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Posted: 9/26/2004 3:02:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 3:10:48 PM EST by superdav]
I'm going to buy a new digital camera and i'm going to spend about $500 so tell me what to get.
these are a few i'm looking at


Pentax OptioMX 3.2 MP Digital Camera and Digital Camcorder $397 at Wal-Mart
Get more digital for your dollar. The OptioMX is a palm-sized digital camera and digital camcorder in one. It couples 3.2 megapixels with a 10x optical/digital zoom to capture clear, crisp images and high-resolution full-motion movies on MPEG-4 format. And it's easy to use: just a touch of a button lets you snap pictures, film movies or play back still and movie imageswww.pentaxusa.com/products/cameras/camera_overview.cfm?productid=18127






Kodak 4 MP EasyShare DX6490 Digital Camera $397 at Wal-Mart
Fully loaded with advanced features, the DX6490 satisfies your artistic passion for creative freedom, vivid color, and in-depth detail. 10X SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Optical Zoom Lens
KODAK Color Science Image Processing Chip
Manual, Semi-Manual, Automated Controls
Bright 2.2" (56 mm) LCD Display and Electronic Viewfinder

www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=9/19/131/1336&pq-locale=en_US





KODAK EASYSHARE DX7590 Zoom Digital Camera $497 at Wal-Mart
Professional-quality SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON 10X Optical Zoom Lens
5.0 MP for stunning-quality prints up to 20"x30" (50x76 cm)
Exclusive KODAK Color Science Image Processing Chip
2.2" high-resolution indoor/outdoor display
Manual and custom controls
High-speed, low-light auto-focus
Continuous shooting and bracketing modes
22 scene and color modes
Sharing is one-touch simple
Ready to go -- right out of the box

www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=2797&pq-locale=en_US




Or give me other suggestions
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:11:22 PM EST
somebody has to have some info, what do you have?
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:11:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:13:37 PM EST
check out www.dpreview.com and look at the reviews there. He has a good list of recommendations.

I personally have a dslr. I think you can't go wrong going that route but the price point may be little high for some.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:16:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By tc6969:
I'm on my 4th Sony with NO complaints at all.



Can't go wrong with Sony!
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:17:47 PM EST
In January I bought a Sony DSC-F828, for the dollar, it has been a fine product. Many use and enjoy the Rebel, to each their own.
I believe it is 'research, research, research' when it comes to any purchase.
Remember, Google is your friend.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:23:04 PM EST
$500 hundred is my limit and i'm leaning toward the Kodak DX7590 at Wally world it comes with a dock for $497 the dock sold separately is $75

Looking up Sony now..........
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:24:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By AILapua:
In January I bought a Sony DSC-F828, for the dollar, it has been a fine product. Many use and enjoy the Rebel, to each their own.
I believe it is 'research, research, research' when it comes to any purchase.
Remember, Google is your friend.



$999, a little salty
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:24:50 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:26:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 3:29:13 PM EST by tc6969]
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:29:27 PM EST
i have the Konica-Minolta Dimage Z1 3.2 Megapixel, 10x optical Zoom Digital Camera


Minolta DiMAGE Z1 Breathtaking Images!
Designed around Minolta's new 10x mega-zoom, the DiMAGE Z1 3.2 megapixel digital camera features advanced technology and rapid AF so you can capture images in virtually any situation. High-quality 30fps VGA movies expand its capabilities even more. This compact, stylish DiMAGE Z1 has the imaging tools you need to capture the pictures you want.


Specifications
Sensor 3.2 Megapixel
Size 1/2.7-inch
Optical Zoom 10x
Digital Zoom 4X

LCD Monitor 1.5-inch polysilicon TFT

Shutter Speed 2 - 1/1000 sec.4 - 1/1000 sec.15 - 1/1000 sec.

Movie Mode 15 fps

Memory Included 16MB SecureDigital Card

Storage Media Multimedia Card,Secure Digital


there is a newer model out know,but you can find this one for about $225
www.digitalliquidators.com/detail.asp?id=mndimagez1&l=overture
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:29:28 PM EST
My dad has a sony that takes mini-disks...

Maybe someone can help me out on the name...
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:48:47 PM EST
If you're not looking to do any major photography projects, but instead have a digital for convenience and quality, check out the Sony DSC-P10. I got one earlier this year. Small enough for a pocket, pretty durable, decent battery life. About $399 and it takes memory stick media which is pretty reasonably priced.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:52:48 PM EST

Originally Posted By superdav:

Originally Posted By AILapua:
In January I bought a Sony DSC-F828, for the dollar, it has been a fine product. Many use and enjoy the Rebel, to each their own.
I believe it is 'research, research, research' when it comes to any purchase.
Remember, Google is your friend.



$999, a little salty



Thus the reason you work (perhaps), to spend it, feed the economy. Easy come, easy go, after all, it is only money.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 4:31:35 PM EST
dpreview.com is your digicam finding friend.

