Richard BaguleyMacworld

Richard Baguley has been writing about, testing and breaking technology for the past 20 years. He has written for Wired, Macworld, USA Today, Amiga Format and many others

The filmmaker's rule book

When it comes to making movies that people will actually want to watch, getting a good video camera is only part of the battle. You also need to know how to use your camera. For video you can be proud of, follow these ten simple rules.

Picking the perfect camcorder

Although MiniDV remains the most popular choice among Mac users, it's not your only option. Base your decision on how much money you're willing to spend, whether you want to edit your video, and how picky you are about video quality.

Making Movies: New HD camcorder format explained

Some would say that we need another camcorder format like we need a hole in the head, but that hasn't stopped the manufacturers from doing it anyway.

Kodak EasyShare V570 camera

The V570 delivers high image quality and provides a wide zoom range in a compact package, but short battery life and a few quirks reduce its appeal.

Nikon Coolpix P2 camera

Despite the Coolpix P2’s wireless connectivity and some advanced controls, this camera’s unexceptional image quality and limited battery life fail to justify its price.

Fujifilm FinePix E900 camera

Overall, the Fujifilm FinePix E900 is a good choice for people who want the simplicity of a point-and-shoot and the ability to take control when required. Its high-quality images and ease of use add to its value.

Olympus FE-120 camera

In the end, the Olympus FE-120 will appeal mostly to people who are happy with automatic modes. Experienced photographers would likely find the lack of manual controls frustrating.

Casio Exilim EX-S600 digital camera

With its fairly good image quality and compact design, the Casio Exilim EX-S600 is a fine choice for people on the go.

Kodak EasyShare C663 camera

The Kodak EasyShare C663 is a reasonably good camera at a good price. Its image quality is good, and it offers most of the features that point-and-shoot users will need.

Canon PowerShot SD430 camera

The Canon SD430 is attractively styled, and has good image quality and zoom range. But considering its poor battery life and noisy operation, its price isn’t entirely justified.

Nikon Coolpix S4 camera

The S4 is an interesting camera, but its unusual design is only partly successful. Certain features make the S4 larger and bulkier than most point-and-shoot competitors, and most casual shooters will likely prefer a smaller camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30K

The FZ30K’s SLR styling is well suited to photographers eager for manual controls, and its images look great when taken in good light, but noise is a problem at higher ISOs.

Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom

The Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom is a competitively priced camera with a long zoom lens, and numerous scene modes that will appeal to many photographers.

Konica Minolta Dimage Z6

While its 12X zoom lens is impressive and the camera is easy to handle, the Konica-Minolta Dimage Z6’s unimpressive image quality and missing features make it a poor choice for photo enthusiasts.

Fujifilm FinePix S5200

The easy-to-use FinePix S5200 offers a slew of advanced features for a low price. It takes great pictures, and its snappy start-up and shooting times ensure that you’ll almost always get the shot you want.