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161. Fujifilm FinePix S602 3.3MP Digital Camera w/ 6x Optical Zoom
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B000067BEG
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Fujifilm
Sales Rank: 3865
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed for great handling as well as performance, the stylish Fuji FinePix S602 echoes SLR design while remaining light and remarkably compact.

At the heart of the FinePix S602 lies a third-generation Super CCD sensor (3.1 megapixels), capable of delivering an amazing 6 million recorded pixels, thanks to its unique honeycomb design and advanced signal processing. The new generation of Super CCD boasts even better color reproduction, lower levels of noise, and ultrahigh sensitivity (up to 1,600 ISO in 1,280 x 960 mode) for richly detailed, high-resolution images. It also features Fuji's pixel-mixing technology, which can produce digital VGA-resolution movies at 30 fps.

From delicate skin tones to bright blue skies and noise-free shadows, the new sensor and signal processing system deliver picture-perfect results in every shooting situation.

Designed for the serious photographer, the FinePix S602 also offers a range of fully automatic modes for point-and-shoot ease of use. Simply switch to Auto and let the camera do all the hard work.

Features:

  • 6x aspherical zoom with 4.4x digital zoom for 26.4x total zoom
  • Built-in miniature LCD through-the-lens viewfinder and 2-inch color LCD playback monitor
  • Full exposure override, shutter and aperture priority with manual focus
  • Optional lens mounting ring for use with 55mm filters, 1.5x telephoto lens, or 0.79x wide-angle lens
  • Continuous shooting mode--5 fps at full resolution for 5 pictures or 1.8 fps for 40 pictures at 1 megapixel mode (1,280 x 960)
  • Voice recording modes with 30-second picture annotations
  • Digital movie mode--QVGA (320 x 240) motion JPEG at 30 fps or VGA (640 x 480) motion JPEG at 30 fps with sound
  • Dual media slots support SmartMedia, CompactFlash Type II, or IBM Microdrive
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Features

  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail for sharp prints at 8 x 10 inches and beyond; software interpolation increases resolution to 6 megapixels
  • 6x optical plus 4.4x digital (26x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 16 MB Smartmedia card holds 13 images at default resolution
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (rechargeables recommended)

Reviews (44)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, easiness of use
I've been using this product for several months now, and I am very happy with it. To summarize its qualities:
1. high resolution
2. rich in features
3. reasonable easiness of use; pretty intuitive.
4. it doesn't require proprietary & dedicated external flash, a general good-brand external flash would do it as well.

The downsizes:
1. the flash that comes with the camera is a toy; you need to buy an extra one (which adds some $$$ to the cost - for a good flash).
2. Fuji doesn't provide a good fully-automatic flash for the camera. As mentioned above, there are very good manual flashes available are reasonable prices, but thus say bye-bye to the auto modes.
3. no remote. For taking the picture from a tripod, this may be annoying.
4. the depth of field is not very versatile - the camera is quite limiting in the respect of aperture.
5. the zoom is good, but not stellar. For a camera of this performance, a better zoom/aperture control would have made it of real 5 stars.

Overall, good stuff for the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent image quality, fast response, high ISOs, and video
If you like traditional reflex photography and are looking for a digicam this is, in my opinion and after long research, one of the best options. The camera is an upgraded version of the highly popular FinePix 6900 with some of the problems solved: the best electronic viewfinder in the market, AA batteries.

You will have a superb camera with excellent photo quality and also a true 30 fps video camcorder, all in one. It feels like an SLR camera with all the features the enthusiast photographer could expect.

Pros:

- 6X optical zoom lens
- Full manual or automatic controls
- Industry-leading movie mode
- Very good image quality
- Great macro mode
- SmartMedia and CompactFlash Type II slots
- Overall camera operation feels quick
- Support for external flash
- Feels good and solid, nice ergonomic touches
- The best electronic viewfinder
- Good battery life
- Excellent software

Cons (minor problems):

- Poor low light auto focus
- No indication of battery life status. So, always carry battery backup

Conclusion: excellent camera even for professional use.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pay Attention and Shop Smart ...
Okay okay ... You can get this from several Z-shops sellers, starting at $438 (as of 12-26-03). There are some small errors in the description, which you may clear up for yourself at the Fujifilm.com site. But compare this to the S5000, which you can get new, here, for about $340. And if you hunt diligently, today you can grab it for $296. I am not repeat not talking about some auction sight, either. (Nor in Japan, where I live at the moment, though there is a place here I must check tomorrow just in case. Besides, delayed gratification is not my strong suit.)

The Fujifilm site gives a detailed description of their CCD (Charge Coupled Device) pixel array that to me sounds like the best thing going in what the working class like me can afford. The S602 is Fuji's 3rd generation CCD, the S5000 is their 4th generation. The 602 has 6x optical and 4.4x digital zoom (26.4x), the 5000 had 10x optical and 2.2x digital (22x). If that extra 4.4 turns your head, then shopping for a telephoto is probably something to consider. I find the greater lens power more attractive, and sould give clearer photos, at 22x side by side with the 602 at a comparable setting.

If you want to spend serious $$$ for something that has 5 to 8 megapixels, more power to you. But the S5000 is a better Fuji for less money ... the S602 is really last year's news. My hard earned greenbacks are on the S5000.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Camera
The Fuji FinePix S602 Zoom is a fine camera capable of taking a 15 minute video using a microdrive,just watch what you are saying while shooting because the microphone will pick up your voice before any other sound. Most of the controls are easy to find and use without having to resort to reading the manual. The flash produces very little if any red eye. The almost infinite zoom lens allows you to get close to and frame your subject easily. Macro shots are just as easy. Photos printed on my HP 952C look great at 8 by 10 inches. The only thing to watch out for is when the camera is set to auto is that sometimes, usually indoors, you can end up with a very slow shutter speed such as 7 sec. which can cause a blurred picture.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fujifilm FinePix S602
I purchased this camera last year from Amazon at an amazing price. It took time to get use to some of it's features but I truly love it. I purchased it for it's movie mode and it's 6x zoom lense. Low light is somewhat a problem but can be overcome with a steady hand or tripod. I have printed 11x14 prints and they are excellent. You can't beat the features for the price. ... Read more


162. Fujifilm FinePix 2800 2MP Digital Camera w/ 6x Optical Zoom
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00005QI59
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Fujifilm
Sales Rank: 1836
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Fuji FinePix 2800 Zoom offers an innovative design, a fantastic 6x optical zoom, and great image quality--all in an incredibly small form. Fuji has clearly departed from many of the usual design cues with the 2800. Most notable is the introduction of the EVF--electronic viewfinder. This replaces the standard optical viewfinder and provides an SLR style experience. The benefits of this are more accurate image composition (as parallax differences between viewfinder and lens are avoided), a better indication of depth of field prior to taking the shot, and improved battery life over using the main LCD monitor.

The EVF is not a perfect solution, though, as the panel is not as bright or detailed as its optical counterpart, has no diopter correction for wearers of glasses, and disconcertingly freezes the image while autofocusing. However, the EVF is a useful feature and places the 2800 at the cutting edge of digital camera design.

The 2800 is exceptionally easy to use, with manual controls limited to adjusting white balance and exposure compensation. More experienced photographers will miss the ability to fine-tune aperture, shutter speed, ISO settings, etc. The 6x optical zoom is superb and makes an enormous difference to picture quality and ease of composition--it equates to a zoom range of 38-228mm on a standard 35mm camera.

Fuji has included a movie mode with sound running at 10 frames per second and at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Disappointingly, this is limited to 60 seconds of recording time, regardless of the capacity of memory card in use. It also does not make use of the optical zoom, relying instead solely on the digital zoom. Other features include voice captioning and, bizarrely on a camera of this specification, a video conferencing mode enabling you to use it as a Webcam. A notable omission however, is the lack of a video-out socket.

As you would expect from Fuji, the 2800 is straightforward to install and includes paper manuals for both the camera and the supplied software--this includes a simple viewer/organizer, QuickTime, Videoimpression, and Adobe Photodeluxe. The 2800 uses four AA alkaline (supplied) or NiMH rechargeable batteries. Fuji recommends avoiding lithium batteries as the heat discharged can damage the camera. --Nick Baxter

Pros:

  • Easy to use, with automated controls
  • Very good 6x optical zoom
  • Electronic viewfinder (EVF) provides more accurate image composition
  • Bonus feature: can be used as a Webcam

Cons:

  • EVF is still a little buggy
  • Movie mode does not allow use of optical zoom, only digital
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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
  • 6x optical plus 2.5x digital (15x total) autofocus zoom lens
  • Included 16 MB Smartmedia card stores 39 images at default resolution
  • Automatically connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (alkalines included)

Reviews (129)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Digicam for the Money
This is my first digicam and I spent a great deal of time researching this camera along with others. I was looking for a camera...I finally settled on the Fuji 2800Z. To date, I am extremely please with my purchase, as I have found this camera to be an excellent value for the money.

Some of the positives of this camera include, a killer 6x Optical Zoom, Sharp and Crisp Pictures, extremely easy to use menu system, 60 second video with audio, and it can double as a webcam. This camera is pretty much a point and shoot camera so if you are looking for a digital camera that has a wide selection of manual settings, look elsewhere as this camera is not for you. You do, however, have control over the white balance, exposure, and flash settings. Other than that, the rest is automatic.

As I mentioned, this is a great little camera, however it is not without a few "flaws". As well noted, this camera has trouble in low light situations, specifically the EVF and LCD. In the few weeks that I have had the camera and the several hundred pictures that I have taken, I have only run into 1 situation where the EVF and LCD were useless. This issue can be worked around and should not be a sticking point for those looking to purchase this camera. I personally like using the EVF as, unlike an optical viewfinder, it shows you "exactly" what is being photographed without distortion. Finally, if you decide to pick up this camera, make sure that you get some rechargeable batteries and a 128mb Smart Media card. You will be set.

In summary, if you are looking for a simple to use, point and shoot camera, with a great zoom, sharp pictures, and a few additional nice features, get this camera. You will be hard pressed to find a better camera for the money!

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing value and quality
I wanted a digital camera to keep my folks and in-laws at bay with regard to frequent demands for pictures of their grand-daughters. The USB connection to the PC and the nice all-around FinePix software that this camera comes with, allows me to do that with no hassles. The software also can e-mail photos directly, and it automatically makes the photos a manageable file size for attachments. So, for example, a 300kb photo will e-mail as a 80kb photo and still retain great quality in the e-mail.

I was also looking for a camera that had decent optical zoom capability because we are often outdoors and I like the flexibility of close-in as well as wide shots. This camera has a very capable 6X optical zoom which I have enjoyed using.

Finally, as any parent of young children knows, it is really difficult to get them to sit still. This camera offers a 60-second video capability, which has often come in handy to capture my kids at play or doing something silly.

I have received a lot of compliments on the camera's images.

Some minor drawbacks - in dark conditions, the camera has trouble picking out images to auto-focus on. I get around this by pointing it a nearby light source that is roughly the same distance to the camera as my subject. In addition, there can be a maddening 1 to 2 second delay in capturing and saving an image. But you learn to live with it - and sometimes what you clicked on is not what you get in the image, but you get used to that, and many times the image you got is better than the original. Also, it is not slim enough to fit in a purse - so it usually goes at my side in a pouch or in a backpack.

