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    1. Canon PowerShot A95 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    list price: $399.95
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    Asin: B0002OD3JY
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
    Sales Rank: 5
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

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

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Camera
    We just got these cameras in the store and they are amazing. Everyone enjoys the LCD screen on the back. Instead of the typical fixed LCD it has a swivel one much like your Camcorder. It pops out so you can have it hang to the side, or you can flip it over to take pictures of yourself and your family if you don't have a cameraman handy. It can also flip back into the body to function just like previous LCD screens. Amazing innovation in digital camera's. Overall nice camera from Canon. ... Read more


    2. Magellan RoadMate 700 Vehicle GPS with Windshield Mount
    list price: $1,499.99
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    Asin: B0000DJEK7
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Magellan
    Sales Rank: 532
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    This powerhouse GPS unit just keeps gaining in popularity. Recently bestowed the honor of being named one of "Oprah's Favorite Things for Holiday 2004" it's just getting better and better every year. With the previous version of the RoadMate 700 lacking in included accessories this years RoadMate 700 hits a home run as Magellan has wisely included in the package a windshield suction cup mount, a 12V DC vehicle power adapter, 110V AC power supply, USB data cable, universal cradle and of course a user's manual.

    The Magellan RoadMate 700 offers a powerful dash-mounted navigation tool with turn-by-turn voice prompts, making it easy to get to new and unfamiliar locales anywhere in the U.S. and Canada (For a fee it can be loaded European maps using the Magallen web site and the included USB connection cable). It also features a bright color TFT LCD screen (2.25 by 3 inches), touchscreen input, WAAS reception (for 3-meter accuracy), and multiple ways to select your route and then view it on screen.

    True View 3D navigation shows you the actual road layout.

    The RoadMate 700 is one of the few GPS devices that's ready to go as soon as it's unpacked. Its whoppingly huge 20 GB internal hard drive comes preloaded with detailed road maps for all of the U.S. and the southern (most populated) section of Canada, so you won't have to fiddle with selecting map regions from a CD-ROM and having to transfer the data from a PC. If you keep your addresses on a PDA with IrDA capabilities then you'll enjoy the RoadMate's ability to upload the addresses wirelessly and point you right to your destination. In fact each of the 3 profiles that the unit keeps track of is allotted space for 100 addresses, making a total of 300 addresses available. Of course the most important address, home, can always be accessed with just a few clicks and from any menu and the RoadMate 700 will guide you back with ease.

    You can also choose a map view, or the maneuver list.
    If you are planning on using the RoadMate 700 with an older car--make sure it has a cigarette lighter power adapter, or leave enough time to charge it up in your hotel room or office with the supplied AC power cord. This also means that you won't be able to use the RoadMate 700 as a handheld device outside of your car. As for mounting, the included suction cup windshield mounting hardware is quite easy to use and allows you to mount the unit on any glass surface in your car. The RoadMate unit easily clips into the provided windshield bracket and can be tilted and turned with it's adjustable arm so you can see it easily and safely while you navigate.
    Quickly locate points of interest and amenities along your route.
    One of the benefits of the windshield mount is that because it's a suction cup mount you can move it in seconds from car to car with no problems at all. This newer suction cup based windshield mount is an improvement over the older three pronged mount that used to come with the RoadMate units. The older three-pronged mount was inserted into one of the middle air conditioning vents on your dash; the prongs are bendable to help you get the most secure fit, but never gave as secure of a fit as the windshield mount does.

    But the RoadMate 700 shines as a virtual co-pilot. During our tests, it consistently acquired a satellite lock quickly (within a minute) and displayed our current position. From there, we searched through the vast library of POIs (points of interest) to find our destination (Seattle's baseball stadium). The RoadMate 700 has four different modes of getting you to your destination--shortest route, shortest distance, least use of freeways, and most freeways. Selecting shortest route got us to this venue using very practical directions that weren't far off from what we normally would choose.

    If you're traveling to a destination that's not a widely known POI (such as a friend's home), no problem. You can enter the exact address into the RoadMate 700--using the touchscreen to tap letters and numbers into several search screens--to have it create a route. (You can also save 100 destinations in the address book.

    QuickSpell minimizes typing.
    The voice prompting was clear and audible (thanks to the two built-in speakers), and we were given ample warnings for upcoming turns. One of the RoadMate's nicest features is the Repeat button (which is smallish, but the only button found on the top of the device). If you miss a turn instruction, press it to repeat the previous voice prompt. Of the three view modes, True View was our favorite--it displays a 3D street-level view that helped us orient ourselves to our surroundings.

    Overall, we were quite thrilled with the RoadMate 700's features: the color screen was bright and readable even in direct sunlight and the voice prompts were clear and not distracting to our driving. Best of all, the UI (user interface) screens are easy to navigate and--thanks to its large hard drive and map database--it's ready to go as soon as you open the box. While the price is not for the faint of heart, it will be a very valuable tool for many drivers (from business folk to parents) who need to get to unfamiliar locations quickly and smoothly. -- Agen G.N. Schmitz

    What's in the Box:
    RoadMate GPS, a windshield suction cup mount, a 12V DC vehicle power adapter, 110V AC power supply, USB data cable, universal cradle and a user's manual ... Read more

    Features

    • Turn-by-turn guidance with voice prompting
    • Comprehensive mapping of U.S. and Canada on integrated 20 GB hard drive
    • Exceptional GPS accuracy and reliability
    • Advanced points of interest database. Easy to use touch-screen interface
    • Comes with sunction cup windshield mount DC vehicle power adapter, AC power supply, and data cable

    Reviews (47)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Magellan Roadmate 700
    Eversince I used the Hertz "Never lost" navigation system in a rental car, I have been wanting to own one but at that time it wasn't available in the market . I remember, with a GPS, how easy it was for me to reach my destinations in Houston metropolitan area. An area I had never been to before. First I thought to use HP Jornada 720 for navigation but lack of compatibility was the issue. Also I didn't want too many wires around the dashboard in my car.So I dropped the idea of using a handheld pc as a gps. I started doing some research and found out that there are two GPS (Garmin Streetpilot 2610 and Magellan Roadmate 700) that dont need an installation, rather could be used with cigarette lighter. Both are portable and could be moved from one vehicle to the other. I liked the idea but could not decide which one suits my needs better. Luckily we are living in an age of information, so I was able to read a lot about these items on the internet. Garmin being couple of hundred dollars cheaper and also BestBuy had one on the display where I could actually see, touch and feel it. Unfortunately, Roadmate was not on the display like BestBuy had Garmin. Anyhow I read several reviews and could make a comparison. I am sharing my views here so that reader could get some feedback. Magellan Roadmate 700 is WAAS enabled while Garmin SP2610 is not. WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) is more accurate to locate your position. Magellan RoadMate 700 has built in 10 GB hard drive . Maps of both USA and Canada are already loaded on the unit so you dont have to load them or worry about buying expensive flash cards. Roadmate 700 has little larger screen than the Garmin and that makes a difference and resolution is also good. Roadmate 700 is easier to operate than Garmin sp 2610.Voice prompts on Roadmate are very clear and pleasant. Roadmate 700 also shows a 3D heavy arrow before the turn which is good. These are the positives in the favor of Roadmate. Lets talk about some negatives. Roadmate does not have a good mounting design. Car vents are used to mount your unit. What if you have heat on . I think that wouldn't be good idea for your unit . It may also come apart and fall on the floor. Another negative about RoadMate 700 is that it does not come with AC adapter or USB cable. Also the price is higher than Garmin SP2610. Taking into consideration the pros and cons I picked the Magellan Roadmate 700. Yesterday I picked a unit at BestBuy with a 4 year warranty (US$39.99). It took me few minutes to set it up and turn it on. I was in Manhattan NYC. I drove back to New Jersey and it performed very well. I made a wrong turn and RM700 recalculated the route right away and put me back on the track. What a relief. Let me mention here about Roadmate 500 that does not come with a built in Hard drive. With RM 500, you have to buy additional memory cards. You will be required to get it activated from the company for additional cost. You will have to download the maps of distant areas you plan to drive to.That is the reason I did not buy RM 500. I am pleased to have Magellan Roadmate 700. I will keep you posted with additional findings in future. Drive safely. Peace and Love.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Never lost again
    I've only been using my RoadMate 700 for a short time and my experiences echo most of the other reviews here.

    Update January 22, 2004: It's been almost a full month with the Roadmate 700. My thoughts now? How did I ever live without this? I've used this extensively to travel all through CT and into NH and MA. I love that I can be in a completely remote location and this device gets me home. Ever single time. I also have searched several times for things like gas stations and restaurants - and it is simply amazing. I like this better today than I did when I bought it. And I'm someone who gets tired of their electronic gadgets quickly.

    I found it to be very easy to operate. You truly can take it out of the box, plug it in, and within a couple of minutes be navigating to any address using the maps that are all stored within the 10 GB hard drive.

    When starting up I find that it has a lag of 3 to 5 minutes where it has to acquire the satellite signal. This may account for some of the reports online of units being broken or not navigating properly. Once the signal has been acquired I had no difficulty with it knowing where I was. (Update 12/24/03: My unit developed a startup/fix time of around 15 minutes so I replaced it with a new unit that did not exhibit this problem. Normal startup/fix time appears to be a couple minutes unless you've moved significantly from where you shut down the device).

    The 3-D navigation is nice -- though not all that I had hoped. When travelling 3D pops up a handly graphical overview of where you need to turn next. I think it is displayed a bit early though. I was navigating today and it showed me the turn in 3D about 5 streets ahead of where I needed to be turning. I'll have to see if it is my user error somehow but it seems it would be much more useful if the 3D popped up while you were in the turn rather than several streets back.

    I looked at the Garmin 2610 in comparison to this unit. I also considered the RoadMate 500. The Garmin screen seemed smaller and a little harder to operate. The RoadMate 500 is the same unit at this -- without the internal 10 GB hard disk that stores all the maps.

    Unfortunately the 700 doesn't ship with an AC power adapter or USB connector (which the 500 does).

    The mount that comes with the RoadMate is a plastic coated metal piece that you are supposed to use to attach the heavy unit to your vents. I lucked out and was able to stick it into my dash molding on my 2002 Ford Explorer and it fits tight and is in a good position (use a flat edge screwdriver to slightly and gently pry the molding above the radio out a little and slide the bracket in there). If you call tech support they'll send a free windshield mount to replace the vent mount.

    Overall I'm happy with the accuracy and especially the ease of use of this unit. It seems that Magellan has bent over backwards to make this an uncomplicated unit for people who want to plug in and navigate without worrying about loading maps or other technical details.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Magellan Roadmate 700 VS. Garmin StreetPilot III
    My wife purchased the Magellan Roadmate 700. I have the Garmin Streetpilot III in my car. I was very angry with her for purchasing another GPS since we already owned one. She said it was easier to use than my Garmin. I took her Magellan GPS for a day to prove her wrong and had to eat crow. I really tried to make it worse, but it was just so accurate and simple to use. The Magellan Roadmate 700 came preloaded with the entire U.S. map. I had to purchase maps to download into my Garmin. Every time I go out of state I have to download the new area into my Garmin. The Magellan already has it loaded. The Magellan was very user friendly. The touch screen was a breeze to navigate with. It was just simple. Plug it in and go. Needless to say she wants her Magellan back. This is a great product. I had heard it advertised on the Glenn Beck radio show and it is everything they said and more. I highly recommend this GPS product.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Multiple problems, not worth the money...
    I decided to go with the Roadmap 700 at the end of April, and I have had nothing but problems with it and the manufacter. It takes at least 30 minutes to get a lock on a position. I live 30 miles north of Boston in a major metro area!! The screen will lock up at times and not move for 20-30 minutes. The touch screen has a mind of its own and the manual controls are sticking and not responsive...

    I did some checking around and found out that Thales is having serious product control problems with this unit. Either you get a perfect one out of the box, or a bad one. If you get a bad one, it is real bad. I can no longer return it to the store I bought it and 2 phone calls and 2 emails to the Thales have gone un-returned. I fear the worst, and went out today and bought the Garmin 2620.

