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e-r-a-n May 12, 2006 7:10 AM

Hey everyone...
I know this website for its great reviews about digital cameras. the website has helped me more times that i can think of.
Nowdays im looking for a new digital camera for my uncle.
His requirements aren't that high, but still there are few things he would like to have in his digital camera.
It must be small, he wants his camera be the samllest it can. the smaller - the better.
Automatic camera is enough. with portrait and such programs for taking pictures. he's not an advanced user or something, automatic camera will be enough for him. it will be used just for pictures of the family in trips and such....
The quality of the camera needs to be high...of course, we dont want low-quality pictures...
Optical zoom is not a big point, X3/X6 is enough. but if can be higher.......let it be :-)
3MP at least....the more the better, but 3MP can be enough.
The budget for the camera + 256MB / 512MB memory stick(s) goes around 400-500$...
Of course that if there's a camera that answers the demands in lower prices it will be excellent.

In short, High quality photos in small size digital camera, with 256~512MB memory card for 400-500$.

Oh, yes, and good monitor if possible (large and colorful)


jnrob May 12, 2006 9:25 AM

I think the 6 MPix Fuji F10/F11 is probably one of the best cameras in its class.
High quality images and large LCD.

e-r-a-n May 12, 2006 11:29 AM

But is it (Extra) small?
Doesnt seems like that..
I Looked over the Casio EX-Z57. How is it?
I looked also at the Sony DSC-T33 but it seems to be a bit expensive - the camera, its accesorries (such as the memory stick duo)

What are you thinking about that?
How does the casio ex-z57 answers my needs and how is it as a digital camera today?

rey May 12, 2006 1:53 PM

Checkout Steve's Best list if you haven't yet.

Good Luck!

e-r-a-n May 12, 2006 4:15 PM

Its too much review to read im getting confused.
As I see they're all good and my answer my needs with no doubt.
They all are extra small, with 5MP and high quality pictures.
If taking the Canon SD30 VS SONY T5 VS Casio S500 VS NIKON S3 VS canon SD-100
I sepose that any one of them will be a good choice, but if i have to pick one, which one will be the best choice, and why?
If i had to list them by numbers, which one will be at the buttom?

mtclimber May 12, 2006 5:10 PM


Several of us have really attempted to help you. However, you have not specified your budget, your zoom requirements, nor the kind of photos you like to take. All of those factors will play into the desision process.

Lacking any specific details, I will second Rey's suggestion of the Fuji F-10 if you need a camera with specific low light level capabilities. If you need a lot of zoom, take a look at the Canon S-2 IS.


peripatetic May 12, 2006 6:35 PM

They're all fine for your purposes.

Pick the one that looks nicest to you.

salil May 13, 2006 10:13 AM

I want to inform you one important thing.If you buya a compact digital camera for aim and shoot purpose,dont expect results like a normal misd sized camera especially indoors and in low light.All camers (5 Meg at least) are the same(compact type).

I learnt it very recently!!Good Luck!!!

Buy a bigger camera and you will be happier !!

e-r-a-n May 13, 2006 12:52 PM

It will be used for point n shoot.
they wont be good for that?
If comparing it to my old nikon 775
it will produce better images, right?

wmussatto May 13, 2006 4:37 PM

Perhaps it would be helpful if you gave us more information?

Does he want it to shoot indoors, group shots? Does he want it for shooting the grandkids as the run around? (that means fast focus times).

How important is it that he can just pop in AA batteries, or is he willing to carry around a spare?

The F10/11 do quite a bit better than most with shooting at low light levels. This may be important if the shots will have to be done indoors w/o flash.

As always, it helps to know how he intends to use it. So far we have size (small) and point and shoot.


e-r-a-n May 14, 2006 12:15 PM

it will be used for taking photos mostly outdoor....of the family....couples/small groups
there will be indoor images too...
the need of taking another batteries doesnt sounds that good...but if there's no choice..

stevenwright May 14, 2006 5:32 PM

I've been following this thread as my interests are similar, I like the features of the Canon Power Shot S2IS. My main concerns are a quick frame capture (low shutter lag time), as well as high optical zoom. The benefit of the camera's SD card works for me cause my other 2 cameras use that.

Any advice on this choice? I'd like to spend less than $500.


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