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Need A Digital Camera, What's Best For Spotting?  
User currently offline1world From Canada, joined Jan 2002, 199 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4762 times:

I am looking to buy a digital camera but don't really know what to buy but it has to be at least 3mp with a good zoom.

What are you using????????

Any info is greatly appreciated.


YYZ spotter
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User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4737 times:

The biggest question is how much are you looking to spend....After you say that, the advise will roll in for you.

[Edited 2003-07-05 05:58:37]


Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offlineAA 777 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 807 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4716 times:
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Price range

Around 500 - The olympus C-740/C-750

More than that or no budget - a DSLR

AA 777
Matt



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User currently offline1world From Canada, joined Jan 2002, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4702 times:

I am looking to spend about $1000.00 cad. I don't want a DSLR due to the size.

Thanks



YYZ spotter
User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

1000 CAD = £445 ish boys, or $745 or €650  Big thumbs up

I'd say the Sony F717 or Fuji S602.

Henry


User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3353 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

I agree on the Sony F717, I have one and I am very pleased with it! You might want to look out for the accesories though! They are very expensive, a spare battery will go for just under 100 euro, 128mb memory stick for just over 100 euro etc.


Attamottamotta!
User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

If you have $1000 to spend, why wouldn't you want a DSLR? They aren't that cumbersome to carry around. I would just think its a waste of money to spend that on a camera you can only do half as much with. You can get a D30 on ebay now for like $700-800 and still have enough left over for a decent lens.

Brian - SPOT THIS!


User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4530 times:

Because in Canada a D100 retails for $2700.....

For about $1000 I would look at the Olympus C-730//40/50...the latter two are new additions, and should be around 1000. Really good, compact cameras, that alot of people use....I used to have a C-730 before I moved onto a D100.



Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offline1world From Canada, joined Jan 2002, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4510 times:

"For about $1000 I would look at the Olympus C-730//40/50."

This is currently my preffered camera but I don't know how they handle at night or in low light situations around the airport.

Thanks for all the feedback.



YYZ spotter
User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4485 times:

Low light does tend to be an issue with the camera....personal expieriance. As for night photography it has a "Night" setting that does wonders, just check out some of Kevin Wachters incredable photos from Edmonton.


Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1147 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4485 times:

I bought a 740UZ about a month ago and love it ($499 US) at BestBuy.
Great little camera and I am having very good luck with aviation action
shots. The newer 750UZ averages about $100 US more and moves up
from 3.2 to 4.0 Megapixles and adds sound to the movie mode.
The best part about these two camera's is the great zoom, the
all-important optical Zoom is equivalent to 380mm.
Good luck to you 1world


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5511 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4472 times:

Adds sound to the movie mode? My C700 has sound in movie mode!

co


User currently offlineSam the Lab From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4412 times:

May I ask what the Olympus C720 is like, please? Thanks.

User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4396 times:

C720 is what I use. Optical zoom is less (8x - 320mm), and only 3mp. No night shot mode either. Get a C750 is you have $1000 to spend.

User currently offlineDoug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3402 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4348 times:

How does the Olympus 700 series do in non spotting applications? I have a Coolpix 3100, which my mom really likes, and is thinking of buying. Instead of her getting a second one I was thinking of giving her mine and picking up one of the Olypuses. I love my coolpix, but it only took me one trip to the airport to start lusting after some REAL optical zoom. My only question is how well the Olympuses work for indoor or other stuff. Some of the reviews on DPreview.com were less than glowing, especialy for the earliar models. Is this a shortcoming of the camera or just an indication of the user's ineptitude?

thanks,
Doug M



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User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4301 times:

Don't forget the Minolta D7 series - well worth a look


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