Compact Digital Cameras

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2004 0 comments

When we first saw the Pentax Optio 33WR it was at a photo trade show inside a goldfish bowl...filled with water. This is not the usual or recommended storage for a digital camera, especially with all the circuits and batteries etc. inside. This eye-catching display got our attention, so we...

George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2004 0 comments

The integral lens SLR camera does have some precedent in the film world--it's what Olympus called the Z-SLR a number of years back, and the camera models in that line-up enjoyed limited success and spawned a group of digital Z-SLRs called the E-10 and E-20. Now that Olympus has cast...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Mar 01, 2004 0 comments

The first digital camera to incorporate Fujifilm's Super CCD HR (High Resolution) the FinePix S7000 is a full-featured 6.3-megapixel model that can generate 4048x3040 recorded pixels through in camera interpolation. More sophisticated than the earlier Super CCD III, the HR sensor is said...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Mar 01, 2004 0 comments

A compact digital camera is certainly convenient, but petite size has one drawback. The LCD monitors of most digicams are simply too small for convenient image viewing while shooting or during playback. Until recently, a 1.8" screen was common; today, an increasing number of cameras are...

George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2004 0 comments

Overexposure has always been the bane of photographers, be they the film or digital variety. If using negative film, moderate overexposure could be easily handled when printing. But overexpose a slide film and colors, details, and especially bright areas would become washed out, with subsequent...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

The most prolific manufacturer of digital cameras, Sony was also one of the first to introduce a 5-megapixel model, the DSC-F707 in 2001, later replaced by the F717. The company's latest high-end 5-Mp camera, the DSC-V1, should become more popular, thanks to its smaller size and lighter...

Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

While subcompact digicams are nice, many of us may feel they're too small to work easily with, and often too costly, given a similar feature set. The C-4000 provides a workable alternative--not too pricey and compact, but not overly so. On top of that, the camera sports 4-Mp capture...

Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

You don't normally think of any point-and-shoot camera as ideal for photographing models, but you never know when a great photo op is going to present itself. That's why I like to carry a small, high quality digital camera with me at all times. Right now Minolta's DiMAGE Xt...

Jack Neubart Posted: Dec 01, 2003 0 comments

The 5-megapixel Olympus C-5050 Zoom is not a camera to be taken lightly, despite its seemingly familiar point-and-shoot look. I've had this camera long enough to realize there is considerable potential wrapped up in a package surprisingly this small and lightweight, despite a modest 3x...

George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments

It was once thought that the big megapixel counts would be limited to digital SLRs, the thinking being that anyone who might want a near 15MB image file at largest resolution would want SLR features as well. That's changed with a new breed of...

Jack Neubart Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

Fujifilm FinePix S2Pro

I was standing in Times Square, the Fuji S2 Pro with 28-105mm f/2.8 lens in my hands, when I chanced to glance over my shoulder and noticed someone peering at me. The quizzical expression on my face was greeted by a...

Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2002 0 comments

The best thing a point-and-shoot digital camera can do is be ready when you want to make a picture and Minolta's DiMAGE X (www.minoltausa.com) delivers the goods in style with a tiny...

Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

Produced in cooperation with Panasonic, Leica's 4-megapixel Digilux 1 digital camera has a die-cast magnesium body and a form factor that echoes their traditional rangefinder cameras. When I first heard the Leica Digilux 1 would take styling cues...

George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2002 0 comments

Although we don't ordinarily review point-and-shoot 35s in Shutterbug, we were tempted to check out the new Minolta Freedom Zoom because of its autofocusing system. Minolta, as you might know, was a pioneer of AF technology with the Maxxum SLRs.

Chris Maher and Larry Berman Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

In December 2001, Nikon released their first prosumer 5 megapixel digital camera, the CoolPix 5000. Originally announced in September, this camera is a worthy successor to the immensely popular CoolPix line that includes Nikon's CoolPix 950, 990, and 995.

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