DigitalCameraInfo.Com and CamcorderInfo.Com Name the Best Digital Cameras and Camcorders of 2006

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Trusted online consumer guides rate the year’s products just in time for holiday shopping.

This is our way of adding some cheer back into holiday shopping.

To make choosing a new digital camera or camcorder one of the simplest tasks on your holiday shopping list this season, consumer products guru Robin Liss and her dedicated teams of reviewers and editors have released the DigitalCameraInfo Select 2006 and the CamInfo Select 2006, their comprehensive lists of the best products in every category.

“At DigitalCameraInfo.com and CamcorderInfo.com, our reviewers are very serious about their responsibility to photographers and videographers of all skill levels,” said Robin Liss, Internet entrepreneur and founder of DigitalCameraInfo.com and CamcorderInfo.com. “In 2006, consumers were overwhelmed by an explosion in the number of digital camera and camcorder models available and, on top of that, manufacturers introduced several new features, making the shopping experience even more challenging.”

“The good news is that backed by our rigorous testing standards and our time-honored commitment to ethical consumer products journalism, our 2006 buying guides will help shoppers choose the right camcorder or digital camera for them with ease and confidence,“ said Liss. “This is our way of adding some cheer back into holiday shopping.”

The DigitalCameraInfo Select 2006 winning list includes:

In the DSLR Category:

  • Best Professional Camera: The Leica M8
  • Best Prosumer DSLR: The Nikon D80
  • Best Sub-$800 DSLR: The Canon Rebel XTi
  • Best Sub-$600 DSLR: Pentax K110D

In the Compact Category:

  • Best Camera for Under $600: Canon PowerShot G7

  • Best Camera for Under $500: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5
  • Best Camera for Under $400: Fujifilm FinePix F31fd
  • Best Camera for Under $200: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5

General Award Winners:

  • Best Ultra-Zoom Digital Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
  • Best Ultra-Compact Digital Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T50
  • Best Camera for Video: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
  • Best Family/Child-Friendly Camera: Pentax Optio W20
  • Best Innovation: Samsung NV10 and NV7 OPS User Interface

A detailed DigitalCameraInfo Select 2006 buying guide and full product reviews can be found at http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com.

The CamInfo Select 2006 winning list includes:

  • CamInfo Select’s Camcorder of the Year: Canon Elura 100
  • Best Camcorder Over $4000: Canon XL H1
  • Best Camcorder Under $4000: Canon XH A1
  • Best Camcorder Under $1500: Sony HDR-SR1
  • Best Camcorder Under $1000: Panasonic PV-GS500
  • Best Camcorder Under $600: Panasonic PV-GS300
  • Best Camcorder Under $400: Canon Elura 100
  • Best Camcorder Under $300: Canon ZR500
  • Best High-End DVD Camcorder (Over $500): Sony HDR-UX1
  • Best Low-End DVD Camcorder (Under $500): Panasonic VDR-D200
  • Best Low-End HDD or Flash Camcorder: Sony DCR-SR40
  • Best High-End HDD or Flash Camcorder: Sony HDR-SR1
  • Best Consumer High Definition Camcorder: Sony HDR-HC3
  • Best Ease of Use: Sony
  • Best Manual Controls: Panasonic
  • Most Innovative: Sony HDR-UX1 and Sony HDR-SR1

A detailed CamInfo Select 2006 buying guide and full product reviews can be found at http://www.camcorderinfo.com.

About DigitalCameraInfo.com

DigitalCameraInfo.com, founded in August 2004, presents thoughtful and exhaustive product information in an objective manner. Entirely independent from the influence of manufacturers, Robin and her staff of seven reviewers upholds the ethical journalistic practices key to sister site CamcorderInfo.com’s success. Consumers appreciate DigitalCameraInfo.com for the accessible writing style of its reviews which makes sense of the techno babble and steer a clear course toward making an educated purchase. Its spin-off site EasyDigitalCameras.com, founded in September 2005, is also the creation of Internet publishing entrepreneur Robin Liss

About CamcorderInfo.com

Founded in 1997 by online consumer advocate Robin Liss, CamcorderInfo.com is the web's largest, most comprehensive publication for camcorder reviews and articles on video production and camcorder use. A specialized offshoot of CamcorderInfo.com, EasyCamcorders.com debuted in early 2005 to make it as easy as possible for novice consumers to access the best camcorder buying and usage advice available on the Internet. Together, CamcorderInfo.com and EasyCamcorders.com meet professional, amateur, and novice consumers’ needs for a convenient, reliable source of authoritative and unbiased product reviews. CamcorderInfo.com was named by Yahoo! Internet Life as one of the "50 Most Incredibly Useful Sites" on the Internet and landed on Forbes’ annual list of the "Best of the Web."

(All product names and company names mentioned in this press release are the trademarks of their respective owners.)

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