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February 15, 2002 11:25:15 AM

Hi Peeps,

Hope you all had a sweet valentine ;) 

My question is relating Digital Cameras.
I would like a few opinions on the current ones on the market and what one I should choose if considering to buy one.
Taking the mega-pixes, quality, storage size and importantly the prise into consideration. I am looking for one with decent quality & not too high price for everyday use and just keeping a photo library on CD and HD rather than having a photo album (also printing some on photo paper @ normal photo size every now and then). With this in mind what would be the best buy @ the end of the day?

Waiting for your expertise on this one...

"Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most"

Snowy
February 15, 2002 4:08:20 PM

I got a Kodak DX3500 2.2Mp, take great pictures, only digital 3x zoom but that I don't care, didn't have any zoom on my 35mm cameras for 20 years so why fancy now.
Also got this one with a deal, free mem card reader if you buy a 64mb mem card. Saved around 60$(Ca with tax), now only if I wouldn't forget to take the cam when I go somewhere.

p.s. got it before christmas and still running on the same batteries, 100+ pictures and still going strong. Using auto flash but not using the quickview a lot.

<font color=red>Handsome A7V133 looking for long term relationship with a XP CPU. Prefer non smoker.</font color=red>
February 16, 2002 1:13:00 AM

<A HREF="http://products.hp-at-home.com/products/detail.php?id=C..." target="_new">HP PhotoSmart 618</A>

I've taken over 2500 pics with it.

- 2.1 MP
- 30 bit colour
- JPG or TIFF format
- Pentax optics
- f2.4 -> f4.0
- 1/1000s -> 4s shutter speed
- 1600x1200 or 800x600
- auto picture rotation when you take "portrait" shots
- 3x optical + 2x digital = 6x zoom

Remember it's not just the pixel count that makes good pictures. The optics, colour depth, and JPG compression routines can make a 2 MP camera look better then a 3 MP camera.

And the best feature is that it doesn't need drivers. Just plug it in to any NT5 (2000/XP) machine and the system recognises it as a USB disk drive that can be used to read and write any compactflash card, even those from other cameras (and yes it uses a standard A->B USB cable).

It uses 4xAA batteries but if you use it a fair bit you'll want two sets of NiMH batteries and a charger to go with it. I get about 100 pics off a charge. A 16mb card will hold ~100 800x600 good quality pictures, or ~25 @ 1600x1200.

- JW
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February 16, 2002 3:32:55 PM

Well, on my NOT recommended list:

- Kodak DC240 (poor build quality/design - I sent it back three times under warranty and got rid of it after the warranty expired)
- Canon S300 (poor picture quality and bad drivers)

- JW
February 16, 2002 9:30:24 PM

heheh the 240 was my first digital camera, last it for 2 days then returned it, the quality of the pictures indoors was so bad I could draw better ones by hand! Almost gave up on digital cams when bumped into some pictures taken with the 3500, the images were pretty good so went and got me a 3500 that day. It's not perfect, but pretty damn good for a low cost camera.

<font color=red>Handsome A7V133 looking for long term relationship with a XP CPU. Prefer non smoker.</font color=red>
February 17, 2002 10:32:07 AM

I've got a Fuji Finepix 4700 Zoom (NOT THE MX), been using it for 2 years now, a quick HDD scan tells me I have >10,500 photos at >15GB.

Had very few problems with it in that time. It is a little long in the tooth now, but I'm Mr Get A New Toy and I still haven't upgraded it.

I use 128Mb Smartmedia cards and 1600mAh rechargable batteries (sets of 2). Using just flash without LCD I get a lot of photos on 1 charge. Camera is fairly compact and will sit in trouser or jacket pocket.

Pete.

-* <font color=red> !! S O L D !! </font color=red> *-
To the gentleman in the pink Tutu
February 26, 2002 12:34:32 PM

Hey peeps,

Well, I bought the FujiFilm 2800z for £280 and I am very happy with it.
Excellent picture quality and the 6x optical zoom is great.

This has to be the best camera you can buy in that price range.

Thanks to everyone for the help / info.

Snowy
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