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Choosing My First Digital Camera...

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by pauliepie, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. pauliepie

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    Looking to buy a good digital camera with our wedding present money.
    We dont know that much about digital cameras and are looking for your recommendations on which camera to choose from.

    Criteria:
    1. Would be using camera at parties, holidays,etc.. so are looking for a camera which is easy to use, crystal clear images, auto focus and compact with a good lcd screen.

    2. Price bracket between £100 - £200.

    3. Be able to connect to my new epson e300 colour printer.

    Any info would be very useful.

    Thanks for your help

    paul :thumbsup:
     
  2. seany

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    Go to www.pricerunner.co.uk and have a look at the canon ixus and the pentax optio S range. Both of the ranges will suite you, but you need to spend at least £200. Try the ixus 430 & 500 and the optio s4 and 5i
     
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    Go for an Ixus, havn't seen the pentax dig camera so can't comment. Im a pro photographer, and while I dont own an Ixus yet, it's the choice of camera for many of my colleagues who want to use a small camera for fun stuff. Some of them have been known to use them for actual jobs. You should be able to pick up the 5mp one for around £230.
     
  4. sorbiegunner

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    Try looking for something that is being phased out. You can get a camera for £150-£200 that would have cost you £300 last year. And they haven't suddenly become bad cameras just because a newer model has came out. It's a good way to get the most camera out of a limited budget.
    Have a look at http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=60560
    This camera was much admired in the £300 bracket a year ago. Manufacturers are like software companies they bring out new models every year, sometimes with only minor improvements.
     
  5. sorbiegunner

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    On a thread there the guy says specificaly his budget is £100 to £200 the first two replys recommend (1) at least £200 and (2) £250. Is this because you think that the initiator under estimated his own budget?
     
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    Yeah, I know it was over his budget, but I really think that it may be worth stretching the budget a bit. Canon pro lenses are superb and these benefits filter down to the lower end lenses found on cheaper models, providing clear sharp images with good auto focus as requested. It also has a good lcd screen.

    You may be able to pick up an older Ixus 400 for the £200 budget as I believe these may be discontinued, but you would still be very happy with the picture quality.
     
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    That's 25% of the top end and 50% of the bottom end, it's more than just a bit.
     
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    Cheers guys for your valued info,

    I do fancy the Olympus Mju 410 - 4 mp.

    On Amazon, the title says mju 410 pearl white camera and ebuyer says mju/stylus 410 camera both at £169 inc vat!!!!!!!!!

    Are they the same camera`s or are they different?

    Anybody seen them cheaper!!!!

    Cheers guys

    paul :smoke:
     
  10. Gjn200

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    I'd go for the Sony w1 At £210. Try Pixmania just remember to cancel the extra warranty ( zen something or other) and use whatdigicam1104 for a discount code. The mju is £176 delvered btw.


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    The 500 can be had for 224 so it's fair to point him in that direction for the sake of £24 and it is from wedding present money, £24 is not really out of reach enough to stop us recommending it to him. If you can still find an Ixus 430 which is pretty much the same camera it should be under £200 by now. I once had the 400 i dont think you could find that now though
     
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    Having heard about the w1 at £210 i'd say that's the one to go for. Very nice piece of kit for the money
     
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    Yep gonna be my Xmas pressie (£213 delivered),cheap memory here btw.
     
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    Do you mean the Sony DSC W1 camera ?

    On Pixmania they do the DSC W1 for £213 but there is a DSC W12+ for £227, would it be best to go for the latter one.

    Anybody find it cheaper !!!!

    Thanks
    paul :clap:
     
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    They are the same camera just different colour i think, and you wont find them cheaper
     
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    W12 is black and comes with a case and 2 extra batteries.


    Graham
     
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    Bought the Sony W12, after originally trying the DSC-P120 (too small/fiddly to hold). SUPERB!!!

    Went to Jessops on the high st - who price matched www.dabs.co.uk £230

    The camera has a massive 2½" colour screen for checking/reviewing your pics, yet the camera is still very compact.
     
  19. mheaford

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    I received my DSC-W1 yesterday. I got it for £209.99 inc delivery from Dixons. It shows up as a web special price of £229.99 and if you use DIXONS20 as a prmotional code it gives you another £20. Delivery was free.

    This camera was rated the best buy for under £300 in one of this months digital camera magazines.
     
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    That's what I like, absolute certainty i.e. 'you wont find them cheaper' as opposed to 'I don't think you can find them any cheaper', or even the (as it turns out) more accurate 'you wont find them cheaper unless you go to Dixons'
     
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    Thanks mheaford,

    The w1 camera seems a very a goooood buy for £209 inc delivery, and being only £9 over budget.

    So I have just purchased one from Dixons.
    Only downside is delivery can take upto 7 days, but "best things come to those who wait"

    Even ebay customers are selling them slightly dearer!!!

    Thanks for helping me choose my first digital camera, I will let you know about It when I have had chance to have a play with it!!!!

    Does anybody know where I can pick up a 128 or 256 memory card?

    Thanks to you all that put there two penith in - cheers

    :thumbsup: :clap: :thumbsup: :clap: :thumbsup: :hiya:
     
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    Cheap (UK) place is http://www.emartbuy.com a 512 card is £56 I think. Make sure you get the right type. NOT DUO.
     
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    I have the Ixus 400 (similar to the 430) and it's a terrific camera. My Mum bought one just after me, she's chuffed with it too. Buy a spare battery, altho the batteries have excellent longevity.
     
  24. seany

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    Oh you mean the part where i said you wont get it cheaper then £210 when i should have said if you go to dixons you can get it for 209.99 saving a toal of 1p

    I’ve noticed that you have on occasion been sneering at other people’s posts rather then make helpful replies.


    Now any advice i give to people is done in good faith and not to be a know all or listen to me i know everything kind of post. But mate, i have to say that some of your posts are frankly rude and down right anal. So you have two choices you can either address your posts in a more friendly helpful manner, or i'd suggest you don’t bother posting if its not actually anything other then having a go at my or anybody else’s post. It would have been more helpful and frankly friendly if you would have said, actually i’ve managed to look around and i’ve found it even cheaper for him. Bu you never did that you just had a pretty needless and rude dig at my post

    [mod comment] if you haven't anything useful to add other then sneers at other posts, please refrain from posting at all
     
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    Well said seany,

    Thats what the forum is all about, helping people who don`t have a clue what they are buying etc...

    You lot now the score and you have saved me around £40-£60 because i would have gone to currys or argos.

    So who wants a beer with the saving i`ve made !!!!!!

    :laugh:
     
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    Thanks paul,

    My mate has the W1 it's always with him, you're going to love it. Oh hang lets not upset sorbiegunner , i should say you might love it, or you'll most likley become very fond of it:laugh:

    Right back on topic


    The added good thing about buying it from dixons site (at such a good price to) is that you can take it in to the store rather then ship it out should anything go wrong. Always better having a store to deal with if you need to deal with a warrenty issue.
     
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    I know, that's how I felt however credit where credit is due, I ordered mine last Sunday around 6pm and it was delivered to me on Wednesday so I was very happy.

    Hope they manage the same for you.
     
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    The w1 is £350 in Argos, so can I have Bollinger instead? :D :D
     
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    Am thinking of getting my first digital camera and the W1 seems just what i need (can use it as point and shoot but also get more complicated as i learn, i hope!). Price at Dixons seems great value.

    What memory card should i get as i am not sure how much a 256 or 512 can hold?

    Cheers
     
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    5M 2592x1944
    3:2 2592x1728
    3M 2048x1536
    2M 1600x1200

    Thats the mp for the diff sizes
     

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