Gearing Up: Six Ways to Shoot Straight

We test the best digital cameras for hunters and fishermen.

Field & Stream Online Editors

1. Canon PowerShot A80
No larger than a 10-pack of nontoxic waterfowl shells, Canon's PowerShot A80 comes loaded with a 3X optical zoom (comparable to 38¿¿¿114mm on a 35mm camera) and your choice of full auto shooting modes or manual overrides that allow you to control every function. A 4-megapixel sensor and an autofocus assist lamp-which aids in low-light focusing-put this camera in professional territory. The swivel LCD screen is a huge bonus, and a neat "stitch assist" function makes panoramic shots a seamless snap. Large buttons are easily manipulated even with gloves. _$500; 800-652-2666; www.canonusa.com _
**Rating: 3* **

**2. Fujifinepix A205 **
This point-and-shoot camera has only five buttons to figure out-there's very little manual override. Despite its tiny size, the A205's 2-megapixel resolution is adequate for prints up to 5x7 inches. The 3X optical zoom lens (comparable to 36¿¿¿108mm) is very handy in the field. You can adjust the brightness of the LCD, and the decently sized 16-megabyte storage card can hold up to 122 images. $200; 800-755-3854; www.fujifilm.com
**Rating: 1* **

3. Sony DSC-U60 Cyber-Shot U
Waterproof to 5 feet and designed to be held with one hand, the 2-megapixel U60 is crafted for easy rainy-day photography. It's small enough to fit into a fly-vest pocket. With a fixed lens and autofocus-only functions, this camera is tailor-made for taking brag snapshots of big deer and bass to e-mail to friends. It can even make a 15-second movie. $250; 888-449-7669; www.sonystyle.com
**Rating: 1* **

** 4. Pentax Optio 33WR**
The rubber gaskets and plastic shell of the Optio seal out splashes, downpours, and the occasional drop in the drink. The size of a cigarette pack, this 3.2-megapixel digicam produces tack-sharp 5x7s and very good 8x10s. Its auto functions are idiot-proof, and though there's no manual control over aperture or shutter speed, you can choose among a number of metering and photo quality modes. The 2.8X optical zoom lens is supplemented by an 11.2 digital zoom. Tiny as it is, the 33WR still comes with panorama and movie functions and voice recording._ $250; 800-877-0155; www.pentaxusa.com_
**Rating: 1* **

5. Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom **
With the widest-angle attached lens on any digital camera-equivalent to 27¿¿¿110mm-this pro-am model takes in the cramped confines of a duck blind with ease. Protected within a tough magnesium alloy body is a 5.1-megapixel sensor. You can easily pose yourself with fish or deer and take stealthy shots over brush. High-speed continuous shooting captures quail bursting from cover. But for all its bells and whistles, the C-5060 is very user-friendly. _$500; 800-645-8160; www.olympusamerica.com _
**Rating: 2*

6. Nikon Coolpix 5400
This workhorse-tough as any Nikon scope-is housed in a magnesium alloy body with rubberized grips, but it's still small enough to ride in a bellows pocket. Backcountry-friendly features include a four-way menu controller on the rear that's operable with gloved fingers and an LCD panel that swivels in multiple directions. This 5.1-megapixel machine has a state-of-the-art 4X optical zoom, so photos are of fine-art quality. $600; 800-645-6689; nikonimaging.com
Rating: 4*

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