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Xmas Present Advice

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by superdon, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. superdon

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    Hi,

    I am thinking of buying my girlfriend a digital camera for Xmas. I have had a look rounf the net today and the Sony P150 sounds like a decent camera. Plus I have found it at £264 delivered, which seems like a good price.

    The camera will be a general use camera - holidays, nights out, etc. etc., and we are not photogrpahy experts o anything like that.

    Do you think this is a good camera for the price and our needs, or should I be looking at something else?

    Cheers :)
     
  2. superdon

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    Forgot to add, the budget is £264 or less.
     
  3. superdon

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    Agh, been doing more reading and the Olympus 765 also sounds good at around £205 delivered.

    Anyone got any advice for a camera in this budget?
     
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    I have that camera and it takes some very good pictures, it is good for beginners and also has lots of room for more expert photos.
    The only thing I will say against it is that it is not quite as compact as some cameras, although the most compact I know that will do 10* optical zoom and will easily fit in a handbag..
     
  5. superdon

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    I realise its horses for courses, but would the extra 50 odd quid be money well spent on the Sony?
     
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    If you're not printing enlargements to great sizes, then you can get away with a lot less......£100 here . My wife has one of these & I've been very impressed with the shots...auto mode copes with it all. Attached an example shot (& this is compressed to fit on site):-
     

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    That link's invalid. Looks like you were logged into Currys' site when you copied the URL.

    Photo's quite impressive so curious to know what it was.
     
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    The new Nikon Coolpix 5200 Might well suit you. It is very compact and would fit in a shirt pocket yet takes great photographs.
     
  9. DJW

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    Doh....Fuji A607 ....not sure if Currys have any left in stock, but otherwise try Kelkoo.
     
  10. superdon

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    This is turning into a nightmare (as with any other purchase). I just dont know what to go for! I suppose I am loooking for best bang for buck at around the £200 mark - and there seems to be a lot of options!
     
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    How about the Kyocera SL400r camera? Seen around for £170 and as sexy a little camera you could hope to find. 4mp sensor and can shoot at 3.3 frames a second until the memory card is full.... in addition it has minimal shutter-lag. I use a slightly different version of this (Zeiss lens), the 3.3mp Contax sl300rt http://www.digiscoped.com/ContaxSL300RT.html but I'm not sure this is quite within your budget, though it has been superceded in the last few weeks so could be discounted. Get a black version of the Contax SL300 and your girlfriend will be very very happy... I hardly ever get to see my SL300 these days ;)
    All these tiny cameras also shoot 640x480 video until your memory card is full.

    cheers,
    Andy
     
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    Thanks Andy. We are not some much interested in the video capability. Its just the quality of the photos we are worried about.
     
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    Video doesn't do much for me either, just thought i'd throw it in because many digicams only manage short bursts of 320x240 video. The 4mp Kyocera will do A4 prints without a problem. As I said, it really is a showstopper in size, looks, ease of use and has one of the best monitors around. I make a large part of my living via photography and get to play with all sorts of digicams, this Kyocera/Contax range is particularly impressive.

    cheers,
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    Don't forget the Ixus 40. No worries about it fitting in the handbag/pocket, and takes great pictures as well.
     
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    The Olympus is looking a good bet I think. At £205 with a free case, it looks like a good deal. Off down the shops now to take a look at them all and try to make a decision!
     
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    While you're out, see if you local Currys/Dixons has the Fuji A607 that DJW recommended. At £100 it looks a bit of a bargain & leaves plenty of budget over for much needed additional memory
     
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    Well went to the shops and am still confused!

    The Olympus looks a tad on the bulky side, so am not sure about that one now even with the good deal. I like the look of the Sony W1, but didnt get to try it.

    Any good deals/packages out their with this W1 and is it a good camera?
     
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    A bit of searching and I can get the W12 (black version of the W1 with case and batteries) for around £225. Looking good?
     

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