Overall an excellent and highly recommended all-around digital camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect mid-range camera (light and fits in palm)
The FinePix 2800 Zoom is Fujifilm's latest mid-range digital camera. Incorporating a powerful 6x optical zoom lens, the same zooming power as that used on the FinePix 6900 Zoom, the flagship of the FinePix line. The FinePix 2800 Zoom is a highly compact, point-and-shoot model that can make even beginning photographers feel like a pro. The 2-Megapixel CCD imager in concert with Fuji's Advanced Color Technology produces photo-quality 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10-inch prints. The camera's exposure and focusing systems are fully automatic. For those that like to have more control, the Manual mode allows overriding the metering system and using a specific white balance setting.

Audio notes up to 30 seconds in length can be attached to your pictures, you can record up to 60 seconds of motion video with sound, and the FinePix 2800 Zoom can operate as a PC-cam for computer-to-computer video conferencing. Images, movies and sound files transfer to your computer in a flash thanks to the built-in USB connectivity. Picture viewing is simple and fun with the included FinePixViewer software that launches automatically once the pictures are downloaded to the computer.

Features:

Easy to use automatic point-n-shoot camera
Ultra-compact and stylish body
Powerful 6X optical zoom (38-228mm 35mm equivalent)
2.1-million pixel RGB color filter CCD imager
Image sizes of 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480
Fujifilm's Advanced Color Technology produces better color with more detail
Records 60 seconds (320 x 240) AVI motion video with audio at 10 frames/sec
30-second audio notes can be attached to pictures
Internet PC-Camera (Webcam) capable
64-Zone TTL metering, Program AE (Exposure comp. available in Manual mode)
Automatic white balance plus 6 presets in Manual
Multi-mode flash (Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow-Synchro, Forced, Off)
1.8 inch color TFT LCD Monitor
Color electronic viewfinder
ISO 100 equivalent sensitivity
Powered by standard AA batteries, NiMH recommended

Even with the big 6x optical zoom lens, the FinePix 2800 Zoom is only 3.7 inches (W) x 3.0 inches (H) x 2.8 inches (D) and weighs a scant 9.5 ounces, without batteries. Bundled accessories include a 16MB SmartMedia storage card, four AA Alkaline batteries, shoulder strap and USB and video cables. In addition to Fujifilm's FinePixViewer, other bundled software includes Fujifilm's DP Editor and Adobe PhotoDeluxe 4.0.
-- Steve's Digital Camera Review

1-0 out of 5 stars design flaw
I've had this camera for a couple of years, and up until now have been pleased. The last time that I powered it up, the lense housing extended at a crooked angle, and I got a "zoom error" message. The camera is now inoperable. It seems many others on the web have experienced this as well. I contacted the nearest Fuji authorized repair center and was quoted $120 to fix the camera. I might as well buy a new one for that money (not a Fuji though).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera with a great price
I bought this camera after much research and after purchasing(and returning) a few other cameras. This camera takes very good pictures and is very easy to use. It comes with a detailed and easy to understand instruction manual. I would recommend this camera to anyone, especially for first time digital camera buyers. The only bad thing about it is it only came with a 16 MB smart media card, so if you take tons of pics you might need a larger card. I would also recommend rechargeable batteries!! ... Read more


163. Canon EOS ELAN 7E 35mm SLR Camera Kit w/ 28-90mm Lens
list price: $900.00
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Asin: B00004YZLZ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 3614
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Canon Elan 7E features the eye-controlled focus system, the fastest means of focusing and metering a photographer can find. By using more focusing points and greater off-center coverage than other cameras in its class, this camera is able to take an exact reading in approximately 1/20 of a second. When a photographer brings the camera to their eye, their glance is tracked by the focusing system, allowing framing and focusing to become a single uninterrupted creative process. An easy one-time calibration is all that's needed to activate the eye-controlled focus system. Once this calibration is complete, the camera is able to precisely detect which part of the viewfinder the photographer is using. It then automatically focuses the lens with amazing accuracy.

This system delivers crisp, sharply focused images whether the camera is in a vertical or a horizontal position. The Canon Elan 7E is even able to store the distinct calibrations of up to five different photographers. Using an EF 300mm f2.8 IS lens, it can track a subject moving at 186 mph until it's a mere 66 feet from the camera. This fast-focus system, combined with the ability to shoot at almost four frames per second, makes the Canon Elan 7E the perfect choice for capturing those demanding sporting events or special occasions when you don't want to miss a single moment. And, considering its continuous shooting speed, the Elan 7E is also remarkably quiet. This feature gives the photographer the opportunity to shoot the perfect wildlife scene without disturbing or scaring the subject.

Part of the Elan 7E's focusing system is the seven-point wide-area autofocus. The eye-controlled focus system was designed to work especially with this precision feature. Seven focusing points are arranged in a wide cross pattern with a central "cross-type" sensor. The wider-than-usual area gives the photographer the ability to achieve a remarkably sharp, focused image instantly. This function works whether the subject is off-center, stationary, in motion, in low light, or even in low-contrast situations. The shot will still come out sharp and crisp, and without the need to recompose the shot. By using the focusing-point selection keys, the user is able to select any of the seven focus points simply by pressing a key. Representing a bold innovation in speed and usability, this feature gives an additional amount of image control back to the photographer.

A highly advanced metering system, comprised of 35-zone evaluative metering sensors, is linked to the seven focusing points. Whether shooting indoors or outside, day or night, a seamless integration of exposure and focus ensures remarkable clarity and contrast in any image. This system gives the photographer accurate control over situations that combine light and shadow or that feature strong backlight. When metering subjects against very dark or very bright backgrounds, partial-area metering measures 10 percent of the viewfinder around the chosen focusing point. This provides accurate image results when dealing with shadows or highlights. The photographer can also use the Elan 7E's center-weighed metering function. This mode places greater emphasis on what it reads as the center of the frame by measuring the entire scene. No matter which function the photographer chooses, precision metering is guaranteed--whether the camera is in a vertical or horizontal position.

Giving the photographer even more creative control is the command dial. This allows manual-control light, speed, aperture, and depth of field. Shutter priority lets the photographer choose the shutter speed, while the Elan 7E automatically selects the correct aperture. This function is especially useful when capturing action shots. With aperture priority, the photographer picks the aperture setting while the camera chooses the correct shutter speed. This is helpful when control over the depth of field is essential. Using the eye-controlled focus system to define the "sharp zone," the photographer can calculate the precise depth of field automatically. It's even possible to check the depth of field using the preview button. ... Read more

Features

  • Features Canon's exclusive Eye Controlled Focus--the fastest, easiest method of selecting a focus point
  • Top shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second and fastest in its class 4 fps film advance
  • Fixed new laser-matte screen with 7 focusing points; 35-zone evaluative metering system
  • WhisperDrive brings near silent shooting, when used with Canon's exclusive USM lenses
  • Includes 28-90mm lens

Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade from EOS rebel but avoid Eye Control
I upgraded to this camera from the EOS Rebel 2000. This time around, I did things right by just buying the body instead of getting the body+lens option. I did this b/c the quality of the lenses that come with the combined package usually are optically a joke. This time, I picked this camera up with 2 separate lenses...Canon 28-135mm IS USM and the Canon 100mm macro USM lenses. Both of these lenses have a super fast and quiet ultrasonic motor...the crappy lens that comes with the combo option will likely not have this option. You get what you pay for.

I am very very pleased with the performance of this camera. The weight feels very good in my hands...the knobs and buttons are well placed. Although this camera does not have a spot meter, it has a partial meter which will serve you fine.

If I could do it all over again, I would have gotten the plain old Elan 7 w/o the eye control. I find that eye control is not effective with only 7 focusing points...also, the need for repeated calibration to perfect this is annoying. I find myself using the center focusing point only and recomposing. Save yourself some cash to spend on lenses/filters/etc. and forget the eye control or the quartz date options.

While this camera has a very quiet whisper drive, don't let the marketing fool you since the slap of the mirror still sounds the same as you trigger the shutter.

Love this camera...it doesn't feel flimsy at all. Great buy for an intermediate photographer. I would also recommend picking up the 420EX speedlite as it was designed to work specifically with the Elan 7/7e.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great new SLR from Canon
I've been a many years user of Canon cameras. My latest EOS 630 served me very well for the last 12 years.

Needless to say i was very excited when I got this one. The user interface is very well done. The controls are very easy to use and located in convinient places.

The film advancing motor is very quit, in fact the shutter door sounds much louder then the film advancing.

Build-in flash works very well. The red eye feature is much better than on any other camera, since it doesn't flash the flash light but uses a special bulb for that.

I highly recommend to get 28-135 IS USM lens with it. The image stabilization worth the extra money, since it allows you to take pictures in very low light without flash or tripod.

I didn't found the eye-controlled AF very usefull. It's nice as a toy, but you can live without it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Happy Canon User
I read the previous reviews and agree with most everything. This is a great camera that can be easily used by a beginner but has the features wanted by experienced pros.

The one thing I was disapointed in is that it did not say anywhere, until I already purchased the "E" model and read the manual, that the EYE CONTROL DOES NOT WORK IF YOU WEAR CONATCT LENSES. The "E" model was a waste of money for me due to this and that is the reason I gave this camera 4 out of the 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic beginners camera
For the record, I have been using this camera for over 2 years now and I shoot mainly nature and people.

The Canon Elan 7E/EOS30 is a fantastic all around camera for beginners/intermediate photographers.

At the time of buying this camera, there was a confusion whether to choose the rebel or the elan 7E. I would very strongly recommend anyone to consider buying the intermediate Elan 7 as compared to the basic rebel. The rebel has a very "plasticky" feel to it and if I remember correctly, there is a single knob to set both the aperture and the shutter speed. Once you move away from shooting it as point and shoot, you will realize that the single knob can get incredibely irritating.

As for the "E" i.e. eye focus, I never really used it too much but am planning to shortly. So you can save some money by getting the Elan 7, if you so wish since the Eye feature is essentially just a gimmick. Now I also wish I had got the date feature, since down the road it might be an useful tool. (say, 40 yrs, from now, you want to know when the picture was taken ;) )

The most wonderful thing about the ELan 7E is that it allows you to grow with it...It offers a whole bunch of features, that I think will take you from a beginning stage (point and shoot) to a more advanced stage (total manual) phase. After shooting over 20 rolls of film and slide, I still find myself reading the manual and noting down some new feature to try out on my next roll.

Small piece of advice for beginners.. I realize now that the money you spend on lenses might be worth almost more than the money you spend on the camera. Coz even the best camera cannot produce a decent picture with a bad lens. I would strongly recommend avoiding the standard lens(28-90mm, I think) that comes bundled with it (even if the total package is cheap). I bought the body separate and then a canon 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 lens and I have never regretted the decision. Its a relatively sharp lens at both ends and is always mounted on my camera for shooting almost anything. If you are on a tight budget get the Canon 50 mm 1.8 II which sells in most shops for under $100. I am now slowly saving up for a L series lens.

Besides the usual preset options like portrait,landscape,closeup,sports,night mode,the Elan 7E offers a whole bunch of features that I found really useful. Here are some of them,

1) Depth of field preview button.
2) DEP (depth of field AE) - this really helps if your lens does not have a distance scale (like the 28-105mm). Say for e.g., you need to preset the depth of scale from 0 to infinity, this feature helps you to achieve that effect without the distance scale on your lens.
3) AE lock
4) Exposure compensation - you can set the exposure compensation upto + or - 2 stops in half stop increments and you can do it without taking your eyes of the viewfinder.
5) Auto exposure bracketting - for those really important pictures that you dont want to miss :)
6) bulb exposures - allows you to have as long a exposure as you want. I found this really useful. I hear that some cameras have limitations on how long they can be exposed. (RS - 60E3 shutter release cable is really useful for this)
7) multiple exposures
8) mirror lockup etc etc etc.

