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61. Bushnell Yardage Pro Tour Laser
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62. JVC GRD72 MiniDV Digital Camcorder
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63. Olympus D-580 4MP Digital Camera
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64. Canon ZR85 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x
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65. Nikon Coolpix 3200 3.2MP Digital
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66. Fujifilm A340 4MP Digital Camera
$79.00 $74.95 list($149.99)
67. Olympus Stylus 80 QD 35mm Camera
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68. Olympus Tracker 10-30x25 Zoom
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69. Canon Rebel T2 35mm SLR Camera
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70. Sony DSCP150 7MP Digital Camera
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71. Sony DCRDVD101 DVD Handycam Camcorder
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72. Pentax *ist DS 6.1MP Digital SLR
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73. Sony DSCF717 5MP Digital Still
$699.94 $589.95 list($699.99)
74. Panasonic PVGS120 3CCD MiniDV
$229.94 $219.88 list($349.99)
75. Konica Minolta Maxxum 70 35mm
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76. Bushnell Yardage Pro Tour XL Laser
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77. Celestron Nexstar 5i Computerized
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78. Nikon N55 35mm SLR Camera with
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79. Konica Minolta Dimage X31 3.2MP
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80. Bushnell Powerview 16x50 Wide

61. Bushnell Yardage Pro Tour Laser Rangefinder
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00006I52W
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Bushnell
Sales Rank: 281
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Using advanced digital technology, Yardage Pro takes the guesswork out of measuring distances
  • Delivers superb range performance to targets with +/- 1 Yard accuracy
  • Reflective Range Performance = 700 Yards
  • Determine Tree distance within 570 yards
  • Weighs less than 7 ounces

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Bushnell Yardage Pro Tour is a great tool!
I bought Bushnell Yardage Pro Tour unit through adorama.com on 5/17/2004 and it arrived with no problems. You get an email with order confirmation and when you log into your account there is a link to ups tracking number. Someone posted a negative comment about them not having a phone number listed but at their site but I see the phone number listed on every single page so I think that that comment is wrong. Their prices are lowest I could find and I had no problems with order/delivery at all. Bushnell Yardage Pro Tour unit is great for golf. It is compact and extremely easy to use. I use it on the driving range with all my clubs. You can easily get a distance for any visible target on the range (tree, bunker, flag, slopes) and figure out the exact club you need for that distance. Knowing the exact distance a ball will travel has helped my game a lot. This unit is the great! ... Read more


62. JVC GRD72 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/16x Optical Zoom
list price: $379.99
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Asin: B0001B7VMS
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 695
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 16x optical zoom lens (700x digital zoom) and digital image stabilizer
  • Crystal View rotating 2.5-inch High Resolution LCD, to reduce glare and reflections from the LCD screen
  • Built-in auto light using twin LED lights for 1/10th the power consumption and SD/MMC card slot
  • BN-V408U 800 mAh Lithium-ion, high-capacity, rechargeable battery pack; camera has built-in battery charger

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best camcorder under $600
I spent over 20 hours researching my recent camcorder purchase. The best site was camcorderinfo.com. In fact, they just posted a thorough review of the GRD72 and also have reviews of one model down (D33) and one model up (D93) from this one. Also be sure to check out the competing models' reviews (Sony and Canon).

What I was looking for in a camcorder, was, surprise surprise (!) good video performance in a range of lighting conditions. I had read that low-light performance on ALL so-called consumer camcorders was very poor. The D72 (and D33) have the best low-light performance of ANY camcorder priced $600 or less! That's saying a ton considering these models sell for almost half of that! Seriously, check out the Sony HC20, 30, or 40 and the D72 beats them all! Plus it has decent still image capability, includes LED lights, and has analog-to-digital passthrough. Can't be beaten! What a deal!

Super easy to use and great video - what more could you want? Some of the other reviews on amazon for the D72 seem bizarre and based only on the software that comes with the camera. You likely won't use the software that comes with ANY camcorder you buy. What do you want out of your camcorder? Good video performance, versatiliy, and ease of use are the only criteria that matter! Dig around on the Internet for reviews of other models to convince yourself, but if you take this reviewer's advice alone, you'll save yourself a dozen hours of work! :-)

2-0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment!
Wow, after reading the previous reviews on this camera I thought it must be a pretty good deal. Boy was I wrong! I've had the camera about a week and think I may have made a bad choice in going back to JVC. MiniDV cameras are supposed to be better than Hi8, but I really can't see it with this camera.

Here are my complaints. The video quality leaves much to be desired; it actually looks quite "fuzzy" (even in SP mode) giving the video a look of pixelation or tiling. Digital stills are really lousy, which I expected from a camcorder. The NightAlive feature is useless, unless you have a tripod on which to steady the camera, and even then don't expect to see much. For example, I tried to take some video of my backyard at night, under a full moon and some ambient light and the camera couldn't pick up anything further than 2-3 feet away from the lens. By comparision, one of my relatives has a Digital8 Sony camcorder and the night vision feature on that camera is fantastic and the camera cost him less. As other reviewers have noted, the motor is loud and clearly audible on recordings with little ambient noise. Finally, the included battery lasts about 1.5 hours.

On the good side, the camera is quite small, but that is hardly a selling point for MiniDV cameras are all quite small. Frankly, I see nothing to set this camera apart and think I'm going to exchange it for (hopefully) a better one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased so far!
I've only had this camera for a week now, but I'm very pleased with what I got for the price. I have a degree in cinema & photography, so I like to think I know a few things about cameras.

PROS

Nearly all the controls can be manipulated with one hand, thanks to the scroll wheel. Pushing it in brings up the menu, and scrolling the wheel allows you to select the menus and features you want to change. Another push of the wheel selects the menu item you want to change. This is a great feature that pretty much sold me on the camera, as the Sonys rely on a touch-pad LCD. The trouble with that is you must have the LCD screen out whenever you want to alter a setting, and therefore you have to take the camera away from your eye and use both hands. You also use up your battery twice as fast, and you'll eventually wear out the LCD screen and get it dirty. No thanks, Sony.

It also has a built-in LED light for low-light shooting. This doesn't compare to the infra-red of the Sonys, but then again infra-red gives you a green "night-vision" picture. If low-light shooting is important to you and you don't mind the greenish video, then go with infra-red.

It uses a separate SD memory card for digital stills (card not included).

The viewfinder is color, not b&w like some camcorders.

Analog-to-digital pass-through for converting your old analog tapes (VHS, etc.)

Remote control included! Big plus in my book.

It has a bigger lens than the Sonys (but still not as big as the Canons). This should result in better picture quality; however, it does make the camcorder slightly larger and heavier than the Sonys.

The optical zoom is 16x, versus 10x on the Sonys. (Canon even has a camcorder with 22x zoom.)

JVC bundles MovieWOW software for editing your videos. I haven't used it yet, but it's a freebie so it's worth trying out. You can also download Microsoft's Movie Maker software for free if you don't like MovieWOW.

At less than $400 it's the best value out there. (...) CONS

The viewfinder doesn't tilt up -- strange that JVC wouldn't incorporate this feature, as it would be a big plus. I'm over 6' tall, so when the camcorder is mounted on a 5' tripod I have to stoop to look through the viewfinder. (Yes, I can pop out the LCD screen and angle it up to view the picture instead, but this eats up battery power as I said. I could also get a 6' tripod, I suppose.)

There's no hot shoe on top to mount an external microphone or flood light -- another oversight on JVC's part.

No included SD memory card for digital stills. Oddly, you can only select "tape" or "tape & SD" for capturing stills, so either way it's going to record the still to tape. Why JVC didn't give you the option of writing stills strictly to the SD card is beyond me. No matter -- the stills any camcorder takes are low-resolution, so if you want good digital stills then buy a digital still camera instead.

Image stabilization is disappointing, but that's true with all the camcorders I tried out. It's somewhat helpful, but it's certainly not going to turn your camcorder into a Steadicam. Use a tripod when at high zoom levels, or keep the lens as wide as possible when hand-holding to smooth out your tilts and pans.

Night vision mode slows down the shutter speed, making your video a bit choppy.

