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.
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.
As my GE J1250 review shows, General Imaging has created another very nice, beginner-level camera. It's very easy to use, it takes decent photos, and it has a sub-$150 price.
Those looking for an "intermediate" camera -- one that can serve as a bridge for a photographer wanting to move from a point and shoot camera to a more advanced model -- will want to pay attention to the E-PL1 from Olympus. My review of the Olympus PEN E-PL1 shows a very easy to use DIL camera that will provide great image quality at a reasonable price.
Fujifilm has created an award-winning image sensor in its EXR sensor, and a few of the company's cameras released in the past couple of years have included the sensor. But my Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR review shows that the F300EXR may very well be the best of the EXR cameras thus far.
GE classifies its E1480W camera as part of its "power" series, meaning it offers advanced features among point and shoot cameras, such as an 8X optical zoom lens, a 3.0-inch LCD, and 14.1 megapixels of resolution. For a camera that you probably can find for less than $150, my review of the E1480W shows that this camera is a "power" model in that price range as well.
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.
This review of Canon's PowerShot A495 reveals a stylish camera that performs much better in outdoor lighting than indoors.
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.
This Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS review shows a very nice compact camera that will deliver decent image quality for beginning photographers. The SD1400 has some issued with response times -- trust me, you'll quickly become frustrated seeing the "Busy" message on the screen -- but the SD1400 compares favorably to other sub-$200 cameras and offers a pretty good value.
My review of the Samsung DualView TL225 camera shows a camera that has strong photography features to match its cool look. A 3.5-inch touch screen LCD on the back and a 1.5-inch LCD on the front give the DualView TL225 a unique look that's also practical.
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 HP CW450t review shows a beginner-level digital camera that performs well above average, compared to other cameras in its price range. Throw in a touch-screen LCD, and the CW450t is a very impressive model for less than $125.
Casio's latest inexpensive camera, the Exilim EX-Z16, is a thin, stylish model that you'll find for less than $100. And my Casio EX-Z16 review shows that, while the Z16 suffers from some common problems for cameras in this price range, it has a few features that make it a pretty good value.
With its brilliant OLED, touch screen display, the Nikon Coolpix S80 is a great looking camera that's really easy to use. A couple of quirks prevent the S80 from receiving my top rating, though.
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.
My Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 review finds one of the best fixed lens cameras available on the market. The FZ40 offrs a 24X optical zoom lens and a great mixture of manual and automatic control features.
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.
Pentax has released 11 generations of "tough" waterproof cameras in its Optio family of cameras, with the latest being the Optio W90. My Pentax Optio W90 review shows a point and shoot camera with some very handy extra features. It shoots extremely sharp and bright photos, and its response times are quick. The Optio W90's underwater capabilities are impressive, and it's a camera that Pentax built to be sturdy and tough.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fujifilm has attempted to mix "tough" camera features with a stylish look, as my Fujifilm FinePix XP10 review shows. The XP10 looks pretty cool, and it works surprisingly well for a sub-$150 camera. Throw in its limited shock-proof, freeze-proof, and underwater capabilities, and the XP10 is a good value.
A 15X optical zoom lens, as you'll find on the GE X5 camera, is at the low end of zoom lenses for a fixed lens camera. My GE X5 camera review shows a low-priced model for a 15X zoom, but the camera's hit and miss shooting results can be frustrating.