Full Review posted for Olympus EVOLT E-410!
Small and appealing, the Olympus E-410 brings memories of days gone by, when SLRs were small, mechanical, and manual. But the E-410 is capable of both full auto and manual, and its 10 megapixel Live MOS sensor and optical design are quite advanced. The E-410's 14-42mm lens is sharper than the average consumer digital SLR, and it's just a little smaller, too. Its specially designed sensor is capable of delivering a live image to the Olympus E-410's 2.5 inch LCD. Called Live View, this mode simulates what you experience with a digicam, but with a few catches along the way. The E-410 unfortunately lacks the sensor-shift image stabilization of the Olympus E-510, and its grip doesn't well support accessories or long lenses. There's no question that the Olympus E-410 is a thought provoking camera, not just because it slips into a coat pocket about as well as any prosumer digital camera. See our full review of the Olympus EVOLT E-410 for more.
Express Review posted for Nikon Coolpix L11!
The midrange model in Nikon's L-series of digital cameras, the Nikon Coolpix L11 is priced about midway between the L10 and L12. It shares the other models combination of compact size, good image quality, useful feature set, and very affordable pricing, but we felt that the two other models gave better bang for the buck, with the Nikon Coolpix L10 giving excellent value at a street price about $30 lower, and the Nikon Coolpix L12 including an image stabilized lens for only $20 more. This takes nothing away from the Nikon L11's competitive positioning against the rest of the digital camera field though, it's a very nice little camera with good image quality and very useful features. Read our Nikon Coolpix L11 Express Review for all the details!
Express Review posted for Nikon Coolpix L10!
The Nikon Coolpix L10 doesn't look like a digital camera made for kids but it's priced just right for them. And it's a great deal on a digital camera for anyone who enjoys composing images, and capturing the moment without having to worry about photographic science. But there's plenty of photographic science built into this digital camera. The Coolpix line has always offered Nikon's clever Best Shot Selector mode, saving the largest JPEG of a series shot in low light, as a way of capturing the sharpest image. But the L10 also comes with Face-Priority Auto Focus, and D-Lighting plus Red-Eye Fix. Unlike many digital camera features, these are tools you'll actually use. What's missing is manual control -- even of ISO, which can go as high as 800. But that won't be missed by anyone new to digital photography. They'll find the camera easy to carry and use, especially with the large type in the LCD menus. For them, this is a Dave's Pick, and the incredibly low price makes it a sweet deal. See the Nikon Coolpix L10 Express Review for more.
Express Review posted for Casio EX-Z75!
It's hard to tell the Casio EX-Z75 from other recent pocket-size Casios, except that it's probably the most handsome of the bunch. Otherwise, it's a digital camera with a 7.2 megapixel sensor combined with a 3x zoom lens, and a 2.6 inch LCD. An impressive 34 Best Shot modes make several difficult shooting situations easy. We'd love to see features like White Board mode on other cameras, but if you want to take notes digitally, the Casio EX-Z75 will make you look like a pro. See our Express Review of the Casio Z75 for more.
Full Review posted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9!
The 8 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 has a versatile and image-stabilized 15x optical zoom lens, starting at a respectable 31mm (35mm-equivalent) wide angle and reaching out to 465mm. The Sony H9's broad feature set includes all forms of exposure controls -- from full manual to a set of standard scene modes -- so there's enough control for advanced users while novices won't get lost in the shuffle. Bonuses include Automatic Face Detection and Dynamic Range Optimization, along with in-camera redeye removal and Night Shot mode. Versatile enough to capture a soccer goal at the far end of a field or close-ups of a raindrop on a leaf, the Sony H9 digital camera provides plenty of options in a compact and lightweight body. Combined, the H9's focal length versatility, performance and broad range of shooting features make for a promising profile. See our full review of the Sony Cyber-shot H9 digital camera for more.
Full Review posted for Nikon Coolpix P5000!
The Nikon Coolpix P5000 sits at the top of Nikon's current line of consumer digital cameras. It offers the kind of photographic control and features advanced shooters want in a portable camera, without the bulk of an SLR. Full manual control. A hotshoe. An adapter for the Coolpix lens converters. Vibration Reduction. High ISO. If you're frustrated by the limitations of most consumer cameras these days, but still want a camera that will fit in your coat pocket, you may want to give the Nikon P5000 a close look: It proves that a camera doesn't have to be big to be highly capable, and the ability to attach accessory lenses and Nikon's excellent external Speedlights let it handle assignments few digital cameras are up to. We would have been happier to see faster autofocus performance and shutter response, but reviewer Mike Pasini found a few workarounds that helped. Is this a "classic" Coolpix? Only time will tell, read our full Nikon Coolpix P5000 review for all the details. (We gave it a Dave's Pick by a nose.)
Full Review posted for Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ3!
With beauty from almost all angles, the most beautiful quality of the Panasonic TZ3 is the quality of its lens, and thus its images. We found the TZ3's controls to be a little less impressive, at least in terms of their look and feel; the good news is that they serve quite well, and the camera's menu and interface are easy to read and use in most lighting conditions. The Panasonic TZ3's optical image stabilization is handy to have, especially with its 10x zoom. Our favorite part of the TZ3's zoom, though, is its 28mm wide angle setting, essential for indoor, vacation, or landscape photography. The Panasonic TZ3's low barrel distortion lets you capture buildings and skylines without the significant bending of straight lines that we're used to seeing from most wide angle digital cameras. The Panasonic DMC-TZ3 is an impressive little long zoom digital camera. Read our Full Review for more.
Top 3 photos this month win:
1 Canon PIXMA PRO-100
2 Canon PIXMA MG6320
3 Canon PIXMA MG5420