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Camera question

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Sathos, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

    I've lately been into digital photography; not really seriously yet, but I enjoy picking up my parent's digital camera and going around taking pictures, uploading them to my PowerBook, and playing around with them a bit in photoshop elements. However, my parent's camera is fairly high end and I find it to be quite bulky and annoying to carry around. Also, they won't let me leave the house with it. So I was wondering if there is a decent digital camera for someone just wanting to get used to digital cameras. Easy to carry around, light, preferably in the $100-$150 range. If you know of any upcoming models, I'm open to suggestions for those as well, as it will likely be quite a long time before I get around to buying one (heading into college soon, isn't cheap). Thank you for your time!
  2. macrumors Penryn


    Well you're talking about $150-200 Canadian, right? That's not a lot.

    If you're interested in getting into photography using a digital camera, but don't want to spend much money, I suggest getting a Canon A80/A85/A95 on sale somewhere. They're good cameras, have lots of manual features, and are easy to use. :)
  3. macrumors 68030

    Seconded. A ton of my friends have one of those Canon A-- model cameras and love them to death. They have manual features for when you want to learn and explore, but have great auto feature sets as well for when you just want to focus on capturing without tweaking everything.

    I'm not sure they are in your pricerange as I haven't looked at them in a while, but if you save up you certainly won't be disappointed ;)
  4. macrumors regular

    Canon A--, ok, I'll remember that. Thanks for the info! :D
  5. macrumors 68030

    I chose to consolidate, he wrote it out....I suppose copy/paste isn't that hard....

    "....one of those Canon A80/A85/A95 model cameras...."

    Happy? :rolleyes: :p
  6. macrumors 68000


    My friend has an A-95, and he is very pleased with it. 5MP is a great resolution for someone just starting out, and the manual features + movie abilites are nice, too. The flip-out LCD is very convenient as well.
  7. -hh
    macrumors 68020



    I think that most of Canon's P&S that use AA batteries probably have an "A--" name sequence to them.

    Our digital P&H is the A80 ... 4MP. Its since been discontinued; IIRC its replacement is the A85.

    My Mom (age 76) just got the A520, which is also 4MP. The main differences that I see between it and our "old" A80 are:

    Flash Media: (SD vs CF)
    Batteries (2 AA vs 4 AA)
    One or two modes (looks like more white balance controls)
    LCD screen (non-adjustable vs adjustable)

    The first two of these make the A520 a physically smaller camera. Since battery life is pretty good on the A80, I don't think that the reduction to 2 will be a real issue with the A520.

    The third, more modes, is a nice-to-have. I have Photoshop, so its not a particularly big shortcoming for the A80's lacks.

    The last item - the adjustability of the LCD screen - I noticed very quickly as noteworthy for me: I've gotten very spoiled by the A80's double hinge joint that allows the LCD to be turned every which way. It wasn't until I played with Mom's A520 that lacks it that I realized how much I use it and take advantage of not having to always having an eyeball nearly directly in the focal plane line. I'd definitely look for & buy this feature on our next P&S.

  8. macrumors regular

    This one sounds perfect. Is the LCD adjustable, or stationary? I like to be able to turn it around so I can take pictures of stuff behind me and actually see the screen to make sure I'm aiming the camera at the right spot :eek:

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