    Stay away until they fix their quality control, or become more responsive to these problems. If you do buy it, get the extended warrenty from the store so you can bring it back in case you get a "bad" one...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Unit, a few quirks I can live with!
    Purchased the unit and have used extensively across the country.

    THE GOOD:
    - ease of use, no manual required (really), truly plug-n-play
    - GREAT unit for frequent travelers and car renters
    - it works, directs me well with ample and clear notice even in difficult cities with many turns (e.g. NYC, Wash DC, SF)
    - its size and windshield mounting bracket work well in most cars, vans, SUV's
    - nice clear voice prompts, lots of nice customization options

    THE BAD:
    - when moving from one location to another - like getting off plane in new place - its seems to take awhile to 'wake up' (up to 15 minutes so far). Website says 5-10 minutes, so I guess I should relax. I recommend getting maps from car rental places so you don't have to wait too long to begin traveling unfamiliar routes.

    - having to pay $20 for USB connection, $20 for AC adapter. When paying over $1,000 for this thing, you'd think they'd include it especially considering they are used primarily to fix their shortcomings (e.g. download upgrades, patches, etc.)

    - all kinds of CompactFlash compatibility issues (e.g. Lexar may not work?). Before buying a card, check Magellan website or pay arm & leg for their own formatted cards.

    - as best I can tell it does not have a nice feature of Hertz NeverLost - which are the icons of many points of interest at each step of your trip (like gas stations, restaurants, etc.). You CAN get these, but need to cancel your current destination, select POI, and then 'Nearest' (and then re-enter destination).

    - voice prompts aren't as loud as I like even with volume all the way up, and I get occasional speaker noise/hissing

    - Careful in NYC. Pay attention to boroughs when typing New York, NY as your city -- there may be many '4th Ave' addresses across the NYC boroughs and it may not pick correctly (recommend using points-of-interest if a hotel) ... Read more


    3. Garmin StreetPilot 2620 In-Car GPS Navigator with Color Touchscreen
    list price: $1,516.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0001MHL0Y
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 281
    Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Featuring pre-loaded, detailed maps of North America, this plug-and-play portable automotive GPS navigator lets you get started as soon as you take it out of the box, without having to deal with unlocking or uploading of data that the Garmin 2610 requires. The Streetpilot 2620's hard drive contains detailed maps of the entire United States plus some metropolitan areas of Canada, and features over five million points of interest, including lodging, restaurants, gas stations, and local attractions. You can also navigate to a specific address.

    Its intuitive, color, menu-based touch screen features voice prompted turn-by-turn navigation and a powerful microprocessor for fast route calculation and map redraw. There's even a unique wireless infrared remote control, which allows easy operation of the unit from a distance.

    Garmin makes accessories to help you integrate your GPS with your life and your priorities. Keep your GPS at the ready while protecting it from knocks and bumps is with a carrying case, that has space for your hookup cable and remote control. In the car, you'll appreciate the mounting options and clear reception afforded by theGarmin Magnetic or Suction Mount Antenna that will give you better satellite reception than if you only place your GPS on the dashboard. Using your GPS in more than one vehicle? The Garmin Dashmount is just the ticket, providing one temporary and one permanent adhesive mounting disc so you can move the unit back and forth between your cars.

    The 2620's WAAS-enabled support provides the highest degree of GPS accuracy and it comes with a host of cool new features, including: Multiple Destinations, in which the 2620 can automatically sort out a selection of destinations and then determine the most efficient route. Road Segment and Area Avoidance, which lets you avoid bad traffic and road construction by letting you determine areas to avoid when calculating routes. Find Nearest on Route lets you limit searches for waypoints like gas stations and restaurants to upcoming points on your. And finally, the Adjustable Road Class Preference feature lets you adjust your preferences for major, medium, and minor road categories.

    The StreetPilot 2620 sports a built-in patch antenna and MCX-type connector for optional external GPS antenna connection, a 305 x 160-pixel display with bright, automotive-grade 8-bit 256-color LCD touch screen, an alphanumeric remote control, a built-in photo sensor that adjusts the display for light conditions, plus data storage without any memory battery needed and a snappy integrated dash mounting system.

    The WAAS difference
    • 100 meters: Accuracy of the original GPS system, which was subject to accuracy degradation under the government-imposed Selective Availability (SA) program.
    • 15 meters: Typical GPS position accuracy without SA.
    • 3-5 meters: Typical differential GPS (DGPS) position accuracy.
    • Less than 3 meters: Typical WAAS position accuracy.
    WAAS is a system of satellites and ground stations that provide GPS signal corrections, giving you even better position accuracy. How much better? Try an average of up to five times better. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters 95 percent of the time. And you don't have to purchase additional receiving equipment or pay service fees to utilize WAAS.

    How it Works
    WAAS consists of approximately 25 ground reference stations positioned across the United States that monitor GPS satellite data. Two master stations, located on either coast, collect data from the reference stations and create a GPS correction message. This correction accounts for GPS satellite orbit and clock drift plus signal delays caused by the atmosphere and ionosphere. The corrected differential message is then broadcast through one of two geostationary satellites, or satellites with a fixed position over the equator. The information is compatible with the basic GPS signal structure, which means any WAAS-enabled GPS receiver can read the signal.

    Who benefits from WAAS?
    Currently, WAAS satellite coverage is only available in North America. There are no ground reference stations in South America, so even though GPS users there can receive WAAS, the signal has not been corrected and thus would not improve the accuracy of their unit. For some users in the U.S., the position of the satellites over the equator makes it difficult to receive the signals when trees or mountains obstruct the view of the horizon. WAAS signal reception is ideal for open land and marine applications. WAAS provides extended coverage both inland and offshore compared to the land-based DGPS (differential GPS) system. Another benefit of WAAS is that it does not require additional receiving equipment, while DGPS does.

    What's in the box
    The package comes with the StreetPilot, remote control, an external speaker with 12/24-volt adapter cable, PC/USB interface cable, A/C power adapter, integrated dash mount, and a portable "bean-bag" (friction) mount.

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    Features

    • Indefinite Data Storage
    • Trip Computer
    • Operates on 12 V Adapter Cable
    • 2000 Point Track Log
    • 500 Waypoints; includes USB interface with cable

    Reviews (14)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beat smy Navtech in car system...
    I have a 3 year old Navtech based CD GPS system in my Volvo and purchased this device to use in my older SUV that has no GPS system installed. I first tried using the new Streetpilot on a recent trip to Dubuque Iowa from Chicago; using it and the in car systems simultaneously to compare them. The Garmin SP 2620 outperfomed the Navtech installed system hands down. Although the in car system found satellites instantly the Garmin only took about 10 seconds to find them on start up. And it is MUCH faster on route calculations and more importatnly recalculations, about 3x faster. The in car sytem could not locate the exact street address in Dubuque even though I had the Iowa CD disk installed. The Garmin unit did. The details on local businesses was MUCH better with the Garmin. The map was clearer and was better illuminated. Only things I'd like to have in the Garmin would be a two map display option (for differing zooms of the the same route at the same time) and a display of the remianing miles on the main route display, you can get it but it's on another routing description page. The Garmin does display more immediately useful info such as time and distance to next turn so this is a very minor quibble. It is solid, extremely well built unit and mounts very nicely. It tilts and twists to optimize viewing. The "beanbag" friction mount works very well. The nice thing about the portable system is it's portabilty to other cars and rentals, for instance you can loan it to friends and family if you wish! Furthermore, upgrading is very easy via the Garmin web site whereas updates for my Volvo Navtech in car system have been rare and expensive. The hard drive in the Garmin is a memory card which I can see being enlarged if necessary but the current 512mb card has plenty of map details on it. A new CD disk set for my in car system costs over $200, the Garmin updates so far are free. Overall a stellar value and a device that exceeded my expectations in every way. If you travel by car (and who really likes flyng anyway?)in the US and/or Canada, get one, you'll love it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!!
    Love this thing!!!!! We took a road trip from Illinois to Tennessee, then on to Florida and back without ever having to look at a map. It led us everywhere we wanted to go flawlessly.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Had it for a month now!
    I got this as a birthday present from my beau in May and during that time, I was moving to be with him from Houston to The Bay Area, California. We drove for 3 days with the Streetpilot from state-to-state... we had no problems with it. It was helpful as it found our hotel/motel rooms, places to eat 50 miles away, rest areas and more!

    It's very very easy to use and with it being a touch screen, it's a no-brainer...

    However.. the reason I gave it 4 stars out of 5 is because now since I live in The Bay Area and want to explore new restaurants (instead of frequenting at the same ones), the GPS had given me 3-4 restaurants that are no longer there. It gets frustrating when you see a busted building... TWICE when HUNGRY. We settled for Red Lobster (the joy.). Since learning this, I now have a tendency to call them from my cell phone (the GPS will give you street address and phone number).

    ALSO, as I took my family to San Francisco, the GPS lost it's satellite quite a few times. I think it was because of the tall buildings.

    Also, when we tried to go to Golden Gate Park from Sausalito, the GPS kept telling me to "go OFF ROAD". I wasn't too sure if she was right, but I kept driving and found the exit a mile later.

    The good outweighs the few bad -- plus it's a WHOLE lot better than using printed out mapquest directions.

    Since the beau and I relied so much on Hertz Neverlost (compact cars start off @ $39.99/day for A COMPACT plus $7.99/day for the Neverlost), we could go with a cheaper rental car company and bring our own GPS. Plus, we plan on taking more in-state trips with this baby.

    Anyway, if this is worth anything, my sister was so impressed with my birthday toy that she bought one too because she vacations alot to different cities.

    This is worth the money if you:
    1) Love traveling
    2) Travel Frequently
    3) Moved to a new city
    4) Plan to do more short local weekend vacations
    5) Are a road tripper!

    I see this 2620 lasting many many years...

    3-0 out of 5 stars Heat stroke ?
    I'm quite happy with the unit, but after using it for less than a month I got Map read errors and then it would simply no longer boot up. I'm suspecting a failure of the micro drive (got noisy during attempts to boot up). Maybe the heat from being on the dashboard in the sun ? But it should be designed to handle this. I'm getting a free replacement from Amazon. I hope this was an isolated case and the next one will not have this problem. Now that I got use to this unit and want to always have one.

    3-0 out of 5 stars take a hardcopy map too!
    Since writing an earlier review of this unit I had to drive up to Naples, Maine. This town is on the AAA map. This town is known to Microsoft Streets and Trips. This town is not in the Garmin's database. Just up the lake is Harrison, Maine. Again, it is known to AAA and Microsoft but unknown to Garmin. Just west of Naples is a larger town called Bridgton. This is in the Garmin database but at the wrong location. The 2620 tries to navigate you to some guy's private house about 2 miles around a lake from the actual town.

    I spent a fair amount of time with the Magellan hard-drive GPS units and never noticed these kinds of holes and errors in the database. ... Read more


    4. Canon Powershot SD500 7MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    list price: $549.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007TJ5AK
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
    Sales Rank: 2
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    Product Description

    7.1-megapixel effective recording * DIGIC II processor for true-to-life color reproduction * 2" color LCD viewscreen * 3X optical/4X digital/12X total zoom * 35mm equivalent focal length: 37-111mm * ... Read more

    Features

    • DIGIC II Image Processor provides fast, accurate image processing
    • Powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion battery; stores images on SD memory card
    • The first Digital Elph with an amazing 7.1 MP CCD, which captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
    • 3x optical zoom; 2.0-inch LCD display
    • Enhanced movie mode with fast 60-frame-per-second capture rate

    5. Sony Cybershot DSCP200 7.2MP Digital Camera 3x Optical Zoom
    list price: $429.95
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007CZ70Y
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 14
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    7.2-megapixel effective recording * 2" color LCD * optical viewfinder * 3X optical zoom (up to 2X digital/6X total zoom) * JPEG options: 3072 x 2304; 2592 x 1944; 2048 x 1536; 1280 x 960; 640 x 480 * ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro media; includes 32 MB card
    • Powered by Lithium-ion battery (NP-FR1); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 2.0
    • 7.2 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality prints up to 15 x 20 inches
    • 3x optical and 2x digital zoom for 6x total zoom
    • Carl Zeiss optics; 16-shot burst mode; high-resolution movie mode with sound

    Reviews (19)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Digital Camera, Incredible Value
    The DSC-P200 is an amazing piece of technology that demonstrates how far digital photography has come. With a 7.2 MP resolution, 3X zoom, lithium ion battery and a 2" LCD screen squeezed into a tiny package, this camera is truly amazing. The output is no less impressive with quality superior to that of any other camera I have seen.

