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Old Mar 4, 2003, 5:24 AM   #1
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For the last 3 months I've been looking and looking and changing my mind so many times I'm absolutely confused!

There are just so many digi cams available I can't make my mind up which one to purchase.

Basically I want a point and click camera that'll produce good pictures for a good price (doesn't everybody!). I don't want to spend more than 250-270 ($350-$400)

I'm going to use the camera for non specific purposes, such as holidays/going out/family events/web based etc. I'm certainly not a professional and just need a camera thats a good all rounder and pretty small. I can't see me producing anything bigger than 8X10, I also want to get them printed (at a specialist printers like Costco).

I've finally shortlisted down to 4.

Fuji 401z
Dimage Xi
Pentax 330GS
Canon Ixus V3

I really like the look of the 401z and surprisingly it's the cheapest and has 4MP with the CCD and is my 1st choice so far, but the review I have on the 330GS is fantastic and comes with AA's and is newer.

Please help me make my mind up before I lose it!
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Old Mar 4, 2003, 10:10 AM   #2
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Big Bash,

I don't have any personal experience with the 4 you listed (I own an Olympus C-4000, which I think is great), but since you mentioned in your posting that you hope to have some prints made at Costco--you might want to consider buying the camera of your choice from Costco. They have very good return policy, and exchanging the camera if you are not happy with it for another (or money back) would be very easy.
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Old Mar 5, 2003, 6:31 AM   #3
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Thanks Hyun.

The only thing is Costco in the UK don't stock many cameras, well 4 actually! The Dimage Xi is the only one available of any interest, but priced well....

I didn't really go into much detail about the actual post title..."too many MP".

What I wanted to know really, can you buy more than you need? For instance I won't be doing prints larger than 8X10, so is more than 2MP really necessary or the money better spent on an extra battery/memory cards?

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Old Mar 5, 2003, 11:14 AM   #4
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What I wanted to know really, can you buy more than you need? For instance I won't be doing prints larger than 8X10, so is more than 2MP really necessary or the money better spent on an extra battery/memory cards?
Big Bash,

This is just my personal opinion, of course--but I think there's no such thing as "too many megapixels." The 2mp will probably be fine for 2/3 of the times for your photo needs (it also depends on how picky one is with one's pictures--some are plum happy with whatever comes out of the camera, some are more critical, etc.). But, the extra megapixels will come in handy when you want to crop a part of the picture out or enlarge a portion. Say you want to take a picture of a plane coming in for landing. The camera has 3x optical zoom and 4 megapixels. At the distance you are shooting, the 3x optical zoom allows for the plane to fill only a portion of the pitcure.

With a 4 megapixel camera, you have the luxury of being able to crop the blank sky area around the plane out and still end up with a reasonably detailed photo of the plane. You can achieve the same effect with a 2mp camera, but the resulting image will be lot grainier than a 4mp camera.

Also--I realize this is a generalization--higher megapixel cameras seem to have more features than those with only 1.3-2.5 megapixels. More manual controls, features, and some even with customization abilities (like the C-4000).
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Old Mar 5, 2003, 11:17 AM   #5
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The more megapixels you can afford the better. A 2 megapixel is fine for 4 X 6, or 5 X 7, but when you print to 8 X 10 you will begin to see a little loss of resolution. I believe you need at least a 3 megapixel camera to produce quality 8 X 10's. The more megapixels you have the more you will be able to crop into the photo to enlarge a particular area without loosing resolution. Hope this helps.

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Old Mar 5, 2003, 12:05 PM   #6
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I agree, you need 3mp. Go for the Dimage Xi, it's a good camera.
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Old Mar 5, 2003, 3:06 PM   #7
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Yes, I agree with most of the previous posters

Get more megapixels

You can always shoot at a lower quality if you desire to
do so. You cannot, "up" your quality over the max
megapixels you have!

You can get excellent prints from 2mp cameras given:

1. Good lens
2. Steady hands.
3. Proper Exposure.

Image stabilization does not hurt either!

Two cents
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