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2008/08/31 14:32:04 (permalink)

Digital Cameras

I'm looking to purchase a Digital Camera, can anyone give me some advice on these? I'm looking for something under the 200 range, and with a warranty, anyone let me know!

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    Fishtamer
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/08/31 14:47:20 (permalink)
    Whatever brand you choose, get one with a good optical zoom. The diital zoom on most will just result in grainy pictures. I find it best to use the maximum optical zoom & blow them up on the computer. They are much clearer that way.
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/08/31 15:19:06 (permalink)
    Go with the highest optical zoom and steady shot or vibration reduction
    Digital zoom is no better than cropping and enlarging

    Over 3mp is probably not needed unless you want photos over 11"  or plan on cropping a lot.
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/08/31 16:17:13 (permalink)
    i have a kodak easy share z 700 3 years old 4 mega pixel with 5x optical zoom takes excellant photos all pics i post on here are taken by that camera. you can get a brand new easy share for under 200 but like pghmarty said OPTICAL ZOOM IS KEY i dont care if you have 12 mp if you only have 2x optical and 6x digital zoom it will be grainy when you transfer to photo bucket.pixels dont mean s*%# IF YOU DONT HAVE OPTICAL ZOOm you can get a great kodak easyshare for under 200 seriousley check these cameras out quality at a great price.
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/08/31 20:35:17 (permalink)
    agree, AGREE, AGREE!  Get the best and most optical zoom you can for your price and then try o get the highest megapixel # you can  4mp or better.  Staples had a really nice camera that used optical lenses and was 8mp for about 259 dollars.  It was a little BIG (wouldn't fit flat in your pocket) looked like an old 35mm but the pix were out-freaking-standing.  My son bought one. sorry I don't know the name but go to the store and look.

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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/08/31 21:56:55 (permalink)
    DMC-LZ7 Lumix® 7.2-Megapixel Digital Camera with MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer, High Sensitivity Mode & 6x Optical Zoom, Silver

    I bought this one for my sis last year and it is a good camera.
    Or look into the other lumix models

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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/01 00:27:09 (permalink)
    As said above, best optic zoom and highest Meg pix you can afford for best pictures. try to get a big monitor also. 3' is GREAT! 1.5 is way too small. to tough to review pics.
     
    The family and myself  have  had good luck with canon. kodaks, we had  3 different models, all crapped out.
     
    my canon powershot sd-630 is only 3 optic lens and 6.0 meg. pix. it has a 3" moonitor on the back which is great to review your shots. The macro is incredible! (for taking very close-up shots). uses sd memory cards which are getting cheaper to buy everyday. most sm. camera i seen use the sd. the 630 is about the size of a pack of smokes. fits into pocket real easy.
     
    wife has a canon that looks like an old minature 35mm. she's had it for about 3 months now and loves it. better features than my powershot by far, all around. if inteterested, i'll get the model# for you. it's under $200 and well worth it.
     
    if you get into serious / amateur photography, check out the canon rebel xsi. started at about a grand for the body, lenses vary, $200 for the 300mm.  camera is very good. tons and tons of features. i just love it.
     
    we have THE CAMERA SHOP store in our local mall. prices are good, watch for their sales. walmart is a little cheaper but the service and help i reciev from the guys at the shop is really great. they are well informed and always give help whether it's over the phone or in person.
     
     
     

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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/01 02:14:25 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: pghmarty

    DMC-LZ7 Lumix® 7.2-Megapixel Digital Camera with MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer, High Sensitivity Mode & 6x Optical Zoom, Silver

    I bought this one for my sis last year and it is a good camera.
    Or look into the other lumix models



     
     
     
    Got the same camera. Love it. Great LCC screen on it to for easy reviewing, no need to hook it up to TV or computer to see pics good. Also look for features you may really want. I was kind of disappointed when i realized my camera didnt have panoramic capabilities.
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/01 09:05:42 (permalink)
    I have a Fujifilm finepix.
     
    8 mp
    12X optical zoom.
     
     

     
     
     
    Took this one from about 50 yards, without the digital zoom.
     
