[TRENDSETTER]Cameras that do everything you could want (and more)

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[TRENDSETTER]Cameras that do everything you could want (and more)

The digital camera evolution continues. These cameras are design-savvy, both inside and out. The latest technology has made it possible to have a portable camera with built-in speakers, or MP3-playing capability, or filters for reproducing photos with colors as true-to-life as possible. The cameras just get smaller while the picture-taking capabilities get better. That’s good news to us.

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Canon PowerShot A80
4.0 megapixels
32 MB card; compatible with Type I CompactFlash memory cards
Records up to 3 minutes of video with sound; flip-out LCD
103.1 x 64.4 x 34.7 mm; 250 grams
3x optical zoom
490,000 won ($415)


Nikon Coolpix 3700
3.2 megapixels
16 MB SD memory
Voice-records up to 5 hours
8 movie modes
Takes photos by voice command
95.5 x 50 x 31 mm; 130 grams
3x optical zoom
400,000 won


Casio EX-Z4 Exilim
4.0 megapixels
10 MB of flash RAM
Compatible with SD/MMC card
Built-in speaker for audio recording and playback; includes movie mode
87 x 57 x 231.01 mm; 129 grams
3x optical zoom
579,000 won


Minolta DiMAGE Z1
5.0 megapixels
16 MB SD/MMC
Due out in mid-December
Combined digital and optical 40x power zoom; focuses in under 1 second
110 x 78 x 80 mm; 305 g
10X optical zoom
Expected price about 500,000 won


Sony Cyber-shot T1
5.0 megapixels
32 MB memory stick
Movie mode with sound
Smallest 5MP digital camera on the market
91 x 60 x 21 mm; 155 grams
3x optical zoom
799,000 won


Olympus C5060 wide zoom
5.1 megapixels
32 MB xD Picture Card
Due out this month
Uses PictBridge technology
for direct printing
116mm x 87mm x 65.5mm, 430 g
4x wide-angle optical zoom
960,000 won


Fuji FinePix F700
3.2 megapixels
16 xD Picture Card
First camera to use the new FujiFilm SuperCCD HR image sensor, resulting in extended tonal range more akin to that of film
109 x 53 x 28 mm; 190 grams
3x optical zoom
695,000 won


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828
8.0 megapixels
Compatible with memory stick; compact flash Type I/II; Microdrive 4-color filter sensor; first consumer camera with 8 megapixels
Records TV-quality video
134 x 91 x 156 mm; 906 grams
7x optical zoom
1.5 million won


by Joe Yong-hee
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