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Old Aug 22, 2013, 10:15 AM   #21
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Old Aug 24, 2013, 8:20 PM   #22
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I moved 3 months ago, and I realized about 3 weeks ago that my Panasonic camera has gone missing. I feel a bit silly to have misplaced a camera, but there you have it. I figured I'd wait for it to turn up, but in the near future I'll be doing a project that requires a camera, and I decided I couldn't wait much longer.

I decided to start calling the U.S. offices of various camera mfrs to see whether they provide manuals (beyond the quick-start manual), and this is what I came up with:

Canon: The PDF is all you get.
Ricoh: Most of their cameras include a manual in the box, which I take to mean that the manual is pretty compact. But the guy said that if your manual gets lost or damaged, you can't buy a replacement--you'll have to print out the PDF.
Fuji: Manual doesn't come with the camera, but you can order one, and it's 4 x 6 inches.

That was good enough for me, and I went on amazon.com and ordered a Fuji F660EXR. I think it will fill the bill for me, aside from the fact that I can get a manual! If I hadn't gotten this response from Fuji, I would have contacted other mfrs.
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Old Sep 2, 2013, 2:45 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by DonalDuc View Post
After half an hour or an hour double sided printed manual is ready, now a hot-melted cover
Your mention of a hot-melted cover prompted me to stop in at FedEx Office. (For non-US forum members, FedEx Office, formerly Kinko's, is a company that offers self-service copying, computer rental by the minute, printing, binding, stuff like that.) I asked the counter guy if they offered any binding options other than punching a document for a ring binder, and he showed me samples of 4: comb binding, spiral binding, strip binding, tape binding. Of those, the latter 2 appealed to me the most. Clearly they wouldn't increase the weight and bulk of the manual nearly as much as a ring binder would. My next camera may not be chosen by (un)availability of a fat little manual after all.
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