Full Review Update posted for Canon PowerShot A630!
Like most Canon PowerShots, the A630 is well-built, the pictures are great, and the camera is just a pleasure to use. The Canon PowerShot A630 continues in that tradition of dependability, sporting an 8.0-megapixel CCD, a very good quality 4x optical zoom lens, and a big 2.5 inch swiveling LCD screen. Sturdy of build, the Canon A630 offers everything from full automatic to full manual exposure control, with a healthy set of Scene modes thrown in to make it easy to bring back great-looking photos from what might otherwise be challenging situations. The Canon A630 has a great movie mode, and its superb lens delivers excellent sharpness across the frame. Thanks to its high-speed DIGIC-II processing chip, the Canon A630 is also very responsive, and its movie capability is impressive as well. Bottom line, like its brother the A640, the Canon A630 is a classic; just an excellent all-around digital camera. See the Canon A630 full review for more.
Hands-on Preview posted for Olympus SP-550 UltraZoom!
Replete as it is with impressive features, the Olympus SP-550's most compelling specification is its 18x zoom. Ranging from a wide angle 28mm equivalent to a very long 504mm telephoto, the SP-550's zoom does indeed impress. Its f/2.8 aperture at wide angle will make for good indoor shooting, and that relatively fast lens is boosted by Olympus's new sensor-shift optical stabilization. We've only seen a pre-production sample of the SP-550 so far, so we can't comment on the images, but the camera is pretty impressive nonetheless. Come see our Hands-on Preview of the Olympus SP-550 for more.
Hands-on Preview posted for Olympus Stylus 770 SW!
It's unclear whether consumers realized the significance of last year's Olympus Stylus 720 SW introduction. For those who missed it, Olympus underscores that significance in 2007 with the improved Stylus 770 SW. The Olympus 770 SW goes deeper underwater than its predecessor, can handle sub-freezing temperatures, retains its five-foot-drop resistance, and adds crush resistance. So not only can you do exotic extreme sports both above and below the waterline, the Olympus 770 SW will also track your altitude as you do it. Most important of all, you can put it in your back pocket and accidentally sit on it without worry. See the Olympus Stylus 770 SW Hands-on Preview for more.
Full Review posted for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50!
Panasonic's Lumix FZ50 takes the company into new territory in terms of resolution, matching the resolution of many popular SLRs, and exceeding their zoom abilities with one very long 12x, 35-420mm Leica zoom. Though the Panasonic FZ50 is as big as an SLR, there are a few tradeoffs in terms of image quality. The sensor's smaller size means that the noise suppression systems have to work harder to erase the considerable noise that occurs even at the Lumix FZ50's lowest ISO setting. That's the story for all 10-megapixel sensors in digicams, though. The good news is that the Panasonic FZ50's print performance is quite good, producing nice 13x19 inch prints. Our favorite feature is the FZ50's mechanical zoom mechanism, which does more to equal the framing control offered by an SLR. It also allows quiet zooming while capturing video, a little-noted problem for most long zoom digicams. It's all wrapped up with a refined Panasonic menu system with enough automatic and manual exposure modes to please all types of shooters. For those looking for a great all-purpose digicam and don't mind the extra heft and size, the Panasonic FZ50 is a great choice, and a sure Dave's Pick.
Full Review Update posted for Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital ELPH!
Megapixel counters will be drawn to the 10 megapixel sensor on the Canon SD900, the most yet on a Digital ELPH. But there are other cool new features on this little ELPH worth noting besides its taut titanium skin: ISO settings as high as 3,200, Face recognition, and Category image tagging, to name a few. Designed for the person who doesn't want to worry about shutter speeds and apertures to get good pictures, the Canon SD900 focuses on handy options. The Canon SD900's bright 2.5-inch color LCD monitor is excellent for framing and reviewing shots, and the overall design and layout is user-friendly and hassle-free. The Canon SD900 is an excellent performer no matter what aspect you consider, with superior focusing and low light performance matched with a powerful flash that doesn't make you wait all day to recharge. Small, tough, and elegant, with a day-long battery, and 10 megapixels to work with, the Canon SD900 promises to travel well and bring home great shots. See the full review for more.
