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Old Dec 10, 2005, 8:40 AM   #1
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'morning,

I'm shopping for a first digital camera for my 13 y/o daughter. I'm interested in:

Paying no more than $150.00

3x optical zoom minimum

Video with sound

Good picture quality

Easy to operate...meaning I'm not interested in manual overrides..auto is good

Small, but not ultra-compact.

3MP or better.

I was about ready to purchase the Canon A510, but started reading here and now I'm not so sure becauseof the limitations to the video capabilities.

Any thoughts, suggestions and opinions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old Dec 10, 2005, 2:21 PM   #2
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Well, I'm looking at the ViviCam 5385 ...any thoughts on this?

Or the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S40?

Anybody?
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Old Dec 10, 2005, 2:54 PM   #3
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I don't know much about the ViviCam, but the Fuji A345 may be a good choice. It can do 60s video clips with sound, 4mp, 3x optical, and a 12ft flash. It is fairly new in disign, and medium to high light pictures look great for it's class.
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I wouldn't go anywhere near a Vivitar digital camera. My experience with them has not been good.
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Old Dec 10, 2005, 4:26 PM   #5
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Ok...thanks for responding.

I looked at the Fuji A345 and it has everything I am looking for (especially price); however, I'm reading some reviews that say picture quality is not very good. Any comments?

And lucky2505, what is it that you don't like about the Vivitars? I don't see a whole lot of reviews on them.

Thanks again for all your help.
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Old Dec 10, 2005, 4:29 PM   #6
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The Sony DSC-S40 is a good choice. It shoots 30 fps at 640 by 480 limited only by available memory. If it matters, it doesn't have the audio/video out feature. The Nikon 3200 shoots 15 fps at 640 x 480 limited only by available memory. It has a/v out. The Canon A510 shoots at 10 fps at 640 x 480 for 30 seconds. The Fuji A345 seriously lags the competition. It shoots at 10 fps at 320 x 240 for 60 seconds.
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Old Dec 10, 2005, 4:43 PM   #7
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"And lucky2505, what is it that you don't like about the Vivitars?"

Vivitar doesn't manufacture their own cameras. They outsource to various camera makers none of whom are named Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, etc.

"I don't see a whole lot of reviews on them."

If most digital camera forums don't even bother to review them...................?
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Old Dec 10, 2005, 5:22 PM   #8
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We have the Fuji A310 and it is a very sturdy little camera, the A345 should be also. I may though lookat one of the older Fuji or Olympus cameras,some have a clamshell lens cover which would offer the lens more protection than most current ones that have butterfly lens covers. I'm just thinking of what kind of impacts it will get sitting in the bottom of a 13 year olds backpack. If you could do without sound, I'd say go witt the Olympus Stylus 300, not only does it have a clamshell, but it has a metal case and is "weatherproof" ( water resistant). It would be out of your budget by ~$15 though at Amazondotcom. That sony DSC s40 looks like a nice camera, 4mp and it has some built in memory- much harder to lose than a SD card. It takes AA size batteries too, nice in a pinch.

On quality of the pictures, just check Steves sample pics, the look fine for the a345.
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Old Dec 10, 2005, 6:30 PM   #9
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The quality of pics from the Fuji A345 ARE fine. The quality of pics from the Canon A510 are fine, also. Southerngirl is having second thoughts about the A510 because of "limitations to the video capabilities". The Canon's movie mode is 640 x 480. The Fuji A345's movie mode is only 320 x 240. The A345 doesn't address the ONLY concern southerngirl mentioned in conjunction with the A510. Why is it being recommended to her? Am I missing something here?
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Bought the 345 for my daughter in college a few months ago, and she has been very pleased with it. It does more that adequate in low light situations, a lot better than her roomates Sony(not sure which one, but low end)
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