Digital cameras are dropping precipi-tously in price, and are fast approaching the quality of professional 35mm film images. Better yet, you can view and e-mail your images immediately and avoid all the film and developing costs that go with 35mm. Digital cameras can run you anywhere from $200 to $12,000, but some good options exist at the lower end of the spectrum. Look for a resolution of at least three mega-pixels in today's market.
The bottom line? Invest a little money in a good camera (see sidebar on page 35 for our picks), pay attention to these tips, and you'll have the basics to create memorable shots for the family album. And it can't help but make your vacation slide show a lot more interesting.
the best cameras of 2001
despite what your bargain-hunter friends tell you, when it comes to cameras, you get what you pay for. invest in the right equipment and you'll see a difference. here are five top picks for serious amateur photographers.
canon eos elan 7e: a modern slr with top-quality auto- focus and a great selection of lenses. $800 - body only, no lens; www.canon.com