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Old May 13, 2003, 11:15 PM   #1
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Default Best camera for the money

Will be taking the family on a mini-vacation memorial day weekend and I wanted to take along a brand new digital camera. Whats the flat out BEST camera I can get for $250? Any ideas? Thanks!
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Old May 14, 2003, 12:44 AM   #2
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Never buy a new camera just before you go on vacation because you'll spend your vacation reading the manual.

You should shoot many hundreds of pictures before you take the camera on vacation. That way you will know how to use the camera and what its limitations are.

I had used a fully manual SLR for 20 years, so I thought I could handle my new digital no problem. Even though I used the camera a month before I left on vacation, there were still lots of little things I forgot when I read through the manual before I left, like the fact I had to turn on the macro feature...missed a few good shots because of that.

When I've owned the camera 6 months, I accidently found a neat feature that I must have read about in the manual when I first got the camera, but totally ignored...when I get time I have to reread the manual.
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Old May 14, 2003, 12:49 AM   #3
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For $250, i'd go with the a60. It's 2mp, which is decent for up to 5x7 prints with the occassional 8x10, a point and shoot mode, and all sorts of manual features and controls. Plus it has an af-assist lamp and can take add-on lenses.
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Old May 14, 2003, 1:13 AM   #4
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Also consider Nikon Coolpix2100 (or 3100 if you can go upto $275).
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