Tramma - what kind of photos are you wanting to take? friends and family snapshots? nature? closeups? architecture? very best resolution or just pretty pictures, tiny details not as important? etc. Also, how are you intending to use the photos? viewing on computers or the internet? printing photos (and what is the largest size you want to print?) It doesn't sound like you are wanting a small camera to put in a pocket or purse (etc.), but just a regular sized camera - is that correct? Have you looked at other camera models and pretty much settled on these two or have you just started looking? If you can give us some more information about what your needs and experience are, we can probably give you better advice. Are you familiar with the major digital camera review sites and have you read the reviews of the cameras you mentioned? You may also want to go check out the posts in the forums on this site for each of the two cameras you mentioned and see what the people who actually own the camera are saying in relation to pros and cons. here's the C-4000 discussion: Michael Englund "Olympus C-4000 Zoom Discussion" 8/27/2002 1:07pm and the nikon 4500 discussion: sam chan "Nikon Coolpix 4500 Discussion" 5/31/2002 5:51am look forward to hearing from you. wjmc p.s., I think the 5 megapixel Olympus your are referring to is the 5050Z - is that right? It looks like a nice camera - I actually played with one the other day and it has a nice "hand feel" and placement of controls and the reviews have been pretty good re: picture quality...
Thank you W J!.
Well, in these days I'm having a sort of overview of the digitals on the market. last yaer I had a very simply one (CMOS 1.3mp without any zoom or TFT display) and I token several pictures of my family, friends... now that I saw how is funny take digitals pics and I want a camera that will follow my needs for years. My needs? Taking pictures of familyand friends (sometimes of us playing baseball), print some of the best shots in specialized shops (I don't own hi quality printer, and I don't mind to buy any). I would like a definitive camera, that will satisfy me if I'll will be more exacting. I don't want change it the next years just because it's fully automatized only! That's why I'm looking for a CP 4500, it's seems to have the best balance price(?)/quality/features.
Thanks again for your help.
Tramma PS the Olympus I saw is the C50... or something like that. The one you say, it's too expensive!..
I personally own an Olympus 3040 and have found it to be an excellent camera. I would recommend the Olympus. However the Nikon has gotten good reviews as well. I do not beleive you can go wrong with either, check the reviews and sample pics! Then choose what looks best, and have fun...
Hi! I agree with Peter - either of the two cameras you mentioned should work well for what you want. The Nikon probably would be better for macro (close up) shots. You may also want to look at the sony DSC-S85 and the Canon G2 or G3.
At least over here, the Sony DSC-S85 has come down in price a lot recently and the G2 is probably less expensive since the G3 came out recently. Both those cameras have been very highly rated for photo quality and should give you excellent photos on automatic and still allow room for you to grow into the features with manual control capability. Whichever camera you get, enjoy it! Digital photography is quite different in many ways from film photography and most of us that were not all that good at film photography find digital a lot easier and more enjoyable. Check around for prices - there is a big range in price online. Even a high end camera like the Sony DSC-F717 can be purchased (over here, at least) from some reputable dealers for as low as US$825 to $850. best wishes on your camera purchase! wjmc..
I'd chose a camera from this list, according to what money you've got.
Nikon Coolpix 4300.
Casio QV 5700..