camera. May I say that it is a VERY nice camera. The free 32meg memory stick is great, and Sony memory sticks are extremely fast. At first, I was annoyed at the 13 hour charge time on the charger, but then realized that there is no law stating that Sony had to give a charger with the camera, so I take it as a gift and consider it to not be a factor in this review. (As a side note however, a 4-hour charger with 4 batteries can be purchased at [local store] for [money]).

On to the image quality: It is very nice, and the images taken with the flash are also very sharp. I took a picture of my keyboard in the dark with slight incandescent light in the background and one would have thought that the shot was taken in pure daylight. Also, for my, and most other people's uses, 1600x1200 should be more than enough.

What really sold me on this camera was the interface. I went to the local Best Buy and played with it for a while and I love the interface! Easy to use, effective, and quick access to important controls.

I highly recommend this camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Price Good Camera
I have read all the previous reviews ... about cameras and decide to get this babe. I am very happy with the price and [an] extra 128 MB memory stick ...

The only bad thing which nobody mentioned previously is the charging time. Sony includes a charger but not a fast charger. It means 2 NiMH batteries should charge approx 13 hours! While you can get chargers from Kodak and Olympus which charge 4 NiMH batteries in 4 hours.

Even in the manual it says Camera Starter Kit Model # ACC-CSNQ has a Super Quick Charger which charge the batteries faster, but it hasn't mentioned how much faster. Even in sony web site there is no information about charging time of Super Quick Charger unit. So, if anyone know the charging time of ACC-CSNQ Charger please write a review for others because it may be the second purchased after Sony P31. :)

Anyway, everything about this camera is fine except the batteries charging time which if you do normal shooting it won't be a problem for you because you may need to charge batteries rarely (once a week or in two weeks).

But if you want to take more than 150 photos non-stop every 3 hours, you probabely need to get a faster charger just in case. I suggest Kodak K2000, Olympus B-50SU, Lenmar Pro711, Lenmar Pro744 or Millenium CH4 Chargers which I have not used any of them but there are many kind people who wrote some reviews on them.

Thanks to all people who write reviews, God Bless You All ;)

4-0 out of 5 stars Broke after 8 months
Overall, this is an excellant camera as far as quality of pictures, features, ease of use. I loved it until it just quit taking pictures. After speaking to 3 sony tech support representitives and answering the same questions, they finally came to the conclusion that it was broke. Duh! I didnt drop, mis-use or abuse it. It just quit taking pictures. Sony's 90 day warrenty made matters worse as it will cost $148.00 to fix the camera. I was a big buyer of Sony products until this happened. You would think after spending $289.00 on the camera, it would come with a longer warrenty. Lesson learned! My rating for Sony is a 0 but the camera is a 4 star.

3-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this Camera if you do not have 1 GB memory stick
Consumes lot of memory. [900k/ picture]
Takes good picture in Dim night light but worst pictures in day bright light..

Think twice before buying it.....

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera, but the zoom is terrible.
If you are looking for a simple, point and click camera for good quality, no frills pictures, this is your camera. The pictures, for the most part, are great. However, if you want to zoom in, to get certain angles, upgrade to the sony with a zoom lens, the p-51, I think. ... Read more


196. Minolta Freedom Zoom 160 Date 35mm Camera Kit w/bag
list price: $374.99
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Asin: B0000631YZ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 2685
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The compact Freedom Zoom 160 is loaded with state-of-the-art features, including Minolta's latest AREA-AF autofocus technology, a 4.3x zoom lens ranging from 37.5mm to 160mm, date and time imprinting, and a worry-free, red-eye reducing flash that fires automatically whenever necessary.

It's also one of the fastest autofocusing cameras available. Bring the camera to your eye and the eye-start sensor activates the focus and exposure systems so that the camera is ready to capture the image when you are. The Zoom 160 is smart enough to recognize your subject and fast enough to capture it on the move.

The Freedom Zoom 160 has three autofocus modes: area AF, spot AF, and target AF.The area AF is a fully automatic mode that allows the user to just point and shoot the camera. Spot AF mode accurately singles out a subject among a group of objects. Target AF is optimized to capture sharp images of moving subjects.

The Freedom Zoom 160 is great for vacations and gatherings of family and friends. The flexible zoom range of 37.5-160mm will capture those important images, group pictures, and close-ups of distant landmarks. The aspheric zoom lens produces sharp prints, thanks to the area AF system with its 940 focusing steps.

