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Old May 30, 2004, 11:26 AM   #1
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What is the best camera I can buy in the $400.00 price range?
I am currently looking at the Canon S50 Powershot.
I need a camera that takes excellent, crisp, clear, high detailed portraits indoors, mostly.
I am not interested in video clips.
I am not interested in printing photos larger than 8" x 10" maximum.

I now own and use a HP Photosmart 812.
I am very unhappy with the quality of photos it produces.
I need to upgrade.The HP sucks.

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Old May 30, 2004, 2:13 PM   #2
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I've been going through the same thinking, as have others, like Cybershot. My choices have boiled down to Canon A80, Kodak DX7440, Sony W1 or P100. These range in price from $350 to $400. Unfortunately, I've not yet found the last 3 in the stores, although they should be there shortly. Searching the Sony and Kodak websites will give you a lot of information. I'm leaning towards the A80. Like you, movie mode (a big deal with the others) isn't a big deal for me. The Kodak does have a 4x zoom, 2.2 LCD, and a lot of other nifty features. But, the more I read about the A80, the more I'm convinced it's a superior camera that may well fit my needs very nicely. It has some interesting and very useful features, such as the tilting LCD, 2 custom modes, AV and TV priority, and a 2 second self timer. The flash is the most powerful of the lot, and you can adjust virtually everything. Take a look at some of the pictures and comments of Isabel Cuttler at the DPReview forum. She's a fine amateur photographer and a real advocate of the A80. Cybershot has done more actual comparisons than have I, and you may search out some of his comments about the Sonys on that forum. Good luck, and let us know what you're thinking!

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Old Jun 1, 2004, 7:28 AM   #3
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Thanks, Old Rooster.
I'll research the Canon A80.

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Old Jun 1, 2004, 4:18 PM   #4
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I was wavering between the A80 and the S1 IS. I decided to go with the S1 personally.

If you can bump the price up a bit $450 can get you the Canon S1 IS. The only reason I would suggest it to you is the 10x optical zoom would be handy doing some portraiture work.

I should be receiving my S1 tomorrow *crossing fingers* then I can say more.
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The S1 looks to be a fine camera, but it is only 3mp as opposed to the 4mp of the A80, is $100 more, and won't fit in a pocket.

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