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momwolf
03-05-2006, 03:21 PM
Need to buy digial camera and all of you seem to have one so I thought I'd ask my fellow knitters about pros and cons of their cameras

bjc1050
03-05-2006, 03:38 PM
I love my Olympus Camedia. It's the 2nd digital camera I've had. Had a Fuji 1st. It was o.k., but I couldn't get extra memory cards for it several months after the purchase...the notch on the newer memory cards were on the wrong side of the camera. So I would never buy another Fuji.

I've had my Olympus for a couple of years so I'm sure they've gotten even more sophisticated, but don't feel compelled to get a newer one. This does what I need it to and it's easy to use.

Louine
03-05-2006, 04:02 PM
I bought a Sony mavica when they first came out and I loved the convenience of it....it used floppy disk and you just popped them out of the camera and into the computer. I now own a newer model and it uses mini disk.....love it too. The convenience is great and the pictures are so clear....plus you can make mini movies with sound.....I have used it to capture moments in my grandchild (not really but I claim him anyway since I don't have any of my own yet) life.

There are so many out there you need to just check them all out.

Jan in CA
03-05-2006, 04:21 PM
I'm on my 4th digital camera having moved up to a Canon DSLR now. You didn't say what type of camera you are looking for (size, $$, what you plan to use it for) because all that makes a difference.

Off the top of my head w/o knowing any of this I'd say stick to Canon, Nikon, and Olympus. I don't know much about Fuji and nothing really wrong with Sony, but I wouldn't have one with the floppy or the mini disk. The floppies don't hold enough information, meaning fewer pics at a time, fewer megapixels which means smaller prints, and the mini-disks take a long time to write to the disk meaning longer between shots. I also don't like the "memory sticks" as it's proprietary and no other camera can use it if you move on to a new camera at some point. I believe they are phasing out "Smart Media" memory cards.

Here's a few websites that offer reviews and you can compare cameras. These are the ones I go to when doing camera research.
http://www.imaging-resource.com/WB/WB.HTM
http://www.dpreview.com/
http://www.steves-digicams.com/default.htm

TMI?

knitwit2
03-05-2006, 04:34 PM
I just bought a Kodak EasyShare and I love it. I had a Canon but didn't like the zoom on it. I have boys in sports and I couldn't zoom close enough. The Kodak as 10X Optical Zoom which is more like mySLR camera. The price was right also. Attached is some pictures of my pink tulips.

blueeyes28
03-05-2006, 04:47 PM
If this is your first digital camera I recomend the Kodak easy share they are very user friendly and the quality of the photos is the same if not better than my much more expensive and much more complicated camera I have now (my husband went for a swim I think with my kodak in his pocket :mad: )

bjc1050
03-05-2006, 05:01 PM
Isn't technology wonderful?! Almost any brand digital camera gives great photos. Who EVER woulda thunk! :D

momwolf
03-05-2006, 05:46 PM
I knew I'd find people who were dissatified with their cameras so I knew I could trust my knitting people for honest answers :D I also knew I'd find out what people love about their cameras :D Just knew I could trust these answers more then any other place I went :D I'd appreicate any more input you could give me.I was leaning toward the EasyShare before I asked the forum.

Ingrid
03-05-2006, 05:48 PM
Kelly recommended the Easy Share to me. I got it from Overstock.com for what I felt was a good price, and I'm very happy with it.

blueeyes28
03-05-2006, 05:48 PM
I know that transfereing my pictures from my easy share to my computer was much easier than the camera I have now as well.

dustinac
03-05-2006, 05:49 PM
I love my Kodak Easy Share camera... I have had it for prolly 2yrs now.. I love that I can hook it up to my computer or just hook it up to the easy dock and print photos that way... I usually do this when I go home to WV... I got it when they had a deal going I got the camera, all software, easy dock, paper, and everything else I needed for it... :happydance:

Jan in CA
03-05-2006, 05:49 PM
Yes, I'd forgotten about Kodak. They are good, too. ;)

