What Brand of Digital Camera for Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iPhil, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. iPhil macrumors 68040


    Yup, another thread that asks MR members on what digital camera for Mac..

    Ideally under $500.00 US that's point/shoot ease/maybe movie mode too but i want surely want a high optical zoom not digital .. :eek:

    currently i got a Toshiba pdr-m61 2.3 MP and has 3x real optical zoom from like 2000 .. but its bulky to carry/hold for shooting .. :(

    i'd like a High MP camera say 5.0MP +

    The camera will be used in landscape pics and portait(sp?) pics.. so please give me some reviews or leads of good cameras for Mac .. I already know of the apple list of cameras that are compatible with Mac OS X :eek:

    If the brand that you say to get and i'll see if my work has it .. it'll be cheaper ;) :eek:
  2. princealfie macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2006
    Salt Lake City UT
    Get the PANASONIC LX-1. Perfect camera and I'm already jealous. Even shoots widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio!

    Another good choice is a Nikon Coolpix. I really love the 3500 if it weren't for the crappy battery life.
  3. iPhil thread starter macrumors 68040



    Is this it: PANASONIC DMC-LX1K

    Attached Files:

  4. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Canons are great cameras and they work really well with Macs.
  5. iPhil thread starter macrumors 68040


    Canon cameras are in the running but i want other ppls ideas of other cameras too .. I know canon cameras do with mac but i'm open with other brands too :eek: :eek:
  6. tektonnic macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2006
    Bucks, UK
    I've got a Nikon D50 which I would recommend, but if its not for semi-pro photography and your looking for something 'less bulky' then I would suggest anything from the Canon Ixus range, superb build and picture quality.
  7. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2006
    East Coast, US
    I like the Sony cameras. The DSC-T9 looks cool
  8. Philberttheduck macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2006
    HB, CA
    Pricegrabber the DSC-T9. It's an amazing camera. Have had it for about 2 months now and can't get enough of the quality and the great screen. The ultra-compact body makes it the sexier, especially if you have a chrome-ish computer (say powermacs or mbp)
  9. calebjohnston macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2006
    Kodak Easyshare CX7525 :). It's autofocus isn't so great, but it's a simple camera. (What I mean by that is that you can't get very close to the object -- ~5 inches away-- but when it does focus, it does a good job.)

    Buy it without the dock if you can - it's useless and it isn't good. You'll save a hundred dollars or so :).
  10. Whigga Spitta macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2004
    Can you say Chi-City??
    i like my casio ex-z750. for me, the dock is a great option (charges/transfers) but i know some people would disagree. i saw it advertised for $300 at costco the other day and some of its main selling points are a very attractive movie mode, outstanding battery life, and 7.2 MP all in a sleek package.

    look into it...
  11. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
  12. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Get one of the Panasonic or Olympus big zoom cameras. I'm talking about the 10 to 12x optical zoom ones. They don't cost heaps, and they take great photos. They're pretty much aiming at consumers who want a digital SLR in terms of quality, but without the interchangable lense to deal with. It's better than those ultraslim point and shoot cameras. Don't bother with them. Do you think there is NO drawback of an ultraslim as opposed to a bulkier camera? The bulkier cameras are around for a reason.

    I have a Canon p&s and a Nikon dSLR, but I'd still not recommend either of them if what you want is a decent zoom. Oh, Canon PowerShots are pretty cool, though...... 5x optical zoom, I think.

    I'd recommend the Sony DSC(?) R1 big zoom point and shoot, but the R1 costs more than several DSLRs.

    Reviews? http://www.dpreview.com/
  13. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
  14. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    I have a Canon A95 and it is a great camera!! If i remember correctly that and the A series have been upgrade so you might want to look for the newer version. the thing that i really like about mine is that is a smaller camera with most of the functionality of a full sized camera. It can even take other lenses. And they make LOTS of other things for the camera.

