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Best Bets

Fujifilm's FinePix Z1 digital camera. Plus, how to tame paper piles, a town-and-country sun hat, modernism for beginners...


The Best Bet
Once upon a time, digital-camera buyers had to make a trade-off: style vs. power. Not anymore. Fujifilm’s FinePix Z1 hits the sweet spot for amateur shutterbugs, combining sleek looks (it’s 18.6-mm. thick and credit-card-size) with five megapixels of resolution (enough to print an image at 8.5-by-11 inches), a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and a shutter lag of just one hundredth of a second (one tenth is more normal at this price). That means virtually no delay between pressing the button and snapping the picture—and no more shots of your friends with their eyes closed. $399 at B&H Photo (420 Ninth Ave., nr. 33rd St.; 212-502-6250).