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Old Oct 26, 2002, 7:23 AM   #1
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kinda of new at this but I do enjoy photography, I already own a polaroid digital camera, and it serves its purpose, but am looking to up grade, I would like to take black and whites, I would like a good zoom lens, timer, want to set it up on tri pod, I dont want to spend over 500.00 and also want simple photo program, I was looking at a at a fuji fine pix fp2800 and since I am a novice I thought maybe someone here could help pick a decent camera,
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Old Oct 26, 2002, 7:29 AM   #2
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You may wish to try the

Olympus C-2100 UZ

available for about $442.95 refurbished from buy.com and is a very good camera.


http://www.steves-digicams.com/c2100.html
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Old Oct 26, 2002, 7:38 AM   #3
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does the olympus 2100 have a web cam option?
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Old Oct 26, 2002, 8:23 AM   #4
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Sure it has,

below are the movie specs

Motion picture mode:
Format: QuickTime Motion JPEG.
HQ: 320 x 240 pixels, 12.5 frame/sec. up to approx. 35 sec. (8 MB: 23 sec).
SQ: 160 x 120 pixels, 12.5 frame/sec. up to approx. 134 sec. (8 MB: 92 sec).

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Below is the copy n paste of C-2100's specs from Steves-digicams.com

Olympus C-2100 Specifications
Storage media: Removable 3 V (3.3 V) SmartMedia (SSFDC) cards (2, 4, 8, 16, 32 & 64 MB).
One 8 MB card including panorama function is supplied with camera.
Number of storable frames with 8 MB SmartMedia card: 1-8: TIFF
approx. 5: SHQ
approx. 16: HQ
approx. 8-82: SQ
1: TIFF 1600x1200, 5.8 MB
2: TIFF 1280x960, 3.7 MB
3: TIFF 1024x768, 2.4 MB
8: TIFF 640x480 920 KB
5 or more: SHQ high 1600x1200, max. 1.4 MB
16 or more: HQ normal 1600x1200, max. 480 KB
8 or more: SQ high 1280x960, max. 910 KB
24 or more: SQ normal 1280x960 max. 310 KB
13 or more: SQ high 1024x768, max. 580 KB
38 or more: SQ normal 1024x768, max. 200 KB
32 or more: SQ high 640x480, max. 230 KB
82 or more: SQ normal 640x480, max. 80 KB

Recording system: Still image; JPEG (DCF: “Design rule for Camera File system”), TIFF (non-compress), DPOF support.
Motion picture; Quick Time Motion JPEG*.
Sound; wave format.
Imager: 1/2 inch CCD. Total pixels: 2,110,000. Effective: 2,020,000.
White balance: iESP (intelligent Electro Selective Pattern) full-auto TTL, manual (daylight, overcast, tungsten light (lamp), fluorescent light).
Lens: Olympus 10x zoom lens. 7.0 - 70 mm, F2.8 - F3.5 with 13 elements in 10 groups.
(Equivalent to 38 - 380 mm lens on 35 mm camera).
Digital Zoom 1 - 2.7x (max. 27x with optical zoom).
Aperture: Wide: F2.8 - F8.0; tele: F3.5 - F8.0.
Light metering: Digital ESP metering system with imager. Centre weighted / spot metering possible.
Exposure control: Programmed auto exposure.
Manual exposure compensation: 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
Aperture priority: Wide; F2.8 -F8.0, tele; F3.5 - F8.0, 1/3 EV steps.
Shutter priority: Still image; 1/2 - 1/800 sec. (with mechanical shutter), 1/3 EV steps.
Auto bracketing: Selectable from 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV and 1 EV; 3 or 5 images.
Manual exposure: Shutter speed up to 16 sec.
QuickTime Motion JPEG image mode: 1/30 - 1/10,000 sec.
Focusing: TTL system autofocus (contrast detection system), manual focus possible.
Working range: Standard mode: Wide: 60 cm - infinity / tele: 2 m - infinity.
Macro mode: Wide: 10 cm - 60 cm / tele: 1 m - 2 m.
Sensitivity: Auto, selectable to approx. equivalent to ISO 100, 200 and 400.
Viewfinder: 0.55 inch wide-angle colour TFT LCD monitor with 114,000 pixels (low-temperature poly-silicon).
LCD monitor: 4.5 cm (1.8 inch) wide-angle colour TFT LCD monitor with 114,000 pixels
(low-temperature poly-silicon).
Flash: Built-in flash.
Flash modes: Auto (automatic flash activation in low light and backlight), red-eye reduction, fill-in (forced activation), off (no flash). External terminal: ON/OFF, auto, forced activation.
Slow synchronisation (first-curtain synchronisation effect, second-curtain synchronisation effect).
Flash working range: Wide: approx. 0.3 - 4.0 m (at ISO 100).
Tele: approx. 1.0 - 3.2 m (at ISO 100).
Flash recycle time: Less than 6 sec. (at normal temperature with new batteries).
Sequence mode: SHQ: approx. 1.5 frames/sec.; 5 shots or more.
HQ: approx. 1.8 frames/sec.; 16 shots or more.
SQ: approx. 2 frames/sec.; 86 shots or more.
(Excluding TIFF mode).
Motion picture mode: Format: QuickTime Motion JPEG.
HQ: 320 x 240 pixels, 12.5 frame/sec. up to approx. 35 sec. (8 MB: 23 sec).
SQ: 160 x 120 pixels, 12.5 frame/sec. up to approx. 134 sec. (8 MB: 92 sec).
Image effect: Sepia mode, black & white mode, black board mode, white board mode.
Self-timer: With approx. 12 sec. delay, 2 sec. after remote control operation.
Setting memorisation: Setting reset by turn-off/setting memorisation selectable:
Exposure mode, white balance, focusing, metering, exposure compensation, ISO equivalence, effect function, sequence mode, quality mode, flash settings.
Remote control by RM-1: Recording mode: release, zooming. Display mode: image selection, index, close-up.
Outer connectors: DC input terminal, data input/output terminal (RS232C), USB interface, video output terminal (NTSC or PAL format depending on region where purchased), external flash terminal for FL-40 (not shoe type), external microphone socket (monaural).
Operating environment: Temperature: 0 - 40C (operation); -20 - 60C (storage).
Humidity: 30 - 90% (operation); 10 - 90% (storage).
Power source: Main power source: 4 x AA alkaline batteries / 4 x AA NiMH batteries / 4 x AA lithium batteries / 4 x AA NiCd batteries / 2 x CR-V3 lithium batteries. (Zinc Carbon (Manganese) batteries cannot be used.) Built-in lithium back-up for the calendar system. Optional AC adapter.
Date/time/calendar: Recorded simultaneously with picture data.
Automatic calendar system: Up to 2030.
Dimensions: 112.5 (W) x 77.5 (H) x 141 (D) mm (excluding protrusions).
Weight: 540 g (excluding batteries and card).
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I would recommend the Olympus C4000. It is a 4 megapixel camera, 3x optical zoom, video cam capabile. It is selling for $400 on line. Check the prices and reviews at www.pricescan.com or www.dealtime.com. Dell is providing 15% discounts on this camera quite often which makes Dell selling price $425.
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If you really want zoom, consider also the Olympus C-730 and HP 850, both recently reviewed on this site. Both sell for about $500. (I personally think the C-730 is the better camera overall.) I think it's webcammable, but am not sure.
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