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Old Dec 3, 2002, 4:01 PM   #1
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Default Getting Started Cheap, Need Input

I'm considering buying a sort-of cheap one to get started with. I'm considering two different ones, both can be had for ~ $160 online.

A Kodak DX3700


And a Fuji FinePix 2650


The basic differences (if I'm remembering correctly from the articles I read):

KODAK
  • 3 Megapixel
    8MB Storage
    Digital Zoom
    TV-Out
    Refurbished
    Rechargable Battery Pack
    Point-and-Shoot Only
    Sample Pics

FUJI
  • 2 Megapixel
    16MB Storage
    Optical AND Digital Zoom
    Video Capture and Web-Cam Mode
    New In Box
    Standard AA or optional rechargable NiMH batteries
    Limited control of Contrast, Exposure, Etc.
    Sample Pics

Anybody have any thoughts or opinions on them?


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Old Dec 3, 2002, 4:14 PM   #2
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I would go with Fuji. Digital zoom should not be consider when selecting zoom capabilities in a camera. You will take good pictures with the Fuji 2mp and the optical zoom will make it the clear winner.
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Old Dec 3, 2002, 4:30 PM   #3
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Fuji. Seems like amuch better feature set.

Don't sweat the memory. You are going to buy another memory card anyway. Does the Fuji take their new XD card??
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Old Dec 3, 2002, 4:38 PM   #4
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Go for the Fuji. I have a 2mp one (fp 2400z) that I bought about 15 months ago and I couldn't be happier with it as point-and-shoot cameras go.

I've had some excellent pictures out of mine and the only reason I'm planning on upgrading soon is becuase I want more manual features. I don't really need more pixels (I rarely print my photos) and if it was just down to image quality alone I'd happily keep my Fuji for a lot longer.

Also, as mentioed above. Ignore the specs on digital zoom, it's a feature that you might use every now and then when you really need to get closer, but it's no substitute for an optical zoom.

I can't comment fairly on the Kodak model unfortunatly becuase I have no experiance with them. But the fact that it is only a refurbished model and effectively has no zoom would put me off.
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Old Dec 4, 2002, 10:58 PM   #5
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Does the Fuji take their new XD card??
I believe it does, is that a good thing?

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Old Dec 5, 2002, 12:03 PM   #6
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Does the Fuji take their new XD card??
I believe it does, is that a good thing?

Nick
its not too bad. But XD is currently selling for a lot more than CF. Its a brand new format, and is not widley used at this time. Its possible you could run into issues if you wanted to take the XD card to a lab to get pics printed, or if you wanted to use one of those injets that read memory cards directly. Not sure if the ones out there do XD.

But I would still tell you to get the Fuji over the Kodak
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