beginner digital cameras compatible with mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by doomschneider, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. doomschneider macrumors newbie

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    i'm a student looking for a cheap, simple digital camera. nothing fancy. just something to take cute pictures of my friends and family with. the problem is, when i find them, they all have software that requires windows. ((you wouldn't think it'd be THAT difficult to move a jpg from a glorified floppy disk to a hard drive (the old cameras DID use floppies); in the end, it's just data, but i digress...)) i did some looking and people keep throwing out names like canon and whatnot to go with their mac, but i'm aiming waaaay lower than that.

    does anyone know of a simple "beginner's" digital camera that i can use with my mac, or do i actually have to get a canon or something like that?

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    How little are you planning to spend? A low end Canon can be had for ~$100.

    Most cameras these days will present themselves in a way that will be compatible with OS X and Windows out of the box. Either a straight flash drive or a common camera mode. The Windows software is usually just basic processing stuff which you don't need just to take simple snapshots.

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  3. doomschneider thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks. i didn't think it should be that complicated. i guess i'm just worried because i got one that actually did need the software to get the photos onto the computer. it was a REAL cheapo though. (it's going back, by the way.) it got me kind of paranoid. so you're saying that the software is usually just extras then?
     
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    Usually. Worst case, just make sure you can take out the memory card and stick it in a flash card reader. Which camera did you get that didn't work?

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  5. 119576 Guest

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    Assuming you have iPhoto on your Mac; transferring your photos from any digital camera that comes with a USB transfer cable will be incredibly easy! (or you could get a flash card reader)
     
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  7. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    Or just get a cheap HP PSC Photosmart printer that has the SD reader built in and you can do printing straight from the printer without the computer. (Very nice for printing easy 4X6 prints).

    Of course iPhoto is a snap as it opens automatically with an SD card.
     

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