Need some camera advice (fast)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by skoker, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. skoker macrumors 68000

    skoker

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    I'm looking for a camera for some aviation photography. Here's what I need:

    *Fast shutter speed
    *High optical zoom
    *Outdoor readable display
    *Low cost

    Any suggestions? I'll need it to be at a retailer like Circuit City or Best Buy cuz I'm going on a spotting trip in a week.

    Thanks for the advice!
     
  2. cgratti macrumors 6502a

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    point and shoot of DSLR? If your going DSLR the RebelXT is a great camera for the price, but you need to buy lenses.
     
  3. law guy macrumors 6502a

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    Skoker - check out the Canon S2 IS from Canon. http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/controller?act=ModelDetailAct&fcategoryid=144&modelid=11368
    It's got a 2.3 fps shooting mode, a 12x optical zoom, and digicam capability as well. The display can be left in place or popped out and moved around at various angles as well. CC and BB should both have them in stock.
     
  4. skoker thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's exactly what I'm looking for but I don't have $379 to drop for it. I'm ideally looking for something sub-$175 (which I know limits my selections)
     
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    Do you want to shoot airlshows and landing/taking off aircraft?

    That's a tough order for a point and shoot.
     
  6. skoker thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I figured. I don't even know what point-and-shoot means.
     
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    What you're asking for is impossible. I mean, $175? Your choices on ANY digital camera are very very limited, and it doesn't get better when you have a list of requirements.

    Get a used film SLR, I guess?
     
  8. skoker thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I guess the most important things are high optical zoom and low cost then. Any in that category?
     
  9. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a

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    Look either at the FujiFilm S3100 (4 megapixels, 6x optical zoom) or the Kodak Z740 (5 megapixels, 12x optical zoom).
     
  10. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a

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    You can get the Fuji for a little over $200 online, and the Kodak for nearer 300. The Kodak has a 10x zoom, not 12, sorry. I don't think you'd find anything at all at Best Buy for that kind of price and need. I can just suggest saving up for a while and getting a good camera that'll last you. The Canon S2 IS is great, as i the Sony DSC-H1.
     
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  12. Ryan T. macrumors 6502a

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    I recently ordered the DSC-H1 for $244 brand new. Thanks slickdeals!

    I'm excited.
     
  13. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a

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    That's so lucky. I ended up paying $570 Canadian for mine, plus tax and memory card. Came out to nearly $800. It was worth it though, I think it's a fantastic camera, and I love it!
     
  14. macpastor macrumors regular

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    I have never been a WalMart guy, but you can get some great camera deals there if you need on in a hurry.
     
  15. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    You sure you didn't get ripped off? Where was it ordered from?
     
  16. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a

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    Ripped off? $244 for that camera is an amazing deal. I wish I could have found mine for that price!
     
  17. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    I think the implication was that for $244 it either wasn't the DSC-H1 (does the Sony sticker peel off? :) ) or that it was just an empty case. :p

    EDIT: Or that it won't actually arrive...
     
  18. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a

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    Haha, wouldn't that suck! I dunno, I may crazy and waste money, but I feel a lot more comfortable buying things from the manufacturer themselves and paying a little more... just gives me some peace of mind!
     
  19. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    I wonder if this has come in yet, I'm still wondering if he got scammed.
     
  20. Ryan T. macrumors 6502a

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    It was from Dell, so yes, it was very legitimate. Although at the last moment before it shipped, I went with the Canon S2 IS on a similar deal, paid $277 :)

    I'm enjoying the S2 IS right now.
     

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