(Friday, July 12, 2002 - 00:07 EDT)
It's time again for a catchup on other sites' newest reviews...
Whilst Mike and Dave were on a brief (and much-needed!) vacation, our friends at the other main digital camera sites have posted several reviews worth reading:Digital Camera Resource Page
- Apple iPhoto imaging software: Review updated for new 1.1.1 version.
- Olympus D-550 Zoom: "Olympus did a nice job bringing their D-400/500 series into the 3 Megapixel era. The D-550 Zoom is a small point-and-shoot camera that produces quality pictures, some of which were noticeably better than a more expensive Olympus camera. The features on the D-550 never cross into what I'd call 'manual', but they are adequate for most people. On the downside, Olympus has really fallen behind in the movie mode department, with short and silent movies. Also, the bundle and manual on CD leaves much to be desired. But for folks looking to make larger prints (or regain some of the features lost when the D-510 became the D-520), the D-550Z is a fine choice."
- Toshiba PDR-3300: "Things were sort of 'hit or miss' with the Toshiba PDR-3300. The hits are the great price for a 3MP zoom camera, the full manual controls, and nice playback mode. The misses are the so-so bundle, fussy autofocus, and the blue cast I noticed in some photos. I urge you to check out the other reviews and sample photos out there before making a final decision about the photo quality. Aside from those problems, the PDR-3300 does get my recommendation. The 3300 also measures up nicely compared to the competition from Sony and Olympus -- and it has many more manual controls."
- Sony DPP-SV55 Dye Sub Printer: "The DPP-SV55 printer may be just the solution you're looking for if you want a simple way to print your digicam images with or without a computer."
- Sony Mavica MVC-CD400: "The bottom line is image quality and thanks to an excellent lens and state of the art camera hardware, the CD400 delivers sharp, colorful and properly exposed images. The size is not an attribute to most but the huge LCD, in comparison to other digicams, is a plus to me. It's very easy to use in bright daylight and I haven't been able to say that about many LCD's ... we'd have to rate the CD400 as an excellent 4-megapixel camera that's priced right at $799.99 (as of July, 2002)."
- Sony Mavica MVC-CD250: "The Mavica CD250 delivers reasonably sharp, colorful and properly exposed images. The cost per picture is minimal, travel photography doesn't require hundreds of dollars in flash media cards, thanks to the CD discs and the battery life is excellent. With the CD-250's lower price, inexpensive recording media and good image quality, this camera is sure to please."
- HiTi Photo Printer 630PS: "I give the HiTi 630PS my "Two Thumbs Up" seal of approval. Hopefully at this price point many more people will be able to enjoy the "digital photography experience" in a positive way. No more tossing bad prints into the waste can and saying goodbye to $.75 or more in consumables. For $249 the HiTi 630PS clearly blows away the competing printers and if you don't need the standalone capabilities, the HiTi 630PL at $169 is an incredible buy for the same image quality and low per print costs."
Megapixel.net: Canon EOS D60, Sony DSC-P51, FujiFilm FinePix S602, Canon PowerShot A40, HiTi 630PS.