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Posted: 1/11/2006 3:47:32 PM EDT
looking to get a digital camera (finally!)

was wondering what yall would recommed that wont break the bank (or break easily) while providing good pics/resolution and decent memory for the $$$$s

any particular brands/models i should be looking at? where do i start?

thanks all


Link Posted: 1/11/2006 3:53:15 PM EDT

We love our Fuji FinePix S5200 Digital Camera.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 3:54:31 PM EDT
Canon SD400 Great little camera
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 3:55:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2006 3:57:43 PM EDT by ALPHAGHOST]
oh yea, i know next to nothing about digital cams....i would not know if it was up-todate or not

are there any that dont kill batteries (my buddy's eats AAs like nobody's business....) ASAP?

Link Posted: 1/11/2006 3:55:09 PM EDT
Pentax Optio S6 - can be had for around $275
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 3:57:27 PM EDT
For Christmas, I bought my fiancee a Canon SD500. After the rebate from Circuit City, it came out to $350. 7.1 megapixel, 2" viewing screen, and a ton of other features that I don't even understand.....She hasn't let me near it yet! She loves it, and it was rated #1 by Consumer Reports.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 3:57:54 PM EDT
Cannon
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 3:59:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 4:07:46 PM EDT
Just bought a Canon A520 for $165 online. It's an outstanding camera in its price range. I refuse to pay more for digital technology since it depreciates so quickly.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 4:08:57 PM EDT
Bought my wife a Canon Power Shot SD400 Digital Elph for, iirc, $284. I'm impressed with it.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 4:14:54 PM EDT
Get a Nikon that takes AAs. I have had 1 for several years now, and it still works good. I loaned it out at my old job and everyone loved it, so I bought several more for work.

Mine is a Nikon Coolpix 2100, but the 2200 is a little newer. These are only 2 megapixels, but fine for most things.

The Nikon Coolpix 3100, and 3200 are 3 megapixels but the same style.


There are also 4100, and 4200 versions, which are 4 and 5 megapixel respectively.

They all have the nice Nikor lense, and take AA's (rechargeables work great as do lithiums) and take Compact Flask.

These are the best cameras for the money IMHO and easy to use. I like some of the Canons too, but they don't match to the Coolpix.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 4:21:14 PM EDT
Canon A-series.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 4:35:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2006 4:36:54 PM EDT by mjrowley]

Originally Posted By Macumazahn:
Get a Nikon that takes AAs. I have had 1 for several years now, and it still works good. I loaned it out at my old job and everyone loved it, so I bought several more for work.

Mine is a Nikon Coolpix 2100, but the 2200 is a little newer. These are only 2 megapixels, but fine for most things.

The Nikon Coolpix 3100, and 3200 are 3 megapixels but the same style.


There are also 4100, and 4200 versions, which are 4 and 5 megapixel respectively.

They all have the nice Nikor lense, and take AA's (rechargeables work great as do lithiums) and take Compact Flask.


These are the best cameras for the money IMHO and easy to use. I like some of the Canons too, but they don't match to the Coolpix.



Camera like's to drink?
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 4:36:49 PM EDT
Whats a good camerea in that price range thats water/weather/idiot proof
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 4:38:43 PM EDT
All your questions will be answered on:

DPREVIEW.COM
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 4:39:44 PM EDT
Canon A95 is a great camera. I love mine!


BKVic
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 5:00:05 PM EDT
As a Christmas present for the wife and I we bought a Kodak Z740. I love this camera! Very easy to use, 5megapixel, takes great photos!

Some examples here in my AR Optics thread:

www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=18&t=264445


This is a recent pic I took at work.

Link Posted: 1/11/2006 5:01:34 PM EDT
Glass matters

canon or nikon
nikon or canon
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 5:05:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Macumazahn:
Get a Nikon that takes AAs. I have had 1 for several years now, and it still works good. I loaned it out at my old job and everyone loved it, so I bought several more for work.

Mine is a Nikon Coolpix 2100, but the 2200 is a little newer. These are only 2 megapixels, but fine for most things.

The Nikon Coolpix 3100, and 3200 are 3 megapixels but the same style.


There are also 4100, and 4200 versions, which are 4 and 5 megapixel respectively.

They all have the nice Nikor lense, and take AA's (rechargeables work great as do lithiums) and take Compact Flask.

These are the best cameras for the money IMHO and easy to use. I like some of the Canons too, but they don't match to the Coolpix.



My duty camera is the 4100 and has served me quite well for the last year. Cost a little over $200. I bought my wife a 4200 for Christmas and it cost $150. These Nikons are excellent cameras and you cant go wrong buying one.

Link Posted: 1/11/2006 5:27:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SirDrinksAlot:
Whats a good camerea in that price range thats water/weather/idiot proof



The one mentioned in my previous post seems pretty close.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 11:10:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By QUIB:
As a Christmas present for the wife and I we bought a Kodak Z740. I love this camera! Very easy to use, 5megapixel, takes great photos!

Some examples here in my AR Optics thread:

www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=18&t=264445


This is a recent pic I took at work.

www.hunt101.com/img/364443-big.jpg





got a lot of reading/reviewing to do...
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 4:17:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:


got a lot of reading/reviewing to do...




