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Buying digital cameras...

Ok, I'm about ready to take a small step into the 21st century and purchase a digital camera. Anyone have any advice?

It would need to be light enough for me to take hiking, fairly sturdy since I'm taking it hiking - and I'm a klutz - and obviously take decent pics outside. That said, I don't need National Geographic-quality photos. What's worth the extra money? What's a waste of time?

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I've always been told the real camera brands are the best: Canon and Nikon.
Sony is pretty good too, has good lenses. Panasonic now has a nice digital camera with a decent lens as well. I forgot the name of their camera brand. My sister's newest digital camera is a Panasonic. They got it because of the large optical zoom (when looking at zoom, pay no attention to digital zoom, it's the optical zoom that counts).
I have a Canon Powershot S50 and am very happy with it. It's fairly sturdy. There are times when I wish it was a little lighter, OTOH, at least I can keep it stable. My brother got a much smaller Canon and it's really tiny. I think they would have preferred something a little bigger.

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Ok, I'm about ready to take a small step into the 21st century and purchase a digital camera. Anyone have any advice?

It would need to be light enough for me to take hiking, fairly sturdy since I'm taking it hiking - and I'm a klutz - and obviously take decent pics outside. That said, I don't need National Geographic-quality photos. What's worth the extra money? What's a waste of time?

(yeah, yeah, I know there have been threads on this, but the search function doesn't work for me either)
lol,

ok so let me see if i understand correctly:
small
lightweight
sturdy

maybe
some zoom
weather-proof for hiking.

do you want to take pictures of the view will hiking or just take pictures of family and friends.

what is your price range?

do want manual control override? or would you rather have lots of pre set modes to choose from (party, snow, night time, ect.?

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I do take pictures of family and friends, but it seems that most of what I want pictures of happens outside. It would be ideal if the thing could handle a variety of situations and lighting conditions - sometimes I'm dealing with things that hold still (plants, sunsets, people posing), sometimes not (the dogs, wildlife). Capacity for panoramic views would be nice.

Manual control is not that important - if I get to the point where I think I have the patience and skill for manual control to matter, I'd invest and upgrade.

If I wind up paying for it myself, I could go as high as $300 - if I can get someone to chip in as a present, who knows. At this stage I don't even know what money buys what features. Obviously, different models are going to have trade-offs. If I had to pick between say more zoom and a panoramic view option, I'd pick the zoom. Light weight vs. storage capacity, I'm going with weight (within reason). I probably won't be printing my own photos in the near future, although my sort-of-step-mom may decide to do it for me now and again.

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I do take pictures of family and friends, but it seems that most of what I want pictures of happens outside. It would be ideal if the thing could handle a variety of situations and lighting conditions - sometimes I'm dealing with things that hold still (plants, sunsets, people posing), sometimes not (the dogs, wildlife). Capacity for panoramic views would be nice.

Manual control is not that important - if I get to the point where I think I have the patience and skill for manual control to matter, I'd invest and upgrade.

If I wind up paying for it myself, I could go as high as $300 - if I can get someone to chip in as a present, who knows. At this stage I don't even know what money buys what features. Obviously, different models are going to have trade-offs. If I had to pick between say more zoom and a panoramic view option, I'd pick the zoom. Light weight vs. storage capacity, I'm going with weight (within reason). I probably won't be printing my own photos in the near future, although my sort-of-step-mom may decide to do it for me now and again.
Kodak EasyShare V570 5MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom


this is a good bet. its pana is GREAT, it is very small and at amazon for $308 you might be able to find it cheaper but amazon is a great place to ready reviews

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With the Kodak EasyShare V570 zoom digital camera, Kodak has introduced the world's first dual-lens digital still camera. Using proprietary Kodak RETINA Dual Lens technology, the elegant V570 camera wraps an ultrawide angle lens (23 mm) and an optical zoom lens (39-117 mm) into a small, sleek package less than an inch thin.

The Kodak Easyshare Z570's dual-lens system
The innovative EasyShare V570 camera's ultrawide angle lens coupled with its optical zoom lens produces a total 5x optical zoom range, providing more options to help today's picture takers capture the perfect shot--group photos, scenic landscapes, dramatic portraits, and close-ups. No other consumer digital camera offers such a wide angle of view, nor the unique, sophisticated design of this model, whose all-glass, stacked Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon prism lenses never extend from the camera body.

The Kodak Easyshare Z570's panoramic possibilities
Use the Z570's ultrawide view to take 180-degree vistas in just three shots.

Wide-Angle Panorama Stitching and Advanced Video Performance
In addition to its dual-lens design, the 5-megapixel V570 camera boasts a variety of notable features to enhance the photography experience, including in-camera panorama stitching, which automatically combines three pictures into a panorama photograph. Using the ultrawide view in panorama scene mode, people can take in a 180-degree vista with just three shots--an industry exclusive.

