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Old Jul 13, 2006, 6:47 AM   #1
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I apologize for the sorta long read but I want to make sure we get the right thing.

I've convinced my mom that we need a new camera as our Pentax Optio 33L isn't cutting it aymore. Well, she put me in charge of finding a new camera. I asked her budget in mind and she said "As little as possible. I've been spending way too much money lately." I think I can squeak out $250 tops. MAYBE a little more. Not really set in stone on price.

She mostly uses it for taking pictures of general nature scenes (Mountains, lakes, forests, etc... she hikes alot) and lots of pictures of the family at family gatherings and whatnot. Also, she hates not having a viewfinder so having a viewfinder would be a very big plus.

I am wanting a few different things. Firstly, a very good macro setting. Comparable to this (link), if not better. I'm always finding I want to get close-up shots and the 33L is absolutely horrible for that. Also, good picture taking ability indoors in rooms that have not the best light. This house does not like to let light in at all... I've never been able to get any decent lighting here and pictures suffer because of that.

Video is absolutely not neccessary. If it has video, great, but I wouldn't want to spend more because it has any kind of special video capabilities.

I've only looked at a handful of cameras so far ... and actually as I was typing this I came across the Canon PowerShot A620 and I must say it looks pretty amazing and apparently Steve agrees. The $215 pricetag is nice as well. I looked at the features before the price and I was expecting $300 - $350. I would be satisfied if I bought the A620 right now. I looked at the sample pictures and they look plenty good to me.

Does this seem like a good option or are there even better cameras in the same range?

Thanks much - Kevin
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 8:03 AM   #2
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Hi Kevin

I have a Canon A620 and can attest that it's a quality piece. I'm hardly all that camera savvy, but I've certainly been able to impress people with some of the photos I've taken with it.

However, if you want to take pictures without a flash in dim lighting, it's not as good as some more expensive cameras. I haven't found a comparable camera that does better, but there seem to be cameras is the $300-ish range that take significantly better low-light pics.

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And here is an evening pic with light from one lamp, and the TV. IIRC, its ISO 200.
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Kevin -

The Canon A-620 is surely a camera to give serious consideration to when shopping. As flipped has so well demonstrated with the posted photos, this (the Canon A-620)is a camera that has received great professional reviews, is priced right and amply delivers excellent photos.

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Old Jul 13, 2006, 10:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I looked at it and I'm liking it more and more. I've searched several review places and it ranks highly everywhere. I also told my mom about it and she is really liking it as well. "Does it have a viewfinder?" "Yes." "Get it."

Will this card work with the A620? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820163158 I know there's a bunch of different kinds of memory cards... I get confused.

Also, flippedgazelle, would it be too much to ask for a quick Macro shot? Anything tiny that has some detail... a motherboard, fine print, etc. The macro picture in the samples isn't too at showing it's capabilities of what I want it to do. The candy shows many different depths... I'd want just something flat. If it's too much trouble don't worry about it.

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Well, we ordered it tonight (Thursday) and it should be here soon enough. You can nevermind the last post.

Thanks again for the reassurance.
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