The built in flash suffices for all my needs. Lots of people in this website recommend the battery pack, but I would suggest anyone buying this camera to first check it out themselves. I find the grip good enough for me.

All in all, I just love this camera. I have been having great fun for past 2 yrs with it and am confident of having lots more fun for few more years at least and I dont think you will get a better performance for this price...If you have the money, just get it & start shooting !!

Strengths:
1) Solid feel and good looks
2) Enough bells and whistles to keep you curious and interested for quite some time.
3) focussing point selection with seven focussing points (auto or manual)
4) whole bunch of lenses to choose from
5) built in flash
6) Rugged build - have used extensively in real hot weather(AZ) as well as sub zero temperatures (MI)
7)Relatively light and compact.
8)Best price/performance ratio

Weaknesses:
1) I feel an LCD would have been invaluable tool to have during low-lit situations
2)Lack of spot metering - this is one feature I would have loved to use.
3)Auto focus fails to activate when you try to shoot closeups(macros), cloudy landscapes or under low light situations

4) Depth of field preview button is hidden...I have never been able to activate it without taking my eyes off the viewfinder !

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Camera
I received this camera as a gift and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
The instructions were easy to follow and gives tips throughout on becoming a better photographer.

The camera was light and easy to carry and button use was simple. My only complaint was I felt the flash was inadequate but overall its a good camera. ... Read more


164. Olympus Camedia C-720 3MP Digital Camera w/ 8x Optical Zoom
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B000068BRE
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 1444
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 3-megapixel Olympus C-720 Ultra Zoom digital camera boasts an outstanding 8x optical zoom lens (plus 3.0x digital zoom--equivalent to 40-320mm in 35mm camera) and an ultracompact size (4.2 by 3 by 3 inches). The impressive aspherical glass lens gives you excellent detail and sharp, clear pictures, plus the size of the camera makes it easy to bring along wherever you go.

The C-720 offers rapid-succession firing--just over half a second per shot--and QuickTime movie mode for short video clips. Additional features include multipattern TTL autofocus, built-in flash, diopter adjustment, 1.5-inch color LCD monitor, self-timer with 12-second delay, autoexposure bracketing (three or five images), auto white balance, and special image effects such as sepia mode and black and white.

The C-720 stores images on removable SmartMedia cards. The camera can be operated in several modes: in programmed auto mode the camera does everything for you. In aperture- and shutter-priority modes, you get to set the aperture or priority, and the camera does the rest. In manual mode, you have control over all camera functions, with shutter speeds as long as 16 seconds.

Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB storage class connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software. The C-720 also ships with two CR-3V long-life disposable lithium batteries (four AA batteries can also be used), a 16 MB SmartMedia card, lens cap, strap, retainer cord, USB and A/V cables, and software. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • Autofocus lens with 8x optical zoom and 3x digital zoom (for 24x total zoom)
  • Included 16 MB SmartMedia card holds 21 images at high quality setting
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries (included) or 4 AA batteries

Reviews (40)

5-0 out of 5 stars Olympus C-720
If you're looking for a great digital camera for a great price, get the Olympus C-720. Like most of you, I'm not a professional photographer, but in the first week I was able to take what I consider to be some very nice shots. After reading the extensive manual, I quickly came to the conclusion that this camera will do a LOT and I'm going to have to experiment with it quite a bit to learn all of its capabilities. The only beef I have is the slow auto-focus only, no manual focus. Though the manual zoom is accurate, it can be a bit slow when you're trying to catch a fast moving object. For example, I was trying to take a shot of my dog as he was running toward me . . .forget it . . .the focus was just too slow. Olympus' suggestion is to "pre-focus" on the subject, then take the shot. Okay, sounds good. But why not include a manual focus? The 8X optical zoom is awesome. Coupled with the 3X digital (to get 24x) it is incredible. As with other high-zoom cameras, use a tri-pod for high zoom shots or a VERY steady hand. The 8X optical zoom is so good, I rarely use the digital zoom at all. Though this camera has a smaller rear viewing monitor than most cameras in its class, it hasn't bothered me at all. I can still review photos with ease and it saves on battery life. The quality of the photos is remarkable. My wife and I have taken quite a few "jaw-droppers" in just the first few weeks of owning the camera. It's nice not being saddled with film processing costs and delays. You can review the shots right on camera and delete what you don't want. Consequently, we've taken more pictures with this camera in a few short weeks than with all the other cameras we've owned, combined! So far, the battery life is amazing as well. Around 400 shots! IMHO, it blows the 2MP cameras away. Get a 128MB card and you'll have a hard time filling it up in one day.

4-0 out of 5 stars Olympus Camedia C-720 digital camera W/ 8X optical Zoom
The camera is really nice and works well but, will not work great in low light,unless you use the flash and are pretty close to your subject matter but not too close, other than that the zoom is really nice it really brings things in close and with the 8X Zoom the 3 megapixel is nice,I have taken some great photos in full light and in medium light making sure that the camera was held still. The software will let you do a lot just using the auto enhance option.
On the down side it is just a bit too big to put in a shirt pocket so I had to get a bag for it or put it in a jacket pocket in cooler weather.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great camera at a great price, but not for action shots
I own this camera and am very pleased with it. I have some photography experience but this is my first digital camera, so in choosing a camera my goals were to find one that is as close to a traditional 35 mm film camera, but digital. This camera acheives that goal. The main drawback to this camera is that it is difficult to take action photos. I'll get to that, but first a few pros:

- Of course, the powerful optical zoom and optical lens, (combined with digital zoom gives you almost 30x zoom).
- For having an optical lens, this camera is really compact! It is easily held in one hand.
- Full automatic controls of shutter speed and aperture, but also the option of full manual (as well as shutter speed priority or aperture priority) should you want to do something creative. Though it does not have unlimited exposure time; you can't go past about one minute.

And a few cons:

- The necessary accessories will drive the price up. It only comes with a 4 MB memory card, and much more is needed (I recommend at least 64 MB, probably 128 MB). Also, rechargeable batteries are recommended, as well as a carrying case.
- Though it uses double-A's, most rechargeable double-A's don't last long. I often end up buying regular double-A's in the end anyway.
- Like other digital cameras, the camera must be powered up before taking photos but you don't want to leave it on at all times in order to save batteries. However, if you have a sudden photo opportunity it does take a minute for the camera to power up. The camera will go into sleep mode to save batteries and it "wakes up" a little faster, but still somewhat slowly. This is a minor drawback.
- And the biggest drawback, for me, is the difficulty in taking action shots. It is difficult for two reasons:

1) The auto-focus is slow. By the time the camera focuses and shoots, your photo opportunity easily may have passed. It does have manual focus but it is much slower! You have to use the up/down and left/right arrows on the back of the camera to focus. First, this is an inconvenient location especially if you are using the viewfinder instead of the viewscreen. And, the buttons are digitally controlled; each press of the button requires a short processing time. If you think you can manually focus on the fly with this camera while shooting sports photography, forget it! So, unless you are in a situation where you can focus manually once and take all of your photos at that focal length, you will have to rely on the moderately slow auto-focus.

2) After each photo, the image freezes to show you the picture you just took. This is a nice feature on most any digital camera nowadays, but since you can't turn it off it can really interfere if you are trying to take several photos back-to-back. The viewscreen does this, but so does the viewfinder, so there is no avoiding it. The only option, if you want to take quick back to back photos, is to turn on the "rapid-shooting" which will take 2 or more photos every time you press the button. Fortunately it's digital so you aren't wasting film!

All of that said, I will mention that I have managed to take some decent sports photographs. The drawbacks are a nuisance but can be worked around in ways like those that I have mentioned.

I recommend this camera to anyone that is looking for a digital camera at a very affordable price that will provide many of the benefits of a traditional 35 mm film-based camera. It is good for beginners as well as amateur photographers, but if you're planning to do action photography I recommend sticking to the 35 mm, or finding a different (though surely more expensive) digital camera.

Bottom line: it is hard, if not impossible, to beat this camera for this price.

3-0 out of 5 stars I noticed someone reviewed it as not for beginners.....
And they are SO Right, it has so many whistles and horns, I cant figure out how to use it. The instruction book is as long as a novel. I have never used a digital camera, so I can guarantee that this one is HARD to understand.
Once you figure out the important needs of the camera, the one part that is easy is getting the pictures on the computer. That is camera/computer friendly, and easy to understand.
I noticed that all pictures have red eyes, and what I don't like the most, is I love taking pictures spontaneously, you can not take moving pictures at all, and that is a big downfall when you have kids and cats or dogs. Anything moving comes out blurry every-time. It is not the camera for those that like to be on the go, or like to take pictures as they happen. Its more for the mountain and tree type families, that take pictures of still objects.

2-0 out of 5 stars This is not a camera for beginners
This is my first digital camera and I did a lot of research before buying it. I bought it mainly for the 8x optical zoom and because of a retailer who recommended Olympus' lenses. The flaws of this camera were said by other reviewers - things like slow focus and blurry pictures. You CAN take good pictures with this camera, but it just takes a LONG time to learn for beginners (and after a lot of mistakes). And if you need somebody else to take pictures for you, it will be plenty of headaches. The paper manual that comes with the camera is the most user-UNfriendly manual I've ever seen - it assumes the user knows a lot about cameras. In conclusion, this camera is NOT for anyone who wants ease of use. ... Read more


165. Pentax Optio 43WR 4MP Water Resistant Digital Camera with 2.8x Optical Zoom
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00021OZOE
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 931
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4.23-megapixel sensor captures enough information for photo-quality 11-by-15-inch prints
  • 2.8x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom (11.2x total)
  • Waterproof design, can be immersed in water up to 3 feet for 30 minutes
  • Stores images on SD memory card
  • Powered by one CR-V3 or 2 AA batteries

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Sturdy but the picture quality leaves much to be desired
I got this camera for one reason - fishing pictures - and it is adequate for that or beach photos. If everything is evenly lit and you don't need to rely on the flash it's OK. And no problem if it gets wet or sandy. By the way, the imaging software that comes with it is bad beyond belief and makes all the pix look worse so don't bother installing it - use whatever you have. It is serviceable and sturdy and will probably never endear itself to me unless I become enamoured of taking pictures in the rain. However, I must say it has an excellent macro capability and if you're not catching any fish you can take nice flower closeups along the bank. ... Read more


166. Canon Sure Shot Z155 Caption Date Zoom 35mm Camera
list price: $179.99
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Asin: B000063YAQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 2307
Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The elegant, easy-to-operate Canon Sure Shot Z155 makes shooting all of life's precious moments simple. The world's smallest 4.2x zoom 35mm camera, the Z155 features a powerful 37-155mm lens and Canon's three-point autofocus and autoexposure system, built-in Light Guide zoom flash, and seven-mode Best Shot Dial.

Canon's Best Shot Dial provides seven shooting modes for pinpoint control for tackling even the most challenging situations. Modes include close-up, portrait, action, and night scene. And when you want even greater individuality, you can set and save your own shooting preferences with the personal mode.

The Sure Shot Z155 incorporates a passive seven-point switching-type artificial intelligence automatic focusing (AiAF) system, which allows the user to clearly view and sharply focus on the subject in a wide variety of conditions. The focusing and metering systems are linked to the zoom, ensuring virtually the same focal range for both wide angle and telephoto shooting.

It can handle all light conditions from sunny to dark, and when shooting night scenes, the slow-sync mode makes sure background illumination also gets captured. The camera's viewfinder also incorporates a dioptric adjustment knob, increasing the usability of the camera for users wearing glasses.

