Olympus Camedia C-60 Zoom

Do megapixels have weight? You might not think so, but the Olympus Camedia C-60 Zoom, which at 6.1 megapixels has the second-highest resolution of the midrange cameras in our roundup, is also the heaviest in its category. But if a couple of extra ounces are what it takes to produce gigantic images like this, we’re willing to make the sacrifice.

The C-60 offers a respectable 3x optical zoom, subsecond shutter lag, and the ability to record QuickTime movies. The C-60 produces quality outdoor shots with good color, although its indoor and low-light photos are slightly below average.

As with other Olympus cameras, its control menus are displayed on-screen with large and easy-to-read text and icons, although the menu layout can be confusing at first. A dial on the top of the camera lets you select between shooting modes. One complaint: The zoom control is directly to the right of the shutter button, so you can’t zoom and shoot simultaneously.

The front of the C-60 has a sliding lens cover that doubles as an on-off switch. It offers better protection than the plastic covers on most cameras, but turning the camera off requires a slightly inconvenient two-step motion: Slide the cover partway, wait for the lens to retract, then close it.

Despite some minor shortcomings, the C-60 is a solid camera. If you want to maximize your megapixels, the C-60 is the way to go. -Dylan Tweney

Best Feature: Massive megapixels
Worst Feature: Less than stellar indoor photography

SPECS:
Olympus Camedia C-60 Zoom
$449
Weight: 8.2 ounces
Size: 4 x 2.3 x 1.6 inches
Specs: 6.1 megapixels; 3x optical zoom; 1.7 inch LCD; 320 x 240-pixel, 15 fps QuickTime video; integrated flash; xD slot (32MB card included); USB 2.0; AV-out port; lithium-ion battery
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