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Next week, £100, buying a digital camera!

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by mevetts, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. mevetts

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    Hi all,

    As the title suggests, I have £100 to buy a digital camera next week. The budget is just for the camera itself - no accessories as yet.

    I can shop online or on the high street.

    On which camera do you guys think my £100 would be best spent?

    A little more detail : most of the photos will be for publishing online, I am a relative amateur to photography, I prefer qulaity of pics over a mass of features, but would like to have the ability to take short movie clips.

    So come one, what are your thoughts?

    Thanks,

    Mark.
     
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    I like Canon's compact cameras, I have an old PowerShot A60 and the image quality is nice and crisp. Not used the A510 but I think it would be worth the extra cash. I've seen it selling for around £140.
     
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    Mark,
    If you're interested I have a just under 1yr old mint condition Canon Powershot A80 which you can read a review of here.

    On holiday in Florida a couple of weeks ago I succumbed to temptation and bought a Panasonic DMC-FZ20 so I have to sell the A80 to help pay for it :(
    It is complete with all supplied accessories, not a scratch on it and I'll throw in a Lowepro carrying case which I also bought for it in Florida two days before buying the Panasonic :rolleyes:


    I was going to put it on eBay next week so let me know if you're interested
     
  6. mevetts

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    Hi JayCee,

    That's certainly food for thought, give me a day or so to mull it over and I'll PM you.

    Cheers,

    Mark.
     
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    Okay Mark.
    It is a 4MP model and as you can see gets great reviews.
    I'll include a 64mB Compactflash card, a brand new (still in it's original packing) Compactflash reader USB adapter which you can leave connected to the PC........you can remove the compactflash card from the camera...insert it into the adapter and view/transfer the photos to your PC (It's just another way to view/transfer the photos instead of connecting the camera directly....which of course you can still do anyway).
    Anyway mull it over and PM me if interested and we'll come to an agreement pricewise.......I would post it using Royal Mail Next day insured.
    Cheers, John.
     
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    Hi John,

    Thanks for those extra offerings!

    I have looked at the data on both cameras and read many reviews and so far as I can tell, there seems little between them.

    The A80 offers a marginally grater max resolution and pixel count. However, I have seen some sample images and they look great to me.

    Yet the A510 provides a larger LCD on the rear.

    I prefer the the A510's continuous drive facility of being able to capture up to 12 images in one hit as apposed to the A80's 5 (or 8 if you lower the fps).

    The internal memory size is not a point of debate as I can get additional memory for very little now.

    The size is an issue for me (;)) and the A510 has to win hands down being both slightly smaller and also considerably lighter than the A80.

    Lastly, I would have the peace of mind that a minimum 1 year warranty brings to the picture.

    So overally, thatnks John, but I think I'm going to take the route of the A510 for my first digital camera.

    Best of luck selling it on Ebay!

    Cheers,

    Mark.
     
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    That's cool Mark.
    Good luck with your A510 and come back here to the forum with some of your pics. :smashin:
    I take on-board all those points....they make sense in your requirements.
    I believe the forums here have a for sale/wanted area so I will also put up my A80 here as well as eBay. :hiya:
     
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    Cheers, maybe even enter the August monthly comp!

    Mark.
     
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    Just an update...I have taken delivery of my Powershot A510! :clap:

    First impressions look great. It seems as though I can do the whole point and shoot thing easily, but yet there is room to play with when I get a bit more knowledgable.

    Will be hoping to enter the monthly comp in the not too distant future!

    Cheers,

    Mark.
     
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    Glad you settled for the PowerShot. I got a Canon PowerShot 400 a few months ago for (mostly) web page images. I chose it because it has a really effective macro mode for taking sharp close-ups, as well as an optical zoom for distant shots. A good all-rounder for £100.

    The menu system takes some getting used to, compared with my Minolta, but I'm getting there.

    Thinking about learning how to use PhotoShop properly now! Anyone got recommendations for training videos? How about the Total Training ones shown here?
    http://www.the-cool-book-shop.co.uk/accs/index.htm

    Or maybe VTC?
     
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    I know the feeling, I've been using Olympus recently and I found the menu system pretty good. I'm slowly learning the Canon's setup.
     

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