digital camera suggestions

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by benlee, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. benlee macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    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.
  2. lwood1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2008
  3. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 .

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

  4. MicBook macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Mooresville, NC
  5. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I read a few reviews on 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, those guys seem to really know their stuff.
  6. stoich macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Awesome choice! The cannon powershot elph line is I believe have some of the best cameras for the money.
  7. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    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. is the place to go for very good info and in-depth camera test results.
  8. aivzdog macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    Nikon has wonderful cameras.
    I use a nikon d40 which is suitable for me.
  9. da2005pizimp macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ
    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


    Sep 1, 2008
    Canton, GA
    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

    Sep 29, 2003
    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


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    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


    Mar 4, 2007
    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

    Jan 30, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ
    She will like the Canon they make some of the best cameras out there, great buy
  15. *Sandy* macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2008
    Always in a path of a Hurricane!
    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


    Feb 10, 2004
    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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