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Cassius
Sep 12th, 2003, 10:39 PM
As the thread title says.

veryborednow
Sep 12th, 2003, 10:49 PM
I went to one of those proper camera shops (experts not trying to con me out of my money) and asked them the same question, and they suggested the Sony Cyber Shot DSC P 50

http://www.digital-camerastore.com/sonyp50.htm this one.

I'm a technological idiot, and this one is easy to use, and produces some brilliant pics.

Cassius
Sep 12th, 2003, 11:01 PM
Thanks, from what it says it sounds a very good one.
And the memory card only being 4MB won't be too much of a problem to me.

veryborednow
Sep 12th, 2003, 11:04 PM
No problem

I brought a separate memory card, but it cost me £100 :eek:

Fingon
Sep 13th, 2003, 02:01 AM
Canon EOS-1 DS :lol:

Keith
Sep 13th, 2003, 02:45 AM
I have an Olympus digital camera and I thought it took great pictures. It broke recently and I am buying a new Olympus soon.

gentenaire
Sep 13th, 2003, 07:20 AM
What do you want to use the camera for? Do you plan on using it just to take pictures and put them online, or do think you'll print a lot of them? The more pixels, the better the print quality. However, cameras do get a lot more expensive the moment you go for more pixels.

I've got a Canon powershot S50. I'm very happy with it, but it wasn't cheap. And I needed a lot of extra memory (now have 1 Gb) as a picture is about 2Mb on my camera.

Don't look at the digital zoom, that's rubbish. Just look at the optical zoom, that's the one that counts.

A good site with a buying guide, where you can compare the different cameras etc is www.dpreview.com

I've always been told Canon and Nikon have the best image quality.

ys
Sep 13th, 2003, 04:03 PM
It all depends on your price range, other priorities ( like weight over quality, smart automode software or variety of manual tunings.

But other than that. As soon as digital Canon Rebel is launched next week, things will never be the same.

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Sep 13th, 2003, 08:43 PM
i made a thread about digital cameras some months ago... maybe you can make a search for it. many good advice and suggestions in that thread.

i found the camera i wanted, and i love it! :D

Fingon
Sep 14th, 2003, 01:23 AM
It all depends on your price range, other priorities ( like weight over quality, smart automode software or variety of manual tunings.

But other than that. As soon as digital Canon Rebel is launched next week, things will never be the same.


yes, the Canon EOS 1 DS costs about $10,000, body only :cool:

I actually think that the Canon Rebel, and other similar models are a waste of money.

You either spend little money and buy a point and shot, or go for the real thing.

The canon rebel is a low end SLR digital camera, but for what it does it's overpriced.

First of all, as most digital cameras, the sensor is NOT 35 mm, which means you can't take wide angle photos properly, that are probably the most common photos people take, they are ok for telephoto (it you spend the money in the lenses) but really, for that price you can get an excellent film camera, with zoom lenses included and unless you take a lot of photos the cost of developping film won't upset the price.

Now, if you are a proffessional photographer or and advanced amateur and have the bugs, the choise must be the Canon EOS DS.

With a whopping 11 megapixes resolution, it produces perfect pictures, as good as the best film camera, even for prints.

it's compatible with all Canon's high end lenses and the sensor IS 35 mm that means you can take wide angle photos as well as with a film camera.

It's a little overpriced and nevermind when you want to add the telephoto or ultrawide angle lenses but right now, it's the only one that can be compared to a high-end film camera.

otherwise, I would go just for a point and shot camera, with a 3x optical zoom and between 3 and 4 megapixels.

Maybe I'll win the lotery and will be able to buy the EOS :lick:

Fingon
Sep 14th, 2003, 01:32 AM
this is the babe

http://instacontent.mirror-image.net/henrys/websnaps/565can043.jpg

only $7517.96USD

don't even ask for the lenses :cool:

Berlin_Calling
Sep 14th, 2003, 01:46 AM
I have a Canon Powershot S50 5.0 MP also and I agree, its a great camara.

ys
Sep 14th, 2003, 03:30 AM
yes, the Canon EOS 1 DS costs about $10,000, body only :cool:

I actually think that the Canon Rebel, and other similar models are a waste of money.

You either spend little money and buy a point and shot, or go for the real thing.

The canon rebel is a low end SLR digital camera, but for what it does it's overpriced.


Are you for real? Go try to find another digital SLR priced under $1000 with 6+Megapix. Would you really need more than that? Canon Rebel 2000 simply rocks. In few monthes it will cost around $700.

Fingon
Sep 14th, 2003, 05:40 AM
Are you for real? Go try to find another digital SLR priced under $1000 with 6+Megapix. Would you really need more than that? Canon Rebel 2000 simply rocks. In few monthes it will cost around $700.

megapixels are not everything, try to take a wide angle photo with that camera and then tell me.

If you want to just see the pictures digitally it's alright but if you want prints, you will get good quality, but not great quality, 11 megapixels is the equivalent of a film photograph.

And finally, for that price you get only a crappy lense, try to put real lenses and then tell me what the price looks like.

BTW, the lenses are way more important than the camera body itself.

gladysharon
Sep 14th, 2003, 03:24 PM
I have a Canon Powershot S50 5.0 MP also and I agree, its a great camara.

It looks impressive I agree...but as I couldn't afford it,
I settled for a Canon Powershot A70. 3.2 Megapixels and video capture...I'm happy!