Packing advanced video performance, the camera makes it easier for users to shoot all types of action in the way that many filmmakers prefer--with an ultrawide angle to capture more of the scene. The EasyShare V570 camera records TV-quality video, up to 30 frames per second (fps) using advanced MPEG-4 compression. Built-in image-stabilization technology reduces on-screen shaking from unintentional hand and camera movement. The camera also offers an optical zoom feature for video including autofocus. It's simple to select any frame in a video, then save and print it as a "freeze frame" still picture in just seconds.

The Kodak Easyshare Z570's Photo Frame 2 dock
The multipurpose Photo Frame 2 dock also turns the camera into a stylish photo viewer.
Other notable features of the V570 camera include:

* A big, brilliant 2.5-inch, high-resolution LCD screen
* The exclusive Kodak Color Science image processing chip for phenomenal image quality with rich color, accurate skin tones, low noise, and precise exposure
* Automatic red-eye reduction, on-camera cropping, picture blur alert, and auto picture rotation;
* In-camera distortion correction to compensate for ultrawide angle fish-eye effects, which can be turned on or off
* Twenty-two scene modes plus three color modes, helping snap shooters capture the best possible shot with the least possible effort
* The Photo Frame Dock 2, which provides one-touch picture transfer to a connected computer while keeping the camera's high-capacity lithium-ion battery charged and ready to go, and which can play video and photo slideshows on the camera's high-resolution LCD screen
* 32 megabytes of internal memory, plus a SD card slot for additional storage

EasyShare Software
The Kodak EasyShare V570 camera includes Kodak EasyShare software for Windows and Macintosh systems, providing effortless digital picture organization, editing, sharing, and printing--and even CD and DVD burning. The exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak to help users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from inkjet printers, while the enhanced favorites feature helps you always have your best shots at hand, whether on your camera, on your computer, or online via the Kodak EasyShare Gallery.

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Griff, I was going to recommend the Easyshare as well because it's affordable and it doesn't seem like you are planning to use it an insane amount of time. All my pics that I've taken at Charleston and posted were with easy shares.

No matter what brand you buy try to get the highest optical Zoom and MegaPixel that you can.

Min. - 3x Optical Zoom ( but really look for at least 10 )
Min. - 5 MP (but if you can find higher for under $300 go for it)

Optical zoom tells you the film camera lens equivalent. Here's some rough breakdowns

3x 37-114mm
4x 35-140mm
12x 36-432mm

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I am very pleased with my Canon Powershot A80 (4 megapixels). The only criticism that has been made of it is that the LED screen is a bit small. It is, but I have learned to deal with it. The camera supports every mechanism of a good 35 mm camera, if you are a very serious photographer. It also supports black and white, sepia, photo stitching, and--with a special card--it is also a video camera. It lacks an internal flash, which I wish it had; I don't know if any digital camera has one, though.
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I had the cannon a85 (the update to the a80) and it had major problems with focus. I heard the a80 didn't have those issues but its been out of production for about 2 years and it will be very hard to find.

the rest in the a8* series had problems with focus. but otherwise are good cameras. like with whichever one you choose its good to read reviews and see what others experienced.

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Ok, I'm about ready to take a small step into the 21st century and purchase a digital camera. Anyone have any advice?
go to a store, pick one, and pay for it.
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ohhh, someone just asked me a question that made me think. I would go with a camera that uses a sd card....then when you get hooked on technology and buy a palm pilot or something you can use the same card.
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I would personally go with a reliable brand, particularly Canon. I would also suggest a camera with at least 10x optical zoom and minimum 4 MP (if you plan on printing photos rarely and if so, no more than like 5x7) otherwise I would suggest 5 or 6 MP. Also, since light weight is important to you, I would suggest searching for cameras with the minimum features I just suggested and narrow down your choices to those that meet your maximum weight preference. I would suggest you use sites like amazon.com and dpreview.com to look at professional reviews and customer reviews of your narrowed down choices to help you figure out what seems to be the best camera for you.

Also, I should add that LCD screen isn't the most important thing in my opinion, but if you get down to a few choices that you are having a tough time choosing from...go with the one with the larger LCD. Although not a major issue, it is nicer to have a larger viewing area.








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ohhh, someone just asked me a question that made me think. I would go with a camera that uses a sd card....then when you get hooked on technology and buy a palm pilot or something you can use the same card.
Plus it's easy to buy good size of them (1-5gb) relatively cheap.. and you can use them in expandable MP3 players. (Non-iPod)
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go to a store, pick one, and pay for it.
Wow. Really? I never would have thought of that.

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I have a Canon powershot a400 and it takes excellent pics, even outside. It's lightweight and uses SD cards and runs on two double a's. It cost me about $70 after rebate and came with a photo printer. gotta love compusa.

here's a photo I took at the airport in Honolulu using it:



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how many pics can you take with the double A's Cari? 10, 20? I made the mistake of thinking I could actually use them in my camera....I hurried up quick and bought a pack of lithium batteries.
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