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Need Help Purchasing Dig. Camera

Wed Jun 04, 2003 2:53 pm

Guys, pretty open ended question, but I need some help.

1. What kind of quality can I get for $1000-1200 CAD
2. What should I be looking for (maga pixels, optical vs. Digital zoom)

This will be my 1st exposure to the digital technology, so if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you in advance,
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RE: Need Help Purchasing Dig. Camera

Wed Jun 04, 2003 3:15 pm

I can answer (#2)

I'm not supposed to link to other websites but I think that megapixels around 2.5 and above (bestbuy.com -- sorry, just a basic source of information) are quite adequate.

Optical vs Digital Zoom.
Most cameras do have them both. Only a few cheap ends have just a digital zoom.

The thing is, a camera would "optically" zoom by moving the lens so that you can get a closeup of an image; similar to you adjusting the binocular's lens (good feature).

As an example, my camera has 3x optical, 2.5x digital zoom. When I finish "optically" zooming my camera for closeup, the "digital" zoom takes place and zooms an additional 2.5x,(worse feature) giving the camera a total of 5.5x zoom capability. Why not good? "Digitally" zooming the image actually uses the on-board camera chip to do it; it's just like editing photos on the computer and using Photoshop to enlarge it...very blur and loss of quality.

To answer your question simply, get a camera with a huge amount of optical zoom if you plan on taking sharp pictures from a far distance (the $500 Sony cameras for example have 10x optical zoom). But if you are simply looking for a camera just to simply take pictures of your friends...despite the blurry "digital" zoom, then go for it.

My camera has 3x optical zoom. Not a very far distance for me to zoom and to yet take clear pictures.

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RE: Need Help Purchasing Dig. Camera

Wed Jun 04, 2003 3:24 pm

www.dpreview.com will give a lot of advice on digital camera's

I have the Minolta D7 which is 5.2mp (so quality is fine) 28-200 zoom (very flexible range of focal lengths) many more features than you will ever need. It is quite small (compared to D10 etc) but does not have interchangeable lenses.

It does have a few not so good points - it is power hungry (like most digital's)
autofocus can be slow / erratic although later models are better.

Once you get a digital, it will change the way you take photo's - the last time i used my other camera was in April but the film i finished at that time had images from june last year on it so this shows just how little my normal camera had been used since getting the digital.

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RE: Need Help Purchasing Dig. Camera

Thu Jun 05, 2003 10:02 am

Thanks. Any people from the Toronto area that can help with the cost associated question?
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RE: Need Help Purchasing Dig. Camera

Thu Jun 05, 2003 11:20 pm

There are alot of Toronto spotters that could help you out. I think GMonney just bought a Sony F717 whic retails for about 1500CAD. Also take alook at Olympus C-730, 740, and 750.

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RE: Need Help Purchasing Dig. Camera

Sat Jun 07, 2003 8:49 am

I have used a Canon G3 since last December and it is a great camera.

It has a 4 MegaPixel sensor and its battery lasts a long long time. The controls and menus are first class and it has a vast amount of neat options. As a beginner in photography this camera has taught me a lot because of the option of using fully manual everything. I give it me best recommendations.

Now that the Canon G5 (there is no G4) is around the corner you can probably get a good deal on a G3. You could do a lot worse than that. I might mention that I dont care much for the digital zoom and I have only used the standard zoom which performs very well.

For a great source of consumer feedback on cameras, lenses and accessories I always check out www.photographyreview.com

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RE: Need Help Purchasing Dig. Camera

Sat Jun 07, 2003 9:41 am

Just as Fallingeese said, you might want to take a look at the Olympus C-7x0 range. They are pretty affordable and have very long optical zoom (10X). I myself have the C-730 and I find it great for taxi and ramp shots though not as good for action shots but that can be done with practice. Another good camera to look at the is the Sony 7x7 series.

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RE: Need Help Purchasing Dig. Camera

Sat Jun 07, 2003 10:36 am

I used to use the C-730, great camera for the money. I no longer have it since I have moved onto a D100.
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