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Old May 4, 2003, 9:18 PM   #1
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I've been researching digital cameras for the past couple weeks now and I am still undecided on what I should go with. I'd really appreciate if anyone could help me out suggesting what I should try. Here is basically what I am looking for.

--Smaller (to fit in a pants pocket.)
--Durable (I go to a lot of concerts.)
--Good in low light (the whole concert/club thing.)
--Picture quality--good enough that you can make stuff out
doesn't have to be amazing quality
--Preferably under $300
--Preferably able to directly hook to the computer and transfer but not a high priority. (I don't have a firewire port but I do have USB.)

I've been looking at the Nikon 2500 (because of the rebate) but I've heard it doesn't to too well in low light. I'll be taking pictures of people mostly and not too much of "landscape" type pictures. Thank you in advance for your input!

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Old May 5, 2003, 7:36 AM   #2
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--Smaller (to fit in a pants pocket.)
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--Good in low light (the whole concert/club thing.)
--Picture quality--good enough that you can make stuff out doesn't have to be amazing quality
--Preferably under $300
Low light and small are contradictions; to work well in low light you need a large lens (low f/number) which will not fit on a small camera.

Unless you are talking about using a flash - and then the contradiction is even stronger. All built in flash units are junk. To fit in the camera a flash has to be small (glare), close to the lens (red-eye), low power (same batteries that the camera uses), and slow "recharge" (same batteries). The small cameras typically will not support an external flash, and a resonable external flash won't fit in your pocket.
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Old May 5, 2003, 11:38 PM   #3
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BillDrew is right... your problem is going to be low light. If you will be using a flash, try one of the Olympus cameras, such as the D550. It meets most of your other criteria and this will give you a starting point.
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Old May 5, 2003, 11:45 PM   #4
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Try the powershot s230, it has a low light af assist lamp which will help it focus much better than the others listed in low light situations. It is very compact, easy to use and has good image quality.
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Old May 10, 2003, 2:54 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the feedback, I'm still learning
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