As an extra feature, certain models have the possibility to add captions like "Happy Birthday" on the finished photographs. ... Read more

Features

  • Powerful 3.6x 38-155mm power zoom lens
  • Canon's Best Shot Dial with its 7 programmed settings does all the thinking for you
  • High-precision 3-point Smart Autofocus for sharp focus every time
  • 1/1,200-second top shutter speed plus real-time release to capture action
  • Built-in retractable flash

Reviews (10)

2-0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent
I bought this camera about 10 months ago and have taken it on 4 vacations. It has been terribly inconsistent. I've only gotten consistent photos on 1 trip; the photos of the other 3 trips have been a major disappointment. I usually only use my camera for vacation, and clear, beautiful pictures are very important to me. My photos of Hawaii and London were dark, unfocused, and overall just not good. I use the same place and same people to develop my photos. I take a digital camera along on all my trips, and my digital photos turn out amazing; the digital photos are usually taken right after my film photos, so their subjected to the same conditions as the film.
My mother has a Canon Sure Shot 115 and it takes great photos, so I thought I would give Canon a try. I had a Minolta Freedom Zoom 140, and I believe it takes better photos than this Canon, and the Minolta was doused in sea water on a cruise!

Overall, for this amount of money, I would shop around. This camera is just too inconsistent. Also, I have problems with it wanting to focus "lock" on a subject, and if it won't lock, you can't take a picture. The zoom is also very noisy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera ,highly recommended!
I was surprised to read all the negative reviews about the canon z155. My own experience with this camera has been basically positive. Since purchasing the camera 7 months ago, the majority of my prints have been sharp, clear, colors bright and true to life. The only drawback i can think of is the pictures do tend to blur when using full zoom without a tripod. I dont think this is specifically Canon's problem, though, because photography books all recommend using a tripod when using a high zoom. At 155mm, one needs a very steady hand or the pictures blur. When I do use a tripod, even my pictures at the highest zoom come out crystal clear. I'd recommend this camera anytime!

2-0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent
Although my canon rebel SLR is incredible and we've had great canon's before, this one is very disappointing and inconsistent. I've had the same problems as others with blurry pictures and delays in taking photos after pushing the button. I'd recommend finding another camera or upgrading to a SLR from Canon (though pricey).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera - Fun Features - Excellent Pictures
Bought this camera in a pinch as our old one broke two days before Christmas. Didn't get a chance to read the reviews here first (and I'm glad I didn't or I probably would not have bought it!). I quickly snapped a roll of 24-exposure film to try the camera out and see if we wanted to keep it.

The pictures came out BEAUTIFULLY! I took some indoors, some out. Some with the fully automatic point-and-shoot, and expermimented with the potrait mode, sports action mode, and night mode. They all came out fantastically!

It's like having two cameras in one - a fully automatic no-brainer point and shoot as well as some features that allow you to be more creative and experimental with photography if you want to. Also a great zoom.

Canon must have corrected the issues that some of the eariler reviewers posted, because I did not experience any of these problems.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst camera ever
I am so glad after seeing the other reviews to know that I'm not crazy- this camera really is awful! The inconsistent quality of photos is dreadful, with many underlit and blurry for no clear reason. I love my other Cannon and wish they would stay away from making such supposedly "smart" cameras. ... Read more


167. Steiner Nighthunter 10x50 Binocular
list price: $1,299.00
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Asin: B000063EKA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Steiner
Sales Rank: 7938
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Features

  • 10x magnification
  • Large 42mm lenses with 11.09 relative brightness
  • Green Predator lenses with CAT coating for ultimate visibility
  • Rugged green rubber armoring for shock protection and water resistance
  • Long 20-millimeter eye relief and wrap-around rubber eyecups for ultimate comfort

168. Bushnell ImageView 8x30 2.1 MP Digital Binoculars with Accessory Kit
list price: $129.99
our price: $109.99
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Asin: B0002LWGD6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Bushnell
Sales Rank: 768
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Features

  • 2.1 megapixel digital camera and binoculars
  • Fully coated optics with fold down eyecups
  • 16 MB of internal memory with SD memory card slot
  • Magnification: 8x
  • Objective lens: 30mm

169. Kodak F620 Advantix APS Camera w/ Zoom
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B000067A4Z
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 325
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Kodak's F620 uses the popular APS Advantix film to provide high-quality photos in everyday use. With its one-touch 2x zoom lens, you can quickly zoom in or out for that perfect shot. The camera has an advanced autofocus lens so you can snap pictures with ease. Stretch yourself creatively by choosing from three different print formats: classic, panoramic, or group format. The flash unit is automatic and has a mode that reduces annoying red eye in your photos. You can also manually turn the flash on or off for greater control.

The unique PQix technology records important information onto the film's magnetic strip that the photo lab uses to print sharper and better-looking photos. The easy-to-read LCD panel displays information about your current shooting mode. The F620 also has a self-timer that is useful for taking group photos or self-portraits. Film loading is a cinch, simply drop in the film and the camera automatically handles the rest with features such as double-exposure protection and a safety-lock door. ... Read more

Features

  • 30-60mm zoom lens takes portraits and group shots
  • Picture Quality Information Exchange (PQix)
  • Advanced autofocus system captures sharp photos from any distance
  • Automatic flash fires in low-light situations
  • Film-door safety interlock prevents accidental fogging

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, user friendly camera
I've had a great experience with the Advantix F620. My favorite feature is it prints the date on the back of each photo. The zoom is awesome, and it has an auto shut-off if you forget and leave the camera on.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good
I got this camera on sale so especially for the price I paid I feel like it's a great little camera. The picture quality is generally good, and it has quite a few features and it's user-friendly in every way. The only thing that it has done to bother me is get a little fuzzy on long-distance shots when you're using the zoom (w/o the zoom they're clear and close up zoom shots are very clear). But a higher speed film (at least 400) seems to minimize that problem. I am looking for a new camera b/c I want a more powerful zoom, but I will continue using this one as well, especially outdoors, for the panoramic mode.

1-0 out of 5 stars Annoying delay
Do not try to capture things that move - like kids. You push the button at the perfect moment and the camara takes the picture at least a full second afterwards. By that time the perfect moment is gone. I have so many pictures of my kids looking away because of this. Don't waste your money. This camara is terribly flawed! ... Read more


170. Olympus Camedia D-510 2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00005B6TI
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 2960
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The basics of the Olympus Camedia D-510 break down pretty easily: 2-megapixel resolution; 3x optical zoom lens with autofocus, built-in flash with red-eye reduction, fill, and slow-syncro modes; and a 1.8-inch LCD screen. There are also some more advanced features to go along with this baseline functionality. Particularly useful is the burst mode, which allows shooting of up to two frames per second. Also, a QuickTime movie mode lets you capture up to 66 seconds of footage. There are a number of special effects, including monochrome, sepia, and re-size. Images are generally captured as JPEGs, but you can also choose to use the uncompressed TIFF mode.

Most digital cameras ship with a USB or serial port, and with a set of software drivers that allow you to download your pictures to your computer via an image-editing program. Olympus has gone one step farther, and essentially built the functionality of a USB card-reader into their digital cameras. What this means is that for the newer versions of Windows and the Mac OS, you don't need to install extra software. Simply plug the camera into your computer, which recognizes the camera as a removable drive. You are then free to drag-and-drop your pictures wherever you like.

Power requirements are standard at four AA, or two CR-V3 lithium batteries. The D-510 uses SmartMedia cards, and ships with an 8 MB card. ... 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 3x digital (9x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 8 MB SmartMedia card holds 16 images at default resolution
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries (included) or 4 AA batteries

Reviews (115)

5-0 out of 5 stars BIG bang for your buck!
After considerable research, I decided on the Olympus Camedia D-510Zoom for my first "real" digital camera. I couldn't be more pleased with the ease of use (considering the deep menu which is somewhat intuitive for a technophile), long list of cool features/controls, and excellent image quality. Although you can start taking pics immediately with the quick-start guide, TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE FULL MANUAL ON THE CD and practice!

The video clip and panoramic features are very fun toys/tools and proved to be much better quality than I expected. The Camedia software effortlessly stitches up to ten pics together for interesting panoramic shots and the video feature saves short silent clips in Quicktime MOV format. I would recommend spending the extra ten bucks or so on an Olympus-brand SmartMedia card with the panoramic code for your first or second large-capacity card (since the card that comes with the camera is only 8MB and other brand cards don't have the proprietary panorama code that works with the software.)

My camera says it will shoot about 22 pictures in the highest TIF resolution (1600x1200) and 1300 pictures in the lowest JPG resolution (640x480) on a 128MB card. The highest JPG resolution (SHQ at 1600x1200 w/minimal compression) is where I keep mine set most of the time and I get about 90 shots per 128MB card. The default JPG setting (HQ at 1600x1200 w/medium compression) gets about 230 shots per 128MB.

As with any zoom camera I've ever used, you need to keep the camera still or your image will blur. Use a tripod as often as you can, particularly for zooming, night shots and definitely for panoramic shots. The 3x optical zoom is nice but it will not make my SLR (35mm film camera w/zoom and macro lenses) obsolete by a long shot-perhaps if I dropped a grand or two on a high-end Nikon or Minolta digital...

The camera does eat batteries, but not as bad as I expected, considering all the moaning and groaning in these reviews. Just buy an inexpensive NiMH charger and eight rechargeable batteries. I find my Energizer ACCUrechargeables last much longer than the batteries the camera came with and I'm very happy with them. I also keep a set of Duracells in the camera bag just in case.

The housing has been described as cheap (among other things) but I think it has a good solid feel to it and if you treat it like the somewhat delicate piece of electronic equipment it is, instead of like a football, it will probably last a long time.

I don't have a card-reader or AC adapter yet since I don't see an urgent need for them. The camera works well by itself as a card reader and the transfers are quick (about 4 minutes to transfer a full 128MB card) so I don't think I'll shell out the fifty bucks for the adapter (ouch!).

4-0 out of 5 stars A good camera for those who want more than 1.3 MP
I've used several Olympus cameras at work and they were more expensive than this. I finally decided to buy one for my own personal use and, after reading LOTS of reviews, the D-510 seemed ideal for me. I'm familiar with the Camedia software package and the controls on the camera are similar to the cameras I've been using at work. I have been very pleased with the camera. The photo images are sharp, and some of the menu items have been simplified. My only complaint is that the camera defaults to HQ (high quality, but not super high quality) resolution each time you turn it off. I prefer to shoot in lower resolution SQ, so I get more pictures on the 32 MB SmartMedia card that I bought to go with the camera. (It comes with an 8 MB card, but it's worth the money to upgrade to at least 32 MB. I wish I'd gone ahead and forked over the money and gone up to 64 MB or even the new 128 MB...) Because of that, each time I use the camera I have to fiddle around and re-set the camera for standard quality. On the up side, there are two levels of SQ, two levels of HQ, and two levels of SHQ, for a total of six choices. In the lowest level of SQ mode, the camera can shoot several minutes of decent quality movie footage, which is fun -- but a REAL drain on the batteries. The camera comes with the Camedia software, which is adequate but not great, but it only works on Windows 98 and newer. I tried playing with it at work, where we have Windows 95/97, and it wouldn't work. That's OK, because my home computer has XP, and it does fine. Downloading with the Camedia 2.5 isn't as easy as Olympus says, but fortunately once you find your file, you can create shortcuts to get to your photos. The main thing about this, despite the small but pesky shortcomings, is that the quality of photos is good for such a low-priced camera. If I'd had a couple hundred more to spend I might have bought a better Olympus product, but for those on a smaller budget who want photos of the kids, vacations and other non-professional type photography, this small, solid camera can't be beat. It's as good, if not better, than the Olympus I use at work, which cost twice as much...

