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May 22, 2008

All I Want is an Optical Viewfinder in My Digital Camera

Finding a digital camera with an optical viewfinder isn't all that easy these days -- especially if you want the latest digital features and don't plan on carrying around (or investing in) an SLR. Well, remember this, Viewfinder Votaries, Canon and Sony are your friends. We've identified two great choices below:

canon_SD850.jpgCanon PowerShot SD850 -- $239.95
Long live the PowerShot. You've got the optical viewfinder and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. 8-megapixels will get you great prints up to 16x22 inches and the 4x optical zoom will serve you well at a distance. Canon's delivering image stabilization, ISO 1600 for low-light shots and the usual slew of intelligent features--face detection, red-eye correction and 18 scene modes. Five movie modes give you the ability to choose frames per second speed and file format and will even record time lapse and up to 1 hour of video. As if that weren't enough check out the printing features -- you can bypass your computer completely with PictBridge technology and if you pair up with Canon printers you'll open a world of additional options.

sony_DSCW120.jpgSony Cybershot DSCW120 -- $179.99
And the other shot of note... Cybershot. Again, you've got a 2.5-inch LCD screen and the optical viewfinder. 7.2-megapixels will keep you happy up to 14x19-inch prints. Bundle of intelligent features like smart zoom image stabilization, face detection and smile detection. ISO 3200 helps you handle low-light situations and the 4x optical zoom features a Carl Zeiss lens. You can shoot up to 10 minutes straight of MPEG video. The most interesting feature is its compatibility with HDTV -- hey, did you know Sony also sells HDTVs? Comes in black, pink and blue too.

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Posted by Susan Moriarty at May 22, 2008 6:08 AM
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