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The Worst Digital Cameras of 2008

Last updated on 12/11/2008

These cameras are truly abysmal disasters that gave their owners nothing but frustration and headaches. Take a look at the worst cameras of 2008, and hopefully you'll gain some knowledge about what to avoid when you yourself make a purchase in the future.

A Truly Disfunctional Camera
The Kodak Easyshare M763 is another entry in a long list of failures from Kodak. Hopes that the M-series cameras would wash away the terrible reputation earned by their dismal C-series cameras from 2007 and 2006 were dashed by cameras like the M763. The feedback we received from owners about the M763 was almost universally negative. Words like "worthless" were used frequently, as people complained about sudden and abrupt failures that rendered the M763 completely dead. Not to mention the trouble people had with Kodak's customer service. Consumers would be wise to avoid Kodak entirely, as they provide spotty performance across almost all models.
Nikon Coolpix S60
Ambitious Design, Poor Execution
Perhaps the most high-profile failure of 2008 is the Nikon Coolpix S60. Laden with flashy features like a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD interface, 5x optical zoom, and an HDMI ouput (for still photos, not HD video), Nikon seemed poised to make the S60 the premier ultracompact of 2008, even backing it with an expensive TV ad campaign featuring Ashton Kutcher. Unfortunately, consumers who were swayed by the hype ended up very disappointed. According to owners, the S60 suffers from an unresponsive touchscreen, drains batteries quickly, and to top it all off, takes blurry photographs. With all the hubbub over the S60's style, Nikon apparently forgot to make sure their camera took good photos.
Fuji FinePix J50
A Mediocre Disappointment
Despite creating what might have been the best point-and-shoot camera of 2007, Fuji's slate of 2008 cameras were relatively bland and uninspiring. With attempts to move into HD video (S2000HD) and an emphasis on style (The Z20fd), Fuji seemed to let their more mainstream cameras fall by the wayside. The Fuji FinePix J50 is a good example of this. It's not a colossal failure like the S60 or an irritating disaster like the M763. It's just boring, unimaginative, and not a very good camera. While their marquee cameras are nice, if Fuji continues to round out their selection with filler like the J50, they aren't going to endear themselves to consumers.