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Old Dec 30, 2007, 5:51 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I'm a complete digital camera noob! In fact, I don't think I've ever even held a digital camera before, no joke. I want to get one though, but I'm having a little trouble finding one that suits me well.

Small size (I want to be able to carry it in my pocket comfortably if possible) and simplicity are more important than manual controls and image quality for me. I don't have a lot of money to spend at all, my budget is probably about 130 bucks.

The one I had my eyes on was the HP Photosmart r742, but I can't seem to find a lot of reviews on it from reputable sites. Circuit City has it on sale for $99.99 and it comes with a Li-Ion battery and charger.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/HP-Ph...oductDetail.do

Is this camera any good? I'm horrible at making decisions, particularly ones that involve money.

Thanks everyone!

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Old Dec 30, 2007, 6:12 PM   #2
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Do yourself a favor - before you buy that HP - go to our HP forum and scan down the topic titles...it would scare me off.

Try to get either a Canon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Kodak, or Nikon (in other words, stick with the major camera manufacturers).

Your budget doesn't allow for many choices, but I would avoid 'other' brands.

Good luck.

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Old Dec 30, 2007, 6:56 PM   #3
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You might consider the Canon Powershot A560.
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Old Dec 30, 2007, 10:00 PM   #4
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http://www.megapixel.net/reviews/hpr742/hpr742-gen.php

Not a terrible camera, but not a particularly great one either.

How much are you willing to spend? Are you going to shoot mostly indoor or outdoor? What size camera are you interested in - SLR-like, compact or ultracompact?

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Old Dec 31, 2007, 3:30 AM   #5
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Get an olderCanon SD-series.

Ultracompact, automatic and take great pictures.

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Old Dec 31, 2007, 9:25 AM   #6
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Get a Canon SD, more for your buck. Prices are kinda high right now so wait for a sale.

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Old Dec 31, 2007, 3:59 PM   #7
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I'm in the market formy firstdigital camera and been reading reviews all week so i'll share a few that might fit what your looking for.

The Panasonic Lumix LZ7. This is probably the camera i'm going to get. You can get the Black model for $130 with free shipping on Amazon. It has Optical Image Stabilisation and it seems very simple point and shoot. They say it's a little too big for Jeans pocket but would fit in looser cargo pants pockets.

The Panasonic Lumix FX12. This one is $20 over your limit(on Amazon that is) but it's slimmer than the LZ7 and more pocketable. It has almost the same specs as the LZ7 plus it has a Leica lens which i hear is a plus.

And finally the Nikon L11. It's very much in your range. You can get this one from $86-$100 almost every where. It's only 6mp but it gets good reviews. Very simple, pocketable, and is known for having the best red eye correction engine.
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 5:14 PM   #8
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I've seen the Panasonic LS75 on sale for as little as $99. It's the cheapest camera I know of that has optical image stabilization. It's small and has a 3x zoom. I think it takes nice-looking photos.

http://www.flickr.com/cameras/panasonic/dmc-ls75/
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You might want to consider a refurbished camera to save additional money. Olympus has a site on E-Bay where they sell refurbished digital cameras. Recently I was able to purchase an Olympus Stylus 780 (7.2mp 5X optical zoom) from Olympus on E-Bay for just $136 delivered to my home.

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Here is a sample photo from the Olympus Stylus 780 that is worth considering. It is quite a good camera.

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