Express Review posted for Kodak EasyShare C743!
Selling for just under $160 -- though we've seen it for as low as $135 online -- the Kodak C743 has a 7.1 megapixel CCD imager, a Kodak-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a 37-111mm equivalent focal range, and a 2.4-inch LCD, along with a real-image optical viewfinder. Like most of Kodak's entry-level models, the C743 is designed with the total beginning photographer in mind, with thirteen scene modes to help in a range of photographic situations. Add a decent movie function and the convenience of being powered by just two AA batteries, and the Kodak C743 seems like a camera that should be snapped up quickly from the bargain bins. See our Express Review of the Kodak C743 to find out whether it measures up.
Full Review Update posted for Canon PowerShot SD800 IS!
If you're tired of red-eye and relying on flash, the Canon SD800 IS digital camera is your prayer answered. The Canon SD800's built-in image stabilization combined with the high ISO sensitivity extends available light, non-flash photography into the darker realms. But don't be so dazzled with the SD800's stabilizing grace that you miss a couple of other cool new features on this little ELPH: Face recognition in Portrait mode, Category tagging of images, and a 28-105mm lens in a small pocket camera. Designed for the person who doesn't want to worry about shutter speeds and apertures to get good pictures, the Canon SD800 IS focuses on handy options. If Auto mode doesn't do the trick, the Programmed Auto (M) accesses options like White Balance, EV compensation, and Metering. And if that's too much trouble, there's a healthy selection of ten Scene modes on the Canon SD800 to solve almost any problem. The SD800 IS is an excellent performer no matter what aspect you consider, with superior focusing and low light performance matched with a powerful flash that doesn't make you wait all day to recharge. And with a day-long battery, you couldn't ask for a better traveling companion than the Canon SD800 IS. Read our full review for more.
Hands-on Preview posted for Kodak EasyShare C875!
The Kodak EasyShare C875 is a solidly built, 8-megapixel digital camera with an impressive 5x optical zoom and 21 scene modes. Perhaps the Kodak C875's most compelling feature is its easy-to-use in-camera Panorama stitching. Other features packed into the sub-$300 Kodak C875 include a new smart scene function which automatically picks the best scene mode depending on the shooting circumstances, a VGA-quality movie mode that lets you uses the camera's 5x optical zoom while filming, and Kodak Perfect Touch technology for enhancing images after they're captured. We were impressed enough with the Kodak C875's high ISO mode that we'll be following up with a full review shortly. For now, see our Hands-on Preview for more on the Kodak EasyShare C875.
Full Review posted for Canon PowerShot G7!
Canon's PowerShot G7 has caused a bit of a stir among those who have been waiting for the next G-series camera. Quite a few are upset by what it's missing, but the camera does offer a lot to those who are looking for a little more from a digicam without having to move to an SLR. The Canon G7's 10 megapixel CCD, 2.5 inch LCD, 6x image stabilized zoom and refined controls will make most users quite happy. The ability to add an external flash to the Canon G7 will quiet those who have been dissatisfied with on-camera flashes, because they'll now have access to Canon's excellent E-TTL II flash system. I had a little trouble embracing the Canon G7's overaggressive anti-noise processing, whose effects are evident even at ISO 80. If the Canon G7 had a RAW capture mode like all other cameras in the G-series, I could work around this in Photoshop. But Canon didn't build the G7 for those who will tweak their images after capture. It's clearly designed for capturing and processing images for good quality output, not for intermediate or professional photographers. Still, there's no denying that its a very slick, solid digital camera for anyone wanting a better-built digicam that captures stunning images. See the full Canon G7 review for more.
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