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Old Sep 10, 2007, 2:48 PM   #1
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Hi, i want to buy a Digital Camera for my Girldgriend, i`ve been looking some models, please help me to choice the best or recomend me other that mets with my requierments:


This are the minimum requirements i want from my new cam :
- LCD display >= 2.0``.
- Megapixels >= 4 mp.
- Video recording >= 320x240 24fps.
- Optical Zoom lens >= 3x.
- Nice Auto Mode (for rookies like me).
- Be able to take at least 150 Photos with the Batterys.
- Quite nice Flash.
- Price of the cam (without accesories ) < U$S 150 (U$S 150 max).


Things i don`t care about :
- The Size.
- Type of Memory Card.
- Brand.

I dont care too much about Megapixels i prefer good features and battery life.

these are the Camera models i saw :

- Samsung S630 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...a_Silver_.html

- Nikon L10 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

- Kodak EasyShare C613 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

- Pentax Optio E30 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

- Kodak EasyShare C653 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

- Nikon Coolpix L11 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

- Canon PowerShot A460 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

- Samsung S730 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...a_Silver_.html

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS70 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

- Sony Cybershot DSC-S650 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

- Olympus FE-210 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

- Canon PowerShot A550 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html





I also accept recomendatios of any other cam you think that met`s my requirements...

Thanx From now!!!

Andres

P.D. Sorry about my poor english..
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Old Sep 10, 2007, 3:24 PM   #2
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I've been looking into this for a while. The Canon a550 is, in my opinion, the best of the group, but you can get the Canon a560, a newer version, for the same price and it's a better camera. Other good cameras widely available for $150 or less are the Fuji F20 and the Fuji A820.
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Old Sep 10, 2007, 4:10 PM   #3
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I sincerely do not know if the OP will be able to take advantage of this opportunity. However, after seeing more and more requests for suggestions of cameras in the $(US) 150.00 or lower, I personally decided to try a somewhat different strategy.

What about a refurbished camera for at least half the retail price of the very same camera? Over the years, I have purchase a half dozen refurbished cameras from Olympus Auctions. I have never had a single problem with any of these refurbished cameras. All of the refurbished cameras are guaranteed by Olympus for 90 days. So surely and problem can be identified in that 90 day period and the camera returned to Olympus for a repair. So I began searching for a recent Olympus camera that was very small in size (as we have lots of requests for ultra compact cameras) had a reasonable zoom range and that had received very high scores in a professional review.

My research led me to the Olympus Stylus 780 that had received a really excellent review from www.megapixel.net and that was available from Olympus Auctions over on e-bay. I bid on the camera and it cost me $(US)152.00 delivered to my home. The Stylus 780 has 7.1mp, 5Xoptical zoom, IS,and is pleasantly very small in size. The Stylus 780 does not have an optical viewfinder, however, the LCD is surprisingly quite visible when shooting out of doors and it even has a very effective shadow adjust that adds more detail to shadowed areas without increasing the brightness of the highlights.

I have attached three photos, one of the camera, a macro, and a photo taken at 5X optical zoom.

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Thanx AndyfromVa and mtclimber!!

AndyfromVa: i also think that the best should be the Canon, the a560 has a bigger display than the a550 and cost 5 dolars more!!
the Fuji A820 is much better than the Canon A560 ?? it cost around 15 dolars more..

mtclimber: that would be a great idea if my brother could be for at least 1 o 2 months in USA, but he only will be there for 2 weeks, not enought time to test the camera and in case of a problem solve it...
thank you anyway..
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Nolo,

The Canon A560 and Fuji A820 are both good cameras, in my opinion. The major differences are that Canon has an optical viewfinder and that Canon and Fuji have a different approach to color. The best thing to do is to check out Canon photos and Fuji photos on a photo website like pbase http://www.pbase.com/ or flickr http://www.flickr.com/ and see which approach you like best.
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Andy-

The 4X optical zoom, Canon A-570IS, is also an excellent camera in this same price range and it has received excellent professional and user reviews. While it does does more money you might also consider the new Canon A-720, which has all of the A-570is's features and a longer, 6X optical zoom.

I am using the older version, the A-710IS and I have been very pleased with its performance. In addition, it is a bit smaller than the A-570IS.

For example here is a night photo taken handheld without flash at a shutter speed of 1/8 second. It shows that the IS works very well indeed and that this is a versitile camera.

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I've decided to wait for the 720IS, based on the great 710IS photos I've seen.
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