Best & worst digital camera brands?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Eric Perlin, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. Eric Perlin

    Eric Perlin Guest

    I'm brand new to this group.

    I want to buy a decent-quality digital camera at a low price. I recently bought
    a brand new Vivitar on eBay and found too late that I wasted my money. It has
    several handy features, but a simple flash is not one of them! This camera is
    virtually useless for indoor photography and ought to have been marketed as an
    outdoor camera.

    Before I waste more money, can anyone please tell me which brands to consider
    and which brands (besides Vivitar) to avoid?

    I cannot spend much more than $50. I won't rule out buying a used one, provided
    it's in working order and has all needed accessories.
     
    Eric Perlin, Dec 26, 2006
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Eric Perlin

    jeremy Guest




    So what do you want, for $50 bucks?

    Get real!
     
    jeremy, Dec 26, 2006
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. Eric Perlin

    Steve B Guest

    Go down to the area where all the crackheads hang out. They usually have
    bargains.

    Steve
     
    Steve B, Dec 26, 2006
    #3
  4. Eric Perlin

    ray Guest

    It would seem to me that you pretty much got what you paid for. I've been
    happy with my purchases from the Kodak online store, but $50 is not much
    to work with.
     
    ray, Dec 26, 2006
    #4
  5. ray wrote:

    "I've been happy with my purchases from the Kodak online store ..."

    I hope to someday own a digital SLR. In the meantime I'm using a Kodak
    P850 that I've had for about a year. What is your estimation of the P850
    ?

    Overall I like it as digital cameras go, however I have problems getting
    good focus in the manual setting. Is that typical ?

    Art
     
    X l e c t r i c, Dec 26, 2006
    #5
  6. Eric Perlin

    ray Guest

    I've not had the 850 for very long. I've yet to do any 'serious' shooting,
    and I've not yet tried manual focus. My impressions are that it's a nice
    unit. I like the idea of a 'poor man's slr' with a huge zoom. I'll be
    doing some panoramas and some wildlife photography later - I have great
    expectations. I'm currently working with 'ufraw' software on Linux and
    processing some raw files - pretty impressive.
     
    ray, Dec 26, 2006
    #6
  7. The best? I'd go with either Canon or Nikon. The worst is easy though -
    Sigma.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Dec 26, 2006
    #7
  8. Eric Perlin

    ray Guest

    Let me see - the Canon and Nikon models that are $50 or less would be - - -
     
    ray, Dec 26, 2006
    #8
  9. Exactly. There isn't much 'good' in the $50 range. Need to look at spending
    a bit more. And look for older stock, old models. You can get the low end
    canons cheap sometimes if they are been replaced by a new model...
     
    amosf © Tim Fairchild, Dec 26, 2006
    #9
  10. Eric Perlin

    Steve B Guest

    Good Grief, Ray! Don't leave me hanging like this.

    Please do continue - - -

    I'm in the market for such a camera.............. ;-)

    Steve
     
    Steve B, Dec 27, 2006
    #10
  11. Eric Perlin

    notbob Guest

    Try one of these:

    http://tinyurl.com/yynxte

    They typically go for $50-80 and are a great camera. These are the
    last of the Powershots made with a stainless steel body. You could
    knock someone out with one of these suckers on a good lanyard.

    nb
     
    notbob, Dec 27, 2006
    #11
  12. Eric Perlin

    Eric Perlin Guest

    :

    } So what do you want, for $50 bucks?
    }
    } Get real!

    Please forgive me if my original question was naïve. I have seen a large number
    of low-priced digital cameras available on eBay, both used and brand new. Are
    they all pieces of shit?

    I am not looking for a top-of-the-line model or one with a lot of fancy
    features; just a basic, functional digital camera that can take decent pictures.

    When I say "under $50," I am not necessarily referring to the full-retail price.
    Maybe there might be a second-hand one in good working condition that might be
    available?

    I know very little about buying digital cameras, and that's why I am posting
    questions here. I don't want to waste any more money on lemons like the
    flash-less Vivitar I described.
     
    Eric Perlin, Dec 27, 2006
    #12
  13. Eric Perlin

    Mike Painter Guest

    Search ebay with your criteria and then look up the reviews.

    Best and worse is academic at that level.
     
    Mike Painter, Dec 27, 2006
    #13
  14. ray wrote:

    "I've not had the 850 for very long. I've yet to do any 'serious'
    shooting, and I've not yet tried manual focus. My impressions are that
    it's a nice unit. I like the idea of a 'poor man's slr' with a huge
    zoom. I'll be doing some panoramas and some wildlife photography later -
    I have great expectations. I'm currently working with 'ufraw' software
    on Linux and processing some raw files - pretty impressive."

