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Old Apr 30, 2004, 3:14 PM   #1
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Default Digital use 80% indoor 20% outdoor

Looking for a good digital camera for consumer use. Not had much luck in the past with digital cameras. Granted most of the time its the operator I understand that. However, our use is 80-85% indoor and 15-20 outdoor. I am looking in the $300 - $400 range and mp3, or 4 or 5-????.

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Old Apr 30, 2004, 4:35 PM   #2
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I would look at an Olympus.. They do very well indoors.
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Old May 14, 2004, 2:44 PM   #3
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Any camera is great(2Mp - 6Mp). I would get a digital slave flash. This would add the extra light needed for indoors. Using bounced flashhelps too.
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Old May 15, 2004, 8:37 AM   #4
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Any camera is great(2Mp - 6Mp). I would get a digital slave flash. This would add the extra light needed for indoors. Using bounced flashhelps too.

Yes, I would do that too, but it may throw you out of your price range. If your serious about good results though, it's worth it. Most digicams have weak flashes and even those that don't, the flash doesn't look good ... usally too harsh or you get lots of red eye. External flashes are more powerful and allow you to bounce the light. The end result is you have more light in your pictures that is softer and more enjoyable to view and you have little to no red eye.
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Old Aug 23, 2004, 9:46 PM   #5
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I am also looking for a camera primarily for indoor use. Looking in the 3MP range (99% of my printing is 4x6). Can anyone suggest good cameras under $300 with the ability to add an addon flash?
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Old Aug 24, 2004, 4:30 AM   #6
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Anything with a standard hot shoe and manual exposure will do. Then, you get a second-hand generic bounce (and preferably also swivel) flash from ebay for, say, $40-50. The flash needs to have an automatic setting (most do). This means that the flash unit itself, rather than the camera, does the metering.

Many cameras with hot shoes will also be capable of through-the-lens metering. But that means buying an expensive dedicated flash, that could easily set you back nearly the cost of the camera!
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