The worry-free flash fires automatically whenever necessary, even in tricky backlit situations. The red-eye reduction feature helps to reduce the red-eye effect to give your pictures a more natural look.

The built-in quartz data imprints the date or time right onto the photo, making it very useful for cataloging photographs and making photo records of important events. Data imprinting can be turned on or off as desired.

Other features include:

  • A film-chamber lock function prevents accidental opening of the back cover
  • Film advancing is silent thanks to new belt-drive system and nylon gears
  • Continuous drive mode allows the user to automatically take sequential shots every 2.2 seconds by simply holding down the shutter button
  • The night-portrait mode blends flash with longer shutter speeds to provide greater detail in night-time scenic or sunset shots
  • An IR remote control RC-3 offers immediate and 2-second delay from as far away as 16.4 feet
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Features

  • Pocket-sized camera with a full 4.3x zoom lens with range of 37.5mm to 160mm
  • Fast, SLR-type autofocusing for razor-sharp results
  • Flash fires automatically whenever necessary with red-eye reduction
  • Selectable date imprint function for cataloging photos
  • Automatic film transport with film chamber lock to prevent accidental film exposures

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Pictures and Simple to Use
A fantastic camera at an unbelievable price. I've taken pictures throughtout Europe, Australia and New zealand in all kinds of weather and light conditions with always the same excellent results. A great camera to take take on a hurry up and keep moving tour. It takes wonderful landscapes, animal and people pictures. Even does well from a moving boat or car. The auto focus is incredible. Just point and shoot, the camera will lock on focus. We're now off to South America.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cheap construction, flash burned out after few months of use
I purchased this camera after extensively reading the online reviews here and elsewhere. Everyone seemed to love this camera. It did take "decent" photos, however, it was poorly constructed, the "automatic scene recognition system" freaked out my wife who could not tell what the camera was doing. She ended up ignoring the flashing red lights in the view finder. They were quite distracting.

The camera does not remember its settings after being turned off and then on again.

The built-in flash turned black after only a few months of use.

Finally, we took it on a hike, my wife had it in her hand, and lost her balance. Barely tapped it (with her hand reciving most of the blow) on the ground. Now it won't turn off and the lens shutter won't close.

It is a basically a pile of trash now, and not worth the $188 that we paid for it.

I'll think twice before believing on-line reviews and/or before buying another Minolta.

4-0 out of 5 stars varied outcomes
I bought this camera for my trip to South Africa. I got some amazing shots. Very crisp and clear with brilliant colors. It's very quiet which is good but also pretty bad. It's hard to hear the thing wind so if you press the button and then move the camera, your pictures could easily be messed up because you didn't wait long enough- some of mine did unfortunately. So other than this set back, my photos came out excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Photos
I used this camera for an Alaskan trip, for the first time. I was very pleased with the results and ease of use. I did find the multiple flash settings a little difficult to master. However, overall the camera produced remarkable, clear photos.
A lens cover would be very helpful, as an accessory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beauitful Photographs!
After having attended the 2000 Belmont Stakes with my Canon Elph LT camera and gotten good, but very distant looking photos, I decided I needed a good zoom lens camera for my next trip. After some searching, I had come across the Minolta Freedom Zoom 160. At the time I had purchased it, it had the longest zoom lens available in my budget. I took it with me to the 2002 Belmont Stakes and I was amazed at my final results!

I had taken 75 photos (About 10 had come out blurry, but mainly because my hand was shaking and no fault to the camera), and they came out very crisp, clear and vibrant. I suggest that anyone who uses this camera get their photos made onto a photo CD, because thats where the camera's detail really sticks out.

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197. HP PhotoSmart 935 5.3MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $394.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008KIVO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 1057
Average Customer Review: 3.61 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 5.3 megapixel sensor for enlargements up to 20 x 30 inches
  • Pentax 3x optical zoom lens with 7x digital zoom (21x total)
  • 1.5-inch LCD; movie mode with sound
  • Compatible with Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia (MMC) cards--32 MB SD card included
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included); connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple to use, easy to share.
First let me say I read all the poor reviews (mostly because of battery life) and I haven't had any of these problems myself. I am not sure if HP 935's had a defect which they have since fixed? Anyway, I acknowledge the problem, but have not expierenced it myself. I was able to take 70-100 pictures before charging my batterys.