    Only thing that bothered me while in Niagara was it's tendency to really darken pictures of really white (ie the falls) things. But the program that came with the camera helped to alleviate it.
     
     
    The camera was $250 at Wal-Mart.

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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/01 12:41:41 (permalink)
    I would have to agree about the Fuji Finepix, you can get the s5200 which was the top rated digital camera when it came out 2 years ago for under 150 new, 10x optical zoom w/ 5mp has all sorts of upgrades over the small pocket types yet easy enough to use that all you need to do is snap the pic, check the prices on Neweeg or Beech vidio stores great prices and service,,,,, remember th mega zooms will be a little bit bulkier then the pocket camera but well worth the final results
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/01 13:41:31 (permalink)
    So I want high optical zoom and highest MP possible preferably over 4 mp.

    any suggestions on companies that have good customer service? And what about warranties? I'll be using this pic for fishing photos, and drunken nights most likely, Water damage could happen..
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/01 19:30:06 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: Deadbolt401

    So I want high optical zoom and highest MP possible preferably over 4 mp.

    any suggestions on companies that have good customer service? And what about warranties? I'll be using this pic for fishing photos, and drunken nights most likely, Water damage could happen..


     
     
     Pentax and Olympus make waterproof cameras but lack optical zoom and are a bit over your $200 limit. Image quality sucks.
    Panasonic DMC-TZ5 is a nice 10X zoom camera with image stabilization that can fit in your shirt pocket but still a tad over $200.
    All of the canon A series and SD series take great pictures for a compact. The A720-IS has very good image quality, image stabilization and has 6X optical zoom and will be discontinued soon so you should find one for under $200.
    Some of the canon ultra-compacts ( SD series ) are also being discontinued so you might find a deal.
    Fuji is good for low light situation but lacks image stabilization. Instead, they use software to shift the ISO. Great for indoor use.

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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/01 21:31:19 (permalink)
    http://www.dpreview.com/
    I used this site when comparing and purchasing my camera, it gives their reviews and also user reviews,, place and prices to purchase, a very useful site
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/02 00:43:59 (permalink)
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/02 01:04:15 (permalink)
    As Dano said, Canon cameras have come down a lot. two other notes: canon rechargeable batteries lasted longer, lots! longer than the Kodaks.  the movie mode on my canon sd was quit impessive. used it a lot more than I thought I would. 2 gig card is a must if you make a lot of movies. it wouldn't accept a 4 gig card...  If you do movies, check to make sure the camera accepts a 4 gig or better... you won't regret it.
     
    My first digital camera used 4 AAA batteries. On average, I would get about 30 or so pictures out of them.  I think I tried every AAA battery made. You gotta love the new rechargeable batteries....
     
    As I stated above, The camera Shop is great for me. I would recommend them if they're in your area.
     
     

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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/02 19:02:20 (permalink)
    i dont care how many megapixels, how much optical zoom or what ever you got. can it take the abuse mother nature is gonna dish out.  optical zoom and the like do not mean squat when the thing takes a dip in the drink.
     
    i am pretty hard on stuff, so to be safe i went with an olympus stylus.  waterproof and  shockproof. almost bomb-proof.  it was a little more money, but the piece of mind when taking pics in the rain was worth it to me.
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/02 21:24:39 (permalink)
    I still like to take a piece of flint and carve a picture in the side of my cave.

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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/03 13:31:57 (permalink)
    am using the nikon coolpix s200 3x optical zoom and I think at least 5mp. takes great shots and even dropped it in the drink. left to airdry for 3 weeks , checking periodically and works again thankfully. dont want to find out what happens should it find water again though. I believe this cost around 250.
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/03 16:57:32 (permalink)
    OTH, I'd like to know the model number of your wifes camera, for some reason I cannot PM you, or I'm just an idiot, either way. thanks 
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/03 17:02:37 (permalink)
    Again thanks to all who replied, this board is full of information!
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/03 17:41:49 (permalink)
    Deadbolt, It's a Canon Powershot A 590 IS. Here's the link: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=183&modelid=16336#ModelTechSpecsAct
     
    Target online had it for $149.00
     
    One drawback is it takes "AA" batteries. The technology has come along way. With the rechargeable batteries, it says you can shoot up to 500 pictures before you need a charge.  I don't think it is an issue anymore. A lot bettter than my old camera at about 30 or so pictures! She has yet to complain about the batteries cutting out on her. She snaps a lot of pictures.!
     
