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Hewlett Packard Photo Smart C200 Review

The Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart C200 is a low price camera, that has some features of cameras costing much more.

The C200 can record in resolutions up to 1152 x 872, which is high enough to allow a photo quality pocket size image to be produced.

The C200 boasts a good top resolution, a color LCD display, point-and-shoot operation, and a lens system with a macro mode for extreme closeups.

The Hp C200 uses Compact Flash memory and comes with a surprisingly large 8 Meg memory card, which can store up to 80 images.

The C200 also offers a 2x digital zoom and a built-in automatic flash. It includes everything you need to transfer your photos to your PC, including basic image-editing software. The Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart C200 is compact enough to rival traditional point-and-shoots for portability. Overall, it’s a great way to try out digital photography without draining your wallet.


Low cost
USB Interface
8 Meg Memory Card


No Zoom Lens


Hewlett Packard Photosmart C 215 Review

The Hewlett Packard C215 is an entry level 1.3 Mega Pixel camera.   Designed as a point and shoot type camera, it is easy to use, compact and light weight. And can produce excellent quality prints in 5 x 7 or even larger print sizes.

The C215 doesn’t have an optical zoom lens. It does have what is called a digital zoom, which can zoom into an image by a factor of 2. Digital Zoom, however reduces the resolution of the image, and ultimately limits the maximum print size of an image, however it is probably better than having no zooming facility at all. The C215 attract a very economical price, and cameras in this price range don’t often feature zoom lenses.

The camera comes with a 4 Megabyte memory card, that can hold up to 5 images in the highest quality mode, 10 images in the medium quality mode, or 36 low quality images. The camera comes with 2 AA sized batteries. HP recommend that rechareable batteries are NOT to be used with this camera, therefore ongoing battery costs could be high.



Connects to Macs and PCs via USB port
Easy to use Point and Shoot
Very Low Price for a 1.3 Mega Pixel.


4 Megabyte Memory Card is small
No Optical Zoom Lens
Use Rechargeable Batteries NOT Recommended by HP
Almost no advanced features

Hewlett Packard Photosmart C 912 Review

The Hewlett Packard Photosmart C 912xi digital camera is the top of the line model from HP. This camera is a true SLR camera, which is rare for cameras in this price range. This means that when you look through the viewfinder you are looking through the lens of the camera and seeing precisely the image that will be captured. Most digital cameras use a small, separate lens for the viewfinder and the main camera lens for the image capture.

The C 912 has a 2.2 Mega Pixel CCD, that will produce a screen based image size of 1600 x 1280. This is a little larger than the more common two Mega pixel resolution of 1600 x 1200, resulting in a squarer looking image. With this CCD and the Pentax 34 – 107mm (35mm equiv.) Zoom lens this camera is a good competitor to other high end 2 Mega pixels cameras such as the Olympus C 2040 digital camera. The Pentax lens has a very impressive minimum focal distance of 2cm, meaning that the camera can focus on very small images at a very close range. This is one of the best macros available for consumer digital cameras and is major feature of this digital camera.

The Photosmart 912xi has a rounded look and feel to it and is very comfortable to hold. This is not however, a compact digital camera and is more the size and weight of a traditional SLR 35mm film camera. Compact Flash Memory cards (Type I & II) are used with this camera and it ships with a nice sized 16 Megabyte memory card. Unfortunately

Image Compression Review


Image Compression

There are two factors that affect the quality and the file size of an image captured with a digital camera. The first is ‘file compression’. Compressing an image reduces the amount of memory that is taken up by the image and allows for more images to be stored on a memory card or disk. With modern digital cameras, an uncompressed image can take up to 10 Megabytes of data on the memory card. Since most digital cameras come with 8 -16 Megabyte cards, compression must be used to reduce the file size so that many images can be stored on a single memory card.

The trade-off for compressing an image is the loss of image quality. Using JPEG compression (the most common compression format) a compromise is struck between file size and image quality. The user of a digital camera has the option to change between different levels of compression to suit their needs. Compression can also be adjusted after the image is downloaded to a computer. It is however, not possible to uncompress an image. Once the image is compressed then there is no way of getting back to the original uncompressed image.


