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    Digital Camera Advice

    Greetings to one and all!

    Please forgive me if this question has already been addressed. I did a quick search and did not see anything that looked quite like this, so here it is:

    I'm in the market for a digital camera. I hope to spend around $300-$400 USD for the camera, with the understanding that accessories and storage will cost extra. I would like a nice point-and-shoot model with enough features to be usable, but not to the extent that a professional photographer would expect. I would like to aim for the 3.2-4.0 megapixel ballpark. Size and weight are not concerns, nor is recording motion-clips. I would prefer CompactFlash storage, but I would not necessarily rule any other format out.

    The two models that have my eye are both from Canon:
    Canon's A75 ( 3.2 Megapixel)
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    Canon's A80 (4.0 Megapixel)

    The biggest difference I've found between these (other than the obvious resolution and therefore cost) is the flip-style LCD screen on the A80. The A75 has the traditional fixed LCD screen.

    Can anyone share any thoughts on these two options, or suggest any others within the price range? I place a high value on personal recommendations!

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    Mark

    Since I think I want a decent optical zoom, I'm looking at the Olympus C765 (about
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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    Mark,
    Check out these prices on the new Canon Powershot S500. You can check out the review there also. Tough price to ignore for a 5 MP camera.

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    Those prices aren't bad at all, considering the incredible resolution. However, I think I'm looking for a few more bells and whistles. I did check out Canon's S series (mainly the S400), but determined that the A series was a bit more flexible for my needs.

    Thanks for the great suggestion!

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    I've been dreaming about the A70 from Canon, recently replaced by the A75 you mentioned. When I was speaking to the folks at a local camera (film and digital) shop, they praised both the A70 and the A80. Personally, I don't think you'll go wrong with either choice.
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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    That's great advice, Chris. Thanks! The more I read, the more I'm convinced that this will be the one for me, although I am still open to other suggestions...

    I found some great information at Digital Camera HQ. They were highly complimentary of the A80 as well (for the price range and photography quality I'm seeking).

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    Better do it now, before June 26th! After that time, er, your "funds" will probably be quite spoken for! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I think you ought to listen to your gut and if you like what you see in Canon, you should think hard about doing it. The only advice I'd give you is - bigger is better! I'd go for the 4 megapixel if I were you, in spite of your aversion to the flip-out LCD. Also, if like my Sony, it has a "regular" viewfinder, you may find that you like using it as well as the LCD screen. On mine, in the bright outdoors, the LCD screen is almost impossible to see, so I use the viewfinder a lot.

    Like you, I was trying for something less than "professional" grade and I have a preference for Sony products, so I bought a 4 megapixel Cybershot and have been happy with it. It's small and I can carry it in my trouser pocket and I was looking for a model that uses the small, Lexar memory stick. Other than the outdoors question, the only problem I have with mine is the @#$%& "delay" when using the flash. It probably has a name, but it's certainly annoying. Anyway, at 4 MPs, I have my default size set to 1600 x 1200 and that let's me store a bunch of pix on a 128 meg memory stick and is quite nice enough for printing, when necessary.

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    Hi Al,

    You're on to something with regards to the close proximity of this purchase to the upcoming June 26 deadline (anyone who is curious should see the link in my signature for more info).

    After further reading and consideration, my initial concerns with the flip-type LCD have disappeared... Every review proudly states that as one of the best features of the A80 model. It has a standard viewfinder as well. Interestingly, the battery life is almost tripled if you leave the LCD off (as with any camera).

    I'm the type that will normally use the built-in viewfinder most frequently, only using the LCD for a quick review of the last picture to check for lighting and framing.

    I plan to purchase a 256 or 512 MB CF memory card, in addition to normally carrying my laptop with CDRW on longer trips (such as a honeymoon...).

    Thanks for your thoughts. I'll check into the Sony models as well!

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    John,

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    I gotta second John's recommendation of Olympus and the 10X OPTICAL zoom. I bought a C-750 on Ebay about a month ago for $320US and love it! It's a 4 megapixel and takes great shots, three different formats, and no limit on the movie length side (other than the memory size). For me, great optical zoom was close to the number one priority when I researched them.

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    Ah, Hans! This is what us Britishers call "irony", since my previous camera was a box Brownie...

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    Mark,
    You may want to have a look at this site. In particular have a look at the FAQ which gives some excellent advice. Because of this site I decided to get a slightly bulkier camera than originally planned, as it would take rechargable AA batteries, rather than one with a built in rechargable battery. (i.e. don't spend you life waiting for the battery to recharge - and you can get emergency AA cells just about anywhere) I also went for one that had optical zoom (x8) in addition to the digital. The two combined give me up to x56. My choice - an HP .

    (I can stick my memory card into my HP all-in-one (printer, copier, scanner, fax) which prints out a contact sheet. I choose the ones that I want full-sized prints by putting an x in the box and then scan that in to printer and - and out they come ... couldn't be simpler! Don't even have to load the images onto the PC. (but if I want to - the printer acts as a USB reader so I can download easily)

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    Bowlie

    Your description seems to be of a very common feature in new digital cameras called PictBridge.

    The highest-capacity rechargeable AA batteries I've found are 2350 mAh ones, at
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    Similar, I think John - but I don't have to connect, or dock the camera with the printer. The printer has 3 slots for various memory cards. More details here. And once I got the right drivers for the Mac it scans and faxes nicely as well. Now if only those cartridges were cheaper ...

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    Re: Digital Camera Advice

    I too just bought a Olympus C-750 and have gotten great shots.
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    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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