Sometimes, choosing a camera demands considerations other than image quality and battery life. These cameras have innovative extras that may win you over as soon as you try them.
Olympus and Canon's Tilt-Shift Simulators Good for:
Making full-size objects look miniature
Think of your camera as a shrink ray, able to reduce large land masses and buildings to tiny scale models of themselves. Creating a miniaturized look used to require a special tilt-shift lens or Photoshop work, but Olympus's latest Micro Four-Thirds cameras (the Pen E-P2
) and three new Canon PowerShots (the SX210 IS, SD1400 IS, and SD3500 IS
) put access to this trickery inside the camera itself. Olympus's Diorama Art Filter and Canon's Miniature scene mode both choose a narrow horizontal plane of focus, blur the top and bottom of the image, and give colors an artificial boost. The resulting images make big objects look really small.