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Old Jan 12, 2005, 4:58 AM   #1
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Im new at buying a digital camera and want to get one but onlt have about $200 to spend, i want to be able to use it outside in sunny and cloudy conditions, also use it indoors sometimes, this will mostly be used for hiking, friends and family. and be able to print 5x7 pictures at photo quality and maybe a little bigger sometimes. anyone have any ideas, the more the better. the only thing i ask is that its not a huge camera, i want to be able to travel with it on hikes.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 5:25 AM   #2
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Try the Canon A400. Very very cheap (about $150 or less) and a fairly good camera for outdoors, indoors is only so-so (maybe due to weak flash).

With $200, you should have a bit left over for memory cards or rechargable NiMH AAs.

Can't think of any others at the moment.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 7:34 AM   #3
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I'd look at the Nikon 3200 and Olympus D-540, also. About the same size and weight and the same price range as the A400 and 3x optical zoom compared to Canon's 2.2x. 38mm wide end compared to 45mm, too. I'm sure the other manufacturers have cameras in this class, also. Steve's camera reviews is a real good place to start your search.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 7:47 AM   #4
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Maybe you can just browse the camera review section on Steve's Digicams to search for some cameras that might interest you. Usually, the reviews go from least to more expensive in a range...eg this link..

http://www.steves-digicams.com/cameras_dig3.html

start with A70, and then click on check price, and also check out steves review comments on it etc..especially steve's conclusions.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 1:47 PM   #5
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What do u think about the Canon A75, it looked like it did good indoor and outdoor shots and its 3x optical zoom
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 5:31 PM   #6
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The A75 is a good camera. Not too big but not exactly pocketable though. Very good starter camera.

1 small advice. Your budget should include additional memory cards and batteries as some of the cameras only comes with a small card (16-32MB) and those using AAs, normally come with only alkalines, you'll need NiMHs to run it economically long term. You don't want to get a camera and find out that you have to spend more on batteries and memory cards later, especially with your $200 budget.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 6:39 PM   #7
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well i can spend more for accessories, i just didnt want to have to spend more than $200 on the camera its self.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 7:27 PM   #8
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I bought a pentax optio 30 from electricssams.com for $130 including delivery.

Very cool little camera, portable, etc.

You can get a 512mb SD card for it for about $35, and a high capacity CR-V3 rechargeable lithium battery for it for about $24.

That would set you at the magic $200 mark. See Steve's for the writeup.

Here's a cool little montage I did using the Optio 30:




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Old Jan 12, 2005, 7:58 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info all, is there any other cameras i should look at, im planning on buying mine tomorrow, and want to make sure i have a good choice of cameras just in case.
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Well, $200 is a pretty stiff budget, for sure. Does the $200 include memory card and batteries, or are you willing to add to your budget for that?




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