Review posted for Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7!
With a 6x zoom, optical image stabilization, 2.5-inch LCD, 7.2-megapixel sensor, and a stack of shooting modes, the Panasonic Lumix LZ7 has all the makings of a winning digital camera design, for under $200. Its High Sensitivity mode promises a lot but unfortunately doesn't deliver; though the Panasonic LZ7's ISO 1,250 mode does pretty well in well-balanced light. A special button on the top deck rushes you through the extreme ends of the zoom's available settings, from 37-222mm, and out to its 9x extended optical zoom, which crops the image to a 3-megapixel resolution. Using two AA batteries, the LZ7 is a good basic take-anywhere camera with a good quality, stabilized zoom lens. Click here to read our review of the Panasonic Lumix LZ7.
Review posted for Nikon Coolpix S51c!
The Nikon Coolpix S51c's lovely Wave design, among the most striking of all digital cameras, is crippled by WiFi that only talks to Nikon's my Picturetown server. Those who don't mind this super-simple approach to file transfer will appreciate the Nikon S51c's VR lens, D-Lighting, and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: all automatically activated with Face Priority autofocus in Portrait mode. The Nikon S51c's scroll wheel is a pleasure to use, as is Nikon's menu system. The Nikon S51c's large LCD flatters your images; but shutter lag remains a big problem, and this digital camera's image quality suffered from an inability to hold the highlights in sunlit shots. See our review of the Nikon Coolpix S51c digital camera for more.
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