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klsqwerty Nov 26, 2006 9:17 AM

I currently own a HP photosmart that I have had for years. This camera is ok for taking the occasional picture but uses batteries VERY quickly. I have 9 mos old twins and I want a camera that will allow me to take good quality pictures VERY quickly.

Shutter speed, picture quality and battery life are my three top priorities.

Any recommendations?


garyw Nov 26, 2006 9:33 AM

Having started out with a Minolta 4mp S414, which was really quite good, I became quite frustrated with the limitations of a compact. I treated myself to a Nikon D50 SLR a year ago, and have not looked back since. I mainly take family "snaps" and landscapes, and can easily see the difference compared to the compact (even allowing for the 2m extra pixels). I often use a fixed focal length 50mm lens to keep the weight and bulk down; if I want flexibility,I use the kit lens.

The new D40 is smaller than the D50, and simpler to use I gather.

The only major drawback is the lack of a video function on my SLR; having said that, it is not an important feature for me.

I would advise avoiding Nik Coolpix L series; my wife has an L2, and is very disappointed in it in every way except the feel of it in her hand!

klsqwerty Nov 26, 2006 9:50 AM

Thanks, I will check it out.

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