Uncomplicated in both appearance and operation, the Epson PhotoPC L-500V offers the ease of point-and-shoot simplicity and the quality of a 5.0-megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens. The camera’s large 2.5-inch LCD monitor is clear and bright, even under bright lighting and is easily the highest-resolution, sharpest-looking LCD I’ve seen on a digital camera to date. Image quality is excellent, with bright yet accurate color, good resolution, and relatively little lens distortion. A ruggedly constructed all-metal case and retracting lens with built-in lens cover make for a pocket-friendly design, an excellent option for users on the go. With four preset scene modes, a limited number of exposure options, and a full Auto exposure mode, the L-500V is a great match for novices or even intermediate photographers who just need a second, “take anywhere” digital camera.