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Camera Shy?

If you were waiting until the prices (and features) were right to buy a digital camera, then your wait is over.

This story appears in the March 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Despite the falling prices and the improved technology of digital cameras, it's still too early to declare old-fashioned film dead. But for entrepreneurs who don't have time to run down to the one-hour developer and scan photos into a computer, now is a pretty good time to go digital. Owners of earlier digital camera models who are now ready for an affordable upgrade will find a lot of alternatives vying for their attention.

Matching yourself and your business with the right kind of camera is an important step. One of the easiest ways to break it down is by starting with the megapixels. Our chart covers mostly 4 megapixel cameras that fall within the $500 price range (all prices street). A 5 megapixel Olympus C-5050 ZOOM and a 3.2 megapixel Canon PowerShot S230 are included for good measure. You can get a lot of flexibility for your money. The resolution is high enough to allow for good 8-by-10 enlargements. If you need to go much larger than that, then look upwards in the product lines for higher resolution devices.

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