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Old Nov 30, 2003, 10:07 PM   #1
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Default Help with Cheap Camera Choice

Constraints are < $150 US including shipping. Location US.
Someone wants to buy me a gift and that is the price restriction.

I'm trying to decide between the
Fuji A205
2MP, 3X Optical, 2.5 Digital zoom (not continuous zoom)
Kodak CX6230
2MP, 3X Optical, 3.3 Digital zoom (continuous I think)

I have been able to find threads and info on the fuji
This info has led me to believe the kodak is the better choice
but I can't find reviews or opinions on the kodak.

I also considered the following but excluded them for the following reasons:
Nikon Coolpix 2100 - while recommended by a few sites it doesn't make the price point
Canon A60 - again doesn't make price point
HP 635 - that brand and cameras just puts me off for some reason
Olympus D390 - lack of optical zoom
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Old Dec 1, 2003, 9:17 PM   #2
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Visited Best Buy to check out the Kodak.
Macro pics were good, zoom was good, controls were so simple I would recommend to complete newbies to digital cameras. Portrait pics were not so good on the LCD but hit the zoom and they were good so I think it is more of a function of the lcd than the image quality. Easy to tell when you switch from optical to digital zoom. Autofocus seemed to work well. No real manual focus was a bummer.

Visited Target to check out the Fuji.
Unfortunately the batteries were low and there was no card so you couldn't take any pictures. The controls didn't seem as easy to use as the kodak. If the power is lost while the lens is out it stays out and there is no way to get it back in without power.

Both felt very toyish compared to the Olympus 2MP I am used to playing with (in-laws camera). But I think optical zoom is a must for decent pictures outdoors, correct?
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Old Jan 2, 2004, 11:38 AM   #3
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Santa brought the Kodak CX6230.
It is easy to use.
Batteries that came with it died after like 5 pictures but I was using liveview (lcd on). Thank goodness santa brought the rechargeable battery pack too. But the batteries were attached and I assume this pack is meant to work with the dock. Well a little pulling on the batteries and a little electric tape to cover the removed coating and they were apart and ready for my RadioShack pulse charger. They seem to be lasting much longer.

The time between shots is annoying. I'm looking to get one of the fast SD cards in hopes that this time will be reduced. Of course a few shots in succession seems to put a strain on the batteries quickly.

The pictures seem okay, haven't tried to print them yet.
Colors are good but you can see the dithering? when viewed at full size. You can tell with hair and such. I haven't had time to perform comparisons with the Olympus.
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