OTHER ADVICE

Go to a camera or electronics store and try out the different cameras before making a decision. You might be surprised by the features you hate and the ones you love. This is what steered me away from the Sonys and to this JVC model.

Turn off the digital zoom -- it's worthless (this is true of any camcorder).

Make sure you add on a UV filter, if only to protect the lens. This should be standard issue for all camcorders.

Also consider a polarizing filter for sunny outdoors shooting -- makes a big difference.

A flourescent filter is a good idea if you will be shooting indoors where flourescent light dominates (office or industrial settings, for instance).

If zoom is important to you, consider adding on a 2x or even 3x telephoto multiplier. This will turn your 16x zoom in a 32x zoom, or 48x zoom, respectively. But be warned -- at those zoom levels, you'd better have a rock-solid tripod to keep the picture as steady as possible.

You need a firewire connection to your computer to get the best transfers. If you don't have firewire on your commputer, you'll need to buy an add-in card.

Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Cheap for the price
Great camera for the price....no problems with the camera so far.... good quality picture

the stills are decent too....with the money i saved, i can get an excellent still camera :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the money (so far)
I wanted a camcorder that has a large zoom and good low light performance, as I shoot wildlife. So far this camcorder seems to "check most of the boxes." I bought it at Costco for $349. For the money it's 5 stars, but in the larger schema there are a few improvements I might recommend.

Some negatives-
->Nylon strap is narrow, contributing to a little instability in handholding; one has to form a "C" to cup the camcorder like a Big Mac to hold it steady (not a big deal).
->Manual focus is a bit awkward, I still prefer the ring. Man focus is useful while crouched in the bush and you don't want the auto-focus to zero in on the blade of grass 2 feet in front of you, instead of the elk 30 feet away. Simple solution: Set to manual control, focus on distant object and press manual focus button.
->Zoom action lever is small, so one must concentrate to do a smooth zoom. But true of many camcorders.
-> I wish the finder tilted up - it only goes straight back.

Positives-

Software install went off with out issues. I believe some of other folks' issues is due to other issues on their pc's.*

->scenalyzer captured all the video perfectly on the timecode breaks.
->Video quality is quite good, in fact excellent (YES!!) for such a cheap camcorder. Low light performs far better than expected, My old Sony lost all the chroma at low light levels, while the color on this JVC is not vivid, it is far better than most in low light. ...and that's without their niteshot.

Daytime quality is fantastic. I can't believe I am getting this quality for this price, actually.
->The gentleman who mentioned the mic picking up noise from the mechanics, I did not hear this. I hope his replacement unit is ok for him.
-> Macro (extreme closeup) is very good.
-> Has just about all the key features one could want to shoot decent video. Manual exposure controls, Iris lock, White balance (limited, but good enough). Like a good set of golf clubs, the limitation is usually in the operator, not the tool.

Some General TIPS:
->The CCD image sensors in a digicam and a camcorder are completely different, so don't expect ANY camcorder to shoot stills well. Maybe someday, but there's a long way to go.
-> Digital zoom is worthless. Ignore it. Turn it off.
->Tape is cheap, always record at fastest speed (SP)
->Don't expect to get DV out of USB. USB on most all camcorders is simply to dump out "low-res" still and MPEG files from the camcorder. These are really only good enough for streaming to the web, or e-mailing to those on dial-up. To do it right, you need firewire to get DV ot of the camcorder.

Additionally,

Tip: Consider http://www.scenalyzer.com/ for their capture program. It does analog and digital capture very well and is pretty cheap ($40). One thing i love is the stop motion video capability it offers.

*Don't underestimate how important is is to have the latest drivers (esp. video card drivers) on your pc before doing such an intensive task as video editing. As an experienced network manager, much of the PC problems I see are due to an excessive amount of garbage software and outdated drivers (and BIOS) on the typical PC.
For video editing, I have a partition on my PC running Windows 2000 and my video editing (Premiere) and related software ONLY. No games or other crap to gum things up. (That's on a separate install of Windows) You cannot expect to be able to install all that software available out there and still have it work correctly.

Your PC MUST deliver about 3.6Meg of data per second to the CPU to have smooth video. 720x480 DV consumes 13.6Gig PER HOUR of your hard disk. Rendering sucks CPU cycles, unless you have a hardware card to offload this process to. You will also need a fair amount of freespace to render and do other tasks. I believe it a disservice for others to state they had issues w/ this software w/o checking to ensure their own house was in order first.

Summary: Excellent value for the money. Thanks JVC!! ... Read more


63. Olympus D-580 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0001DKQX2
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 20
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

If you're new to the world of digital photography, the Olympus D-580 offers just the right blend of easy-to-use features and high-quality optics that delivers vivid pictures. The D-580 Zoom has a durable polycarbonate body with an attractive metallic accent on its sliding protective clamshell lens barrier. It also features a 4-megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom, movie mode with sound, a bright LCD monitor to review images, and Olympus's new TruePic Turbo image processor, which speeds up the camera's start-up, shutter lag, recording and playback time.

Optics and Resolution
The 4-megapixel D-580 captures 2288 x 1712 pixel images for prints up to 11 x 14 inches. It also has 1600 x 1200 (2MP) and 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution modes. It features a 3x optical zoom that, when combined with a 4x digital zoom, delivers a total seamless 12x zoom. The aspherical all-glass zoom lens is constructed of 7 lenses in 6 groups and has a focal length of 5.8-17.4mm (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography) and an aperture range of f3.1-f5.2.

Movie Mode and Audio
In addition to capturing still images, you can also shoot short videos with sound (its companion D-540 has no sound capabilities) at 15 frames per second (fps). The D-580 has two resolution modes: 320 x 240 and 160 x 120. The built-in microphone can also capture short memos that can be appended to each message

More Features
The D-580 is one of the first Olympus models to feature TruePic Turbo, a new image processor that sharpens image clarity, contrast, and color for life-like results. This feature also makes the camera 30% faster in processing images and is combined with a super-fast shutter release time.

The D-580 offers a menu architecture that's easy to navigate for fast access to the right settings with just the press of arrow buttons. Seven preset shooting modes can be accessed through the "Virtual Dial" (viewable through the LCD menu) to provide fully automatic exposure adjustments; these include Program Auto, Portrait, Portrait-Landscape, Landscape, Night Scene, Self Portrait, and Movie.

Other features include:

  • 1.8-inch TFT color LCD monitor (approximately 85,000 pixels)
  • Optical real-image viewfinder
  • 1.5 frames per second burst up to 12 frames
  • Built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, fill-in, and off modes

Direct Printing
The D-580 is PictBridge compatible, which enables you to transfer pictures from your digital camera to a compatible printer (such as the Olympus P-10), without a PC or image-editing software. All PictBridge devices share three basic features: camera-to-printer connecting, single-image printing, and uniform error messages (in case something goes wrong).

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on XD Picture Card memory cards. The card's small size, about the same as a postage stamp, helps to keep the camera size down. The included 16 MB card will store approximately 16 images at 2288 x 1712 pixels (at HQ, JPEG setting). Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB 1.1 connectivity, which means the camera can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98 Rev2Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included, NiMH rechargeable recommended) or 1 CR-V3 battery. It measures 4.3 x 2.3 x 1.4 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 5.8 ounces (excluding batteries and storage media).

What's in the Box
This package contains the Olympus D-580 digital camera, 16 MB XD Picture Card, USB cable, 2 AA alkaline batteries, wrist strap, quick-start guide, and instruction manual. The CD-ROM features Camedia Master software, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Camera Reference Manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • 3x optical zoom combines with 4x digital zoom for 12x total zoom
  • Quicktime movie mode with audio; PictBridge enabled; optical viewfinder
  • Store images on xD memory cards
  • Powered by 2 AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable NiMH recommended)

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value!
This camera is an excellent value! It is very cheap for a four megapixel camera, has zoom, takes great, sharp, and colorful pictures! I bought this camera for my girlfriend based on what I had read about ease of use for this camera. You would be hard pressed to find a more user friendly camera in this price range or above. THe auto focus on this camera is excellent! We have taken lots of picures with this camera during the day and night and little have come out anything but clear and colorful. Two of the night photos I took of fireworks came out blurry but this is to be expected when not using a tripod. This is a great camera that has a very powerful flash and is easy to use. A word of warning would be not to even try using Alkaline batteries, they will be spent in about 20 shots. One warning, for outdoor wildlife enthusiasts, the zoom motor on this camera is very loud! Instead get one of the Lithium CR-V3 batteries which give excellent picture taking volume in this camera. I highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for an easy to use, great working and low priced camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera
It is an excellent camera for this price (I bought it for $250 about 2 weeks ago). Last week I used it to take pictures in Niagara Falls during day and night. The pictures during the day are crisp. During the night, I held it by hand to take pictures of rapids and the water falls (without flash). The water flow effect was surpringly clear and bright.

