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GREAT STARTER DIGICAMS! (Cont'd)

DIGICAM COMPARISON CHART

 

Fuji
MX-1200

Canon
A50Zoom

Olympus D450Zoom

Kodak DC240Zoom

Minolta 1500Zoom

Toshiba PDR-M4

 

           

Street Price

$235

$325#

$390

$395

$550

$400

Autofocus

n

y

y

y

y

y

Optical zoom*

n (38mm eq)

28-70 eq

35-105 eq

39-117 eq

38-115 eq

n (40mm eq)

Closeups to:

3.9"

6.7"

8"

10"

6"

4"

Max Res.

1280x960

1280 x 960

1280x960

1280x960

1344x1008

1600x1200

Other Res.

640x480

640 x 480

640x480

640x480

640x480

800x600

Max Aperture

f-4.5

f-2.6

f-2.8

f-2.8

f-3.5

f-3.2

Shutter speeds

1/4 - 1/750

2sec - 1/750

1/2 - 1/1000

1/2 - 1/755

2 - 1/4000

8 sec -1/1000

ISO**

125

100

160/320/640

130

125

100

"On" to ready

2 sec

3 sec

3 sec

3 sec

12 sec

2 sec

Shot-to-shot

3-4 sec

3-4 sec

1.5 sec

2-4 sec

3.5 sec

1 sec

Image-to-image playback times

1 sec

2.5 sec

6 sec

1/2 sec

2 sec

1.5 sec

Monitor size

1.5"

2"

1.8"

1.7"

2"

1.8"

Card size***

4MB SM

8MB CF

8MB SM

8MB CF

8MB CF

8MB SM

Serial Xfer

y

y

y

y

y

y

USB Xfer

n

n

n

y

n

y

Video out

n

NTSC

NTSC

NTSC/PAL

NTSC/PAL

NTSC

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4-AA/NiMH

Lithium-Ion

4-AA/NiMH

4-AA/NiMH

4-AA/NiMH

Lithium-Ion

#  Comes with disposable battery. Add about $80 for rechargeable battery and AC adapter/charger.

* "eq" denotes equivalency to a lens or zoom range on a 35mm camera.

** All digicams have exposure adjustment that can effectively increase their ISO ratings in low light; however more noise (or graininess) will occur on the image.  

*** Included with camera. SM=SmartMedia; CF=Compact Flash

Note:  All cameras come with transfer software, cables, drivers, and basic imaging software.

Digicams Ranked by Ease of Use For Beginners

No-Brainer

Very Easy

Easy

More Challenging

Fuji MX-1200

Kodak DC 240 Zoom

Canon A50 Zoom
Toshiba PDR M-4
Olympus D450 Zoom

Minolta EX 1500 Zoom

For up-to-the-minute prices check with 2020Consumer.

For a great 10-point guide to buying a digital camera, check out "Tis the Season" at these sites:

Digital Eyes http://www.image-acquire.com

PhotoPoint http://www.photopoint.com/dpc/

Steve's Digicams http://www.steves-digicams.com/dpcorner_index.shtml

 

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