Subject: Re: Digital cameras
Hi Ziners,

Some tips about cameras.

First, the latest issue of Consumer Reports covers cameras.

Second, you need a second set of batteries. The camera shop recommended getting a brand that looks different from your first set so you can tell at a glance which are powered.

Third, the rechargable Ni-MH batteries lose their power in storage. Recharge both sets before you leave on vacation. Batteries in our Olympus camera seem to last a long time. Mind you, we don't use the screen for setting up shots - just use it after to see whether we are happy with what we got.

Fourth, there are dual voltage battery chargers. We have an Olympus brand charger. We still need the plug adapter, of course, but that's lightweight.

Fifth, digital zoom seems tricky to use. You have to keep the camera very steady and use the screen. We have used it on our low end Olympus but the regular zoom is much more satisfactory.

We love our digital camera. Cheaper than film cameras because there are not developing and printing costs (at least, you can print just the ones you want); it is flexible; we can check to make sure we got the shot we want; we can edit photos ourselves; it actually is better at getting the exposure right than the regular point-and-shoot cameras we have used - we have taken photos where flash isn't allowed and the quality is amazing.

You might also like to look at the Comparometer to compare actual digital images from a variety of cameras. This tool lets you compare reference images from digital cameras side-by-side.

Frances Toronto, Canada