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Old Jul 21, 2003, 4:42 PM   #1
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Default What to buy for $300

I need to get a digital camera. I have $300 to spend.
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Old Jul 21, 2003, 6:33 PM   #2
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To say what you said is like saying, "I need a piece of string" without saying what length you need...what do you want in a camera, point&shoot, manual controls, wide angle, lots of zoom...what's the maximum size printout you need?

Also, read the other messages where people have asked about buying their first camera.
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Old Jul 21, 2003, 8:24 PM   #3
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Maybe we need Steve to post a sticky giving tips on how to frame those "what camera should i buy" threads??? We must get this 47 times a week .......
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Old Jul 22, 2003, 4:53 PM   #4
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Default Fine points, fine points indeed.... I truly beg your pardon.

Sorry about that - I thought I would post and run.

I need a digital camera to use at work. We generally use our current camera for taking snapshots around the office but we do many offsite events requiring photos as well. The events are usually in ballrooms (dim lighting); and other law firm offices. Also, many of our staff (some geeky and others who are not) will want to use this camera because many of us manage events. the camera should have some Manual capabililty, should be easy to use. I say easy because we currently have HP Photosmart 318 and the biggest complaints I hear:

batteries need replacing too often.
buttons are sooo tiny
need drivers to upload images to PC

I personally own an Olympus C5050z and I love it. I wonder how close can I get to that camera.

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Old Jul 22, 2003, 5:19 PM   #5
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The problem with buying a camera that others will use too is not to get one that's too simple or too complicated.

You mention the C-5050, maybe one of the previous models would fit the bill since it can be used in automatic and manually...maybe the 4040 or 3040 since they both have the superbright f1.8 lens since you intend to use it in dim lighting.
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Old Jul 22, 2003, 6:05 PM   #6
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For 300, I'd look at the canon a70. It has an af-assist lamp to help focus in low light situation and it has both full auto and full manual modes.
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Old Jul 22, 2003, 6:13 PM   #7
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Maybe we need Steve to post a sticky giving tips on how to frame those "what camera should i buy" threads??? We must get this 47 times a week .......
:idea: I second the motion! :idea:

Not that anyone would read it, but at least we can point them to it!
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Old Jul 22, 2003, 6:34 PM   #8
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Hate to say it but the A70 seems right.
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Old Jul 23, 2003, 11:48 AM   #9
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Canon A70 is a great idea....fits the budget and everything else.
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