Canon PowerShot SD400

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.

Canon Optura 60

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.

HP Photosmart R717

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.

5-megapixel digital camera jury tests

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.

Canon PowerShot SD500

The 7.1-megapixel digital camera is a smooth operator, but its dearth of manual features and high price make it an expensive choice.

HP Photosmart M22

If you need a little handholding, the HP Photosmart M22 is an attractive camera, especially if you have a penchant for panoramas.

Concord 5340z

This 5-megapixel camera offers plenty of pixels per dollar, but poor performance keeps it from being a good value.

Canon PowerShot A520

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

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.

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

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.

Concord 6340z

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.

HP Photosmart M417

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.

Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

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.

Olympus Stylus Verve

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.

StickyBrain 3.4

StickyBrain 3.4 may be the ideal freeform information manager, especially if you need something that excels at capturing information from other applications and putting it at your fingertips.