If you’re looking for a high resolution, megapixel camera, Olympus offers one of the best solutions we’ve seen so far — in a small form factor. At just 11.3 ounces, the Olympus Camedia C-4040Zoom digital camera is a 4.1 megapixel powerhouse that delivers high quality images (up to 2,272 x 1,704-pixel resolutions). At the highest setting, it produces crisp images with vivid colors-even in low light situations. We compared images from the Camedia with those from a 2- and 3-megapixel camera, and the differences were dramatic. What a difference a megapixel makes.
Despite its numerous features, the camera might be better suited for digital pros and advanced amateur photographers (as would it’s price tag), rather than the entry-level crowd, which values ease of use. However, the Camedia can be set up for a beginner to simply point and shoot. The camera features 3x optical and 2.5x digital zoom, supports JPEGs and uncompressed TIFFs, and ships with a 16MB SmartMedia card ($1,000; www.olympususa.com).
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For many entrepreneurs, great ideas come easily. But the business plan? Well, that’s another story. Business Resource Software has a solution: Plan Write Expert Edition for Business. The application helps entrepreneurs take a business from concept to execution in several steps, and is sure to impress would-be investors in the process, whether the business is service or product based.
Small businesses need solid business tools that won’t put a dent in their bottom lines. Plan Write helps you carefully outline your company, your product or services, competition and prospects. Along the way you’ll receive feedback, and more than 35 custom charts help you evaluate your business plan’s strengths and weaknesses. The software runs on most Windows operating systems, including XP ($229.95; www.brs-inc.com).