Its TruePic Turbo image processor is indeed very fast. I used the camera to take pictures of fireworks. During 10 minutes I took tens of pictures.

However, it is quite necessary to have four recargable Ni-Mh AA batteries with this camera. It uses battery power pretty fast.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Camera for the Price
I purchased this camera for my wife because of it's ease of use (point'n'click) and the lense is automatically covered when turned off (protects lense in her purse or briefcase). It is a nice camera, easy to use, picture quality is OK (my daughter's Kodak 6340 and my Nikon 5700 pictures are much sharper), good camera for beginners. Batteries do not last long, pictures blurred with full digital zoom.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little camera
This is my second Olympus and I really like it. Small and compact, takes great pictures. Easy to understand instructions. Great point and shoot camera. I wish the lense cover and body were a bit stronger. Lense cover seems a bit flimsy - like it may not last a long time without breaking. But we will see. I have only had it about a week. I bought the Cannon A75 and hated it and took it back. Olympus takes much better pictures and it much more amature user friendly. Cannon seems to be for the professional that knows how to manually set the settings. But if you want a great little point and shoot camera "Cheaper" than cannon, then go with Olympus. I think my next one will be the Olympus Stylus, since it is made for all weather and a all steel body. I wish I had gotten the Stylus, but it is a bit more expensive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worked great up until...
I found this camera to be very easy to use right out of the box. The software installation went off without a hitch and I was able to view the pictures on my PC with ease. Anyone looking for a first-time digital camera would be very pleased with the package Olympus has put together here. However, after only having had the camera for four days, the lens would no longer retract when I went to turn the camera off. So now, the camera beeps and the indicator lights near the viewfinder constantly blink which if I read the manual correctly indicate some kind of battery problem (which it isn't). I'm planning on exchanging it for another one and hopefully, this lens problem is just with the camera I have now. ... Read more


64. Canon ZR85 MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0001AN1H8
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Video
Sales Rank: 194
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Product Description

680,000-pixel CCD * digital photo mode * photo resolution options: 1024 x 768 (interpolated); 640 x 480 * SD Card slot for use with MultiMediaCards or SD (Secure Digital) memory cards * 2-1/2" color viewscreen * color viewfinder * PCM stereo digital audio (12-bit or 16-bit) * variable-speed 20X optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 400X) * Image Stabilizer * auto and manual focus * shutter speeds: 1/60 1/2000 * 6 AE modes, including Night mode * digital effects and scene transitions * IEEE 1394 digital A/V jack * Exif Print (2.2) compatibility for digital photos * direct photo printing with PictBridge-compliant Canon printers * A/V input/output * USB (2.0) interface * Mini DV video streaming to PC via i.LINK (Windows XP required) * 2-9/16"W x 3-13/16"H x 5-9/16"D * weight: 1.1 lbs. without battery * warranty: 1 year (90 days video head) ... Read more

Features

  • MiniDV camcorder takes video and stills and connects effortlessly to your computer, TV, or VCR
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 400x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD with 180-degree rotation
  • Capture low-light recordings with Night Mode
  • Record for up to 2 hour and 5 minutes on one battery charge

65. Nikon Coolpix 3200 3.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

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Asin: B0001AU6H6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 10
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 3.2-megapixel resolution for photo-quality 11-by-14-inch enlargements
  • 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with 4x digital zoom
  • In-camera cropping; Quicktime movie mode with audio
  • Store images on 14.5 MB internal memory or optional Secure Digital (SD) cards (not included)
  • Powered by 2 AA-size batteries (alkaline included; rechargeable Ni-MH recommended); connects to computers via USB

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
After researching digital cameras for a month I finally decided on the Nikon CoolPix 3200. I'm astounded by its great picture quality and battery life. When I received my camera I was using it for two hours (taking pictures, fiddling with the settings, etc.) and the batteries held up. Two weeks later after some use, the batteries are still great! The picture quality is amazing for a digital camera! The image is sharp and the color is balanced.

Another great aspect of the camera is the ability to zoom in and out after the picture has taken. It's not grainy at all, in fact it was so good I was able to see the tiny writing on a poster almost 30 feet away after zooming up close!

The recycle time is good, under a second and the features are easy to use even if you don't read the manual.

If you're a novice at digital photography or even a professional this camera is for you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied
I'm a novice at digital camera photography, and just got the Coolpix 3200 three days ago. I'm loving it! The pictures I take are sharper than expected, and the camera is very easy to use. The uploading to the computer is a snap, and the editing software included with the package (I bought) makes for easy use.

The camera is small, and fits nicely into a shirt pocket, so I carry it every where I go - including a recent fishing trip with one of my sons. I shopped for a long time before deciding on one of the many digital cameras available, and took the Coolpix. I have not been disappointed.

I used it nearly all day yesterday at a grandson's birthday party, taking lots of picture, and the batteries still have power. We even reviewed the pictures on the TV, which is a great feature. I have a recharger, but so far, battery life has been long.

2-0 out of 5 stars Big mistake by Nikon
I have had only 2 digital cameras in the past, a Sony and a Pentax, so I still have a short experience.

I was told by a work mate how good was nikon 3100. So when 3200 with more options came out I thought to buy it.

Now that I have used the camera for 2 weeks I can say that it is very easy to use it has a lot of features but ........

with low light condition the pictures are so noisy that are almost useless

So if you want daylight camera maybe it's for you, but if you are going to use it with low light or flash think in another option.

In my case I'm going to send it back to the store.

Thanks

Julio

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun but flawed
I bought this camera recently, after spending an afternoon comparing reviews of simple 3MP cameras. My verdict after testing it on various common photo ops is somewhat less positive than most of the reviews.

The main drawback for me, and this may apply to other digital cameras, is that the photos appear much brighter on the LCD than the actual JPG images turn out to be. Even after manipulating with sophisticated programs, the final images have black/grey areas where the LCD shows colourful detail. I'm using the highest quality storage format.

Another nasty surprise I had, which may or may not be related to the camera, is that one of the two SanDisk 256MB cards I bought became corrupt beyond repair while I was taking photos. This card is listed in the camera manual as supported. The problem was easily diagnosed, since I had an identical card that showed no problems, and my PC wouldn't read/format it either. I've replaced the card for a new one, and maybe it was a rare malfunctioning card to begin with.

As some reviews mention, the adaptive autofocus makes loud click sounds in movies. This can be avoided by selecting fixed focus mode, counting on the distance from the subject remaining the same. The MOV file has considerable lag between sound and mouth movements, but that can probably be fixed afterwards with some programs.

On the positive side, I do like the simple interface, small size, and good looks. Like all cameras, it takes beautiful pictures when the conditions are just right. If you're buying your first digital camera, like I was, consider spending $100 more on a higher quality 4MP camera. I fear that my old point-and-shoot may give me higher quality photos than my new toy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great little camera
This is a great camera with a small size, good photo quality, cool features, and it's pretty intuitive to use. I was taking pictures straight away and the photos transferred to my iBook in a snap. My only complaint is the battery life. The batteries the camera came with lasted about 1 day and I wasn't even playing with it that much. Luckily, I had bought a battery pack and charger, but now I think I'll buy another battery pack so I can always have a spare set of charged batteries. Other than the batteries, this is a great camera and I'm very satisfied with my purchase.

