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Old 11-15-04, 04:43 PM
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Digital Camera: Suggestions and Prices?

Anybody have some good suggestions on some affordable and good digital cameras? I could really use one of those just to have around to take pictures. I'm not looking for the best quality in the world. Just something for a poor ol' college student.
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For that, I recommend the Canon SD110.

Very small camera.
3 megapixels - more than what 95% of the people need.
2x optical zoom - a little weak, but it'll do.
640x480 movied mode - great for taking fun clips.
Super easy to use.

Buy the Canon SD110 at Amazon. $219 shipped. They have a sale on this camera frequently, with the price going down to $199 shipped.
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I'm preferably looking for something below $175. I know that might be cheap but it's all I can really afford.

I've been looking on Ebay just to mess around, how many megapixels would I need for a quality shot. Right now all I use are disposable cameras.
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If you're just looking for something just to put on a webpage or email to friends and family, i'd say any 2 or 3 megapixel camera would work just fine. I'm partial to Canon, but if money is a concern a cheap little Fuji would be decent enough.
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Are printer docks compatible with any camera?

How much do the Fuji's usually run?
Old 11-15-04, 05:37 PM
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I think namja's pick is a bit too high.

I think this one is better:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...120-122&depa=7

Canon PowerShot A75 3.2MP, 3xOPT, 3.2xDG, 1.8"LCD, CFI Digital Camera. Does movies at 640x480 also.
$180 & shipping is free.

You could save quite a bit if you decided to ditch the op zoom feature. I was considering the A75 myself and may get it next month.
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Originally posted by edytwinky
Are printer docks compatible with any camera?

How much do the Fuji's usually run?
Printing directly from camera depends largely on the make of the camera. There are no universal docks.

Also look at this Minolta Dimage X31 3.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom for $169.94 shipped.

Or this Fuji FinePix A330 3.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom $138.94 shipped.

While the Canon A75 recommended by Ranger or the Fuji A330 listed above are fine choices, I'm partial to cameras that can easily fit in pockets, such as the Canon SD110 or the Minolta Dimage X31.
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http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/...70&dcaid=17070

That's a great deal

Canon Powershot A75 3.2 mega pixel 3x optical 3x digital zoom for $170, also have a bundle where you can get it with a 256 MB card for $199, and a google search for buy.com coupons will turn up a $10 of 175 new customer purchase (just make a new hotmail account if you've ordered before) that you can use on the bundle (or if you add a $5 item to the camera order).
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What about the Olympus D-560Z
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/D580/D580A.HTM

or the Nikon CoolPix SQ
Old 11-16-04, 10:22 AM
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For around $150 or less, I strongly advise checking into Kodak's CX7330. You'll see it on sale at places like Best Buy, etc. In fact, today at Cicuit City online, its down to $142 (http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/QUAN...oppingcart.jsp). I think Walmart also has it around the same price.

I have the precessor CX6330 and love it! The pictures are great, the camera is nice and simple, and I paid about $150. I also like the fact that it takes 2 AA sized batteries (standard or rechargeables). I use the 2000MaH rechargeables from Batterspace and get about 280 shots using flash and LCD. Also, it takes an SD card, which for a 256MB one these days, you can get for between $10 and $15 after rebates, 512MB ones for about $25.

Its nothing fancy but its really been great. This past weekend I just took pics for my sister's kids for their Holiday cards. The pics came out really nice and they were very happy with the results. I think its a great camera for the price, especially since I'm still hooked on my film based Nikon N70 SLR....until I can afford to buy the Nikon D70!

User reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...onics&n=507846

http://dcresource.pricegrabber.com/r...type=masterid/
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I 3rd the vote for Canon A75.
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If you're not gonna carry it around, then you won't be taking pictures with it. Size does matter.
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Size only matters if you don't like carrying the camera around your neck and/or having a backpack with you.

I agree pocket ones are more convenient to have a camera with you at all times. So if you're one of those people that has to have a camera when you go out to the club with friends, then definitely get a small one.

But if you're like me and really only use a camera when you travel and for special events like weddings, birthday parties, etc. then size really isn't important.

Just depends on your needs.
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Originally posted by Josh Hinkle
Size only matters if you don't like carrying the camera around your neck and/or having a backpack with you.

I agree pocket ones are more convenient to have a camera with you at all times. So if you're one of those people that has to have a camera when you go out to the club with friends, then definitely get a small one.

But if you're like me and really only use a camera when you travel and for special events like weddings, birthday parties, etc. then size really isn't important.

Just depends on your needs.
Even if it's just for weddings or birthday parties, why would you want to lug something big around?

Don't get me wrong, the Canon A75 and Olympus D-560Z and others are great cameras. But why not get something smaller when it will: (1) give you the same photo quality, (2) be easier to use, and (3) be much more portable.

Those cameras are NOTICEABLY bigger than the Canon SD110 (easily found for ~$180), the Minolta Dimage ($170), the Casio Exilim series (~$300), the Pentax Optio S ($220 at J&R), or even the Sony P8 (~$280). These are all exceptional cameras that also give you a tiny form factor.
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He wanted less than $175.
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I think i'm leaning more towards the Canon A75.

How much are these NIHM batteries that I should get?
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Originally posted by ngp
For around $150 or less, I strongly advise checking into Kodak's CX7330. You'll see it on sale at places like Best Buy, etc. In fact, today at Cicuit City online, its down to $142 (http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/QUAN...oppingcart.jsp). I think Walmart also has it around the same price.
Yeah, I think that looks like a good camera. It is one oif the cheapest with 3x op zoom. I looked for one at Target, but it was $199, guess I should have at least asked to be taken out behind the counter and checked the size and feel of it.

The Canon A75 using four batteries has been a bit unattractive.

And as for battery pricing, I'm pretty sure there was a thread on it in either Other or Tech where I posted a couple links to a pretty good battery supplier.
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Dell Home has 15% off Kodak Digital Cameras with coupon code PQ$5Z377?CDM4G [Exp 11/22]. Limited to 5000 uses.

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...&page=external

This would make the Kodak CX7330 about $127 delivered!
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Thanks, ngp. I ordered it and the coupon worked great. Will see how long it takes to arrive.
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Originally posted by namja
But why not get something smaller when it will: (1) give you the same photo quality, (2) be easier to use, and (3) be much more portable.
Good points.

I just have a couple personal reasons to prefer slightly larger cameras.

1. They're more comforatable to hold and more easy for me to keep steady, thus reducing camera shake.

2. I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached, so I have an easier time keeping track of a larger camera.
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Originally posted by edytwinky
I think i'm leaning more towards the Canon A75.

How much are these NIHM batteries that I should get?
buy.com has energizer ones with charger for 22.xx. There's a link to them on the page with the camera on the link I posted above.
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If you are buying NiMH batteries, be sure to get an extra set so that 1 set will be in the camera while the other set is charging.

Also, check out this thread:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=180387
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Try to find out what models have been recently replaced. Almost every camera I ever owned I got from a clearance sale and saved hundreds off the original list price.
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Originally posted by Roto
Try to find out what models have been recently replaced. Almost every camera I ever owned I got from a clearance sale and saved hundreds off the original list price.
True, true.

The A75 is replacing the A70. You might be able to save a bunch on the A70.
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Save a bunch on what?

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