I bought the HP 935 just a few weeks ago and I love it. It is simple to use, but at the same time takes great pics! I also bought the docking bay and it makes it very easy to upload / print / edit pics.

The only complaint I have is the fact that you can only take pictures in 1mp or 5mp. There is no way to take 2mp,3mp or 4mp pictures. That doesn't really bother me, but it is a small disadvantage.

For the money this is a great buy.

As far as accessorys go get some NiMH batterys, some extra SD cards, the camera dock and plenty of ink and photo paper! You are going to be printing beautiful photos right away!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality, Stellar Value
I was a skeptic when HP came out with their line of cameras, but since I work in electronic retail I got a chance to play with it (and all other cameras) before choosing to buy it. Here's my list of reasons why I purchased it over other cameras:

- 5.3 megapixel
- 21x total zoom
- Automatic controls
- Video recording up to 90 seconds
- Consecutive shooting
- Pentax Lens
- Price was lower compared to most other 5.0 megapixel cameras

To me, these were a lot of features for the price. Better zoom than most, if I need to get in close on a subject (of course optical is better than digital, but you will be spending quite a bit more for a camera with a higher optical zoom. Best suited for "professional" photographers). I can take video for longer bursts compared to most cameras (which are 15-30 seconds). I have the options for manual controls. On top of that, it has automatic settings, easy to use and navigate (simple layout, not too many buttons to confuse people, menu system is self-explanatory and easy), great color accuracy (though sometimes it's slightly muted) and can record audio clips for pictures. You can change the camera setting to "removeable drive" so you can put the pictures back on the camera.

Of course there are always cons, but only a few consistent ones. It does have a shutter delay, but all cameras do (prime the focus to get around it. Works with all cameras). It's a little slow to save pictures, but if you press the shutter within 1 sec of the last picture, you'll take another (the consecutive shooting feature). Keep in mind that this is a 5mp camera so larger files will take a little more time to save. It has only a few auto-modes, the macro shooting doesn't work well, the flash is excellent up to about 10ft only, and your choice of file size is either 5 or 1 megapixel (but the 1 megapixel pictures are quite good too). It's true that this camera loves batteries, but I can fill up 128mb card with 5mp pictures and video on one pair of rechargeable (anything else will get drained VERY FAST) AA and still have some juice left. People who use the LCD screen like a CRUTCH will have less battery power. LCD screens in general don't show well when used outdoors. I don't understand people who try to use it when it won't work well at all, or who even complain about it (and not just on cameras). Slow startup time? I'm not picky about the difference between 2 and 5 seconds. Bad video? It's a CAMERA, not a camcorder.

Reviews that complain about the printing, connectivity, card-errors, software, etc. either got a lemon, didn't do something, have pc issues (I have lots of customers with pc issues on a weekly basis) which can interfere, or had expectations past what the camera can do. Otherwise HP's software for their products is the best for ease of use and compatibility. If you're looking for a "professional" camera, this may not be it and you might want to spend a little more in a different brand. But for most people who aren't "professional" photographers, then this is a spectacular buy. If I had to choose a different camera instead of this HP, it would probably be either a Canon or a Sony, since they have some great cameras. Probably a Canon though, since I like the manual controls and since I don't prefer the shape of most Sony DSCP cameras.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding performance and great value!
This camera performs excellently and is an amazing value. I have read many complaints about the battery life, and I haven't had a problem at all with mine. I think it is quite easy on the batteries compared to many cameras I have dealt with. I have never used alkaline batteries with the HP935, so I don't know how it would do with them. I use rechargeable NiMH batteries, because they save you so much $$$.
The other thing people complain about is that it takes 5 seconds from the point when you touch the power button to the time it is ready to take a picture. I can't believe that anyone would actually be upset about a measley 5 seconds. I have an Olympus SLR camera and it takes that long for the flash to power up and the lens to extend and everything to be ready on it as well. Why is 5 seconds so horrible?
I love the feel of the camera in your hands, it is substantial enough that you can feel it there and hold it still, but lightweight enough that it doesn't tire your arms when taking many shots.
The optical zoom is really great, but the digital zoom is only okay. The screen tells you the MP size you are lowering it to when you use the digital zoom, which is nice. All in all, digital zoom isn't very good on any camera, so don't expect much out of it!
I love the video function and the fact it records sound, too. The speaker for playback sounds a little scratchy, but when you play it back on the computer it sounds fine.
You can turn off the LCD display to save batteries if you want, and it will automatically show you a quick preview of the shot you just took. I love that! Also, the optical viewfinder is big enough that it is easy to see out of, a feature that I have a problem with on many other digital cameras.
I think that the optional dock is a waste of money, because you can easily upload your pictures onto the computer using the USB cord that came with the camera. As far as the advantage of the dock charging batteries, you can get a great battery charger with 4 batteries for around 15 bucks and you can have extra batteries always charged and ready to go, and that is a lot cheaper than the 80 or so dollars that HP wants for the dock which only comes with 2 batteries anyway. Skip the dock and save some $$$$! Use the money you save to buy a bigger memory card, you will need one! The 32 MB card it comes with fills quickly, about 23 pictures on the medium compression 5 MB picture quality setting. You will want another card if you like to take lots of pictures. I have a 256 MB card and that works great for me.
The quality of the pictures the HP935 takes is superb. I am just thrilled with it. It is easy to use and a wonderful value. I got mine on buydig.com and they were really nice to me, and everything came as promised. They have the best price I have seen online, even after you add shipping and handling. I definitely recommend this camera!