I'm an amateur photographer but I do have my creative side, and I've been impressed with the photo quality. ... Read more


66. Fujifilm A340 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom & Finepix CP-FXA10 Cradle
list price: $249.95
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Asin: B00062N072
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Fujifilm
Sales Rank: 58
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Speed is mostly what sets the A340 apart from previous cameras. Slide the camera cover open and you'll be ready to start taking photos in about three seconds. The camera also has a quick refresh between images--less than a second. Images come out of the A340 quickly, too, since it is compatible with the much-faster transfer speeds of USB 2.0 when uploading to computers that are likewise equipped.

Optics and resolution
Featuring a 4-megapixel CCD sensor, the A340 can create images up to 2016 x 1512 pixels, which is enough information to create photo-quality prints up to 10 by 13 inches. The camera features a 3x Fujinon zoom lens. Also, the camera has a 1.7x digital zoom feature, but only when shooting in 2 MP mode. To get those close-up shots full of detail, the A340's macro mode can focus the camera on subjects just 3.6 inches from the lens.

Movie mode
Shoot up to one minute of AVI video without sound at resolutions up to 320 x 240 pixels; up to four minutes at lower resolutions. The movies aren't camcorder quality, but they're fun and convenient, and they're perfect as e-mail attachments. The camera includes cables that allow you to view your movies on NTSC (North American) and PAL (other regions) televisions and, of course, you can upload the files to your computer via the camera's USB interface.

More features

  • Flash mode: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
  • 1.5-inch TFT display screen
  • TTL center-point fixed autofocus
  • Auto, manual, and pre-programmed exposure control
  • Fast processing: 3.3-second bootup time (duration between turning the camera on and when it's ready to start taking pictures) and a frame-to-frame time of 0.62 seconds.
  • 10-second self-timer
  • 6-language menu interface
  • Standard tripod socket
  • Sliding lens cover

Storage and transfer
Images and video are stored on xD memory cards (16MB included). Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software. This camera can transfer images at a faster USB 2.0 rate to computers installed with a USB 2.0 card.

Printing
This camera is compatible with the PictBridge direct-printing standard. That means that it can connect and print directly to a number of printers by different manufacturers without additional software or even a computer. Learn more about PictBridge.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by two AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable NiMH recommended). It measures 4.09 by 2.42 by 1.23 inches and weighs 5.1 ounces without batteries and memory card.

CP-FXA10 Picture Cradle
The CP-FXA10 Picture Cradle faciliates easy image downloads, power recharging, PC-Cam mode, and also acts as a video platform when connected to a television set. It allows users to quickly download images through USB port connections, making it easy to store and share digital images electronically. The cradle's smart power system offers a two-hour recharge time for the FinePix A-series cameras' optional NH-10 Ni-MH battery pack. The cradle recognizes alkaline batteries and shuts off the recharger mode, protecting the camera and safeguarding the consumer.

In addition, the cradle may be used in PC-Cam conferencing mode, and can be connected to other FinePix users through the FinePix Viewer 4.0 software package included with all new Fujifilm FinePix digital cameras. In addition, by using the CP-FXA10's Picture Cradle's video out port to connect to a television set, movies shot with the FujiFilm A340 can be enjoyed on a full screen and easily recorded with a VCR.

What's in the box
FujiFilm A340 4 MP digital camera, picture cradle adapter, CP-FXA10 Picture Cradle, 16MB xD-Picture Card, USB/video out cables, wrist strap, 2 AA alkaline batteries, NH-10 Ni-MH battery, AC-3VW AC power adapter, CD-ROM with FinePix Viewer version 4.2 and ImageMixer VCD 2 for FinePix, user manual ... Read more

Features

  • Camera features 4-megapixel resolution for photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • Stores images on xD memory cards (16MB included); connect to computers via USB 1.1 or 2.0
  • Sliding lens cover design; movie mode without sound; improved operating speeds; PictBridge compatible
  • Cradle provides easy image downloads to PC and power recharging; acts as a video platform when connected to a television set
  • Bundled with a USB cable, NH-10 NiMH battery, and an AC-3VW AC power adapter

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Well, I like this camera!
I purchased this camera this afternoon. I didn't buy it from amazon. I purchased it at a PC Richards. I knew the salesman and he gave me a good deal. Anyway, I was going to get the 3 pixal one, but that was out of stock. The salesman sold me this one at the same price, which was $200. I was deciding between this one and a canon, and he recommended this one. I have had it for an hour, and I love it. It is so easy to use. I just skimmed throught the instructions. I was able to navigate the menu's with no problem. I wanted to point that out, since a lot of the compliants are that it is not that easy to use. I have about ten pictures that I took so far. I used my new puppy as my test subject. They came out great. It is easy to pick out the pictures that you want, and the ones that you want to delete. I can't wait to print some up. I just needed one with the basics. This has that and more. I love it, and I am glad I purchased this one. It is highly recommended. I only gave it four stars, because I wish the memory card held more. Don't have second thoughts on this. It is definitly a good price, and compact.

5-0 out of 5 stars great camera!
I'm suprised there are a few reviews that aren't so good, we love this little camera! The pictures are clear,sharp,nice colors, and theres some really great features for being such an affordable price. This is a really good family camera. Not for the professional.
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above website will show pics of low light, indoor light, and outside.
PS. cradle is optional. USB connects to your computer to upload. It would be cheaper to get a $15 recharger & batteries.

2-0 out of 5 stars Fuji Flop
I have to agree with erosomniac, from Seattle, WA. The FujiFilm A340 is a waste of money. I previously had a FujiFilm 2600 and it took far superior pictures than the A340. I contacted Fuji (sent them pictures from the A340 and they sent me back pictures with the same problems) and that was also a waste of time. Outdoor pictures are either too bright or too dark, really hard to get a good clear picture.

2-0 out of 5 stars Unusual for Fuji
Until this camera, Fuji was consistently my favorite camera brand within the compact category (I am not a professional photographer, as I imagine you aren't if you're looking at this camera in the first place). But we'll get to all that in a second.

Pros:
-Extraordinary price for a 4 megapixel compact camera with 3x optical zoom.
-Scene modes make it easy for newbies to get the proper settings for optimal pictures without knowing what the heck white balance and shutter speed are.
-Sliding lens cover physically protects your lens against scratches from other objects in your pocket, like keys
-A wide variety of manual options for those who are interested in learning about how to use them.

Cons (and there are many):
-Image quality is SIGNIFICANTLY worse than other Fuji cameras. I was so disappointed when I uploaded those first few shots! Fuji, why did you scrap your good sensor and replace it with this piece of junk?
-Menus are extraordinarly tedious to navigate. Fuji should have mapped more controls to seperate buttons instead of grouping almost all of them together in one big menu.
-Zoom/navigation button is difficult to manipulate, especially with only one hand on the camera.
-Amazon's official review says that speed is a priority with this camera, but the start-up time is almost 3 seconds on average (as compared to the Exilim line's 0.5 to 1.0 second times) and the shutter speed is average (as compared to the Exilim line's .05 second shutter speed).

-The sliding lens cover does not protect against dust at all, and feels very flimsy (made of plastic). Constantly feels like it's going to break off.

Moral of the story: you get what you pay for. Invest in a 3 megapixel camera in the same price range, or bite the bullet and pay more money for a better 4.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I helped my son purchase a camera yesterday, having had two Fuji cameras that were both great, I was severely disappointed in this camera. The pictures are just okay, the shutter speed is slow. There is no way to change the ISO, there fore it constantly tells you to use the flash. If I was to recomment a camera try to find the A310, really easy to use, good quaility pictures, true it is only a 3.1 with a recordable 6.2 Mega pixals, so you have more options using it. ... Read more


67. Olympus Stylus 80 QD 35mm Camera w/ 38-80mm Zoom
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0000D8GGS
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 80
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Ultra-compact and super-sharp 38-80mm, 2.1x zoom
  • Multi-wide 11 point AF system for highly accurate autofocusing
  • 3-way AE system determines optimum exposure setting
  • Quartz date/time imprint
  • Innovative Camera Shake Indicator warns of camera shake and reduces the risk of image blur

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great pictures for a camera in this class
I exposed some beautiful pictures with this camera before I bought an SLR camera. Great color and detail for a point and shoot. Obviously, if you want more creative control I would recommend an SLR. But for a point and shoot, it yields good results. One complaint, my camera began to malfunction a while back, rewinding midroll and double exposing--probably my fault, it has been dropped a couple of times ;)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good buy for the price
For the price this is good buy. I have little kids and I need an inexpensive camera I can throw in my purse for those cute little moments. This camera is small and easy to use. The zoom makes it more versatile than other inexpensive camers. I had no problem loading the camera and the few rolls of film I have gotten back look great.

