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Need help deciding for first time digital camera buy

by danielswiss / April 21, 2004 11:50 AM PDT

I am interested in a camera that lets me make great 5 X 7 shots and has a nice zoom (between 4 X to 10X). I am considering the following:
Kodak Easy Share DX 6490
Olympus C-750
Pentax Optio 555
Fujifilm Finepix 3800

I had a question though. Some revoew state that a camera with a minimum of 38 mm (e.g. C-750) may not be good for shots of landscapes or architecture. At least, that is the cons listed for the Minolta Dimage Z1. Does this con also apply to Olympus or Kodak cameras?

Thanks so much for any advice!

Currently, I have a Pentax Espio 160 IQ Zoom.

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Re:Need help deciding for first time digital camera buy
by snapshot / April 22, 2004 1:06 AM PDT

Looks like you found most of the 10x cameras.

I can add one more:

Panasonic DMC-FZ-10

Minolta now has the Z2, which is a big improvement over the Z1. Check out the Z2 here:

As for concerns about 38mm lens capabilities you should take a look at actual photos and judge for yourself.

See Minolta Z2 samples here:

See Olympus 750 samples here:


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Re:Need help deciding for first time digital camera buy
by johnpriore / April 22, 2004 7:24 PM PDT

Dude I just wrote a lengthy description of the cameras, and I guess it didn't send. Sorry but I'm not writing it again. The Fuji is 3-mega. Kodak and Olympus look better in the 4-mega group than the Pentax. The May 2004 Consumer Reports magazine has a nice write-up on them, which is my source here.

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Re:Re:Need help deciding for first time digital camera buy
by catsaver / April 29, 2004 9:25 PM PDT

Regarding the cameras listed in Consumer Reports, has anyone tried the Kodak EasyShare DX6340 Digital Camera? Would like feedback about it.

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Kodak 6340 owners opinions
by snapshot / April 30, 2004 12:49 PM PDT
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Re:Need help deciding for first time digital camera buy

I use olympus c750. It's a dream to use for me. When using the Olumpus xd card, you can take panoramic multiple shots, a feature built into the camera.
Also, do you use a photoshop app? You can blend photos together that way as well.
10x optical with 4x digital, 4MP is ideal, as you can also shoot in TIFF format, for larger prints, with c750.
In addition, there are sellers on ebay for add-on lenses, for under $100. Some wisdom for you on wideangle [digital]. 2X means square root of 2 aditional, which equals 1.4, or about 40% increase.
There is also a wide angle lens in the combo, that widens about 40% as well. This will help your landscape shots out, or even those close shots at holidays, etc. It usually comes with a macro filter lens, which lets you get much closer than the macro setting on the camera, I forget the ratio at the moment, but it is dynamic increase.
Hope it helps!!
Alan R.

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