Digital Camera Buying Advice Needed!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Adokimus, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. Adokimus macrumors 6502a

    Adokimus

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    Hi everyone, I tried this question already in the digital photography forum, but I think everyone there is concerned with pro-level cameras, so I didn't get any responses.

    I'm in the market for an ultracompact digital camera. There's a sale going on for the next two days, so anything you say to help me make a decision by then would be really appreciated. Clearly I'm not a professional or serious photographer, just looking for a small camera and looking for great pictures.


    Here are my 5 choices (feel free to add your own):

    SD1000:

    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Cano...74590/catOid/-16941/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

    SD750:

    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Cano...74592/catOid/-16941/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

    SD800 IS:

    http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-came...7.html?tag=txt

    SD850 IS:

    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Cano...80591/catOid/-16941/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

    SD870 IS:

    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Cano...90718/catOid/-16941/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

    Any help and I will love you.

    Thanks,

    Ado
     
  2. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

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    I have a Canon elph sd550? (7.1 MPxl.) I love it but I would suggest any small camera have the Optical Image Stabilization feature. I've lost a few good shots that the OIS would have saved but it wasn't available when I bought mine. Any of the Canons with an "IS" after model number have that feature. I just bought my daughter a S5is and it's absolutely awesome. Very close to DSLR in operation and outcome. The Canon SD / S series are made in Japan, the A series are made in China and there is a difference in build quality.
     
  3. MacinDoc macrumors 68020

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    Yes, I've found Canon's IS to be excellent, especially when using the optical zoom.
     
  4. Hello.there macrumors 6502a

    Hello.there

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    I love Canons too, I have a Powershot G7 and really enjoy using it. But for an inexpensive compact camera, well, I really like the Sony Cybershots. I bought one a few years ago, before my Canon, and it took great pictures, even though it was cheap enough.

    Have a look at the Circuit City Cybershot options and prices here.

    Best of luck.
     
  5. VforVelveta macrumors regular

    VforVelveta

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    I've actually been looking at the SD850IS for the past couple weeks, and so far I've been nothing but impressed. I've had the chance to play with them a bit in the store and am only waiting at this point until my Christmas bonus kicks in to pull the trigger.

    A friend of mine who's an avid photographer pointed me to the following review when I mentioned the 850 to him.
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/compacts/sd850/index.htm

    This guy is apparently pretty well known, and even at a professional level has nothing but praise for it.
     
  6. whoathere macrumors 6502

    whoathere

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    I recently bought the 750IS and my girlfriend absolutely loves it. It's a huge improvement over my HP I replaced. I think its a great camera. Small, has a lot of features and takes excellent shots. I may look into a different one and let her keep this one, we will see. I actually came across a really good deal on mine from Office Depot. It was regularly 299, but they had $50 off all digital cameras, and an additional 20% off Canon's, so I got it for 199. Sweet deal, IMO. Good luck.
     

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