Getting the best digital camera
When it comes to digital cameras, the choices can be overwhelming. There are point-and-shoots, SLR's, low light cameras ones that find a smile complete with high definition video.
So what's next -- cameras that detect if your eyes are closed?
Well actually there are.
Wayne Bartsch from Lens and Shutter let me try out a Nikon model that can.
"The blink mode will actually take two pictures and keep the one where the eyes are open," Bartsch said.
I closed my eyes and Wayne took a picture.
The camera issued a warning, meaning one or more subjects may have closed their eyes.
Then I tried blinking. The camera takes two pictures and keeps the one where my eyes are open. Truly amazing!
And there's a camera for those who lose their grip every once in a while. The Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 claims it is shockproof up to five feet.
Testers dropped it that distance a few times onto a concrete floor.
"The Tough 6000 still worked," Elias Arias of Consumer Reports said. "Now we don't know how it would do in a lot of falls or harder falls, but if you're clumsy you may want to consider it."
Some cameras now make it easier to wirelessly transfer photos or video directly to your computer. And there was another welcome finding.
"We were pleasantly surprised to find that several of these point-and-shoots did rather well in low light without a flash," Arias said. "And that's not the case with most point-and-shoots."
When all the tests were done, the Kodak Easyshare M1093 IS did well shooting in low light.
"It's a subcompact so it's very portable and sells for around $200," Arias said.
But if low-light shooting isn't a priority, consider the Canon Powershot A590IS. It's a compact so it offers longer battery life. And it's a best buy -- you can purchase it online at $160.
Consumer Reports also found a camera to recommend with improved wireless capability so you can download pictures and video directly to your computer.
It's the Sony Cyber-shot model DSCG3 for $600. It shoots video in full 1080p HD as well.
The good news about digital cameras is their reliability. Fewer than 10 per cent of those who bought a digital camera in the past three years report having any kind of serious problem at all.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Chris Olsen