4-0 out of 5 stars Versatile Camera
I've used mine for two years so far and gotten alot of mileage out of it. What I really love is that it doesn't require special software to download pictures. When we go to visit, we can just plug in the camera with the USB cable, treat it as a removable disc, and transfer our pictures to our hosts computer before we leave. One downside is that the viewfinder doesn't quite frame the picture accurately. For close-ups, I have to turn on the LED screen or I cut off half of the face...

4-0 out of 5 stars A Real Battery Hog
This camera has served me well and takes beautiful pictures. However I spend so much on batteries. Have tried regular, heavy duty, and alkaline and none last. If I don't take batteries out after each use, they won't last overnight. If one buys this superb camera he might want to use an adapter rather than rely on batteries (unless he has won the lottery).

3-0 out of 5 stars The green of nature is missing from the pictures.
This camera is good overall except 2 major issues I discovered. First, the colors of outdoor shots were not accurate most of the time, specially the trees and grasses never looked as green in the pictures as in real world. I believe this is a major defect. (Another reviewer also mentioned the same problem.) Second problem is the long shutter delay. You will not be able to catch the best moments in life.

I will not buy another Olympus digital camera unless I am convinced they fixed such defects. ... Read more


171. Canon EOS Rebel 2000 Date 35mm SLR Camera (Body Only)
list price: $400.99
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B00004TH9G
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 3459
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Canon EOS Rebel 2000 Date is an elegant camera body with 35-zoneautomatic exposure. It has a retractable flash and 11 versatile shooting modes. It's small, light, and supports advanced flash-metering system featuresincluding E-TTL, FE lock, and high-speed synch modes with EX-series Speedlites. It has a full range of features including remote control socket, depth-of-fieldpreview, and scale-metered manual exposure. Creative controls include a seven- point autofocus system, 35-zone AE metering, programmable portrait, landscape,close-up, sports, and night scene modes.

Advanced features include a choice ofevaluative or partial metering patterns, AE lock, auto exposure bracketing,multiple exposure, and more. The EOS Rebel 2000 is fully compatible with all EFlenses and EOS Speedlites, including Canon's latest EX series with E-TTL, FElock, and high-speed synch modes for incredible flexibility in creative flashphotography. The EOS Rebel 2000 Date body includes date and time imprinting soyou can keep track of your photos. ... Read more

Features

  • Fully automatic 35mm SLR camera
  • Retractable built-in flash
  • Camera body only; lens not included
  • High-speed selectable autofocus system
  • 11 shooting modes

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Canon Rebel 2000
This Camera takes incredible pictures. It has a wide range of shutter speeds rangeing from 2000 to bulb. plus hte 7 point auto focus syste is hand in most situations. Plus it is very light making it easy to carry around.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic camera
I had bought a fantastic camera called Canon Rebel 2000 Date Body in Brazil. For me, a amadorist photographer is perfect camera SLR. I need this camera to take pictures from climbs, camps, and so. And my sister take pictures from your architectural projects. And I bought a 20/80 lenses, to improve my camera. ... Read more


172. HP 318 2MP Digital Camera
list price: $243.99
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Asin: B00005OUJW
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 4145
Average Customer Review: 3.77 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed to make 2-megapixel digital photography affordable, Hewlett-Packard's PhotoSmart 318 is a good choice for those seeking a simple, basic camera with the image quality to replace a film point-and-shoot.

Optics and Resolution

The 318 uses a 2-megapixel sensor that captures enough detail for crisp 8-by-10-inch prints. For the typical family photographer, 2 megapixels is a great balance between price and performance. If you typically make poster-sized prints or crop the edges off your photos to improve the composition, you'll want a higher-resolution model, but if you simply point and shoot, 2 megapixels is ample.

While many cameras in this price range use a simple and inexpensive focus-free or fixed-focus lens, the 318 uses a true autofocus system, resulting in sharper photos under more shooting situations. Lens aperture ranges from f2.8 to f8, and the camera will focus on objects as close as 8 inches from the lens. A 2x digital telephoto zoom is among the camera's features, but remember that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.75-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you've taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you're used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you'll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features

The PhotoSmart 318 is clearly designed for point-and-shooters who think simplicity is more important than having a huge assortment of advanced features. Photo quality is adjustable, there's a self-timer, and the flash can be switched on, off, or set to red-eye reduction, but otherwise, the camera automatically sets everything.

Power

Four AA batteries provide power, and a set of alkaline batteries is included. Like virtually all digital cameras, the 318 can exhaust a set of alkaline batteries in no time, which is why we recommend lithium or rechargeable batteries instead. If you use the camera once a month or less, lithium AA batteries are a logical idea, since they'll hold their charge for years when sitting in an unused camera. If you use the camera more often, then the lithium batteries don't make economic or environmental sense--we recommend getting a set or two of rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries and a charger. To ensure you'll always be ready for action, keep one set in the camera and the other set in the charger. In a pinch, you can use alkaline batteries, but we recommend turning off the LCD display in this case to extend the battery life as much as possible.

Storage and Transfer

In an effort to keep costs down, HP ships the 612 with 8 MB of internal memory instead of a removable memory card. This solution has its pros and cons. It's less expensive, and you never have to worry about leaving the memory card at home (the digital equivalent of forgetting the film), but it also means you need to install HP's software and USB cable on your computer to transfer images because you can't use a dedicated card reader. The 8 MB of internal memory holds approximately 20 images at the camera's default settings.

Though the internal memory is reusable, it does limit the number of pictures you can take before you need to return to your computer to transfer your photos. For more capacity, you'll need to add more memory. Fortunately, the camera comes with a slot for standard CompactFlash memory cards.

Size

At 4.5 by 2.7 by 1.7 inches and 8 ounces, the 318 is relatively compact, making it easy to bring along in a purse or pocket.

Contents and Recommended Accessories

The package includes the camera, USB cable, CD with drivers and HP photo software, four AA alkaline batteries, wrist strap, and camera user guide.

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

Pros:

  • 2-megapixel picture quality at an affordable price
  • Autofocus lens superior to the fixed-focus lens found in many competitors' cameras

Cons:

  • Very limited set of features
  • Internal memory and disposable batteries are fine for occasional users, but more frequent use will require upgrades to these accessories
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Features

  • 2 megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 2x digital zoom
  • 8 MB internal memory holds 20 pictures at default resolution; CompactFlash slot for additional storage
  • Connects to Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (alkalines included; rechargeables recommended)

Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BUY
I spent months researching digital cameras before deciding on the HP 318, and the time spent was well worth it. The camera itself is little, but is big on quality and features. I love the 2X zoom, and the full-color preview screen provides good display clarity, plus the ability to magnify the displayed image. Using the features built into the camera is incredibly user-friendly, too. Even if you've never used a digital camera before, you won't find this one difficult to use, but that's not to imply that this camera is in any way 'simplistic' when it comes to quality. You'll also have a hard time finding another camera that provides 2.31 MP for the same price. I recommend buying a 64MB flash card to go with it. At the lowest quality setting, you'll be able to store nearly 1,000 pics on it (another great feature about this camera- you have 3 quality settings to choose from). All in all, one of the best investments I've ever made.

5-0 out of 5 stars Whoa! BATTERIES!
And by BATTERIES I mean BATTERIES! Make sure you have a bundle, because I didn't know I'd need them until I used my HP 318 for about 30 minutes! Dead batteries. So this is my first Digital Camera. They (store's name not to be mentioned) kept trying to sell me those cheapo web cams that also serve the purpose of digital cameras. That's not what I wanted, I wanted the little LCD on the back so that I could easily see what I pointing and shooting at. There is a 2X digital zoom and timer feature on the camera. As far as photos go, I believe you start out with around 60 at the 1 star level (worst) and 12 at the 3 star level (best). That's not enough pictures, so I bought a 64MB Flash Card and I can get easily 1000 1 star level photos and 60+ 3 star level photos. There is nothing that comes with the camera to protect it, so I strongly urge you to buy something to cover up the lense and the LCD. It's also quite easy to turn on by just barely moving it. Another down side is the warm up time. If you need your camera "RIGHT NOW!" then this one is definitely not the way to go. It takes this baby about 15 seconds to warm up after hitting the on switch to being able to take a picture. If you're sitting there thinking that you'll just leave it on with the LCD display off, think again. I haven't timed it, but somewhere between 3 and 6 minutes the camera will shut itself off after being idle. Software comes with the camera for automatic unload once you plug it in via USB port.

Like I said in the beginning... Batteries! It takes AA's. Pick up some rechargables and a charger to save you some extra cash!!

4-0 out of 5 stars First digital camera experience
I'm a Leica and Nikon user, so I approached digital with great skepticism. However, I needed a simple camera for online imaging and this unit seemed to provide the needed features at the right price. After a week's use, I can report that this little camera is a gem. The controls are intuitive and the pictures stunning. For eBay users, the camera focuses down to a few inches and the images are pinpoint sharp. Lack of optical zoom doesn't seem to be a great disadvantage; the 2x digital zoom is adequate for most purposes and consumes less battery power. Two recommended peripherals that I purchased were a memory card and a battery recharger.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than 2 Years Later And...
...I'm still using this camera with no plans to upgrade.

It's a great buy and a great camera. If you're new to digital photography, you won't find this camera difficult to use and will be amazed with its clarity and easy-to-use advanced features. I have had no problem with back-lighting or finding the pictures too dark in quality, as some people have commented upon.

Also pleasantly surprising is the sturdiness of the unit. I've been using it since January 2002 and have used it more times than I can count. Being a motorcycle enthusiast, I've packed it into saddle bags, which subjects it to considerable vibration, and it still performs flawlessly; have had amateurs borrow it (sometimes without me even knowing it); let it (unknowingly) sit outside on our patio table one damp night in August; and have packed it in luggage bumping across some of the worst roads in Pennsylvania only to use it and have no problems at all.

Like most digital cameras, this one is not easy on batteries-- which is why I purchased two rechargeable sets and take the charger with me when I travel. But I also figure that the cost of AA batteries is considerably easier on the wallet than say a gallon of gasoline or paying to have traditional film developed these days, and continue to use my sweet little HP 318 non-stop. As of now, I have hundreds of photographs permanently recorded, and those memories of family are precious.

As an information technology professional, I would not hesitate to recommend this to even the most technologically-challenged person. Hey, even my mom, who is in her 70s, has used it successfully, and to this day, she still can't operate her VCR or upgrade her anti-virus program without help. I think that's 'nuff said about this camera.

2-0 out of 5 stars No worth to buy
I have two of this camera because it is not expensive, but regret to buy them. Reasons:
1) images too dark to make it unusable in many cases.
2) one of my camera has auto focusing fail after half a year rare use!
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173. Celestron Firstscope 70EQ 70mm Refractor Telescope
list price: $358.00
our price: $139.99
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Asin: B000051TMZ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Celestron
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Celestron's Firstscope 70 EQ combines the solid optical performance of a classic achromatic refractor with a German-style equatorial mount. This telescope has half the light gathering power and half the weight of Celestron's well regarded C102HD telescope, but for much less than half the cost.

