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Old Jan 2, 2007, 6:56 PM   #1
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I'm an intermediate photographer who's also a starving college student, so I'm looking to spend somewhere under $250 on a new digital camera. I'd like it to be non-SLR, because I'm on the go alot and I can't lug around a big camera all day. There are plenty of simple point-and-clicks available for this price range, but I'd really like to have the option of a manual focus for certain shots. I've yet to find a website that allows people to search by focus type, so does anyone know of any well-rounded compacts that have the option of a manual focus in my price range?

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Old Jan 2, 2007, 7:00 PM   #2
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When you say Manual focus, do you mean an actually ring on the lens that you turn to focus, or just a menu option? My Kodak P850 allows manual focus but it's by using a menu and adjusting it without a focus ring.
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I think most of them have manual focus.

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Preferably a manual focus ring. If I had to do it manually in the menu I guess I wouldn't mind that. Does anyone know if the Cybershot W70 has a manual focus through the menu? I've seen some that say it has it and some it doesn't. I'd definitely get the W70 if it has manual focus available somewhere.l
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Here's a site:
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I think any compacts aren't going to have a ring. They'll usually have manual focus using the four way controller. The G7 uses a wheel around the four way controller.

Other compacts with manual focus would include :
Canon A530, A540, A630, A640
Casio S600, S770, Z600, Z700
Olympus SP320, SP350
Lumix LX1, LX2
Pentax A10, A20
Kodak C875

You might find an actual focus ring on some mid sized models and superzooms.


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Old Jan 2, 2007, 8:20 PM   #6
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Sorry lukasjohn,

I went to the same site as ken, but neglected to click on the "recent model" box...therefore, my screen was filled with all kinds of cams with manual focus. After clicking on the "recent model" box, most of them disappeared. At any rate, the W7 doesn't have manual zoom...it has a 5-step preset zoom, which isn't quite the same. I have never seen a compact digicam with a manual zoom ring.

Good luck with your search.

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Let me ask a question, why do you want manual focus?
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