digital camera suggestions

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  1. benlee macrumors 65816

    benlee

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    I want to buy my girlfriend a digital camera for her birthday. I want to get a relatively good one that has video recording capabilities too.

    Under $400.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
     
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  3. djellison macrumors 68020

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 .

    Have it, love it, couldn't do without it, and most of the time it out performs my Canon 400D.

    Doug
     
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    I read a few reviews on DPReview.com and ultimately went with a Canon Digital Elph 850IS (~$225 from Amazon) - it was "highly recommended (just)" from DPReview, which was good enough for me.

    If you're looking for a good camera, I highly recommend reading the in-depth reviews on DPReview.com, those guys seem to really know their stuff.
     
  6. stoich macrumors member

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    Awesome choice! The cannon powershot elph line is I believe have some of the best cameras for the money.
     
  7. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    You may want to check out the digital photography forums where this has been discussed repeatedly. I'm a believer in the Canon Elph line for P&S's. Just bought a SD 790 is that I love. It's got the new body and 3" lcd - and takes great pictures. I also have a G9 and at your $400 price point, you're very close to affording which is really nice w. manual controls, RAW and lense/filter additions should you choose at a later date.

    dpreview.com is the place to go for very good info and in-depth camera test results.
     
  8. aivzdog macrumors newbie

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    Nikon has wonderful cameras.
    I use a nikon d40 which is suitable for me.
     
  9. da2005pizimp macrumors 6502

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    i have a canon and love it, i have had 3 of them and wouldn't get anything else. i know people that have kodaks and they are horrible.
     
  10. yazbelle macrumors newbie

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    I have a Nikon D300, but the Nikon D40 is great! You can easily find a used one for really cheap. People are constantly upgrading. Not because the camera isn't good enough, but because (for me) a Nikon made me get more serious about photography and I wanted more advanced options.
     
  11. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

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    Do d40's have video capabilities? I don't think Canon Rebel series or 40d camera have video capabilities. If they do, I never noticed it on my 30d.

    Depending on what sort of photographer she is will help determine what sort of camera to go with. A DSLR might be too bulky and too complicated for an average user to use.
     
  12. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I highly doubt that the OP is looking to buy a DSLR. He has already mentioned his desire for video capability, and since only one DSLR has this feature, costs far more than $400, and hasn't even been released yet, he's probably interested in something else right now. ;)

    I say look at getting an 8 MP or 10 MP Canon, or possibly a Panasonic that can shoot really wide angles (don't know the specific models). The sensors on the Panasonics aren't the absolute greatest, but I doubt it's a problem unless she's going to print these photos at massive sizes.
     
  13. benlee thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks all.

    I checked out dpreview and ended up buying a Canon SD790 IS

    It is supposed to be delivered on Friday from Amazon.
     
  14. da2005pizimp macrumors 6502

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    She will like the Canon they make some of the best cameras out there, great buy
     
  15. *Sandy* macrumors 6502

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    I just bought 2 one for my son amazing camera.
    Sold my canon!


    Here is one of my first pics with it
     

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  16. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    I asked this question in the digital photography section, personally ended up deciding on a D40 (Nikon SLR). However, a few members pointed out some great point and shoot cams with nice video modes. There was a Lieca model, in particular, that was also sold by Panasonic under a different model name (same camera, slightly different case, way less $$$) that really caught my eye. I can't remember the model though... but as suggested go to the photography section and look around there. You'll get a lot of ideas!
     

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