Easy On the Eyes

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Nikon has a lot to brag about with the new Coolpix 775. The 2.14 megapixel digital camera is small and lightweight (just 6.5 ounces without the battery and CompactFlash card), and takes impressive photos. Despite its small size, camera controls are easy to handle and the device itself fits snugly in the palm of the hand. It comes with an attractive bundle of software, including ArcSoft’s PhotoStudio 2000 SE and Ipix Viewer, as well as NikonView 4 for easy photo transfers. It also features 3X zoom.

Once we charged the lithium ion battery and inserted the 8MB CompactFlash card, which was included, we were on our way to snapping sharp, clear images at a variety of resolutions–basic, normal, and fine. We even recorded a 10-second movie onto the card (movie length ranges up to 40 seconds, depending on the amount of space available on the card).

However, we did run into one problem at setup. We couldn’t find the drivers–even after reading the Quick Start Guide and combing through the manual. This issue could prove troublesome for entry-level digital photographers. Thirty minutes later, however, we tracked down the drivers and were able to transfer images with the camera’s One-Touch feature.

Despite a tricky start, the Nikon Coolpix 775 performed flawlessly. Priced at $449.95, it makes a nice addition to your mobile or small-office arsenal.