This review of the Nikon D5000 DSLR camera reveals a very strong DSLR camera for those seeking their first DSLR camera. It offers plenty of manual control features and strong image quality, but it's also easy to use for those still learning about photography.
For a "prosumer" camera, the Samsung NX10 offers excellent image quality and quick response times, as my Samsung NX10 review shows. For a camera aimed at beginning and intermediate photographers, the NX10 is strong in the areas where it needs to be.
My Kodak Zi8 review reveals a combination digital camera and digital camcorder that is one of the easiest cameras to use that you'll find that isn't a child's toy. This Kodak Zi8 review shows a unit with very limited still image photography capabilities, but that can shoot HD video and that has strong pocket camcorder options.
Samsung's TL500 camera creates extremely sharp and vibrant photographs, thanks to one of the highest-quality lenses you'll find in a point and shoot camera. However, its high price and small zoom lens makes it a camera more suited to intermediate and advanced photographers.
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H70 has some very strong features for a camera in its price range, and its image quality is very good. The H70 has some issues with response times, especially in shot-to-shot delays, but its image quality is strong enough to overcome these issues.
My Sony MPK-WE marine pack review shows an easy-to-use underwater housing that provides great protection of point and shoot cameras during underwater photography. The MPK-WE marine pack camera accessory will work with a few different Sony digital cameras, including the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220, and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W210. It works underwater up to 132 feet deep or 40 meters deep.
This PowerShot A800 review reveals a camera that has a lot of issues with slow response times, even for a camera in the sub-$100 price range.
If results are all that matter to you in your photography, my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 review will showcase a camera that is perfect for your needs. The GH2, mirror-less, interchangeable lens camera has outstanding response times and image quality.
My PowerShot A2200 review shows an entry-level, budget-priced camera from Canon that's very easy to use and that compares favorably in performance to other sub-$150 cameras.
Panasonic has introduced the world's smallest mirror-less DIL (DSLR-like) camera with its Lumix DMC-GF2. Even with its small size, the GF2 remains a camera that's fun to use and produces nice results.
The Sony Alpha SLT-A55V DSLR camera is extremely easy to use, works fast, and creates very sharp prints. Those looking to migrate to a DSLR camera from a point and shoot will have a difficult time finding a DSLR camera that's easier to use.
Some problems with shutter lag and shot to shot delays hamper the Exilim S200, but it is a good-looking model that has a few strengths. My Casio Exilim EX-S200 review reveals a camera that may work well as a model for someone looking for a good mix of style and low-light performance.
The Samsung PL200 is a good value, especially considering it has a 7X optical zoom lens and a large LCD screen. Overall speed and performance is pretty good, too, making the PL200 a nice option for beginning photographers.
If you like unique features in your digital camera, it's impossible to ignore the built-in projector with the S1100pj camera from Nikon.
My Casio Exilim EX-FS10 review found a point and shoot camera with a lot of interesting features. However, my Casio EX-FS10 review also shows the camera could be difficult to learn to use without quite a bit of practice.
You'll find a camera with good "tough" features in my Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 review. However, the Stylus Tough 8010 could use a few better photography features for a camera in its price range.
My Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 review shows that this camera offers a nice mix of handy features while living up to the "tough" in its name. It can survive a fall of about 6 feet, and it will work in below-freezing temperatures.
You'll find some good and some bad in the stylish Jason Wu Create camera from General Imaging, the photography division of GE. My review of the Jason WU Create camera shows style and image quality that are very good. However, the camera's overall feature set and its response times are below average for a model in its price range.
The Cyber-shot DSC-W290 from Sony performs very well in low light and is a very easy-to-use digital camera. It isn't the most stylish model you'll find in the marketplace and the MSRP could be a little lower, but this Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 review shows the DSC-W290 is a very nice digital camera for beginning photographers.
My Nikon Coolpix P90 review shows that this fixed lens camera from Nikon has some very nice features, including a 24X optical zoom lens, but its problems with overall picture quality hurt it when compared to other models in this price range.
Beginning photographers will find several very good features in this Nikon Coolpix L20 review, including a sharp 3-inch LCD and quick response times.
As seems to be a common theme with beginner-level Kodak cameras, the image quality with the Kodak EasyShare M590 is pretty good, and it's extremely easy to use. Its response times leave something to be desired, though.
Image quality is the best feature of this camera, as my Kodak EasyShare M580 review shows. Even though the M580 shoots great photos, its response times could cause some frustrations for beginning photographers.
The Samsung ST80 is a good camera, thanks to a touchscreen LCD and WiFi connectivity, but it could be quite a bit better with a more consistent image quality and with a larger zoom lens than 3X.
My Canon PowerShot A1000IS review shows that this digital camera from Canon doesn't offer many high-end features, but it does many things well and is a great all-around, entry-level model.