    One of the advantages of a camera this small is its ability to be carried in your clothing without relying on an external carrying case. While this is a great attribute that allows you to bring it to parties for impromptu photos, its apparent fragility is a cause for concern. It would be nice if Sony provided a glove-like camera case or entirely different, ruggedized housing. Of course, many third-party camera cases are available along with what Sony offers, but even the smallest of these will be too large to fit in a shirt or inside sport coat pocket.

    In addition to its diminutive size, the camera's portability is also fostered by the lithium ion battery which lasts for nearly two hours. Moreover, with a larger memory chip, you will have everything necessary for a day or more worth of shooting. At the full seven megapixel resolution, photos average about three (3) megabytes each. This means you can store only about ten photos on the included 32 MB Memory Stick, making memory a necessary upgrade. By comparison, my 512 MB Memory Stick allows me to take over 150 maximum resolution 7.2 MP photos. Fortunately, it can be purchased for approximately $55 at Amazon.

    Even though I am not a professional photographer or artist, I can definitely appreciate the picture quality. I had the opportunity to directly compare the Sony DSC-P200's quality to that of a Minolta 5 MP camera taking the exact same photo at the same distance. The pictures of a friend and me were taken by a waiter in an upscale restaurant with relatively low lighting. At first glance, they appeared to be of comparable quality. After closer inspection, however, it was clear that the Sony image was superior. In one striking example, the shades of my burgundy shirt were more accurate with less pixilation.

    For the amateur photographer, be aware there are many features to be deciphered. As a former engineer and gadget enthusiast, I consider myself a quick study. Yet, I had to spend a couple of hours reading the manual and still have some learning to do. So, don't buy this camera on the way to your daughter's wedding and expect to use it (besides, the battery will be dead anyway).

    Many casual photographers may question the need for seven megapixels as this exceeds the resolution of even the largest monitors. For example, a high-end WUXGA (1900 x 1200) wide format monitor only has 2.3 megapixels. However, the camera's superior resolution provides a hidden benefit. Even if you don't want to create large format photos or posters, it does allow for a convenient "off-line" zooming. So if you are at sporting event or show, you can take photos of scenes even too far with 3X magnification. When editing the images on your computer, you can crop the part of the photo desired to effectively zoom into the image you wish to save or share with you friends.

    As a Sony Vaio owner, I have the added benefit of being able to slip the Memory Stick directly into my laptop without having to worry about cables or additional drivers. It would be even nicer, though, if Sony provided some sort of wireless connectivity, such as Bluetooth or WiFi. I can see why Sony would skip this feature as current wireless technology would not be sufficient for transfer of several high-resolution photos.

    The video capability is a nice frill even though it would not be a key reason for purchasing this camera. I was quite surprised that it produced quality video AND sound recordings. The latter was far crisper than I ever expected. With two gigabyte chips available in 2005, you could record full motion video for nearly 80 minutes. This sounds great, but the camera doesn't record moving scenes very well. Presumably, this is due to internal bandwidth limitations. On this note, it would be nice to provide HDTV video recording, even at a lower frame rate. This would be quite a stretch due to bandwidth limitations/data write speed as HDTV cameras, geared for the professional market, are very expensive.

    In summary, the Sony DSC-P200 is an incredible piece of technology that provides tremendous picture quality in a small package. I can't imagine wanting more out of a camera other than a ruggedized housing or high resolution HDTV video, which is quite unrealistic given its size and cost.Given the camera's intended purpose, Sony has done an amazing job. For still photos, the DSC-P200 should be good for a decade or so.

    Pros
    7.2 MP
    Incredible picture quality
    Lithium Ion battery
    Compact

    Cons
    No glove-like case
    A bit complicated for recreational photographers
    Delicate (potentially)
    32 MB of standard memory
    No Bluetooth

    5-0 out of 5 stars Professional Quality Camera
    I resisted "going digital" for a long time.When I finally took the plunge and compared cameras, the Sony DSC-P200 was the standout.Consider this:

    The P200 has a metal case -- not plastic.

    The lens is a Carl Zeiss -- the same German optical firm that makes lenses for Hasselblad and Leica.

    The P200 is made in Japan by the same Sony subsidiary that makes the professional digital Betacams used in Hollywood.

    The design of this camera deserves an award - the placement of the buttons, shifting of the lens to the extreme left side - the result is a camera that "feels right" -- never do I touch the wrong button, or have to search around for the right function.

    The photos?I shot Macro, fluorescent, incandescent, cloudy, and bright sunshine -- exposures were excellent and the 7.2 Megapixel Super HAD sensor produced images that did not pixelate until I had enlarged them to 200X!

    I bought the Sony DSC-P200 (and I recommend getting a 512MB memory stick -- you can get 130 images at the highest quality setting) and the two of us have been inseparable.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Weak point
    I liked the little camera,but the batttery compartment door jamed and broke off the first time I opened it.I'm looking for something moree robust.Sears refunded without a hassel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One great camera!
    This is a great Compact and solid camera. The picture quality is phenomenal. I love the manual settings options and the beautiful pictures it takes in auto mode. It starts up super fast and is so compact there is no excuse not to take it everywhere. Thank you Sony!

    5-0 out of 5 stars great camera
    I love the quality on this camera.The Carl Zeiss lens really makes a difference.Pictures for which there are no moving objects come out crystal clear and the camera was made to feel solid.
    I'm happy with the USB 2 interface and I really love the compact, yet powerful camera that Sony has made. ... Read more


    6. Garmin c330 StreetPilot GPS Vehicle Navigator
    list price: $964.99
    our price: $899.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007LJHVA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 2953
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Includes Garmin Street Pilot c330 GPS receiver Vehicle suction cup mount with 12-volt adapter PC/USB interface cable A/C power adapter Quick-reference guide and owner manual Americas Recreational Basemap MapSource® City Select North America map data. ... Read more

    Features

    • Automatic route calculation with turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions
    • Includes USB cable, suction cup mount, and AC adapter; 4.4 x 3.2 x 2.8 inches (W x H x D)
    • WAAS-enabled, 12-parrallel-channel GPS receiver for vehicle use
    • Preloaded MapSource database includes 5-million-plus North American points of interest
    • 3.5-inch diagonal, 16-bit color display with simple touch-screen interface

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nicely Done, Garmin!
    The Garmin C330 is a well designed, easy to use GPS.It does not offer all the bells and whistles of the Garmin 2620 or Magellan RM700, for example - but the C330 offers simplicity and quality in a nice neat package.The advantages of the C330:
    - The display is awesome - high resolution with good contrast.
    - No buttons!Everything, except volume and power, is controlled by the touch screen.
    - The software is fast; route calculations take just a few seconds.
    - After the initial lock, this little unit locks on very quickly after powering up.
    - The internal battery is terrific; you can do your route planning indoors without looking for an AC receptacle, and you can leave the unit on during a rest stop on your trip to preserve trip data.Battery life is 3 to 4 hours.
    - The OS is super intuitive.
    - The 3D view is simple to follow, but the map view is excellent, also.
    - Navigation performance is excellent.
    - Speakers are built in, with excellent sound quality.
    - Windshield mount is small, sturdy and simple.
    - The unit is small enough that it won't obstruct your view.
    - The power cord is hardwired to the windshield mount - no plug to contend with.

    A few disadvantages I've noticed:
    - The battery is not user replaceable
    - The C330 cannot save a route.But this is not a big deal.When you start up after a stop, you just have it calculate the route to your destination, which takes just seconds - or just leave it on if your stop doesn't exceed 3 to 4 hours.
    - The display can get washed out in direct light on a bright day - but I expect that is common to all GPS units.
    - As I mentioned, it doesn't have the bells and whitles of the 2630 or RM 700.For example, you can't monitor satellite signal strength from indiviual satellites. you can't determinen your lat/long position, and as I mentioned, you can't save routes in the C330.And you can't program it for several different users like you can with the RM700.

    But all in all, the C330 is a winner.It's simple to operate, well designed, very effective, and reasonably priced.It's a strong buy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Undoubtedly the best Car GPS in today's market !
    I have used Navman ICN 630, Megallen RM 700 & finally this one.

    I can tell you this is the best & most of all easiest.This is why this unit is the best:

    1. No downloading of Maps
    2. Has most udpated Maps compared to other brands
    3. Has 5 million points of interest compared to others
    4. Touchscreen
    5. Easiest of all to use.Easier than the Acura GPS i have used.
    6. Very small but with most usable screen view.It doesn't take a lot of winshield space, doesn;t block visibility.Though screen is small, letters are SO BIG & EASY TO READ.
    7. Very fast software
    8. Very easy to carry while traveling.
    9. Excellent windshield mount. Very stable
    10. It comes on when Car is turned on.
    11. It has rechargeable battery which lasts for about 3 hrs i think.
    12. Loud/clear voice.
    13. Very intuitive operating system.
    14. Fixes the GPS signal instantly. Navman used to take longer.
    15. This is interesting. You can remove the unti without unplugging the car DC cord.DC cord is connected to mount always.
    ... Read more


    7. Delphi MyFi XM2GO Portable XM Satellite Radio Receiver with Home/Car Listening Kits
    list price: $349.99
    our price: $349.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006GFVPC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Delphi
    Sales Rank: 70
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    Amazon.com Review

    Ready to dive head-first into XM satellite radio? This is the way to do it. Delphi's comprehensive MyFi listening kit includes everything from a handheld portable XM Satellite Radio receiver to complete home and car listening kits--as well as all you need to drift between the two, blissfully tuned in to any of XM's 130 channels of digital music, sports, news, and entertainment. The only thing this system doesn't come with is a subscription to XM Satellite Radio Service, which is required for use ($9.95 per month, no contract required).



    Compact and easy to use the MyFi gives you 130 satellite channels all in one little package.
    Using the MyFi, you can listen to XM's broad channels array--referred to as XM's "Ultimate PlayList"--anytime, anywhere: at home, at work, in the car, and even on foot. The versatile, pocket-sized receiver lets you enjoy your XM programming in 2 ways: a "live" listening mode (tuning in directly to what's playing now) and a time-shifting "memory" mode, which affords at least 5 hours of virtual recording so you can listen at your convenience to news, concerts, and other time-sensitive broadcasts.

    MyFi's live mode grants access to all of XM's 68 commercial-free music channels, plus premier news, sports, talk, traffic, and weather listings. MyFi's memory mode, called "My XM," stores 5 hours or more of XM's content at the press of a button, even when the unit is not otherwise in use. Clip on the supplied MyFi XM Radio antenna and holster the receiver in its belt clip and you're ready for action--the kit even comes with matching silver earbud headphones.

    A large, illuminated 6-line LCD is your gateway to browsing XM's many channels. You can browse by station (many of which are arranged by genre) or by the artist and song or other program currently playing on each channel. You get up to 30 channel presets to simplify access to your favorites, and a handy memo button stores artist and song data for up to 20 performances you'd like to look into (or find again on XM) later.

    You can configure the MyFi receiver to scroll stock and sports-score tickers across its LCD, a great way to keep an eye on important stats at a glance. The receiver also features a built-in sleep timer (15 minutes to 1 hour) and an alarm clock (wake to a beep or to XM programming).

    The home kit consists of a home docking stand, a home XM Radio antenna, a stereo minijack to stereo RCA audio cable, and an AC power adapter. The car kit includes a car cradle, a car antenna, a cassette audio adapter, a DC vehicle power adapter, a swivel mount (with extra adhesive), a vent mount, a flush mount, a cleaning kit, and Velcro pads.



