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Old Nov 4, 2003, 5:05 PM   #1
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Default Need help picking out 1st camera (no experience)


I am currently thinking about getting a digital camera for Xmas. My main purposes are:

Something with movie clips and sound
Point and Shoot camera (w/ some extra options)
good pic quality
2 MP (i think, i probably won't be printing out a lot of pictures)
2 or 3x Optical Zoom

Basically, I would like to have a camera that i would be happy with for a while if i develop a new hobby. I would like to spend somewhere around $250 for the camera, memory card, and MAYBE some nice batteries that won't go dead fast, lol. I have been reading about the Canon A-60. The memory cards seem very affordable, and it supposively takes decent photos. Right now the retail of the A60 is $230, but i figure it will go down for the holidays. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. THANKS!

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Old Nov 4, 2003, 7:29 PM   #2
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The Canon A60 seems like a good choice - it has pretty much everything you need, and prices are expected to drop - after the release of the Canon A80 for more advanced users.

Another would be the Canon A200 - however that has no optical zoom, but a few friends of mine who has the A200 have all but negative comments about them. Their prices would be a lot cheaper than the A60.

Both are fairly good, compact, light, and you can be assured that you won't be stranded on the batteries issue as they both use AA sizes.

I have an Olympus C2-Zoom, and by all means, avoid that
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Old Nov 5, 2003, 9:15 AM   #3
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I just bought an A70 as a second cam. I thought the price, quality and features were V.Good for a mid range cam - and it is very compact. Shame they couldn't stretch the CF slot a bit so I could use my microdrive! VOX
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