Julie
03-05-2006, 06:33 PM
I love, love love my Canon Powershot. It's been going strong for 6 years, no problems whatsoever. Around Christmas I got some money to blow and I did consider replacing it with a newer Powershot because the newer ones take li'l videos...but I decided against it because I couldn't justify the expense. It really is a little workhorse, and it doesn everything I need it to. Did I mention that I love my camera? ;)

I've bought 6 other Powershots for work and they have all been great too -- whatever you decide on, just make sure you get optical zoom and digital zoom, not just digital zoom. IMHO. :D

momwolf
03-05-2006, 06:44 PM
How long is the battrey life on digital cameras?

bjc1050
03-05-2006, 06:56 PM
I use rechargeable batteries in mine. Not real sure how long each charge lasts since I don't use the camera as often as some others do. They seem to last thru several shooting sessions. I make sure to recharge them if something important is coming up in the near future.

Jan in CA
03-05-2006, 07:17 PM
How long is the battrey life on digital cameras?

I've been after several people in here who shall not be named to get rechargeables! :shock: :roflhard: Two sets of rechargeables and you won't have problems not having batteries available. They may cost a little more, but they pay for themselves quickly. Regular batteries don't last too long usually. I've bought the rechargeables at Radio Shack and they are fine.

I also HIGHLY recommend getting a card reader. It seems that is another problem in here...people losing the cable to connect the camera to the computer. Besides when you connect like that it uses up the battery even more. Mine is a Sandisk 12 in 1 (http://www.sandisk.com/), but there are other readers out there that will work as well.

BTW...some cameras come with a proprietary rechargeables so check before you buy anything. Oh and two of my daughers have the Canon Powershots and love them, too.

momwolf
03-06-2006, 10:20 PM
Please need more good and bad about cameras you use :pray:

Ingrid
03-06-2006, 10:24 PM
I had absolutely no experience with digitals before I got my Kodak. I've always loved, and generally prefer, my Nikon SLR. However, I found the Kodak easy to use, and the softwear that comes with it is easy to use, too. You can also share photos on the Kodak site, so people are not coming you your computer to look at them. I like that.

humblestumble
03-07-2006, 12:25 AM
I have kodak easy share as well, and with my 512 MB card, I can hold over 700 pictures which are above average resolution on it. I wish I had a Canon RebelXT, but alas that's a long shot and is very expensive to me. I'd say if you just need to take pictures of projects, or want decent pictures of family and whatnot, go ahead and get a kodak easy share.

If u want to be a pro, get a SLR camera.

MrTea
03-07-2006, 12:37 PM
This is the best little digital camera on the market right now...

Sony DSC-N1

http://dk.compulenta.ru/upload/iblock/1a6/sony_1.jpg

I bought 7 of these for our top sales accociates this year and one for my mom. They were a huge hit at the anual sales meeting, everyone loves them. Super easy to use (my mom uses her's avidly, that's saying alot), most functions are accessed through the touch screen. Great auto-focus but, you can also set everything manually. The size is perfect. Small enough to go with you anywhere and yet not too small, so it's not awkward to use. Not to mention a whopping 8.1 mega pixels, 3x optical zoom and huge LCD screen. Too cool to really explain how cool it is. You want this camera, trust me.

P.S. Don't forget to order a 1GB memory stick DUO for it. You'll want it especially if you take 8mp photos and it's not much more expensive than the 512mb.

http://digital-lifestyles.info/copy_images/sony-dsc-n1-lg2.jpg

http://www.ixbt.com/short/2k5-10/sony_cyber-shot_dsc-n1_p01.jpg

http://www.dcphoto.ru/images/Sonydsc-n1b.jpg

http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/sc/31530033-2-300-0.gif

Rennagayle
03-07-2006, 01:30 PM
Another vote here for the Kodak Easy Share. My first digital camera was a Sony Mavica (like Louine), and I loved it for the ease of use. I was very technologically challenged (still am!), but wanting to post pictures on eBay ads. The ease of the floppy disc was the perfect solution for that need, and someone like me, but for taking family pictures and vacation pictures, it simply didn't have enough mp's.