    The Delphi XM MyFi comes with all of the accessories needed to enjoy XM on the go, at home, at work, or in any vehicle.
    A built-in wireless FM transmitter in the MyFi receiver makes any FM radio an XM radio--simply tune in on your car radio, for instance, to listen to XM programming through your car speakers. (XM states that audio quality is better using the supplied cassette audio adapter, however.) The supplied rechargeable battery pack is good for up to 5 hours of use between charges.

    What's in the Box
    Handheld MyFi receiver with a clip-on XM radio antenna, an integrated rechargeable battery, a complete home accessory kit (with antenna and audio cable), a complete vehicle accessory kit (with antenna), stereo earbud headphones, a remote control, a remote battery, a belt clip/stand, and a protective carrying case. ... Read more

    Features

    • The ultimate XM Satellite Radio listening kit--includes car kit, home kit, rechargeable battery, earbud headphones, antennas, and more
    • Memory mode stores up to 5 hours of scheduled XM content, with no computer downloading or list management (no computer needed)
    • Live mode gives you access to XM's more than 130 digital music, sports, news, and entertainment channels, any time and anywhere
    • Rechargeable battery automatically charges and provides 5 hours of use; built-in wireless FM transmitter lets you listen through any FM radio
    • Measures 2.8 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches (W x H x D), receiver only

    8. Garmin StreetPilot 2610 In-Car GPS Receiver with 128 MB CompactFlash Card
    list price: $1,299.99
    our price: $769.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AN4EG
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 402
    Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Newly simplified for automotive applications, Garmin's portable StreetPilot 2610 features both a touchscreen and an alphanumeric remote control so you'll always have easy access to automatic route calculations, helpful turn-by-turn directions, and guiding voice prompts. The 2610 offers a color display, built-in maps, and everything you need to download additional map detail. It offers more precise location finding because of its WAAS technology, a feature the original StreetPilot and the StreetPilot III lacked.



    All the travel information you need, right on your dash.
    With its built-in photo sensor, the StreetPilot 2610's bright display automatically adjusts to outside light conditions. The unit is powered through either its external speaker (which comes with a handy 12/24-volt adapter cable) or its dedicated AC power adapter; both are supplied.

    The unit's built-in routable basemap covers North and South America and contains a wealth of practical and nuanced data, including state and country boundaries, lakes, rivers, streams, airports, cities, towns, coastlines, state and interstate highways, local thoroughfares, secondary roads within metro areas, and interstate exit information for services such as gas, food, and lodging.

    The 2610 accepts downloadable map detail from Garmin's PC-based MapSource City Navigator CD-ROM (included), which provides street-level detail, addresses, and listings of nearby restaurants, hotels, ATMs, and other attractions. (This feature requires a CompactFlash card, and a 128 MB CF card is included; you must first downloaded MapSource data in order to find points of interest and addresses.)



    Hungry? Find out what's available around the bend.
    The StreetPilot's integrated dash-mounting system fosters easy adjustment and quick release. The unit comes with a built-in patch antenna and an MCX-type connector for attachment to an optional external GPS antenna.

    Garmin makes accessories to help you integrate your GPS unit with your life and your priorities. Keep it at the ready while protecting it from knocks and bumps with a carrying case that has space for your hookup cable and remote control. In the car, you'll appreciate the mounting options and clear reception afforded by the magnetic/suction-mount antenna that'll give you a better signal than if you just place your unit on the dash. Using your system in more than one vehicle? Garmin's dashmount is just the ticket, providing one temporary and one permanent adhesive mounting disc so you can move the unit between your cars.



    What's in the Box
    The StreetPilot 2610, the MapSource City Navigator 5 CD-ROM (full U.S. plus select Canadian coverage; unlock included), a 128 MB CompactFlash memory card, an integrated dash mount, a portable beanbag mount (friction mount), an external speaker with a 12/24-volt adapter cable, an AC power adapter, a PC/USB interface cable, an alphanumeric remote control, an owner's manual, a quick-reference guide, and a setup guide. ... Read more

    Features

    • Bright, automotive-grade 8-bit color LCD: 3.3 x 1.7 inches; 305 x 160 pixels
    • Audible and visual navigation instructions and warnings
    • Indefinite data storage; no memory battery required; CompactFlash map storage: type I and II compatible
    • Integrated dash-mounting system provides easy adjustment and quick release
    • Comes with alphanumeric remote control and external speaker; includes USB interface with cable

    Reviews (41)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Product
    I initially bought Megellan 700 and had to return it the next day as it didn't acquire signal for 2 hours.

    Garmin 2610 is a much better product than Megellan 700:
    Very accurate with addresses.
    Timely and loud voice prompts.
    Ease of use.
    Supplied Power Adaptor lets you use it indoors and lets you plan trip and
    add waypoints.
    Relilable, as it doesn't use hard drive, no chance of faliure,
    Generated mapa image can be saved on computer and transferred to new CF card anytime.
    Easy to read in night driving.
    Remote Control.
    Waypoints remains stored on GPS's onboard memory and doesn't need to be recreated while putting a new CF card.


    Problems I faced during my testing :

    It was pointing me to the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Brooklyn instead of the one near to my home in Forest Hills Queens, NY and same Kinko's.

    Once I had to take service road of Van Wyck Expressway because of traffic jam,
    it didn't recalculate the route and kept telling, "take exit 19 on right" while I was on service road, in other words, it couldn't distinguish between Expressway and its service road.

    Software Doesn't Work with MAC OSX.

    I gave 3 stars because of above problems and software didn't work on Mac OSX.
    I had to use old P2 64Meg laptop instead of my powerful dual processor mac.
    It took 12 hrs to generate the detailed maps of 8 states.

    Garmin should make Mac compatible software.

    All in all very satisfied with the product and don't buy megellan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GPS System Excellent
    The Streetpilot 2610 is excellent. It is so much easier to user then any other ones I have used in the past. Setup was a snap. The included Compact Flash Card is great. Touch screen is nice as well. Turn by turn directions by voice are great, keeps your eyes on the road.

    I strongly recommend getting the garmin external antenna(about $60 extra from amazon) as it improves signal strength. Other then that, you are good to go.

    5-0 out of 5 stars When you need directions in every area
    The Garmin automotive navigation is a great item in which for those new comers who drive or ride from Florida or California. This little item makes it easy for regular travler to find their way around. So in times of going to the club in the next town or just driving around major one way streets this little gadge makes anyone a pro in getting to thier point of orgin. So travel a little safer whether you take the train in holland or the drive to El Paso, Tx. Here's to TRAVELING ON A SAFER LEVEL.

    Thank You
    Shara L. Bouie
    Atlanta,Ga<USA

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Excellent product; had for a year now. great product; great great, great. gets you to your destination;

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome navigation unit!!
    I've been wanting a gps unit for a long time now. couldn't decide between and "in-dash" unit or a "portable" one. after deciding on a portable one, I'm HAPPY I decided on the garmin 2610! after reading the manual one time through, the setup was easy! had to read it again to really learn the features in detail...this thing is amazing!! you CAN'T get lost with one of these! especially with a voice telling you where and when to turn and how far to go before the next turn comes up. I tried driving off route and it QUICKLY recalculates an alternate route.

    I think the 128 compatch flash is fine if you need it for just a few states, but if travelling cross country, then more would be needed.

    loading the software to the pc and downloading the needed maps was quick and painless! I think thats the only big difference with the 2610/2620, as the 2620 has a harddrive that comes preloaded with the maps for the continental US.

    the only thing i would change is to have the speaker on the unit itself instead of on the power cable. but it's really no big deal! it really is a great unit!! ... Read more


    9. Nikon Coolpix 5900 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    list price: $449.95
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007KQWEG
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Nikon
    Sales Rank: 54
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    5.1-megapixel effective recording * 3X optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (4X digital/12X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * approximately 13.5 MB of built-in memory (holds about 5 images at highest quality setting) * 2" color LCD * ... Read more

    Features

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

    Reviews (6)

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

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

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

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

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


    Overall I'm very happy with this camera.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    10. Canon PowerShot S1 IS 3.2 MP Digital Camera with 10x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom
    list price: $499.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001G6U52
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Canon
    Sales Rank: 28
    Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Put the power of advanced photography in your hands with the Canon PowerShot S1 IS ultra-zoom digital camera. With its super-long Zoom, amazing stability and true Movie Mode, the PowerShot S1 IS brings a new dimension to the PowerShot line. Equipped with a host of top-quality features, this stylishly compact camera lets you create stills and movies like you've never done before.

    10x Optical 38-380mm Zoom with exclusive Optical Image Stabilizer
    Close, closer, closest: the high-speed Zoom Motor moves you in at top speed in near silence. So the high-resolution, super long 10x Optical 38-380mm Zoom Lens (35mm equivalent) with Canon’s exclusive optical Image Stabilizer can let you capture the action with an intensity you've never seen before. Canon's shift-type optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, which significantly reduces the effects of camera shake--an important feature for high-magnification lenses. Tiny movement detection gyros and a correcting lens element counteract the effects of lens shake to deliver sharper final images. The resulting compensation is the equivalent of between 2 and 3 extra stops, which means the camera can be used at slower shutter speeds without a tripod without any detectable increase in image blur.

    . 38mm 380mm
    . Image Stabilizer off Image Stabilizer on

    Optics and Resolution
    The PowerShot S1 IS features a maximum resolution of 3.2 megapixels, or 2048 x 1536 pixel images--enough for prints up to 11 x 14 inches. It also has 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 resolution modes. The camera features a 10x, f/2.8 - f/3.1, 38-380mm (35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens.The zoom is driven by a tiny ultrasonic motor (USM), which uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive a tiny rotor that is powerful and highly responsive. In digital still modes it drives the zoom at maximum speed, while in video mode it slows for a smooth effect and runs virtually silent, avoiding interference with video sound recording.

    Vari-Angle LCD with enhanced resolution
    1.5" LCD Monitor with two brightness levels:Shoot from any angle with the PowerShot S1 IS's rotating Vari-Angle LCD Monitor. The Monitor's enhanced resolution also allows you to clearly preview and review your stills and movies to make shooting fun and easy.

    Take camcorder-quality movies right from the camera
    30 frames-per-second VGA Video with Sound: The PowerShot S1 IS has a greatly enhanced Movie Mode that lets you shoot up to sixty minutes of DV-Quality VGA video with superior sound quality. Plus, you can zoom in the Movie Mode -- and even edit your movies -- right on the camera's LCD screen.

    Instant Computer Connection
    Picture Transfer Protocol for Win XP and Mac OS: Just connect the PowerShot S1 IS into the USB connection of your Windows XP or Macintosh OS computer. PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) allows the computer and camera to communicate instantly and to start the picture download process. There's no need to install a special driver!

    Advanced Digital Imaging Technology
    Canon's exclusive DIGIC Imaging Processor revolutionizes how you shoot digital by allowing the camera to process images faster and improving the accuracy of the autofocus. DIGIC also reduces the effects on noise in your images.

    iSAPS Technology is an entirely new scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC Imaging Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

    The components of photographic space that are precision captured by DIGIC

    What's in the Box
    A. PowerShot S1 IS
    B. Lens Cap
    C. Neck Strap NS-DC3
    D. 4 AA-Type Alkaline Batteries
    E. Compact Flash Card CF-32
    F. Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
    G. AV Cable AVC-DC300
    H. Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
    I. ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM

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    Features

    • 3.2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 10-by-14-inch enlargements
    • Canon 10x optical zoom with image stabilizer; 3x digital zoom
    • Vari-angle LCD screen; DV-quality Movie Mode; PictBridge compatible
    • Store images on Compact Flash Type I or II memory cards (32 MB card included)
    • Powered by 4 AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable NiMH recommended)

    Reviews (28)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Digital Camera
    After researching other cameras in its class including the Panasonic DMC-FZ10 and Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2, I finally decided on the Canon S1 IS. Having taken a few hundred pictures with it, I am completely satisfied with my purchase.

