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Gadget Corner: Cameras


Samsung DV300F

October 27, 2012 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

A digital point-and-shoot camera with a front-facing LCD and Wi-Fi integration.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30

July 9, 2011 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

As point-and-shoot digital cameras have become more of a commodity product, manufacturers are trying to come up with ways to differentiate from the competition. Fujifilm claims to be the first to offer a water-, shock- and freezeproof digital camera with built-in GPS—the FinePix XP30. This 14.2-megapixel camera also sports a 2.7-inch LCD screen, 5x optical zoom and 720-pixel high-definition video recording. For the last couple of weeks I have been testing a review model loaned to me by the company. While the promise of such a rugged camera is intriguing, for me the proof is in the picture quality. Suffice to say, I wasn’t blown away.