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Old May 23, 2008, 4:14 PM   #1
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Starting this September I will be doing a organic farming all over the country for about two years. I will be traveling as lite as I can but I would like to use photos to document my experiances.

I am looking for a digital camera that I can use for snapshots it does not need to take great photos just good ones. If you where to have a scale of 1-10 one being photos like you see of UFOs or bigfoot and 10 being those that you would see in a gallery I am looking for about a 4 or 5 in the quality of photos that I would like.

I do have some things that it needs to live up to though...

1) It needs to make good use of the batteries...at work we have some $40 cameras that take only 20-30 photos before you have to change the batteries and I can not have a camera like that.

2) It needs to be able to travel well, meaning, it should be smaller and a bit tough.

3) The biggest problem that I have is storage. I will be taking a external hard drive but I never know when I will have the chance to transfer them off the memory cards. I am looking to the best type of memory card to get your "boom for the buck" so to say.


Also I have a question that I am looking for a ball park guess on. About how many photos can one fit on a 1gb memory card. I know that it depends on the camera and they quality of the camera but I would like just to know around how many they might hold...25? 100? 250? 1000? Just so I know how much space I might should have with to hold about 1000 photos of ok quality.

If I could spend about $250 for the camera and memory cards that would be great...so do you think will fit my needs?
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Old May 23, 2008, 6:14 PM   #2
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Starting this September I will be doing a organic farming all over the country for about two years. I will be traveling as lite as I can but I would like to use photos to document my experiances.

I am looking for a digital camera that I can use for snapshots it does not need to take great photos just good ones. If you where to have a scale of 1-10 one being photos like you see of UFOs or bigfoot and 10 being those that you would see in a gallery I am looking for about a 4 or 5 in the quality of photos that I would like.

I do have some things that it needs to live up to though...

1) It needs to make good use of the batteries...at work we have some $40 cameras that take only 20-30 photos before you have to change the batteries and I can not have a camera like that.
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See below....in your case, I probably wouldn't want to be locked into a proprietary battery.

2) It needs to be able to travel well, meaning, it should be smaller and a bit tough.
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Most digicams are well built, but allhave weak points, like the blinds that cover the lenses, so you'll still need to be careful.

3) The biggest problem that I have is storage. I will be taking a external hard drive but I never know when I will have the chance to transfer them off the memory cards. I am looking to the best type of memory card to get your "boom for the buck" so to say.
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Memory is cheap. Buy two or three 2 GB cards and you should be able to go at least 2-3 days between downloads.

Also I have a question that I am looking for a ball park guess on. About how many photos can one fit on a 1gb memory card. I know that it depends on the camera and they quality of the camera but I would like just to know around how many they might hold...25? 100? 250? 1000? Just so I know how much space I might should have with to hold about 1000 photos of ok quality.
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Depends on the resolution of the camera you choose. My 9 megapixelPanasonic TZ5 shows on the LCD it will hold around 900 images on a 4 GB card at the highest resolution setting, so I'd guess between 200-250 per GB, again, depending on the resolution of the camera, and whether you choose to shoot at the highest resolution or a lower resolution, which will give you more images per gigabyte.

If I could spend about $250 for the camera and memory cards that would be great...so do you think will fit my needs?
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For $250, I'd say you probably need to be looking at the Canon A series....maybe like the A720 here..
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Spend the $30 it costs for the Sandisk 2 GB card in the accessories section (maybe 2-3 of them)and one or two sets of AA rechargeable batteries and you would be set fora little overyour (very modest for the project) budget.
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If you want to save some money, there is the Panasonic LZ-8 which sells for just $149 that has very similiar specifications to the Canon A-720.

I too, was wondering how it could be much of a camera, but I order one for my granddaughter and found out that it is a real camera baragin capable of excellent photos. Now both my granddaughter and I have a Panasonic LZ-8 and love them. Here is a sample photo.

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Thanks you two for the information, I will look at both the cameras. It is great news that I could hold that many photos on a card I was worried I could only hold around 60ish, this way I do not have to buy like 20gb's of memory cards.

I been thinking about this a lot and I am thinking about getting a $300 EEE PC. If I had an EEE I would not have to worry about running out of space and the labtop only weights 2lbs...Oh man, I can not wait.
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Eh?

The EEEPC has no more storage space than a mid-sized SD/CF card. It's not a "normal" laptop.

It's only real advantage is its size. Otherwise for the same money you could get yourself a real laptop with a big hard disk and screen.
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Yeah I know but I do not want to carry a larger labtop that weights four times that amount. Like I said I will be bringing a portable HD with me for storage. I have one of the 2.5" ones that is just a little bigger then a pack cigs...
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