More compression = smaller file size and low image quality


This image has a small amount of JPEG compression
File Size = 68 K/Bytes
Image Size 320 x 213


This image has a large amount of JPEG compression
File Size = 11 K/Bytes
Image Size 320 x 213

The second image, with more compression, is of a lower quality. The image is now made up of less than 1/6 of the information of the

Kodak 290 Review

Submited by, Bill Horne

Length of Ownership: year plus

Mainreview: I have owned many digital cameras satring with Kodak 215, 240, 260, 265, 290 and in addition to those Nikon 950, Epson 3000Z, kODAK 4800 and none of then can live up to the Kodak 290 which I have returned to and will remain for some time until there really is a better. Cameras with much higher resolution don’t do as good a job as the 290. I even bought a backup off U-Bid just in case mine broke or got stolen. I sell manyu of my pictures and the 290 is still my choice for under $1000. I will never understand why Kodak didn’t just improve the 290 ionstead of revamping it entirely and coming out with the Kodak 4800 which in my opinion is a very poor replacement-pop up flash left with the 110 cameras and it was never in focus even on a clear day.Kodak 290 is easy simple but with many features that a well seasoned camerman can enjoy all for under $500.b

Name: Chelvan

Length of Ownership: 3 months


Bill Horne’s review is full of …. nonsense with regards to Kodak’s DC4800. It is one of the finest digital cameras Kodak ever made. It has extremely sharp focus when set to “Sharp”, even on the dullest day. I was unlucky in that I discovered this gem of a camera long after it was discontinued. So, I opted for a refurbished model from Kodak, which turned out to be every bit as good as a brand new model and cost only $500 (Canadian) – which

Kodak DC 3400 Review

The Kodak DC 3400 digital camera is the replacement for the very popular DC 280 which is no longer being manufactured by Kodak. Being very similar to it’s predecessor, the DC 3400 is a 2.3 Mega Pixel Digital Camera, producing an image size of 1,760 x 1,168. This gives the Kodak DC3400 the ability to print in up to 8 x 10 inches in photo quality.

The Lens has a 2x magnification (30 – 60mm) with macro mode and of course, auto focus. A multi mode flash is built in, including a red-eye reduction mode. The camera supports USB connectivity for fast, cross-platform downloads. We are glad to see the inclusion Serial Port connectivity also for those who don’t have access to USB. A video-out port is also provided for viewing images on a T.V screen.

The camera comes with 8 Megabytes of Compact Flash (Type I) memory.

While the Kodak 3400 misses out on features like movie recording abilities, manual control and audio recording, it is an excellent value for money ‘point and shoot’ digital camera, and most importantly produces sharp images with excellent color.


Good Value for Money
Easy to Use
Excellent image Quality


Not many advanced features


Kodak DX 3600 Review

The Kodak DX 3600 is a high quality, very easy to use point and shoot digital camera.   Some retailers offer the camera with the docking base, which functions as a battery charger and simplifies the downloading of images from to a computer. The camera is also fully functional without the docking base.

The 2.2 Mega Pixel CCD, produces a 1800 x 1200 pixel screen sized resolution, and is capable of making photographic prints in sizes up to 8 x 10 inches. The images produced from this camera are larger in width than with most other 2 Mega Pixel cameras, meaning photographs are more rectangular than with, for example the Olympus D510, 2 Mega Pixel digital camera which produces a screen size resolution of 1600 x 1200 which 200 pixel less in the horizontal.

The camera features a zoom lens, with a 2X multiplication factor, which isn’t as powerful as some other comparable cameras lenses, which offer 3X zoom lenses, except for perhaps the super compact Canon S110 which also features 2X zoom.

