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Old Jun 16, 2003, 1:34 AM   #1
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I am looking to buy a digital camera cheaply - I am thinking maybe $200 including the batteries and memory and everything. I want to take pictures of people and scenery, indoors and outdoors, to post on the web and print out 4X6. Picture quality does matter to me - I am used to using an ancient but very functional (non-digital) SLR but it is too big and heavy for my current needs. Are there any digital cameras in my price range that are worth buying? I would really appreciate any recommendations. (Or maybe $300...) Thanks.
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Old Jun 16, 2003, 1:59 AM   #2
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That's better. I assume you will want a 3x zoom ... try a comparison test on image resoucing.com i htink it is called.
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Old Jun 16, 2003, 3:59 AM   #3
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For 300, I'd suggest picking up the canon a60 and a set of nimh batteries with a charger. The a60 has great pic quality and can print 4x6 no problem. The af-assist beam should help with indoor photos as well. Finally, this camera would be good for you because it has a manual mode so you will still have total control over your pics, like you would on your slr.
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Sarah,

Batteries, charger, and memory card (minimum 64MB and 128MB is probably better unless you buy a <2.0MegaPixel camera) will run you $50.00 and higher. You should consider buying a camera that uses NiMH AA batteries rather than proprietary sized Lithium ones which run at least $20+ a set.

So with that as a minimum you've got left between $150 - $250 realistically. Look at Steves reviews on cameras in the first two categories 2 and 3 megapixel. The Canon A40 looks like a possibility and is highly rated. But check the choices out and if you're lucky you mgiht also find these and similar models at a local store so you can actually hold the camera and try the controls.

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for 200, i got a great canon s100, with 128meg card. GREAT camera, tiny and makes perfect 4x6 pics.
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Old Jun 17, 2003, 6:24 AM   #6
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Sarah,
If you are willing to pay up to $300, I'd sugest a Kodak DX4900 (which costs around $269). It's a 4 megapixel cam, 2x optical zoom. Great quality pictures. I recently bought one, and it is more than I expected. I'm very satisfied.

Check the review:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/dx4900.html

You'll be surprised at what this relatively cheap cam can do!

Good Luck!

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Hi Sarah,

I concur w/Anjelique.

This would be a great camera.

Also, it takes Compact Flash (at least up to 128 MB) additional
memory.

You can check w/KODAK (below) re maximum memory allowed.

http://www.kodak.com/cgi-bin/global/...t/contact.conf
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For a good summary of issues to consider, I recommend my local camera shop's website's page http://www.wrexcam.com/digital-about.htm.

Elsewhere on their site they have descriptions of their recommended cameras in various price ranges, but of course prices and even models are likely to be very different in your country.

Lens quality is just as important as number of pixels, so read reviews with this in mind.

Batteries are VERY important. I use 4xAA Ni-MH, but beware of gradual self discharge - ideally they need topping up before an outing. Carry several sets, and buy an 'intelligent' charger. Beware of poor low temperature performance with Li-ion (as well as the high price). Cameras vary a lot in energy consumption - My Olympus 3020Z had amazing life, even when using the monitor, but my new Casio QV-5700 eats batteries.
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I am looking to buy a digital camera cheaply - I am thinking maybe $200 including the batteries and memory and everything. I want to take pictures of people and scenery, indoors and outdoors, to post on the web and print out 4X6. Picture quality does matter to me - I am used to using an ancient but very functional (non-digital) SLR but it is too big and heavy for my current needs. Are there any digital cameras in my price range that are worth buying? I would really appreciate any recommendations. (Or maybe $300...) Thanks.
For the Web and 4x6 snaps, a 2 megapix will work fine.
A FinePix 2400 (see Steve's review) with 64 or 128 MB, some good batteries and a charger might come in under $300.
Pictures are very sharp and the 4x6 prints out of my Canon i950 look fantastic. (They look the same as 35mm prints from my Fuji SLR).
I think there are newer versions of this camera (Fuji Finepix) in the same price range. Check out the reviews area.
Cheers,
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