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Digital Cameras: Double Take
Text by Jonathan Barkey   Photograph by Alex DiSuvero
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Emerging Artists
Top-notch optics and creative control in the palm of your hand
 
1. Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom (Left)
User Profile: Photojournalist

This sturdy 7.1-megapixel C-7070 ($450; www.olympus.com) won't win a beauty contest, but similar Olympus offerings have snagged prizes for photojournalist Alex Majoli, who covers war zones like the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Iraq. The C-7070's sculpted magnesium-alloy body fits your hand like a glove, so it's great on the fly and for fast-action shots. Also, it sports myriad manual controls, along with a microphone so you can narrate images as you shoot them. As a bonus, its flip-up, swiveling LCD is great for tough angles.

Best Feature
: The C-7070's wide-angle zoom handles tight quarters like markets or sporting events and big, jaw-dropping vistas with equal ease and quality.

2. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-V3 (Right)
User Profile: Control freak

Though beefy, the snazzy-looking 7.2-megapixel V3 ($600; www.sony.com) is smaller, lighter, and more packable than its counterpart, the Olympus C-7070 (at left). But it offers similarly high-quality images. The V3's supersharp 4x zoom is less wide and more telephoto than the Oly's, so it's better suited to portraits and detail shots. Also, the focus is remarkably fast, even in low light, thanks to its laser-guided Hologram AF Illuminator. Finally, the V3 has a big rubber grip and among the best video capabilities in its class.

Best Feature: Its huge color LCD (fixed, no flip) is easy to see even in direct sunlight.

Breakout TECH: Wi-Fi Cameras

Kodak EasyShare-One

User Profile: Cyberphile

There's a whole new reason to search for a wireless hot spot. Yup, even cameras have gone Wi-Fi. Though the flagship, four-megapixel EasyShare-One ($600, not including $100 Wi-Fi card; www.kodak.com) is the only such unit currently on the market, you'll be almost guaranteed to see more in the next year. The advantage? Built-in Wi-Fi connects without a PC to a Kodak online service via any wireless hot spot or home network, which means you can be sitting at the ferry terminal in Sydney, Australia, say, and fire off real-time shots of the Opera House to your friends. You're also able to manage online photo albums and order prints to be delivered to your door before you get home from vacation. As well, the internal memory holds up to 1,500 pictures, so you don't have the additional cost of memory cards.

Best Feature: The huge three-inch rotating touch screen, navigated with a built-in stylus like a PDA, is incredibly flashy and cool.
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