November 2006

Review: Fuji FinePix A600
Fuji added the 6-megapixel A600 and the 7-megapixel A700 to its lineup of inexpensive entry level cameras. We spent time with the A600 and found much to like. It takes above-average pictures, has a nice 2.4-inch LCD and is ultra-simple to use. It has a few shortcomings as well, though. See if it'd make sense for you! [Read Fuji A600 review] -- Posted Monday, November 27, 2006 by chb

Casio S770: ultra-thin with terrific display and lots of tricks
If you want the slimmest,sexiest digital camera around, take a look at Casio's "Card" series. We loved the stunning S500 and S600, but the Exilim S770 has a much larger, much higher resolution screen and a 7.2MB imager. Despite the big 2.8-inch wide screen, the S770 is just a little larger than its lesser siblings. What does it offer? A lot. Is it for you? Find out! [Review of Casio Exilim S770] -- Posted Sunday, November 26, 2006 by chb

Reviews: Fuji FinePix F20 and F650
We're reviewing two 6-megapixel cameras from Fuji, both in roughly the same price range. The FinePix F650 has a 5X zoom, an awesome 3-inch LCD and terrific ergonomics. The F20 is smaller and lighter, has "only" a 2.5-inch display and a 3X zoom, but steps up to bat with very high ISO 2000 sensitivity and lots of Fuji's highest technology. Read what each camera offers, then decide. [Fuji FinePix F650 review] [Fuji FinePix F20 review] -- Posted Friday, November 24, 2006 by chb

Sony reports defects in digital cameras
Sony shocked the digital imaging world with an announcement that some of its Cyber-shot compact digital cameras may not work in warm and humid areas due to condensation that could get into the cameras and damage the CCD. The LCDs on eight models sold 2003-2005 on the Japanese market may not show images correctly or the camera may not work at all. A million of those were sold, and Sony thinks around 4,000 of those may need free repairs. Interesting that this should happen when we flooded a Pentax Optio W10 completely, and after drying out it worked perfectly. -- Posted Friday, November 24, 2006 by chb

Review: Samsung Pro815 with 3.5-inch LCD and 15X zoom
Wth the 8-megapixel Samsung Pro815 attempts to blow the SLR-style competition out of the water. We're talking 3.5-inch LCD, secondary LCD, high-res electronic viewfinder, a powerful Li-Ion battery good for up to 450 images, and a huge 15X optical zoom that can go up to 60X via digital magnification. Can the big Samsung live up to expectations? [see full Samsung Pro815 review] -- Posted Sunday, November 19, 2006 by chb

Review: FujiFilm FinePix S9100
The 9-megapixel Fuji S9100 with its massive 10.7X optical zoom is one of those cameras people constantly mistake for a single lens reflex model. It's as big as a SLR and looks like a SLR, but it's not a SLR. It's what could be called a fixed-lens SLR-style camera. What does the big Fuji offer and why should you pick it over a digital SLR? [see full Fuji FinePix S9100 review] -- Posted Wednesday, November 15, 2006 by chb

Roundup: Olympus FE-170, FE-180, and FE-190
Our flurry of Olympus digital camera reviews continues. This time we did a roundup of three of the company's "Easy & Fun" FE Series models. All cost below US$200, all have 6 megapixel, a 3X optical zoom, and a nice 2.5-inch LCD. So what makes them different and which one should you pick? We found some surprising answers and a clear winner! [Roundup Olympus FE-170, FE-180, FE-190] -- Posted Thursday, November 9, 2006 by chb

Pentax Optio A10 review
Our intrepid gadget-loving, world-traveling arecheologist contributor Tim Hillebrand has reviewed the Pentx Optio A10 for you. It's a small, handy 8-megapixel camera with a very high-res 2.5-inch LCD, and provides a lot of phot power for less than US$300. Tim loves that it uses the standard SD Cards, but misses an optical viwfinder. [Read Pentax Optio A10 review] -- Posted Wednesday, November 8, 2006 by chb

Full review of Olympus Stylus 750
It's almost impossible to see a difference between the Stylus 740 and 750. Even the boxes do not give anything away. Both are 7-megapixel cameras with a 5X optical zoom and a nice high-res 2.5-inch LCD. So what accounts for the $50 price difference? That would be the 750's dual image stabilization instead of the 740's single, and simpler, digital anti-shake feature. The 750 also uses digital image stabilization, but complements that with a sophisticated electric CCD-Shift gyro stabilizer. We tested the two side by side, and the 750 does shoot sharper pictures in long zoom situations and with moving subjects. [Read our full review of the Olympus Stylus 750] -- Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2006 by chb

Full review of Olympus 740 with deepwater case
If you're in the market for a seek a sleek and handy 7-megapixel camera that you can also take scuba diving, the combination of the US$349 Olympus Stylus 740 and its optional US$249 PT-034 deepwater (133 feet) case is attractive. Unlike the Olympus 720 SW, the 740 itself, while "weather-proof," is not waterproof and needs the underwater case, so you need to be careful not to get it wet. The case is first rate, and the camera rewards you with a full 5X optical zoom and a superb high-res LCD. Select from three special underwater modes, each of which can be tweaked with manual settings. [Read our full review] -- Posted Saturday, November 4, 2006 by chb