Ultimate Point-and-Shoot Cameras

By Terry Sullivan  |  Posted 2006-09-07 Print this article Print

Roundup: These simple point-and-shoot options prove that digital cameras don't have to be complicated to take amazing pictures. (PCMag.com)

This past summer a slew of companies launched more than three dozen new digital cameras, all in anticipation of the coming holiday season. And although high-priced D-SLRs (digital single-lens reflex cameras) certainly made news, most of the new devices were inexpensive point-and-shoot models. Professional-grade D-SLR cameras, with all their fancy features and accessories, are simply overkill for the average shutterbug.
If youre looking for a solid, easy-to-use digicam thats perfect for capturing—and not missing—lifes important events, youre in luck. Heres a down-and-dirty laundry list of what you need to know when comparing cameras.
Interested in a camera phone? Click here to read a review of the Nokia N80. First off, know how many megapixels your prospective camera has, since this spec directly affects the size of photograph youll be able to print and how much cropping you can expect to do. If youre a first-time buyer and are interested only in printing relatively small, 4-by-6 or 5-by-7 snapshots, I suggest a 6-megapixel, entry-level digital camera. Cameras ranging from 6 to 10 megapixels provide enough resolution for 8-by-10 and 11-by-14 prints. For those who also view a camera as a fashion accessory and plan to tote it along everywhere, many models are extremely compact, some less than an inch thick. The Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital Elph, for example, slips easily into the pocket of your jeans but comes with a 2.5-inch LCD screen. Still, youll definitely give up some features on tiny cameras like these, such as manual settings and articulating LCDs screens. Also keep in mind that the smaller the device, the smaller its buttons tend to be. Read the full story on PCMag.com: Ultimate Point-and-Shoot Cameras Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on image editing and Web publishing tools.
Terry Sullivan Terry Sullivan is a writer, photographer and artist, who has worked in the photo industry for nearly a decade. In 1998, Terry was hired by Photo District News, a monthly magazine for professional photographers, as its associate editor covering everything from advertising photographers to fine-art photography exhibitions. He was promoted to online editor for PDNOnline.com, where he helped launch a variety of online projects, including PDNewswire. In 2000, he joined Nikon Inc., where he worked on a vast array of online ventures, from redeveloping the company's product website, to providing content for education and promotional websites. While working for Nikon, Terry studied the evolution of digital cameras as they quickly took center stage and replaced film-based cameras as the preferred format for consumers and professionalsAt PC Magazine, Terry tests, analyzes and reviews all digital cameras, from the simplest point-and-shoot digital cameras to the most sophisticated digital SLRs. He also tests, analyzes and reviews all digital camcorders.

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