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First digital Camera advice

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  1. hornydragon

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    I am thinking of getting a digital camera.
    Want to be able to get 6x4 type pics made up at jessops or similar easy use not fussed on video but maybe short clips would be cool <£200 if possible!! and simple transfer to laptop (PC) what do you guys suggest? A mate has a Kodak LS440 IIRC a 4Mpixel with base station, personally i like canon gear have canon scanner and printer (not photo)
    What do you guys suggest???
     
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    Most of todays cameras will take good pictures for everyday purposes.

    So that being equal, then you should choose on factors such as size, handling, zoom length etc. Do you want a big camera or a truly pocket size one?

    No one is going to take your pictures for you, so you have to decide if someone elses important points relate to you. The canon A series are well respected, but may not be as compact as you may want.

    I would though, recommend a camera with video (and sound) capture. I too, used to think it was a gimmick, but it has proved very useful to capture some brief video while out and about.

    Also remember to budget for a bigger memory card, and perhaps a spare battery.

    Have you looked at the reviews at www.dpreview.com ?
     
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    Thanks for the link i will defo get a bigger memory card! As i dont have any memory card devices is their one that is better ie MMC over CF etc???
     
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    I know there are some cards that are 'faster' in the read write process. but I think this is more of a technical issue, and in general useage the speed of the card is hardly noticeable.

    Some cameras have a write buffer which allows you to take a series of [action?] pictures without having to wait while each one is recorded to the card - look for this feature if you will be taking such pictures.

    I use both CF and MMC and generally buy the cheapest I can find and have had no problems.

    Some cameras require their own branded cards to enable some features such as panoramic - I know some Olympus SM cameras do this.

    If you have a PDA, then a compatable card can be slotted in to it for viewing pictures, or used to share storage.
     
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  6. hornydragon

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    Cheers sean more than i was looking to spend but I'll have to et in to town and have a look at em!
     
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    A camera is only of any use if you have it with you. The best photographs are often unplanned.

    For these two reasons, I strongly recommend seeking out the smallest, lightest camera you can afford.

    If you want to be tempted, and you agree with my logic - take a look at the Pentax Optio S.

    Other pointers - watch out for what type of battery technology is used:

    Lithium-ion: most expensive, most robust, smallest, lightest
    NiMH: reasonable
    NiCd: Avoid.

    Some cameras take standard sized cells (NiCd or NiMH). This gives you the advantage of using regular batteries if you run out of charge in an inconvenient place. But they make the camera much larger (so, see above).
     
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    I have plans for using this! For a start i want to take pics of my system! I understand that, one reason i want a reasonably cheap camera is that i wont be worried about taking it out and about with me. the choice is either a £50 cheapie (upgrade my phone to a camera phone!) i want one that can be used for fun shots and decent archive photos. I have a mate with a Kodak LS443 IIRC but he wont take it anywhere with him especially on a night out!
    I guess i want the world and dont want to pay for it!
     
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    I too have a optio s.

    The extremely small size mean that you simply do not have to worry about taking it out as long as you have a pocket to put it in.

    I have actually forgot I had it with me a number of times.

    If you can carry a phone, then you can carry the optio just as easily.

    For decent pics, you should avoid camera phones or £50 cameras - they're for outlines only!

    If cost is a problem, then consider a supplier of discontinued models. Try www.morgancomputers.co.uk.

    If you want to take the camera out with you, then size is a priority. I would not make your choice based on wanting to take a few pictures of your system - use your mates camera for that
     
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    He is so over protective i have asked him numerous times and he wont let me use IT

    I have been to morgan in brum a few times not overly impressed though!!

    Optio s £????
     
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    £254 from currys on line plus extra 10% off if you order by 7th November.

    Optio does not come with a memory card though, so you have to budget for one (between £10 and £50 depending on size)
     
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    Yep,

    I'll agree with the Pentax Optio comment.
    Bought the S4 yesterday and its fantastic, the picture are crystal clear.

    And its the size of a credit card!
     
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    how much was the S4???
     
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    Ouch! My max budget is £200 preferably less!
     
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    You could go for summut like this:
    Nikon 2500

    I bought one a while back and its a great little camera, small enough to fit in your pocket and take to the pub and the images are (just) good enough to print out at 8x10 if you ever need to. Will take a few knocks too as the lense is hidden away. Spare batteries can be had for about 10-15quid, and you'll get about 120-130 shots on a 128mb card.
     
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    £216.99 for the A70 is a steel horny. Come on, you know it makes sence;)
     
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    I am liking the Ixus I will have to get into town and have a look at it!
     
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    The ixus is 300:eek:
     
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    I am looking a first digital camera myself. Yes, I read a few magazines and they all recommend Canon A70 but Sony DSC-P72 is getting very good review too and comes with rechargable batteries+charger and £40 cheaper!! Any comments about this?

    amsjrt
     
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    Looking even better cheers sean only thing bothering me is the SD media and fixed focus are these going to be an issue?
     
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    I'd go for the A70 pal;)
     
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    Why???
    Cause you have one?
    A70 seems a bit bulky compared to the IXUS I and £5 more expensive the IXUS I seems much nicer than A70 will have to get my ass down to jessops i think, do they pricematch all e-tailers, as amazon have very good prices.
     
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    Nah mate, i have the ixus400. I just think the A70 offers you more. check the features out. A70 ixus i Over the two, the A70 is the best. You'll be surpised on how small it is. Have a look at it befor you make your mind up;)
     
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    OK sean will do mate!
     
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    OK been to jessops and played with the A70 and the Ixus I (sean my mind is made up)
    a70 was nice but huge compared with ixus I which is lovely, I really want one in black!!! Silver is nice, but i think that black will be nicer if i can see one i will decide on it!
    (found out Jessops price match isnt a price match but they refund 110% of the difference in Jessops vouchers)
     

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