Samsung Digimax A6
While neither groundbreaking nor top-selling, Samsung digital cameras reflect the hottest trend in imaging: more megapixels for less cash. A sterling example is the newly announced Samsung Digimax A6, a compact model that features a 6-megapixel CCD--the most megapixels squeezed into a Samsung camera to date--and an aggressive $349 (list) price tag.
Upside: The Digimax A6 is basic enough for beginners but still possesses sufficient oomph to attract more-advanced shooters. In addition to 10 scene modes to help beginners shoot in all kinds of weather, the A6 has program, auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and manual shooting modes, as well as exposure compensation and white-balance adjustment settings. Its body is stylish and relatively compact, with a now-standard 1.8-inch LCD. Other perks include 30fps VGA clip recording, multiple compression settings, a voice-recording option, PictBridge support, and onboard editing tools and filters.
Downside: While it has a respectable number of manual controls, the Digimax A6 doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles to help it stand out from competing models. Plus, we're a little concerned about image quality and performance, considering we've had fairly significant problems in those areas with other Samsung cameras we've reviewed.
Outlook: You get what you pay for, right? We'll let you know either way once we get this model in for testing. At any rate, the Samsung Digimax A6 looks to give budget high-res models (the Casio Exilim P600 and the Kodak EasyShare DX7630, for example) some healthy competition.