'So Olympus is trying again to lure this lucrative audience to its Micro Four Thirds camp, this time with the more consumer-friendly designed and priced E-PL1.
'The most interesting Art Filters slow down operation (and make the movie mode virtually useless). '
'And in the eyes of many consumers the E-PL1 will best its more expensive bigger brother due to the fact that, for the first time, Olympus has included a built-in, pop-up flash, activated by a thumb switch situated at the top left-hand edge of the camera back. '
'Its features tackle one of the biggest problems with point-and-shoot cameras: missed shots because of slow performance. '
'The 9.1-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-FC100 ($349.99 list) has some cool features that no other compact point-and-shooter can offer. '
'As a point-and-shoot camera, the EX-FC100 is fairly typical: It has a 9-megapixel sensor (which allows you to extract large prints from your images), a 5X optical zoom for extra telephoto reach, a stabilized sensor for sharper handheld shooting, and all of the expected point-and-shoot features, such as scene modes, face detection, good metering, and autofocus. '
'As a point-and-shoot camera, the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 is fairly typical: It has a 9Mp sensor (which allows you to extract large prints from your images), a 5x optical zoom for extra telephoto reach, a stabilised sensor for sharper handheld shooting, and all of the expected point-and-shoot features, such as scene modes, face detection, good metering, and autofocus. '
'Once focused, shot-to-shot time typically takes about 0.4 second for RAW or JPEG, and adding flash recycling time bumps it to only 0.7 second, which is very good for any class. '
'The 12.2-megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XSi, which targets entry-level digital SLR shooters , has all the features that novices expect--as well as an alluring array of advanced options that will appeal to more seasoned photographers. '
'A more sensitive cross-type AF sensor has been employed in the centre of the diamond-shaped nine-point array, but we noticed some focus inaccuracies at the wider end using the new 18-55mm IS kit zoom. '
'the Canon EOS 450D comes as a welcome change, and a model worthy of upgrading from your old 350D .'
'Things can get quite bad when you combine low light levels with very long focal lengths.'
'The X90 can certainly match its main rivals in terms of specification, and is currently selling for around £274, which is fairly competitive. 6 comments.'
'Though its smaller form factor means its button and control layout looks busy, start using the camera and it transpires that these are well placed, as well as being clearly marked with variously icons and text.'
'images appear quite noisy and lose detail at ISO1600 and above.'
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