    The best place i have found for reviews is here. Just choose what kinda things you want and then read the reviews you can find. If you cant find a review there just do a google search for "digital camera reviews"
  15. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Another vote for Casio EX-Z750. Although I'd prefer not having a dock, MPEG4 movie mode is great. Videos occupy significantly less space than MJPEG or MPEG1 cameras. It is possible to actually use the movie mode without filling up your card after a few minutes. You can also download their video codec for intel Macs. Take that flip4mac. :) It's got a large (2.5'') LCD screen, much bigger than what I was used to. Very easy to use if you like fiddling with settings. Picture quality is really good for me. It has only 3x optical zoom.

    If you want more optical zoom and do not care about the movie mode, Panasonic DMC-LZ2 has 6x optical zoom. It is cheaper, but comes with only 2in'' LCD screen.
  16. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    Panasonic ... I love my Panasonic camera (FX-9 P&S with optical stablization) however one thing that can annoy you is the level of noise in the pictures. Yes there are noise reduction software, which I apply to my favorite pictures, but it is noticeable. Take a look a sample pictures on reviews sites, see what you think.

    Otherwise, the LX-1 camera that shoots 16:9 is amazing with it's perspective. I love panoramic images. I'm seriously considering upgrading to that camera once the sensor is improved for the next iteration.
  17. iPhil thread starter macrumors 68040



    Is the pic in post #3 the LX-1 camera ? :confused: :confused: :eek:
  18. dmachine macrumors member


    Oct 22, 2005
    Yes, it is.
  19. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2004
    I can't tell you a specific model, but I'd have to highly recommend Canon.

    I would not sacrifice quality to have a gimicky "tiny" Sony camera or the like. I've done lots of research over the past few years and have bought both my parents and girlfriend Canons. The Powershot serious (A510, etc) are very good, but the S2 IS is amazing!

    Check out these photos my friend just took over in Africa with his S2 IS (keep in mind he is no photo pro - he just enjoys taking them):

    12x optical zoom as well. I currently am semi-pro (serious hobby, many paying shoots) and use a Canon DSLR and love it.

    Good luck! DO YOUR RESEARCH, and enjoy! Most all will work fine with Macs, so be happy!
  20. iPhil thread starter macrumors 68040


    well its down to the LX-1 from Panasonic and Canon Powershot series :eek: :confused:

    now the problem is Go big and get small memory card or Go small and get more storage for pics.. :eek: :eek:
  21. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    Go big :D and collect pop cans and whatnot to return for the nickel for your memory cards ;) :p
  22. spinne1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2005
    Hermitage, TN USA (near Nashville)
    My mother-in-law got the Canon A620 for Christmas and it is a sweet camera. It takes great pictures and has a very good movie mode (the movie mode is not super limited in size and length like my Nikon Coolpix 5700 is). How good are the pics? Well, I would say close to my Nikon Coolpix 5700. But my Nikon might be a bit better for outdoor still shots. The Canon is probably better for most other things. Both are great as far as image quality goes. Both struggle in low light situations (particularly the auto-focus of the Nikon).

    You can get the Canon A620 cheap ($289) from Beach Camera:


    (Note, we paid $342 at Christmas from Beach for this exact same camera, and Wal-Mart had it at Christmas for $399)

    Good luck.
  23. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2004
    I've done a little more research myself. I'd go with the Powershot S2 IS - great zoom on it!
  24. iPhil thread starter macrumors 68040


    Thanks to Artful Dodger - spinne1 - mlrproducts for the input but now its more hard to decide :( :( :( :confused: :confused: :confused:

    because the powershot series is down to S2 IS and A620 and the LX-1 from Panasonic

    the camera i'll use @least 4 years .. i wanna try to scretch every penny out of my buy :eek: :eek:
  25. discoforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA
    I'm in exactly the same boat, and struggling with similar choices. Here's a post of a similar struggle at Digital Photo Review. Unfortunately, no clear directions were offered (except maybe wait for the S3 IS...), but there was a very cool link that offers comparisons on photo quality here.

    Have you gone to a store to try out these cameras? That's my next step. The A620 and S2 IS are so different in terms of size, controls, overall feel that I wouldn't just order one without playing with them "in person." You might find your decision becomes much easier than (it was with my powerbook).

    Good luck, and let us know what you decided and how you like it!

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