Mark Richards Digital Cameras Review Digital Photo Albums
Digital Photo Albums
Digital Photo AlbumsOne of the great things about digital photography is getting rid of the hundreds of unwanted pictures stocked in shoe boxes in our closets. Going digital was expected to let us print only the photos well enough for the photo albums. What happens to the rest? Nowadays manufacturers are adding features that transform digital cameras themselves into compact photo albums. We've reviewed some of the most recent ones around.

Sony's DSC-N1 has an album feature that is extraordinaire in the camera industry. Each time you take a shot, the camera automatically saves a VGA-size picture in the 26MB onboard album. You can then view the images in a slide-show presentation on the 3-inch LCD screen, with music playing along (which is saved on a 6MB space designated just for this purpose). It also offers PowerPoint-like transfers and effects that you can choose from a number of presets. The camera has space for 500 VGA album pictures. When the album is full, it begins eliminating the oldest files. (You can, however, save or protect some images so they are not automatically deleted.) So, now you can bind yourself to a 26MB volume virtual shoebox filled with just 500-VGA pictures in it.

Kodak has its own virtual album course. Take, for instance, the album features in the Kodak EasyShare One. As one of the earliest wireless point-and-shoot digital devices, this 4MP camera sports also sports a 3-inch LCD screen. Actually, what really differentiate the EasyShare One from the N1 are its wireless possibilities. For example, directly from the camera, you can view an image in your online photo album on Kodak's EasyShare Gallery printing and photo-sharing Web site, view all your photos in that album, e-mail pictures from your account, and so on. Kodak has done a lot with connecting digital photography to the Web in a really convenient way.

And if you're involved in letting the world see your pictures, right from your table or your kitchen countertop, there are three more newest Kodak cameras that will do the thing: the Kodak EasyShare V570, V550, and V530. To display your photos on these cameras, all you do is slip it onto the camera dock (which tilts the camera a little so that the camera's LCD turns upward slightly). Then you push the slide show button on the base of the corpse, and the LCD begins to scroll through all the pictures that are saved on your camera's memory card.

Wherever your trips lead you, the photo-album functions in many of current newest digital cameras give you an ability to show everybody where you've been. Below are some of our top choices.

In This Roundup:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1 ($499.95 direct). This unique and very compact combines good shooting and picture viewing, in Sony's usual slick, fashionable packaging.

Kodak EasyShare One ($599.95 list). As one of the original wireless point-and-shoots, it's a 4MP camera that introduces wireless technology to the worlds, online functions and digital photography together in one device.

Kodak EasyShare V570 ($399.95 list). Are two lenses is more sufficient than one? We can't tell for sure, but the two on this one give this ultracompact a unique functionality that sets it apart from others.

Kodak EasyShare V550 ($350 list). This ultracompact is small, fashionable, and extremely quick. The large LCD is an especially nice feature.

Kodak EasyShare V530 ($300 list). This ultracompact is comparatively cheap, very versatile, and easy to use. The excellent menus, furious speed, and handy extras make it an easy choice for our Editors' Choice.

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