    The image stabilizer is great for her also. A lot less pictures taken at 200mph! LOL!

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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/03 19:38:37 (permalink)

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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/03 22:11:06 (permalink)
    There are a lot of good cameras out there and the technology/price is increasing at an amazing pace. Today, I took my Kodak easyshare back to Sam's as the lens froze in the extended position and ceased to work - used less than a year - worked good. My next choice was the Nikon "Coolpix" S550 - more megapixels, zoom, etc., plus I got change back from my return! I almost went for the Olympus, but it required an XD memory card and with the Nikon, I could use the SD from the Kodak! I'll have to wait to report how good a choice I made, but have confidence in the Nikon brand! The Nikon by the way has a re-chargeable lithium battery vice the C (D?) batteries (3) for the Kodak! I still need to read the book, but good luck, also get a knowledgeable salesman!
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/04 10:24:09 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: dano

    ORIGINAL: Deadbolt401

    So I want high optical zoom and highest MP possible preferably over 4 mp.

    any suggestions on companies that have good customer service? And what about warranties? I'll be using this pic for fishing photos, and drunken nights most likely, Water damage could happen..




    Pentax and Olympus make waterproof cameras but lack optical zoom and are a bit over your $200 limit. Image quality sucks.
    Panasonic DMC-TZ5 is a nice 10X zoom camera with image stabilization that can fit in your shirt pocket but still a tad over $200.
    All of the canon A series and SD series take great pictures for a compact. The A720-IS has very good image quality, image stabilization and has 6X optical zoom and will be discontinued soon so you should find one for under $200.
    Some of the canon ultra-compacts ( SD series ) are also being discontinued so you might find a deal.
    Fuji is good for low light situation but lacks image stabilization. Instead, they use software to shift the ISO. Great for indoor use.

     
    I have the Olympus 790 it's awesome... zoom kind of sucks but it still takes great pictures. Is waterproof up to 10 feet and shockproof. $300 and worth it.
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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/05 23:05:36 (permalink)
    For a compact camera, buy one with at least 4x optical zoom.  I have a Canon A540 with 4x optical zoom and 6 mega pixels (not pertinent unless you want poster sixed photos).  I like it alot.  Fugi has some good values in many of their cameras.

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    RE: Digital Cameras 2008/09/06 15:29:21 (permalink)
    Nikons have always been great to me. Good battery life, and not too bad on the price, check out Nikon.com or BestBuy.com
     
    You should find a decent one cheap.
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    Re: RE: Digital Cameras 2019/03/04 15:04:11 (permalink)
    Since this is an old thread does any one have a recommendation on a good digital camera?  The Fuji Finepix s5200 seems good. 
     
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    Re: RE: Digital Cameras 2019/03/04 15:53:05 (permalink)
    More professionals use Nikon than all the others combined.

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    Re: RE: Digital Cameras 2019/03/04 16:08:00 (permalink)
    Budget? Plenty of good options from Nikon and Canon for $99-200 range.
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    Re: RE: Digital Cameras 2019/03/04 20:44:19 (permalink)
    Panfisher 
    No, I do not have an IPhone or smart phone and do not plan on getting one any time soon.




    Same here brother ..... I love my little Cannon Power Shot  8x zoom....lotta great shots ....almost all my photos are from this little pocket camera. Don't think the Sony, and Olympus I have are near as good. I even dropped it in the water once , got lucky and it still works.  I picked up a used one for 35 bucks on E bay just for a cheap second backup camera. Fits in my boot pocket nice with the mini tripod on.
     
    Get yourself a small 4" flexible mini tripod , for 10 sec. timer pictures when alone it works great and it makes a good handle too hold when taking photos. When using timers put on landscape setting , they come out less blurred. A lot of my photos are taken alone on the timer .
     
    I'm guessing I paid around 100 bucks or more a few years back.
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