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If you are feeling the crunch from your shrinking stock portfolio or otherwise have a tight budget, you can still have a digital camera for the price of a cheap ticket to a Vegas show. There are a handful of options to choose from, and we chose to review the Olympus FE-25 and the Nikon Coolpix L19 both retailing for $109. The price is right on both of these, but when pared against each other, which camera wins dollar for dollar?



Key Advantages


Nikon Coolpix L19
- Nice resolution on bigger LCD screen
- Longer 3.6x zoom lens
- Compatible with more common SD card
- Blink detection, face priority, D-lighting exposure enhancement, in-cam red-eye fix
- Sound with movies
- Simpler menu interface
- Less noise


Olympus FE-25
- More resolution at 10.1 megapixels
- In-camera help guides
- Face detection follows 16 faces
- Included editing software more comprehensive
- More accurate colors


It’s a draw…
- Both take AA batteries
- Both are compact
- Macro modes focus as close as 2 inches


Spec Battle
Nikon Coolpix L19
Olympus FE-25
8 MP
10 MP
Zoom Lens
3.6x, 38-136mm lens
3x, 36-108mm lens
LCD Screen
2.7-inch, 230k-pixel LCD
2.4-inch, 112k-pixel LCD
Memory Card
SD, 20MB internal memory
xD-Picture Card up to 2GB, microSD, microSDHC, 19MB internal memory
Battery Power
2 AA
2 AA
3.8 x 2.4 x 1.2 in/96.5 x 61 x 29 mm
3.7 x 2.4 x 1.1 in/92.8 x 62.2 x 29.1 mm
4.6 oz/ 130 g
4.1 oz/ 116 g




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