Digital Cameras to Inspire Performance
By Emily Tipping
Pentax X70 Megazoom Digital Camera, available through Premco ($644.95)
For an even more powerful zoom, check out this offering from Pentax, which features a high magnification 24x optical zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage, housed in a highly portable, compact and lightweight body. The 12-megapixel Pentax X70 Megazoom features SLR-like styling and flexible exposure modes, making it perfect for more advanced enthusiasts who want to step up from digital compact offerings without stepping all the way up to the size, weight and expense of a true DSLR camera. It offers the ease of use of a compact camera with the powerful options offered on a DSLR, like aperture/shutter priority and metered manual modes, true hardware sensor-movement Shake Reduction, fast operation and the impressive zoom lens. Additional features include: 2.7-inch color LCD monitor, high-speed continuous shooting, Fast Face Detection, red-eye reduction, Smile Capture and blink detection, movie capture in high-definition, Auto Picture, auto sensitivity control up to ISO 6400 and more. The scene mode palette allows for easy selection from 20 scenes, including the new Baby mode for accurate exposure and skin tone when taking photos of babies. (Aw, shucks.)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 ($499.99)
"Research shows that our customers greatly value sharing images and video clips, but they often forget or don't have enough time if they wait to get home to upload images," said Phil Lubell, director of digital camera marketing at Sony Electronics. "Our new Cyber-shot DSC-G3 camera provides the simplicity and convenience of sharing in the moment, while the impulse is still fresh in people's minds."
The Cyber-shot DSC G3 is the first Wi-Fi-enabled digital camera that allows users to upload photos and videos to Web sites through any public hotspot, due to its built-in Web browser. Simple to use, you just press the WLAN button to open the camera's embedded Web browser. From the Sony Easy Upload Home Page, you can link to photo sharing sites like Shutterfly and Picasa Web Albums or video sharing sites like YouTube and more.
Beyond its wireless sharing capabilities, the 10-megapixel camera also offers high-performance features, like a 4x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, Intelligent Scene Recognition, face detection technology, anti-blink function, Smile Shutter technology, and much more. Just three-fourths of an inch thin, the slim Cyber-shot DSC-G3 is also a "photo album in your pocket" with 4 GB of internal memory that can store nearly 1,000 full-resolution or 40,000 VGA-quality photos. The 3.5-inch wide touch panel Xtra Fine LCD screen is perfect for photo-like viewing.