Thursday, October 1, 2009
When portability is essential, nothing beats these ultracompact models
Want to share your photos on the nearest wall? Nikon’s 12.1-megapixel COOLPIX S1000pj has a VGA projector built in, allowing you to show off your shots from up to 6.5 feet away. The five-way Vibration Reduction has a variety of tactics to ensure your shots are sharp, and Face-Priority AF will keep up to 12 faces in focus. List Price: $429.
Photographers who like wide-angle perspectives will appreciate the wide-to-moderate-tele 5x zoom on the 12-megapixel FE-5020. At the wide end, you have the 35mm equivalent of a 24mm. Face Detection and AF Tracking, and in-camera Art Filters make this a fairly sophisticated camera for the price—about $159.
With fast startup and AF performance for a camera in this class, the DMC-FP8 has a sleek design and 12-megapixel resolution. At the wide end, the 4.6x zoom offers a 35mm equivalent of 28mm. It features 720 HD video, 27 Scene modes and Face Recognition that, once trained, can put names to faces. List Price: $299.
Outdoorsy types will love the rugged character of the 12-megapixel Optio W80. It’s waterproof up to 16 feet, shockproof for bumps and short drops, and braves freezing temperatures down to 14 degrees F. It also offers 720 HD movie recording, close focusing on objects as near as 0.4 inches and Face Detection technology. List Price: $299.
Trying to get the perfect self-portrait for Facebook? This new camera features two touch-screen LCDs—one on the front of the camera—for easy arm’s-length portraits, or to let your subject see the composition, too. The camera knows when your subject is smiling and will take the shot. In addition to 12.2-megapixel stills, you also can record 720 HD video. List Price: $349.
Want to upload photos directly to popular photo-sharing sites? The 10.1-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-G3 includes WiFi connectivity to let you do just that. It also has 4 GB of memory built in, Face Detection and Intelligent Scene Recogni-tion to identify what you’re shooting and select the right settings. List Price: $499.
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