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Old 02-21-2005, 03:14 PM   #1
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Ok, finally got a digital camera. ...
I didn't want to hijack the "Wha'cha Knittin'?, thread so I thought I'd ask separately.

What digital camera did you get?? I want one. Since I also need a new phone, I was thinking about getting one of those phones with the cameras. Of course, all of them are so expensive! I figure I should have enough money saved up for one (digicam, phone and/or digicam-phone combo) before I find my second grey hair.
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Old 02-21-2005, 10:18 PM   #2
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Heh, was a little startled to find my name on the topics list. I'm just glad it wasn't an angry hue and cry for my removal :)

I got a Canon PowerShot S500, which was around $400 (though they can be found cheaper... I bought through CompUSA for their excelent extended warenty package). It is, however, the top of the line for that model... Canon has many better cameras in different model lines that are WAY more expensive. I work with photos all the time for web stuff and am interested in ameture photography, so I wanted a small, point and shoot camera with high resolution and lots of bells and whistles.

Point being, there are many good consumer grade camers out there for much less. Moreover, you can often buy them through reputible online stores for WAY less than you could get in a "real" store.

I did a fair amount of research into what I wanted out of a camera and found that the Canon Digital Elph line was highly recomended across the board. There are some good, mid range cameras in that line (by mid range, I mean what most people look for in a camera - unless you're going to get into heavy photo-manipulation you don't need a 4 or 5 mega pixel camera. 2 or 3 mega-pixels will do just fine. Mega-pixels relate to image size and resolution, incedentally).

I'd go into a store with a wide selection and tell them your price range. Make them work for their minimum wage and have them show you a bunch of cameras slightly above your range and slightly below it. Tell them what you'd mostly use it for; family pictures, or professional grade landscape shots... artsy fartsy or smiling friend. They'll be able to point you in a good direction, and more over, you'll be able to finger them all; size does matter when it comes to a camera. Then, on a different day, when you've had a chance to look at some and think on it and what you need, go in to buy. Saves impulses purchesses :)

I've got a camera phone, though it is old at about a year and a half. It is fun, and I enjoy taking random pictures of my friends and having a picture of my choosing as my screen saver, but for actually taking pictures, it's not much use. I mostly use the camera feature for sending my bf pictures of my head sticking my toungue out or looking sly.
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Old 02-22-2005, 01:17 AM   #3
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definitely don't get a phone to take pictures, or a camera to talk on the phone!

in my opinion, get the best olympus you can afford. (i have a fancy shmancy sony and i wish i had half its value in an olympus).
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Old 02-22-2005, 02:14 AM   #4
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Olympus was certainly one of the names that came up in my research. As was Nikon. There are a lot of good cameras out there, certainly, and all for different purposes.

I thought about Sony, because I have many of their other products that I really like (mini-disk player, PDA, and 2 laptops ((though one's on the fritz waiting repairs))) but I found that with the features I wanted I need a different brand. It seemed the Sony's are good for point-and-shoot, no-fuss, standard issue cameras but they didn't seem to have the bells and whistles I was looking for.
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Old 02-22-2005, 03:27 PM   #5
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Here's a great website for comparing cameras. My favorite feature of the site, is that they take the same set of photos with every camera, so you can compare how they come out. Some do better than others in indoor lighting, or natural lighting, or with a flash. It's good when considering the kinds of conditions you'll be using your camera in.
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