July 2008

2008 Photo Book Reviews
No matter how good you are at digital photography, there's always something new to learn. And photo books are a great way of inexpensively acquiring new skills and learn new tricks. Check Carol Cotton's Digital Camera How-To Guides 2008 recommendations. -- Posted Thursday, July 31, 2008 by chb

2008 J.D. Power digital camera ratings
J.D. Power and Associates released its 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction Study that shows the Canon EOS Digital SLR, Canon PowerShot G, Fujifilm Finepix S, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ, Nikon D and Sony Cyber-shot T series ranking highest in customer satisfaction in their respective segments. See J.D. Power ratings for DSLRs, Point & Shoot, Premium Point & Shoot, and Ultra Slims. -- Posted Thursday, July 31, 2008 by chb

The thinnest camera with 4X wide-angle zoom
If you're not spoiled enough to automatically pass on a new camera with a mere 8-megapixel resolution, the Exilim Z150 from Casio has a lot to offer. It is an elegant little shooter that comes in five colors (silver, black, red, pink and green), has a very useful 4X wide angle zoom, a large and terrific 3-inch LCD display, CCD-shift anti-shake, and it comes with a list price of just US$199 -- a total bargain. Read description and specs of the Casio Exilim Z150 with 3-inch display and 4X wide zoom. -- Posted Monday, July 28, 2008 by chb

Impressive waterproof Pentax Optio W60
There are times when you don't want to have to worry about getting your camera wet or dirty. Pentax designed the 10-megapixel Optio W60 with that in mind. It's a tough but elegant camera with a fully internal 5X zoom that starts out wide and still gets you closer than 3X zoom models. The 2.5-inch display is sharp and very readable from all directions. The camera can record 1280 x 720 pixel movies. Best of all, the US$329 Optio W60 can handle up to 13 feet of water and you can use it even in freezing temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. [Read review and specs of the waterproof and dustproof Pentax Optio W60] -- Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 by chb

Pentax Optio V20: big screen, big zoom
The Pentax Optio V20 is an update to the company's V10 model. The V20 has the same large 3-inch wide-angle LCD display, but includes a longer 5X optical zoom. What you get here is a light and handy 8-megapixel camera with fun features like face, blink and smile recognition and a number of other tricks, all made more useful by the big and very sharp display and the long zoom. List price is US$279. [Read review and specs of the Pentax Optio V20] -- Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 by chb