Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > What Camera Should I Buy?

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Sep 12, 2004, 8:12 PM   #1
Senior Member
pianoplayer88key's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 405

I'm thinking about getting a prepaid cell phone fairly soon, and in case I have the choice of getting a camera phone I would like a few recommendations, with price being an important factor - preferably under $50.
One reason I would like a camera phone (although I'm willing to do without one for right now) is so I can take a few shots of my friends (mostly with indoor lighting without flash or outside in the daytime) and display them on my computer screen. I don't plan to be printing any of these unless I edit them to make multiple pics out of them, or print wallet-size pics.
The main thing is I don't want it to look like a camera, and since I need to get a cell phone anyway, why not get a camera phone? I already have a Canon S1 IS as my regular camera so I'm not looking for a long zoom or high resolution (although the S1 is only 3.2 megapixels).
For resolution I'm quite sure I can get by with 640x480 pixels, and possibly even 512x384. 320x240 would be a bit of a stretch, but if I am able to get considerably lower noise and somewhat more optical zoom (see below) that would be nice.
Optical zoom: if possible a focal length extending to somewhere in the 80 to 120mm range (35mm equivalent).
lens aperture / image noise: I realize the sensor in a camera phone is quite small, so I'm willing to go with lower resolution to help cut down on the image noise. Also, assuming I run at a moderate ISO (say 100 or even 200 if the pics are still decent at that ISO but I doubt it) I would also like to be able to open the aperture wide enough so that under typical indoor house lighting, assuming it's night outside and the 12x18x8ft room is lit by a few 60 or 100 watt incandescent bulbs, I would like to be able to have a properly exposed shot at 1/40" if possible, but considering that I am decent at hand-holding my S1 (but I'm not expecting a stabilizer on a camera phone so this may not apply) I would be willing to settle for a 1/25" or 1/30" shutter speed, so long as I can quickly learn how to take pics of people that aren't posing, but aren't moving really fast. I'm not looking to take a picture of a baseball in flight, just people standing around and stuff like that.
Not to mention I also want to be able to play games and do other stuff on it, so even if I AM taking a pic of someone they will still think I'm probably playing a game or getting ready to make a call.

Any ideas on what's out there?

doesn't look like camera
640x480 res max, 320x240 minimum
good low noise if possible
combo of low noise and aperture to allow 1/30" to 1/40" shutter indoors without flash
<$50 for the cameraphone (I'm on a limited budget and would probably be spending the bulk of my budget (up to $100) for airtime.)
pianoplayer88key is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Sep 12, 2004, 11:21 PM   #2
Senior Member
Mikefellh's Avatar
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 1,707

Check out this one, 3.2mp, 3x optical zoom...looks like a camera on one side (based on Pentax Optio S), looks like a cellphone on the other:

Mikefellh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 13, 2004, 1:17 AM   #3
Senior Member
pianoplayer88key's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 405

looks interesting, but the only thing I probably would find use for is the 3x optical zoom. I only need 0.3 to 0.5 megapixel, not 3 megapixel, for what I'm going to be using it for, and it's $650 too expensive.
pianoplayer88key is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 7:48 AM.