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A Good Camera for Less than $200

by Anthos1987 / March 6, 2008 6:48 PM PST

My uncle is going to buy a new camera but I really don't know which one he should get. Can someone recommend a good one for less than $200. I'd like to get one that's good a taking macro pictures.

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Digital Cameras
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 7, 2008 12:13 AM PST

It really depends upon what size cameras you are wanting.

The better ultra compact (thin) cameras tend to cost more than $200.

The slightly larger compact (1.5 inches thick) cameras offer some very good cameras for under $200.

Probably one of the best in that price range is the Canon A570.
It can be found for about $175.
For a little less, there is the Canon A550 and A560.

If you want more zoom, look at the slightly larger, highly rated Fujifilm S700/S5700.
It sells for $200 and offers a lot of camera for the money.

Just about all digital camera do a good job with macros.
The secret to good macro is to use something to steady the camera.
A tripod is best.
And a lot of light helps.
Any camera with some manual controls is even better, so that you can control depth of field.
That would be the Canon A570 and the Fujifilm S700/S5700.

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Re: Digital Cameras
by Anthos1987 / March 7, 2008 6:02 AM PST
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Yeah, I forgot to mention that I was hoping to get one of those thin ones, something that's not too thick .

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Thin Cameras
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 7, 2008 6:49 AM PST
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The thin cameras tend to be more expensive, but there are a few good choices for just under $200.

The other problem with thin cameras, is that very few of them have a viewfinder and a LCD screen.
You will find that in bright sunlight, sometimes the sun overpowers the LCD and completely washes out the image.
That is when the optical viewfinder is really necessary.

Sony has the "W" series of thin cameras and they all have viewfinders.
The most popular one for under $200 is the Sony W55.

Canon has one thin camera with a viewfinder for $200 and that is the Canon SD1000.

Either camera will be a good choice.

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