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Old Apr 14, 2005, 11:16 PM   #1
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Curious is there a website or on Steves site as a FAQ on how to treat a cam, im buying a Canon SD200 and need to know, should i let it charge 24 hours before first use or leave it alone, how do i treat lith ion batteries? what to use to clean it, do the SD cards really matter? will i lose image quality if i dont go with a name brand SD card? or that of a name brand battery? ummm im sure i have more questions but cant think of any atm but will be back around if anyone can answer them! thanks

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Old Apr 14, 2005, 11:49 PM   #2
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The best thing you could do is sit down and read the manual from cover to cover, twice. However, read the section on battery charging first so that the batteries can be charging while you read the rest of the manual. If you are experienced at photography, you can sorta skim over the basic section on how to take a picture! If you have never used a digital camera, read all sections of the manual thoroughly, then follow the examples on how to use the various functions.

For a good website on basics and theory I recommend "The Luminous Landscape" http://luminous-landscape.com/. This site covers both digital and film. However, most of the film techniques apply equally to digital.

Good luck and enjoy your new camera.

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Old Apr 14, 2005, 11:54 PM   #3
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ty very much, youve answered most of my questions, mainly now, what is the benifit of haveing a high data xfer SD card over say a 2mb a sec card? anything other then time? no quality gets lost? i wanna get a 1gig cause i wanna take smal ammounts of video as well as high quality pics
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Old Apr 15, 2005, 9:04 AM   #4
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One additional recommendation, Soulsaver. Avoid the use of chatroom, text message shortcuts here. Spell your words out fully. It took me awhile to figure out "ty very much". I thought something got cut off at the beginning of your message.

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Old Apr 15, 2005, 11:37 PM   #5
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ty very much, youve answered most of my questions, mainly now, what is the benifit of haveing a high data xfer SD card over say a 2mb a sec card? anything other then time? no quality gets lost?
Again your camera manual should help out here. There are usually recommendations for memory speed in the manual. If your camera can use high speed memory then great, go ahead and use it. As far as losing quality goes, it's an all or nothing situation. Memory cards usually work fine until they fail, and then they fail completely. So buying a better brand is just to give yourself some assurance that the card won't fail. Images won't be dimmer or off color on an off brand card.

Lastly I'll mention that most camera manuals are available online, so you can download yours before your camera arrives.
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Lastly I'll mention that most camera manuals are available online, so you can download yours before your camera arrives.
Very good advice and you quite often get more than in your printed manual. I'm having trouble downloading anything from the Canon site, but you could try yourself here, http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/con...;modelid=10595

A good source for info can be found here, http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD....HTM#operation

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