I loaded brand new batteries into the camera, turned it on, completed the set up screens (date/language options), took fewer than six photos only to see a 'low battery' warning followed by the screen going black. I pressed the power button. The camera powered on for a few moments and battery icons on the settings screen showed full power. Then after a few moments it shut down without warning.
Camera's response times are very fast compared to others in this price range.
Beginning photographers typically look for two things in a point and shoot camera: Ease of use and a great value (meaning a good mix of price and features). Such cameras might not do everything perfectly, but they should outperform others in their price range. My Nikon Coolpix L20 review shows that this point and shoot digital camera fits those two critera almost perfectly. In addition, it features excellent response times.
With a large 3-inch screen and a 3.6x optical zoom this would have been an able competitor to models ranked higher in our charts, if only its overall performance was a notch or two higher. Its dedicated button for cycling through Auto, Movie mode and Scene mode will be appreciated by people looking for simplicity.
Light-up rear panel controls
The Stylus 7000 certainly delivers in terms of style, ease of use, and a creative feature set. The 12 megapixel resolution extends the reach of an already hefty 7x zoom, but there is some compromise with image detail. This camera is ideally suited to the creative snapshooter who will take advantage of its sophisticated shooting controls (spot metering and shadow adjustment), in-camera editing options, and unique features such as in-camera panoramas, beautified portraits, HD output, slideshow...
Very good photo quality
The DSC-S85 is the first 4 Megapixel camera priced for the masses, and it's excellent. The photo quality, features, and price are all standouts. My major concern with many of Sony's cameras, is the Memory Stick format. I'm not a fan of proprietary storage formats (not to mention batteries), but this probably won't bother most people. Other quibbles include the underwhelming nightshots, and lack of true continuous shooting. Aside from that, the Sony DSC-S85 gets my enthusiastic approval!
"cute" little digital camera
The Exilim EX-Z800 is a fashion savvy digicam that is small enough to fit into the smallest of pockets and purses. With six color choices, this is sure to be a hit among the younger crowds. It offers good image quality and performance, however it will have some trouble focusing in low-light conditions due to not having a focus assist lamp.
Good quality at low ISOs.
The Exilim EX-Z800 is a well featured compact that is certainly capable of producing excellent results in the right conditions. The quality at higher sensitivities could be better, but the camera will suit those who tend to take most of their pictures outdoors in good light, or indoors with the flash at close distances.
With the camera priced at under Â£150 I feel it represents good value for money as the image quality, especially at lower ISOs exceeds many other cameras at this price point.
good photo quality6X optical zoom
Although it has it's share of problems, the Fuji FinePix 3800 still gets my recommendation. The thing that will attract people the most to the 3800 is the 6X optical zoom lens. Behind the lens is a 3.2 Megapixel CCD which takes good quality photos. In terms of controls, the 3800 is pretty limited, though it was nice to see a kind of aperture priority mode. The night scene feature was also welcome, as it allowed me to finally take a respectable night shot with a low cost Fuji camera!
Aperture priority mode.
The Samsung TL500 has some drool-worthy specs and shoots great photos, but it stumbles on usability and video quality. The 8X-optical-zoom M580 serves up great exposure quality and easy controls, at the expense of manual settings. It's a versatile camera for the price, but it falls short on exciting extras. The DSC-W370 has a great zoom range and a lot of extras for a point-and-shoot that costs about $200, but the lag time between actions is a major drag.
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