An affordable, good digi camera?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Hushbull, May 16, 2008.

  1. Hushbull macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2008
    Bible Belt ---> NYC.
    Just what the topic says,
    What is a good one to go with around the price range of a couple hundred bucks?
  2. Tattoo macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2005
    Miami, Florida

    Olympus' compact cameras are rugged, waterproof, and dustproof!
  3. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Only a few Olympus cameras have those characteristics.
  4. timsutcliffe macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007

    You won't go far wrong with one of these. I've had two Canon simple digital cameras, both have been great.

    Something to look out for is whether they require normal batteries or come with a rechargeable one, and a charger. In my experience, the Canon rechargeables last for a very long time, and it's so much more cost effective than using normal batteries.
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Depends what you need it for. If you are looking for a compact with a BIG zoom (like 10X) and a decent movie mode (to capture those moments when you forget your camcorder), then the Panasonic TZ4 or TZ5 are a great choice. The only down side is they aren't very good in low light conditions.
  6. ben.mcmahan macrumors member

    May 6, 2008
    i just picked up a canon a720is for quite cheap (150 or so), and i think its great. we also have a sony w100 or similar that is good too

    the bonus about the canon is that you can do a non-destructive (and reversible) hack on the firmware (just google canon firmware hack) and you can open your camera up to all sorts of advanced features that are heretofore unavailable on the middle-consumer-grade models, (but which the image processing chip on board is capable of doing)

    very very cool.
  7. betsbillabong macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2004
    Canon SD1000

    If you're looking for a small pocketable camera, I highly recommend the Canon SD1000. I just picked one up a few months ago and couldn't be happier with it. The battery lasts forever, it takes great pictures and movies, and I can slip it into the front pocket of my jeans (which are not baggy, I'm a woman).

    If you're looking for something with a bigger zoom, though, it's probably not right. But it's a great deal, about $150, maybe less.

    I'd recommend getting a Canon, because of the firmware hack you can do to make it a much, much nicer camera - see this URL:

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