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Old Feb 22, 2004, 4:22 PM   #1
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I have been asked by our youth group director what digital camera to buy. We have about $250 budgeted for this purchase. We will be using it to take pictures for PowerPoint presentations and that type of thing. I highly doubt we will be doing much printing of the pictures. What would you recommend for this type of application in this price range? Thank you in advance for your help! I was probably going to go through B&H if they approve it. I have purchased some of my photo gear through them and they seem very reliable.
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Cameras never come with enough memory and one use batteries really limit the camera use. Alkaline batteries donít last very long and lithium one-use batteries are pricey. So plan on a memory card and a charger with some NiMH batteries if the camera doesnít come with a charger and rechargeable battery.

CF is your most economic type of memory followed by SD. Sony Memory Stick and xD cards are pricier.

Take a look at the Canon A60 or Nikon 2100 listed in Steveís ďBest of 2003Ē. They are inexpensive enough that you could get a 128Mb CF card and NiMH batteries and charger and stay in your budget. Even a 64 Mb card will take a decent number of pictures with a 2Mp camera. I think you can get the charger and batteries for around $25 at Wal-Mart. You do better with the Maha charger and PowerX batteries from Thomas Distributing online but the battery/charger is about $40. B&H is a little pricier for either of them compared to some other reliable online sellers.
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Buydig is very reliable and has the Nikon for $144 delivered.

2Mp is fine for Powerpoint and onscreen viewing and makes good 4 X 6 prints. Donít consider anything without an optical zoom. Digital zoom is useless.
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I greatly appreciate your input. Thank You! I'm leaning towards the Canon after I looked at the 2 cameras. One thing that I didn't understand Is that they both had the same size CF card, but the Nikon supposedly stores twice as many images. I assume this is a misprint. Another question I have is about the batteries you talked about. I never heard of them. Have you ever tried, or have any info about Monster batteries from the Monster Cable people? I have them for my flash and so far I think they are fantastic! I did a wedding with my Canon EOS5 and Sigma EF500 Super, shot about 10 rolls of film and never had to change my flash batteries (1800mAh). They are quite expensive also.
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Steveís sample pictures show the Canon images larger than the Nikonís, but not enough to store twice as many. The size of the image is based on the JPG compression. The higher the compression the lower the quality. So the Canon images are stored at a higher quality, which is better IMO. You want a larger card regardless and the storage difference isnít that great. It appears the Nikon will store about 3 images for every 2 from the Canon at best quality. But a 16Mb card is going to store fewer than 30 of the Nikon images. A 64Mb card will hold 80 to 100 shots from the Canon Ė should be plenty.

Iím guessing the images with the Nikon storing twice as many is at even lower quality. Not something you want to do if you can avoid it.

Iím not familiar with Monster batteries. This is a good comparison of the more popular brands: http://www.imaging-resource.com/ACCS/BATTS/BATTS.HTM You can get the nice Maha charger with 4 PowerX 1800 batteries for $26 from Thomas: http://www.thomas-distributing.com/m...f-4aa180dc.htm Higher capacity is a little better but you pay a lot more for a little more power. Those will be fine and fill a 128Mb card on the Canon. http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/A60/A60DATA.HTM

You can currently get a 128Mb card for very little more than 64Mb. This is $32 with free shipping as an example: http://www.accupc.com/itemDetail.jsp...8&refer=Nextag You can get the Canon with a Maha/PowerX and 128Mb card for well within your budget.

Teach the kids to pre-focus as the Canon has very little shutter lag if you do that.
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