digital camera recommendation

Discussion in 'Community' started by robbybogers, Jan 17, 2003.

  1. robbybogers macrumors member

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    my mom is looking for a new digital camera, she wants to spend about $400 on it. Any recommendations?
     
  2. medea macrumors 68030

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    for $400 check out these two 3.2megapixel cameras from Canon: Canon Powershot Digital ELPH S230 and the Canon Powershot S30.
    www.powershot.com
     
  3. fujimi442 macrumors member

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    well, I was just in the market for the same price camera, so what Im about to suggest has come from many hours researching my options. I would say that If she wants something small that takes great pics, go with the canon s230 . Or if she wants somehting alittle larger but with a larger zoom, 2x optical vs 6x optical, and lense options go with the finepix 3800. Both are 399 at bestbuy, just kinda depends on what she is looking for. I am very happy with my s230, I needed something small, if I didnt need something so small I would have gone with the 3800.
     
  4. iJon macrumors 604

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    well i looked at cameras for a while. it was between the powershot s45 and the powershot s230. macbandit helped me choose and i ended up getting the canon s230. it is a wonderful camera. its small and fits right in my pocket. the only down part is the optical zoom isnt that great. the digital zoom can distort it a lot. for a simple and easy to use camera by a great company look no further than the s230. i would go down to best buy or your local camera shop and just pick up one and take some pictures.

    iJon
     
  5. fujimi442 macrumors member

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    wow, i got distracted from my post! I was the only responder when I was posting, lol
     
  6. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    The 230 is a great camera, but consider the Casio Exilm. Don't laugh. On a whim I bought one at of all places Wal-Mart (whom I tend to NOT support if I can help it) and it is unbelievable. I used my free .Mac photos from it, and they turned out perfect. It's incredibly small and inexpensive to boot. I didn't think 2.0 would cut it, but I was wrong. It outperforms my 3.0 camera, and it holds 119 pictures and a 30 second quicktime movie AND records my voice.
    http://exilim.casio.com/home.htm

    And if it's good enough for WOZ, it's good enough for me!
    http://exilim.casio.com/reviews.cfm
     
  7. chrisfx811 macrumors regular

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    i got a fuji 3800 for xmas, and i absolutely love it. uses the new xd cards, which are small and higher capacity than smart media. 6x zoon is so much fun, and records 60 sec clips w/ sound
     
  8. P-Worm macrumors 68020

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    Check out the new Coolpix 2500 from Nikon. Good res and VERY portable. It's the ultimate consumer camera!

    P-Worm
     
  9. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    There are some clip on telephot extenders that really improve the zoom. They bolt to the tripod mount and put a lens in front of the normal lens. They don't sound like they would work very well but you would be very impressed. I recently saw a photo taken with one that turned out a clear license plate from a half mile away.
     
  10. iJon macrumors 604

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    wow that is pretty cool. i probably wouldnt use one. I have to take some more pictures with the digital zoom on to see how it looks. The pictures i am taking anyways arent that far away. i use my dad's camera for that. His has a 4x optical zoom. thanks for the info bandit.

    iJon
     
  11. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    In my oppinion the digital zoom works pretty well at lower levels. You have to put the pics on a computer to really see what I'm talking about. I don't have my camera in front of me now but I believe the first step after optical into digital is 2.6x and it work quite well. Every step you take from there just degrades a little more but for large objects that you just need to take a closer look at it works pretty well even at max digital. I did some experimenting with it taking photos of mountains from the air and even at max digital zoom the photo turned out better then if I took a normal photo and enlarged it using a program like Graphic Converter.
     
  12. yzeater macrumors regular

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    I'd go with the Nikon Coolpix 4300 for $400 from www.dbuys.com (that's where we got ours). It's a 4MP camera. Compact Flash. 3x optical zoom. The photo quality is really good, and the price is excellent for a 4mp camera
     

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