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09-04-2006 02:33 PM  14 years ago
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jollsnj

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hiya guys, i am in the researching phase of getting a digital camera. i would just like to know what you guys have, and how you like them. I dont wanna spend over 300. it will just be used for general picture taking, at the field and such, varying light conditions. Pretty much a point and shoot camera. Thanks all.
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09-04-2006 02:41 PM  14 years ago
PaulH-MA

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If you want something small and light, check out Canon's Digital Elph series. I have the SD400 and couldn't be happier. Get a large memory card and you can shoot a good amount of video too. RiTEK makes some of the best flash memory on the market.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...&SubCategory=68

150X SD memory. 2GB for $30, 4GB for $60.

Here are all of the Canon models that NewEgg sells:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...&SubCategory=12

The SD600 is an excellent model and appears to be on sale. If you have shaky hands, consider the SD700 IS. The lens is optically (gyro) stabilized. This is much better than the digital stabilizer that many companies employ.
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09-04-2006 08:12 PM  14 years ago
jollsnj

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hmmm.... i am considering them. What does the megapixals have to do with anything, i know they make a larger picture, but does it affect quality? or is it more the camera that produces the quality?
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09-04-2006 08:45 PM  14 years ago
quattrokid73

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I have the casio exilim exs600 6mp and it's a phenominal camera.

good pics, very very quick response time, good videos, tons of features, large bright lcd screen, impeccable looks, adjustable and bright flash, amazing battery life.

couldnt be happier with my camera. i have to charge it maybe once every two months with moderate weekly use. menus are easy to navigate and it offers a good amount of adjustability.

definitly check out casio.

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09-04-2006 10:15 PM  14 years ago
Peter Wales

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I'll agree with that. I have the 8.1 megapixel version and my daughter just got a 10 megapixel one for her birthday. They do everything a full size camera will do except change lenses to give you more optical zoom.

My main reason for buying it was the samll size as I got fed up carrying my 18 megapixel canon 1ds mk2 around with a 20lb lens hanging off the front. For most pictures, the small camera is fine, its only the specialized ones which need the canon
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09-04-2006 10:38 PM  14 years ago
jollsnj

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you agree with the canon or the casio? sorry for the stupid ?
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09-04-2006 10:45 PM  14 years ago
Ed Moore

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dpreview.com is good

megapixels aren't everything, it's mainly a product of marketing. 6MP will happily print A3, you'd have to examine it with a magnifying glass (and have some experience and avery well calibrated printer) to be able to tell the difference between, say, a 6MP and a 10MP camera. Also, compacts differ a lot from their SLR cousins in that they usually have lenses of a lower quality and much smaller sensors. Smaller sensors means a 10MP compact will have a much higher pixel density than a 10MP SLR, which normally introduces a lot more noise, especially noticable when shooting in low light (lots of red pixels everywhere) so the low light performance can be a good indicator.

I've only heard excellent things about the new Casios.
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09-04-2006 10:51 PM  14 years ago
jollsnj

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my friend has a canon a530 and likes it, but it takes 2 AAs. i know it is a bit bigger than the compacts, but i dont mind, like he said there is more to hold on to. i am just worried about battery life.
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09-04-2006 11:25 PM  14 years ago
PaulH-MA

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As was mentioned by another poster, read up on http://dpreview.com/ The information there is more complete and unbiased than anything else you'll find.

Most of the mid- to high-end Canon models use a rechargable Li-Ion battery. Some of the entry-level models use AA cells, but I would stay away from those.

I like Canon over Casio because Canon makes their own lenses. They have the experience and the technology to mate the appropriate lens to the electronics. Casio is a low-end electronics company that has to buy their lenses from an outside supplier.

As for the Canon vs. Nikon, it's Ford vs. Chevy. They're both good if you don't have any equipment. If you already have some equipment, you're better off sticking with that you know.
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09-05-2006 12:07 AM  14 years ago
jollsnj

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what about the kodak cameras? is that like ford vs dodge? lol. i have been looking at the kodak z740 because of its bigger zoom. i belive kodak is a reputable company. i had a feeling that casio wasnt as good as "the big three" lol
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09-05-2006 12:18 AM  14 years ago
PaulH-MA

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Read the review: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/kodakz740/

If you want that form-factor and not something that is more portable, then consider a Canon S3 IS. It has a 12x zoom (the Z740 is 10x) and it's image stabilized. The Canon is more money, but based on the review, it's a better value.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons3is/
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09-05-2006 07:39 AM  14 years ago
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For 300.00 you can get yourself a nice camera but in all seriousness if your going to use it for what you mentioned then 150.00 camera would do you just fine. I have a 1.3 megapixal olympus that I wouldn't trade it for anything. Its an older one but suits me just fine and the pics are great. Very happy with it since my pics are no bigger the 5/8. Everything thats coming out now has at least 5 megapixels and if you want a poster size pic then a 5 megapix would do the job. I have seen olympus, fuji and a few other cameras go for 150.00. Olympus and fuji is very simple to use and for what you need it for it should be more then enough and are good cameras. Good luck, Jimmi
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09-05-2006 08:39 AM  14 years ago
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i baught my Fugifilm A330 2 years ago, 3.3Mp. never lets me down, great on batteries, still works like the day i got it. almost all of the pictures in my gallery were taken with it. i spent $250 at the time. right now you could get a far better one for the same price. mine would probably go for $150 by now, but with 3.3Mp i still dont find the need to upgrade.
i went through an air meusium last year with it. tooking 120 pictures with 40 left on a 128 XD card. almost every pic used a flash, but the batteries never showed a sign on giving up.
you can get an A340 i think it is, identical to mine, but with higher resolution.
i highly reccomend this cammera. my ONLY con about it, is the XD cards tend to be more costly then lets say the SD, and dont seem to be AS common.
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09-05-2006 04:29 PM  14 years ago
Tmblewd

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I'm not a big camera person, but I found this web site when I was looking for my new camcorder. They have some great deals.

http://www.bwayphoto.com/

I got a JVC digital camcorder from them with all sorts of extras for $400 shipped to me. It works great.
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