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10-12-2005 03:29 PM  12 years agoPost 1
rotaryguy

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Whats the best digital camera under a grand for hobby and eventually small business use?
Thanks for any input.
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10-12-2005 03:58 PM  12 years agoPost 2
tattooedphreak

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I got my wife a Konica-Minolta DiMage A2, when they were $1300 or so. She loves it. Alot of capabilities, 8 mp, I believe 10x optical zoom. It is a digital SLR. Some people will say the exposure isnt the best, but a little tweaking will fix it, and it is pretty user friendly. Wide selection of lenses and other extras. They are relatively cheap now, I think around $800 or probably less by now. I dont regret buying it when I did though.

I have made plenty of bad choices in my life, but at least I was never a Marine!

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10-12-2005 04:02 PM  12 years agoPost 3
xcellgasman101

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This is what I'm thinking about getting for my AP bussiness..

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_s...sp?product=1140


XGM formally known as John Crotts

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10-12-2005 06:02 PM  12 years agoPost 4
fitenfyr

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The Nikon D70, D70s, D50,
Canon Digital Rebel (300D), 350D, 350xt

Those are all right at the 1K mark and are excellent cameras with no bad qualities and will take you well into the small business world.

90% of what is in my gallery was shot with a D70.

The A2 is a good camera also. Shot lots of aerials with it, but as mentioned it does have it's limitations and at some point IMO you will be looking for another camera.

Jason Stiffey
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10-12-2005 06:14 PM  12 years agoPost 5
tattooedphreak

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RotaryGuy- just my opinion
I dont know what kind of experience you have with digital cameras, but if you are looking for a camera just for hobbies right now, and then to move into small business in a while, you may not want to get the ultimate camera right now. With the higher end camera's, there are alot of options you may not be familiar with from the run of the mill camera's, and really until you understand the need to change X or Y setting (examples, not actual settings for those reading this!), a mid-range camera would be good. Then when you get ready to promote your photographic ability, there will probably be better cameras available.
I only say this because I bought my wife the best camera I could find at the time, and now she knows how to use everything, BUT the camera is about half the price and not as high end as it used to be, and she is ready for a new one. Really unless you are looking to do shots that require all the bells and whistles, there is no need to have the best.

Well, unless you are like me and have to get the newest stuff just to play with it!

Sorry that was so long by the way!

I have made plenty of bad choices in my life, but at least I was never a Marine!

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10-12-2005 11:58 PM  12 years agoPost 6
cwd10

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The Canon Powershot G6 fits a lot of the description you gave, and it won't break the bank. Check my gallery for some examples. The top eight pics were taken with the G6. Another good one is the Powershot S2-IS. It has a longer zoom, but less megapixels. Check reviews Here and Here .

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10-13-2005 02:37 AM  12 years agoPost 7
BungeeMike

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I am on my second minolta diamage a200, I love it, I found it to be the best for my needs considering weight, mpx and ease of use. I bought my first new and second off ebay, gotta hunt for the right deal but got one from a PRIVATE individual with extra wide angle lense, spare bat, media card and tripod, case for under $600 I use a servo and belt off an RC car to drive the zoom. Works great, loads of fun
Aloha
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10-13-2005 03:17 AM  12 years agoPost 8
tech1

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Panasonic FZ30

8 MP Comes standard with OIS

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10-13-2005 05:53 AM  12 years agoPost 9
fitenfyr

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Oh yeah...
Forgot about the G6.
Have one of those also and it is a GREAT camera.

I am getting to be a BIG Canon fan these days. Seems to me they are really ahead of the game on the CCD tech.

Jason Stiffey
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10-13-2005 05:36 PM  12 years agoPost 10
R Hudson

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Nikon D70, D70s, D50, Canon 300D, 350xt.

Although the D70s is probably going to pop you over the $1000 limit.

A true DSLR is the only way to go for best results. There are many limitations with even the best fixed focal length cameras.

BUT it also depends on your weight restrictions. If a "point 'n shoot" camera is required due to weight restrictions, there are some good suggestions in this thread. Just make sure that there are the manual features you require and a nice wide lens is nice too, although many accept conversion lenses with adapters.

Also, try not to get caught-up in the megapixel war too much. Most of the time 5-6MP will do fine for just about anything unless you are making quite large prints. Don't get me wrong. If the camera you want is 8MP, great! Just don't feel like you have to get the one with the best specs on paper. Read many reviews and make an informed decision based on what options YOU prefer. Since it is digital, you'll probably find yourself upgrading in a couple years anyway.

Oh yeah, if you can go somewhere and "play" with different models, I highly suggest that. There may be a model that looks good on paper, but when you actually operate it you may just decide that it's no good for YOU.

Good luck! Digital cameras have become an addiction for me!

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10-13-2005 06:11 PM  12 years agoPost 11
tattooedphreak

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Hey good point about the megapixel's thing. Forgot to mention that little bit. Also, I have found that for some good reviews, go to http://www.cnet.com

They will show you all the good and bad.

I have made plenty of bad choices in my life, but at least I was never a Marine!

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10-14-2005 06:09 PM  12 years agoPost 12
videostuff

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I believe it has already been posted on this board but Sony has come out with a new prosumer 10 megapixel camera.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/sonydscr1/

I use a digital rebel myself and would say it's an awesome camera but adding lenses, preview cam etc. adds easily to the 2k level.

I've owned the 707 and the 717 in the past and thought they were awesome cams. This Sony R1 just might be your ticket.

Michael

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