    With this camera I have the flexibility to take pictures with point-and-shoot ease while also having plenty of manual capabilities available to take more artistic pictures. Although the camera has "only" 3.2 megapixels this is more than compensated for by the 10x optical zoom. With this zoom you simply don't need as many megapixels (although it would be nice) because you won't be cropping out as much of the picture. Instead of cropping out excess, you just zoom in while you are there and have a nice original to begin with. Furthemore, more megapixels don't necessarily mean a "better" picture. There are other factors like the lens, cmos, and other processing that will affect the image quality just as much as the megapixels if not more.

    Image stabilization is an awesome feature and until now has been reserved for the more expensive cameras. This feature definitely helps with the long zooms and low-light conditions. With the long zoom you can do shots where the primary object is very clear while the background is all blurry. This isn't as easy to do on cameras with less zoom.

    The physical layout and the menu interface are excellent. The placement of the buttons are very intuitive and the menu setup is among the best I've ever used on any electronic device. It allows me to use all the manual settings with ease and speed. I can't really think of any better way to set it up.

    Although the viewfinders tend to make images look like they are overexposed I think that as the viewfinder ages and dims (as any LCD will do over time) the picture will improve and not look as overexposed. So, I think it is excellent foresight on Canon's part to make the pictures seem overexposed. Personally, I don't find it to be a major issue because I view all the pics on my computer before deleting them anyway. The swiveling LCD is a feature that is indispensible. Not only does it protect the LCD if you flip it around, but you can take pictures of yourself (or others next to you) or and you take pictures at weird angles (such as close to the ground or high above a crowd) without contorting yourself.

    I don't find battery power to be an issue. Just get 2 or 3 sets of NiMH batteries and you should be fine for a long day of heavy shooting. Plus the fact that you can use AA instead of a proprietary module means you can use regular AA alkaline batteries in a pinch.

    The movie mode is great not only because of the high quality movies, but also because you can zoom while taking the movie. Most cameras will not let you zoom and you have to leave it where it is. The only downside is that you will need a high-speed compact flash card (like the Sandisk Ultra II) to take the highest quality movies. Slower cards can't keep up with the high amout of data being written.

    The focusing system is also great and not usually found on cameras at this level. You can move the autofocus box to any postion you want and set an autofocus lock so it doesn't change once you've set it. You can also use the manual focus if you can't get a good focus in low-light situations. There is a meter that pops up showing the approximate distance to the object that you want to focus to which is quite helpful. With the manual focus, I've been able to focus on any object without too much trouble.

    There are only 2 things I would like to see improved. One would be some sort of battery meter but it would be wildly inaccurate without some sort of proprietary battery (which they don't make you use) so I'm ok with them leaving that out. I would also like the lens cap to 'click' on instead of just sliding on. I understand why they made that decision though: they want the cap to slide off automatically when you turn it on which is a convenience so I don't have to take it off every time I turn it on. These are just minor suggestions and really just personal preference things. Otherwise, this camera is perfect for the price and what you get.

    I highly recommend this camera to anyone to both point-and-shoot people and people who want that along with some artistic flexibility. The feature set is unbeatable and the picture quality is amazing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera
    One of the best digital camera out there. I have been using it for the last 3 months and fully satisfied with it.

    Pros:
    Excellent quality digital photos. Probably one of the best in the cameras in this price range.
    10X Zoom
    Image stabilization
    Provides full manual operation including Av and Tv priority
    Camcorder quality movie mode
    Cons:
    Camera doesn't focus all that well in a low light situation
    Electronic view finder instead of the optical
    little slow in focussing maybe because of the slowness of the flash card used

    5-0 out of 5 stars The One For Me
    I have done quite a bit of research on digital cameras, and have read many reviews. The fact is, that there is no perfect digital camera, and people are going to find little things they don't like about all of them. I purchased the S1 IS about a week or so ago, and this is one great camera. Some people say the lense cap falls off... well... it's suppose to... keep it attached to the camera so it don't get lost and put it back on when you put it in the case. Some people say the battery life is bad... well... get some rechargable 2300 ma batteries and a charger... and keep a couple sets charged... one set will last for hours... and... if you are in a jam you can get AA batteries anywhere. Some people say the display is hard to see in bright sunlight or in low light... well... I have not seen one that is not. Some people say that the pictures are not sharp... well... try setting it in auto until you learn how to use the many great settings... I printed 8 1/2 x 11's that where as sharp as a tack. There was a problem with memory erros, but if you download the firmware update, and follow the instructions, it will resolve the problem. I personally did not have that problem, but I updated my firmware anyway. The fact is... This is one heck of a great camera. The zoom is outstanding, you can print up to 8 1/2 x 11's with good quality, the stabelization is great, and if you want to learn the manual settings, they are great too. I would still reccomend a tripod for shots with shutter speeds greater than 1 second. The software is everything you need to organize, enhance, and print your pics. If you are looking for the perfect digital camera... you will never find it. If you are looking for the best digital camera in the $400 to $500 dollar price range, I would recommend the S1 IS above all others in the same price range.

    5-0 out of 5 stars From a Web Developer
    Being a grad student, I am very picky when it comes to spending a larger amount of money on a piece of hardware technology. I probably did research (try cnet's site) for 2 months before finally deciding on a purchase. I compared heavily against similar cameras like the Sony DSC-V1, DSC-F717, S50, Kodak DX6490, Nikon Coolpix 4300 and a few others.

    Deciding Factors:
    10x opt zoom & IS
    Manual control abilities
    Swivel LCD
    body style
    CF memory
    AA batteries
    Price & Canon name brand

    After purchase:
    This camera is awesome. The zoom works great, especially with the IS technology. The manual controls are extremely easy to use. Combined with the comfortable body style i do most things with one hand. Think of holding a gaming controller. I'm very surprised at how much I use the swivel LCD (ie hold against a steady place and view easily). The cheapest memory and ease of AA batteries make this a camera to use for an extended amount of time. Indoor, low-lighting situations are hard on auto mode, otherwise I'm very happy.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The camera is not bad, but not as good as I expected
    I need a new digital camera to replace my Nikon Coolpix 755 purchased 3 years ago. The Nikon is pretty good, but it¡¯s too slow. I like wide zoom and the budget is <$500. So I don¡¯t have too many choices. At last, 2 cameras left in my list: Canon Powershot S1 IS and Fuji S-5000.

    I am familiar with Fuji S-5000. It¡¯s a nice camera. However, I selected Canon, because: 1. It has IS; 2. It uses Compact Flash, same as Nikon; 3. Canon makes some great SLRs. If I could choose again, I would buy the Fuji.

    The Canon Powershot S1 IS is not bad at all. But it¡¯s not as good as I expected. Even though I knew that the camera¡¯s auto focus is not good under low light conditions, I was still disappointed when I tried to take some picture in my house in a bright sunny afternoon. The auto focus is really poor under those conditions. Furthermore, the response time is longer than the Fuji S-5000. Another bonus of S-5000 is that it has a ring in the box. We can attach a UV filter on the ring, so not to worry about the lens. ... Read more


    11. Garmin Forerunner 201 Wrist-Mounted GPS Personal Training Device
    list price: $167.99
    our price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CFYCH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 36
    Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Combining powerful performance-tracking features with a GPS receiver, the Garmin Forerunner 201 offers runners and hikers a unique way to track their exercise regimens and goals. Unlike Timex's BodyLink sport monitoring system, its main competitor, the Forerunner 201 integrates the GPS receiver into a single body (BodyLink has separate housings for watch and GPS).

    At first, the device felt a little bulky on my wrist, both in weight and in size (it measures 3.26 by 1.71 by 0.69 inches). But it really is light enough (less than 3 ounces) so that it felt comfortable and transparent. I did, however, position the band a bit higher up my arm to ensure full mobility of my wrist, as the length of the Forerunner tended to get in its way.

    The large display--with equally large, easy-to-read characters--helps you avoid having to squint at the readout. Just a quick glance at your numbers and you'll maintain your training concentration. The six rubber buttons on the front of the chassis are easy to access (unless you're wearing bulky gloves). I easily got the promised 13 hours out of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery. At the end of the day, I'd just recharge it for around two hours and it would be ready for me the next morning.

    While this is definitely a workable GPS receiver, the Forerunner is slim on overall GPS features--which is not to its detriment (think of it as a performance monitor with a dash of GPS). That said, the Forerunner was able to pick up a GPS signal just about wherever I went outside (though it had very slight hiccups in the center of downtown). But if you're looking for a full-fledged tracking device, the Forerunner isn't for you. (You'll want to start with a basic GPS unit like Garmin's eTrex.)

    The Forerunner 201 has a variety of helpful tracking, monitoring, and navigational features. The History function enables you to view your workout statistics broken down by individual days, cumulative weeks, or your entire workout history (if you track different workouts during the same day, they'll be broken out as different laps). You can even view a map of your route. And much like other GPS units, you can save "waypoints" (called "locations" in Forerunner parlance) to mark the coordinates of a place you want to return to later.

    Auto Menu: Timer pauses when you stop running. Auto lap logs your performance over a predetermined distance.
    History: Review training history by day or week.

    Map: Navigate back to the start or to a stored location.
    Virtual Partner: Set time, pace, and distance goals, and train with a "virtual partner."

    Most interesting is the "Virtual Partner" mode, which enables you to set goals for a workout which will then be completed by a digital character displayed on the Forerunner's screen. You can then see how far off the time, pace, or distance you are of your virtual training buddy's; your digital character even stops when you do (though the buddy keeps on going). I found that, unless you've got a good idea as to your pace or distance, you'll have a couple of trial-and-error training sessions to get in sync with your buddy. I cut short my first attempt after my buddy got so far ahead of me that he disappeared off the screen (which I'd like to believe was not due to my woeful pace).

    I was disappointed at not having the LogBook software, which enables you to keep a journal of your exercise activities (it was not available at the time of this test). But overall, the Forerunner 201 is a very useful exercise-monitoring system that will be prized by anyone involved in serious physical training. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

    Pros:

    • Loaded with performance-tracking features for the serious athlete
    • GPS functionality a bonus, especially in referring back to previous routes
    • Virtual Partner feature offers a fun, competitive way to keep you concentrated on training
    Cons:
    • Lack of Logbook software at time of test
    • Virtual Partner feature takes some trial-and-error adjustments
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    Features

    • Calculates precise speed, location, and altitude as you workout
    • Integrated mapping functions display your progress on your favorite routes
    • Stores lap times, distances, and calories burned
    • Adjustable wristband and A/C desktop charger with PC interface
    • Waterproof; includes serial PC interface

    Reviews (103)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent aid for running.
    After giving it a full charge, 3 hours, I took it out for a test drive. For the first 30 minutes I could not pick up a signal in Miami. I did a hard reset and it picked it up within 3 minutes. Went for a 3 mile run around a local 9-hole golf course, heavily ligned with trees, and to my amazement never lost contact with the signal. Was extremely accurate in measuring the distance and having a pace time allows you to really push yourself. Backlight can be kep on during the whole run - great feature for night running - or 2, 1, .5, .25 minutes. Much smaller than I expected. Love the display. Would recommend to anyone who runs, jogs, walks for exercise.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Weak GPS, buggy software, too loose on the wrist
    I am very disappointed in the Forerunner 201. It loses GPS signal far too frequently. I run in a golf course community with average to below average tree cover. In a 7 mile run the Forerunner lost GPS 20 times, including at an open-grass field retention pond. I checked one of my other GPS, a Garmin eMap, and it showed that there were 10 satellites available at the time. So I rate the Forerunner as a very poor GPS.

    The most important feature to me was being able to see current pace. It was displaying 8:41 pace all the time, and I knew I was doing my standard 6:45. I imagine this error is due in part to losing GPS signal. I changed the pace smoothing setting to "least" to get a more instant value, but it's still not matching up entirely. 7:10 displayed when I'm doing 6:45's.

    The autolap feature has been very buggy. You will often hear it beep at an autolap, and within a minute you'll hear it beep an autolap again. I left it at the default 1-mile setting, and the first day I used it it had autolapped 8 miles in a distance that it itself had measured to be only 3.3 miles!

