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These are subjective findings based on shooting similar subjects with the three cameras. I liked them all, and although the DC 260 is not my personal cup of tea, it may very well be yours. Since I shoot a lot of people and cat portraits, the Olympus D600L would be best for the kind of work I do. But the Nikon CoolPix 900 is reminiscent of shooting with my beloved old Rollei...where I could get great low angle (camera on the ground) and high angle shots (camera upside down, over my head) with ease.


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Exposure System
Excellent; center weighted or spot metering Outstanding; matrix, center weighted or spot Average; cannot always handle very bright or low-lit scenes
Color Fidelity
Excellent Outstanding Very Good to excellent
Focusing In Low Light
Difficult at times Easy Easy
Viewing Screen Size And Characteristics
Sharp, 1.8" screen with good color. Cannot preview scene on screen in real time but not considered a drawback since camera is a Single Lens Reflex Large bright 2" screen has clear protective cover to prevent smudges. Real-time viewing at 30 fps (full motion) with extraordinary color and sharpness Grainy, streaky 2" screen with black border at top and bottom due to picture's non-standard proportions. Lack of "real time" viewing gives jerky, blurred images when camera moves. Bad color and excessive contrast make it hard to determine if photo is a "keeper" or should be deleted after it is taken.
LCD Readout On Top Of Camera
Easy and intuitive to use. If pop-up flash is down, flash is in "Off" mode

Easy and intuitive to use but in "Auto Record" flash "Off" (if desired) has to be reset each time camera is powered up
Tiny control buttons make navigating frustrating
Ease Of Setting And Using Camera Functions

(On, Off, Record, Play, Etc.)

Easiest Easy Easy
Ease Of Using Menus
Easiest; very few options Easy in "Auto Record;" more options in "Manual Record" Many options; requires slightly longer learning curve
Ergonomics
Excellent...but zoom lever (adjacent to shutter release) is awkward to operate Very good...takes some getting used to because of its unique design. Zoom rocker switch difficult to operate, must be depressed too far before it responds. Fingers can cover flash Excellent...zoom slide switch placed correctly and easy to operate. Fingers can sometimes cover autofocus sensor

 

 

 

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