1-0 out of 5 stars very poor chose
This was my first experience with a digital camera. I had heard great things about digital cameras and thought that I would invest in a good camera. I was dead wrong.
I totally soured on digital after using this camera. I have invested countless dollors in batteries, sd cards, and other accesories.
Can only use this camera for 2-3 pictures even without a flash before batteries go dead.
The recharger does not work, we cannot use it at all. It takes 1-2 minutes of warm up time before it even turns on. Then is only good for 2-3 pictures.
I THINK THAT IT MUST EAT BATTERIES OR SOMETHING.
WORTHLESS PIECE OF JUNK.

2-0 out of 5 stars Oh, the battery life
I got the 935 at Staples, who claimed that it came with
rechargable batteries. It didn't. They were 1.5v lithiums,
not rechargeable.

It's a nice camera, but 2 1800 mah cells last about 20
minutes, no matter what you do. These are good cells, but
this thing eats electricity like General Motors.

Hard to believe that HP would produce such a thing. I'm
sticking with my 1-2 megapixels cameras.

Then again, it might be defective. Of course, for $50, you can buy an AC pack that you can take with you on a long expedition
in the veldt, with a long extension cord.

Good lord, how could a company drop the ball so wonderfully????
And Hewlett Packard.

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198. Vivitar ViviCam 3615 2MP Digital Camera
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0000631YA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Vivitar
Sales Rank: 3638
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Vivitar's ViviCam 3615 uses a 2-megapixel image sensor and an autofocus lens to capture crisp, sharp images at an affordable price.

The camera is targeted at users who like to simply point and shoot. Focus, flash, and exposure are all set automatically. Hoping for more creative control? You have only a few options: the flash has four modes (including red-eye reduction), the white balance can be set to one of four values to compensate for unusual lighting, and the exposure compensation can be adjusted.

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

To compose your image, either look through the traditional viewfinder or use the 1.6-inch color LCD display on the back of the camera. Pictures are stored in the camera's internal 8 MB memory, which holds approximately 12 images at the camera's default setting. The memory can be erased and reused repeatedly, but if you're hoping to take more photos before returning to your computer to transfer the images, the camera also accepts CompactFlash memory cards.

A video-out feature makes it easy to show your pictures in big-screen glory. Just connect your camera to your TV with the included cable to give a virtual slide show to friends or family. If you think your photos look impressive as a print or on a computer monitor, just wait until you see them on a 27-inch TV screen.

There is no optical zoom lens on the camera, but the ViviCam does include a 2x digital zoom. This feature crops the edges off your picture and blows up the remaining image, enlarging your picture at the expense of image quality. Most photo-editing software will let you do the same thing to your picture once you've transferred it to your home computer, so it's a camera feature that's not often used. The reason for including a digital zoom is purely financial; it costs almost nothing to add this feature, and a digital-zoom camera will cost you $50 to $100 less than a comparable camera with optical zoom.