    There is also a minor rounding bug. If you set your training partner for 6:20/mile and later check this setting you'll see 6:19. This is probably due to 6:20 being stored as 6.33333 internally, which converts back to 6:19 without rounding.

    The unit attaches to the wristband with short fabric. There's too much play in this fabric, 3/8-inch, and the unit flops on your wrist when you run. It would be better if there was 1/8 to 1/16-inch of play in the fabric.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for runners
    I run is a USA Fit marathon program. Several members have the Timex GPS system, and several of us have the Garmin Forerunner. Everyone who has the Garmin loves it, and those with the Timex wish they had the Garmin. Screens are very easy to read and navigate. The computer program is very easy to download. Do not understand why they have a serial connection and not a USB though. For anyone doing a running training program, this piece of equipment is a must.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect running companion
    The Forerunner 201 is by far the best product I have bought this year, period. I bought it to help me get back in shape to run in long distance races. I used to be in the track and field team in high school, long time ago. In the last couple of years, I have been running in local/regional runs. I have been trying to keep the training routines that I used in high school: long, easy runs, threshold runs, intervals, etc. The Forerunner 201 has been essential in keeping me honest and at the right pace.

    1. Long/easy runs. It is very easy and tempting to runs faster than the easy pace dictated in your training plan. Using the Virtual Partner feature, you can keep yourself at the right pace. The Virtual Partner will tell you how far ahead or behind you are from your virtual partner, the screen shows two icons: one for you and one for your partner. A large display tells you the distance between the two. Easy to read at a glance, the background indicates if you are ahead or behind. My goal is to stay within 20 feet of my virtual partner. That way I can assure the correct pace. This feature has been instrumental on keeping me from getting injured for running too fast.

    2. Interval Training. Use the Intervals section to set the distances and pace for running. Once you set the number of intervals, distance, and resting time/distance, you do not have to worry about keeping time, just run. The Forerunner will keep track of everything for you. It will beep when you are done on each interval and will beep when you are 5 seconds or 20 feet from the next one. Unfortunately, there is no option to set the pace. I would love to use the virtual partner to do intervals, that way you can also keep to correct pace during intervals.

    3. Threshold runs. Just use the Virtual Partner and set the pace to the correct one for your running threshold. Your Virtual Partner will keep you running at the right pace.

    I take my Forerunner on all my business trips and do not worry anymore about measuring or calculating distances. The Forerunner may not measure distances to the inch, but it has proven accurate enough for my daily training.

    The ideas above are just a sample of the many fun ways to use the Forerunner. I am sure the reader will find many other uses for the Forerunner.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I found my true love!
    Since knowledge is power and the Forerunner 201 is full of information, I am now running with power.
    Look, this is the best thing to hit the market for a runner since shoes. I can finally start and stop running anytime and anywhere without the dreaded "how far have I gone, guess I'll hop in the car and check". I no longer drive around to get distance information, ever. Not to mention, I can't drive on half the places I wanted to run and wouldn't run those places because I couldn't drive it to determine how far I was running. I've heard others complain of GPS signal strength and I did have a problem once, but I was running about 1 foot away from a 15 ft wall and on the other side were 2 story townhomes about 30 feet away with huge trees overhead, so I think the GPS works fine. It took about 3 minutes to get a signal after I opened the box and charged it up. I can't imagine why you would not buy this other than you don't exercise. My wife commented that she couldn't believe all the features it had and the information it provided for the price, and she is not an easy sale. No comment on bike problems that people have had. Garmin has been great with software updates. The logbook could have more options but that is no reason to not have this. I LOVE IT! ... Read more


    12. Kodak EasyShare DX7590 5MP Digital Camera with 10X Optical Zoom & Kodak EasyShare Dock 6000 Bundle
    list price: $549.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000231D1K
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Kodak
    Sales Rank: 40
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    Features

    • 5-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 13-by-17-inch enlargements
    • 10x optical zoom Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens; includes EasyShare Camera Dock 6000 for easy recharging and picture transfer
    • 2.2-inch high-resolution LCD display screen; 0.4 second click-to-capture time; 16 programmed scene modes
    • Store images in 32 MB of internal memory or on optional Secure Digital (SD) memory cards
    • Powered by Kodak EasyShare Li-Ion rechargeable battery (included with charger)

    13. Garmin eTrex Legend 8 MB GPS with PC Cable
    list price: $214.99
    our price: $169.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000058BCQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 79
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    There are now enough handheld global positioning system (GPS) receivers on the market that you can be choosy when it comes to price, features, and design. Garmin--a leading manufacturer of car, boat, and personal GPS receivers--has a complete line of eTrex handheld receivers, with our Legend falling about midrange.

    With WAAS support, the Legend offers extremely accurate readings (rated to within two to three meters). (For more on WAAS, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.) A good-sized screen--288 x 160 pixels--makes it easy to see location details, and the Legend redraws maps quickly when zooming in or out of a position.

    Its 8 MB of memory means there is also plenty of room for waypoints, routes, and saved tracks. The Legend will hold up to 500 waypoints, complete with a name and graphical symbol, 20 routes with 50 waypoints each, and it contains slots for 10 saved tracks. You can also download maps from Garmin's MapSource CD-ROMs (thorough but expensive accessories for the GPS receiver) to see street-level or topographic detail (depending on the CD-ROM title).

    But one of the most striking attributes of the Legend is its comfortable and efficient design. While it rests easily in the palm of either hand, it's most suited for the left hand, where its handy click-stick can be manipulated with the thumb. The click-stick works like the pencil-eraser nubbin on laptop PCs and is handy for moving through screen icons and menus. It also works as a button when pressed down.

    The Legend is coated with a waterproof, rubberized plastic shell that grips nicely. Weighing in at only 5.3 ounces, it fits into a pocket or clips onto a belt loop, going almost unnoticed.

    The internal trip computer of the Legend provided a range of data about our hikes and drives, including current speed, average speed, trip distance, and time traveled (both moving and stopped). For those interested in checking out their foot pace and distance traveled, it's a handy GPS to have in hand.

    Our only major beef with the Legend is that the receiver sometimes seemed to grow weak. Even when it wasn't in WAAS mode (which can be tough to maintain a signal in), it dropped the signal from time to time. We even lost the signal once while walking along the streets of San Francisco--it seems that the medium-size buildings were enough to interfere with the reception.

    But this only happened on a few occasions. Most of the time the well-designed Legend was able to keep us in touch with up to 12 GPS satellites for a strong-enough read to maintain a tight handle on our location. --J. Curtis

    Pros:

    • Comfortable, compact design
    • Click-stick for interface navigation
    • Bright backlight
    • Handy distance-traveled feature
    Cons:
    • Sporadic reception within urban areas
    • Can take several minutes for a cold fix
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    Features

    • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with built-in Americas basemap
    • 8 MB of internal memory for map and data storage; PC cable included
    • Accuracy to less than 3 meters with WAAS correction data
    • Rocker switch on front panel for quick and accurate map panning
    • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software; includes serial PC interface

    Reviews (91)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent GPS
    This is my second GPS and the 4th I have operated. I have had plenty of experience with GPSs and my occupation requires their use extensively. Having traveled to many foreign countries, I can attest to this unit's ability to give you tons of info on where you are. I prefer simple electronics with minimal buttons, and this unit offers a tremendous amount of data with six buttons. If you are looking for the easiest to use, I suggest the Garmin E-trex. It is the most basic unit you'll find and still provides plenty of info.

    Pros:
    1) The map data installed in the unit is very detailed (for N. America).
    2) The ability to pre-plan routes via waypoints or corrodinates is fairly easy (esp. with the user guide)
    3) You can program what data you would like to see based on what you want to know
    4) For fisherman and hunters, this unit has special info for you (I didn't find this useful for me, but...)
    5) Again, relatively simple to use compared to other GPSs
    6) The ability to download map info from CD-ROM (invaluable)

    Cons:
    1) If you are going to use this in a car only, maybe you'd be better off with something that offers an exterior antenna
    2) Significantly more complex than the E-trex (but still easier to use than most)
    3) Be prepared to study in-depth the method of downloading from the CD-ROM

    Overall, this GPS has gone beyond my expectations. If you do any significant traveling (esp. in N. America), then you will find this GPS vital.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Start
    I bought my Legend and the topo MapSource software last fall at a great price. I've used it for deer and turkey hunting, hiking, biking, and fun in the car. This unit takes a bit of getting used to but its operation is reasonably intuitive. (I'm an engineer.) I have down and uploaded weigh points, tracks and routes using the MapSource software. Before I bought my unit, I read some complaints about lack of topo detail. I find it adequate for my purposes. Be advised that the base map (which comes hard-coded in the system) does not correctly list the recently renumbered Pennsylvania highway exit numbers. Hopefully, Garmin will correct this promptly. Also, the topos are a bit dated but then so are the paper topos I usually carry. My suggestion is, if you like electronic toys, go for it. If these GPS manufacturers were smart, they would put software on the Internet that allowed open sharing of routes, waypoints, etc. Every trail in America would wind up electronically documented and these little critters would sell like popcorn.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced
    I don't understand why this item is priced $80.00 more than anywhere else I've found it. You might as well not even carry it. It's a disservice to your customers. Target usually has good prices, and I do a lot of shopping there.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bought one for the second time.
    My wife and I got into Geocaching last year. We had a blast and had great results using our eTrex Legend. We ended up getting other distractions that kept us from GeoCaching so we decided to sell our Legend.

    Well a year later we decided to get backing to caching because of some friends so we went looking again for GPSr units and after looking nothing seems to have topped the Legend in the value section.

    I have read complaints about people losing sats but honestly from my previous experience, this only happened to us when the tree cover was almost completely blocked out the sky. I often used the unit indoors (near a window of course) and never had a problem using it in the car.

    There are a few items that I buy a second time around, the only one that comes to mind off hand was a FujiFilm FinePix 1300. I tend to like value and items that retain a resale value, and from experience, the Legend fits both of those categories.

    If you are looking for a sub $200 unit to Geocache with, this is the unit for you. With EasyGPS you can easily store and download Geocache waypoints to your Legend.

    Also I don't think anyone mentioned it, but the Legend has a ton of different waypoint icons you can use, it even has GeoCache and GeoCache Found icons.

    If I don't get the same results of the 2nd unit that I just ordered I will post it, but until then I am happy I stuck with the Legend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS at an Excellent Price
    Overall the Garmin eTrex Legend is a very good GPS receiver. Reception although not perfect is much better then what some of the reviews led me to believe. I lost tracking once on a 60 mile interstate trip for about 15 secs. Considering that is was cloudy, there is a reasonable amount of trees around the interstate and the GPS was on the passenger front seat I was pretty happy with the result. I managed to get a satellite lock indoors as well but only when in proximity to a window and even then it was sporadic. Average accuracy for me was about 20-30ft. When WAAS satellites are in sight I got as good as 7ft and you could actually see the car changing lanes on the tracking log.
    The 8MB memory is for the most sufficient for a detailed street map of a single metropolitan area. Although no where nearly as detailed the built-in base map is also useful.
    Battery life is good although not as good as advertised. WAAS does drain the batteries a little more so that may be the reason for my results.
    Interface and features are as good as can be expected from a device that size and in this price range. The click stick can be a bit uncomfortable for right handed people but nothing you can't get used to.
    Although I have not owned the device long it seems to be well built. I have not managed to put any scratches on the screen yet and I have taken few precautions.
    Overall this is a great GPS with reasonably good reception and accuracy. Features are excellent for the price range. The eTrex Legend is moderately useful on the road ( no auto routing on the GPS ) and very useful for hiking, marine and aviation applications. ... Read more


    14. HP iPAQ HX4705 Pocket PC

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    Asin: B0002DV9DM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 644
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    Features

    • WLAN 802.11b, Bluetooth 1.2, IrDA (FIR), USB and Serial
    • Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software for Pocket PC
    • 624 MHz Intel Bulverde technology-based processor
    • 192 MB total memory (128 MB ROM and 64 MB SDRAM)
    • 4” Transflective type VGA TFT color, 64K colors, LED backlight

    15. Sony Cybershot DSCV3 7.2MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
    list price: $799.99
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    Asin: B0004HQQSE
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 273
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    Features

    • 7.2-megapixel resolution for photo-quality 15-by-20-inch prints
    • 4x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens
    • Easy composition with 2.5-inch LCD monitor, the Hologram AF illuminator, multi-pattern measuring, and live histogram display
    • Capable of recording images on to both Memory Stick PRO media and CompactFlash Type 1 media
    • Powered by rechargeable InfoLithium battery; supplied AC-LS5 adapter/charger provides stable power for USB transfer

    16. Garmin Quest 115 MB Automotive GPS Navigator with Flip-Up Antenna
    list price: $642.99
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    Asin: B0002JUH3O
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 323
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Portability meets capability in Garmin's pocket-sized Quest portable automotive global-positioning system. The easy-to-use device is loaded with the high-end navigation features from Garmin's most popular GPS navigators. Use it in multiple vehicles or simply slip it in your pocket for handy street-level directions when you're navigating on foot.

