Happy Friday! I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. Holiday
spirits are in full swing and if you haven't checked out the CNET
Holiday Gift guide yet, give it a whirl to get some great tech gift
ideas and product recommendations from our editors.
Now, let's tackle Carol's question of whether she should buy a new
digital camera or just go with a smartphone with a camera.
Well Carol, I have to say today's smartphone cameras have
come a long way in a short period of time. The lenses are getting
better, they're able to capture more megapixels, they have more features, and
many of them even come with a flash. In my opinion, for certain subjects
my iPhone 4S' camera takes better pictures than my 4-year-old Sony
point and shoot--given, of course, the right shooting
conditions. But I haven't dropped my standalone digital camera just
yet. Why? Because smartphone cameras have their limitations, and until
those limitations can be eliminated, I will continue to use a standalone
This week our members came through with some well-thought-out
responses for you. They're sharing many examples of the pros and cons of
each digital camera and smartphone camera: what their limitations are
and what to expect, in the event you choose to ditch the camera for a
smartphone with camera. So read all the responses, and be ready to
make an informed decision. Good luck! Thanks everyone for your
continued help and support! Have a wonderful weekend.
Q: Buy a new digital camera or just go with a smartphone with camera? I've had my digital camera for more than 4 years and I'm ready to upgrade.
It seems like cameras in smartphones are just as good now as what I
have in my old point-and-shoot--probably better. I've seen great
photos from my friends that were taken on their phones. The photos I
take are family events and vacations. I don't do any high-end
photography. Is it better to upgrade to a smartphone for pictures or
buy a separate camera? Are smartphones going to make the point-and-shoot
camera extinct? Your advice is appreciated.
Q: See you later snail mail, hello online bill paying! Advice needed.
Hello, I confess that as far as paying bills, I'm stuck in the 20th
century; I still write checks and snail mail. However, with the news
that the United States Postal Service will no longer process mail
as quickly, I think it's time to manage my bills online. Can you
recommend a program that will coordinate my bills for me so I can
handle my payments through one program rather than individually with
each vendor? Also, what risks do I face from identity theft once my
information is entered on the Web and how can I minimize such risks?
Any tips or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for all you do. Happy