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Old 07-21-2008, 08:38 AM   #11
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My camera broke on me last month...I had no clue about cameras 'cause I just point and shoot myself...although my pictures never turn out very well...

so for our anniversary my dh went camera shopping and he got me a Canon Powershot A650 IS (the link is a digital camera review which is how he made his selection)...the pictures turn out great and would turn out better if I would stop long enough to read my book. It's still easy enough for me to use but makes me feel like I have neat camera
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:33 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by auburnchick View Post
Question...

What does the macro feature do on a camera? I'm kind of a point and click kind of gal, but I'm curious.

Thanks, all for the suggestions. I'm going to print out everything and go shopping either tomorrow or Wednesday.

Most point and shoot cameras will only focus at a certain distance away from your subject. The macro feature allows you to get close-up to your subject and still be in focus.

Just how close depends on the camera you choose.
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We have a Nikon SLR that I LOVE, but it's kind of expensive and I don't think it's what you wanted to begin with. It does have an auto focus feature (which I use exclusively) and you get to pick what to focus on. It also has an action setting, but I don't use that yet.

My mom bought her first digital camera last month. It's a Canon. It's actually what I wanted before hubby bought the SLR! She's very impressed with it and she's not techno-savvy so that's pretty impressive! She did take pics of my nephews' soccer games so it does action shots well.

Have you checked out sites like epinions.com? I've gathered quite a lot of information from them! You do have to be careful though. Take everything with a grain of salt

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I have a Cannon A530. It's a couple of years old but I really like it. It has a ton of features I never use. I like it because I can hand it to someone and they can get a decent picture w/ out me spending half the day explaining how to use the camera.
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Originally Posted by auburnchick View Post
Question...

What does the macro feature do on a camera? I'm kind of a point and click kind of gal, but I'm curious.

Thanks, all for the suggestions. I'm going to print out everything and go shopping either tomorrow or Wednesday.

The caterpillar picture is macro. I think I can get 2" away and still focus. But I found I can fill the screen with a single diamond if I get 1' away and zoom (they call it telephoto in that instance but I have no idea what all that stuff means).
The Vivitar's "macro" had to be 1' and it had no zoom. I need the close shots for jewelry, the last straw was a custom job for Christmas I couldn't get a good picture of.

Plus the Vivitar ate batteries. I'd get like 3 flash pictures before it would kill a set of alkalines. Then when you changed batteries it would lose all your settings. Same thing when you change the memory card.
I don't know about all the PowerShots but mine does do good on the batteries and it has a wafer battery so it holds all its settings when you open the battery/memory card compartment.

The bad thing about my PowerShot is it's not compatible with Windows 98, which means I have to use a card reader to get my pictures. And if it has any movie editing software I wouldn't know.
I imagine because of MicroSoft trying to force people to buy new computers every few years all new cameras will have that problem.
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I have a Canon Powershot A710 IS. I like it and it has lots of options. I find it a problem sometimes at night, but that is probably part of the learning curve.

Here are a site that I find very helpful when researching cameras.

Click the "find the best camera for you" link on the left to get some ideas. If click "Dave's Picks" you get a page where you can select cameras by various things like who you are, how you use it, etc.
http://www.imaging-resource.com/
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I have a Sony Cyber-shot and DH has an HP. We love the Sony, easy to use (even all the features), small, great battery, easy to download, could go on and on. We don't like the HP. DH used it for two weeks at a conference and it is already not working. Anytime we ever need to replace a camera we will go to Sony (unless I finally get my SLR, and then its going to be the Nikon).
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I have an older Kodak camera, which has been a super, wonderful point 'n shoot camera for me-not so great at the action shots though, even if I have it set for that, but that just may be me

In the July issue of Consumer Reports, their two highest rated subcompact camera is the Sony Cybershot DSC-W200 ($300) and the Sony Cybershot DSC-T70 ($280). For Compact cameras, the two highest are the Canon PowerShot A650 IS ($350) and the Canon PowerShot A720 IS ($180, the is also a CR best buy)
For Super Zoom cameras both of these models are CR best buys the Sony Cybershot DSC-H3 ($250) and the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS ($230).
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I've been using my Olympus D-380 for the last 5 years and love it. However, I've had the use of DS's Olympus 720 and love it even more. It has more zoom and features. I recently took this photo of my black capped conure with it and it is the best I have of Poncho.

Don't know what it cost or what I'll do when I have to give it back.
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