The search begins.....compact digital camera HELP!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by zagato27, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. zagato27 macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2003
    The Hill
    I need some advice on a digital camera. I'm starting here because I want it to be "Mac friendly" and I know I'll get some good advice.

    Background. The camera will be for my wife. She is a school teacher and wants to be able to carry a camera with her to docuement her class' daily activities. BTW, she's a PreK teacher. Her requirements are:

    Mac friendly (actually my requirement, she has a iBook she uses daily and our G5)

    compact/slim/flat?....we have a Fuji s5000 that we like but it's shape is similar to a SLR and is not easily stuffed in a purse/bag etc.

    not too fancy......pretty much point and shoot

    LCD viewfinder that is fairly large.....2.5" or better

    battery power......rechargeable and NOT proprietary, standard AA or AAA

    3-6 mega pixels....somewhere in that range. I doubt that she'll be printing 8x10's more probably the largest will be 3x5's.

    brands......not very particular there on that. I'm at the very beginning of my search and haven't looked to see what current prices are. Planning on around $300.

    Again, I'd appreciate your thoughts and recommendations. Cheers
  2. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    Just to warn you, most compact cameras have proprietary batteries. I think some of the older canon elphs took AAAs, but don't hold me to it.
  3. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
  4. mark! macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
  5. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    I have a Casio Exilim Ex-S600, and I really like it. It has a proprietary battery, but I think it's necessary in a camera this small. Even triple A's would take up too much space. It's ultra-compact (.54" thick), has 3x optical zoom, 2.5" screen, etc. Meets all of your needs but the battery.

    My only problem is its lack of manual settings, but it is perfect as a point-and-shoot camera.

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