Names the Best Digital Cameras of 2005

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Trusted online consumer guide chooses favorite models at multiple price levels just in time for holiday shopping season. Awards given for performance, innovation and value; selections include best point-and-shoot, best ultra zoom, and top digital SLR.

The digital camera market is on track to hit 20.5 million in sales in 2005, according to Photo Marketing Association International, fueled by the major developments in technology and affordability that have enhanced an unprecedented number of models available this holiday season. To make choosing a digital camera the easiest task on your shopping list, announces its selections for the best digital cameras of the year—the DigitalCameraInfo Select 2005.

“The reviewers at have been working diligently this past year, evaluating many digital camera models on the market using our standardized testing methods and independent, unbiased review style,” said Robin Liss, Internet entrepreneur and founder of . “We realize that professional and amateur photographers alike depend on our publication for fair product reviews and we have adhered to the highest ethical standards in making our selections for the best digital cameras of 2005. No one in the market for a digital camera, whether it be a pocket cam or a digital SLR, should shop without this informative buying guide in hand.”

The Canon EOS 5D, a 12.8 megapixel full-frame digital SLR that raises the bar on performance in its price range, earns the Select 2005’s top honor—the “Digital Camera of the Year” award. “The Canon 5D’s technology is impressive and its suggested retail price of $3299, while not cheap, moves this full-frame camera out of the realm of specialized equipment and within reach of the serious consumer,” said Alex Burack, editor-in-chief of “Canon beefed up the 5D’s processing power to accommodate its large files—and has created a camera that delivers excellent color, low noise, and superb resolution.”

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5, which won the DigitalCameraInfo Select 2005’s award for the “Best Ultra Thin Point-and-Shoot,” is sure to appeal to the style-conscious photographers on every shopping list who like to travel lightly and make a fashion statement when taking a picture. For others, function takes precedence over form. The awards for both “Ultra Zoom Camera of the Year” and “Top Performing Compact” go to the Fujifilm S9000 with its 10.7x optical zoom lens, flashy 1.8-inch foldout LCD monitor, pop-up flash, and slots for both xD-Picture and CompactFlash cards. “The S9000’s Real Photo Processor turns out quality pictures and is great at capturing shots in low light,” said Burack. “Even more impressive, this ultra zoom can take its first shot in 1.22 seconds, which beats out many of the competing models, and retails for just under $700.”

For ease of use, shoppers can’t go wrong with the DigitalCameraInfo Select 2005’s “Point-and-Shoot Performer of the Year,” another Fujifilm model, the FinePix F10. “With its simple auto mode and five scene modes, expanded ISO ratings, and 1.34-second start-up time, the F10 is easy to use and offers great performance at a relatively low price of $399,” said Burack.

Fans of high-performance features that are accessible to entry level consumers, the review staff is pleased to announce the Kodak EasyShare-one as the winner of their “Innovator of the Year” award. The camera’s combination of wireless ability, a large touch screen with stylus, a vast amount of internal memory, and a current online price of less than $500 heralds a new era for consumer digital photography in which users can take up to 1,500 pictures without ever needing an SD card by wirelessly sending their pictures to printers.

Canon, the manufacturer of DigitalCameraInfo Select 2005’s “Camera of the Year,” makes the list again with its Canon PowerShot S2 IS, the selection for “Hybrid Camera of the Year.” After completing product testing, Alex Burack said, “Canon has clearly succeeded in taking the first strides towards merging a digital camera with a digital camcorder.”

The DigitalCameraInfo Select 2005 winning list includes the following awards for best values:

  •     Over $2000: Canon EOS 5D
  •     Under $2000: Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
  •     Under $1000: Canon Rebel XT
  •     Under $750: Nikon D50 Kit (with 18-55mm f/3.5-4.5 G lens)
  •     Under $500: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1
  •     Under $350: Fujifilm FinePix F10
  •     Under $250: Sony Cyber-shotDSC-W5
  •     Under $200: Canon PowerShot A510

Cameras were also given awards according to performance in their class:

  •     Top Performing SLR: Canon EOS 5D
  •     Top Performing Compact: Fujifilm FinePix S9000
  •     Top Performing Point-and-Shoot: Fujifilm FinePix F10

Special awards are given to the following models:

  •     Innovator of the Year: Kodak EasyShare-One
  •     Ultra Thin Point-and-Shoot of the Year: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5
  •     Hybrid of the Year: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
  •     Ultra Zoom of the Year: Fujifilm FinePix S9000

A detailed DigitalCameraInfo Select 2005 buying guide and full product reviews can be found at


[ , founded in August 2004, and its spin-off site, founded in September 2005, are the creations of Internet publishing entrepreneur Robin Liss. Liss also is the founder of two additional online consumer guides:, the web's largest, most comprehensive publication for camcorder reviews and articles on video production and camcorder use, founded in 1997; and its spin-off site for novices,, which launched in March 2005. Together, Liss’ sites meet professional, amateur, and novice consumers’ needs for convenient, reliable sources of authoritative product information guided by a strict editorial ethics policy that ensures that all content is independent, unbiased, accurate, and based solely on the merits of the products reviewed.

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