Images are stored in JPEG mode, at selectable qualities, however no TIFF uncompressed mode is provided for storing images in maximum quality. The camera can also record movies, including audio, with no restriction on the length, apart from the size of the memory card. Movies are recorded at an impressive 20fps, which is a very high rate for a digital camera and results in very smooth playing movies

The camera has a unique memory setup in that 8 Megabytes of memory is built into the camera, but it can also accept Compact Flash external memory cards for further

Kodak DX 3600 User Feedback Review

Submitted by: Stan
Length of Ownership: 3 months

This has been a very good camera for me. It does all I need it to do. It is great for taking pictures of various flowers, family, nature, etc.. I did have some problems with the batteries not registering to power up the camera. However, I found out that if I took the batteries out and held them in my hand for a minute or two to warm them up then put them back in the camera, it powered up and all went fine. The dock is great to download the pictures. I can’t imagine anything being easier. Got mine on a “Holiday Bundle” deal which was also great.

Submitted by: Shane Parsons

Length of Ownership: 1 week

Mainreview: I just received the camera for Christmas and have been really enjoying it so far! The camera ease of use has proved to be handy when I have asked non-techie types to take pictures. As well the features it includes are very handy like full video with sound and playback with sound.

The only drawback is the camera cannot double as a web camera.

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Minolta Dimage 7 Review


The Minolta Dimage 7 is a ‘high end’ consumer/semi professional digital camera. The camera features a 4.95 Mega Pixel CCD to produce extremely high resolution image at 2560 x 1920 pixels. Large prints sizes and the ability to heavily crop image are possible with this camera due to the very high resolution image.

The Dimage 7, like its smaller brother the 3.34 Mega Pixel Dimage 5, uses a 36 bit color system compared to the 24 bit system employed by most digital cameras. This system gives a larger range of possible colors to choose from when the image is sampled and results in an image with excellent color saturation and color balance.

Another big feature on this camera when compared with all other 4+ Mega Pixel cameras in the consumer and pro-sumer range, is the power 7X multiplication zoom lens. The lens has a 35mm equivalent zoom of 28 to 200mm. Full manual focusing is available with a 35mm SLR type feel. Focusing is controlled by turning a ring around the lens barrel. Unlike some other digital cameras with high powered zoom lens such as the 2 Mega Pixel Olympus C 2100 and the 2.6 Mega Pixel Canon Powershot Pro 90, the Dimage 7 doesn’t offer any form of image stabilization to help steady the image in the viewfinder when using the extreme range of the zoom lens. In low light situation and when using the full power of the zoom lens, a mono-pod or tripod could be used to steady the camera. The lens does support macro mode shooting, for close up photography, allowing focusing of a subject 13cm

Nikon Coolpix 5000 Review


The Nikon Coolpix 5000 goes pretty much where no other consumer digital camera has gone, mainly due to the large 5.24 Megapixel CCD. While other manufacturers have just released their 4 Mega Pixel cameras, Nikon has decided to produce a new 5 Mega Pixel camera, soon after releasing their previous flagship consumer model, the Nikon Coolpix 995 3.34 Mega Pixel camera.

The Coolpix 5000, has an all new, Nikkor 3X zoom lens. As with all Nikkor lenses the quality is excellent. The full zoom range is a little less than with the Coolpix 995, which has a 4X Zoom lens. The 5000’s lens has a (35mm Equiv) range of 28-85mm, giving it a relatively wide angle compared to most digital cameras. The trade off for the extra wide angle, is the slightly limited zoom range at 85mm.

The 5.24 Mega pixel CCD has two main advantage for the digital photographer. Firstly the image has a screen based resolution 2,560, x 1920 and a potential print size of 11 x 14 inches or more in full 35mm film print quality. Secondly the large resolution is great for cropping work. Even if 50% of the image is cropped, a 2.1 Mega Pixel image still remains, and could be printed at 8 x 10 inches in photographic quality.. The 4X digital zoom on the camera reflects this, in that the image has enough resolution to be ‘zoomed into’ by a factor of 4 times.

Images can be captured in JPEG mode with various amounts of compression, or TIFF uncompressed mode, for the best image quality, (with a huge file size). Video can be