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    Question Digital Camera for first time owner?

    What do you guys recommend? I don't know much about the different models that each brand offers, and I would like to get some insight from people that know more about digital cameras.

    I'm not looking for the latest, most expensive, high-end ones offered for sale, but something that is average priced, good for a beginner, yet doesn't have functions that are too outdated.

    Thanks

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    Take a look at the Fuji 2650. ~2mp, can also be used as a web cam

    ~$400cdn

    it used the new "XD" media...more compact and holds much more than the former "smartmedia"

    or the fuji A303~ 2mp around $4-500cdn, can dbl as mp3 player.

    the canon s200 is worth a look too around the same price range

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    Look for the following:

    LCD Preview Screen (backlit).
    Removable Media (Easily obtainable)
    USB
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    Optical or Analog Zoom

    Also keep in mind that:

    'Optical' zoom is better than digital zoom. Somtimes 'Optical' Zoom will be called 'Analog' zoom in order to sell you on digital zoom. 'Optical' or 'Analog' Zoom is accomplished with a stepper motor driving the lens. 'Digital' zoom is accomplished via software. This is another one of the few cases in life where 'Analog' is better than 'Digital'.
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    Canon Powershot S200 or S230. The S200 is 2.0MP and S230 is 3.2MP. They're both pretty good and I like the size of them.

    If you're just going to be taking pictures for fun, I think the S200 is a good enough.


    Check these out for more info:
    Canon Powershot S200
    Canon Powershot S230
    Last edited by techwiz; 02-07-2003 at 05:46 PM.

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    Canon is the way to go. The optics are superb. That's what I'm getting for my 2nd and 3rd camera. I'm getting one camera for a point and shoot and then another for amateur photography. For digital camera reviews go to www.megapxiel.net good luck in your search!
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    I got the S200 for Christmas this year and I love it! I'm not even at the ranks of amateur photographer, I just like taking pictures of me and my friends every once in a while, so this camera has more than enough features for me.

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    Hi Carl! lol, that drunken mouse is tight!

    Yup, canon is awesome. I love compact flash cards for memory... What I experienced with smart media is that the media gets scratched and then unusable...didn't like that too much.

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    Thanks for the input guys! I really appreciate it!

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    *looks at my own digicam*

    er.. I have the sony cyber-shot 3.3 megapixel one

    with still/playback/MPEG recording

    works wonders =)

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    my first digicam was a Canon S30. 3.2 Megapixel joys

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    I reconmend the Canon S45!
    I tired it instore and it's better than the already good S40!


    There are also good reviews about the S45 too!!
    http://www.epinions.com/Canon_PowerS...splay_~reviews

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    Get this one. Che-ez Movix, 1.3 megapixels. Costs HK$980 ~ CAN$190.



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    go for a brand that has been known for cameras. i.e. Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon... trust me, they are known for having good cameras for a reason!

    2.0 Megapixel is more than enough for 4"x6" prints. You will not need anything more than 2.0megapixel for that, unless you want bigger size prints or need very high detailed pictures.

    I mysel have a Canon A40 and a Canon S220. Both very reliable and good cameras.

    Canon A40 uses 4xAA batteries and is kind of bulky (I think anyways). But it's a good starter camera. My parents use it (and they are not very computer literate). I think you can buy it pretty cheap nowadays. Check here for the lowest price.

    Canon S220 is a compact camera which I personally use. It has slightly less zoom capability than the A40 but I chose it becaues of its small size. Very easy to use camera. Point-and-click with some manual controls (but I have never changed these controls, it's always on AUTO mode). Price is a little steep, maybe $300-$400? I"m not sure because I got mine in Japan summer of 2002.

    Good luck in finding a camera.

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    Originally posted by AlleyCat
    I got the S200 for Christmas this year and I love it! I'm not even at the ranks of amateur photographer, I just like taking pictures of me and my friends every once in a while, so this camera has more than enough features for me.
    wanna post the pics?

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    minolta dimage x 2.0 mp...and its cheaper now since the dimage xi is out..and that has 3.2 mp?? i think..

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