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Help buying digital camera with video capabilities

by sfhtx / July 14, 2005 6:04 AM PDT

Please help me choose a camera, I have no clue!

This is exclusively for taking pics of our baby and the requirements are:

1. Good resolution (does not have to be great..we do mostly 4x6 only)
2. Fast shutter speed(?) Our old digital camera takes forever to take the snap once we press the button - very inconvenient for a fast moving infant
3. Good quality video clips (with audio). We dont use a camcorder, and want to compile short clips of the baby. So this is important
4. Reasonably priced. Under $300 preferably.

I'd appreciate any suggestions.

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Digital Camera
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / July 14, 2005 11:43 AM PDT

You can start by looking at the new Nikon 5900.

It sells for about $260.

5 megapixels and 3X optical zoom.

Good video capabilities
Exellent photos.


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Digital camera and camcorder combination
by Lrothfl / July 18, 2005 10:26 AM PDT

I can highly recommend either the Sanyo C-1, C-4 or C-5. Everything is recorded on SD memory chips and, therefore, are very easy to download and edit. You can take "stills" while shooting camcorder action.

Personally, I would go foe the newest model [C-5] and spend the $500 or so and get the 10mp [that's right] still pictures, HD-DVD quality camcorder, 60X and micro zoom lense. Add a 1gig SD chip and you get an hour of video or about 800 stills or a combination.

Plenty of bells and whistles. Started with the C-1 [also, Fisher] - upgraded to C-4 - and now have the C-5. Have taken pictures around the world with them in all conditions. Best cameras that I have ever purchased...

Good luck on what ever you purchase......

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One Hint
by Chip_Leader / July 19, 2005 9:49 AM PDT

I am not as familiar with the 'newer' digital camera - ours is 2-3 years old. BUT we also have kids and face the 1-2 second delay between hitting the button and the actual picture being take (a lifetime when you are trying to get the right shot.

Anyway, one hint - the majority of the delay is the camera is doing all teh "computing" in regards to lighting, focus etc. USUALLY on most cameras one thing you can do is press the button 1/2 way then "wait" for just the right shot. For example if you are trying to get the exact moment your child is coming down the slide, center the camera on him/her and press 1/2 way. THEN as he/she starts down the slide and it right where they should be, press the rest of the way. the result is a much shorter reaction time for the camera.

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