Best digital camera for about $1000?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Stephen Oakes, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. I want optical zoom (nothing special though) and the ability to change the
    focal centre would be nice.

    3MP would be OK, but more might be better, although I've heard mixed
    reports?

    It'll be used for several different sorts of photos, eg.
    - tourist scenery
    - houses for sale
    - theatrical productions
    - portraits
    - sports events

    Am I best to get a brand-spanking new model, or is it OK to go for one
    that's been out for a while?

    Which models should I be looking at? Also, where is the best place to buy
    from? Online, Ted's, JB, etc?
     
    Stephen Oakes, Sep 10, 2003
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    Narelle Guest

    Ok; I will be nice to you just this once and help you with your
    homework;
    Google Is Your Friend.
    Pick a thread, any thread, from here, in the past ooohhh...fortnight.
    Here is a start:
    http://groups.google.com.au/groups?q=digital+camera+$1000+group:aus.pho
    to+group:aus.photo&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&group=aus.photo&sa=G&scoring=d

    http://groups.google.com.au/groups?as_q=buying online&as_epq=aus.photo&
    safe=images&ie=ISO-8859-1&as_ugroup=aus.photo&lr=&as_scoring=d&hl=en

    And, because I have psychic abilities I shall even save you the trouble
    of having to ask your next inevitable question in a few weeks time:
    http://groups.google.com.au/groups?q=online+printing+group:aus.photo&hl=e
    n&lr=&ie=UTF-8&group=aus.photo&scoring=d

    N
     
    Narelle, Sep 10, 2003
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  3. Thanks for being nice to me!!!

    Unfortunately, none of those threads answers all the specific questions I
    was asking. Sure, I could wade through thousands of threads in this
    newsgrope and probably find most of the answers, but I was hoping someone
    with recent experience might be able to help. I'm still hoping!
    Yes it is, but unfortunately, aus.photos is not.
    No thanks - I'm not interested in printing my photos. Let me know if you
    need any help tuning your psychic abilities!
     
    Stephen Oakes, Sep 10, 2003
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  4. They may not answer them in the format you want - ie: spoon fed, line
    by line, direct answers to your limited questioning - but they are all
    there.
    [shrug] if that's the attitude, then go to www.dpreview.com and look
    for yourself - plenty of reviews, comments, etc. But I'll warn you
    up front, they don't present it in the format you're after either -
    you'll still have to do some work :)
    My psychic abilities tell me that one day you'll want to print your
    photos, and that the advice given will be of benefit.

    Cheers
    Andrew :eek:)
     
    Andrew Hennell, Sep 10, 2003
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    max morrison Guest

    max morrison, Sep 10, 2003
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  6. There are 3875 articles in aus.photo on my news server. That's what I meant
    when I said aus.photo is not my friend. It is not focussed enough to
    provide useful information to the casual browser. Sorry if you don't like
    "the attitude".
     
    Stephen Oakes, Sep 10, 2003
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  7. Thanks.

    Does anybody know of a site that does side-by-side comparisons of similarly
    spec'd models?
    Yep, I'm looking into them.
    This is the sort of information I am after. The answers to questions I
    haven't even thought to ask!

    Are there any more features that people have found useful?
     
    Stephen Oakes, Sep 10, 2003
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    max morrison Guest

    Try http://www.imaging-resource.com/CAMDB/compare_cameras.php
    ....
    Have a look at the pros and cons, according to dpreview --
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikoncp4500/page19.asp

    I used to own a Coolpix 990. The macro was pretty amazing.
    The 4500 is probably as good or better. You can get within 2cm of the
    subject.


    MM
     
    max morrison, Sep 10, 2003
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    max morrison Guest

    The focus confirmation (LCD live view sharpening) option of the
    4500 is handy. Makes it easy to see when an object's in focus by
    exaggerating its sharpness on the LCD (but not in the final photo).