The optics in my Firstscope 70 EQ are quite good by any standard. Achromatic refractors have two objective lenses, the second lens acts to compensate for "chromatic aberration", the false color or blue fringes seen in low cost telescopes. In daylight tests, I see very little blue fringing with the standard equipment 10mm eyepiece (90X), and none at all with the 20mm eyepiece (45X). The views of stars and planets are also quite good. Bright double stars like Castor (one of the "twins" in the constellation Gemini) and Algieba in the constellation Leo are cleanly split at 90x with the 10mm eyepiece. I can begin to see detail in Saturn's rings and I've even watched the shadow of Jupiter's smallest moon Europa glide across the planet's cloud belts. This performance is close to the theoretical limit of any 70mm telescope.

The Firstscope 70 EQ features a classic achromatic refractor design.
The performance of the Firstscope 70 EQ is limited somewhat by the included accessories. The equatorial mount needs to be assembled when it comes out of the box, the instruction booklet has sketches rather than photos to guide the assembly. This telescope "kit" is easier to assemble than the typical model airplane, which is good because model airplanes usually come with better instructions. The included "star pointer" finder scope is easy to use when looking for bright stars and planets, but it's hard to use for spotting faint objects like galaxies. The best accessory you could get for this telescope would be an introductory guide book like Nightwatch by Terrence Dickinson, or NightSky magazine. The best additional eyepiece would be a7.5mm plossl eyepiece (120X) to bring out more detail on the moon and planets.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality and value of Celestron's imported telescopes. Reviewers often recommend avoiding any telescope under $300, but I have to tell you, if all beginner telescopes had optics as good the Firstscope 70 EQ, beginner telescopes would have a much better reputation. -- Jeff Phillips

Pros:

  • Classic refractor design delivers great views of the moon and planets.
  • Package includes everything you need to get started.
Cons:
  • Equatorial mount could be more solid.
  • Instruction booklet could be more user friendly.
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Features

  • 2 eyepieces (45x and 90x)
  • German equatorial, CG-2 mount
  • Star Pointer finder scope
  • Slow-motion controls and setting circles
  • f13 focal ratio

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't spend the money
This is my second telescope.
It is difficult to set up.
You can see just as well with a good pair of binoculars.
Save your money. It is not fun.
I'll probably donate it just go get it out of the house.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great starter scope!
When this scope first arrived I was very pleased. It looked great and I couldn't wait to try it. I immediatly began setting it up, which was a difficult task. The instructions gave a photo that had tiny arrows pointing to different parts of the scope. [I still can't figure out what angle their photo was taken from.] The directions started out easy to follow, but later on it seemed that their writer had taken them from a guide-book on flowers found in the Sahara. I'm 14 though, and even I managed to use common sense to put the scope together.[It doesn't hurt to have a couple of magazines handy, such as Sky and Telescope or Astronomy.]
After setting the scope up and fingering with the controls while the sun went down I eagerly set it up outside. I live out in the country so I didn't have to worry about street lights, and using the finderscope attachment I easily located Jupiter. Bringing it into focus, I was able to easily see 7 of its moons. From that point I have steadily grown more accustomed to the controls, and for the cost I paid this scope has turned out to be wonderful!

5-0 out of 5 stars great first time telescope !!
After looking at the night sky with binoculars all these years I decided to get my first telescope.WOW ! I was amazed at what I can see with this celestron firstscope 70 EQ !! Iv been looking at the rings of Saturn !!(which are at their peak viewing this year and next),the moons of Jupiter where I can also see some of the bands on Jupiter.And the moon is a grand site with this scope also.It very easy to use once you get it put together. I had to have my son help me put it together. The Star Pointer finder scope makes it easy to locate what your looking for. I would recomend this scope to any first time users.
I also like the fact that you can buy other eyepeices and filters for this scope.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good starter scope for some people
This is a good starter scope for some people, most notably those who don't know if they want to spend more than $500 to buy a better starter scope, and don't mind spending more later if they enjoy the hobby. I own a few scopes, and have used dozens, so I had an idea of what I was getting with my money. This scope will let you have fair views of Jupiter including the moons and the two equatorial belts, nice views of Saturn, although the Cassini division isn't clear, spectacular views of the moon, and not too bad views of Venus and Mars, given the size of the scope. Deep space objects will take a lot of time and patience to appriciate them. Make no mistake, these will not be great views compared to Hubble, but if you could get great views with a $200 telescope on the ground, why would you spend millions to put a telescope in space. You get what you pay for.

And you'll need to pay for more. You'll want at a minimum one or two additional eyepieces (I never use the high power eyepiece that it came with, as it's a piece of junk), a moon filter, maybe a couple of colored filters. I also have an external motor and some astrophotography supplies, but note that this scope is not recommended for astrophotography. Of course, if you like spending dozens of hours taking three rolls of film for 2-5 decent (but not spectacular) photos, go right ahead, but there are much better scopes on the market for that part of the hobby. The equatorial mount is also difficult for many folks to work with, but if you plan on putting a motor on the scope it is essential. Best use of this scope for me is setting it out on the front drive, put Jupiter or Saturn in the view, turn the motor on, and let the neighbors come round and learn a little astronomy.

Overall, a great scope for under $300, but know what you're buying and realize this isn't the greatest scope out there. Still, it's a dandy scope! ... Read more


174. Sony DSC-P50 Cyber-shot 2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00005I9PF
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 5065
Average Customer Review: 4.04 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed to be an affordable take-anywhere replacement for your film point-and-shoot, Sony's DSC-P50 combines compact dimensions with a high-performance 2-megapixel sensor and flexible power options.

Optics and Resolution

The DSC-P50's 2-megapixel CCD image 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're looking for a model with more resolution (so you can make even larger prints or crop your images and still have plenty of detail left for prints), Sony's DSC-P5 and DSC-P71 are similar models with 3-megapixel sensors.

A 3x optical zoom lens (41-123mm equivalent) helps you to capture exactly the picture you want, and an additional 2x digital zoom (6x total) further magnifies your image. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly. In low-light situations (a particular weakness for many digital cameras), a focus-assist lamp sends out a small patterned beam to help the camera accurately determine distance.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.5-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you've taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you're used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you'll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features

The P50 is designed to be a point-and-shoot model, but more adventurous photographers will appreciate adjustable ISO and white-balance settings, exposure compensation, normal and spot metering, and the ability to shoot black-and-white, sepia, solarized, and negative images.

Power

When it comes to power, some photographers like cameras that use readily available AA batteries, while others prefer the superior capacity of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries specifically designed for a digital camera. The P50 provides both options, using either two AA batteries (included) or an optional NP-FS11 InfoLithium battery. The choice is yours--for occasional users, a set of disposable lithium AA batteries is the most affordable choice, offering a long shelf life and high capacity. For more frequent users, either the InfoLithium setup or a set of rechargeable high-capacity NiMH batteries is recommended. The InfoLithium setup offers the added advantage of estimating remaining battery life in minutes and displaying this on-screen. No matter which setup you choose, the wide availability of AA batteries ensures that missing a once-in-a-lifetime shot due to dead batteries won't be an issue.

Movie Mode

In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips. Most digital cameras' movie modes are limited to 15- or 30-second clips, but the P50 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 4 MB stick holds approximately seven images at the camera's default settings. Memory Sticks are reusable, but if you tend to take more than seven images per outing, then you'll want a bigger card. A 64 MB stick is a great size for this camera, storing around 100 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 5 by 2.4 by 2.1 inches and 9 ounces, the P50 is not Sony's smallest digital camera, but it's still quite compact and portable.

Contents and Recommended Accessories

The package includes the DSC-P50 camera, two AA batteries, video and USB cables, wrist strap, 4 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 higher-capacity memory stick, and an InfoLithium battery setup or set of rechargeable size AA batteries. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. --Shane Burnett

Pros:

  • Unlimited movie mode lets you make video clips of any length
  • Flexible power options let you choose the best battery solution for your needs
  • Point-and-shoot operation makes it easy for even beginners to get great results

Cons:

  • Movie mode lacks sound
  • Proprietary Memory Stick memory card format less common and more 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 optical/2x digital (6x total) zoom
  • Included 4 MB Memory Stick holds 6 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 2 AA batteries or proprietary rechargeable battery (AA disposables included)

Reviews (46)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Sony DSC P-50 is a very good camera!
The P-50 and Canon A20 were my final two choices. I decided to go with the P-50 because it used only 2AA batteries and had the MPEG and Clip Movie recording features which is very neat.

I'm glad I went with the P-50. Here is my pro and con list for the P-50:

Pros:
* 3 optical zoom (it zooms fast)
* Uses 2 AA batteries. Don't get the battery pack. Just get 6 NiMh batteries with a rating of at least 1600mha, which are inexpensive. I got 4 Energizer 1600 mha NiMh batteries and a recharger at Target for only $... NiMH batteries last twice as long as alkalines and I haven't had to worry about my batteries dying.
* MPEG and Clip (GIF) movie modes are real fun. No sound on the MPEG, but spending an extra $... for a camera with sound wasn't worth it to me. For you who design web pages, you'll love the Clip (GIF) movie mode.
* Memory Stick, although expensive, is much more compact and stores more memory. However, the 4MB stick that comes with the camera is lame unless you plan to take only lower quality resolutions. I got a 64MB stick and at FINE quality (if using STANDARD quality, double all the numbers below) can hold the following: 67 1600x1200, 174 1024 x768, 400 640x480. As you can see that's alot of pictures.
* ISO flexibility and twilight mode. This helps when shooting in low light. The AF illuminator really helps the camera to focus in low light.
* Can crop pictures and cut MPEGs.
* If you change the Power Save mode to "off", then the camera lag time (a common complaint in these reviews) after you take a picture is very minimal. It's actually fast compared to other digital cameras I've used.
* Very fast transfer rate using the USB driver. The camera becomes another drive in Windows Explorer that you just drag to your hard drive. Very fast. I have Windows ME which allows Windows Explorer to view in thumbnail mode, so I can even preview all the pictures before moving them to the hard drive.
* The video out mode is cool. Just plug in the supplied jack cord to your P-50 and to your TV or VCR and see a slide show of your pictures you just took.
* If you auto-focus by pressing the shutter button half way, then the camera takes the picture very fast with almost no lag time, unlike other digital cameras in this price range,
* 37mm threads and the fact the optical zoom stays within the camera allows you to use an UV filter for better picture quality and as a lens protector.
* You can view your pictures taken also in thumbnail mode. Also, the camera tells you your settings (i.e shutter speed, iso, EV, etc.) of the picture.
* The camera allows the option to imprint the date onto your digital photos. This is a must for me as I never remember the date of the picture without this feature.
* The lens cap comes with a lens strap so you won't lose your cap.

Cons:
* 41mm lens. If you know photography, you will realize that most SLRs and point and shoots have 35mm lens. The lower the number, the better the wide angle, which allows you to take more area from the same distance making your objects also larger. However, the above pros by far outweigh this. If you're not a camera junkie like I am, you probably won't even notice this.
* The viewfinder only shows approx 70% of the actual picture taken and is slighty "skewed" to the left. If you think you got your object centered using the viewfinder, you'll will find out that the subject will be slightly left in the actual picture. The way around this is to use the LCD, which shows 100% of the actual picture and is not skewed.

