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Old Oct 12, 2010, 6:00 PM   #1
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Default Looking for my first digital camera

I am looking for my first digital camera.

Primary purposes are: Documentation of possessions
(good macro performance will be needed for some of those),
taking pix to send via email, and posting pix of things for sale online.

I have, and mostly get along well with, Pentax ME Super,
Super Program, and K1000 film cameras.
I also have and use a Nikon FunTouch 5.

I would like to buy a Pentax DSLR body, with which I could use lenses
I already own, but I since really can't afford to buy anything at all,
I am presently looking at inexpensive snapshot boxes.

For practical reasons, I want something that uses AA batteries.
I am well aware of their limitations, and willing to accept them.

I have read both professional and consumer reviews
of several different digital cameras;
so far, the Canon PS A495 is at the top of my list.

What say you?

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Old Oct 12, 2010, 7:06 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Firum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

The Canon A-495 has received a number of complaints and problems as noted in postings in our Forum

Our #1 suggestion would be either the Canon A-480 or the Kodak Z-915 cameras. Those seem to have provided much better performance. The A-480 does not have Image Stabilization or IS. The Z-915 does have IS, probably making it more useful to you.

The Z-915 is available at most big box stores. On Amazon.com is sell for under $100.00. The Canon 480 is available as a Canon refurbished camera at www.beach camera for $69.95.

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Old Oct 12, 2010, 7:36 PM   #3
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I probably don't need image stabilization:
I have tripods and a copy stand.

The Z915 and the A480 seem to have problems of their own,
some of which I perceive to be more objectionable than you do.

Any other ideas about models in the range of $90 to $140 street price?
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Old Oct 12, 2010, 7:41 PM   #4
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Can you please explain the problem with the A480 and the Z915?? They have worked very well indeed for many posters as well as myself. I personally have used them both extensively.

The selection at that price range is rather limited.

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Old Oct 12, 2010, 8:01 PM   #5
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Well, howdaya like that?
I thought I read some negative comments about
the A480 yesterday, but I can't find them today.

Bloody infernalnet.

I read some less-than-glowing reviews of a Kodak model, also;
I thought it was the one you suggested.....

Maybe I got some numbers mixed up somewhere along the line.
There are too many of them, and confusion is possible.

> For some reason, I could not find any drastic complaints about the A495.

Anyway, I have to go back to the stores to see if I can do some hands-on investigating.
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Thanks for the post. I am a digital camera instructor, so I have a good amount of experience. Based on Forum posts ther A-480 and the Z915, and my own experience, those two cameras have performed very well.

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Old Oct 13, 2010, 12:10 AM   #7
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Sarah, I didn't know that about you! That you taught! I just thought you were a photo nut like the rest of us....lol. WOW.
No wonder you collect so many cameras and test them!
I always look for your advice when there is a question, now I know why.
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Yah, go for a DSLR if you can afford it.

Much better quality, flexible tool.
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Old Oct 13, 2010, 2:23 PM   #9
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Default What I'd like and what I can afford don't match.

I said in my first post that i'd like to buy a DSLR.

Imagine that you have an income of $1300 per month,
from which to pay $950 rent, $32 electricity, $11 phone,
$100 or more vehicle fuel, and miscellaneous other costs.
Under such conditions, could you afford to buy a DSLR?

I'm pushing the limits by considering the purchase of a $30 camera,
and spending $100 to $150 for something at least decent is, frankly,
a stupid idea right now, but I need to post pix of some things for sale
(and I'd be pretty lucky to recoup the cost of the camera
if I sold all the stuff for good prices).
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Old Oct 13, 2010, 2:46 PM   #10
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Default No local stores have the A480 or the Z915 in stock

--- so what is a person who insists on a hands-on introduction
to a product before buying it supposed to do?

In fact, when looking around, I found that there are very few dealers that
have these now-discontinued models brand-new at all; most are refurbs.

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