Kodak is such a longstanding name in photography that you might think that any Kodak camera would be great in all respects. Unfortunately that is not necessarily true. When I recently reviewed the Kodak EasyShare Z950, I found that it had many pluses and many negatives, as well.
Have you ever wanted to have a video camera that you could have in your pocket to capture those “magic moments”? There are several camcorders that you could purchase for this purchase including the Flip and the Kodak. However, if you want the best quality videos, you may want to look at the JVC Picsio GC-FM-1 camcorder.
If you happened to see the commercial of the little boy who uses an Olympus Tough camera as a “throw and fetch” stick for his dog, you might wonder if a camera could be that durable. Well, I am here to tell you that it can. While I might not be as careless as that little boy, I put the Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 through some pretty rugged testing and it took everything I threw at it without blinking. It is waterproof, shockproof, and basically — very tough!
The Fujifilm’s FinePix Z30 is a pretty point-and-shoot camera with a somewhat unique design. It comes in a shocking pink, an intense bright orange, and a vibrant purple. That plus its rounded corners certainly set it off from the crowd.
I love bright colors, but unfortunately, the bright metallic look of this camera make it look a bit toy-like. Also the designers didn’t take functionality seriously enough. The camera has no place to comfortably place your fingers to hold it when you take a picture. Although the two rows of rubberized buttons on the back look good, every time you want to press one, you have to put on your glasses to find just the one you want. Oh, and you have to open the battery door to plug in the USB cable.
The Z30 is a 10-megapixel camera with a 3x optical lens and a nice-sized CCD. Although the pictures were good, I found that many of the flash pictures had unevenly distributed lighting.
Have I said enough?? Take a pass on this camera. What is amazing to me is that the A150, a similarly priced and sized camera from the same manufacturer (Fujifilm), was one that I really liked. The A150 had impeccable design and took great pictures. (Check out my review of the A150).So take a pass on this camera and check out the A150 for a good entry-level digital camera. The Z30 retails for $149. The A150 goes for $129. So a higher price is not necessarily a better camera.
Here are my pros and cons fro the Z30:
My full review with pictures, specs and more details is at Hardware Secrets.
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Are entry-level digital cameras worthwhile? Well, I guess the answer to that question depends a lot on the camera itself, but with this Fujifilm FinePix A150 digital camera, the answer is yes. With a retail price of $129 and street prices even lower, you get a lot for your money. It’s a 10 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom and a large 3″ display. It uses AA batteries so as long as there is a store nearby, you will never be out of power.
The A150 takes very good photos. The color representation is good and the low light photos are excellent. You also get a lot of extras. The camera has face detection technology that tracks a face and adjusts the setting for the best picture. It also has picture stabilization, continuous shooting, a self-timer, and macro mode. It has 14 different scene positions, and can even take movies.
If you want a simple camera to have on hand for a quick picture or to slip in your pocket to have available anytime, this is a good choice.
Here are my pros and cons:
My full review with pictures is at HardwareSecrets.com.
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