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Old Jun 5, 2005, 2:14 PM   #1
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For almost a week now, I've been reading "Steve's conclusions" on different cameras whichwould be suitable for a first-time digital camera owner. My head is spinning!

I want a good, no frills, easy-to-operate camera, which would be easy to learn without always referring to a manual. From all that I've read, I'm pretty well sold on a Canon A510. But then I get to reading about the Fuji. Am I overlooking something better. Thanks for any good suggestions. I have to make up my mind this week.
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Old Jun 5, 2005, 2:46 PM   #2
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I've answered before, but I will chime in one more time. The Canon a510 is a really nice, easy to use camera which has enough settings that over time will allow you to experiment till you are ready for a really heavy duty DSLR (if that is what you want to graduate to). I've had all kinds of cameras. I got the a510 because I wanted small, light, decent construction, very good pictures and easy to use.
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Old Jun 5, 2005, 3:56 PM   #3
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Just make sure you go to a store where I can play with anything you are thinking about buying. I was all set to get a Canon A510 or A520 until I discovered that they are WAY too small for my hands. In fact, I ruled out the entire class of compact digitals for this reason. Had I bought one without discovering this, I would not have been happy.
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Old Jun 5, 2005, 6:59 PM   #4
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But then I get to reading about the Fuji. Am I overlooking something better.
Different, but not better. The Fuji E500 can be had for about the same price as the A510, and provides a wide-angle lens that is not seen on the Canon. If you do land/cityscapes, or lots of indoor shots, it might be worth your time to investigate this model.

Otherwise, they are both good performers, and have manual exposure controls.

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