4-0 out of 5 stars camera for the dummies
I like this camera. I took it to Ireland with me and we just snapped away. I took the film to a cheap department store to get it processed and the pictures are wonderful. They are clear and persise. If I loose this camera or drop it I won't have a heart attack. It didn't cost that much to begin with. I run though the batteries a little sooner. But this is because I play with the zoom lens a lot. It's just a nice little camera that I can pack around and not worry to much about. The pictures are great.... ... Read more


68. Olympus Tracker 10-30x25 Zoom Porro Prism Compact & Lightweight Binocular
list price: $160.00
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Asin: B00006G33N
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 150
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Amazon.com Product Description

With its compact, lightweight, and sleek design, you can take the Olympus Tracker binocular anywhere and still enjoy the great view. With a magnification of 10x to 30x and an objective lens diameter of 25mm, faraway images will be in sharp detail with brilliant clarity. The lens itself is made from special optical material to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, while the full multicoating keeps maintains brightness and contrast.

The BaK-4 prisms have a high refractive index for complete edge-to-edge clarity. The center knob is in perfect placement for your fingers to comfortably adjust the focus. The built-in dioptric correction adjusts for individual eyesight so everyone can use the binocular to its full potential. The Tracker also has eyecups that twist up and down, allowing each user to personalize the binocular to their comfort, while the long eye relief is a necessary feature for eyeglass wearers. ... Read more

Features

  • 8x to 30x magnification and 25mm objective lens
  • Field of view: 56 to 33 meters (at 1,000 yards)
  • High-index prisms for a bright, crisp image
  • Compact and lightweight for portability
  • Twisting eyecups for personal comfort; central focus knob and dioptric correction

69. Canon Rebel T2 35mm SLR Camera with the EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 III Zoom Lens
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B0002XRWRY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 223
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Features

  • Fully automatic 35mm autofocus SLR camera
  • 7-point high-speed, wide-area selectable autofocus
  • Ergonomic design with secure grip, large backlit LCD screen
  • Enhanced built-in flash with advanced E-TTL II autoflash
  • Includes 28-90mm (3.2x zoom) f/4-5.6 lens with ultrasonic motor; Compatible with Canon EF lenses

70. Sony DSCP150 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0002SQEWS
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 70
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Features

  • 7.2-megapixel sensor creates photo-quality 3072 by 2304 pixel images
  • 3x optical, 2x digital zoom
  • 1.8-inch LCD screen, stylish silver color
  • Store images on included 32MB Memory Stick media
  • Powered by InfoLithium battery, estimated for 310 shots on single charge

71. Sony DCRDVD101 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
list price: $849.99
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Asin: B0001MAAZ2
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 264
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Features

  • Compact DVD Handycam camcorder records on removable 3-inch (8cm) DVD-R//RW discs
  • 10x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 120x) with Super SteadyShot image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and color viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, built-in white LED light, and 680,000-pixel CCD
  • NP-FM50 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery

72. Pentax *ist DS 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
list price: $999.95
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Asin: B00061LSAY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 2703
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Product Description

PENTAX has downsized digital SLR photography once again with the introduction ofthe *ist DS digital SLR. Developed as a second, even smaller, PENTAX compact digital SLR, the *ist DS camera advances the PENTAX commitment to easy-to-use and portable digital. The *ist DS is one of the smallest and lightest digital SLR cameras available. Measuring just 4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6 inches and weighing under 18 ounces, the *ist DS also delivers superior image quality in compact design. Despite the size, the *ist DS offers 6.1 effective megapixels and PENTAX original image processing technology. The camera is designed to be compatible with most PENTAX interchangeable lenses to meet a wide range of applications and visual creativity. The *ist DS hosts an array of advanced, user-friendly features including a high-magnification viewfinder, a 2.0 inch color LCD monitor, a generous LCD datapanel, and an innovative Auto picture mode for automatic selection of the properexposure program. Offering quick, effortless operation and easy portability, the *ist DS is the ideal digital SLR for all levels of photographers, including first-timer digital SLR users and families. ... Read more

Features

  • 6.1 MegaPixel CCD housed in one of the world’s smallest, lightest digital SLR camera bodies
  • High-rigidity stainless-steel chassis
  • Compatible with 35mm-format lenses and accessories
  • Fast, high-precision 11-point autofocus (9 cross-type sensors) with SAFOX VIII
  • SD memory card compatible

73. Sony DSCF717 5MP Digital Still Camera w/ 5x Optical Zoom
list price: $799.95
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Asin: B00006JU62
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1242
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

It takes two hands to hold Sony's new DSC-F717, which you'll need to use all the many features packed into this digital camera. The F717 captures images at up to 5.2-megapixel resolution--2,560 by 1,920 pixels--which allows for prints of 11 by 14 inches or even greater.

Images are crisp, colorful, and deep with detail. With USB 2.0 support, transfers to the PC zipped by and can be set to dispatch automatically. The large, autofocus Carl Zeiss lens zooms optically at 5x, with another 2x in digital mode. Atop the lens, the automatic flash pops open when needed. It also performs preflash metering and corrects the amount of light sent to create shots with the best possible exposure.

This aids the NightFraming mode, which incorporates the camera's NightShot infrared technology, and can help with taking optimal shots in low-light or no-light situations. If you've never used an infrared viewer before, you'll be impressed by the additional photo opportunities it provides, like snapping shots of teenagers stealing your jack-o'-lanterns and catching them orange-handed.

NightShot can also be used with the camera's movie-capturing mode. The audiovisual movies can be played back full screen with the HQX mode; we played our movie at 1,280 x 1,024 and could only find minor pixilation around the edges.

Video size is limited only by the capacity of the Sony Memory Stick inside the camera. The F717 ships with a 32 MB stick, so an upgrade to a larger size is recommended. It comes with a shoulder strap, but we also recommend buying a case to protect your investment. Not a camera for beginners, the F717 does everything you'd expect from a high-end digital camera. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • 5-megapixel resolution with 5x optical zoom
  • NightShot infrared mode is quite handy
  • Multiple modes, including movies with audio

Cons:

  • Not compact
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Features

  • 5-megapixel sensor creates 2,560 x 1,920 images for exceptional prints at 11 x 14 inches and beyond
  • Carl Zeiss autofocus lens with 5x optical/2x digital (10x total) zoom
  • Included 32 MB Memory Stick holds 23 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)

Reviews (54)

5-0 out of 5 stars A great digital camera
Pro:
* Preforms well in low light even without a flash.
* 5x optical zoom
* The ability to manually focus
* Controls easy to navigate
* Excellent picture quality
* Special settings such as sepia
* Three burst mode for action or hard to capture shots (Beware of long write time before you can take pictures again if you are using a high resolution setting)

* Manual control of white balance allows for color correction
* The battery life is really good (however if you plan a long day of picture taking an extra battery is essential)
* Ability to manually set shutter and / or aperture

Cons:
* On high resolution can take a while to write to
* Bulky compared to a lot of other digital cameras (but not so much so when compared to a good 35mm)
* Memory sticks have historically cost more than other digital cards but I find that prices have come down significantly
* Sony really should ship this camera with a 128MB memory stick. The 32 it comes with captures only a few pictures at a high resolution.

