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PLEASE help me choose one - there are too many!!!!

by sliding_doors / November 30, 2004 10:49 PM PST

Sorry you must get these requests all the time but I'm desperately trying to pick a digital camera and after a number of searches on the net, there is so much stuff its impossible to choose or find what your looking for. It would help me LOADS if I could have you opinion. I wont waste any more of your time and will wade straight in.

Baiscally I am going travelling for about 8 months in some remote places so I need a camera thats (in order or importance):

1. Large storage
2. Small and compact (including when charging)
3. Long battery life
4. Quite resistant to knocks
5. Quality pictures (3-5 megapixels)
6. Easy to connect to computer to download pictures

I am willing to pay quite a lot for a camera that will last around 500 pounds ($850)

Any suggestions would REALLY help just to narrow down my search.

Thanks

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Re: This one may be out of your price range, but otherwise s
by sliding_doors / December 1, 2004 12:12 AM PST

Thanks for this suggestion - but I am really looking for a small compact point and shot camera - at the momement Im thinking about the Cannon S300

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Re: PLEASE help me choose one - there are too many!!!!
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 1, 2004 12:19 AM PST

"Quite resistant to knocks"

When I see that, the first thing I think of is the Olympus Stylus 410. It is a sealed camera - water and dust resistant and has a sliding cover to protect the lens. This is a point-and-shoot camera with few manual controls. They will be releasing a 500 model in Feb of 2005.

If you are looking for something with lots of manual override controls take a look at the new Olympus C-7000. It sells in the USA for about $550.

Here is a review:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/c7000.html

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Re: PLEASE help me choose one - there are too many!!!!
by Phil1l / December 13, 2004 6:01 AM PST

Hi
I'm usually a Canon fan, but for you, I think the Casio EXILIM serie would be good. One of them would be the Casio Exilim EX50, it's very small, got a big LCD, got amazing battery life (rated around 390 shots), as a metal housing (durable), 5 Megapixels, 3x optical PENTAX lens (very good) and as far as ease of connection, it does come with a craddle so you can't get easier... also, it uses SD cards, wihich are very common and inexpansive. Retail price is around 250 I think.

Also, you should check the web for buyer's guide like http://www.lordstock.net to narrow down your options, based on your needs.

Hope that helps!
Philll

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Please help me choose one - ther are too many!!!!
by Opera lover / December 14, 2004 3:02 PM PST

To whom it may concern, I have also been looking for a quality digital camera and I think I have found one that will meet your expectations. The Panasonic DMC-FZ20 5-megapixel camera has a 12x optical zoom and looks like a great camera for the money.The camera not only has the internal flash, but also has a hot shoe to let you add an optional flash in the future. Check with any good camera store to have the camera demonstrated, the check the website for a good price. I checked a good camera store here in San Francisco, and their asking price was $599. After checking the web sites, I found quite a few that will enable you to save over $100. Good Luck in your search, John

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Please help me choose one - ther are too many!!!!
by Opera lover / December 14, 2004 3:09 PM PST

To whom it may concern, I have also been looking for a quality digital camera and I think I have found one that will meet your expectations. The Panasonic DMC-FZ20 5-megapixel camera has a 12x optical zoom and looks like a great camera for the money.The camera not only has an internal flash, but also has a hot shoe to let you add an optional flash in the future. Check with any good camera store to have the camera demonstrated, then check the website for a good price. I checked a good camera store here in San Francisco, and their asking price was $599. After checking the web sites, I found quite a few that will enable you to save over $100. Good Luck in your search, John

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