The ViviCam 3615 shows just how much digital cameras have improved in the past few years. Even a year ago, a digital camera at this price would have had an inferior fixed-focus lens and substantially lower resolution. Though the 3615 doesn't have many fancy features, its lens and sensor prove that an affordable digital camera can produce quality results.

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Features

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • autofocus lens with 2x digital (no optical) zoom
  • Internal 8 MB memory stores approximately 12 images at default resolution; accepts CompactFlash cards for additional storage
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses 4 AA batteries

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PRODUCT WITH VERSATILITY AT A GREAT VALUE!!!
Hello,
I use this camera everyday for work. I am an independent automotive inspector for many aftermarket warranty companies. When they send me on an assignment, they expect lots of photos of all the failed parts of the car and uploaded the same day. I was truly impressed with the ViviCam 3615!!!Being my first digital camera (although not my first Vivitar Product), I really didn't know what to expect. But, I found this camera very easy to use with outstanding photo results. It comes complete with user-friendly software and all the cables (USB and video cables for t.v. viewing) at an awesome price. I take lots of close up shots of vehicle ID's and the smallest print comes out crystal clear (at 1600 x 1200). If lighting is a problem (as is the case in many repair shops I visit), either the built-in flash or the enhance mode on the software can be used for adjustment. Definately invest in the Flash Card for added memory, especially if planning on taking a lot pix before uploading. A 32MB Flash Card increases the capacity up to 347 pix at 600 X 800 "good quality" resolution or 85 pix 1600 x 1200 "good quality" resolution. Other than Vehicle ID #'s, I usually keep the setting at 600 x 800 "best quality" and can easily shoot 60-75 pix with no hassles. My biggest and only gripe-it goes through alkaline batteries like crazy and I am looking to switch to a compatible rechargeable set. Other cameras I shopped were more expensive and did not come with cables or the freedom to use AA batteries. Overall, EXCELLENT PRODUCT AT AN EXCELLENT PRICE...I definately recommend it. ... Good Luck!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy for those who want to point & shoot
With 2.11 megapixels this camera is a good value for the money. At the highest resolution you should be able to blow a print up to 8x10. Camera is easy to use, basically just point & shoot. Push shutter button halfway for auto focus. Altho with default setting you can only get about 10-12 pictures on the 8MB internal memory, if you change the setting to 800 x 600 you can get 40 pictures instead, which I prefer because these pics won't take up as much room on your hard drive. (and this size looks great when I blow up the picture to use as a background on my computer!) With a 32 MB CF card you can get up to 180!! The red eye works very well. I've found with other cameras I always had a problem with red eye when taking pictures of my dog, but with this one I haven't had that problem. The software that comes with this camera is very user friendly. The closeup function works pretty well, you just have to watch the lighting with that to get good quality pics. The camera uses up batteries fast, but all of them do when you use the LCD display alot, which I do.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good camera until it stopped working.
At the time I bought this camera, it was the least expensive 2 MP digital I could find. It took clear crisp pictures and was easy to use until it stopped working exactly one year after I purchased it. The LCD screen went blank and it wouldn't snap any pictures even with fresh batteries. I called the customer service, told them that my 12 month warranty has just expired and they told me to send it to them anyway. I'll wait and see what happens.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good and [reasonable priced] entry-level camera
This is my second digital camera, and it didn't cover my expectations. I'm an advanced amateur on film photography, and the results with this digital camera were just acceptable. If you are planning to do some printing from your pictures, this camera won't be good enough, but if you gonna use it only for digital viewing and emailing, it'll be ok.
Pros: low price (a bit more than a hundred bucks at your local wholesale store), high resolution, macro capability, good flash light, ease of use, nice pictures at daylight, and nice advanced features like 2x digital zoom, EV compensation, whites balancing and red-eye reduction.
Cons: slooow to focus and to be ready for the next shot, lack of an optical zoom (I know, I know, it's only a hundred-bucks-entry-level camera, but it could have been nice to have); only 800x600 and 1600x1200 resolution pictures but nothing else in between, heavy weight, extremelly awful results under flourescent lighting, and definivelly the worst of all, short battery life. It drains the batteries like crazy, and by using the flash, the LCD and 1600x1200 resolution altogether, it will swallow a fresh set of (4) alkaline batteries by making only 40 to 50 shots (ouch). A good set of rechargeable batteries is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PRODUCT WITH LOTS OF VERSATILITY AND VALUE!!!
Hello,
I use this camera everyday for work. I am an independent automotive inspector for many aftermarket warranty companies. When they send me on an assignment, they expect lots of photos of all the failed parts of the car and uploaded the same day. I was truly impressed with the ViviCam 3615!!!Being my first digital camera (although not my first Vivitar Product), I really didn't know what to expect. But, I found this camera very easy to use with outstanding photo results. It comes complete with user-friendly software and all the cables (USB and video cables for t.v. viewing) at an awesome price. I take lots of close up shots of vehicle ID's and the smallest print comes out crystal clear (at 1600 x 1200). If lighting is a problem (as is the case in many repair shops I visit), either the built-in flash or the enhance mode on the software can be used for adjustment. Definately invest in the Flash Card for added memory, especially if planning on taking a lot pix before uploading. A 32MB Flash Card increases the capacity up to 347 pix at 600 X 800 "good quality" resolution or 85 pix 1600 x 1200 "good quality" resolution. Except when shooting Vehicle ID #'s, I usually keep the setting at 600 x 800 "best quality" and can easily shoot 60-75 pix with no hassles. My biggest and only gripe-it goes through alkaline batteries like crazy and I am looking to switch to a compatible rechargeable set. Other cameras I shopped were more expensive and did not come with cables or the freedom to use AA batteries. Overall, EXCELLENT PRODUCT AT AN EXCELLENT PRICE...I definately recommend it. If anyone wants to see samples of pix I take on a daily basis, ...Good Luck!!! ... Read more