Things I would recommend to get along with the camera

* Extra memory sticks.
* Memory stick case
* A UV filter. You don't need to get the one that Sony makes for the camera. Any 58mm-thread filter will work.
* Tripod
* Sony's shutter remote
* A Neoprene camera strap
* Extra batteries

This is a great camera and I would recomend it even over the 827.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is Awsome Camera !!!
You can't go wrong with bying this camera from Amazon. If you have ever moved to advanced photography and used 35 mm SLRs such as Minolta Maxxum 5000 or 7000 then you will love this Cybershot Cameras. Both models 707 and 717 are almost the same. They both future all advanced settings of SLRs and an excellent Zeiss zoom lens with focal length 9.7mm to 48.5mm. Keep in mind that because formed digital image size is different than a frame size 24mm x 36mm of regular film corresponding Lens 35mm is equivalent to 38-190mm. Camera is very easy to operate and all controls are intuitive and logically placed. You will find shutter priority, aperture priority, auto, and of course full manual mode including manual focusing. As soon as I bought this camera I took it for a "test drive" to the racing dogs track...If you own a Sony camcorder you will be pleasantly surprised that menu navigation and setup functions are very similar. In addition, you will find that your Sony's camcorder and Cybershot power supplies for battery charging are the same so you don't have to carry two of them when you are taking a trip. Finally, Cybershot lets you record mpeg movies limited in time only to the capacity of the memory stick. Some other cameras limit your movie clips to 30 or 60 sec.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT
IM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER BY NO MEANS. BUT I LIKE TO HAVE A CAMERA AROUND TO TAKE PICTURES WHENEVER I CAN EITHER OF MY BOYS OR BEFORE AND AFTERS OF PROJECTS AT THE HOUSE. I ACTUALLY GOT A CARRYING CASE FOR IT AND ACC. I TAKE IT EVERYWHERE I GO. ALSO GOT A PRINTER TO GO WITH IT. WHAT WONDERFUL PICTURE THAT I CAN TAKE. IMAGINE IF I KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT TAKING A PICTURE WHAT I COULD DO. A FRIEND HAS SAME CAMERA AND HE FEELS THE SAME WAY.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product
I did my usual research at amazon, dpreview, etc etc and decided on this one and have used it for almost a year. Even if the 828 is out and this one is kind of a relic, I cannot imagine needing anything more than this in a digcam and want to recommend it specifically because there would be lots of used units at great prices now in the market. What are the best things about it?

Just read all the issues with the Nikon 5700 (my comparison is mainly with the Nikon, which I have used). The 717 outscores the Nikon in all those areas (excellent autofocus, not clumsy to handle, very fast response time, and simply the best battery - 300 pics without a problem - i charge my battery once a fortnight if even).

Picture quality is fantastic. I am not a pro, and I do not need anything more than the quality and crispness that this camera offers.

But the biggest plus, I think, is its great quality in "auto" mode. My friends can simply aim and shoot and get a great result - all of us typically take a lot of pictures at fun times, and aim n shoot quality really matters at those times.

What else? Excellent flash quality. I also love the way the lens bends up and down - I used it to great effect when shooting a wedding - it gives you angle flexibility that no camera can match. It's also extremely sturdy, and I really love the way it stays in the grip. Lastly, the Carl Zeiss lens is of superb quality and the 5X optical zoom is more than I can ever need.

Negatives? Maybe a couple. Initially, I found a lot of pics, particularly in bright sunlight, to be either milky or bluish. This can be solved by using the white meter optimally as well as by managing exposure well, and also with filters - I just needed to spend some time with the camera. Also, the camera necessarily needs a U/V filter (not a big deal for $20).

Like many others I was hesitant to choose a Sony over Nikon and Canon, but clearly in the non-SLR class, Sony is teaching the pro companies a lesson or two.

Overall, great buy, simply the best in its class - probably barring the 828 which I have not used.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Christmas Gift
I have never bought anything high-tech for my software executive husband before I bought this camera. I spent a week on line and reading reviews here and decided this was the right pick. Not only was this the right pick it was a HOME RUN!! This is a great camera. I would recommend the digital photo printer (DPP-EX7) and a real nice Tumi bag to carry the camera in. We have had a blast with this camera. It's great quality and has that "cool factor" as well. We recently took a trip to Walt Disney World and bought the T1 to take instead of this one because this is a bit huge and love both cameras. We are now big Sony fans. I highly recommend this camera. ... Read more


74. Panasonic PVGS120 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD w/10x Optical Zoom
list price: $699.99
our price: $699.94
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Asin: B0001DBEJ2
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 352
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • MiniDV camcorder and still camera with 3-megapixel CCD
  • 10x optical zoom lens (700x digital zoom) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and color viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings and built-in auto pop-up flash
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Panasonic PV-GS120 Camcorder
I payed for half of my camcorder which came to be about $450 with the extra batteries and wires you needed to get for the camera. I'm only 13 so $450 is a lot to spend for me but it was well worth it. I'll tell you what I wanted to know about a camera in a review before I bought one...
-the zoom is good, not as good as some of the other models in the store but it is also not as shaky.
-it has a zoom mic which allows you to shoot someone talking from far awa distances without them having to talk much louder then usual for the camera to pick up the sound.
-the pictures is what you pay for in a 3CCD camera. there is one chip for red, one for green, and one for blue. This makes the imagery OUTSTANDING.
-The camera is comfortable in my small hands and my dad's big hands... all you need to do is adjust the strap on it for it to fit our hand perfectly.
-i must be honest... the bad things about it is the battery life on the battery it comes with is only fourty five minutes but if you buy an extened battery it is 1 hour and 15 minutes and if you use both that adds up to about 2 hours of filming time.
-I also don't like that it doesn't come with a light but magic pix is sometimes helpful if you are shooting at a still object in the dark but it slows down the pixels so much that if you move it it could be very blurry, still, with a tripod it could be useful.
-i like the easy mini DV format. Some people are now saying that it's beyond in technology but realy... if you want to edit your tape then you have to get mini DV's... they're not hard to use and they are less expensive. You'll have to plan on shooting a perfect film with a DVD camcorder.
-the manuel tells you all of the things hiden inside of your camera like cinema mode, spotlight mode, sports mode, low-light mode so you can use he camera to it's full potential.
-overall i really was very happy with this camera and i am sure i am forgetting something but i hope my review was helpful to you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best camcorder under $800
Panasonic out did themselves by releasing two 3CCD camcorders below the $1000 price point (the other being the PV-GS200). No other consumer DV cam boasts 3CCDs, and the difference in image quality really shows. Getting a similar image quality from any other brand of DV cam requires spending at least $1500. The only reason I gave this camcorder 4 stars instead of 5 is because the battery life is far too short. Even with an extra battery, this camcorder beats out everything in the same price range from Canon, Sony, JVC, etc. ... Read more


75. Konica Minolta Maxxum 70 35mm SLR Camera with 28-100mm Lens
list price: $349.99
our price: $229.94
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Asin: B0001GV5EI
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 588
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Features

  • 35mm SLR camera with 28 to 100mm zoom lens
  • Fast, precise focusing with 9-point AF sensor system
  • Advanced AF focus-point indication accurately tracks moving subjects
  • High-grade body construction for balanced, responsive handling
  • Powerful built-in flash (GN52.5 in feet) for worry-free low-light shooting

76. Bushnell Yardage Pro Tour XL Laser Rangefinder
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00005AXIZ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Bushnell
Sales Rank: 535
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Water-Resistant
  • Accuracy to +/- one yard from 10 to 1000 yards away
  • 4x magnification
  • Internal reticle which makes estimating the range to the pin quick and easy
  • Great for golf

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy fhis from Adorama Camera
I attempted to buy this range finder as a gift for my golfing buddy's birthday. I paid $20 in shipping and was told I would receive this product in 1-3 business days. Adorama never shipped the range finder. When I called a week later, they told me they had canceled my order. They refused to send me the product even though they charged my VISA card! They don't publicize their phone number and I'm currently out over $200!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent--BUT
This is an excellent device that gives accurate distances on the golf course. It will measure to the pin, a bunker, or any other surface perpendicular to the direction in which you want to go.

BUT.....

