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10/04/2002 12:53:33 PM · #1
My buddy is in the market for a digital camera. He wants to spend around $200. He was asking me what camera to get. I'm not sure what to tell him. I havent been following the market much lately and I tend to look at the higer end ones myself. Any help would be appreciated. He said 2 megapixels would be fine for him. He does want quality images though. Thanks guys.

Charles
10/04/2002 01:23:24 PM · #2
You don't get much for $200. But going through Buying Guide on dpreview.com I see that you can get Fuji 2750 and A203 for about $280. Fuji's have decent quality and you even get 3x zoom! :)
10/04/2002 01:28:37 PM · #3
Another option is that your friend sells his car and anything more or less valuable that he owns to get a Canon 1Ds (10K$) when it comes out in November. :)

More seriously, I haven't been following the market too actively, but as jonr put it dpreview.com is the ultimate reference, with good tools for making the decision.

If he knows the resolution, I would then go for the latest and greatest and make the trade-off between size of the camera and features.
10/04/2002 01:33:21 PM · #4
thanks guys. i pointed him to dpreview already. i just thought it would be good to hear from actual users.

i dont think he would sell his car. maybe i could convince him to sell it. i could give him rides in exchange for using the camera.
10/04/2002 01:34:28 PM · #5
Originally posted by chakkobbo:
Another option is that your friend sells his car and anything more or less valuable that he owns to get a Canon 1Ds (10K$) when it comes out in November. :)

Now THERE is a camera I would happily sell my left kidney for! Sadly when we come to get our shiny new camera for Christmas I don't think I'll be able to negotiate that kind of budget :)
10/04/2002 01:40:40 PM · #6
I have no personal experiance with it, but the Canon PowerShot A100 retails at about $200US and looks to be a good value. It depends largely on what he wants to do with it. If he wants prints, resolution becomes a major issue, but if it's for web, the 1.2 pixels of the A100 would likely be ok.

Also, remember eBay... There are a rash of new models coming out as Christmas approaches and a lot of folks might look to get a couple of hundred for their 1 year old $500 camera...

Just a thought...
10/04/2002 01:59:44 PM · #7
I was in the same boat as your friend. I wanted a nice digital camera, but didn't have a whole lot of money to spend. A couple of days ago, I finally bought a Canon PowerShot A40. I had been using a cheap camera and my photos were extremely poor. I am amazed at the difference and the PowerShot A40 has manual features that I'm currently playing with. Of course, this camera is brand new to me and I still have a lot to learn with it, but I would recommend it to anyone.

Connie
10/04/2002 02:21:38 PM · #8
dell has -15% on digital camera right now, and no taxes and free shiping.
I would go for a A40 ...
LIonel
10/04/2002 02:29:20 PM · #9
I've seen the Olympus 520 (update of my camera) for as low as $211. So far (almost 3 years) it's been reliable and gives decent quality prints.
10/04/2002 03:28:00 PM · #10
When I came to buy myself a digital camera about 6 months ago I did a lot of reading on dpreview.com and came to the conclusion that Canon's were among the best. I had resolved to buy a Powershot A40 but that wasn't out yet when I wanted to buy so I bought the S30 instead.

Generally I would agree with everyone else that suggested reading up on dpreview.com. But specifically I'm a fan of the Canons.

John
10/04/2002 08:30:22 PM · #11
Originally posted by ganders:
Originally posted by chakkobbo:
[i]Another option is that your friend sells his car and anything more or less valuable that he owns to get a Canon 1Ds (10K$) when it comes out in November. :)


Now THERE is a camera I would happily sell my left kidney for! Sadly when we come to get our shiny new camera for Christmas I don't think I'll be able to negotiate that kind of budget :)[/i]

How about a D60 from Canon any good? I have a powershot pro90 IS now i like it but would like to use my current lenses on my EOS rebel
thoughts concerns? why is the D1 so darn expensive is it THAT much better?
10/05/2002 01:09:29 AM · #12
I have a Canon and would recommend them for sure even if you can't afford the G2. I did a lot of researching (as most ppl do) and decided that it was the best camera for me. I wasn't disappointed.
10/05/2002 07:55:23 AM · #13
The nice thing about the D1s is the fact that it's got a full-size CCD, and packs an insane number of pixels into it (somewhere around 12mp from memory).

I saw a review recently comparing it to ISO100 slide film, and it totally outclassed it, beautifully smooth images even when you zoomed in so far that all you could see on the slide film was grain.

Totally over the top for us mere mortals of course, but a seriously desirable gadget none the less!
10/05/2002 09:25:55 AM · #14
Originally posted by ganders:
The nice thing about the D1s is the fact that it's got a full-size CCD, and packs an insane number of pixels into it (somewhere around 12mp from memory).

It's got a full size 11.1mp CMOS.

Totally over the top for us mere mortals of course, but a seriously desirable gadget none the less!

It depends on how good the Kodak 35mm 14mp CMOS camera at $5000-4000 is, but at the moment I feel the Canon is way overpriced and therefore absolutely not desireable. Depends on what you use the camera for off course, but still....
At the moment I have the feeling that Canon prices the camera this high to justify the price of the D60. But the price of the Kodak might do something about that.


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