All right, we know a lot of you are tech junkies. You've got your zooming 400 MHz processor, a 21-inch monitor and a cranking Zip drive, and you list "surfing the Internet" as your favorite hobby next to "collecting e-mail postcards." So now that you want to get your business revved up and running at the speed of technology, what else do you need? How about a digital camera? Trust us, they're not just for family reunions anymore.
From Web pages to presentations and newspaper advertisements, having a digital camera in your arsenal can be a real boost to business. Got a prospective client wondering what your product looks like? Send a snap piggybacked on an e-mail. Slap a flattering shot of your smiling mug in your next brochure for a personal touch. Go out into the daylight, and get some pics of satisfied customers, happy clients or your products or services at work in the real world.
There are a lot of digital cameras on the market now, so we're going to help you narrow the field. The cameras we've chosen all have megapixel technology, which means very high resolution. They output, at minimum, 1,024 x 768 pixels--so no more grainy blobs. The downside is that high-resolution snaps take a lot of space to save. Fortunately, you can choose to save your pictures in resolutions that range from low to very high, depending on your needs.
These cameras are also cross-platform so they'll work for you whether you're a PC user or a Mac enthusiast. The ones we've looked at come bundled with software so you can bring all your digital photography back home to your computer. All packages include the correct drivers and at least one image-editing program.