All in all, in the 2.1 megapixel range and under $... as of 9/8/01, I feel this camera is the best one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera !, I actually bought 2 more !
The only thing I would like to see on AMAZON is better descriptions on items, this one has no details so ill give them to you all since I now own 3!, Sony 2.1-Megapixel Cyber-Shot Digital Camera Model: DSC-P50 3x optical and 6x digital zooms get you in close to your subject, while a high-speed, auto-focus illuminator lends sharp focus in the dark (this was really neat, sort of a night-vision option), Memory stick storage (comes with a 4-meg), LCD viewer and the older "peep-hole" style allowing you to shut the LCD off for longer battery life, on/off optional Flash, USB connections and even an mpeg video mode to let you capture and ceate your own movie shorts (no sound), Very simple to use once you get the buttons down, Only thing I didnt like was no rechargeable battery pack?? or power cord??, (they sell them seperately), a plus+ is that like I said the LCD can be shut off saving your AA batteries from drainage so fast like most camera do!, Smallest resolution 640x480 (real sharp) largest is 1600x1200, also SOLARIZE, B&W, SEPHIA & NEGATIVE ART Image modes when taking pictures// very neat, white balance controls and normal/fine picture modes, sharpness, flash level and ISO controls often ignored on other cameras are ON THIS ONE!, To me as a buyer.. WELL WORTH THE MONEY!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera
I decided to purchase this camera instead of the olympus 2040 and I am glad I did. It takes great clear pictures and has a great zoom. It's compact size is just right. It does eat batteries so I would get the info-lithium with charger. I purchased the wide angle lens and a 64mb memory stick. With the 64mb memory stick you get about 120 pictures at 1600x1200 jpeg mode, TIFF mode takes up much more memory. If you plan on printing pictures as big as 11x14 that's great. The lower setting will yield very high quality 5x7's or 4x6's. I find that if you take pictures at a very high setting and then try to shrink them to fit smaller paper they are not as clear (This is with any digital camera) It is very easy to use and it takes MPEG movies. Even editing within the camera is easy. Downloading pictures is real easy too. The software is great and easy to use. As with any SONY product the accesories cost more. But if you shop around you could find comparable prices. I highly recomend this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera!
The one thing I have bad to say about my camera (a 1.3 megapixel - very similar looking to the above) is that the movies have no sound. However, I did download a great program and put together the photos, some of my movies and add some music and they make great gifts! :)

1-0 out of 5 stars Haunted by E:92:00 error
We love / loved this camera until the dreaded E:92:00 error popped up, making the camera unusable. We did buy the extended warranty from Best Buy but their extended warranty policy says that the camera can be out for 4 fixes for same problem, then they can, "at their discretion" replace the item. We have returned it for this problem 4 times, and they still didn't want to replace it. They have replaced all of the internal parts two times. Still they Said there was nothing wrong with the camera even though the E:92:00 error is all over the internet as a problem with this camera. Finally after telling them I had been without my camera for 50 days in the first 5 months of my daughter's life, someone took sympathy on me and we are getting a new camera. Hope Sony has fixed the problem. ... Read more


175. Bushnell PowerView 10x50 Wide Angle Binocular
list price: $69.99
our price: $43.94
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Asin: B00004SABJ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Bushnell
Sales Rank: 240
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Bushnell 10x50 wide-angle PowerView binoculars combine contemporary styling and design with traditional Bushnell quality and durability. They are easy to use and feature Porro prisms. They offer 10x magnification and a field of view of 341 feet at 1,000 yards.Insta-Focus enables you to focus on your desired object with the single touch of your finger. Black rubber armoring ensures that these binoculars can sustain active use.Bushnell's 10x50 wide-angle PowerView binoculars include a carrying case and a neck strap for convenience and comfort on the go. ... Read more

Features

  • Wide-angle view
  • 10x magnification
  • Field of view of 341 feet at 1,000 yards
  • Insta-Focus 1-touch focusing system
  • Includes carrying case and neck strap

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


176. Canon EOS Rebel GII 35mm SLR Camera Kit w/ EF 35-80mm Lens
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00008URR4
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 74
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Canon updates its popular Rebel G SLR with the affordable Rebel G II, which offers those experienced with point-and-shoot camera or beginning photography students an easy way to step up to a 35mm SLR camera. This kit comes complete with a high-quality interchangeable Canon EF 35-80mm zoom lens.

Compact and extremely lightweight, the fully automatic Rebel G II features a retractable built-in flash with red-eye reduction, a high-speed selectable 3-point autofocus system, and and settings for multiple exposures and other creative effects. It offers 11 exposure modes (full auto to metered manual with indicator) plus multiple exposure, exposure compensation, and autoexposure bracketing. The new Night Scene mode combines the perfect balance between natural light and flash for stunning portraits at sunset.

Other features include:

  • Metered manual mode for creative exposure flexibility
  • Partial metering and AE lock
  • Shutter speeds of 30 to 1/2000 seconds in 1/2-stop increments
  • ISO 25-5000 automatically set in 1/3-stop increments

The EOS Rebel G II is fully compatible with the complete line of Canon EF lenses, as well as a wide variety of optional accessories including a remote controller, a battery grip, viewfinder eyepiece accessories, and a comprehensive line-up of EX-Series Speedlites.

The camera measures 5.7 x 3.6 x 2.5 inches and weighs 12.35 ounces without batteries and 13.45 ounces with batteries loaded. It's powered by two CR123A/DL123A lithium batteries (3v) housed inside the camera grip. ... Read more

Features

  • Affordable 35mm SLR kit with 35-80mm zoom lens
  • Automatic features great for beginning photographers
  • Built-in flash with red-eye reduction capability
  • 11 exposure modes--full auto to metered manual with indicator
  • Shutter speeds of 30 to 1/2000 seconds

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera for Everyone!
I bought this camera in the summer of 2003 which was when I started my photography endeavor. This camera has been awesome for everything that I have done from practice portraiture, landscape, close up, and everything that I was able to thow at it. I still constantly use this camera as it still continues to intrigue me with its abilities.

Many, and I say MANY people complain online about the lense that is given in the kit. For the work that I have done, and the work that most amature to "prosumer" photographers do, you will not be so extremely dissapointed about this lense. I do have the EF 50mm f/1.8, which is awesome!

The Rebel GII is also extremely light to carry around, especially when compared to older manual type SLR's. Sure, its not as light as a point and shoot but its NOT a point and shoot, its a great SLR. As I advance more in Photography, by December 2004 I'll be buying the Elan 7Ne to meet all of my photo needs. Due to the weight though, the Rebel will be my more rugged body for those shoots that I don't want to risk ruining the Elan. Great camera overall, go buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this camera
I just got my camera for Christmas and I love it. The quality is great, and it's so lightweight! Gotta have it if you're into photography...great starter camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Entry Level Camera
My personal background: I've owned several Point & Shoot cameras, both digital and film, as well as an old SLR back when I was in high school. I'm a decent photographer and since I bought this camera in late August (now early November) I've shot probably around 400+ frames.

If you want to shoot in manual mode, this camera works wonderfully. The only downsides I've found is a tendency to under expose by about 1/3 stop and the 1 fps maximum. If you don't need high speed photography and can learn to compensate for the exposure (or take your film to a lab that does) there isn't a reason to buy any other Rebel.

If you use the various auto modes (landscape, portrait, etc.) you'll find the camera works pretty well. Using these modes I can hand the camera over to a family member and expect the photo to come out reasonably well.

The only serious downfall to this kit is the lens. It is about as crummy as lenses come. The photos look fine at 4x6, but if you blow them up, you'll notice they aren't very sharp. The good news is that when your skill develop enough that you realize this, you can go out and buy that nice 24-85mm zoom and 50mm prime and they'll work wonderfully. Expensive bodies are for people with money burning wholes in their pocket. This one is for you. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use! Excellent Pictures
I purchased this camera based on reviews from several different scrapbooking message boards. Scrapbookers know their cameras as their hobby is all about GREAT pictures. I have an old Canon AE-1 Program that I purchased 18 years ago and I am a big fan of digital camera. I have an Olympus C-50.

The Canon Rebel takes awesome shots. I took it to Disney World and did not take one bad shot. I used Kodak High Density film. The camera is so easy to use. The telephoto feature worked really well. In the auto mode it works like a point and shoot, but the pictures cannot be compared to a regular point and shoot camera. I am not the best photographer in the world, but this makes me look like I am. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners, but product specs are wrong...
I recently purchased the Rebel G II and have found it to be a great camera for a beginner who wishes to move beyond simple point and click cameras. Amazon.com has recently dropped the price (May, 2003) to put it in a more comparable range with other sellers of the same camera, but I noticed that the spec sheet has some wrong information. For example, this camera DOES have a self-timer whereas the amazon.com specifications page states it does not. I can attest, the self-timer works well, I have used it many times already since I bought the Rebel G II. Also, the specs page says you can't imprint the date & time on pictures, but you can. It's all explained in the user's manual when you buy the camera. Go to the Canon Homepage and see for yourself if you don't believe me. Don't let the wrong information by amazon.com scare you away from this camera. It has alot of automatic settings (action shots, portraits, close-ups, landscapes) for beginners to use, and it has the capabilities for advanced photographers to use shutter speed, aperture and manual settings to control their shots. The pictures are looking great (I've shot athletes in full sprint and got great looking shots and done hiking and gotten beautiful close-ups of birds/flowers as well as wide landscapes). This camera takes great shots, is easy to use and is a great 1st step for a beginning photographer. ... Read more


177. Panasonic PVDV702 MiniDV Multicam Digital Camcorder w/ 3.5" Color LCD, IR Remote, 8MB SD Memory Card
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B000064578
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 6687
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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The multi-tasking Panasonic PV-DV702 features a digital camcorder, digital still camera, and teleconferencing Web camera capabilities--all in one easy-to-use camcorder. You also get a 3-inch LCD screen and picture-in-picture viewing. The DV702 can record video in total darkness with remarkable detail with the MagicVu IR filter. Subjects can be recorded up to 10 feet away, and in your choice of black and white, blue, or green imaging. The DV702 also includes an 8 MB Secure Digital (SD) memory card for storing digital stills and MPEG4 video.

Lens
With an optical zoom power of 10x, the DV702 also has a 700x digital zoom, which works by electronically enhancing the optical image, that can magnify the picture up to 700 times. The digital image stabilization system keeps the picture steady and solid throughout zooms and camera shakes.

Display
The DV702 has a large, 3-inch LCD screen, which also offers picture-in-picture (P-I-P) viewing. This enables you to insert a small still shot over the video being recorded. The miniaturized digital still image appears in the right corner of the video during playback.

Digital Stills and MPEG Video
You can store your digital stills directly on the MiniDV tape or the SD memory card. 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 come out clear and undistorted. The digital stills are in JPEG format and have a resolution of up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels. An included USB cable lets you easily transfer still images to your computer.

You can also record videos in high-quality, high-compression MPEG4 format, making it simple to transfer them from the camera to a PC to save, edit, e-mail, or post on the Internet.

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

This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12 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 image stabilization
  • 3.5 inch color LCD with black and white EVF
  • 1280 x 960 (interpolated) digital still resolution--records onto both tape and SD card--8 MB card included
  • Includes built-in light, zoom mic, remote control, and external mic input

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars mechanically unsound
Feature wise this model is OK, although it is missing two key features: color viewfinder(useful under bright light) and analog input(dubbing analog tapes). However my unit has been having mechanical problems right after the waranty expired. The camcorder would refuse to load any cassette, more often than not the tape will get jammed inside the camcorder. I had to cut off one recorded tape (thus losing my recordings) to get it out of the machine. Switching different brand of tapes did not help either. I do not recommend this unit at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Feautures
The camcorder is pretty easy to handle, it's a standard horizontal layout but it's pretty small. You can also save 30 second MPEG-4 clips to the SD cards.The 1.3 Mega Pixel CCD is better than the 1 Mega Pixel on the Sony DCR-TRV25 and the 1 Mega Pixel on the JVC GL-DV820U.The camcorder has an IEEE 1394 Firewire in/out port to transfer your video from your camcorder to your computer digitally. The camcorder also has a composite in/out port and an S-Video out port. The PV-DV702 also has a headphone jack. The PV-DV702 also has a microphone jack. Another neat feature on the PV-DV702 is an audio dubbing mode (only with SP video) which allows you to re-record the audio over pre-recorded video. You can also use the PV-DV702 as webcam using the USB port. Working with Microsoft NetMeeting or similar web cam software, the PV-DV702 can be hooked up to a computer to use it as web cam or a videophone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best MiniDV ever!!!
The best MiniDV camera, it has all you need!!!.