    Smaller than a standard television remote, the Quest provides ample screen viewing area, but won't demand a lot of room on the dashboard or in the briefcase. The device sports a bright, 256-color, sunlight-readable display. You'll love the Quest's automatic routing with turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance to get you where you're going A high-speed processor means fast automatic off-route and detour recalculation, and the unit's internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 20 hours of use between charges.

    A USB data connection ensures fast map downloads from Garmin's entire line of MapSource CDs, several of which are included. The unit ships with fully unlocked MapSource City Select CDs, providing full coverage of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, including more than 5 million points of interest like gas stations, ATMs, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. With 115 MB of internal memory, this small-but-powerful GPS navigator has plenty of built-in map storage. A unique antenna folds flush with the unit when not in use, and you can connect an optional external antenna as well.

    For weekend warriors using the unit on a camping or fishing trip, the Quest is waterproof and fully compatible with the entire line of MapSource outdoor cartography, including U.S. Topo, 24K Topo, Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots, and BlueChart.

    What's in the Box
    Quest GPS with flip-up antenna, a PC/USB cable, an AC power adapter, an external speaker with 12-volt adapter cable, a vehicle suction-cup mount, a quick-reference guide, a user's manual, Americas autoroute basemap, MapSource City Select North America CD with full coverage and full unlock, and warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS with flip-up antenna
    • Features 115MB of internal memory, for MapSource data
    • Position formats include Lat/Lon, UTM, MGRS, user grid and other standards
    • Trip tracking computer provides a large speed display, odometer, stopped time, max speed, average and other important information
    • 10,000-point track log retraces your path; includes USB interface

    17. Nikon Coolpix 4600 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    list price: $199.95
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    Asin: B0007KQWDM
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Nikon
    Sales Rank: 93
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    4-megapixel effective recording * 3X optical Zoom-Nikkor lens (4X digital/12X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 34-102mm * 14 MB of built-in memory (holds about 7 images at highest quality setting) * 1-13/16" color LCD * ... Read more

    Features

    • Powered by AA-size batteries; stores images on SD memory cards
    • 4.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for for photo-quality 11 x 15-inch prints
    • 3x optical zoom through a quality Zoom-Nikkor lens (zoom is equivalent to 34-102mm in a 35mm camera)
    • 1.8-inch LCD display; exclusive Nikon In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
    • New Underwater Scene mode

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!Digital for Dummies!
    If you're a "digital dummy" or "photograpy phool" like me, then this is THE camera for you - and even if you're not!! This camera's easy-to-decipher directions had me taking excellent photos the very first night. The software was very user-friendl, easy to install, and quick to load even on my sloooow computer system.

    The zoom capabilities are terrific and the superior focus makes it impossible to take a bad picture. Its small size was a bit intimidating - I worried about dropping it - but it fits right in your hand, no fumbling! Forget about clunky 35mm cameras and their heavy cases - the Nikon fits right on your belt, as light as a cellular phone. The viewscreen helps you see what your photo will look like, and lets you instantly play back what you've just taken so you can keep or delete. A friend who owns a more expensive model says this is as high-quality as her model.

    Highly recommend this camera! GREAT for anyone of any age, and the low price- not much more than what my Canon 35 mm cost -puts the wonders of digital within everyone's price range.

    5-0 out of 5 stars love it!
    I know nothing about digital cameras or how to use them.I had a Sony Cybershot that I barely could figure out how to use and although very fast, most of the pictures I took came out blurry.I dropped that camera and went to buy a replacement but instead decided on this one--I love it!Yes, it is slow between pictures after using the flash but the pictures are much clearer and crisper than the ones I managed to take with my Sony.I haven't had a blurry picture yet and the quality of the pictures is great.I have beenable to figure out how to everything I have wanted to do so far withouteven looking at the instruction manual.The buttons are self explanatory and very easy to use.This may not be the camera a professional would choose but as a mom with four kids and no knowledge of digital cameras and no time to learn about them, I am glad I chose the Nikon Coolpix--I love it!(love the size too!)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Shop and compare
    I looked at the Nikon Coolpix 4600 in a store and it sure looked exactly like my Nikon Cooplix 4100.
    I have been looking over the specs and they also look the same, except that I see the 4600 is 10 grams lighter, with the body a few millimeters smaller. I do not see this as an advantage, since presumably the case was designed for a degree of sturdiness, and this may be sacrificed.
    Whether there is any difference in performance, I do not know.
    I suggest you compare the two models and then look at the reviews for the Nikon 4100 before you buy. Some people like the 4100, some do not.
    Whether Nikon corrected any of the deficiencies in the 4100, I do not know. The firmware may have been changed.
    Some of the negative comments about the 4100 are unfair. For example, in the continuous mode it will shoot fairly fast, a little faster than one frame a second. Like any digital camera, you have to know all the bells and whistles to get the most out of it.
    The big problem is the slow "film" speed. It is rated at 50 ISO, but my tests with a light meter say it is actually 25 ISO. This is fine if, like a professional photographer, you plan to use a tripod for all your shots, for that is what professional photographers would do if they were using film this slow. It leaves me wondering how accurate the speed ratings of other Nikons are. Given that the Nikon 4600 specs here do not list the ISO film speed, I would assume the worst.
    Also, I contacted Nikon about how big a SD card it can handle and never got a response. Some discussion groups say it is only 256 MB. My 4100 needs 2 mb per high rez picture, even though the file is only about 1.4 mb
    I find the 4100 is OK for snapshots with a tiny camera you can carry around in your pocket. But for higher quality shots, I have since bought a much better, slightly larger camera for about the same price as the 4100. And so the Nikon is usually gathering dust.
    The bottom line: I suspect Nikon may have wanted repackage the 4100 because the reviews weren't so good.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good start up camera
    Pros: Excellent picture quality, Ease of use
    Cons: Slow recharge after flash, Slow image processing, LCD turns off after each shot.
    Excellent quality pictures, ease of use, battery life,
    affordable pricing, and it's compact size and
    design all make this a good start up camera. Why just a
    start up? Here's why?
    NOT SO GOOD:
    The biggest problem is the lenght of time the camera
    takes to recharge after flash. Not only that but also
    the slow image processing rate after a picture is taken
    and this is both with or without the flash on (3 to 5
    seconds wait). Also, after you take a picture, while
    the camera is processing the image, the LCD shuts off
    for about 2 seconds then turns back on. Reviewing
    picture you've taken is also be a task. Also, there
    is no center gridline or center marker on the LCD or
    viewfinder for centering your object.
    If you can overlook, or not be annoyed by the NOT SO
    GOOD, then this is excellent camera. Great picture
    quality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nikon Coolpix 4600
    I have had many 35mm cameras in the past.As a matter of fact I go back to the days before auto focus and automatic cameras.I finally came out of the datk ages and joined the 21th Century by buying my first digital camera.I found the Nikon Coolpix 4600 easy to use and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the photos I took.In addition, I found the manual clear and easy to understand.But, I would have liked more detail of some items.Overall, I love the camera. ... Read more


    18. Garmin GPSMap 60CS 56 MB GPS with Color Display, Digital Compass, and Altimeter
    list price: $535.99
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    Asin: B000189W8M
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 375
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    The Garmin GPSMAP 60CS is full of features that are only found on the newest generation GPS handheld units. It's not enough to only have color displays anymore. Garmin knows this and they upped the ante on this lightweight, rugged, waterproof unit, offering a 256-color, highly reflective display that provides easy viewing in almost any lighting condition, including sunlit conditions. This transreflective TFT, 2.6" diagonal screen provides excellent viewing while maximizing your battery life (up to twenty hours with typical use) but not up to the massive thirty hours that the Garmin GPSMAP 60C offers. However, the GPSMAP 60C falls behind in the feature race as the GPSMAP 60CS comes equipped with a very handy compass, altimeter, glide ratio and vertical speed to destination calculators.

    The GPSMAP 60CS offers an electronic compass and barometric altimeter for highland adventures. These sensors, when combined with GPS technology, provide enhanced bearing and elevation readings. Barometric sensor with automatic pressure trend recording. With the elevation computer, you can find current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum and maximum elevation, total ascent and descent, average and maximum ascent and descent rate. The trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more.

    The WAAS GPS receiver has an accuracy of ten feet in North America. With the fifty reversible routes, 10,000 track points and 1000 waypoints, you're sure to have enough tools to find your way. With the faster processor, the GPS unit provides quick auto routing, turn-by-run directions and audio alerts when using optional MapSource software. There are 56 MB of internal memory for storing additional map detail. Downloading information is quick using the USB or serial port interfaces. Using the dedicated serial port, navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters and autopilots. The four position rocker pad and dedicated high-use buttons make navigating through the unit's features easy, even when your fingers are cold or wet.

    Finally, the GPSMAP 60CS is packed with some extra fun features. An integrated outdoor calendar provides ideal hunting and fishing times, plus moon rise/set/location information. There is a dedicated geocaching mode for those of you into the hot, GPS community treasure hunt game. Finally, there are indoor/outdoor GPS games to help you and your friends enjoy the outdoors.

    Garmin makes some accessories to help you integrate your GPS with your life and your priorities. Keep your GPS at the ready while protecting it from knocks and bumps is with a carrying case. If you'll be on the road, Garmin's U.S. topographical MapSource CD-ROM provides the most detailed maps available. Or, for a combination of detailed U.S. maps and a car kit for mounting and powering your GPS, there's an automotive accessory pack for North America.

    The WAAS difference
    • 100 meters: Accuracy of the original GPS system, which was subject to accuracy degradation under the government-imposed Selective Availability (SA) program.
    • 15 meters: Typical GPS position accuracy without SA.
    • 3-5 meters: Typical differential GPS (DGPS) position accuracy.
    • Less than 3 meters: Typical WAAS position accuracy.
    WAAS is a system of satellites and ground stations that provide GPS signal corrections, giving you even better position accuracy. How much better? Try an average of up to five times better. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters 95 percent of the time. And you don't have to purchase additional receiving equipment or pay service fees to utilize WAAS.

    How it Works
    WAAS consists of approximately 25 ground reference stations positioned across the United States that monitor GPS satellite data. Two master stations, located on either coast, collect data from the reference stations and create a GPS correction message. This correction accounts for GPS satellite orbit and clock drift plus signal delays caused by the atmosphere and ionosphere. The corrected differential message is then broadcast through one of two geostationary satellites, or satellites with a fixed position over the equator. The information is compatible with the basic GPS signal structure, which means any WAAS-enabled GPS receiver can read the signal.

    Who benefits from WAAS?
    Currently, WAAS satellite coverage is only available in North America. There are no ground reference stations in South America, so even though GPS users there can receive WAAS, the signal has not been corrected and thus would not improve the accuracy of their unit. For some users in the U.S., the position of the satellites over the equator makes it difficult to receive the signals when trees or mountains obstruct the view of the horizon. WAAS signal reception is ideal for open land and marine applications. WAAS provides extended coverage both inland and offshore compared to the land-based DGPS (differential GPS) system. Another benefit of WAAS is that it does not require additional receiving equipment, while DGPS does.

