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Miklos Jun 30, 2004 9:10 AM

Hello all,

I would like to buy a sub $200 camera for a relative.

I know that for $200 you cannot get a truly"excellent" camera - but I cannot spend more at this time, so I am looking for the best compromise for a beginner.

The only thing I want for sure is a (non digital) Zoom. I do not need any manual adjustment capabilities - but I do need the best possible (automatic) picture quality. 2 mpixels are also enough.

I have found various units ( Coolpix 2200, Minolta E223 or E323, HP 635, Olympus D540, Fuji A205etc.) in this price range.

What would you recommend to get?

Thank you,


Mikefellh Jul 5, 2004 1:01 AM

A gift's never a good idea to buy someone else a camera because it might not be right for their hands, or their ability (either too difficult or too simple to use).

Miklos Jul 5, 2004 8:51 AM

Thanks for the idea. A gift certificate could have worked - but my relative is from Europe, and she wanted to benefit from the (much) lower Canadian prices. (and also, I do not think that Canadian gift certificates would work in Europe).

I ended up buying her a Coolpix 2200 for CAN$ 259.- - and she (we) already tookover hundred pictures with it. The camera is not the same as my Coolpix 950 - but the pictures are still pretty good. And the many scene modes are perfect for somebody who has no clue about what F stops or exposure times are (and who does and will not want to learn this in the future either...).

Gettinga Nikoncharger and a high capacity (2200 mAh) Coolpix battery set wasan added bonus...


Mikefellh Jul 5, 2004 3:00 PM

Understandable...the only thing is your relative might not have warranty where they live...most companies only have local warranties (a camera bought in Canada may only have warranty in North America).

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