    MM
     
    max morrison, Sep 10, 2003
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  10. As I said before, gp to www.dpreview.com :eek:)
    See! There are questions (and answers) you haven't thought of yet.

    (and google will help you cut down those thousands of posts into neat,
    ordered threads answering the question's your asking.)
    I've found groups.google.com & dpreview.com _very_ helpful with
    researching camera! [grin]

    Features vs. Cost vs. Quality - pick any 2, although sometimes that's
    asking too much also!
     
    Andrew Hennell, Sep 10, 2003
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    Graham Guest

    I reckon the Fuji S5000Z is a fine item in that price range ... from
    memory 10x optical zoom and about $850 at dirtcheapcamera.com.au .. This
    would give more than satisfactory 8x10 prints (probably even a little
    larger)


    Graham
     
    Graham, Sep 10, 2003
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    Andy G Guest

    the canon s50 & s45 seem to go down well
     
    Andy G, Sep 10, 2003
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    Narelle Guest

    If you had looked at the url's I posted, I narrowed your 3875 down to
    about 300, or about 10 minutes browsing.
    However, for under $1000.00 you are not going to get a digicam that will
    take you from a dark theatre to a fast sports event to a portrait.
    If you don't want to print, as claimed, go for less pixels and spend the
    change on spare/rechargable batteries, and on more memory.
    N
     
    Narelle, Sep 10, 2003
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    Trevor S Guest

    I have been using my wifes digital camera for 18 months or so and have yet
    found the need to print anything. I transfer to DVD for playback via my
    DVDV player on my TV, have pics on my Pocket PC, email them and look at
    them on my PC. Welcome to the electronic age... :) not all of us want to
    use dead trees to view our pics :)

    --
    Trevor S


    "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
    -Albert Einstein
     
    Trevor S, Sep 10, 2003
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    Trevor S Guest

    I don't use a viewfinder (find it inconvenient) at all, an LCD
    is necessary for me (and one reason I won't go dSLR until they
    come up with a way of previewing a live image on the LCD screen,
    that size and cost, althought framing is not as good of course) :)

    With either a swivel lens or swivel screen it gives you a lots of
    options when taking pics ie from angles that with a view finder
    were very difficult.

    Maybe a Fuji S5000, or 602 (might be more then you want to pay)
    might be worth a look ?

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Fujifilm/fuji_finepixs5000.asp?dontcount=1

    --
    Trevor S


    "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
    -Albert Einstein
     
    Trevor S, Sep 10, 2003
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  16. I did look at them (I had already conducted a similar search). Thanks, but
    they did not answer all my questions.
    Thanks, that is the sort of thing I was trying to find out. BTW, what does
    "digicam" stand for? Obviously "digital camera", but I thought it applies
    more to digital video cameras? If not, what are they referred to as?
    I still want good picture quality so that I have more information available
    when I come to process images on my PC. I'm not sure what memory comes
    standard. As I will be storing my photos on my PC, hopefully I won't need
    extra, but it's something to keep in mind.
     
    Stephen Oakes, Sep 11, 2003
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    Andy G Guest

    i have just got a nikon 4500 to replace my stolen 990 and the 270' swivel is
    most convenient.

    otherwise, a camera is a camera.
    go for the best lens you can afford witht the most Mp
     
    Andy G, Sep 11, 2003
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  18. Hi Stephen,

    I'd suggest a Canon G3... I can supply one for $998 including GST,
    brand new, from Canon Australia (as opposed to an import...)

    I'm not about to do your research for you - if you'd like to talk
    about the G3, give me a call at work on 08 8332 5327, and we can do
    all the 'why do I recommend it' stuff the easy way, rather than me
    typing it all out yet again... I can tell you why *I* would want a G3
    compared to other brands/models too...

    Cheers,
    Stuart Elflett
    Dataman Pty Ltd
     
    Stuart Elflett, Sep 11, 2003
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    Bludge Guest

    Bludge, Sep 12, 2003
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