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Official Camera Buying Guide

There are lots of redundant threads asking for different cameras in different price ranges. At the suggestion of Edo, I've created this thread to let you post your ideas, which I will then parse into a readable format. Keep in mind that segmentation should be done by price and required capabilities before you start throwing random suggestions out there. Thanks.
Old 07-12-2005, 10:16 PM Mediocrates is offline  
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200-350 dollar range

There are many options to be had in this price range but IMO the company that gives the best bang for your buck is Canon.

Manual Options

for 200 dollars you can own the Canon Powershot A510.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/a510.html
This camera is great. its semi compact, 3x zoom, 3.2 megapixels and takes two AA batteries. It has manual options that let you grow as a photographer but plenty of pre set modes that allow for simple point and shoot pictures. The A510 is an upgrade from the A75

An upgrade to that camera would be the A520
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/a520.html
this camera will set you back 250 bucks and offers more megapixels and little else. The added pixels will help with cropping and picture quality. The A520 is an upgrade from the A85

For a slightly older camera with more weight and more options the A95 is your best bet.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/a95.html
It has a fold out screen, 5 megapixels and a bunch of other goodies. ITs a quality camera for around 300 bucks.

Portability

If you need something portable then the SD series from canon is a great idea. For around 280 dollars you can get a SD 200.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/sd200.html
The 200 is a 3.2 megapixel camera with less features then the A510. It is compact and can easily be lost in your pocket. It is perfect for just a point and shoot. Again, it has some manual options but no where near the A510, 520, and 95

If more megapixels is your style and you have around 350 bucks to burn, the SD300 is just right. It is jsut as tiny as the SD200 but packs more of a punch. with 4 million megapixels it allows more cropping and all that jazz. Just compare it to the A520 as if the SD 300 was the A520's little bulimic sister.

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So, if manual options is your style then the Powershot series by Canon can't let you down. If portability is more your style then the SD series is just great. If you buy the A510 and all of his "A" buddies i suggest you buy rechargable batteries and larger memory. If you buy the SD series you do not need to buy batteries becuase the SDs have a little lition ion battery but i urge you to buy more memory.

Take note I only know about Canon Cams due to my Canon Fanboydom. BUT in the 200-350 dollar pricerange Canon makes some of the best cameras for the buck. Thats it for now, hope you enjoy buying a Canon.
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For everyone who want to know about other good cameras i simply link you to
http://www.steves-digicams.com/best_cameras.html
If a camera is on that page, its a good bet its pretty damn good to begin with and that you shouldn't be too disapointed. I hope others contribute and not just one lowly canon man..on
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Can't go wrong with Canon. I've got an S410 and it takes better pictures than any digicam I've owned in the past (and I was one of those early adopters). Just bought my mom an SD300, and although I haven't played with it much, it looks to be a winner as well!
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$500 - $999 Range

Below are links to DPReview.com's reviews. These are very in-depth and show EVERYTHING you would need to know. Most people here will either recommend Canon or Nikon. Some of these are DSLRs which basically means they can interchange lenses.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
4.25/5 Stars


Nikon Coolpix 8400
4/5 Stars

Nikon CoolPix 8700
4/5 Stars

Canon EOS Digital Rebel
4.25/5 Stars

Fuji FinePix S20 Pro
4.25/5 Stars

Nikon D50
4.25/5 Stars

Nikon D70
4.5/5 Stars

Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT
4.25/5 Stars

Olympus EVOLT E-300
4.5/5 Stars

Pricing:
Use http://www.pricegrabber.com/ with http://www.resellerratings.com/ to find your camera once you decide.
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What we need to do is use this therad to pick which cameras are the best in their areas at a price range and when that is decided just erase this thread and make a sticky with our buying guide, thats it, the end.

Yes we can link to other sites, but I rather just save a step in finding the site and come here for the buying guide.

I can say my baises will stand mostly at: Canon is my fav brand, canon and olympus are usaully best consumer cameras, and the most noob friendly cameras are Kodaks,
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200-350 dollar range


for 200 dollars you can own the Canon Powershot A510.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/a510.html
This camera is great. its semi compact, 3x zoom, 3.2 megapixels and takes two AA batteries. It has manual options that let you grow as a photographer but plenty of pre set modes that allow for simple point and shoot pictures. The A510 is an upgrade from the A75
i was shopping for a cheap digital camera, and because of this thread, this is what i bought. thank you

edit: about $170 at amazon.com. $180 with the carrying case.
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i was shopping for a cheap digital camera, and because of this thread, this is what i bought. thank you

edit: about $170 at amazon.com. $180 with the carrying case.

haha, i just giggled like a little giddy school girl. happy to make you happy
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could you guys reccomend a digital camera for about $130? i just need something that works for cheap.
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could you guys reccomend a digital camera for about $130? i just need something that works for cheap.
Canon Powershot A400 maybe? I can find it for $135 online. It is a name brand and it got a good review at www.dcresource.com Looked to be pretty strong in image quality if nothing else, which is always a good thing.
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Just purchased an EX-Z750 and it is one hell of a camera. Little more expensive but worth is so far.
Very little post production alteration of pictures for a pocket camera.
EDIT: Price is about 500 dollars
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I would like to recommend the Fujifilm F10 in the 350$ range. Not a lot in the way of manual controls, nor does it have a optical viewfinder nor does it use CF or SD cards (it takes xD)...but!...it boasts some of the best results straight out of the camera of any digital compact. It has by far the lowest noise in its class and has a maximum light sensitivity of ISO 1600. If you want the best low light performance in a digital compact then this is the camera for you.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilmf10zoom/
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would a canon s50 be a good choice (~$150 new on ebay) be a good choice? i know it's 2years outdated. i'm looking to pick up photography and this camera looks quite nice (body-wise)

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_reviews/s50.html
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