Nikon Coolpix 2500
Punching above its weight in terms of high-quality digital imaging, the compact, retractable design of the Nikon Coolpix 2500 features a 3X zoom lens that produces an impressive 2.0 effective megapixel image. The camera holds 8 high-resolution shots on one 8MB CF card, and up to 29 when using the 'basic' picture format. Images can be viewed on the 1.5inch LCD monitor as soon as they are taken and the sleek design and versatile range of 12 point-and-shoot modes, plus the option of shooting a 15 second 'mini-movie' make the camera an object of desire for those of us who like to capture the moment without having to gear-up like a photo-journalist. Launched in Japan in February this year, the Coolpix 2500 is due to hit Australian shores in April at a cost of $799.