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Best 5+ mp camera on a budget?

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by southpaw, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. southpaw

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    Hi

    Can anyone recommend a good 5 mega pixel (and upwards)

    It will be a gift for a friends father. Budget around £250 - £300ish.


    Thanks
     
  2. Jack the lad

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    Just bought a Fujifilm S7000 for £299 from Dixons. :thumbsup:
     
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    Very Happy with my new Canon A95 got it for £300 with a 512mb card :thumbsup:
     
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    hi
    the Sony DSC-W1 [W12 - BLK Version with additional set of batteries and a case] absolutely superb...big vote from me :smashin: :thumbsup: :clap: :cool:
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  5. seany

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    All depends on what style, a compact or a zoom really. The cams already pointed are good choices. The canon S60 is another fine camera. The one's mentioned are 3 to 4 x zoom. the olympus 765 is a 10x zoom and is a very popular cam on the forum but they are bigger then all the above
     
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    The panasonic fx7 and pentax optio s5i are the two i'm considering at the moment, if u shop around they can be picked up for <£300. (both are ultra compact zoom cameras).
     
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    They're not actually classed as zoom cameras. The panasonic FZ20, Canon S1 and the onlympus 765 are zoom cameras (10x.) The fz and s5 are standard 3x. Good thing about the S60 and A95 is the you can add lenses. The swivel screen on the A95 is a great feature.

    Ou of them all i'd go for the S60 its a great camera

    But you're spoilt for choice, any of the above would make you happy
     
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    technically anything that is not a fixed focal length lens is a "zoom"

    so even a 3x is a zoom

    has anyone got any experience of the Kodak DX7440? it's dirt cheap, has manual controls and is 4mp and 4x zoom? most reviews are favourable - looking for a cheap digi cam that won't upset the missus (i've got film SLR's which is enough already!!)

    Ste
     
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    Well yes they are, but the ultra compact zoom that our chap quoted is a bit misleading as its pretty much standard on 3x zooms to be ultra compact now.
     
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    Another vote for the Sony DSC-W1. This can be found for about £200 or the DSC-W12 (extra set of batteries, carrying case, black body) for about £230.
     
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    Surprised the Canon IXUS 500 hasnt received a mention yet, smashing size and image quality.
    I would have to side with keanyboy on this one and give the S60 a vote though, feels lovely in the hand, very user friendly, full manual control, wide angle and tip top image quality. I recently had a phase using the Nikon Coolpix 5200 and that is worth a mention as it can be picked up cheaper than the canon, but it is more a pocket camera and lacks the fully manual.
    One last one to consider if looking at smaller cams is the Olympus C50, it has been around a while but has a good sturdy build, 5mp and can be picked up under the £200 mark making the cost of the XD cards it takes that bit more justifiable!
     
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    Sorry Sean the Oyy 765 is only 4 mega pixels. Although I really see no need for 5, as mentioned in an other thread today by Sean more megapixels does not mean a better picture.
    As I have a Oly 765 and find the pictures better than my old Canon AE1 and have just blown a 8*6 to 25.3*19 on my monitor and the picture still looks good.
    Going from 4 to 5 megapixels only gives you just over 10% extra pixels in a straight line. Going in on a 10 time zoom over a 3 time zoom will give a lot better resolution.

    The price of the OLY 765 is only £214 at Amazon at present. :eek:

    At a well known shop they are £279.90
     
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    A cam being 5mp would not be the thing that swayed me (i bought a 3.2 mp S1 after all) The 765 is a great camera if he wants a zoom, there are other great 10x zoom cams to which opens up a hole new can of worms:laugh: But the 765 is a nice camera
     
  14. Garrett

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    As I say I was going for a Nikon 8mp till I looked into things deeper.

    Was that can of worms or cam of worms :laugh:
     
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    LOL! Very funny :laugh:
     
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