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Old Dec 19, 2002, 8:32 PM   #1
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hello,

I will be buying my first digital camera, i want it to be small since i will bring it when im snowboarding and also when im traveling, yet produce a reasonalby good picture, i dont think i will be printing them since they cost a fortune , and i also need a good flash and battery. i will have the pics for my computer background.

I have read many sites and i come to this:

Canon
-A40 2.1 pixel, 3x , $214-314
-S330 2.1 , 3x , $248-487
-S230 3.3 , 2x , $340-599
-S45 4.1 , 3x , $479-599

Minolta
- F100 4.1 pixel, 3x , $ 325-599
-DimageXi 3.3 , 3 , $429-460

Olympus
-D-40 4.1 pixel, 2.8 , $335-579
-C-700 2.11 , 10 , $263-569
-C-720 3.3 , 8 , $319-597
-C-730 3.3 , 10 , $420-600

I have heard that zoom that is more than 6x is kinda useless.
I know that up there is a long list, please help me out.
I personally like the A40, the price is good but do you think i need more mp?
choose more mp or more zoom?
I think 2.0 is enough for me, or should i need more since newer digi cam is improving everytime.
any other model or brand do you suggest?

Sorry for the long post, any sound comment and advice would be really helpful, appreciated.

viz
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Old Dec 19, 2002, 8:56 PM   #2
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Several points about your request:
1. 2MP or greater will provide you good pictures.
2. 3X or greater optical zoom would be preferred
3. Zoom over 6X are not wasted but you can have problems with image stablization. You can compensate with the use of a tripod.
4. You can take you media card, cd, floppy disk with your pics to Walmart and have 4X6 prints for under 30 cents.
5. If you like the Canon A40 then go for it.
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Old Dec 20, 2002, 9:59 AM   #3
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I have heard that zoom that is more than 6x is kinda useless.
I don't know about useless for other long zooms, but I have a 10x zoom that has image stabilization, and it works GREAT!
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Old Dec 20, 2002, 10:01 AM   #4
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Why not the Fuji 3800? depends on how much manual control you want.
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Old Dec 20, 2002, 1:32 PM   #5
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I compared shots that I took from my daughters Canon A40 and shots that I took on my Nikon 5700 5MP of the same image. At a printed 4x6 you could hardly tell the difference. The Canons flash seemed to illuminate the area brughter. I would go for the Canon at the $250 price range.
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Old Dec 20, 2002, 2:18 PM   #6
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Although I agree about the A40 being a good, inexpensive, versatile camera I usually recommend it when the price is the main object. From the supplied list, it seems that price is NOT the object (at least not at the A40 level).
In that case I would recommend a camera NOT listed (sorry), but still a Canon:
The Canon PowerShot S30. It's 3MP, 3X zoom, has a focus assist and manual settings. It is more pocketable than the A40, but you can't buy an adapter to add lenses and filters as you can for the A40.
As it's use in snowboarding and travelling are the main criteria listed, I would opt for a smaller, flatter camera with great optics and very few lens aberrations, such as the S30. It has a color balance closer to the Fuji's than the 'A' series Canons and Olys (check out Steve's Sample pictures).
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Old Dec 20, 2002, 9:21 PM   #7
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thanks for all the reply guys,

I have read many stuff and i think i need to priotize my main concern which is the size. I want a small camera.

Now I am leaning to canon S230, I have heard many good feedback from owners but Im kinda confuse coz there are some comments from the owner saying how bad the s230 perform.

It would be great if I can buy from those unsatisfied buyers coz its practically new and low price

Do you guys have any good reputable website at a low price ? I have looked at many sites that sell s230 but only one/two shop that sell for $340

Thanks again,

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Old Dec 20, 2002, 10:57 PM   #8
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The S230 sounds like a good choice. I just read the new writeup at www.megapixel.net.
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