The on off switch is positioned in such a way as to be activated when the unit is in its case. So the only way to prevent it from eating batteries is to either not use the case, or to paste a thick washer around the switch to prevent the case from contacting it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Range Finder Designed for Golf
My golf partner had this particular model and I became dependant on playing with him. When we were not playing together, I could estimate fairly close to the distance, but sometimes frustrating when I was off. Many range finders that are on the market were not designed for golf, but for hunting. It was too difficult for many of them to determine distance using the flag stick. Before I purchased this range finder, I did some research to find the best device for the least cost, and one that was designed specifically for golf. I first purchased a less expensive model, however even on par 3s, it had trouble ranging on the flag. Not a problem with this model. It is outstanding! Many golf shops sell this model for $400+tax. Stop by a few of your local golf shops, ask for this model number, and check out their price, then go back on line and order one for $125 less. If you want a range finder that was designed specifically for golf, you will not be disappointed. It's a great deal, and worth the investment.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to fix battery problem
My new Bushnell range finder is a super investment and does everything I need very well. An earlier review referenced a battery problem when put in the case, the case presses the "on" button and runs the battery down. I had this problem but fixed it by glueing a garden hose washer (just exactly the right size) around the button, this keeps anything but my finger away. my problem is solved

2-0 out of 5 stars Beware of "hidden costs"
I don't have any big problem with its technical specs. My Pro Tour XL works, but its design is flawed. Because its power button is bumped and very sensitive, the device can get powered on very easily in the maker-supplied carrying case. You notice every time you simply put it back in the carrying case, the device turns on. I'm sure that it gets on whenver I grab it or it's packed with other stuff in a golf bag. As a result, battery drain is significant. One battery lasted only two months for just a few rounds of play. At this rate, costs of batteries can quickly surpass the price of this device! ... Read more


77. Celestron Nexstar 5i Computerized Go-To Telescope Kit w/ Hand Control & Tripod
list price: $1,630.00
our price: $999.99
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Asin: B00007AP9Q
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Celestron
Sales Rank: 1543
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Nexstar 5i is the computerized version of Celestron's legendary five inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Although I own larger telescopes, I find myself getting out the five inch SCT more than the others because it combines good optics with excellent portability and easy operation. The Nexstar 5i's optics are sharp enough to bring out pleasing detail on the Moon, on the planets, and on star clusters and galaxies, yet the optical tube is less than twelve inches long. It's small enough to carry outside (even when it's already set up ready to go), small enough to take on high desert camping trips, and easy to transport to public star parties.

The NextStar handset is your user-friendly guide to more than 40,000 celestial objects.
What can I see with the Nexstar 5i? On a good night I like to use an optionalUltima 7.5mm eyepiece for a magnification of 166X. With the Ultima 7.5mm, I can see the Cassini division extending all the way around Saturn's rings. I've been able to watch the shadow of Jupiter's moons glide across the face of the planet, and sometimes the moons themselves. I can see the famous Great Red Spot on Jupiter (it's actually tan this year), and when Mars is favorably placed, I can see the polar cap and dark surface markings on Mars. From a dark viewing site in the country, I've been able to find all the Messier galaxies. When I look at M86 in the Virgo galaxy cluster with the standard equipment 25mm plossl eyepiece (about 50X), for example, I can see five galaxies at once, including M84 and three fainter NGC galaxies. When I look at brighter globular clusters like M13 and M22 with a 12.5mm plossl (100X) I can resolve many individual stars.

The included Nexstar computer is much easier to use than earlier generations of computerized telescopes. You can choose from four different alignment modes, from the traditional two star alignment to the latest GPS-aided automatic setup using the optional CN-16 GPS module. I especially like the flexibility of the new "quick align" feature. I took two computerized telescopes to a recent public viewing session. Using the "quick align" mode I was able to set up the Nexstar 5i and start letting folks look at Venus a full half-hour before sunset! Meanwhile the older computerized telescopes, including my own, were waiting more than an hour before the first alignment stars appeared in the twilight.

The biggest drawback to the Nexstar 5i is the short life of its AA batteries. Low batteries can cause the Nexstar computer to crash and lose its alignment. I've been able to avoid these computer crashes by using Celestron's car battery adapter with a rechargeable jump-start power pack. Like all Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, dew forms easily on the front corrector lens, but Orion's #4209 Flexishield dew cap works well to prevent problems with fog on the lens. --Jeff Phillips

Pros:

  • Proven optical performance of Celestron's five inch SCT
  • Small enough to keep set up ready to go
  • Nexstar computer is easy to use
Cons:
  • Short battery life
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Features

  • Includes a special kit for adding a computerized hand control and a sturdy Celestron tripod
  • 127mm (5-inch) diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain refractor
  • Focal length of 1,250mm and focal ratio of f10
  • Fully enclosed high-speed motors on both axes
  • Auxiliary port for adding optional accessories

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Go one better than a starter scope and you won't regret it
If you're thinking of an entry-level scope but can go a few dollars more, the "kit" form of the NexStar 5i that includes the computerised hand control and the tilt-plate wedge tripod is a great place to start. You won't have the mediocre tracking issues you find in the under $500 scopes, and you have classic, well regarded optics in the Celestron "C5" 5" Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube assembly (OTA).

I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this scope. It tracks extremely well for a non-worm driven telescope and it is good enough that even in alt-az (non-equatorial mode) you can do short exposure astrophotography. If you utilize its tilt-plate wedge and use the built-in polar alignment routine (on the hand control -- it talks you through polar alignment) you can do even better, taking many good 90 second to 2 minute images. You will have to toss some of them because tracking isn't wholly consistent, but still, we're talking about an under $1000 kit so this is good stuff!

The whole unit can stay put together if you've got the room, which means that a smallish person can carry the whole thing in one hand and be set up in minutes (assuming you've given the scope enough time to reach the outside temperature of course). If you add an external power source -- rechargable 12V DC of at least 7 amp-hours like a "jump start" type battery) and a dew shield straight away, you'll have everything you need for some incredible viewing for a long time. You'll want to add eyepieces so look at the Celestron eyepiece kit as a good starter package.

All you need to do after ordering or before if you're smart, is check out the Yahoo NexStar group to ask for help in learning your new cool toy. And check out the NexStarSite dot com for an "i" series specific alignment guide. You'll need to follow it to get the best GOTOs and tracking.

After that, if you kick yourself because you didn't buy an 8" OTA, don't worry. You can add it later. Ask how on the group and they'll direct you to the hardware you'll need. I regularly swap OTAs on my NexStar 5i.

This isn't a long exposure astrophotography platform (for CCD imaging) but if you are interested in starting somewhere, it isn't half bad. And even if you upgrade later to a more appropriate platform for imaging later, I bet you'll keep this little guy. ... Read more


78. Nikon N55 35mm SLR Camera with 28-80mm Zoom Lens

our price: $199.95
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Asin: B00006I5JO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 273
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Kit includes Nikon N55 SLR Body, Nikon 28-80mm/f-3.5 to 5.6 zoom lens, 2 CR2 Batteries, Carry Strap
  • Selection of exposure modes including Programmed, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority,and Manual
  • 3-Point Automatic and Manual Focus modes
  • 3D-Matrix metering system
  • Built-in, Speedlight Electronic-Flash

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Camera
I've owned 2 previous SLR's, an Olympus and a Canon Rebel. Both of these cameras produced great photos. The Nikon N55 has surpassed every expectation. An instruction book is finally written in plain english. I did a lot of research and believe me the N55 is worth more than its retail price. The photos produced in the auto modes are exceptional. I was willing to invest as much as $500 in an SLR, but after researching I found that no camera was worth the additional money. The cost-benefit of the N55 is tremendous. I can't express how happy I am with this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars I recommend this camera.
It's easy to use. It's light weight. It takes great pictures too! At first,I was disappointed because of the plastic body, but I later enjoyed the fact that this is a light weight camera. I also enjoy the automatic focusing and the easy film loading. The 55N has a built in flash that pops up automatically when the light is not sufficient or if extra light is needed to soften a picture. I would recommend the additonal purchase of a "circular polaring filter" because it greatly enhances your photos. You can find one on Amazon. This is a sofisticated camera that is easy to use and has made me a better photographer. I highly recommend this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nikon N55
I have a digital camera I love to pieces. And now that I've mastered that I thought I'd try an SLR camera. The camera has a auto mode on it for beginners and as you learn more you can try other things, like shutter speed, apature settings and all kinds of new things. You can even do multiple exposure to create pictures that look like ghost like images. Also it's 28-80 mm. lens, unlike most of your camera's- like Canon which is 35-80 mm. And it's light and is easy to use! I'd recommend this for anyone looking into buying an SLR camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nikon Quality at a Great Price!
Just when I thought that Nikon did not have a camera to compete with the Canon Rebel 2000, I discovered the N-55. This is a camera that compares favorably with the Canon, even in price. It has that famous Nikon "feel" and smooth operation that Nikon users have enjoyed for years. The auto-focus lens works smoothly, and the pictures are great. This camera is very affordable as well as easy to use. I don't think you can go wrong with either camera, they are both comparably priced and both give good performance. It comes down to personal preference for either Nikon or Canon.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's awesome and it's a Nikon!
I have owned two other 35mm SLR cameras. The first was a Nikon FM (fully manual camera) and the second was a Cannon Rebel E (similar to the Nikon N55, in terms of features). I loved the Nikon FM camera and have always wanted to return to a Nikon product. After I lost my Canon, I switched to Nikon again.

