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Kodak’s EasyShare V1003 is a fashionista’s dream with its cute, slim, eye-catching design in enough color choices to coordinate with any designer outfit. The 10-megapixel, 3x optical zoom camera is competitively priced at $249.95 and a breeze to set up. It also features a 2.5-inch LCD display. But for some, its features might not be enough.

The camera controls are laid out awkwardly across the top. And the V1003 has one huge drawback: There is a significant delay between the pressing of the photo button and the capturing of the image; it also creaks noisily during the process. Bottom line: It’s achingly slow. Images taken outdoors in daylight conditions were unimpressive, although indoor daylight shots were quite good. (www.kodak.com)

Let’s be frank, the name GE is not exactly synonymous with digital cameras. Nevertheless, General Electric’s A series entry-level camera, the GE A830, is impressive. The 8-megapixel, 3x optical zoom camera features a 2.5-inch LCD screen and snaps images quickly and beautifully. There is some delay, although not as noticeable as with the Kodak V1003.

Priced at $149.99, the A830 has face-detection and image-stabilization technology and a host of other features that make it a value purchase. And it runs on two AA batteries. Although it’s a basic digital camera that won’t necessarily win awards in the looks category, its simple design makes it a good tool. (www.general-imaging.com)

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