The 5-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD400 is 1.5 ounces lighter than the 7.1-megapixel SD500, but otherwise offers very similar features. Like its slightly larger sibling, the SD400 is a pocketable point-and-shooter that takes excellent pictures.
The Optura 60 shoots excellent video (provided you have enough light), snaps decent still images, and offers a full range of creative flexibility, making it a solid choice.
If you’re a beginner to photography, the 6.2-megapixel HP Photosmart R717’s unique help features will help you expand your comfort zone.
The 5-megapixel digital cameras reviewed in our July 2005 issue had widely varying image quality, with the Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 and Z20 showing the best images.
The 7.1-megapixel digital camera is a smooth operator, but its dearth of manual features and high price make it an expensive choice.
If you need a little handholding, the HP Photosmart M22 is an attractive camera, especially if you have a penchant for panoramas.
This 5-megapixel camera offers plenty of pixels per dollar, but poor performance keeps it from being a good value.
The 4-megapixel Canon PowerShot A520 offers full manual controls and takes very good images, but its handling is marred by poor design.
Guest PC 1.2 lets you run a virtual Windows computer on your Mac. At almost half the price of Virtual PC 7, some users will find it a money-saving way to run the occasional Windows program.
The Exilim EX-Z55 is compact and lightweight, yet it offers a generous 2.5-inch LCD. The bright, outsized monitor is nice, but the picture quality fell short of expectations.
Its low price per megapixel makes the 6-megapixel Concord 6340z seem like a bargain, but you’re probably better off with a 5-megapixel camera that takes better pictures.
This camera offers five-megapixel resolution for only a little money, making it a decent choice for bargain hunters and beginners, but its pictures are just average.
The 7-megapixel Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom, with its namesake wide-angle lens, abundance of features, and great picture quality, has a lot to offer the enthusiast who’s a few dollars short of the price of a digital SLR.
The Olympus Stylus Verve is chic and compact, but will really pay (and sacrifice) for style. If good-looking pictures are more important to you than looking good, look elsewhere.
Very good pictures, 8x optical zoom, focus to 0.4 inches, and manual controls make the Z20 a good choice for the beginning shutterbug on a budget, especially if your interest lies in macro photography.