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Digital Camera Recommendation

by atbailey / June 9, 2004 5:10 AM PDT

After reading through some posts, I realize that I could be asking better questions, and perhaps be gaining better answers!

I primarily want to use a digital camera on vacations, sightseeing, out on the town- and will probably never print above a 5X7 size. I plan on printing my images from disk, choosing the best images to reproduce, and will probably e-mail to friends also. I want something that will produce clear, sharp images, but really don't want to spend over $300.00.

I am used to my minolta X-700slr (older manual) with a bulky flash and lenses, and want something easier to travel with.

Thanks so much!

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Re:Digital Camera Recommendation
by snapshot / June 9, 2004 5:59 AM PDT

If you are accustom to a film SLR, I don't think you would be happy with a point-and-shoot camera very long.

Under $300 is mostly point-and-shoot territory.

Canon has the A70, A75 (3 meg, 3X) which falls into this price range. It is an intermediate camera with lots of manual over-ride capabilities.

For about $175, you can get the 2 meg, 3X Canon A60. Except for the 2 meg, it is identical to the A70.

This will give you something to compare to, when looking at other cameras.


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Re:Re:Digital Camera Recommendation
by atbailey / June 9, 2004 6:05 AM PDT

What price range should I realistically allow myself for a better camera?

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Re:Re:Re:Digital Camera Recommendation
by snapshot / June 9, 2004 11:03 AM PDT

By just going to about $350 will add several more good choices.

Here is a good place to find out what you want:

On the left side of the screen,
Select Buying Guide and Features Search.

You can plug-in the features you would like and get a list of cameras that have those features. Price range is one of the selections.


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by MJH029 / June 9, 2004 1:12 PM PDT

Try Nikon 4300. There is $50 reimbursement. The prices at internet is around $330. After reimbursement will be under $300. It is 4 Meg pixel model. A friend of my has this camera for couple of years. She is happy with that.

Recommended spend another $60 for compact flesh card and another $20 for a spare battery.

For camera, try for memory and spare batteryl, try

Entire package should around $370 the most.

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Re:Digital Camera Recommendation
by gamergeek / June 9, 2004 3:06 PM PDT

Well I myself am torn between the Canon A75 which has LOTS of bells and whistles and is overall a great camera for only $249.99 (BestBuy)
or the Sony p8 which is also a great camera for the same price (usually 279.99, just dropped down to $249.99)
So maybe this will give you what to think about.
I've done research forever to find a good family photo camera that has minimal shutter lag, has a video feature with sound, and has 3x optical zoom.
Hope this helps!

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