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When I was 16 I use to take B/W photography at the Boy's Club using a $20 35mm film camera. I had many of my pictures in Cafe's all around San Francisco Mission District and even won 2nd place in "Landscape" at the art academy in San Francisco. I didnt really know what I doing, I guess I was just lucky .

Anyhow, I know times have changed and everything is pretty much digital technology now. I have been pulling out the few hairs left on my head trying to figure out a good camera under $400.00 dollars. I wanted to get something I can use taking pictures of friends, landscape, fast moving objects, etc and something not to bulky. I ride a motorcycle so I would want it to fit in my pocket. I also want something that has a great zoom lens so when taking pictures at the beach I can get what I want without trying to hurt myself. I found a few cameras I may consider but honestly I dont know much about digital cameras except what I read from you guys and info from the net.



- Canon PowerShot SD850 IS- Canon PowerShot G9- Canon PowerShot SD870 IS (Black)- Canon PowerShot SD950 IS- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 (Black)- Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H7- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3-K - digital camera.

I want something that has a good Digital & Optical zoom lens, Raw Image, High Mega Pixels, fast shutter speed and all that other new stuff for under $400...I know, I know it looks like I am expecting a lot but I just dont want a crappy camera. My first digital camera was a Kodak and I regret buying it and cant stand looking at it LOLThanks in advance....

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Oobatz1 wrote:.

- Canon PowerShot SD850 IS- Canon PowerShot G9- Canon PowerShot SD870 IS (Black)- Canon PowerShot SD950 IS- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 (Black)- Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H7- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3-K - digital camera.

The list includes all size cameras! (small SD850IS to big H7).

I want something that has a good Digital & Optical zoom lens, RawImage, High Mega Pixels, fast shutter speed and all that other newstuff for under $400...I know, I know it looks like I am expecting alot but I just dont want a crappy camera. My first digital camerawas a Kodak and I regret buying it and cant stand looking at it LOLThanks in advance...

$400 limit rules out the best one i.e. G9. However if you exclude Raw, than the best value for money camera is Canon SX100IS (1.8" thick). Nice sharp 10x zoom, manual modes, good IQ..

Amnong ultra-compacts (less than 1" thick), SD870IS, Nikon S510 and Fuji F50fd (for A/S modes)..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #1

A good camera under $400.00 dollars..

The first problem  Just joking..

I would want it to fit in my pocket..

Compact or ultra compact then..

A great zoom lens.

So presumably 6x or up..

Raw Images.

Not many of those around these days..

Basically a few Pansonics and the Canon G9 and Fuji E900.

However you can get some Canon's to shoot RAW with a simplehack - the CHDK hack. Check the Canon forum about this..

High Mega Pixels.

Not really that important. Anything from 6Mp up is really all youcan sensibly use from a compact. As the MP go up the noisetends to also. The Fuji E900 and Canon G9 are exceptions tothat, I feel..

OK..

I'd suggest you look at :.

- Canon A710 IS - very versatile and reasonably priced at the moment, I think. Can shoot RAW with the CHDK hack..

- E900 - more one for the enthusiast and those obsessed with low light ( weirdos like me ). No IS and uses xD cards ( downside to everything ). 4x zoom, which is still a reasonable range..

- If low light or party shooting is not required try a Panasonic TZ3. No RAW but a good camera with an unrivaled zoom size..

- Canon A650 IS. No RAW and no CHDK hack. Same sensor and lens and the G9 and rather nice for that reason..

Good luck..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #2

Ajay0612 wrote:.

Oobatz1 wrote:.

- Canon PowerShot SD850 IS- Canon PowerShot G9- Canon PowerShot SD870 IS (Black)- Canon PowerShot SD950 IS- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 (Black)- Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H7- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3-K - digital camera.

The list includes all size cameras! (small SD850IS to big H7).

I want something that has a good Digital & Optical zoom lens, RawImage, High Mega Pixels, fast shutter speed and all that other newstuff for under $400...I know, I know it looks like I am expecting alot but I just dont want a crappy camera. My first digital camerawas a Kodak and I regret buying it and cant stand looking at it LOLThanks in advance...

$400 limit rules out the best one i.e. G9..

I was considering the G9 but it got a rating of a 7.8 at cnet.com. Like I said I am not a pro so I rely on the consumers info. It seems to have everything that I want and it's a DSLR. I havent actually touched the camera to get a feel for it so it's hard to say.I am wondering if the lens is interchangeable on the G9?.

Do you think the G9 is too much camera for a beginner such as myself or is it perfect?Thanks again.....

Comment #3

Oobatz1 wrote:.

I am wondering if the lens is interchangeable on the G9?.

No. It is a fixed lens camera..

Do you think the G9 is too much camera for a beginner such as myselfor is it perfect?.

G9 is expensive too. It is good for one who wants metal body, Raw mode, 12MP resolution, sharp 6x zoom, dedicated ISO button, optical view-finder (good to have while shooting fast moving subjects)..

I would advise you to also have a look at Canon SX100IS, which has nice 10x zoom with image-stabilization, good resolution, full manual modes and good IQ. Bang for the bucks.Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #4

Oobatz1 wrote:.

I am wondering if the lens is interchangeable on the G9?.

It's a fixed lens camera as "ajay" stated but you can add (via means of an adapter) a wider angled lens or a more telephoto one if you wish - approx 90 each. These extend range from it's standard 35-210mm to 26-410mm - but obviously can't have both on at same time! In addition, you can also add a flashgun to it..

Do you think the G9 is too much camera for a beginner such as myselfor is it perfect?.

I'd say the G9 was an excellent camera - that's why I got one - as to whether it's perfect, which camera is? One thing for certain though is that it's currently just about top of the compact camera range so about as good as you can get to carry in your pocket + it gives you many of the features of a DSLR. You can therefore use it as a point and shoot or more like you would a DSLR and help your learning in that area etc..

If you're a keen photographer I think you'll more than likely grow into using it's features rather than feel that it's too much for you - but only you can answer that..

Hope you can get it for somewhere near your price limit..

Regards.....Caster.

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Comment #5

I am an absolute BEGINNER. I have no clue about "F" settings, and ISO and all that, but want to learn very badly. I just got the G9 last week and went out today for the first time to really shoot it. It's definetly not a super compact camera, but it is smaller then a DSLR. I love the feel of it and the weight. It feels like a solid piece.

But like I said i'm a total beginner and don't have much knowledge at all...but so far I LOVE it!!.

Not the greatest example...but this is my very first picture playing with the color accent feature.http://www.flickr.com/photos/95745153@N00/2078827332/..

Comment #6

Hmm114 wrote:.

I am an absolute BEGINNER. I have no clue about "F" settings, and ISOand all that, but want to learn very badly. I just got the G9 lastweek and went out today for the first time to really shoot it. It'sdefinetly not a super compact camera, but it is smaller then a DSLR.I love the feel of it and the weight. It feels like a solid piece. Ithink it would be a great choice for you because it has the point andshoot feature, but many more features too experiment with and learnwith.



Did you take those phots with the G9 Hmmm114?Those are the kind of pictures I want to take...

Comment #7

The only picture I took with the G9 was of the church. I just got the camera a week or so ago..so this weekend was my first time out with it...

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