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Posted: 9/29/2004 5:55:13 AM EST
Ok, guys, I need a digital camera.

it will be used for nothing other than taking pictures of items to sell on ebay.

I want

1) reliable
2) simple (interface w/ PC)
3) cheap.

Link Posted: 9/29/2004 6:31:39 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 6:34:36 AM EST
The $100 or less 1 megapixel variety would be a good choice. You don't need anything more than 1024x768 72dpi pics. Kidak seems to be simple with the docking cradle. My parents got one with their Dell and it works.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 6:43:24 AM EST
Kodak....ok. No particular model?

Is this one of those 'anything under $100 will work" things?
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 6:45:58 AM EST
I bought my wife a Fuji Digital camera at walmart.

It is easy to use and she absolutely loves it. I think once you start taking digital pics you will be doing more than just ebay with it.

It is also moderately priced.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 6:47:30 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 6:48:25 AM EST
Just get on the web and do a little research. I am not sure which Kodak she has. It is the lowest model I am sure. I believe it is a 2.0 MP and no optical zoom, just digital. I saw a few cameras in the $99 range at WalMart.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 6:48:33 AM EST
Bought this for a cheap fishing/hunting camera...takes awesome pics...dont need a better one.

Link Posted: 9/29/2004 6:55:24 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 9:26:28 AM EST
Look for optical zoom , not digital .
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 11:46:54 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 3:07:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By HiramRanger:

Originally Posted By Kodiak-AK:
Look for optical zoom , not digital .

For ebay not really an issue... most of the stuff he will be shooting will be so close you can just move the camera relative to the item rather than zoom. But you're right digital zoom sucks ass.

I don't know man I have taken pics of a few guitars and what not I have moved on the bay , and if you want a good sharp picture of something you are describeing you need to have that zoom.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 3:34:31 PM EST
check out dpreview.com
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 7:37:11 PM EST
Nikon Coolpix 990 model takes great pictures, but is not "current" model (in fact, it is about 4 models old in that line). You can pick one up for $150 and sell it for $140 in three months if you don't want to keep it. Basically, the Nikons don't depreciate as quickly as other brands because of the brand name.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 7:47:54 PM EST
I use an Hewlett Packard Photosmart 215. It does eveyrthing I need it to do for Ebay. I like the software best of any digital camera I have. It shouldn't cost more than $50-60.

Link Posted: 9/29/2004 7:48:24 PM EST
There is a nice one on ebay now that would work for ya..cheap too
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 7:49:35 PM EST
For the intended purpose I'd get a macro function over an optical zoom...
No real use for a zoom for that, and you can always use the macro to show details on your stuff.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 7:58:39 PM EST
Yeah... well, not many cheap cameras take closeups worth a damn... under 3 feet, they have trouble focusing. Getting an optical 3X zoom takes care of this issue... even on the 1MP cameras. My two cents. I cheaped out on mine, didnt get any optical zoom, and have regretted it ever since.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 4:12:29 AM EST
Thanks for the advice, guys......

Ok, who wants to loan me money?

<----just spent his camera-money in the EE.
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