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Old Aug 21, 2003, 6:04 PM   #1
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Hello There,

My name is Miguel and I live in Portugal (Europe).

I am very interested in buying my first digital camera as soon as possible. As I am travelling on business to New York next month, I would like someone could answer me some questions I have:

1 - I am interested in the Minolta Dimage Xt (3.2MP). Is it a godd machine?
2 - Is it better to have a 2AA battery camera or a Lithium Rechargable Battery camera?
3 - Altough I will be in New York for business, I am going to have some extra time to discover the big apple. Can I buy I machine and automatically start using it or do I hev to charge it? If so, how long does it take?
4 - What is the best place/shop in New York to buy a digital camera?
5 - I live in Europe. Do I have to buy an adaptor to charge the battery whan I arrive to my country?

For now, this are my questions. Thank ypou very much for your help.

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Miguel
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Old Aug 22, 2003, 12:05 AM   #2
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If you buy a camera in new york, I'd opt for one that takes aa's. Mainly because the camera will most likely come with 2 alkalines so you can use the cam right away and then after the alks die, you can get some nimh which are cheaper and more available than li-ion. Be wary about where you buy in New York however. Many of the worst camera retailers are located there (mainly as a storefront for their crooked online fronts). B&H photovideo store has a few stores in New York. You may want to check them out since they are one of the most respected online dealers and consistently have good prices. Go to www.bhphotovideo.com for more info.
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I second B&H. I always buy from them, and have had good experiences with them for a long time. Going into their store is actually an interesting trip in itself Seeing all that automated in-store transportation system for the merchandise is just cool!
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Old Aug 22, 2003, 12:52 PM   #4
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B&H is where I would go too.

I've only heard of their transport system, but I want to see it.

Ok, I'm a geek. I admit it. :lol:

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Old Aug 22, 2003, 1:20 PM   #5
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Hey Eric, you can check out the interior of B&H at this url:

http://www.jacobel.net/pages/D100/NY/b&h/

Not many shots of their transport system, but you get an idea of their extensive product shelf inventory The cool part is their roller/elevator system lying just under their counters, you can actually see your merchndise rise up and roll down to the location where the sales' assistant took down your order. You can even inspect the merchandise on the spot to make sure nothing is amiss or defective. That's what I did when I got my 70-200 AF-S lens
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Wow, that's awesome, I wish they had a b&h branch in southern california. If only all stores had a system like that, oh well.
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marokero

That is a neat link. Thanks for the reference.

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