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Old Sep 18, 2002, 10:36 PM   #1
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Default Digital Camera...which one for the following?

Hey all, I'm interested in getting a digital camera with the following capabilities:

1) Primarily Outdoor pictures
2) Occassionally Indoor pictures
3) Flash/Low Light capability would be a great plus
4) HQ color/res mainly for viewing online, but would also like the ability to print out decent pictures (normal photo size, nothing very big)
5) One that is relatively compact, easy to store, durable, good battery life, etc.
6) Zoom would be nice. I tend to observe wildlife from distances and would like to zoom in on them for some sharp pics! Overal Picture Distances vary from a few feet to several hundred yards (say 300 yds), with the majority of shots being from 0-50 yards.

Any suggestions? I've never owned a DC before, so this is all a bit new and overwhelming. Lots of DCs, lots of reviews, lots of confusion!

Price Range probably about $500-600 for the camera alone. Something 4 MegaPixelish?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks all!

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Old Sep 18, 2002, 10:52 PM   #2
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I'm leaning towards the Canon Powershot G2...

Overkill? Are my expectations/requirements for a camera unrealistic?

I don't need overkill in the camera, but I'd rather have more than not enough....

Help me out!
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Old Sep 18, 2002, 11:54 PM   #3
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Default Try Minolta Dimage 7

Two days back, i saw about 12 Manufacturer Refurbished Minolta Dimage 7's posted on the ubid.com website, and were going for about $579 each at that point of time, the machine is 5.24 MP, with a 28-200 zoom,
Hope it fits your requirements

http://www.ubid.com/cat/get_cat_page.asp?CatID=1032

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Old Sep 19, 2002, 6:12 AM   #4
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Look at the review of the C4040. It has one of the fastest lens for the price range you are providing. I have one and I love it. You can find the camera on the web at around $500. If you purchase on the web go to www.dealtime.com. This site provides feedback from consumers who have purchased from the vendors. I bought my camera through one of those vendors.
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Old Sep 20, 2002, 9:59 AM   #5
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ttt

good suggestions so far, need a few more!

Would like to make a purchase very soon...
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Old Sep 20, 2002, 1:52 PM   #6
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I'll throw a couple in just in case:
I don't think I've ever done this before- recommend an Olympus- but maybe the 720 or new 730-- big zooms- 2 & 3mp fine for 4x6" and probably 5x7" prints. Maybe an Oly user can give you more of an idea of how good they are. Just thinking if zoom is more important than making 8x10" prints- maybe worth looking into.

The G2 is a very nice camera, but it has the standard 100mm zoom found on most digicams. With my Minolta S404 even with a 4x zoom (140mm I think) - a bird at 30 yards doesn't really fill the frame, unless it's a condor or something.
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Old Sep 20, 2002, 1:56 PM   #7
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What about the Minolta Dimage 7 mentioned above?
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Old Sep 20, 2002, 8:58 PM   #8
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If you
1. have no problem buying refurb
2. can get at least 3 years waranty on it

BUY the D7-- I have a D7i at work and it's awesome. It is by far the better camera.

Play with is for a while -- then you can drop $70 for the firware upgrade at the minolta site and get faster AF and a couple new goodies added to it that brings it up near D7i specs. I just know sometimes ubid and places like that have some pretty shady deals- be sure to check the seller.
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Old Sep 20, 2002, 9:47 PM   #9
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Default Fuji 602Z

I would also consider a Fuji 602Z, it has 210 zoom lens does great pictures. I print alot of 8.5 by 11 inch and there great. Plus it has a hotshoe if you want to attach a more powerful flash than the built in one. Also has burst mode plus "final five" shoots 5 FPS. I got mine online for $592 thats with shipping brand new.
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Old Sep 20, 2002, 9:58 PM   #10
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Something I noticed about the Minolta Dimage is they are pretty darn heavy...weighing in at over 16 oz (i.e. 1 lb). I do alot of hiking, not sure I want to be carrying 16+ oz around my neck.

They also don't look to packable.

So I guess I need to alter my specs:

1) Good Res, HQ picture
2) Compact, Lightweight
3) Zoom is a plus
4) Low Light Capablity is a plus
5) Self Timer is also required (Edit added)

In that order...nice battery life would be good too!



Any suggestions in that line?



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