Olympus object of desire
The Olympus Camedia C-2000 Zoom may not come cheap but the camera's entire package makes it a very desirable item.
You will have to pay more than $6,000 for the Camedia, but that price tag was not enough to refrain from awarding it our second Best Buy.
The C-2000 is compact and stylish, without looking like a compact camera.
Instead, a comfy handgrip combined with a retro outlook makes it look like the season's must-have digital accessory.
The camera comes with a 2.11-million-pixel CCD and a 3x optical zoom plus 2.5x digital zoom and shoots perfect images at a resolution of up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels.
The camera had no problems producing exquisite images regardless of location settings.
Even in the darkest settings, the Olympus' superior performance remained unblemished.
Like the Nikon, the C-2000 is highly responsive and is capable of quick and accurate focus followed by an instant shooting action.
A 'Sequence' mode, (offered in three resolutions) enables users to shoot and capture between four and 45 images at half second intervals.
An 8MB SmartMedia card is included. Our only holdup was its LCD screen menu, which proved a little complicated to grasp, so reading the manual is a must.
Also, we wish the camera had a USB interface.
Verdict: Buy! Price: $6,280.
Contact: Supply Consultants, tel: 2341 0280, www.olympus.com