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I'm Buying A Digital Camera - Which Is The Best?  
User currently offlineAirways1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 563 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6245 times:

I am planning on buying a digital camera.

As far as I am concerned, quality is more important than price, although less than $1000 would be nice.

Basically, I would like to be able to take large pictures at high resolution, and also have a good range of optical zoom.
These are the two most important features for me, but possibility of large capacity would also be an advantage, thus a microdrive may be better than memory sticks.

Any advice as to which make/model would give me the best balance between these requirements?


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6192 times:

There is no 'best'...

Advise: stick with the major traditional camera brands, especially Nikon and Minolta (unless you want to spend serious money on a DSLR Canons just are bad).

For your budget a Coolpix 5400 or better 5700 would be a good choice, or a Minolta dImage 7Hi.

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineSudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4169 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6172 times:

Jwenting is correct in a way, but I would also like to add that a camera is not better then the person who stands behind it, no matter what the damn thing costs.  Big grin

Some of our friends here have the newest and "biggest" there is on the market, but that's also because there skill requires it. They have done this for a long time, and they need the built in tools that the S2, D-60, 10D, 1D etc. etc. have.

I sure would not say no to D-60, but I also know that I have no use for it. Simply because I'm not that good (yet).

I have no doubt that you will find a camera fits you requirements.

Aim for the sky,


When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlinePilothighflyer From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6166 times:

As Jwenting said a nikon Coolpix 5700 or the Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi would suit your needs very well

Nikon Coolpix 5700 Review;
(The nikon is the better of the two  Laugh out loud)

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi Review;

By the way Compact flash can have larger capacities than MicroDrive, so if you are looking at max. memory go for the 6 gig compact flash models which cost about the same as a Kia.


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6151 times:

Take a look at the other thread regarding a new Canon DSLR that is "entry level."

User currently offlineGust From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 148 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6135 times:


Canon have a new dslr EOS-300D price around 1100 euro.


User currently offlineAirways1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6132 times:

Thanks for all the advice, guys!

Great site you recommended, by the way, Pilothighflyer. I think this will answer most of my questions.


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1887 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6078 times:

why didn't anyone mention the new Sony F828

User currently offlineMark2102 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6070 times:

I did not see anybody mention the Sony F717. I just got that one myself a month ago and I love it. It is also in your price range at $799.00. It has 5.24 megapixles and a 5X optical zoom. The lens is a Carl Zeiss too. It is a great camera.


User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6061 times:

Don't mess about with all those kiddie-cams people are mentioning - sooner or later you'll grow out of them. Now there's a sub-$1000 D-SLR on the way, there's only one choice - Canon 300D.


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