Review posted for Epson L500V|
(Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - 21:27 EDT)
Epson's PhotoPC 3000 and 3100 models were favorites of mine several years ago, but the company for whatever reason exited the digital camera market until just recently.
Their return is marked by a very nice little "pocket camera," the 5-megapixel, 3x zoom Epson L-500V. The L-500V's large 2.5-inch LCD monitor is clear and bright, even under bright lighting and is easily the highest-resolution, sharpest-looking LCD I've seen on a digital camera to date. Image quality is excellent, with bright yet accurate color, good resolution, and relatively little lens distortion. A ruggedly constructed all-metal case and retracting lens with built-in lens cover make for a pocket-friendly design, an excellent option for users on the go.
With four preset scene modes, a limited number of exposure options, and a full Auto exposure mode, the L-500V is a great match for novices or even intermediate photographers who just need a second, "take anywhere" digital camera. I'd like to see a bit better handling of incandescent lighting, a bit longer battery life, and a bit better low-light capability, but those concerns are relatively minor points in an otherwise excellent little camera.
Its good build quality, exquisite LCD display, excellent color, sharp photos made the L-500V a Dave's Pick, but I do recommend buying a second battery along with the camera, to handle extended outings. Read our Epson L-500V review for all the details!