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Old 03-29-05, 05:51 PM   #1
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Digital Cameras.....

I'm looking to buy a digital camera soon. The price range i am in is about $200-250. I'm looking at the Fuji E500.

Any suggestions on good cameras? I'm mainly looking at the cameras at Sams Club, but I'm open to any other stores.

Suggestions?
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Old 03-29-05, 08:08 PM   #2
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go around and pm me what looks good to you make sure you get model and # of mega pixels i will be able to tell you if its good. personally i perfer sony
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I'm looking to buy a digital camera soon. The price range i am in is about $200-250. I'm looking at the Fuji E500.

Any suggestions on good cameras? I'm mainly looking at the cameras at Sams Club, but I'm open to any other stores.

Suggestions?
I work in the field and would suggest you go to Steve's Digicam http://www.steves-digicams.com/ or DP Review http://www.dpreview.com/ to check things out. Most any camera in this price range will provide respectable results. The main tradeoffs you'll make have to do with MP, LCD size/resolution, features, and CMF (color, materials, & finish). For example, Casio cameras are small with large LCDs and metal bodies (more expensive than plastic bodied cameras) but their menu behavior is somewhat annoying (you get bounced out of the menu every time you make a change). Sony is nice but it uses a Memory Stick which is less compatible with MP3 players/other devices and it will be harder to borrow cards from friends' when yours gets full. Kodak represents a good value but are not traditionally bleeding edge from a technology perspective (getting better) and are usually a bit bigger than the competition (portability/pocketability may be an issue). Canon is good and usually at a good price point while it's my opinion that Nikons are overpriced. Pentax makes some cameras (Optio series) which are attractive but are one of the few cameras where I have noticed a noticeable color shift that is undesireable. As for the Fuji, it's OK but I think you could do better... I'm not a big fan of xD as it's more expensive than SD/MMC and video is only 10 frames/sec.

When you're evaluating cameras you need to focus on how you'll use it - features that you'll never use are worthless (so spec'smanship only goes so far). If you plan to take it biking, I'd recommed the Casio because they are so slim and light. If you want camera or system (camera, dock, printer dock) ease of use I'd go with Kodak... It all depends on what your needs are. Also, don't discount buying on the web because it's likely you could get as good or maybe even better (e.g., with mail in rebate) a better price than at Sam's.
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Mojo Gogo's last paragraph is a good one. Think about what you'll be using it for.

From my experience, I found the Canon Powershots a great value. They're very easy to use and change settings and the picture quality is pretty good. I think their only major weakness is they're larger than other cameras in their class. The ease of use ended up being important to me because I'm always changing the settings to maximize the picture quality. A different person might prefer portability and not care much about brightness and color.
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I have a Canon G5 (their 'prosumer' model from last year), and it's been a really good camera for a little over a year. Canon is my favorite brand, this one is the third I've had and they were all great.
However, I'm thinking of getting the Canon SD200 for the movie mode and smaller size.

In fact, I'm probably selling the G5 for about $275, so if you're interested, let me know...
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I got an HP Photosmart M407. It is rated a best buy or something like that from consumer reports. 4.1 megapixels, with a 3x optical zoom. Bought a 128 memory card with it for about $250. Works really well. It's easy to send pics to the computer and others. I'm pretty happy with it.
Got mine from Walmart so Sam's may also have it.
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Thanks for the help so far guys!

I wouldn't be using it for anything "professional" or stuff like that. Just to take on trips, take pics of my bikes for my grandpa, basically just to have. But I dont want a cheap one. I like the bigger LCD screen. MP's.... probably 4. And I would like it to be reasonably small.

Any suggestions of specific models, you guys know of, in the 200-250 range with those loose specifications?

-Matt

EDIT- as for looks, i dont really like the look of the Sony's w/ the lens off to the side, i like the overall look of the Fuji

Thanks guys

By the way, im only 15, if that helps at all......
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http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...120-161&depa=7

That's the one I'm considering. It has a nice, big LCD screen, takes good quality photos, and the major selling point for me: 640x480 movies @ 30 fps until the card fills up

Canon's are awesome. Probably not as simple to use as a kodak or an HP, but there's really good potential when you get the settings figured out. Plus great build quality, sexiness, and very good image quality. Dang, I should work for them. lol
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Thanks for the help so far guys!

I wouldn't be using it for anything "professional" or stuff like that. Just to take on trips, take pics of my bikes for my grandpa, basically just to have. But I dont want a cheap one. I like the bigger LCD screen. MP's.... probably 4. And I would like it to be reasonably small.

Any suggestions of specific models, you guys know of, in the 200-250 range with those loose specifications?

-Matt

EDIT- as for looks, i dont really like the look of the Sony's w/ the lens off to the side, i like the overall look of the Fuji

Thanks guys

By the way, im only 15, if that helps at all......

Matt, 'Looks' has nothing to do with it. Quality and usability are what you are after. Remember that and you'll go far in life.

I use a Sony Mavica FD-100 to shoot between 25-50 640x480 pictures a week, every week for use on the internet. I've had the camera about 1 1/2 - 2 years now with nary problem one. Shortcomings, yeah. I'd like something with a hot shoe, and more control over exposure values for close up work with flash.

I do like the fact that storage media is cheap... and durable.

Don't be sold on Megapixel numbers... Unless you are going to be printing a lot of 8 x 10 and larger pictures, a 2 to 2.5 mp camera should do you fine
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Matt, 'Looks' has nothing to do with it. Quality and usability are what you are after. Remember that and you'll go far in life.

Don't be sold on Megapixel numbers... Unless you are going to be printing a lot of 8 x 10 and larger pictures, a 2 to 2.5 mp camera should do you fine
I like your style (you sound like an engineer ) Note: I agree with you when you're looking for value but everyone has their indulgence. I'm upgrading to carbon this year (even though I don't need it) and I think the best example are iPods... They are a MP3 player that sells for 3x the price of other manufacturers and people fall all over themselves to part with their money. At the end of the day it has to work for you and make you feel good about the money you spent and aesthetics are part of the equation.

As for specific models, I think the Canon A520 (quick search found prices between $247 - 300), Casio Exilim EX-Z40 or Z50 ($225 - 300), or the Kodak Z700 (for less than $300 and it comes with a bundled printer dock) are all good options.

I mentioned previously for you to consider how you'll use it - I've done many centuries but only one with a camera. It was slightly larger than the Canon in my jersey back pocket - every time I got out of the saddle it felt like a brink swinging around on my back.
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Thanks guys!! One last question: Has anyone ordered from Neweg.com? is that a good site to order from?
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Newegg is (in my, and many thousands of others' opinion) the best site for IT products and things like that. See http://www.resellerratings.com/


I've ordered at least a thousand dollars worth of stuff from them, and the shop I work at has probably ordered a hundred times that. Very few problems.
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I have the Canon Powershot Elph SD 300--4 megapixels (which is plenty), great photo quality, and small size/light weight. East to fit in a small saddlebag. Check it out.
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Newegg usualy overprices things.
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I think the Fuji's are pretty good bang for the buck. I've got a 2600Zoom that's going on 3 years old. Who said you probably won't need more than 2.5 mp? They're right. Most of my pix are vga or 3x5 photo quality... ~1mp. Also important was batteries. I wanted something that took off-the-shelf rechargeables, so replacements and backup sets would never be a problem. The only drawbacks... Fuji avi movies don't have sound, and time delay when taking a picture and between pictures. I think that's something of a problem with all digital cams until you get way up in the $$$$.
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