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siberhusky3 Jan 11, 2004 5:26 PM

Totally confused...please help with basics!
My question is not new, but I am. Need a digital camera, mainly to take pictures of my artwork, but also for family pics, etc. Art pictures will be posted online. Have spent weeks comparing features, but really have no idea what I'm comparing. So confusing!!! I need to be able to zoom in for detail and zoom out to feature items in a room setting for a start. We camp in the mountains quite a bit, so I also need the capability to take landscape pictures to paint from and yet zoom in to pick up the detail of a butterfly or flower. Making any sense?
Have researched 4 cameras, but would like to keep cost under $500. Pentax Optio 555, Sony Cyber-Shot F717, Sony Cyber-Shot P92 & Samsung Digimax420. While the Sony F717 seems to be the best, not sure I need all that camera and cost is up there.
Would really appreciate ANY advise on these cameras or any other suggestions.
Thank you so much!!!

ohenry Jan 11, 2004 7:51 PM

Go to your local Best Buy or equivalent and put your hands on the cameras in your price range. Ask the hard questions of the salesperson. Go to another store and do the same. Narrow your choices down to a few. Evaluate what features are essential to what you want to do and which features are nice to have. Then after you do that, read the reviews concentrating on the camera's weaknesses and determine if those weaknesses are really significant to you.

Then come back to Steve's and ask the really hard questions about camera specifics, not recommendations or personal opinions regarding which camera is better. Buying a camera is very much like buying a car only on a smaller scale. All of the name brand cameras are good, they just have different ideas, prices, and features. Find what fits your needs and your budget and buy the camera, then learn how to use it to its fullest. Sure, there is always something better out there, so what?

siberhusky3 Jan 11, 2004 8:06 PM

Thank you very much!! Good advise and I'll follow it. Appreciate you taking the time to answer.
I'll be back with specific questions!
Have a good evening, OHenry!

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