I still do use my Mavica when I'm in a hurry to get a picture on an eBay ad, but for everything else, I use the EasyShare. It actually belongs to my ds, but we share it. I bought my own 512 memory card for it, so he and I can keep our pictures separate. I probably have the same version of Easy Share as knitwit2, as mine also has the 10x optical zoom. I LOVE that feature. When looking at zooms available, don't pay attention to the digital zoom. It's the optical that really matters.

Like Jan, I also recommend the card reader, to save on battery power when downloading the pics into your computer. It's a great little gadget to have, and pretty inexpensive to purchase. I have not, however, bought rechargeables. Sounds like I need to do so! :doh:

sara_jayne
03-07-2006, 02:00 PM
I also put in a vote for the Kodak cameras. Maybe because my dad works for Kodak and I'd like for him to keep his job!

But really, I have the Z7590 (http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml;jsessionid=JCKBU4AQZLC3DFW4FAKHW D2W1YUEE4L4?pq-path=6723&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=21641) carmera and I just LOVE it. I wanted a camera with a great zoom on it and my dad taught me that 5.0 megapixle would be enough because the pictures can be blown up to 8x10 beautifully and I don't want to go up much larger than that.

I did buy a 512 MB card to go with it (and filled it up TWICE on my honey moon - 1500 pictures total!). It comes with a rechargable battery and wall charger and I purchased an additional battery because I'm nuts. They do also sell the docks for this camera...but I don't have one. I've been able to hang onto the USB cable and my husband's computer has a card reader built in for those times I'm too lazy to get the cable!

What I do like about the camera is the zoom and the "scenes" available. Mostly I use the scene set on auto but there are scene settings for night time, close ups, action, bright beach and snow scenes among many others. You can also make take short videos with sound! The zoom is great - but I do suggest if you are going to use the zoom extended all the way that you either have a tripod or a solid surface. Below are picures that show the zoom - taken in Sedona AZ. The pictures were taken standing in the same spot.

Some day I'd love and SLR and to learn more about lighting, apature (spelling) and all that other good stuff, but for now the camera and the "scenes" help me take pictures in the right context.

I hope this helps!

Zoom all the way out
http://images.kodakgallery.com/photos1828/3/84/44/43/38/3/338434484303_0_ALB.jpg

Zoom all the way in
http://images.kodakgallery.com/photos1828/3/84/44/62/54/7/754624484303_0_ALB.jpg

Edited only to change source location for photos

Rennagayle
03-07-2006, 02:15 PM
Awesome photo, Sara_Jayne! Was that in Arizona? My friend/neighbor sent me a postcard of that scene (the close-up) on a trip to AZ a few years ago.

sara_jayne
03-07-2006, 02:31 PM
:doh: opps! I meant to put in the details about the pictures!

The pictures our from our honeymoon to Arizona last year (on the 11th!!). These pictures were taken in Sedona AZ and the church is Church of the Holy Cross, built right into the rocks.

AZ is THE BEST place for taking pictures.

Rennagayle
03-07-2006, 02:34 PM
AZ is THE BEST place for taking pictures.

I can see why, with the brilliant blue sky, and the many hues in the landscape. :-)

momwolf
03-08-2006, 02:01 AM
Thanks to all of you who answer ed :D but keep giving me your stories on cameras.The pictures were great! Helped to actually see how zoom works.Can anyone tell me the battery life on these cameras?

Rennagayle
03-08-2006, 02:03 AM
I honestly can't say on our Easy Share, as I've never really paid attention to it. I can say that we don't have to charge all that often. That's not much help, I know. :blush:

lmc
03-08-2006, 03:20 AM
I love my Fuji 3800 with a mere 3.2 mega pixels and 6X zoom. I had a loaner of the one step up from this camera with 4 mega pixels but really didn't see much difference.

Mine also does videos/not the greatest quality but fun and with sound.

Not sure my quality is as sharp as the tulips above. Will pick a photo to share so you can decide. This camera cost $400 a few years ago when I got it and the 4 mp was half that price last I looked several months ago. so prices are going down! :happydance:

I take over 100 photos every Friday when I spend the day with my grandkids...the batteries last several weeks of photo taking. I use a plug in charger when I download the photos to my computer to save the batteries.