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Making 1st Camera Purchase

by Syrachris / September 30, 2004 7:26 AM PDT

I'm going to be purchasing my first digital camera and after researching, I've narrowed my list down to 3 and would like anyone's recommendation and/or opinions.

Although this is my first digital camera, I am generally good w/ electronics and catch on quick.

I plan to use the camera to mainly take family snapshots, although I may at some point dabble in more creative types of picture taking. I don't envision making enlargements greater than 8x10. That being said, I want at least a 4 megapixel camera. Would 5 megapixels be too much?

The camera's I'm leaning toward are:

Canon PowerShot A85 - 4mps, 3x Optical Zoom, 1.8 LCD, optical viewfinder.

Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom - 4mps, 10x Optical Zoom, 1.8 LCD, electronic viewfinder.

Sony Cyber Shot DSC-V1 - 5mps, 4x Optical Zoom, 1.5 LCD, optical viewfinder.

If anyone has any other models to suggest, I'd appreciate hearing about those as well. Thanks for taking the time to help me decide.

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Re: Making 1st Camera Purchase
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / September 30, 2004 9:47 AM PDT

You picked out three winners.

You will be happy with any of the three.

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Re: Making 1st Camera Purchase
by jason_he / October 3, 2004 12:58 AM PDT

My suggestion is the all-new Canon Powershot SD300 which will be released in November. It's powered by Canon's new Digic II processor and is 4-megapixels. Since the original Digic provided excellent image quality for all Canon's cameras, expect this to be even better. It also has a stunning movie mode like the Coolpix but includes a 60fps 320x240 mode to capture fast sports action. This Canon is ultracompact and ultrathin and you will probably be very happy with it. ($399 MSRP)

Steve's Digicams and DCRP are in-depth user review sites that include sample photos. Using Google, type the name of a camera and add "review" at the end, and the first two results should be those reviews.

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Re: Making 1st Camera Purchase
by Kodakjack / October 3, 2004 10:54 PM PDT

I just purchased a Kodak EZ Share 5.0MP 7530 and from my brief time with it as well as reading some very positive reviews, it's a great choice. I'd advise looking at it.

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