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Some Cameras that got good ratings

Jan. 2005
Mfg. ModelZD
CR (1)ListStreet Pix Zoom LensSpeed Size
Compact Cameras
Rangefinder Size Cameras
Canon PowerShot G5 8.2 $800 5M 4x f2 15-1/20004.8x2.8x2.9 CF II500
Canon PowerShot G6 § VG+/E$520-700 7M 4x f2 15-1/20004.1x2.9x2.9 CF II500DP
Olympus C-8080 § 7.3VG+/E$615-900 8M 5x f1.816-1/1000 2.7x3.0x4.5 xDDC, DP
Olympus C7707.2 VG+/E$345-600 4M 10x f2.8 16-1/10004.1x2.7x2.4 SM
Fujifilm FinePix S5100 7.6$270-400 4M zx f2.8 xx-x/2000yxyxy xF
Canon PowerShot A95 § 7.8VG+/E$295-350 5M 3x f2.8 15-1/20004x1.4x2.6 CF
Sony DSC-V3 § 7.9$540-700 7M 4x f2.8 30-1/10004.7x2.5x2.8 CF I, mem stk
Olympus C-7000 § 6.8$700$444-615 7M 5x f2.8 4-1/20004x2.3x1.7 xD
SLR Size Cameras
Canon PowerShot PRO1 7.8 $$600-860 8M 7x f2.4 4-1/4000 CF II
SLR (interchangeable lens) cameras
Olympus Evolt E-300 $1,000 8M zx fx xx-xx/1000yxyxy CF
Canon EOS 20D 8.9$1290-1600 8M zx fx xx-xx/1000yxyxy CF
See DSLR page
(1) Consumer Reports Feb. 2002 Overall/Print Qual
(2) Depends on Lens
(3) Takes standard (Canon EF 15-400 mm , Nikon AF) interchangeable lenses
4. PC Magazine Product of the Year
5. Computer World "Editors Choice" & "Highly Recommended" Jan. 2003.
* discontinued
Digital Camera Editors Choice
Popular Photography Top Pick
§ Digital Photography Highly Recommended
ZDNet Editors Choice
Zoom: Optical Zoom
Size: DepthxHeightxWidth
Mem: SM-SmartMedia (8-128M), CF-Compact Flash (8-512M), CF Type II (160M-1G or microdrive 170M-1G), MS-Memory Stick (16-128M), MMC -MultiMedia Card (16-128M), SD - Secure Digital (16-128M)
Battery: Battery life in number of photos

Canon G2

Olympus C-4040

Sony S85

Nikon 5000

Canon S300

Canon S40

Minolta F100

Nikon 885
Canon and Nikon are the favorites with serious photographers, followed by Olympus and Sony, but selected models from Kodak, Minolta and Fuji get good ratings also. Sony, Canon and Olympus had the best frequency of repair records.

Sony has a good reputation for their Zeiss lenses and Nikon for their Nikkor lenses.

Digital Camera Resource says

In the C-4040 review "If you were to compare the Olympus C-4040 with Canon's PowerShot G2 or Sony's DSC-S85, I'd probably rank the Canon first, and maybe a tie with the S85 for second place. The Canon has a few more bells and whistles, and with its CompactFlash Type II slot, it can hold a whole lot more photos than a SmartMedia card or Memory Stick. But either way you choose, you win -- so I'd check out all three and pick your favorite."

In the Powershot G3 Review "Now for the million dollar question: is the G3 the best 4 or 5 Megapixel camera out there? Guess what, I'm not going to answer. I don't think there is one camera that is best for everyone (I mean that honestly, not as a cop out). The G3 is definitely a contender that goes up nicely against cameras from Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, and Sony. Do your research and you (rather than me) can decide what the perfect camera is for your needs.

If I was a PowerShot G2 owner, I probably won't race out and upgrade. If I was deciding between a G2 and G3, I'd pony up the extra cash for the G3. My main reasons for doing so would be the DIGIC processor and the 4X zoom lens."

G2 and G3 both result in more red eye than the G1.

Max. Print Size with Photo Quality
Resolution Size (in.)
1-megapixel 4-x-6
2-megapixel 5-x-7
3-megapixel 8-x-10
4-megapixel 11-x-14
5-megapixel 14-x-17
Canon Cameras
Nikon Cameras
Olympus Cameras
Sony Cameras
Kodak Cameras
Minolta Cameras

Note: See Olympus Gray Market Advisory


Prints from Digital Images / On-line Photo Finishing Services

See Also:
Photography Notes under hobbies.
and Wildlife Photography

last updated 25 Jan 2005