Best camera for $250 or less (and for a beginner)
Hello all! I am a beginner looking to get a digital camera. The first digital camera I have ever owned was a Vivitar Vivicam 2000, terrible piece of equipment! Anyhoo like the title says, I am looking for advice on what the best digital camera (best image quality) under 250 would be. This is the criteria that I am using to select a camera: Provides the highest megapixel for my money. Must accept SmartMedia as I have plenty of SmartMedia cards lying around. I plan to take shots of outdoor/city scapes and occasional night-time city shots, as well as shots of cars/racing events. Good night-time performance is a plus.

Lots of image storage ability always a plus. Manufacturer does not matter. :) Long battery life is always a plus. I would like optical zoom but I think I can live without it (not really sure). Based on the above, I have narrowed my choices down to these two: FujiFilm FinePix 2600 Zoom..

Comments (6)

Did you consider the Fujifilm FinePix 2650 2mp 3X optical $190 on Amazon if I'm not mistaken.... Ray..

Comment #1

Have a question about the finepix 2650.. is it as big as it looks? it looks huge in all the pictures i've seen of it, like.. totally nowhere near a size I could have sitting in my pocket for the day =\ like the cannon s200 a lot but it's (unfortunately) 100 dollars more than what I really want to pay.. so that's my question. is the finepix 2650 huge?..

Comment #2

The review on the 2600 gives these dimensions: Measuring 3.9 x 2.6 x 2.1 inches (99.8 x 65 x 53.9 millimeters), the camera's all-plastic body keeps it light weight at just 7.1 ounces (200 grams, without batteries or SmartMedia). I don't know if they are actually comparable. That's smallish but perhaps too large for easy pocketability. However, in comparison to a smallish SLR, that's real small...

Comment #3

Hi, The Fuji Finepix 2650 is definitely worth considering for a digital camera under $200. With a 3x optical zoom lens and 2.1 Megapixel resolution (enough for high quality 8"x10" photos) this is the best digital camera in this price range. Ron.

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Comment #4

I have a 2650 and love it. It can fit in a jacket pocket, or even a large shirt pocket. It's not big. It takes great shots, has macro capability. I got mine for $169 at But it uses xD memory, not Smartmedia.

Battery life is good but it really doesn't matter, you'll buy rechargables for any camera. No one can run on alkalines...

Comment #5

2650 isnt a bad deal, however, maybe consider the Olympus D-520 as an alternative. Dave Watson..

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