Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 11, 2017
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Best compact digital for Jacques Cousteau

Other cameras can claim to be weatherproof but the PENTAX OPTIO WP is the only digital that you can dunk two metres underwater for up to 30 minutes. The 6.0-megapixel Optio's rust-resistant exterior has rubber sealants and lens protection that repels dust, dirt and moisture, so you can use the 3X zoom to snap clownfish when you're snorkelling or a clowning around while whitewater rafting. $399. pentaximaging.com

Best compact digital for Bill Gates

The new 5.0-megapixel CANON POWERSHOT SD430 not only takes great pictures, it can beam them to a PC for direct wireless downloading -- nifty trick when you don't have the right cable handy. And best of all for the impatient photographer in your bunch, it also comes with a pre-registered Wireless Printer Adapter which means it's instantly ready to print on any Canon PictBridge compatible printer. $499. estore.canon.com.

Best compact digital for Ansel Adams

PANASONIC's LUMIX LX1K is the first compact camera with a "widescreen" 16:9 ratio CCD sensor (as opposed to the usual 4:3 ratio). Its Leica 4X zoom lens is the equivalent of a conventional 28-112m wideangle -- ideal for dramatic landscape shots. Designed to appeal to serious photographers, this 8.4-megapixel compact has manual exposure and focus options, shutter speeds ranging from 1/2000th to 60 seconds, as well as a large 2.5” monitor. $799.99. panasonic.ca.

Best compact digital for Paris Hilton

Available in three colours, CASIO's stylish EXILIM EX-S600 camera wins the battle of the teeny, tiny compacts. It's the size of a credit card and almost as thin as a cell phone -- perfect for dropping in a shirt pocket or a clutch purse. Its got a bigger-than-average 2.2'' LCD monitor and comes in 6.0-megapixel formats. It also comes with a longer battery life good to 300 shots. The only downside is that you can't recharge it without the camera dock. $499.99. exilim.casio.com.

Best compact digital for John James Audubon

NIKON is the first to use the nifty swivel-lens design to pack a real punch. Its COOLPIX S4 pocket zoom is a compact camera with a whopping 10X Nikkor zoom lens -- that's the equivalent of a 38-380mm telephoto on your SLR. Add to that a respectable 6.0-megapixel resolution and 2.5" LCD screen and you'll be taking detailed shots of a hummingbird in the valley across the river. If you're comparing cameras, remember to check the X factor of the <@Body Text Italic>optical@$p zoom -- not the digital zoom, which pretty much just blows up the photo you've already taken. $499. nikondigital.com.

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