In a nutshell, you can't go wrong with Nikon, Canon, or Olympus (in no particular order after Nikon )
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 4:33:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 8:28:53 PM EST by ishoot2live]

Originally Posted By Jeepster:

Originally Posted By tc6969:
I'm on my 4th Sony with NO complaints at all.



Can't go wrong with Sony!



+1 Canon also makes good digital cameras...
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 5:38:18 PM EST
Been torn between the Canon Powershot S1 IS 3.2MP or Minolta Dimage Z3 4.0 MP. Both have 10X or better optical zoom, image stabilization for both still and video capture. Canon uses Compact Flash I and II or those 4 to 6 GB Microdrives, While the Minolta uses SD cards with a max of 1 GB. Canons run 320 to 360 while the Minolta being the newest clocks 500. Add-on lenses and filters for both, but the Canon has an all-weather/diving case that the minolta doesn't have...yet. This deserves a seperate thread, but for now, anybody got one of these?
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 5:42:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 5:43:36 PM EST by Penguin_101]

Originally Posted By macman37:
dpreview.com is your digicam finding friend.

In a nutshell, you can't go wrong with Nikon, Canon, or Olympus (in no particular order after Nikon )


and Minolta
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 5:43:37 PM EST
Did you look under the sofa cushions???



Oh......you mean a NEW one....never mind.



Link Posted: 9/26/2004 5:59:08 PM EST
I guess it's not as good as some of those mentioned but I recently bought a Fuji Finepix 3800 on ebay (refurb, perfect condition) for $175, 3.24 megapixel, 6x optical zoom & with an adaptor it can use 55mm lenses. It's not an SLR but it has more features than many point-and-shoots & the picture quality is excellent (battery life is very good also).

The only complaints I have are that both the viewfinder and the screen are both LCD (which isn't bad in and of itself) and in low light they are basically fully black. It still takes great pics (excellent light gathering) but you can't use the viewfinder. Also, the autofocus doesn't want to work in low light though anything within 20 or 30 feet is in good focus anyway so for indoor shots it doesn't matter much. It's really an outdoor camera, works wonderfully then.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 6:00:42 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 6:09:00 PM EST
Minolta Dimage Z2 4.0 10X optical. I love it. Great size.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 6:33:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By AILapua:
In January I bought a Sony DSC-F828, for the dollar, it has been a fine product. Many use and enjoy the Rebel, to each their own.
I believe it is 'research, research, research' when it comes to any purchase.
Remember, Google is your friend.



+1

I got my F828 in April. Very satisfied.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 6:36:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 6:39:02 PM EST by Skibane]
Superdav, that kind of money will also buy you a very nice used "prosumer" digital camera. My personal favorite is the Olympus E-10 – a magnesium-body, true through-the-lens beauty that feels just like a fine SLR 35MM film camera. If there was such a thing as a mil-spec digital camera, this would be it!



To say this camera is built "solidly" is an understatement – After handling one, just about everything else under $1500 feels like a cheap throw-away toy.

They sold for upwards of $1800 new, but can be had for well under a third of that price today.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 7:13:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 7:15:54 PM EST by superdav]

Originally Posted By Skibane:
Superdav, that kind of money will also buy you a very nice used "prosumer" digital camera. My personal favorite is the Olympus E-10 – a magnesium-body, true through-the-lens beauty that feels just like a fine SLR 35MM film camera. If there was such a thing as a mil-spec digital camera, this would be it!

img18.exs.cx/img18/8179/E-10.jpg

To say this camera is built "solidly" is an understatement – After handling one, just about everything else under $1500 feels like a cheap throw-away toy.

They sold for upwards of $1800 new, but can be had for well under a third of that price today.



Impressive!

so many cameras......


Minolta DiMAGE Z1 Breathtaking Images!
Designed around Minolta's new 10x mega-zoom, the DiMAGE Z1 3.2 megapixel digital camera features advanced technology and rapid AF so you can capture images in virtually any situation. High-quality 30fps VGA movies expand its capabilities even more. This compact, stylish DiMAGE Z1 has the imaging tools you need to capture the pictures you want.


Specifications
Sensor 3.2 Megapixel
Size 1/2.7-inch
Optical Zoom 10x
Digital Zoom 4X

LCD Monitor 1.5-inch polysilicon TFT

Shutter Speed 2 - 1/1000 sec.4 - 1/1000 sec.15 - 1/1000 sec.

Movie Mode 15 fps

Memory Included 16MB SecureDigital Card

Storage Media Multimedia Card,Secure Digital

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there is a newer model out know,but you can find this one for about $225
www.digitalliquidators.com/detail.asp?id=mndimagez1&l=overture




Link Posted: 9/27/2004 6:58:34 AM EST
I bought a minolta 4 megapixel earlier this year and it took great pictures. The only bitch I had with it was it chewed up batterys AA batteries. I sold it to a friend and bought a Nikon Coolpix 4300 It takes awesome pictures and the battery lasts along time, and its rechargable. About $350 for the camera.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 8:26:05 AM EST
The Fuji S-5000 is the sub 400.00 camera on the market in my opinion.3.2 mega pixel,with 6 meg interlopin format.go to Dpreviews.com and read reviews.
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