Aren't economies of scale just the best? For example, the same $235 that'll buy you Ricoh's six megapixel Caplio RR630
point-and-shoot camera today will soon get you its upcoming replacement which adds almost half an inch to the display but still manages to drop about 20 vital grams from the overall weight. When it ships next month, the 130-gram RR660 will offer the same resolution (actually, it's .01 megapixels lower, but close enough) and 3x zoom as the RR630, along with a 2.4-inch TFT-LCD, 16MB of internal memory (supported by an SD slot), and the usual assortment of pre-programmed scene settings for hassle-free snapshots. Doesn't sound too bad, but it still seems like you're getting a better deal from other six megapixel models like the Canon A540
or Nikon Coolpix L2
. -- we'll wait until we see a review or two to pass final judgement, though.