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post #1 of 17 Old 10-02-2006, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Digital camera

I have been using my wifes digital camera and not wishing to face her wrath if I wreck it :evil: , I've decided it is a good idea to get my own. I am looking for suggestions for a digital camera that will fit the following criteria:

1. Low initial cost (> $100?) so if it gets wrecked or lost it won't hurt too bad
2. Common batteries (readily available) and decent battery life
3. Enough memory or external capable to capture at least 24-36 shots
4. Pocket sized
5. Good picture quality
6. Easy to use
7. Resistant to weather and abuse

I'm digital dumb so help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-02-2006, 02:02 PM
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You seem to know what you want it to do... that ain't dumb.



Here's one place to get some info and prices on several models and some owner reviews: TigerDirect

I'm no expert by any means but I'll give you some things to think about. For general picture taking, 3.1 megapixels seems to satisfy most folks. Of course, more pixels equal better photo quality but you'll pay more to get it.

I've been using a Kodak 3.1 (don't remember the model #) for several years now and I'd have to say it was worth the money, for my purposes anyway. It has both digital and optical zooms, built-in flash and it's also pretty easy to use. It uses SD cards for media which are cheap to buy. One 128mb card holds like a hundred pics at a time. You can use AA batteries in it but they don't last long. I picked up a pair of Lithium rechargeables for it which do fine for my needs. It's not terribly bulky and seems to be holding up to use on the bike pretty well. I've gotten it wet a couple times (but not a real dunking) and it still works fine. There may be better deals out there, I dunno, but I wouldn't be afraid to buy another one.

Good luck and happy shopping!
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-02-2006, 02:16 PM
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May I suggest getting a Canon SD400. It's a 5.1MP and not the newest in their line-up anymore. But it can be found at a good price now, as I think they are on SD900 10.0MP!! (Probably very expensive)

The picture quality is amazing and I like it for MC trips because it's small. I've got pics up on those stock photography sites for sale, and that's the camera I used. Good camera. For me, I think the limit as to what's acceptable for picture quality is 5.1MP. I'd not get anything any lower as it's way older technology. I've never been let down by Canon optics either.

One cool thing is that it's so small that it fits inside a tiny metal tin that a torch lighter came in. So it adds to it's protection abilities. It survivied my "crash" and I ended up rolling right over the camera several times. Yet, I was able to take pics of the crash site and it never even dawned on me that my camera just survived as well as I did. I just instictively pulled it out and started shooting pics, including the roadrash/bruise on my leg.
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post #4 of 17 Old 10-02-2006, 02:41 PM
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I bought the kodak z760, it was $300+ but it takes the best pictures I have ever sceen.
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-02-2006, 07:53 PM
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I always check http://www.salescircular.com/ before I buy almost anything.
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You might also check http://www.cnet.com. I've used that site on quite a few electronics purchases and so for my batting average is pretty high. I bought my Sony H1 from their recommendation and couldn't have been happier. Probably a bit bigger than what you're looking for though. Definately won't fit in a pocket. But one thing I would recommend is to buy a camera with the biggest MP you can afford because you can always resize the pictures if they're too big, but you can never make them better. On the other hand, I've heard the step the manufacturers have made from 8 MP to 10 MP is really such a small improvement that most people won't even notice the difference.

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post #7 of 17 Old 10-03-2006, 01:15 AM
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I use 35mm, DSLRs, and a little Panasonic LX1 (thought none of those would fit your criteria) ;-)

The low-end Fujis are decent. And the Canon's have the best low-light/noise reduction for high ISO settings that I've seen.

Good site to check out reviews of digicams, etc. is http://www.dpreview.com
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I've been a fan of Samsung stuff for quite a while.. Seems everything I buy that says Samsung just won't die.. I'm waiting for my monitor to go belly up so I can get a LCD unit, but my Samsung monitor has outlived 2 pc's...

Anyway, I have a Samsung 420 camera. I love the thing.. They're available on eBay for around $100 or so, and some of the lesser models can be had for $50 or so.. My girfriend has a Samsung 301 that she uses for work and the thing takes great pics and has seen the ground more times than some people's shoes..

The other thing I like about these cameras is that they use a pair of AA batteries.. I use lithium batteries that run $2 a pc at Wally World, but they last so long that I forget when I last replace them, and I take a lot of pictures.. I tend to get 3-4 months worth out of a set of batteries, and will have a few thousand pictures taken during that time, as I use the camera for both work and play..

Anyway, just a thought that you might want to look into Samsung cameras.. Good value, picture quality, and durability.. They're no DSLR, but they you're not paying for one, either.. :lol:
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I've been a fan of Samsung stuff for quite a while.. Seems everything I buy that says Samsung just won't die.. I'm waiting for my monitor to go belly up so I can get a LCD unit, but my Samsung monitor has outlived 2 pc's...

Anyway, I have a Samsung 420 camera. I love the thing.. They're available on eBay for around $100 or so, and some of the lesser models can be had for $50 or so.. My girfriend has a Samsung 301 that she uses for work and the thing takes great pics and has seen the ground more times than some people's shoes..

The other thing I like about these cameras is that they use a pair of AA batteries.. I use lithium batteries that run $2 a pc at Wally World, but they last so long that I forget when I last replace them, and I take a lot of pictures.. I tend to get 3-4 months worth out of a set of batteries, and will have a few thousand pictures taken during that time, as I use the camera for both work and play..

Anyway, just a thought that you might want to look into Samsung cameras.. Good value, picture quality, and durability.. They're no DSLR, but they you're not paying for one, either.. :lol:
+1 for Samsung. I haven't tried any of their cameras.. but the mp3 player I had was very well made and rugged. My main work monitor is a 20in Samsung that's been perfect for the last 2 years. A friend bought one of their big screens and it too was a great value with good build quality at a reasonable price.

Being able to use AA batteries can't be overlooked either. The ability to just pop in anywhere and get batteries when you forgot to put a full charge on your proprietary batteries can mean the difference between getting that once in a lifetime shot.. and not getting it at all.
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Don't know about thier camers either, but gotta agree about Samsung monitors. We have over 25 of their 19" monitors at work and some of them are used 24/7. I have only had to replace one of the 24/7 monitors in the last two years...Doug
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