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twendane Nov 26, 2005 9:37 PM

I have $300 and a little change and I want a decent cam that produces excellent images. I mostly print 4x6 and 8x12, so it must be able to produce great 8x12 images.
Nice movie mode 640x480 @30fps (the least) WITH AUDIO
3x Optical Zoom (the least)
Compact or Ultra Compact (must be pocketable)
Nice size LCD screen with at least 115,000 pixels (nothing below 2.0")
Decent shutter length for good night shots
Decent battery Life
Nothing below 5.0 megapixel
Storage media doesnt really matter.
Battery type.... well I prefer the Lithium Rechargeables but I wouldnt mind having to use NiMH rechargeables either.

I currently have a Olympus Stylus 600 and I'm so disappointed in this camera.
Mediocre image quality with the 8x12 prints that I love so much :(

Make some suggestions guys, Please
Thanks in Advance


toshi43 Nov 27, 2005 2:42 AM

Check out the Fuji E510. It seems to meet all your specs and should be available at a pretty good price. Here's Steve's review:

[email protected] Nov 27, 2005 11:24 PM

If you had $460 to spend, you could get the Canon S80 which is a serious, kick butt 8mp pocketable camera with a really sweet wide angle lens.

The S80 will seriously blow the pants off your current camera.

-- ery

airshowfan Dec 4, 2005 5:28 PM

The photo comparisons at

do a good job at showing how, if a camera is "pocketable", then it is probably too grainy for nice enlargements, no matter what the resolution.

So if you want to take pictures to make nice 8x12s from, you need at least a "medium" camera.

For $300, you can get a Canon A520 or A610 (maybe an A620 for a little more money). They're not too big, have excellent image quality, 4x zoom, and record video in the quality you're looking for.

The Fuji E510 that Toshi42 recommended does not record VGA-resolution video, but the E550 (the next one in the series) does.

So does the F10, which has excellent image quality and exceptional high-ISO performance, as well as a long battery life.

So I think I'd say either a Fuji F10 or a Canon A610, if I had to narrow it down.

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