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How to select a durable and sturdy camera

by divyendu1 / March 25, 2009 7:01 AM PDT

I would like to purchase a digital camera in below $160 .
I have select few cameras out of them I found Canon A470 good.
earlier I have used two digital camera of HP and Fuji but got very problems in them.
Can you provide me some guidance which model is suitable.
My preference will be +5 M.P. with goo durability and sturdiness.

Also let me know whether the cameras whose lens are in outer shell lie Canon A470 are better and durable or throse whose lens are in same body like Canon Ixus 75 Digital Camera are better.

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Sturdy Camera
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 25, 2009 10:00 AM PDT

First lets clear up something.

The Canon ixus 75 (aka SD750) also has a lens that extends from the body when the camera is turned-on.
You are probably thinking of the cameras with an internal lens, such as the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000.

There are a few cameras that are built for extreme environments, such as the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000.
But they will be well above your price range.

Also, I believe any camera with an internal lens system is also above your price range.

The Canon A470 is Canon's entry level camera and gets very good ratings by the reviewers.
It is being replaced by the newer A480.

Some cameras similar to the ixus 75 (aka SD750) can be found in your price range.

If you want a lot of camera for the price, the Canon A590IS is a good choice.
I saw one today in a Staples store for $125.

Details on all the cameras I mentioned can be found at this link:


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selection of camera
by divyendu1 / March 25, 2009 2:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Sturdy Camera

I would like to know which camera should we prefer.
The one with the internal lens or with the exterior body lens (like in A470)

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 26, 2009 12:30 AM PDT
In reply to: selection of camera

In theory, there is no difference in picture quality.
I see no advantage of either design.

But in reality, the internal lens camera is more difficult for manufacturing to assemble.
More time and care is required in aligning the lens to the sensor.

That perfect alignment is not always achieved by manufacturing people.
That shows up as the far side of the picture not being in focus.
It can occur on either side (left or right).

I have seen several sample photos where this has occurred, on several different brands/models of cameras.


For a dust-proof, water-proof, or water resistant camera you must use a camera with an internal lens.
Because it is impossible to get a perfect seal against dust and water with a camera that extends the lens externally.


If you want a camera with an internal lens, I recommend you test it immediately after you get it.
Look for any out of focus on the extreme right or left side of the pictures.
If you find any, return the camera to the store right away.

To see the out of focus problem, you have to look at a photo displayed on your computer monitor at full size.
It will be so large that you will have to use the scroll bars to scroll around the picture.
This is commonly called pixel peeping.


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