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Old Feb 7, 2004, 4:54 PM   #1
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Default Learning camera purchase help

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Ballpark price: ~$200
not taking into consideration batteries / mem, etc.
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Old Feb 7, 2004, 11:22 PM   #2
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Refer below PKChopper's post.
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Old Feb 8, 2004, 12:08 AM   #3
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You won’t get a reply with that message here. The first bit of advice will be to go look at the camera reviews of each camera that you have narrowed it too.

Read this link to get an idea of what I mean.

http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...936&highlight=

If you want some specific help deciding on a particular camera you are going to have to provide some details on how you plan on using the camera and under which type of conditions. Maybe also provide some insight as to your experience.

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Old Feb 8, 2004, 12:49 AM   #4
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ok, here's some input:
I have a bit of experience; but I'm a quick learner and I'm not afraid to open a manual and read it. I have read many of the reviews and I decided I wanted something more serious because I realized that this could become a great hobby. With that in mind I wanted the following:

- good image quality (duh)
- Expandability / options; tons of options are not intimidating to me. I want something with a bit of a kick; the S3000 has 6x optical zoom, which is appealing; plus I've learned it will take addon lenses. A definate plus.

Before I make a larger investment into something on the level of an SLR camera, I obviously need experience (duh) and with that said with what I've said above I hope you can help me.

===short version===
something with potential to learn more about advanced photography;
so I can season myself before making a much larger investment.
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Old Feb 8, 2004, 2:16 PM   #5
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You won't find many reviews of cameras that cost less than $200. and if $200 is your total budget, you still have to figure some money for batteries and memory - close to half of that.

Take a look at the adverts that fall out of the Sunday paper for cheap cameras, then look up the detailed features. If you can find a cheap digicam that has manual controls, that would be a good one to consider as an introduction. You want to be able to control the exposure (f/stop and shutter speed) and white balance. Likely you can find that info at the manufacturer's web site.

Then go looking for reviews of the camera. Probably won't find even one, but it is worth looking. Keep in mind that there are very few real dud digicams, though the cheapest ones aren't likely to be real good.
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Old Feb 8, 2004, 3:03 PM   #6
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I meant not taking into consideration memory, batteries, etc.
(sorry, this thread got confusingly messed up, but the 1st post says)
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Old Feb 8, 2004, 10:37 PM   #7
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Default Canon A70

You might take a look at the Canon A70

You can shoot Auto and it has a full set of manual controls as you learn.
It takes very good 3MP images.
It will be just a little over you 200.00 buget
It uses AA batteries which are inexpensive
It won't take too large of a memory card to hold quite a few images

The reviews on the camera are good. I have tried out the camera and it worked quite well and feels solid. The macro for close ups was also pretty good and at a little over 200.00 it a hard to beat camera.

Just an opinion
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Old Feb 23, 2004, 4:08 PM   #8
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Here's the purchase I went for in the end:

- Sony DSC-D770 [Ebay, n.i.b.]
- 192 MB cf mem
- reader
- Adapter

$240 for all of it!

edit: oh yea! I also got a U.V. filter!
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