199. Pentax ZX-60 Date AF SLR Body
list price: $250.99
our price: $142.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000067O7E
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 5839
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Five selectable picture modes
  • Auto exposure bracketing
  • Programed AE, Av & Tv Mode, Metered manual modes
  • SAFOX V TTL auto focus system
  • TTL auto pop-up flash w/red-eye reduction

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pentax MZ-60 (non-US version)
I purchased the MZ-60 model which is simply a renamed ZX-60. This camera, contrary to the previous review, will use manual lenses but only in manual mode. I have used manual focus lenses with no "A" aperture setting with this camera - you can also fake having depth-of-field preview with automatic-aperture lenses by slightly unscrewing the lense and moving to your desired aperture setting. The light metre will still function this way in manual mode.

Firstly my gripes - the viewfinder information is very basic not unlike that of an older manual camera. Exposure is indicated by a plus or minus sign, but there is no shutter speed or aperture figures indicated. These are only shown on the LCD panel, which in dark conditions is difficult to see.

Secondly there is no exposure compensation dial, so if you wish to increase or decrease exposure outside of the meter's suggested setting you'll have to take it into manual mode.

Thirdly there is no cable-release socket BUT this is not a terrible ommision as you can set the shutter to open after 2 seconds AND the very good news is it locks-up the mirror immediately, then waits two seconds before exposing the film.

Metering is two segment, but I am unsure if this is a fancy name for centre-weighted metering. It seems to expose for the darker subject if faced with a contrasting subject & background. No multi-segment metering but it's a very easy metering system to predict!

Be very careful with dust with this unit as a small moth has managed to get up above the focusing screen. It is definately constructed mostly of plastic so don't use this camera as a football as you may not like taking photos with a smashed camera. Admittedly the buttons are a little bit cheap-feeling and it's very easy to switch the camera off without realising it due to it's position - but just remember it's Pentax's budget offering.. just because the buttons may not feel terribly solid doesn't mean you can't produce exactly the same photograph than a more expensive camera (in most 'normal' cases).

For the price I would recommened this camera to anybody who's familiar with using a manual camera but hates not having autofocus. The focusing isn't the fastest around but I'd much rather save a lot of money now than having my camera focus a few 10th's of a second quicker.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent camera, but not compatible with manual lenses
I purchased this camera to replace an old Pentax ME, but I had to promptly return it, as it is not compatible with older Pentax manual lenses. While it seems to be a quality camera, it will only be useful to you if you have autofocus lenses. Though the price is atractive this will probably not be the best camera for a student for just this reason. In the future I will likely buy the Pentax ZX-5N instead. ... Read more


200. Celestron Star Charts
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  • Ideal teaching tool for learning the night's sky
  • Specially designed cover rotates to simulate the seasonal progression of celestial objects
  • Illustrated reference section provides basic information and the visual characteristics of various types of stars, nebulae and galaxies

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