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Best line/ worst line of cameras? Also, 4MP vs 5MP?

by hfguide / September 18, 2005 12:19 AM PDT

Well, I'm finally deciding to take the plunge and go digital.

I've done my research about the technical stuff. The problem is, learning about all the techie stuff hasn't exactly helped me decide which brand to go with, so I just feel overwhelmed when looking at all of them. I have no idea how to narrow down my search brand-wise, whether to go Canon or Kodak or Minolta or what have you.

What are, in everyone's opinion, the best or the worst line of digital cameras? Meaning, those brands where you wouldn't think twice about looking at in purchasing cameras, as opposed to the ones where you're, like, "Yuck-- forget it."

Or is there no such thing? (In other words, all are good in some ways, but some are better at doing certain things than other brands, and it *depends* which ones are good or not, based on what you want out of a camera?)

One last question... What's the largest-sized, good quality print I could get with a 4MP camera? I'm asking this, because I'm wavering between getting a 4MP or 5MP camera. I'm getting the camera as a hobby; however, I'd also like to use it for family events and such. 4X7 is good, but I'd like to be able to print a little larger *just in case.*


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2005 1:05 AM PDT

But you can find them aplenty on ebay with all thos no-names. Let's just call these "toy cameras" and stick with the names you've seen for years when you go shopping.


PS. There was a recent post about megapixels which answered that quite well.

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Okay, thx! :-)
by hfguide / September 18, 2005 9:54 PM PDT


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Here's a good place
by mrobzo / September 18, 2005 6:59 AM PDT
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Thanks for that helpful link! I've bookmarked it!
by hfguide / September 18, 2005 9:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Here's a good place


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Best and Worst
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / September 18, 2005 11:20 AM PDT

As long as you stick with the bigger names in the camera world, there is no Best or Worst company.

If you talk about individual cameras, there are some ups and downs within each company.

When looking at the results of the average person taking family photos and vacation shots, I think the digital camera is producing better photos that the film cameras ever did. Automatic white balance is one of the big factors in producing good colors with digital cameras.

I never saw a Polaroid photo that I thought was good.

As far as 4 or 5 megapixels ...... go with the 5 megapixels.
It is now considered the standard by many.
However either 4 or 5 megapixels will produce a very good 8 x 10 inch print.


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Thank you so much, especially the bit about *white balance!*
by hfguide / September 18, 2005 9:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Best and Worst

This was very helpful and exactly what I needed. I'll definitely go with a 5MP now and stick to the *bigger names.*

Thanks once again. Happy

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