    What's in the Box
    GPSMAP 60CS, PC/USB cable, lanyard, belt clip, manual and a one year warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • Sunlight-readable, transreflective TFT display
    • Electronic compass and barometric altimeter
    • Geolocation games, including geocaching mode
    • Integrated outdoor calendar
    • Waterproof for up to 30 minutes under 1 meter of water; includes serial and USB interfaces

    Reviews (9)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost there
    GPSMAP 60cs is a nice unit but if you can wait for their next generation handheld, you should. I recently did a 2000 mile motorcycle trip along with several back country hiking excursions and for the normal kinds of things you want a gps to do, (where am I, how do I get there, what direction am I going) the 60CS was great! With CitySelect maps I could see all the roads, even the dirt roads in obscure places like the south western Oregon National forests. I routinely used autonav and it's amazingly fast route calculations made getting to where I wanted to be a real pleasure....almost....

    You can display lots of fancy data on almost any of the screens.
    The sat pickup is far better then the earlier gpses and fast.
    A real compass and altimeter made off trail hiking a breeze
    Estimated arrival times and popup turn notifications kept me on my path.

    However....
    Don't come upon a road block. There is no way to tell autorouting that you must detour. You have to coax autonav to get you around the road blockage by trying to find other road waypoints to build partial routes, When you are in the middle of no where, this is not pleasant. Garmins answer: Buy a bigger more expensive unit.

    Don't rely on the 'save tracks' feature. Garmin drops all of the date/time stamps from the active track when it saves it for you (forget about photo gps tagging). They claim it takes to much space (dah? the unit has 56MB!, a track entry is under a couple hundred characters even with date/time!)

    Don't use the belt hanger knob on the back. My first use caused the knob to snap off a part of the back housing leaving a 1/2 diameter hole! Since the knob is used by their auto and bicycle mounts, be ware, you may see your garmin bouncing on the street or down by your feet!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun for trips
    This is my first GPS device. My main use is tracking my progress on longer bike rides. The 60CS has a nice "track" feature, which records your journey. When used along with the odometer, you can get some nifty data on how fast you were going, time spent stopped, etc. The track data can then be downloaded onto your computer and viewed with the map software provided with the device. The altitude profile view of your track is very cool.

    I found the device's software interface easy to understand once I played with it and browsed through the manual.

    If you wish to use this device in a car for directions, be prepared to purchase additional maps from Garmin. The provided maps note highways and their exits but not much detail on individual streets.

    So why four and not five stars? While the "track" records altitude and distance, I was a little disappointed that the odometer data was not saved along with the track. The provided software also only works on a Windows PC. Also, on one ride where I was using the "track" feature, the GPS device lost connection to satellites when I entered a tunnel. I expected the device to just start tracking me again when I exited the tunnel; however, I had to hit "ok" on the message box telling me that it losts its way before it resumed the track and odometer features.

    Because I like transferring my routes back from my GPS device to my computer for long term storage, I found myself buying the AC Adapter (B00005UK9S) so that I don't run through AA batteries too often.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Autoroute navigation needs some work
    I should begin by saying this is the first GPS I have bought, so in my criticisms, I am not comparing it to other GPS units (which may be worse).

    First of all, it seems to be quite a good portable unit. It locates the satellites quite quickly, gives position + estimated error in 1 no-nonsense screen. Also seems quite robust - it went for quite a tumble down a 10m cliff face, ending up in a deep pool of water - and all worked ok afterwards :-) (phew!).
    The hardware seems great - however the software has some usability bugs that should be fixed.

    Taking it along on a long 4wd trip in Australia in May 2004, here is a list of my gripes/criticisms:

    1) The auto route navigation is pretty poor. A few times it came up with some crazy routes to get from A to B ... via Z!!

    2) Also with the auto route navigation: When zooming in, the purple route marking doesnt correlate with the road its trying to mark. The more you zoom in, the worse it gets. Zoomed into a city streetmap, its completely unusable as the route marking is not even visible on the screen - or if it is, its impossible to work out what streets it is marking. Until this bug is fixed, I certainly would not buy this for auto navigation.

    2) The way that route recalculation grabs focus from *whatever* you happen to be doing at the time is a major pain. You may be in the middle of a tedious "Find" operation only to have all of your effort dashed as it snatches you back to your route map and loses whatever you had typed. Grrr!

    There are a number of other usability issues - and being a software developer, they stand out to me. The software needs a bit of work before I would give it 4 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love This GPS!!
    We have had the 60CS for over one month. We love it!!! It's highly durable and configurable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My o' my!
    This is one sweet unit. I owned the Vista previously and was getting a bit tired of the slowness at which it refreshes the map screen when moving the pointer to scroll. The new 60cs is much more powerful. The screen is also very easy to read. Sound feedback is much appreciated as well as the ability to customize the page order. The unit also locks to satellites very quickly. I haven't had time to hike under heavy foliage yet to see how it compares to the Vista but I'm sure it can't be any worse since the Vista requires that the unit face up all the time. I only wish that they have a neoprene case for the 60cs like the one they have for the Vista. That has kept my Vista looking brand new after many years of use which is great now that I'm ebaying the unit.

    June 26, 2004
    I've since had the chance to try this unit in dense foliage and it performs great! The Vista wasn't nearly as sensitive with it's patch antenna as the 60CS with the quad helix. I use to lose signals under certain frequented trails that's full of trees with the Vista but now the 60CS, I don't lose a crumb. Previously with the Vista, I had to check on it every few minutes to make sure that the patch antenna was facing up if I wanted to record a crumb trail. Now, It's great just letting the 60CS dangle on the included clip on my backpack with not a worry.

    I also find the display much easier to read on the trail. The color really helps. The beeps also notifies you of different issues which is great. All in all, I'd say I've made the right choice to upgrade to a 60CS. ... Read more


    19. Konica Minolta Dimage A200 8MP Digital Camera with Anti-Shake 7x Optical Zoom
    list price: $849.99
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    Asin: B000683VIY
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
    Sales Rank: 559
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    A close cousin of the Dimage A2, Konica Minolta's SLR-style Dimage A200 offers a smaller, more rounded body design and is lighter by 2.1 ounces. But it's packed full of powerful features that will be appreciated by a wide range of photographers, from professional to advanced amateur. In addition to its 8-megapixel resolution and 7x optical zoom, the Dimage A200 features a movie mode with 800 x 600-pixel resolution, 1.8-inch flip-out LCD monitor, and Minolta's anti-shake technology to keep things smooth.

    Optics and Resolution
    The Dimage A200 has an 8.0-megapixel, 2/3-inch interlace scan CCD that can subtle, expressive images--even individual hairs or the stitches of a suit in sharp detail. It has the following resolution options: 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176 (3:2 aspect ratio), 2560 x 1920, 2080 x 1560, 1600 x 1200, and 640 x 480. The 7x optical zoom GT lens is designed specifically for digital photography with sharper, clearer images minus any color aberration, even when using the large aperture setting. It has a 28-200mm equivalency in 35mm photography and a focal range of f2.8 to f3.5. It also has two digital zoom options: a normal 2x and an interpolated 4x.

    With its proprietary new advanced LSI engine and CxProcess III image-processing technology, the DiMAGE A200 provides high-speed and stress-free image processing with low power consumption. And, its ability to suppress noise and provide exceptionally accurate color reproduction means that users get high-quality images every time.

    Dimage A200's CCD-shift assembly
    The Dimage A200 features a CCD-shift mechanism, outlined above in green, to stabilize images by offsetting the shaking pattern of the user's hand. Below, a photo with Anti-Shake off (right) and the same subject with Anti-Shake on (left).
    Clock tower with and without Anti-Shake
    Movie Mode
    The Dimage A200 offers a true VGA (640 x 480 pixels) movie mode, enabling you to record video at TV-quality 30 frames per second (fps). You also have the option to shoot at a larger resolution (800 x 600, SVGA) at 15 fps, good for viewing on a PC screen. Unlike many digital cameras, the Dimage A200 allows use of both the optical and digital zoom while recording movies, and the Night Movie function makes subjects highly visible even in dark settings. You can shoot a maximum of 15 minutes of video with audio.

    Anti-Shake Technology
    The Anti-Shake feature provides a highly effective way to deal with camera shake--a major cause of substandard images, especially with telephoto shots and when shooting in dim lighting. The Dimage A200 features a CCD-shift mechanism to stabilize images by offsetting the shaking pattern of the user's hand, providing stability at up to three shutter speeds slower than on digital cameras without an Anti-Shake function.

    Storage and Transfer
    Images are stored on CompactFlash cards (Type I/II), and it supports Microdrives. The Dimage A2 does not come with a memory card. It connects to Macs and Windows-based PCs via USB 2.0 connectivity.

    Direct Printing
    By directly connecting the Dimage A200 to a PictBridge-compliant printer, you can easily create prints without going through a computer--just choose your image directly from the LCD monitor.

    More Features
    The camera's 1.8-inch TFT Vari-angle LCD monitor rotates 270 degrees vertically and 180 degrees horizontally, allowing you to get a clear viewpoint for shooting artistic angles or taking flawless self-portraits.

    Other features include:

    • In addition to JPEG images, the Dimage A200 can also save captured images to RAW (12 bits per pixel), RAW+JPEG, and TIFF formats.
    • The Ultra High Speed mode captures images at a continuous advance of 40 frames at 10 frames per second.
    • Automatic or manual popup flash has a five-second refresh and fill, red-eye reduction, slow sync, and rear flash sync modes.
    • Sure-grip, ergonomic body makes it easy to carry and use anywhere.
    Power and Size
    The Dimage A200 is powered by a proprietary rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (NP-800), which provides power for approximately 260 images or 330 minutes of continuous playing time. It measures 4.49 x 3.15 x 4.53 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 17.8 ounces without battery or media.

    What's in the Box
    This package includes the Minolta Dimage A200 digital camera, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (NP-800) and battery charger (BC-900), USB and AV cables, lens cap, accessory shoe cap, lens shade, wireless remote control, and CD-ROM with Dimage Viewer and ULEAD Video Studio 8 SE software. ... Read more

    Features

    • 8-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 16-by-22-inch enlargements
    • Konica Minolta 7X optical zoom GT lens combines with a 2x digital zoom and 4x interpolated digital zoom
    • Anti-shake feature for smooth photographic close-ups; flip-out, tilting 1.8-inch LCD
    • Store images on type I or II Compact Flash memory cards or Microdrive; connects to PC via USB 2.0
    • Powered by 1 NP-800 Lithium-ion battery

    20. Sony Cybershot DSCW5 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    list price: $399.95
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    Asin: B0007CZ7BI
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 61
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    5.1-megapixel recording * Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens * 3X optical zoom (2X digital/12X total zoom with lower-res photos only) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * Real Imaging Processor for high-quality images and faster camera response * 2-1/2" color LCD * JPEG options: resolution up to 2592 x 1944; 2048 x 1536; 1280 x 960; 640 x 480 * ... Read more

    Features

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

    Reviews (8)

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

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

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

    5-0 out of 5 stars clarification of the "little waving hand"
    Just a clarification of the negative reviews below - the "little waving hand" does not mean that the camera is moving.Instead, it means that you are trying to take a photo with a setting that would require a very steady hand to get a sharp result.That is why the hand doesn't go away when you put the camera on a table - and you can still take good pictures under these conditions, if the camera is held steady enough.This is a great little camera that I have been totally satisfied with so far.And, just as an aside, this information is in the user's manual, it might be a good idea to read this over before writing bad reviews on this site.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Blurry pictures
    I take basic point and shoot pictures of my family and so on.I was really disappointed with the image and focus quality on this camera.If *anything* is moving, it tends to show up as a blur -- even a child waving his hand.

    The "camera unsteady" warning came on every time too.I even sat it on a table top, and it still warned "camera unsteady!"

    I decided to return it and look for something better. ... Read more


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