The Full ExposureThe models I compared were Casio's Exilim EX-Z850, Sony's DSC-W100, Hewlett-Packard's Photosmart R927, Pentax's Optio A10, Olympus' Stylus 810 and Nikon's Coolpix P4. These six are the top of the line when it comes to compact digital cameras: They all have 8-megapixel sensors or better, weigh less than half a pound (even with batteries), have telescoping lenses and could easily fit in a shirt pocket.
|Casio Exilim EX-Z850|
Negative ReinforcementNone of the other cameras gave the Sony or Casio a run for my money. The Nikon Coolpix P4 ($325) is a perfectly decent camera. It was relatively fast, took good pictures and had a wide selection of shooting modes to choose from. But the problem was that the camera was just too darn bulky. At 7.1 ounces with batteries and 1.2 inches thick, the Nikon was both the heaviest and widest in the group. Regardless of the dimensions, it just felt hefty in my hands compared to the other cameras and wasn't fun to carry around. It also had a few more flaws. For one, the camera only allows photos to be deleted one by one, meaning that unless you attach the camera to a computer, you can't get rid of exposures en masse.
|Nikon Coolpix P4|
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