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Old Dec 22, 2003, 6:25 PM   #1
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Default Advise on a Digi cam in the $300 range

I'm in the market to buy a digital camera, I'd like to spend some where in the $200-$300 range.

I'd like an obtical zoom (at least 3x)
reletivaly fast
Good quality
durable (to a point at least)
not to large or to small.

I do some amature photography mostly for my own use, family trips, and such. I'd profer it to be raltivaly versatile.

All help and input would be grand.
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Old Dec 22, 2003, 7:46 PM   #2
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The Canon A70 fits the bill, exepting the 'fast' part. The Fuji s5000 can be had for approx. $300 online, and is perhaps the fastest zoom camera in it's price range. (AF, 5fps burst mode, etc.), but with a 10x optical zoom, it is bulkier then the Canon A70.

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Old Dec 22, 2003, 7:58 PM   #3
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Ill check the reviews for those.

I looked at a Fuji s3000 what are people saying about these new Fugi's? and i really liked this camera from the once i looked at, is there a big advantage in getting the s5000?

Thanks, keep the replys coming.

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Old Dec 22, 2003, 9:18 PM   #4
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The s5000 has a 10x zoom, as compared to the 6x on the S3000. The real advantages for the s5000 over the s3000, however, are the burst mode (5fps), faster auto focus and ISO flexibility(important for different light conditions).

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Old Dec 23, 2003, 5:52 PM   #5
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alright, how do i find out the speed of the other cameras?

Also any thoughts on the FinePix A310, its only got the 3x zoom but seems alittle more portible.

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Personally, I would go with a Canon or something rather then the A310 or other entry level Fuji cameras. The lower line units do not use the SCCD sensors, which have the tonal range advantages. You might want to check out the Fuji F700, which can be had around $400 online, if you look around. It's easily pocketable, very fast AF, has 5fps burst modes, and the great tonal range the SCCD sensor provides.

www.imaging-resource.com has standarized time tests for camera performance on their reviews. The S3000 is basicly the same as the fuji 3800, but with a video out port added.

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Thanks Chris,

The link was helpful.

does the S3000 have SCCD?

If you had to pick between the finepix S3000 and the Canon A70 which would you go for?



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Default CANON A70

I'd go with the Canon A70 (like the other guys said)
it is a very nice camera!
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If my choiace was only between those two cameras(A70 and S3000)....... I would likely pick the Canon A70.

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Old Dec 24, 2003, 4:24 PM   #10
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I just went and picked up the A70. they are both great cameras but it seemed like the main reason i liked the S3000 was because of the 6x zoom, and the cannon had more features so it won out.

Ill let you guys know what i think about it after i get some time to give it a good run.

Thanks again for the advise.

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