Say Cheese! With so many features and styles to choose from, these nifty digital cameras will put a smile on anybody's face.
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Whether you're selling handmade pottery or repairing drywall, it's a visual world. From brochures to buildings, your clients want to see what you have to offer. A digital camera can help you enhance your website, put together a publication that looks professional, and capture images of finished projects.
Quality is up and prices are down, making this a good time to invest in your first digital camera or upgrade your old one. Cameras in the 4- to 6-megapixel range offer good value, flexibility and image quality. For general use, any of the cameras in our chart will do. If you have specific needs, look to specific models. For example, the 4-megapixel, $400 (all prices street) Nikon Coolpix 4800 lets you take shots a half-inch away from the subject--a boon if you need to snap small objects or take extreme close-ups.
At the other extreme is the $499 Kodak EasyShare DX7590, a 5-megapixel camera with a 10x optical zoom lens. That's the most powerful optical zoom in our chart--a consideration if you'll be taking pictures at a distance. These cameras have optical and digital zooms, with optical zoom offering higher-quality pictures. The Kodak's style will appeal to users who like traditional SLR cameras. Compare that to the Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart 945, which is about $400 and has the same body style. The HP is notable for its adaptive lighting technology, which makes it easier to capture detail in shadowy situations.