Monday, October 13, 2008

MAY 2008 - Top 10 digicams

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1. Canon Digital IXUS 80 IS

CNET Asia rating: 7.6 out of 10
The good: Great image quality; minimal shutter lag; speedy performance; optical image stabilization; face detection; optical viewfinder
The bad: No manual exposure controls; slow flash recycle time
The bottom line: Canon's IXUS 80 IS adds optical image stabilization to last year's hit IXUS 70, while delivering just as impressive image quality.

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2. Fujifilm FinePix F100fd

CNET Asia rating: 8 out of 10
The good: Ultra-high ISO sensitivity of 12,800; wide dynamic range; intuitive face detection; short shutter lag; 5x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle lens; good image quality.
The bad: Relatively heavy; awkward positioning of flash, easily covered by fingers; lacks full manual control.
The bottom line: Despite an awkwardly positioned flash unit, the F100fd didn't disappoint with its enhanced feature set and excellent image quality.

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3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX36

CNET Asia rating: 7.6 out of 10
The good: 25mm wide-angle lens; HD-quality video recording; elegant design; maximum ISO of 6,400
The bad: Slightly soft images; focusing a tad slow.
The bottom line: A worthy successor to the FX33, the FX36 is a compact powerhouse capable of delivering decent-quality pictures and HD videos.

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4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ15

CNET Asia rating: 7.8 out of 10
The good: 10x optical zoom in a compact form; accurate Intelligent Exposure mode; HD video recording; clear 460K-pixel 3-inch LCD screen; captures detailed images with vibrant colors.
The bad: Top dial easily sets to wrong position; no option to switch off Extra Optical Zoom.
The bottom line: With a 10x optical zoom, 28mm-wide lens and HD video recording packed into one compact form, the TZ15 is probably one of the most versatile Lumix compacts we've come across.

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4. Olympus Mju 850SW
Sensor resolution 8 megapixels
LCD size 2.5-inch
Optical zoom 3x
Storage type(s) xD-Picture Card
Dimensions 93.6 x 60.9 x 21.3mm
Weight 136 g

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6. Fujifilm FinePix F50fd

CNET Asia rating: 7.8 out of 10
The good: Has aperture- and shutter-priority exposure controls; sensor-shift image stabilization; wide ISO range.
The bad: Sluggish between shots; shows minor noise even at ISO 400; no full manual exposure mode.
The bottom line: The Fujifilm FinePix F50fd should works for most photographers, in fact, it would even please those who are slightly more advanced.

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7. Samsung NV24HD

CNET Asia rating: 7.8 out of 10
The good: 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens; HD-video recording; stylish design.
The bad: 3.6x zoom only; no battery charger supplied; proprietary port for charging and data transfer.
The bottom line: The NV24HD is a stunning camera, but the performance is only typical of the usual point-and-shoot.

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8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX520

CNET Asia rating: 8 out of 10
The good: Stylish design; intuitive 3-inch touchscreen; manual exposure control; 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens; improved image quality.
The bad: Slow startup time; Face Detection didn't recognize faces with spectacles; oddly shaped stylus.
The bottom line: Besides the startup time and stylus, it is hard to find fault with the FX520. Image quality has also improved and we really like the features that are incorporated with the touchscreen.

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5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T70
Sensor resolution8.1 megapixels
LCD size3-inch
Optical zoom3x
Storage type(s)Memory Stick DUO, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Dimensions90 x 56.4 x 20.7 mm
Weight128 g

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10. Canon Digital IXUS 970 IS

CNET Asia rating: 7.2 out of 10
The good: Optical image stabilization; optical viewfinder; decent photos.
The bad: Poor shot-to-shot performance; small LCD; awkward design; no optical zoom in movie capture.
The bottom line: A solid compact snapshooter, the Canon IXUS 970 IS nevertheless disappoints when compared with its predecessors and line mates.

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