Insane shutter speeds
There's simply nothing else like the Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1. No other prosumer camera has faster shutter-speeds, and no other prosumer camcorder has anything close to its ultra-high frame-rates. The camera's Achilles heel, though, is that its still-image quality is competitive only with point-and-shoots, and its slo-mo videos are so tiny and compressed they're barely YouTube quality.
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!
Very good photo quality
I really liked the PowerShot A70. In fact, I've been interested in it since the time I was first told about it, a few weeks before its introduction. The A70 isn't just a low-cost camera, it's a full-featured camera too. It has full manual controls, including shutter speed and aperture, focus, and white balance. Performance and image quality are both very good, as are the playback and movie modes. It also supports add-on lenses and an underwater case. It's not perfect though.
able to consistently capture 10 images in 3.4 seconds (approx. 2.9fps.)
Nikon's D40 is not only an awesome little dSLR that captures great photos with robust performance, it also has a very pleasing price tag of $600 or less (and remember this is for the body and the lens.)
built-in image retouching functions
Though not quite matching performance from professional SLRs, the Nikon D40 produces images that are a cut above the best compacts and deserves to do well against closest rival the 400D from Canon. For those who want better-looking pictures without taking out a second mortgage, the great value (particularly with a bit of an internet search), swift performance and solid construction of Nikon D40 ensure it will be high up on any family photographer’s wish list.
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.
Capturing portrait images is incredibly easy, as it is with all Kodak cameras.
The Kodak EasyShare Z981 is one of the easiest to use and versatile mega-zoom digicams on the market. Featuring a 14-Megapixel imaging sensor and a 26x optical zoom lens, you have an incredible zoom range and the ability to produce huge prints. You will see some noise in your images, which we have seen in all 14-Megapixel digicams.
White balance is generally good, though.
The Kodak EasyShare Z981 has attractive specs and pricing, but falls too short on photo quality to recommend it. The Kodak EasyShare Z981 has attractive specs and pricing, but falls too short on photo quality to recommend it.The Kodak EasyShare Z981 has attractive specs and pricing, but falls too short on photo quality to recommend it.
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