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Suggestions for buying a camera.

by jt4266 / November 16, 2005 2:03 AM PST

I am a first time digital camera buyer. Any suggestions based on my criteria would be great. I want a camera just to take pictures of friends and family and no for serious photography, although I of course want the best image quality i can get. I have a friend who works at Olympus so I can get a good deal on their cameras but I am open to other brands.

Price < $350
durable(take skiing w/ me)
5 megapixels or higher
takes good video(30fps?) w/ sound(again for skiing)
relatively compact


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by Alan Copeland / November 16, 2005 3:42 AM PST
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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 16, 2005 7:40 AM PST

Olympus has not thought much about people who want video. The only Olympus cameras with 640x480/30 are more advanced cameras than you need.

Two good choices come to mind:

Nikon 5900 (or 7900 if you want 7 megapixels)

Canon SD450 (5 megapixels)

They are the right price and have good video ability.


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maybe you want a zoom?
by premiere522 / November 18, 2005 11:35 AM PST

I don't know what exactly you want it for, but I would think you'd want zoom if you're taking it on a mountain. I wouldn't know about the durability of cameras, but if you could sacrifice money and/or mp's you could probably get a smaller camera with a good zoom, there's one that comes to mind but i can't seem to remember.

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