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Camera On A Budget

Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:26 am

I have a little dilemma:
My old Canon EOS 650 has broken down after many years of good service. There is a problem with the shutter, which will cost about €150 to fix. Now I was looking for a while for a digital camera, but I haven’t the faintest idea which one is good for the job. With my small budget (€400) I have considered camera’s like the Kodak DX6490, Minolta Z10, Olympus C760 or the Fujifilm Finepix S5500. Can someone give me some more advise (and I don’t mean salesman crap) about a good camera in this class?? I like to know things like: Is a solid camera or just a toy? Is it capable of producing A-net standard pictures?

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RE: Camera On A Budget

Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:21 am

A fellow spotter at IAH uses an Olympus 765 with pretty good results. As you can see, she is able to achieve "airliners.net quality" pictures.


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Here are more examples:

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I was in the market a while back and I sympathize that it's hard to find the right camera in that price range. It seems like no matter where you look, there is a compromise on some feature or another. I decided to spend a little more and bought a Canon Powershot Pro1 for $600US (used).

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RE: Camera On A Budget

Tue Jan 04, 2005 7:35 am

I took these with a humble little Canon Powershot A85:


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I'm not recommending it as it's only got a x3 optical zoom, but it shows that you can get photos into the database with a point-and-shoot.

I don't know the specific cameras you mentioned, but look at reviews on the net in places like http://www.dpreview.com/ and http://www.dcresource.com/. In my opinion, once you've got a powerful zoom and say 4 megapixels resolution, the specific features of each camera are a matter of personal choice -- what's most important is image quality. Look at the galleries for each camera with specific reference to sharpness and noise (grain), particularly in low-light situations where the latter is concerned. I suspect you'll find the Olympus gives some of the cleanest images.

Hope this helps a bit.
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