Fujifilm Finepix, Casio Exilim FH20, Panasonic G1, and the awesome Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Fujifilm Finepix Underwater Digital Camera Package
Price : $219.99 (special until 24th December, then $269)
Basic camera at a fantastic price. The waterproof housing is good for 3m underwater, but also doubles as protection from sand, dirt, and anything else that active outdoor-types might throw at it. You won’t be getting jaw-dropping images from it, but you will get images from places that you can’t or won’t take a more expensive camera.
Casio Exilim EX-FH20
Price : $1,199
Where to buy: Any camera retailer
This is a good camera for a particular market: people interested in high-speed video recording. Maybe for action sports fans, golfers, and amateur scientists. It’s neither as good as a similarly priced stand-alone still camera, nor dedicated video camera, but the combination of 20x zoom, 720p HD video, and high-speed video (400 to 1000fps) is unheard of. It also uses standard AA batteries, which can be convenient if your rechargeables run out.
Panasonic Lumix DSC-G1
Price : $1,499 for the single lens and $,1999 for the twin lens kit.
Where to buy: http://panasonic.co.nz/retailers.html (or most camera retailers)
The Panasonic G1 is just a brilliant little camera. Panasonic have created a new class of camera with the “Micro Four-Thirds” system, doing away with the mirror and prism from traditional SLRs and replacing them with a full-time electronic viewfinder. The images from this camera are equivalent quality to SLRs of the same price, but the camera is smaller and lighter. The lenses on the camera can be swapped, and more 4/3 lenses are coming out all the time.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Price : $4,999 for the body only, or $6,649.95 including the EF24-105mm f/4 IS L series lens.
Where to buy: Pro photo shops, or contact Canon .
Rating : 5/5
Where to start? The Canon EOS 5DMkII is one heck of a camera. I started testing it with the premise that $6k+ of camera wasn’t going to make any difference to a very amateur photographer. I was completely incorrect. Assuming you know a little bit about shutter, aperture, and exposure, the 5DMkII will turn out jaw-dropping images time after time. Add to this the ability to record full high-definition video, and you have a camera that leaves absolutely nothing to be desired.