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Old Jul 30, 2005, 1:06 AM   #1
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i am looking for a new camera to buy since i've just sold my canon s50. i am a very big fan of canon but lately i have been reading some very bad reviews about the new canon powershots ( canon sd400, sd500, s500) on how theLCD cracks, error msgs, noisy when you take pictures,etc. i want to purchase a camera that is more than 5 mega-pixel and will last me a long time. more than a few months.
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 8:12 AM   #2
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My first digital camera (a Mavica FD-7) was purchased in 1998-99 and is still in use. Most digital cameras have a useful life that is much longer than a few months BUT the pace at which technology continues to progress means that the 'technological lifespan' of the camera is much shorter than the physical lifespan.
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 10:59 AM   #3
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Theres no one specific model that pops into my mind (and I deal with 100+ defective cameras per week) but here are some things I think should be AVOIDED:

1- "Slidy doors" to turn on and off.
Havent seen many problems with Canon S but still a pet peve of mine
Olympus C-50 - AWFUL slidy door!
SonyDSC-T1 - yes, the door switch can break and its not fun to replace!!
I think its just poor design using this type door personally

2- Unprotected LCD screen
Put the camera in your pocket with your keys, and the screen is toast!
Sony DSC-T1 - Everybody breaks their LCD with this one!

3- Built in memory
Sure its handy, but if it goes bad and your out of your warranty, the camera is shot

Im sure there are other things I could think of...
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