Choosing the right camera for you can be a difficult task. With so many options, making the wrong decision can be as easy as closing your eyes, pointing and choosing whichever camera your finger lands upon first. However, CHOICE Cameras Lite by CHOICE tested 83 different digital cameras currently on the market, with prices ranging from $149 to $949, so they could pass on their results to you, the consumer, and educate you during your camera buying endeavors.
Together, with the aid of a professional lab in Europe that specializes in photographic testing, CHOICE Cameras Lite presents the results and provides users with the best and most accurate information possible.
They begin by walking users through a list of criteria to consider and look for when purchasing a new camera. Users will want to consider image quality, ease of use, versatility, viewfinder and monitor, battery life, flash exposure and movie quality.
If you already know what you want in a camera, CHOICE suggests moving right to the ‘All Cameras’ tab, which lists every rated camera in the database. CHOICE features the most famous brands, including Canon, Fujifilm, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung, Sanyo and Sony. Each camera on this list is marked with its retail price and holds its own overall percentage ranking, as well as a ranking for each individual aspect mentioned in the “what to look for” section. Underneath these rankings, CHOICE lists the item’s good and bad points, followed by an exceptionally convenient and useful jump to the camera’s specifications. Users can mark any camera that stands out as a “favorite” by tapping the ‘+Favorite’ button in the upper right corner of the screen.
Users may also search for specific cameras using the Search bar at the top of the screen. For the ideal expert suggestions, users may want to turn their attention to the ‘Best Buys’ tab. Here, the rating experts made a list of those cameras that are good deals with great ratings. The only improvement they could make, I believe, is if the developer somehow found a way to put all of the “best buys” or “favorites” in your hands for a test run, but magic isn’t one thing Apple hasn’t integrated into their gadgets… yet.
And, as the App Store description says, “CHOICE is the number one advocate of consumer rights in Australia. As the public face of the Australian Consumers’ Association (ACA). CHOICE is a completely self-funded body. Members receive independent and expert advice on the products and services the encounter every day, while the community at large benefits from our high-profile campaigns that champion consumer rights.”
With such an extensive ranking system handed down from the opinions of experts, and the convenience of having all of a camera’s specifications right there at your fingertips, CHOICE Cameras Lite is an ideal tool for helping you narrow down your selection and pick out your perfect camera.
CHOICE Cameras Lite requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.