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AfTeRSh0cK May 30, 2005 1:10 AM

Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum and to digital cameras... I want to purchase a digital camera and I'm not sure which one to get for the purpose I'm going to use it for. What I want to be doing is taking pictures of me and my friends pets and things in nature, probably up-close pictures. I want a camera that will produce very good quality photos that I can upload to my pc and post online. I want to stay within the range of $100 - $250. If you can help it will be greatly appreciated ... Thank you!

KingsX May 30, 2005 1:45 PM

I would suggest you look closely at the Canon A510. For the money it's a terrific entry level or back up unit. There are many pro and user reviews that give it high praise for image quality, compact size, auto/manual controls, lowlight assist, and only 2 AA batteries. It can be found for under $200.usd.
It's a 3mp with more than enough resolution for pc and web viewing. It also takes excellent 4x6 and 5x7 prints. It's very easy to use whether beginner or pro. Would easily fit into your budget with camera,small case, a 256 mg card, and a set of 4 nimh rechargeable batteries with charger.
Today, you can find many possible candidates close to the $200 dollar range from all the major makers to fit your listed requirements but the a510 is the one to compare them to.

wsandman1 May 30, 2005 2:44 PM

KingsX hit the nail right on the head. I recommended the A510 to a friend. Some of his shots rival those of mine taken with a 10D dSLR. The color and sharpness are incredible for the price. I can't get the guy to stop taking photos now. This was a die-hard film guy. I usually see this reaction from people who go from a filmcamerato a dSLR. I had to "unretire" my nikon 5000 to see just how it measured upagainst the A510. I spent over $1000 for the nikon 5000 and I can't really say that the photos are any better than the A510 in the 4x6 or 5x7 print sizes. The 4x optical zoom really sets this unit apart from most other cameras in it's (A510) price range.


AfTeRSh0cK May 30, 2005 3:03 PM

Thanks alot guys, the help is greatly appreciated! I will defiently check out that camera and see how things go. :-)

Alisande May 30, 2005 3:09 PM

If I were shopping in that price range I'd think seriously about the Olympus D-595 (D-500 in Europe). It has lots of nice features (including a super macro with a focus range down to 2 cm), and retails for about $175.

bob_ledyard May 30, 2005 3:36 PM

Has anyone heard of any 'authentic news' about the replacement for the Nikon d70/70s (i.e., 8+ mpixel, ,,,,) or the Canon 20d? Both seem to be at a time where a newer model is due out. (I don't count the 70s as new!)


AfTeRSh0cK May 30, 2005 10:55 PM

What do you guys think about the nikon 5600 & 4600? Would they be good for taking macro shots or inside shots ? It sounds stupid, but I just wanna get the best camera as possible for what i wanna do and not regret a purchase I just made.

KingsX May 31, 2005 12:57 PM

The real question you should pose is to yourself. In your opinion, how does the 4600 compare to the a510? What feature/benefit do you find more advantageous to you and would help you take better pictures? All of us have certain preferences that would place one camera above or below another as far as type of photography ease of use, size, zoom, resolution, etc,etc,etc,. You need to go and try the units and see for yourself which feels the best, easiest to use and you simply just like better. This forum is to advance opinions for your consideration, not to choose for you. Below is a link for a comparison indicating the actual feature/benefit listing of several contenders fitting your original request. Use it as starting point either adding or ommiting as you see fit. Read user opinions and pro reviews for a more thorough indication of the things you like best. At a $200 dollar price point it's hardly a shattering event if you do find you would like to upgrade in the near future for a different make or model as you can ebay it for usually a reasonable difference as long as you purchase a commonly wanted one, ie a name brand with good optics.
Below is the link for some popular cameras in this range and any would be great for your purpose.
Good luck, and don't try to hyper-analyze so much as the quest for the "Perfect" camera is wrought with frustation and unrealistic expectations.
The cameras compared are the canon A510,Olympus d595, Nikon 4600,and Kodak 7440.

Steven R May 31, 2005 9:12 PM

Hi Aftershock: For your price range, you should lookat the brand new Olympus C-5500. Excellent 5x zoom, 5.1 MP, a large LCD and an optical viewfinder. Also 30fps movies with sound. Full automatic features, but also offers full manual control if you choose.

Uses AA bateries,compact size, but grips nicely in your hand. Super quality shots; and is at Sam's Club for only $252. It has everything you need, with more megapixels and zoom,and is right in your price range.

KingsX Jun 1, 2005 1:18 PM

Canon A510 $169.00 shipped free/no tax

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