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Old Jul 9, 2005, 10:59 PM   #1
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What's the best / cheapest 3-4 MP camera today?

I am in the market for a new camera digital camera & have decided that 3-4MP will be heaps for me. I have been looking at the following models: Kodak CX 7430, Kodak C330, Canon PS-A400S, Canon PS-A510, Sony DSCS40, HP PHOTOSMART M307.

Which camera should I get and why :sad:
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 8:44 AM   #2
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I have a Kodak CX 7310, 3.2 mp, bought it at Walmart, $88.00, had it over a year and love it, for a cheap camera it would be hard to beat, unless you are going to crop images 3.2. mp is enough, I have a $99.00 HP printer that will print an 8x10 photo as sharp detail as a photo studio, really does great and for a cheap camera mine is a fantastic buy, uses 2 AA batteries and SD memory card, which I like very well, comes with software and cable to download images from camera, also has a limited movie mode and shoots several seconds of movie and plays back on the computer in movie mode, overall this is just a simple and neat camera, seems to do what one needs for everyday use.
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 10:16 AM   #3
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The Kodak CX7530's picture quality is superior to the CX7430 and CX7330 and costs only a bit more. Hard to beat in the MP/price segment.
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 2:33 PM   #4
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if your looking for protability nothing beats the casio ex s100
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 5:55 PM   #5
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I have the A510. Takes excellent pictures, easy to use, lots of features for exploration as you get more into photography. I recommend it very highly. Your best bet will be to check them all out in person and pick the one that feels and looks best to you.
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Don't get the Sony. The cameras from the S series are just laughable...
Also, I wouldn't recommend HP, because their lenses simply suck!
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Old Jul 11, 2005, 9:28 PM   #7
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Before you make your final decision, try out the 5.1MP Olympus C5500 sport zoom. It's a super camera for the low price range youquoted.
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Old Jul 12, 2005, 11:09 AM   #8
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I too have the Canon A510. I upgraded from my A40 (2 megapixel) and I truly can say the A510 is a great little camera.

It's small, has loads of features and when you get more adventurous in picture taking, you can use the full manual controls to get different effects (ie. great night shots)

The A510 has a movie mode but at the highest quality you are limited to 30 sec clips. The camera also has 4X zoom which is great (most have only 3x zoom) but just be careful with camera shake at the full zoom.

I have my A40 for 3 years before upgrading to the A510 and I can see myself keeping this camera for some time as well.

The only negative is the flash recharge as it takes at least 5 seconds between shots when taking flash pictures. I think it's because of the camera only having 2 X AA's. Otherwise, the pictures are great and you'll enjoy using the camera.

Go to a store and check out all of the models you listed. You'll have a feel of what camera you like to hold and shot with, and then look at the features each camera offers.

I've personally tried Sony, Canon, Olympus digital cameras and I like the Canons for the full manual controls and reasonable price and I like Sony for the speed of their cameras and great video mode, but hate the memory stick and they tend to be a little loud (the motor on the zoom seemed loud to me)

hope this helps!
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Old Jul 12, 2005, 8:32 PM   #9
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The Kodak CX7530's picture quality is superior to the CX7430 and CX7330


I bought the CX7530 as a second camera,for the price and picture quality its the best thing I`ve ever bought.

The pic is straight from the camera,resized only.

Wrynose Pass ,Lake District, UK.



Good luck

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I recommend the Nikon 3700 which you can buy NEW for $200 - great user and professional reviews ! 3.3 MPG/AF lamp, and get this 640x480 VGA Movie Mode. All-Metal Construction and TINY.
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