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Old Sep 22, 2002, 1:28 PM   #1
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I am looking at purchasing a digital camera that will mainly be used in the same way that I am currently using my 35mm Cannon Sureshot Owl (photos of kids, etc.). I have about $350 to spend. Can anyone give me some suggestions as to which models to purchase? Also, for the money, is there a significant difference between 2 and 3 megapixels?
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Old Sep 22, 2002, 2:35 PM   #2
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1. pixels
for your use 2 vs. 3 mpix is a wash.
2. issues in re camera in this price range:

a. choose a camera that use compact flash. Avoid Sony, trheir proprietary mempory sticks are hard to find and not used by anyone else. Smart cards e.g. olympus are OK but used by fewer.

an alternative, for a very compact camera, eg the simage X is SD memory.

b. be sure camera has true zoom
digital zoom is useless. 3X is standard.

c. compare how camera handles, e.g. size. I use a dimage X because it is very compact but you may prefer a slightly larger camera for handling purposes. A goo comparison is the Nikon 2500 ... begger but very easy to use vs dimage X.
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Old Sep 24, 2002, 2:09 AM   #3
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Check out the Canon A40, Dimage X
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Old Sep 24, 2002, 6:22 AM   #4
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I also feel that you should go for Canon A40 or Dimage X. Both have optical zoom, audio and can be directly connected to a TV for viewing pictures. The Canon A40 has panorama which Dimage X doesn't have. But it is very sleek.
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The Olympus 4000 can be purchased for around $400 on the web. I know this is a little over your budget but it is a great 4 megapixel camera. It will provide you with point and shoot or manual controls similar to your 35mm.
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Old Sep 24, 2002, 3:38 PM   #6
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Check out the Roxio site - there's an article to point you in the right direction and assist you in your deliberations in choosing the right camera to meet your needs.
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Old Sep 24, 2002, 4:40 PM   #7
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I can really see no reason for you to avoid Sony cameras. They offer a lot, come in every possible size and price range, and in the times of on-line shopping purchasing a 128 MB MemoryStick or two (you really will not need more) shouldn't be a problem at all.
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