Review roundup: HP, Minolta, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax|
(Monday, February 10, 2003 - 02:56 EST)
Our friends at the various digital camera sites around the web (and around the world!) continue to be just as hard at work reviewing the latest digital cameras as we are.
If you're considering a new digital camera, here are a few reviews new in the last week or two that you might want to take a look at:
Digital Photography Review
Digital Camera Resource Page
- HP PhotoSmart 850
"[A] flexible and easy to use offering, easy to learn controls, a big eight times optical zoom lens and a four megapixel sensor. The 850 is capable of taking some very nice images, especially if you're shooting primarily for image reduction (web posting, galleries, email etc.) or for smaller prints. That said there's not getting away from the fact that HP still have some way to go in image processing, available feature set and component quality (that LCD monitor)."
Steve's Digicams LetsGoDigital.nl
- Minolta DiMAGE Xi
"Although it's not quite as good in terms of photo quality and features as larger 3 Megapixel cameras, the Minolta DiMAGE Xi is still a very good camera considering just how small it is. Photo quality is good, though there is some trouble with vignetting at times, and photos still have a bit of a "video capture" look to them. The features are fairly limited as well -- this is a point-and-shoot camera. Even with its shortcomings, the DiMAGE Xi is still worth a look, if you're in the market for an ultra-small camera."
- Olympus Camedia C-50 Zoom
"The Olympus C-50 Zoom is a very good camera, that has a few flaws keeping it from excellence. The good news: the C-50 has a very attractive, small metal body. It's easy to use as a point-and-shoot or in manual mode. The My Mode feature is something that every camera should have. Image quality was very good, and most people will be happy with it. Jagged edges and noise did appear, but in most cases it was minor. The negatives include the lack of an autofocus illuminator lamp, no manual white balance or focus, a maximum shutter speed of 1/2 sec in shutter priority mode, and a lackluster movie mode."