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I have never bought a camera before and just want advice before buying one

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by tony kop77, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. tony kop77

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    I am going away on holiday in 3 weeks and looking to buy a digital camera and be able to play film clips of the holiday as well as take photos. I would love a thin camera like the V3 phone I have, dont know if there are any thin digital cameras on the market but this one looks great but nout out in the UK yet http://www.dpreview.com/news/0506/05060901casio_exs500.asp

    I have around £250-350 budget to spend. I have a PSP so a camera with mp4 and pro duo stick would be an advantage I guess. Can anyone give me some advice please and some cameras they recomend.
     
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    Have a look at the pentax range, they're pretty sleek well designed cameras http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Pentax/ Then there's the sony's http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sony/sony_dsct7.asp The sony's will use pro sticks

    You've got the ixus range to http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/

    To be frank the slimmer cameras i've checked out like the 2 sony's are not as well featured as some of the larger cameras (though still very small). But if that's really important to you then they're still pretty good compacts.

    Some others that you might want to consider are.

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/canon_sd400.asp

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Pentax/pentax_optios5n.asp

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sony/sony_dscw7.asp
     
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    Thank you for your help. I guess it being slim is not too important then, I just want it to fit in my pocket really. I am not an expert at taking pictures and know nothing about cameras. I dont know how often I would use it obviously weddings, holidays going out on day trips and now and again with friends but I would still want it to be packed with features and be able to take quality pictures which is why I would spend up to £350 if I have to.
     
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    Im not fully up to date with the current models, but after in depth research in the past, and from what you want out of a camera, i think your budget is more than enough.

    You pay lots (relatively) for very small size (and often inferior lens quality), from what you say you just want to be able to point and shoot so features are not so much of a big deal (i dont suppose you would ever use manual metering for example?) - i would look at the more quality mfrs,

    Also, still with digitals, shutter lag (for me anyway) is a huge issue - v difficult to take spontaneous pics when you have to guess that they are going to happen half a second in advance.

    From a quick search - the contax range would provide excellent pic quality /(SL300R, u4R) minimum frills, - do a search on google for digital compact contax.
     
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    Without stating the obvious, it's always worth picking one up and "testing" it - at Jessops, Dixons, etc.
    I really like the look and size, thinness especially, of the Sony T series (T3, T33, T7) and then I picked one up and found it hard to hold...
    I didn't get one in the end... although if I hadn't been able to pick it up I probably would have, due to it's form factor alone (it was to be a second camera for "snaps" when out and about)
     
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    I Favour the Canon Ixus range for indoor / fit in pocket type camera. The results are possibly a little on the soft side but the skin tones and colours are incredibly accurate. It has a very good movie mode as well which can be a bonus.

    I've heard good things about the Pentax Optio range as well but never actually used one.
     
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    I have a shortlist of cameras just want your views on them before I buy one. As I said I would mainly use the camera for holidays, weddings, day trips and record footage while on holiday etc though I might find myself love taking pics and using the camera more than I planned.
    I dont want to buy one then find I want to do something in the future and find my camera does not do what I want which is why I am prepared to spend a bit more.

    http://uk.shopping.com/xPO-Coolpix_5900 Nikon Coolpix 5600 £182


    http://uk.shopping.com/xFS?KW=Sony+Cyber-shot+T7&GKW=Ni...ital_Cameras&FD=7185 Sony DSC=T7 £273

    http://uk.shopping.com/xFS?KW=Canon+IXUS+700&FN=Digital_Cameras&FD=7185 Canon Powershot SD500/IXUS700 £273


    http://uk.shopping.com/xFS?KW=Canon+powershot+S70&FN=Digital_Cameras&FD=7185 Canon Powershot S70
    £285
     
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    The best of the lot is the S70. That is one serious camera, it wont be long before i buy one for my partner. It's wider then almost every compact out there at 27mm (most are 35) that really is a great feature on a compact. Added to that the manual control ect it a hard one not to go for
     

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