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Sub £200 digital camera

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by mab25, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. mab25

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    Hi,

    Can anybody reccomend a good digital camera for my brother that is less than £200 preferably with batteries and media.

    I have a finepix 2600z and would therefore recommens the A204 , but would appreciate otehr peoples opinions on other makes.

    His main requirements are

    2mp - min
    Optical Zoom

    Thanks, M
     
  2. tomson

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    To start things off:
    I've just bought a Nikon 2500 as a second camera from Dixons for £149. Its 2mp, 3x optical zoom, compact flash, and fits in your pocket. So far the results are damn good for such a cheap camera.

    You can also get spare batteries on ebay for about 20quid. It only comes with a tiny (8 or 16meg) card but you can get a 128meg card for £25 and that'll be good for 130 odd pics at maximum res and minimum compression. Theres a good review here

    Manual controls are fairly sparse, but if you only want a point and shoot i'd certainly recommend taking a look.
     
  3. nathan_silly

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    Use Nickel Metal Hydride batteries (NIM-H) as they are alot higher current, normal Nicad's don't last very long in digital cameras.

    About £1 to £2 for one AA, depending on capacity. Start off around 1300mah, and go upto 1700/1800mah.
     
  4. mab25

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    Thanks Guys.

    Tomson - was that camera on special offer ? Its £149 at dixons and pc-world but everywhere else it seems to be £250 - £300.

    Thanks, M.
     
  5. tomson

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    Yep its a special offer - a lot of places have run out but there are still some around - Get them to do a search on their computer thingy. Got mine in the Bond Street store.
     
  6. GrahamC

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    Try the Olympus C300 zoom (3mp, 3 x optical zoom) at £190 here: http://www.digitalfirst.co.uk/camdetail.asp?cat=Cameras&ProdID=502

    Or how about the Kodak DX4330 (3mp, 3 x optical zoom) at £190 also: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00006IJK3/ref=sr_aps_electronics_1_1/026-6655755-7454038

    For a little more (£238), the Canon Powershot A70 offers more flexibility than the two above: http://www.buyacamera.co.uk/xsearch.asp?RecId=CANCA250

    If he can stretch to £270 though, I'd agree that the Minolta S414 is a cracking buy.

    Matt.
     
  8. tomson

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    The Minolta is available here for £256.99 including a 2 year warrany. The Minoltas eat batteries so (like nathan silly says) get yourself some good ones - I run my S304 on 2000mah ones and they last pretty well.
     
  9. davidgirecourt

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    I've just open a thread for a £199 4.0 pixels from Aldi with all the gear that could be interesting.
     
  10. Boink!

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    For a good sub-£200 starter camera try the Canon A40, 2MP fully auto and manual capability. Cheap Compact Flash memory, 3x optical lens and it's capable of great pictures.
     
  11. Bassbin

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    Much lower spec but very cool is the Sony U20 available from Argos for £200 and cheaper if you shop around. My wife has one and actually uses it all the time rather than leaving it sitting at home.
     

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