You asked for it!
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 4:23:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By QUIB:
As a Christmas present for the wife and I we bought a Kodak Z740. I love this camera! Very easy to use, 5megapixel, takes great photos!

Some examples here in my AR Optics thread:

www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=18&t=264445


This is a recent pic I took at work.

www.hunt101.com/img/364443-big.jpg



DIA?
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 4:29:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2006 4:42:48 AM EDT by Dragracer_Art]
I've got a Sony DSC-P92 that I bought several years ago for over $500.
It produces crystal clear pictures with a 5 megapixel resolution. I'm sure they are down under $300 by now...
It was WELL worth the $500 when I bought it.



One of many pics taken with this camera... I had to resize it from 2592 x 1944 pixels down to 768 x 576 (for the broadband challenged folks).
This camera is AWESOME.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 4:35:15 AM EDT
Canon PowerShot A95 I have one and love it!

Check here for reviews

www.imaging-resource.com
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 4:36:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2006 4:39:44 AM EDT by Cleatus]

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
Just bought a Canon A520 for $165 online. It's an outstanding camera in its price range. I refuse to pay more for digital technology since it depreciates so quickly.



pops just got one- real nice and came with extra 256 meg card.

I am not an expert, but my 4.1 meg pix camers is more than adequate for normal pics
99% people do not need more than that


only thing i dont like about sony is their retarded overpriced "Memory Stick"

yes, they are battery killers- either get the lithium ones for it or get rechargable batteries from wall mat

Go to www.jr.com for some real good pricing- and reliable place.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 4:38:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
I've got a Sony DSC-P92 that I bought several years ago for over $500.
It produces crystal clear pictures with a 5 megapixel resolution. I'm sure they are down under $300 by now...
It was WELL worth the $500 when I bought it.

rds.yahoo.com/S=96062883/K=Sony+DSC-p92/v=2/SID=e/l=IVS/SIG=13pvdq0o5/EXP=1137159001/*-http%3A//www.advantage123.com/digital_camera_buying_guide_review/images/Sony-DSC-P92-Digital-Camera.jpg



+1

Sony Cybershot is the only way to go.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 4:42:17 AM EDT
Try here. Steve's been around the block in the digital world for a long time.

www.steves-digicams.com/
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 4:49:21 AM EDT
I agree that most don't 'need' a camera with 5+ MP resolution, but it sure does help those of us with poor camera skills.
I always shoot pics on max resolution so I have a good quality pic to work with. I can always crop or resize a big pic smaller, while keeping perfect picture quality. I can't count how many times I was standing too far away, or snapped a pic off-center. With a large, good quality pic I can always "fix it" and make it look like the perfect shot every time.

Try making a small, poor resolution pic bigger...
5.0 MP is definitely the way to go.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:25:16 AM EDT
I picked up a Panasonic DMC-FZ5 for $325 about a month ago. It's got a great lens with 12X optical zoom, excellent image stabilization, and takes very nice photos. I've been very happy with it so far. Shutter lag is very minimal for a non-SLR digital camera (a big issue for me). All the auto settings work very well and it's also got all the manual controls I want (except manual focus, which is the only negative here). Check out the various reviews--It stacks up very well against the competition.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:31:24 AM EDT
Fuji S5200 or S3100 (3100 is a little smaller, less optical zoom).

Anything Nikon or Canon. As someone said earlier, glass matters.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:38:15 AM EDT
My Canon SD450 is outstanding for a snapshot camera and was ~250 or so in November. I can't say enough good things about it.

I suggest you head over to www.cnet.com to check out their reviews.

A few things I like about this camera:

ultracompact and light (smaller than my Motorola V710 cellphone)
usb connector built in so no dock needed to transfer photos
accepts up to 2gb compactflash cards
5 megapixel resolution more than adequate for snapshots
multiple scene modes
takes .avi video with sound
3x optical zoom
continuous shooting feature
comes with rechargable battery and very compact charger battery can be fully charged from discharge in less than 90 minutes. I have not yet run out of juice so I don't have a good handle on life but it is supposed to give ~260 photos with flash per charge.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:43:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Cleatus:

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
Just bought a Canon A520 for $165 online. It's an outstanding camera in its price range. I refuse to pay more for digital technology since it depreciates so quickly.



pops just got one- real nice and came with extra 256 meg card.

I am not an expert, but my 4.1 meg pix camers is more than adequate for normal pics
99% people do not need more than that


only thing i dont like about sony is their retarded overpriced "Memory Stick"

yes, they are battery killers- either get the lithium ones for it or get rechargable batteries from wall mat

Go to www.jr.com for some real good pricing- and reliable place.



That's right, assuming you don't need to crop much 4MP is going to do just fine. I have two 11x14" prints hanging in my house from Yellowstone last year that came from my 4.0MP Canon G2. Unless you stand with your nose to the glass they look for all the world like any other 35mm photo enlargement.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:51:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 9mm4me:
Pentax Optio S6 - can be had for around $275



+1

Great 6.0 mega pixel ( and small - compact ) camera.

hint hint * Buy it at Costco and you can get it for $199

also see this link for camera info.
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