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Old Dec 7, 2008, 9:58 PM   #1
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Now, i'm a kid in high school, and i only have a 200-250 spending range for a camera for my girlfriend. she's got a decently cheap one her mom bought her last christmas, looks like 100-150. its a slim little camera, but i couldnt give you much more info on it, because it's a surprise and i can't ask, nor do i have a chance to look at it before christmas. so details on the old camera arent gonna be of much help. i know that when she FIRST got it, she was mad because she wanted a sony but her mom went with a cheap camera. so i was thinking sony but those aren't very cheap, and i'm skeptical of the ones in my range.

i've also seen some nice canon's as well as kodaks.

i'm not a big camera person and wouldn't know about quality of a camera. i know she's very into photography and she wants a professional camera in the future. while i obviously can't afford one now, certain cameras i've seen have that feel to them and she might like that.

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Old Dec 7, 2008, 11:20 PM   #2
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If you think she'd like something more sophisticated than a slim point and shoot, I'd get her a superzoom. For $250 you could afford a Canon SX110is, a Panasonic TZ4 or TZ5 (more of a snapshot camera but with a long zoom), a Fuji S2000hd or a Kodak Z812is or Z1012is. These superzooms all have long zoom lenses and (with the exception of the Panasonics) manual exposure controls.
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Old Dec 8, 2008, 12:14 PM   #3
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Tell us a bit about the kind of photos your girl friend takes and her skill level. That will allow us to make better suggestions for her gift.

For example:

Does she just take snap shots?

Does she take a lot of flash photos?

Does she take a lot of group photos with flash from a distance of more than 12 feet?

Does she take photos that are published in your school newpaper or annual?

Has she expressed a desire for a better or more comple camera?

Is she interest in manual controls or is she a person who just set the camera to Automatic and begins taking snapshots?

Does she take time setting up her camera and whatever she photographs?

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