5-0 out of 5 stars great consumer item
This camera does everything it claims. Beautiful picture from a one chip device; not many independent controls, but this is designed for auto operation and it does this very well. does not include a firewire cable inexplicably!!! and does not describe the connection upload speeds which would be helpful. USB is one minute per one second of video so put some coffee on. The still chip is directly accessible by Explorer on your PC so it is very fast. Stills are great feature. You can put any size chip in---I used a 128meg chip perfectly although the manual stops at 64 meg---poor documentation. Does a very good job of freezing golf swings!!! and was used for this extensively at Hilton Head last week. OVerall a great camera for the family if you want stills and minidv in one

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - couldn't be more pleased
I use this to record my kids athletic events and to date the unit has performed flawlessly. Picture quality is excellent, recording made in a gym look great on playback. ... Read more


178. Kodak MAX Water & Sport Single Use Camera
list price: $22.99
our price: $9.94
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Asin: B000066HUG
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 458
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Single-use camera
  • Waterproof up to 50 feet
  • Shock-proof rubber shell
  • Scratch-resistant lens
  • Stocked with Kodak MAX Versatility Plus 800 Film

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun for Water in the Sun Shots
My friends and I took a trip to the Oregon Coast last weekend or some boogie boarding and wouldn't you know it, half way there I realized I left my camera at home! We pulled into a mini mart and I picked up this great little single use camera.

This little Kodak camera worked out so much better than my digital would have anyway - seeing as I wouldn't have dared bring the digital INTO the water! The pictures came out crisp and full of color, it was fun to use and to take underwater pictures of friends, and to top it off it was super cheap! This is actually my first experience with a single use camera where the photos came out good (it's been a long time since I've used one and those pictures came out all grainy.)

Others mentioned the lack of flash as a downfall, but for daytime use it worked like a gem. I'd recommend this camera to anyone who wants to take some water shots in the sun. For that use, this a five star item!

3-0 out of 5 stars No flash no big deal?
My wife and I bought this camera at the last minute to take with us to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We went snorkeling in Molikini (who hasn't?) and I have to say 3 things about this camera that have been mentioned already but need to be taken into serious consideration.

1. Price - A $10 waterproof disposable camera is very reasonable. I think for the price this camera is everything it is suppossed to be. The charter we went on the snorkeling trip with was renting $400 cameras with all the bells and whistles for $20 and $10 per roll of film.

2. Flash - For a snorkeling trip, and staying close to the surface I have to say this camera didn't do too bad. The colors were a bit blueish but nothing that I can't live with. As far as my 25 foot dive down to a turtle to get a picture, I shouldn't have wasted the picture, it is dark and blurry without a flash.

3. Eye Piece - This is a big pain to use with goggles. I eventually stopped trying to aim and just started snapping pictures. I would have to say that to be able to take clear photos underwater this camera needs a bigger eye piece.

Overall I was satisfied with this camera but to tell you the truth I wish I would have rented the camera from the boat with the flash (if only for the picture of me and a giant turtle).

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for under 10 bucks
I used 2 of these cameras on vacation in Aruba. I took one down to 85ft with no problems. There is no flash so you better have great visibility or there will be no pictures. The camera is bouyant so you also need to use the rubber band tether that comes with it. I did not put it in my BC pocket for fear that it would come out and rush to the surface. But it was fine on my wrist.

4-0 out of 5 stars No enough sunlight under 10m,,, no flash either :-(
This camera looks really good and promising. Although Kodak says it could down to 50ft, the camera itself has the phrase "max 35ft or 10m" written on it. But we reached 60ft and nothing happened to it. It didn't break or leak! It also is a little bit buoyant, which means it won't sink if dropped, instead it will ascend.

It has two disadvantages; the first is its lack to a flash. There isn't much sunlight under 35ft of sea water and so the photos turned out a little too dark and bluish. After color correction the photos turned so pale and spotted. The pictures taken above 20ft were awesome. The second disadvantage is that the camera's eye lens it too small for someone who is wearing a diving mask (goggle).

The camera doesn't lose its color to the eye even under 60ft since it is blue. And it has a place where a rope or a nylon tape can be tied to it so it can be attached to the diving jacket (BCD).

It is not perfect, but it's the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera - both underwater and above
I recently took this camera on vacation with me to the Cayman Islands. It was wonderful! My pictuers came back clearer than what I had expected them to. The only thing I would change is the shutter button. It is located in the front of the camera and is kind of hard to push. The button is a little okward. ... Read more


179. Kodak DX3500 EasyShare 2MP Digital Camera
list price: $189.99
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Asin: B00005B70I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 3695
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Kodak clearly designed the DX3500 digital camera with ease of use in mind. This sporty-looking 2.2-megapixel camera has a 3x digital zoom (no optical zoom) and handles like a point-and-shoot. It contains 8 MB of internal memory, and is compatible with the optional Kodak camera dock, which will upload your photos straight from the camera to your computer at the push of a button. The camera dock even recharges the camera batteries while connected to your camera.

In addition to its internal memory, the DX3500 has a CompactFlash card expansion slot if you want to add additional memory capacity. Its 2.2-megapixel sensor creates quality prints up to 8-by-10 inches at a maximum resolution of 1,800 x 1,200 pixels. You can also shoot at a lower resolution of 900 x 600 pixels. This DX3500 kit comes with the camera, two AA lithium batteries, video cable, USB cable, wrist strap, Kodak Picture Software CD, documentation, and a custom camera insert for optional Kodak camera dock. It has a USB port and is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems. ... Read more

Features

  • 2.2 megapixel sensor creates 1800 by 1200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10
  • 3x digital zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 8 MB internal memory holds 12 images at best resolution or 48 images at good resolution, plus includes expansion slot for optional CompactFlash card
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • 2 AA Lithium batteries included; compatible with optional Kodak Camera Dock for easy image downloading

Reviews (74)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great entry-level digital camera
I purchased a DX3500 after a week's ownership of an HP 318 that I returned. The DX3500 is an extremely capable camera that is easy to use for beginners and sophisticated users alike.

Compared to the HP 318, the DX3500 offers superior picture quality. Fine details are not lost in the 'grain' of the image. Colors are well balanced and smooth. Setup and operation are easy with the single function knob and easy to navigate menus displayed on the rear LCD.

One feature that should be mandatory on digital cameras is a lens cap or cover. This model has a lens shutter that turns off the camera when closed. In addition, there are guide lines on the viewfinder that show you where the edges of your picture will be so you don't cut off what you're trying to photograph.

Battery life is okay with alkalines although they aren't recommended for use with this camera because of the high drain. Kodak includes a Lithium Ion battery pack with this camera that provides a lot of use out of the box. Another plus is that this camera only requires two AA batteries as opposed to other units that require four.

The included software installed smoothly on Windows XP and when the camera is attached via the USB port, it shows up as a removable drive under the file manager. You can transfer files with either file manager or the Kodak software. Using the Kodak method is easier and allows you to automatically clear the camera when the pictures are downloaded.

I purchased two NiMH batteries and a charger for less than twenty dollars instead of buying the Kodak camera dock and rechargeable batteries. The dock simplifies image transfer and would be useful if you're doing a lot of picture-taking. It can also charge Kodak batteries when your camera is docked.

At medium resolution, the camera's internal memory stores 48 images. That supports 5x7 inch prints and I find this a very good amount of storage capacity in case you forget your Compact Flash card at home.

The manual is easy to read and gets the first-time digital camera user up to speed quickly. All features of the camera are covered with step-by-step instructions.

The drawbacks? They're nit-picks really.
* I'd prefer a little more heft and size to the camera to make it easier to grasp.
* The construction is not as solid-feeling as the Kodak DC series of cameras although this unit has very good fit and finish.
* Only two picture resolutions: high and medium. A low (640x480) resolution would be nice for web imaging.
* The camera does not support USB-Storage protocols. You must have the Kodak software or a compact flash card reader to transfer images to your computer.
* No provison for an AC adapter for studio use.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not a good package.
I usually like Kodak's digitals, but this one has a strange mix of features that should render it unacceptable to both amateurs and to advanced users. To wit, the image quality is very good, boasting 2.1 megapixels of resolution, enough to handle not only web-based photography, but enlargements of up to 8" x 10" as well. However, this is completely offset by a fixed-focus lens and no optical zoom (it has a digital zoom, but these are not nearly as useful). The rest of the features are acceptable, including memory & expandability, flash, battery useage & USB connectivity. Kodak is selling an optional 'docking station' for this camera that allows for 'easier' downloading of images to your PC, but any memory card reader (Viking, or SanDisk) is simpler, cheaper and more versatile.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good little camera -- Hidden costs down the road, though!
For good, old-fashioned family snapshooting and for dabbling in the hobby of photography, this is a great camera. At the highest resolution, the images are very sharp and the colors vivid. Even with a cheap printer, you can get some high-quality prints out of this camera. The on-screen menu is self-explanatory, as is the computer software that comes with the camera. The bells and whistles abound.

On the downside, the auto-flash often makes incorrect decisions. There's also a split-second delay between the push of the button and when the camera actually records the image, so if you're trying to catch a "moment," you'll miss it half the time. Every once in a while, a picture comes out blurry, but you don't know it at the time because the preview window looks just fine. And forget about using the "digital zoom" - it's the same thing if you just take a regular image and enlarge it in Photoshop, because it doesn't enhance the quality whatsoever.

Like any affordable digital camera, it chews up batteries and doesn't come with nearly enough internal memory -- so count on dropping a significant wad on some NiCad batteries and CompactFlash cards.

Other than that, it's a fun little camera and well worth the price tag.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Satisfied
At the moment i am very tired, having spent 6 hours trying to update the software to the new Easy share. I have had nothing but trouble since updating to Easy share. I owned a Dx3500 and then a DX3600, which I was satisfied with until I upgraded the PC to Windows XP. Now I have the latest Kodak LS753, and the software CD included will not install and even when i down load from the net I get a message saying that there is an error. I have checked for virus, turned off all programs etc. and still no luck. I have never had such problems and I will be certainly returning to the shop with the camera and exchanging it, and I will be letting everyone know the problems. I feel so angry that I have wasted so much time.

3-0 out of 5 stars Kodak camera
I bought the Kodak camera and the dock for my wife for Christmas two years ago. It is easy to operate and to load the pics into the camera, but as other reviewers have stated it uses a lot of power. The docking system seems to help to keep the batteries charged. A minor annoyance is that sometimes the shutter does not open when I turn on the camera. I give it a few good whacks with my hand and it will open. Not high tech, but it works. My friend's camera did the same thing and Kodak, with some prodding, fixed it for a modest fee. My wife uses it for work and in general it is a rugged camera. I may upgrade in the future, but for now I will keep it. ... Read more


180. X Digital Media 2 GB REDLINE PROformance 70X Compact Flash Card
list price: $299.99
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B0002V8N06
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: X Digital Media Inc
Sales Rank: 9345
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Features

  • High performance 70X, 2GB 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.

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