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Old May 18, 2003, 8:59 AM   #1
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I am a real newbie and my head is swimming from reading about cameras for 3 days! I know NOTHING, except what i have read around the net. I need a camera that will take good quality pix of jewelry and flowers and also decent landscapes and people. I assume 3-4 megapixels are required, also want both manual and auto controls,red-eye reduction,long last batteries (is NiMH the best?)..and to not cost a king's ransom. What looks good to you? Thanks!!
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Old May 18, 2003, 3:52 PM   #2
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Rarely will you get everything you want in one camera... that said...

You want a camera with a good macro. I'll suggest the Nikon Coolpix 4500. After the rebate, it's only $600+tax, minus $200 (for me $436) at walmart.com.

The macro mode is phenomenal, and you can do full auto, apperature priority, shutter priority, or full manual controls. The landscapes it takes should be great, as well.

It is an easy camera to operate and is solidly built. The only problem is batteries last only around 100 minutes each- I just paid $30 for two generic batteries on ebay (Both with a little more power than the original battery).

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The Nikon Cool Pix sounds great...I also was wondering about something comparable to the Canon Power Shot A70..I understand it is a '99 model..is there something similar and newer? It also sounds like what I need.
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A70 is definitely the way to go.

i did zillions researches over the web for over a month, and finally set my mind on the A70, and im completelly happy with it!!

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...,red-eye reduction,...
If flash is important to you, get a camera that can use an external unit. The built-in flash in all cameras (digital or chemical) are junk - some worse than others, but none good. They are close to the lens (red-eye), small (glare), low power (same batteries as the camera), and slow "recharge" ("recharging from the small camera batteries at the same time the camera is drawing current). IMHO, the preflash red-eye reduction causes as many problems as it solves.
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Old May 20, 2003, 2:03 PM   #6
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The A70 is sounding better and better and I have read other good reviews, but isn't it about a 3 year old model or older?

I read about the red eye, but wonder if I'll have a problem with that with the A70. I don't know much about the pre-flash thing except I thought that was a good thing. Why can it be a problem?
Thanks so far for all the help.
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... I don't know much about the pre-flash thing except I thought that was a good thing. Why can it be a problem?...
People respond to the pre-flash, e.g., they think the photo has been taken and turn their heads away. Or the preflash startles them so you get some very strange expressions. Or flash annoys them, and two flashes annoys them even more.

The idea behind it is that pupil shrinks in response to the pre-flash. The pupil doesn't always shrink enough to cut down the red-eye. The further away you are, the less effect the pre-flash has. That isn't really a serious problem since the built in flash units are weak and cannot be used much beyond something like 10ft/3m.
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[quote="BillDrew"][quote="marsbarThat isn't really a serious problem since the built in flash units are weak and cannot be used much beyond something like 10ft/3m.[/quote]


For me, I don't guess it would be too much of a problem. What do you think about the Canon A70, or do you know anything about it? You are way more advanced than I , but thought you might have an opinion. The price on this camera looks good also.
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I may be wrong here but I was under the impresison that the A70 was a pretty new model - not 3 years old - anyone know different ?

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I may be wrong here but I was under the impresison that the A70 was a pretty new model - not 3 years old - anyone know different ?

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I was under the impression..got that from someone somewhere that the A70 was a '99 model, but I just went to Canon's website and it states that the A70 was "released" in March 2002 and "marketed" in March 2003...so it is new...yea!
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