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Old Feb 18, 2007, 12:59 PM   #1
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Before you buy any cameras, FIRST you should ask yourself what kind of application do you have and what you would like to do with it?
Then you have to think how much your maximum budgetfor it. Because any camera specially the digital one has many hidden cost such as:

1- A memory card with higher capacity such as 256MB, 512MB, or 1 gig.
2- A card reader
3- A case
4-If that camera comes with battery charger then it would be nice, otherwise you have to buy it separately

When you add the costs of above items then might be beyond of your budget.

Now you decide everything. Then where you go to buy?
As you mention you do NOT buy a camera from Argos, or those supermarket that sell everything!! You should buy it from a camera shop who is specialised in handeling them.
I am sure, there are so many of them in your area.

Before you go and buy, you should find the BEST ONE. So go to the following sites and check them out by looking at their full review and even they have facility to compare them side by side. These following website are EXCELLENT in explaining all of the details to you:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/
http://www.dpreview.com
http://www.dcviews.com/

Then you should find the righ price. In order to DO that you have to know that ALL of the main photography stores MATCH the prices either with internet shops or in a raduis of few miles around thei shops, and so on. The reason is because they want to compete.
For finding the right prices there are few sites that you could check with them as all of them have a search engines:

http://www.pricerunner.co.uk/
http://www.ciao.co.uk/
http://www.warehouseexpress.com/

Then after you find the cheapest price from 2 or 3 places on the internet, print them out for your documentation to show the sales person.
(Do not forget, before you show the printout to them, ask about the availibility of the camera, otherwise they would lie to you that they do NOT have them once they hear your cheap price !!)

The last not least TIME of buying is very important.

You might ask HOW?

Do NOT forget these main photography shops in order to compete with the intenet sites, and because they have a huge overhead expenses, THEY DO EVERYTHING when there is not many customers around in a shop !!!!!!!!!!!!
SO, the best time to buy would be Sunday morning whenthere is anybody around and the chief of store needs to sell million £/$ at the end of that day.

HOPE all of these info help you to find the best deal of century for you.

Good luck

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(I do NOT mind to know what did you buy at the end once you bought the right one)

Looking forward to hear from you.
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Old Feb 18, 2007, 1:22 PM   #2
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kombizz-

Thanks for an excellent post detailing all of the factors that go into purchasing the right camera for you. You have covered a lot of details that folks should think about when shopping for a camera. Thanks!

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Old Feb 18, 2007, 5:45 PM   #3
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This should be at the top of the What Camera Should I Buy? forum!
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Old Feb 19, 2007, 4:02 AM   #4
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I have had good service from ARGOS as it happensrefunded a faulty Canon A 610 (lens error again )after4 months no problem no fuss ,and bad service from JESSOPS and another well known upmarket so called camera only shop that only wants you to buy DSLR cameras with crazy high price lenses at silly pricesect , Right now ARGOS on line have the FUJI F20SE in gunmetal on line but pick up at your local store for £99 and searches ive just done show plenty in all my 8 south eastarea stores . So I dont think Argos shouldALLWAYSbeshuned thats just silly .And there SAMSUNG DSLR prices are unbeatable and are available ,Alsomy local Jessops have bad staff that are not vey helpfull are rudedont know much and dont stock much imo .I would not use them again after by last visit there ,but its possible other branches are better if they have been trained not sure they do train there staff much at all though I do doubt it,All this just my opinionand just my point of view though. :roll:Rodo.
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 10:05 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tips. You mention a battery charger... If you get rechargeables and the camera doesn't come with a charger, then you are probably shopping at the wrong place.

I always ask what lind of battery user you are. Rechargable batteries are nice, I have a Sony and I have never run out of power when I take my camera. But my sister prefers double A batteries becuase she can pick them up anywhere.

Just one more consideration.
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Old Apr 25, 2007, 12:29 PM   #6
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This should be at the top of the What Camera Should I Buy? forum!
I agree! But since I not necessarily a nice guy I'd probably add something to the effect of "No posts allowed in this section until without documentation of these considerations." |:-) Well, maybe not but at least not before "FIRST you should ask yourself what kind of application do you have and what you would like to do with it?"and"Then you have to think how much your maximum budget for it" are answered.
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This is like saying "Don't buy a car until you've taken into account the cost of gas and insurance."

Many people will spent their entire photographic lives quite content with just the stuff that came in the box. Let's not make their decisions more difficult than they need to be.
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TCav,you have a valid point yet with all discussion/complaints/diatribes over xD vs. SD memory cards it seems to be an issue with some.On the other handI consider memory cards just CODB (I guess really CODH).

I do, howeverconsider the cost of gas and insurance over the 16-17 life of my cars.
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I do, howeverconsider the cost of gas and insurance over the 16-17 life of my cars.
Hondas?

Me too.

I don't want a car with a long warranty; I want a car that doesn't break.
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Me too.

I don't want a car with a long warranty; I want a car that doesn't break.
YES!! I want that too. Unfortunatly our choice may be more complicated. Case, one car onlyhas a disabling failureonly once every two years but takes six weeks to repair vs. another car that two soft (limp home) failures a year but only requiresfour hours to repair. The former has higher reliability while the latter has higher availability.
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