BEST CAMERA UNDER $400

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by John F, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. John F

    John F Guest

    What's the best digital camera (or top few) that I can get for about
    $200-$400 ? Was really looking around $200-$300 but could possibly stretch
    to $400. *Not a penny more.* Thanks
     
    John F, Oct 11, 2004
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    Rick Guest

    What's the best flavor of ice cream? ;-)

    Give us some details of what's important to you (e.g. camera
    size? movie mode? etc) and then we can offer some suggestions.

    Rick
     
    Rick, Oct 11, 2004
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  3. What's the best digital camera (or top few) that I can get for about
    I'd heard someone mention they saw Olympus 4040s on eBay for around $100.
    That would be an absolute steal for that quality of camera. Even without a
    warranty (assuming the camera's in good shape now), since the repair cost
    runs a fixed amount of something like $200, so you couldn't lose too much on
    the deal.

    --Mike Jacoubowsky
    Chain Reaction Bicycles
    www.ChainReaction.com
    IMBA, BikesBelong, NBDA member
     
    Mike Jacoubowsky/Chain Reaction Bicycles, Oct 11, 2004
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  4. John F

    John F Guest

    > What's the best flavor of ice
    cream? ;-)
    Really just looking for the most "camera" for least money in the available
    price range. But yes size is a factor, smaller is good. Looking for picture
    quality, ofcourse, and also decent manual options for exposure, etc would be
    nice.
     
    John F, Oct 11, 2004
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  5. John F

    You know who Guest

    Mom seems happy with the Canon A95.
     
    You know who, Oct 11, 2004
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    Rick Guest

    I'm a big fan of Canon's A-series cameras, e.g. the A75 and A85.
    I believe the S1 IS is also below $400 now, and has a much better
    zoom and movie mode, at the expense of some image quality (i.e.
    more purple fringing).

    Rick
     
    Rick, Oct 11, 2004
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    Bill Crocker Guest

    If you look real hard, you should find a Canon S50, under $400.00.

    Bill Crocker
     
    Bill Crocker, Oct 12, 2004
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    Fred B. Guest

    Canon Powershot S1 IS
     
    Fred B., Oct 12, 2004
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    Bob Williams Guest

    How about MP, Zoom Range, Macro Capability, Battery Type, Max.
    Aperture...etc.?
    If you are just starting out, you probably do not know what features are
    important to you. So you have to find out.
    The good news is that practically any camera in the $300 +/- 100 will
    please you. The digicam field is hyper competitive and you pretty much
    get what you pay for. But you don't want to buy features you don't
    need/want. Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fuji, Minolta, and Kodak are some of
    the more popular brands. Go to http://www.steves-digicams.com and look
    around. Look at the specs, sample pictures and read Steve's evaluation.
    Feel confident that even if you choose a major brand simply by picking
    names out of a hat, you won't get stung.
    Bob Williams
     
    Bob Williams, Oct 12, 2004
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  10. Canon Powershot G3. It's discontinued but if you can find it, that would be
    good.

    Or Nikon Coolpix 5400. I just got mine for $390 with 3 batteries, INCLUDING
    shipping. They used to be $700 or more, have come down in price. They're a
    very high grade camera. Same for the Powershot G3.
     
    Larry R Harrison Jr, Oct 12, 2004
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    Mark Johnson Guest

    I mentioned that. I thought I saw a bunch of Oly C4040s just the other
    day on ebay for 100-120. But the only ones I see under completed
    auctions, are a few in the mid-200s (not bad, actually a fair price,
    but nowhere near $100). So I don't know what I was looking at, then.
    Maybe someone listed a few, and then pulled the listings. I regret
    mentioning it.
     
    Mark Johnson, Oct 12, 2004
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    Michael Guest

    You were probably looking at current (i.e. incompleted) auctions.
    I always make that mistake..

    Mike
     
    Michael, Oct 12, 2004
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  13. John F

    You know who Guest

    Login and use the "Watch this item" so you can see what they sell for when
    you later login and use the "My eBay" feature.
     
    You know who, Oct 12, 2004
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