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Old Aug 16, 2006, 2:46 AM   #1
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I would like to buy a digital camera with some of the following characteristics :
- optical zoom
- webcam
- macro mode
- possibility to use both standard batteries AND rechargeable Li-Ion or something like it (if not, only rechargeable)
- optical viewfinder
- not too slow
- large ISO range
(- variable speed)
I think that's almost all...

I know I can't have all for this price category (<$200), but well...

So the question is, not which one has those charateristics, I can read a review, but which one do you think should be the best choice for these requirements and which ones I should avoid...

Here is the list :
- Canon
Powershot A530
- Fuji A500
- Fuji A600
- HP M425
- HP R817
- Kodak C533
- Kodak EasyShare C360
- Kodak Easyshare C643
- Nikon Coolpix L3
- Nikon Coolpix S1
- Nikon Coolpix 5600
- Nikon P2 wifi
- Olympus SE-110
- Olympus SP320
- Panasonic LZ3
- Pentax OPTIO E10
- Sony Cybershot DSC-S600

Not enough ? :blah:

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Old Aug 16, 2006, 3:30 AM   #2
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I'd probably narrow it down to the A530, DSC-s600 (or maybe W30), and the LZ3.

The LZ3 might not have the usable ISO range you want, but it's worth considering because it gives you optical image stabilization, which is amazing in that price range. The 6x zoom is also nice.

The A530 probably comes cloest to doing everything you specifically mentioned well at a budget price.

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Old Aug 26, 2006, 12:42 AM   #3
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Definitely the A530, but the HP one is very nice. I usually don't say that for HP's, but its a very nice camera. Look around at Target they have it on clearance now for $169 when it was originally $299.
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