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Saturday, January 17, 2009

GE E850 compact digital camera with 5x zoom for $105

Tigerdirect.com is offering the 5X optical zoom GE E850 for $100 plus $5 shipping via Amazon.com. This is a slightly older camera, with a 3" LCD, SD/SDHC support, a LiIon battery, and a lens that actually starts at 28mm wide. This is perhaps the cheapest wide-angle digital camera out there!

Another nice thing about it is that it has an 8-megapixel 1/2.5" sensor, which seems like a reasonable number of megapixels for this type of a camera. More megapixels, especially for cameras with smaller sensors, are definitely not always better. It's not just that the image quality is affected by smaller noisier pixels, it's also that you (and your camera and hardware) has to deal with a whole lot more data. Unless of course you make giant prints or you are a heavy cropped, in which case you are probably looking for more advanced digital cameras anyway.

As always, if you are not familiar with a specific digital camera, no matter how good the price may be, be sure to check the interwebs for reviews. Google is your new best friend for this task!

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