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Old 11-01-06, 09:26 AM   #1
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Digital Camera Recommendations?

Mel and I are getting a new digitial camera soon. We're looking for something small and jersey pocket friendly to replace our 3.1 megapixel beast that's just under the size of a brick. Cost? Under 4 bills would be great.

We know shockingly little about cameras, so any tips and recommendations would be appreciated.

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Old 11-01-06, 09:30 AM   #2
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Mel and I are getting a new digitial camera soon. We're looking for something small and jersey pocket friendly to replace our 3.1 megapixel beast that's just under the size of a brick. Cost? Under 4 bills would be great.

We know shockingly little about cameras, so any tips and recommendations would be appreciated.

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I have a sony DSC-T9 and its great and small. I carried it in my jersey pocket on my mt bike ride last weekend. Not much bigger then a wallet, come to think of it its thinner then mine.
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Old 11-01-06, 09:34 AM   #3
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Something like this.

http://www.photographyreview.com/sf-...5_0_megapixels

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Old 11-01-06, 09:36 AM   #4
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I have a sony cybershot w/7.2 megapixels... unfortunately it doesn't help the photographer, but its a nice little camera
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Old 11-01-06, 09:38 AM   #5
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I would suggest going to Best Buy to get hands on with a bunch of different cameras...
Then use Buyers Guide
DP Review has a great side by side comparison feature....very useful to compare features, size, weight etc..and there are user reviews as well...
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I have a sony cybershot w/7.2 megapixels... unfortunately it doesn't help the photographer, but its a nice little camera

I have the same short coming Tracy, in addition Im not one to read instructions.
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Old 11-01-06, 09:41 AM   #7
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This is what I got: Canon SD600 - Great reviews on CNET, and matches my camcorder I got at the same time.
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Old 11-01-06, 10:32 AM   #8
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I'd recommend anything Fuji. Even their cheap $100 have steller pics
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Nice link for Great Digital Cameras
http://techchai.com/blog/?p=5
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Old 11-01-06, 10:58 AM   #10
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I bought one the Casio models for Rose and she loves it. They seem to maximize the screen size for better viewing.
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my on the bike camera is a kodak.... and it takes nice pics (and little movies!) i already had a cannon.... but it's too bulky for the bike.... i didn't want to spend as much as i did on the "bike camera"... but it's been a good lil camera... i'm happy with it!
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My wife and I are in the same boat. The camera we are currently looking at is the Canon PowerShot SD630. Currently Best Buy has it at $299.00. They have a 2gb memory card for 44.99 after a mail-in rebate. What we like about the camera is the large LCD (3") and the user interface is one of the easiest I have ever seen on digital camera. If we buy it I guess you'll get a chance to see it next week at Joshua Tree.

Here is the CNET review. What is really interesting is the public's reviews vs. the editors.

http://reviews.cnet.com/Canon_PowerS...4.html?tag=sub
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Old 11-01-06, 12:19 PM   #13
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Great suggestions. Thanks everyone!
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My wife and I are in the same boat. The camera we are currently looking at is the Canon PowerShot SD630. Currently Best Buy has it at $299.00. They have a 2gb memory card for 44.99 after a mail-in rebate. What we like about the camera is the large LCD (3") and the user interface is one of the easiest I have ever seen on digital camera. If we buy it I guess you'll get a chance to see it next week at Joshua Tree.

Here is the CNET review. What is really interesting is the public's reviews vs. the editors.

http://reviews.cnet.com/Canon_PowerS...4.html?tag=sub
They also have it here Canon SD630
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I'm a BIG fan of Canon - although there are smaller out there, I highly recommend Canon's Powershot A540 small digital camera. It's about $200 (check Costo.com) and is 6 mgp. It's very easy to use, has a huge LCD screen/display and takes two AA batteries. It's possible that camera has been replaced by a newer model but any Canon Powershot is good.
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I was thinking about the SD630, but couldn't not have a viewfinder. That would be too big a step for me since I shoot outside 75% of the time and go to the VF when there's glare.
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^^^^ If that Canon came with a wider angle lens, it'll be perfect as I always liked Canon products. A wide angle lens (28mm equiv) is an important feature for me. Optical zomm ratio is not important to me for the type of pics I normally take.
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I just got a Pentax Optio W10 a few months ago and I love it. It is 6MP, compact, easy to use and best of all waterproof! I like that I don't have to worry about sweating on it or getting rained on! They just came out with the W20 that is 7.4MP. You can find them around for 250-3000. You'll have to buy a SD memory card because the internal memory isn't enough, but those are cheap now.

I'm sure it's not the best camera in the world but it takes decent enough pictures while I'm riding and I don't have to worry about exposing it to the elements.
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^^^^ If that Canon came with a wider angle lens, it'll be perfect as I always liked Canon products. A wide angle lens (28mm equiv) is an important feature for me. Optical zomm ratio is not important to me for the type of pics I normally take.
This one has a 28mm equiv wide angle Canon SD800 IS

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I just got a Pentax Optio W10 a few months ago and I love it. It is 6MP, compact, easy to use and best of all waterproof! I like that I don't have to worry about sweating on it or getting rained on! They just came out with the W20 that is 7.4MP. You can find them around for 250-3000. You'll have to buy a SD memory card because the internal memory isn't enough, but those are cheap now.

I'm sure it's not the best camera in the world but it takes decent enough pictures while I'm riding and I don't have to worry about exposing it to the elements.
I have the same camera. The only drawback for me is that the shutter button is a little hard to press when I wear full finger gloves.
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Check out the Canon A540 - comes with viewfinder (which I normally used except for indoor photos) and LCD, wide angle capacity etc. It's a inexpensive little camera that has alot of functions.
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...and takes two AA batteries.
That's the one reason I didn't buy this one. I figured I would be chewing through AA's all the time. I would much rather just put the thing in a charger.
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I get about 500 shots before having to replace the batteries. That's a long time before I have to change batteries.

I can also use rechargeables - I have them I just don't use them as I find the regular AA's just easier to use. I frankly don't trust the rechargeables especially if my camera sits for awhile. I guess I would have to be disciplined about making sure the batteries got charge before going out.

If travelling or knowing I want to take shots, I usually carry 2 spare AA's in my camera case. Also I know I can buy them anywhere. Not like I have to have a plug to charge batteries.

It's a preference. Alot of my friends like the smaller cameras like the Elph and Sony Cybershot which means you have to use the camera's rechargeable battery but I also know those same friends have been out of luck on the trail when the battery died.
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I've got the Fuji F30 and it's been awesome. It's got a 3200 speed which takes very clear shots even when shaking on the bike. Canons also take great shots, but I find it really hard to take pictures one handed with them. The fuji is a little more grippy and don't have a problem with one handed shots. Go to a store and just pick one that fits you one handed. Generally speaking, most cameras take good pictures these days and you're likely shooting jpegs anyway.
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I agree, get a camera that fits in your hand and enables you to take pictures one handed while pedalling. Even with my smallish hands, I find most new compact cameras too small for this type of activity.
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