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digital camera advice please!

by juliansierra / March 2, 2007 9:42 AM PST

We're in the market for a new digital camera. We currently have kodak easy share and not happy with it. I am a novice and my extent of camera use now is to capture our twins. Kodak is too delayed and slow. We are thinking about canon sd800 or sony (don't know which), both I believe are compatible with Mac. Your advice would be most appreciated!!
oh, our budget is around 500. we're also in the market for a camcorder. Our JVC hard drive is too complicated to convert and quality is unimpressive. Our budget is around 1,000...help!! thanks in advance.

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An idea...
by whizkid454 / March 2, 2007 10:20 AM PST

There will be a release of a nice (spec-wise) camera/camcorder combination in a month or less. It is the Canon TX1. It shoots 7MP stills with 10x stabilized optical zoom and shoots 720p high-definition video. Both are stored on SDHC memory cards. The best thing: It's only going to be $500! We will see how the reviews turn out, but it seems very promising given the technical details of both the camera and camcorder functions. Looks like this might be your answer. We'll see once the reviews come out.

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Camera and Camcorder
by blaine100 / March 2, 2007 11:38 AM PST

I really like the Canon SD series for cameras (I also use it to capture quick pics of the kid) because it takes fairly good shots, is very quick, acceptable video, and I can put it in my pocket whenever we go out as a family. You might also like the small Sony Cybershot cameras. Also, the Fuji F30 has been getting pretty good reviews (actually better than the Canon's and Sony's overall which actually surprised me).

Here's where you can read all the reviews on the internet for some of the cameras:
Canon SD800 - http://www.productcritic.com/product/54-canon-powershot-sd800-is-ixus-850-is
Canon SD900 - http://www.productcritic.com/product/109-canon-powershot-sd900-ixus-900-ti
Sony Cybershot DSC-T50 - http://www.productcritic.com/product/87-sony-cybershot-dsc-t50
Fuji FinePix F30 - http://www.productcritic.com/product/72-fujifilm-finepix-f30

As for camcorders, you might try the Sony DCR-DVD505 or the Panasonic PV-GS500. The Sony records to DVD and the Panasonic records to miniDV.

Here's all the reviews for both camcorders:
Sony DCR-DVD505 - http://www.productcritic.com/product/11-sony-dcr-dvd505
Panasonic PV-GS500 - http://www.productcritic.com/product/28-panasonic-pv-gs500-nv-gs500

Good luck!

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thank you, question:
by juliansierra / March 2, 2007 11:24 PM PST
In reply to: Camera and Camcorder

thank you two for your replies. I'll check out your inputs. Question:with comcorder, would you recommend dvd or minidv? I was told hard drive is the way to go and we had such difficulty downloading the content onto our computer, it wasn't worth it. It took very long to convert the data into quicktime, which took several conversion process. Any thoughts on DVD camcorder vs. minidv? I'll also read up on these as well...thanks Happy

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Yeah, HD is a good way to go.
by blackbird12435 / March 3, 2007 2:52 AM PST
In reply to: thank you, question:

Using a hard drive, you can use it over and over, and usually it can store much more than a DVD or a MiniDV. For a camera, you should choose the Canon Brand. They make what people call the best cameras. Here are some good models:
-Canon SD600/A540 Both are 6 megapixels, and are similar but one is thinner and the other has a larger zoom factor.
-Canon a550. People have commented that the new model of the a540, which is 7 megapixels, also gives alot of "bang for the buck".

*note a550/a540 take really crisp and beautiful pictures with many manual and auto modes, but beware, the flash takes long to recycle.

Hope you find your ideal Camera and camcorder that fits your budget and your usage!

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