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Old Feb 19, 2003, 9:46 AM   #1
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Hello to all!
I'm in the market for a digital camera (my first) and need some help deciding. I've been doing a LOT of online research, but still can't figure out which one would be the best choice for the money I can spend. I'm looking for (assuming I can afford it):
- about 4MP
- at least 3x optical zoom
- wide ISO range
- good flash
- good autofocus and autoexposure, but some manual settings
- able to take good, sharp pics up to 8 x 10 inch size
- I'll be using my HP PSC 2210 printer, which has slots for most memory card types
- not too big or heavy (would like to put it in a fanny pack)
- wouldn't mind the ability to later add lenses/filters
- high reliability and good customer support
- about $400 (but willing to consider $500 if it'll make a magnitude of difference)
As an example, I've been considering the Minolta F100, Olympus C-4000, Canon S40, Nikon 2500, etc. Please feel free to suggest others!
Thanks to all! (I hope!)
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Old Feb 19, 2003, 10:52 AM   #2
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A couple of things about your list:
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- wide ISO range
Read the detailed reviews carefully - just about every manufacturer advertises a higher ISO than can really be used without getting a noisy picture.
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- good flash
The built-in flash in all cameras (digital or chemical) are junk. To fit in the camera they must be small (glare) and close to the lens (red-eye). In general, the smaller the camera, the junkier the flash. So if you want a good flash, get a camera that can use an external flash unit.
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Old Feb 19, 2003, 10:54 AM   #3
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Okay, then assuming I "might" want to be able to attach an external flash someday, what brand/model would you recommend?
Of course, this might be getting out of the price range I can afford!
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