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Old Jul 18, 2003, 12:35 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a digi for the first time and for some time now have been impressed by Steve's review of the Olymus D40 zoom. Recently have read generally good reports about the Canon A70 as well. What about the Nikon Coolpix range? I want a camera that a dummy can operate, but with a good range of advanced options for the future, reasonably small, robust with good battery life! Not much to ask. Willing to pay I suppose appx 3OO TO 450ish old fashioned UK pounds, although I suppose ordering from the US may be a good idea pricewise.

I can't find the D40 in any of the shops, something I don't know?

Any suggestions will be gobbled up.
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Old Jul 20, 2003, 3:49 PM   #2
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The D40 was replaced by the C50. Both of these camera have far greater resolution than the A70. The only Nikon Coolpix camera I have used is the 950, and I greatly prefer my camera to it for sharpness and ease of use. If I were in the market for a really small camera, I'd go for the D40 if I could find one-- I like the features on it over the C50. The A70 has a focus assist light (allows the camera to focus better in low light situations) that is missing on the other two cameras mentioned, so you might want to take that into consideration, too.
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Old Jul 20, 2003, 5:02 PM   #3
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Judging the resolution charts at imaging-resoruce.com, I determined the approximated extinction resolution of the cameras in the v/h plances to be approx:

Canon a70: 1225

Olympus D40: 1325

Olympus C50: 1575

I would agree that the C50 has 'far greater' resolution than the A70, I can not agree that the D40 does. The D40 has marginally higher resolution.

Of course, many more aspects should be considered than simply resolution! :-)

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Old Jul 21, 2003, 12:41 AM   #4
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I'd personally go with one of the olympus cameras since both are a step-up from the a70. If you wish to order from the u.s. and decide to go with the d40, buydig.com has it new for $380 (I only mention this specific place because nowhere else i've seen has new d40's in stock). Here is a link to buydig.com's resellerratings in case you are interested http://www.resellerratings.com/seller2065.html
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Old Jul 21, 2003, 3:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice, based on what you say plus the other two replies, I think I'll order the D40 from the US at the one place that still seems to stock it. It seems to have the most going for it; the low light advantage of the A70 would be handy, but I guess you can't have everything and I'll probably be using the camera in bright light more often than not.


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The D40 was replaced by the C50. Both of these camera have far greater resolution than the A70. The only Nikon Coolpix camera I have used is the 950, and I greatly prefer my camera to it for sharpness and ease of use. If I were in the market for a really small camera, I'd go for the D40 if I could find one-- I like the features on it over the C50. The A70 has a focus assist light (allows the camera to focus better in low light situations) that is missing on the other two cameras mentioned, so you might want to take that into consideration, too.
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