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    Olympus Camedia D-360L
    ASIN: B00004R8V6
    Review by Eric Sprague
    Many of the pictures on the www.LAPhotos.com and www.CAPhotos.com websites were taken with the Olympus Camedia D-360L camera. The pictures for the websites were taken in HQ(High Quality) Mode. The menu options are powerful and easy to learn. However deleting pictures is kind of tricky. The camera allows you to erase single images or every image in the camera. On our honeymoon I thought I was erasing a single image but it actually erased all the images on the camera. It is easy to turn the flash off and on. The camrea is powered by 4 AA batteries and it goes through them quickly. Even though the camera has a battery life indicator, it is best to carry spare batteries because once the battery indicator shows it is getting low it goes quickly. There is no zoom lense which is a definite drawback. It is fairly easy to transfer the pictures onto the computer using the software that comes with the camera. Overall the camera is a nice tool for taking decent quality pictures and it is easy to use.

    cover Kodak DX3900 EasyShare 3MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom
    ASIN: B00005NVPW
    Review by Amazon.com reprinted with permission
    The 3.1-megapixel Kodak DX3900 offers excellent images, the ease of use of a point-and-click digital camera, and a number of interesting features that help it stand out from the crowd.

    The camera's 3.1-megapixel resolution captures images at 2,160 x 1,440 pixels, while lower-resolution modes are offered at 1,800 x 1,200; 1,536 x 1,024; and 1,008 x 720. Picture quality is excellent as the camera picks out the most detail possible, while color reproduction is spot on. The automatic white balance is also very good, helping correct picture color no matter what the lighting conditions.

    The camera will happily work automatically; however, a range of manual controls lets you specify exposure, white balance, focusing, ISO speed, and shutter speed. The LCD menu system is well designed, clear, and very easy to use, even though the display itself is a bit on the small side. A 2x optical zoom--with additional 3x digital zoom--is provided and works quickly with a snappy auto focus.

    Part of the EasyShare lineup, the camera is compatible with the separately available docking station, which not only provides a permanent USB connection with your PC, but also charges the camera's batteries that are supplied with the pack. The software ties in with the docking tray, letting you transfer images with the press of a button. When connected, the camera also appears in the My Computer window as a new drive, giving you direct access to the memory card. The dock isn't an essential purchase, as you can sync the camera with your PC without it, but it does come in handy and is well worth considering.

    The only annoyance with the camera is the tiny 8 MB memory card supplied, which simply isn't big enough for this camera's megapixel capacity. This size of card only allows you to store 7 images at top quality or 15 with a higher compression mode. Fortunately, buying additional memory is not going to set you back too much more. Otherwise, the only missing feature is video-capture, which is offered by many competing cameras. However, there's no doubt about the excellent image quality and the DX3900's ease of use. --Nick Baxter

    cover Olympus C-2000 Zoom Digital Camera
    ASIN: B00000JFOA
    Review by Amazon.com reprinted with permission
    Olympus puts a professional-quality digital camera in a small, beautiful package with the C-2000 Zoom. With amazing 1600 x 1200 uncompressed image capability, a 3x zoom, and a wide variety of manual settings, this tiny wonder is a great choice for everyone from travelers and families to graphics professionals.

    The first thing that impressed us was the Olympus C-2000 Zoom's compactness; it's one of the smallest digital cameras we've seen. Its unique styling makes it look like a miniature SLR. Its 1.8-inch LCD, while smaller than those of most digital cameras by necessity, was very bright and sharp and was fine for all our picture-taking needs. The Olympus C-2000 Zoom takes four AA batteries; we recommend investing in rechargeable NiMH AAs, since you'll probably go through them rather quickly. (The LCD screen, in particular, takes a lot of power.)

    The Olympus C-2000 Zoom has one of the highest resolutions on the consumer market, at 1600 x 1200 dpi. It also lets you take images at 1024 x 768 and 640 x 480. In addition, you can take 1600 x 1200 uncompressed TIFF images--you can only fit one or two on a memory card, but when you need the absolutely best-quality image, you'll want this feature.

    The Olympus C-2000 Zoom has a great selection of manual options--it lets you adjust exposure, focus, and even the ISO film-speed equivalent. In addition to manual and auto exposure, it gives you shutter- and aperture-priority options. The C-2000 Zoom provides multiple flash modes (auto, off, fill-flash, slow-shutter synch, and red-eye reduction) and even lets you attach a separate flash unit.

    The Olympus C-2000 Zoom comes with an 8 MB removable SmartMedia memory card; you can buy separate memory cards in 16 and 32 MB configurations for plenty of picture storage. The Olympus C-2000 Zoom came with everything we needed to connect to our PC; downloading and manipulating our images was easy. Overall, it was a great-looking little camera with all the features we needed and more.

    Pros:
    High resolution and uncompressed image options
    Very compact for a digital camera
    Wide range of manual settings
    3x zoom

    Cons:
    Battery case is hard to close

    cover Fujifilm FinePix A201 2.1MP Digital Camera
    ASIN: B00005Q5ZD
    Review by Amazon.com reprinted with permission
    The small, stylish, and capable Fuji FinePix A201 offers plenty of pixel resolution and a point-and-shoot simplicity. This lightweight and compact digital camera is aimed at those who don't want to get bogged down in the complexities of photography, but who just want to take pictures without fuss. It can take pictures up to 1,600 by 1,200 pixels, which is more than adequate for anything but the most demanding tasks. A picture at this resolution is suitable for making prints up to 8 by 10 inches.

    There are two lesser modes and three levels of compression, although all three of these are only available on the highest resolution. The included 16 MB memory card provides adequate capacity unless you insist on the highest settings, but we recommend purchasing a higher capacity SmartMedia card to maximize the pixel quality of your photos.

    You can even capture tiny videos on the FinePix A201, although the resolution renders the capability a bit of a gimmick. The digital zoom on the camera only works in the lower resolution modes and is fairly limited--2.5x at maximum. The fixed-focus lens does a commendable job, although it can distort a little at close range. For really close work there is a macro mode that's especially good. The built-in flash is good to about 10 feet.

    Everything can be set to automatic, for simple point-and-shoot operation. For the more adventurous there are manual modes for white balance and exposure compensation. Altering these is a tad fiddly and you need to experiment a little. The LCD screen doesn't quite have the range of contrast needed for indoor shooting. It can be tricky to see what you're aiming at and the viewfinder isn't quite as accurate, so closer images are offset a little.

    The two AA batteries (included) do their best, but battery consumption can be horrific. The batteries can be flat before you've half filled the memory card. This isn't helped by the fact that it is very tempting to view images on the LCD screen as soon as you've taken them. A charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries are highly recommended.

    The quality of the pictures is superb; color accuracy and saturation are excellent. Indoor with a flash the pictures are slightly warm, but this can be compensated for using the manual white balance modes. The A210 is easy to use and a quick read of the excellent manual is all you'll need. The results are good and the A201 makes an ideal no-fuss compact digital camera. --Miles Berkeley

    Pros:
    No muss, no fuss point-and-shoot 2-megapixel digital camera
    Resolution good for prints up to 8 by 10 inches
    Compact and lightweight
    Bonus feature: movie mode

    Cons:
    Battery life is limited--extra rechargeables a must-have addition
    LCD screen contrast can be problematic indoors


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