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Not sure what camera to buy
I am looking for a new camera in the $0-350ish range. I want it to take pictures as instantly as possible after pressing the shutter button. Size doesn't matter to me and the memory card type doesn't matter either. I'm not really sure if I want it to have a view-finder or just a large display.. ? .

I want it to have manual settings for macros and shutter things.. (I don't really know much about cameras yet) and automatic settings for just pointing and shooting like when I am just with friends. I want features like being able to set exposure, shutter speed, and taking macros..

Does anyone have any suggestions for a camera? I have had positive experience with Sony cameras in the past but the screen on a Casio camera I had screwed up..

Thanks! ..

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My first p&s digital camera was a canon a510 3mb, ran me about 220 dollars..

I enjoyed it alot. And still use it..

The canon a570 7mb, with image stabilizer goes for 230 cnd. And it is an overall good camera..

You should really have a look at the reviews on dpreview and dcresource and others.You will get a wealth of information..

I spent about 1 month reading reviews on the a510 before buying..

Then I realized what am I doing go out try it out buy it take it home play with it more and if I dont like it take it back and exchange..

This is also why I recommend buying from a local photo shop and not the big chain places, unless of course they also have a no questions return policy..

(staples is really good for p&s cameras they also have a match and beat by 10% price.)..

Comment #1

The Fuji S700 is a 10 X optical camera with a lot of settings. Can be viewed a most Wal-marts. It's a lot of camera for the $$ and has a $50 rebate from Fuji.Check out my camera reviewhttp://www.dpreview.com/...eviews/read_opinions.asp?prodkey=fuji_finepixs5700and do some reading in the Fujifilm forum..

Good luck with your search...

Comment #2

Groffy,.

Ultimately, it helps us a bit more to give you better advice if we know a little more about what types of shots you intend to be taking, in what conditions..

But, broadly speaking I agree w/ the other fellow that recommended the Canon line. I also think some of the Fuji's are outstanding, especially w/ their super CCD for low light photography w/o using flash and great detail on relatively high ISO..

I'd recommend a really good compact w/ a 3X or 4X zoom, instead of an "SLR-like" camera (those silly things w/ 10X zoom etc). I'd also prioritize a camera that could do 28mm-whatever over a 35mm-whatever. You can always get closer to your subject but sometimes you can't back up any more ....

I would not worry about image stabilization. In most circumstances it's not needed, unless you have a long lens..

Very very good deals are available on slightly older cameras by Olympus, Fuji, Canon, etc. The Fuji E900 is a very good camera for the money. But ... is it a little big for your desired use? It's not a true compact..

The Fuji F30 and F31fd are slightly out of date now but not by much and they are superb compacts (I've got the F30 and my gf has the 31fd)...

Comment #3

Size doesn't really matter to me..

I've been looking around at some Sony and Canon cameras because I've had lots of good experience with Sony products in the past and Canon because I've heard that they make some of the nicest cameras..

I've been learning more about the Canon Powershot S5is and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 because they both have the features I am looking for (such as time lapse and shutterspeed settings). The Canon has stereo microphones which really appeals to me because I do videos quite often for school and it is a pain for me to use mono audio. The Canon also seems to have many more features than the Sony..

Does anyone have any opinions on these cameras.. or some other cameras which are similar?..

Comment #4

I had a Sony H2 for awhile and it was very good overall. I'm not sure how available they still are, but have seen ads for $249.00. They originally cost about $350-400 so I guess they are being closed out. The pictures were sharp, but I would turn down the saturatiion when shooting water and sky as the one I had tended to oversaturate. The only reason I returned it was because I decided I preferred dslr.Jo..

Comment #5

Jo....

If you visit the SONY message boards, I think you will find that many folks consider the H2 as the best "H series" camera. SONY added more megapixels to the H7 and H9 cameras, and some other features, but the image quality seems to have been degraded..

Considering the fact that so many people have "upgrade fever" you can find lots of nice used cameras selling very cheaply..

And, the law of diminishing returns is really setting in with digital cameras. A two year old camera today is very usable. The "progress" made lately is just more megapixels and more unnecessary features (face recognition, baby modes, etc.) The difference between a digital cameras from 2002 to 2004 was huge. The difference between 2005 models and 2007 models is very slight..

Personally I'd rather have a used Olymupus C8080 than a new Sony H9.MartyPanasonic FZ7, FZ20, FZ30, LX2Olympus C4000, C7000..

Comment #6

Groffy,.

Tx for the additional info. This helps..

I would still maintain that an "SLR-Like" camera such as the S5IS or DSC-H9 isn't a great choice - it's usually a compromise. Anyone that really needs that much zoom also needs a proper Digi-SLR w/ separate zoom lenses. It's very difficult to get a single quality lens with that much range on it. However, of those two, the Sony is far superior in image quality. The best in class for the SLR like cameras at your price range is the Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd / S6500fd (about $315), and has a 28-300 lens..

The Fuji s700 is also a great camera at $200 ... BUT - it's lens is 38-380. So, it's less flexible for you without the wide-angle..

Also, please bear in mind that more MP will start to work against you. The size of the sensor and quality of the optics is more important than how many MP a camera has from about 6 MP upwards..

Again, consider if a good compact like the fuji e900 would suit your needs - you can also get a wide angle lens for this..

You can find great deals on eBay - but not sure if you want to go that route...

Comment #7

I went to Circuit City today and I narrowed it down to two cameras I really like. The first one is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3. I really like this one because it is more compact and it felt really solid and a relatively good build quality in my hand. The other camera I really liked was the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7, which I couldn't really get a good grip on it.. maybe it was because of the dumb security things they put on the cameras. The quality of the H7 felt much less than the H3.



What I'm wondering is.. what camera should I go with? I want to go with the H3 because it is more compact with almost all the same features but it doesn't have shutter priority and aperture priority like the H7 does..

If I buy the H3 will I regret the purchase because of the two features missing on it that are on the H7? That's the only thing that is holding me back from buying the H3..

Thanks! ..

Comment #8

Oh and I am totally new to photography and have lived without those two features I feel like I want but I don't know enough about them to determine which camera to buy...

What advantages do the shutterspeed and aperture options have? Is it worth it to buy a camera for 100 more dollars just for those features?.

Thanks again. ..

Comment #9

Groffy77 wrote:.

What advantages do the shutterspeed and aperture options have? Is itworth it to buy a camera for 100 more dollars just for those features?.

If you mean "shutter priority" and "aperture priority" these just are two convenient ways to contol your shot..

"shutter priority" allows you to pick the shutter speed, and the camera will find the right aperature to make the exposure right. This is very useful when you want to freeze action.... like shooting sports or anything that might move..

"aperture priority" is just the opposite. You select the aperture, and the camera will find the right shutter speed to make a good exposure. This is useful when you have a stationary objective, and you want to control the depth of field. Many macros and portraits are shot at wide open apertures, so the background will be blurred..

Whether these features are worth $100 more is entirely up to your particular shooting needs. But generally, when a camera has these two modes, it also has a few other useful manual controls (like manual focus, exposure compensation, and backlighting controls). So, you will probably be getting a lot more than just A and S modes for your $100..

Off hand, I can't think of any really good camera that lacks these modes.Every DSLR made has them..

One thing for certain, you will not find these features on a cheap, amateur camera.MartyPanasonic FZ7, FZ20, FZ30, LX2Olympus C4000, C7000..

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