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Old Apr 23, 2008, 1:31 AM   #1
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This camera is required for my niece. Please help deciding.

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Old Apr 23, 2008, 10:50 AM   #2
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Except for maybe a very low-end Kodak or 2, there isn't much in the way of "name brand" digicams designed to meet the $100 price point.

If you check the Sunday newspaper, sometimes stores will advertise a weekly special. For instance, this past Sunday, Electronics Expo has the Canon A470 (a new model) for $116 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS70 for $77, which seems a heckuva bargain.

Given that you haven't provided any info about your neice's shooting habits, I'm assuming she wants a simple point-n-shoot for snapshots.

Edit: forgot about the Nikon Coolpix L series. They are often available everywhere for $100-ish.
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Old Apr 23, 2008, 1:20 PM   #3
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Steve has done a review on the Canon A-470 and gave it a thums up. You might want to check out that review. On the in ternet, it is consistently available at $110 to $120.

If you desire more automation, and IS, there is also the new Panasonic FS-3. And Steve has done a review on that camera as well. Beach Camera has it at $167.

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Old Apr 23, 2008, 2:48 PM   #4
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My daughter (with my help) bought a pink Panasonic LS75 for $99. It takes good looking photos, both indoors and outdoors. It also has optical image stabilization. There are only two issues I have with it. One is that even though it's small, it's chunky, perhaps not that appealing for a teen. Another is that the video does not not play back on the camera with sound, though sound is present when played back on the computer.

Other cameras we looked at were the Nikon L14 and L15 and the Kodak C613.

Overall, we preferred the Panasonic.
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Steve just finished a review of the Panasonic LZ-8 and has given the LZ-8 a thumbs up. There has also been an extensive discussion (on www.dpreview.com's Panasonic Forum)of this small 8mp 5X optical zoom, with full manual and automatic features. The resounding opion is that it is a fun little camerathat takes really good photos. And best of all it is selling for just $149.00 at http://www.buydig.com with free shipping. Here are some photo samples taken directly from the LZ-8 with no post processing that were published in the http://www.dpreview.com Panasonic Forum by member Hyun Yu.

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Old Apr 26, 2008, 7:53 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot guys.Her ladyship is only 10 yrs old. I think I have sufficient stuff to make my decesion. May be LS70 or Canon PS A470.




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