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Old Dec 8, 2003, 8:21 AM   #1
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I have an offer of a 3 years old Digital Camera . Owner said he has taken about 5000 photos.

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Old Dec 8, 2003, 8:44 AM   #2
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Which model?

5000 photos does seem like a lot, but on the other hand they are usually rated in the 10's of thousands. Even 50,000 or more. so that might be only a 10th of its expected life. Note that rating is for the shutter, not the entire camera.

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Old Dec 8, 2003, 8:49 AM   #3
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Sony Cybershot S70

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Which model?

5000 photos does seem like a lot, but on the other hand they are usually rated in the 10's of thousands. Even 50,000 or more. so that might be only a 10th of its expected life. Note that rating is for the shutter, not the entire camera.

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Old Dec 8, 2003, 9:05 AM   #4
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It should be pretty cheap, a big plus. Check ebay (search, advanced search, completed items only) for price.

When you take a look at reviews, keep in mind that they are about three years old. That means you cannot use them to easily compare to current cameras, e.g., what was considered low noise three years ago would likely be called very noisy today.
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I do not know what you mean "cheap" . I *****h Yahoo shopping and S70 is not very less than even the Minolta A1 and that is what surprises a newbie like me.
I only care about the image quality and I do not see much different between them among 3 MP current and three year ago model.

Is there any stupidity in my thought.

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It should be pretty cheap, a big plus. Check ebay (search, advanced search, completed items only) for price.

When you take a look at reviews, keep in mind that they are about three years old. That means you cannot use them to easily compare to current cameras, e.g., what was considered low noise three years ago would likely be called very noisy today.
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Old Dec 8, 2003, 1:03 PM   #6
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There have been improvement in digital cameras in the past three years. Optics are better and the ability of the cameras to deal with noise has improved.

Take pictures with the camera that you thinking about buying and then take the memory to a local store and try one of the new cameras. Compare the quality. 5000 pictures are not that many for a digital camera. My Nikon 5700 is about a month old and I have already shot over 2000 pics. My Olympus C4040 is two years old and I have shot over 10,000 pics with it.

I looked at prices on ebay and the camera sells for around $200. The seller may think it is worth more because of what they paid for the camera. You can buy the Fuji S5000 for under $300 on line and it is 3.2mp and 10X optical zoom.
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