This is a great camera. It's light and the most compact 35mm SLR camera I have seen. One can choose between fully manual mode (great for complete creative control) or fully automated mode (for the point and shoot crowd). The N55 also has shutter-priority and aperature priority modes as well as special settings for close-up shots, landscape shots, and sports shots--to name a few.

It is a very versatile camera, focuses sharply and quickly, and is a great-looking SLR. I get compliments on the pictures I take with it, but would recommend Kodak film only! ... Read more


79. Konica Minolta Dimage X31 3.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0002HBLL8
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 204
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Features

  • 3.2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 10-by-14-inch enlargements
  • Non-protruding 3x optical zoom combines with 4x digital zoom for 12x total zoom
  • Less than an inch thick; one-second start-up time; PictBridge compatible
  • Store images on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards (16 MB SD card included)
  • Powered by AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable Ni-MH recommended)

80. Bushnell Powerview 16x50 Wide Angle Binocular
list price: $99.99
our price: $46.99
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Asin: B00000J6WY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Bushnell
Sales Rank: 94
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Bushnell 16x50 Powerview binoculars are easy to hold and easy to use for the general and outdoor user. They allow you to view an expanse of 182 feet from 1,000 yards away. The Bushnell Powerview 16x50 comes with soft rubber covering and the patented Insta-Focus focusing system. With Insta-Focus, a touch of the fingertip is all it takes to hold your subject in sharp focus.These binoculars come with a neck strap and carrying case. ... Read more

Features

  • High 16x magnification
  • For general and outdoor use
  • Field of view of 182 feet at 1,000 yards
  • Insta-Focus system allows you to focus with a single touch
  • Carrying case and neck strap included

Reviews (48)

4-0 out of 5 stars Hope this sheds a little light on the product
I bought this item to go nature viewing and must say that it really is a great binocular for the price. The items viewed have a really nice 3-dimensional look to them and the diopter comes in handy even for someone with very bad vision like myself. The focus for this model (16 x 50 Wide Angle) is a flat tab between the barrels that makes it VERY convenient to use without having to look or stretch your fingers. It gives a very nice field of vision and has roll down eye cups, which is good just in case you want to wear your glasses or shades. The binoculars do shake a little b/c of the power of the magnification. And it can be a chore to hold for long periods of time b/c of its weight. It weighs about as much as one of Michener's hardback novels.

Here is where it can get interesting. The binoculars come with a pleather carrying case, a really cheap neck strap that looks like a plastic shoelace, and a cheap cleaning cloth that is way too abrasive to be used everyday. I suggest replacing both the neck strap and cleaning cloth as soon as you can. The soft, microfiber cloths they sell in eyeglass stores works great. Plus, pick up some of the eyeglass cleaner (spray directly onto cloth, not lens) as it really gets the lens clean and protects any coating on the glass.

Tripod use: highly recommended to get a steady picture. You can get a regular camera tripod for around 18 dollars. Yes, this binocular comes with a tripod adapter. No, it's not very easy to find. The instruction booklet is virtually useless, but I found out through the website that the adaptor is located behind the front cap between the barrels. Just screw the cap off and viola, there is your threaded coupler. You will still need to get a binocular adaptor to connect the binoculars to the tripod, but I've found that they aren't too expensive: around 7-16 dollars for the generic models. I gave this item 4 stars b/c of the poorly written instruction manual and cheap accessories. Hope some of this info helps. Can't wait to see the stars tonight!

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful info to get you started
I bought this item to go nature viewing and must say that it really is a great binocular for the price. The items viewed have a really nice 3-dimensional look to them and the diopter comes in handy even for someone with very bad vision like myself. The focus for this model (16 x 50 Wide Angle) is a flat tab between the barrels that makes it VERY convenient to use without having to look or stretch your fingers. It gives a very nice field of vision and has roll down eye cups, which is good just in case you want to wear your glasses or shades. The binoculars do shake a little b/c of the power of the magnification. And it can be a chore to hold for long periods of time b/c of its weight. It weighs about as much as one of Michener's hardback novels.

Here is where it can get interesting. The binoculars come with a pleather carrying case, a really cheap neck strap that looks like a plastic shoelace, and a cheap cleaning cloth that is way too abrasive to be used everyday. I suggest replacing both the neck strap and cleaning cloth as soon as you can. The soft, microfiber cloths they sell in eyeglass stores works great. Plus, pick up some of the eyeglass cleaner (spray directly onto cloth, not lens) as it really gets the lens clean and protects any coating on the glass.

Tripod use: highly recommended to get a steady picture. You can get a regular camera tripod for around 18 dollars. Yes, this binocular comes with a tripod adapter. No, it's not very easy to find. The instruction booklet is virtually useless, but I found out through the website that the adaptor is located behind the front cap between the barrels. Just screw the cap off and viola, there is your threaded coupler. You will still need to get a binocular adaptor to connect the binoculars to the tripod, but I've found that they aren't too expensive: around 7-16 dollars for the generic models. I gave this item 4 stars b/c of the poorly written instruction manual and cheap accessories. Hope some of this info helps. Can't wait to see the stars tonight!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy On Excellent Binoculars!
I believe this to be one of the best buys in binos. The optics are great:
1) Porro prisms provide for a more realistic viewing depth of field.
2) 50mm objective lens (superb light gathering capability).
3) Good focus adjustment.
4) Great 16x magnification (product of the light gathering ability)

The unit is very well constructed and has a rubber outer skin. It also comes with a decent carry case and accessories. Make sure you want 16x magnification, as it will require steady hands.

Lower magnification (10x, 12x) with a 50mm objective lens will provide a wider field of view. You may wish to take this into consideration depending on your type (preference) of viewing.

BTW- I also own a $2000.00 pair of 18 x 50 binos.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great binoculars for observation
This binoculars are good. They give a great clarity. I first tried the Bushnell binoculars from one of my friends. It was 8x21, small Bushell binoculars. I was astonished by the good quality of the binoculars especially the optics. After this I decided to buy binoculars for my self to use them for terrestrial and night sky observation. During the terrestrial watching they do a great job, but in my opinion the more power is better. It's still cold outside to tell how they do at night. But once or twice I have tried watching at the stars, good clarity but the binoculars are kind of heavy to hold on to. The case for Bushell is great but the strap for the binoculars is garbage. Nonetheless I recommend buying this binoculars but I think the more power is better. Bushell is doing a great job in optics. By just looking at the binoculars one would think that they should be more powerfull because of their size. I should have bought myself a 12x50 or even 16x50 Bushell.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible value
I researched binoculars on the Web after my grandaughter lost my previous Bushnells (7x35). I was prepared to spend several hundred dollars after a cheap pair of Tasco's failed to illuminate at a Simon & Garfunkel concert.

My research led me to believe a Pentax 8x50 waterproof model would be the best choice ($265). I stopped at a local sporting goods store and tried various models of Pentax, Minolta and Nikon binocs, and they were ok. They had a pair of these Bushnells and I was amazed at the quality. They were the brightest, had the best field of view, were easy to adjust, and I was able to easily use them with my eyeglasses.

I bought a pair. Why spend $100s when these do the job even better at $45? ... Read more


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