    Great, you have one. If possible, after you've had time to try it out,
    let me know about the manual focus. I hope it's me so I can make the
    adjustment.

    I'm not familiar with that software, sounds good though.

    Unfortunately 'poor man' applies to me in more ways than one. I'm using
    a HP Pavilion zd8000 notebook (2.8 ghz processing, Windows XP Media)
    with Paint Shop Pro 9 to edit my photographs. Actually I'm still in the
    larning process. Although what I have/use is probably considered low
    end, I'm very happy with it.

    PSP9 does support Raw camera data images so I'm thinking about trying
    one to see how it goes.

    Thanks for the feedback,
    Art
     
    X l e c t r i c, Dec 27, 2006
    #14
  15. Eric Perlin

    Surfer! Guest

    If it works for you, it works for you. But, you might find yourself
    needing to archive onto CD to avoid filling up the hard disk. I always
    save .pspimage files to preserve the layers etc. and they can be very
    large!
    Neither do the later versions of PSP (X and XI) - one of it's biggest
    weakness IMHO. The other is not editing 16-bit images - it will display
    them but when using Curves (and other things I suspect) will insist on
    reducing them to 8-bit, and I don't think that has been addressed in PSP
    XI. Otherwise, I find I can do almost everything else I've seen so far
    in CS2 in PSP.
     
    Surfer!, Dec 27, 2006
    #15
  16. Eric Perlin

    Art T Guest

    If you're looking for an inexpensive point and shoot digital camera,
    then for $50 and less your options are new "off" brands (like the
    Vivitar) or a used three or more year old name brand. Canon, Nikon,
    and Olympus are the highest quality of the three, with Kodak and Fuji
    in the mix (others may disagree with this). There is also Casio, HP,
    and plenty of other brand names that dabbled in cameras. Battery life
    is one of the big cost centers, especially in older cameras, which were
    notorius for burning thru batteries. Many of the name brands used
    proprietary battery and you'll need to buy either a proprietary battery
    for $25-$50 alone with some of the name brands because after three
    years most likely the batteries will be dead or not hold much good
    charge. My first digicam was a 2 megapixel Fuji Finepix 2400 (I
    think). It was very functional and used rechargable aa nicads that are
    easily and cheaply available. It was big and slow by todays
    standards, but still did me well for two or three years till I
    upgraded. The Canons and Olympus cameras i compared to at the time
    took more expensive proprietary batteries and that was part of my
    decision to choose Fuji. I think at your price point you'll do ok with
    a used Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Kodak or Fuji. Just remember you also
    have to buy memory card and batteries, which will add to your cost.
    ArtT
     
    Art T, Dec 27, 2006
    #16
  17. Eric Perlin

    simon Guest

    simon, Dec 28, 2006
    #17
  18. Eric Perlin

    Eric Perlin Guest

    :

    } I started out a few years ago using a
    } Casio QV2300UX. It's only 2.1 Mp - but
    } I'd recommend it. It served me well, and
    } up until 2 years ago I was still using
    } it. the only reason I outed it was - I
    } bought a DSLR.
    }
    } I found one, second hand, at ebay, here
    } - (URL snipped) for $30.

    Thank you, Simon. I just might buy that one.
     
    Eric Perlin, Dec 29, 2006
    #18
  19. Eric Perlin

    simon Guest

    one of the things I particularly liked about it is the way the lens
    swivels..
    You can hold the body still and rotate the lens mount so if holding the
    camera high, or low, you can clearly see the screen.
    It has a good range of pre-set modes such as 'portrait', 'landscape',
    'night', 'action' etc, but also has some degree of configurability for manul
    settigns too.

    It is way out classed by todays models - but if all you want is a Point and
    Shoot to take pics and display on PC. or print at small sizes it should do
    what you want.

    there is a review of it here -
    http://www.steves-digicams.com/qv2300.html

    regards Simon

    www.srsteel.co.uk
    http://www.srsteel.co.uk/Panorama
    http://www.srsteel.co.uk/landscape
    http://www.srsteel.co.uk/Peru
     
    simon, Dec 29, 2006
    #19
  20. Eric Perlin

    Joel Guest

    With $50 limited I would say you can just forget about "The Best" to put
    all your thoughts into "The Worst". And with $50 you may get some luck at
    some local Good Will or garage sale <g>

    I can't even suggest eBay as you may get rippep off, and the S/H may eat
    some of the $50 and may end up with $30-40 camera
     
    Joel, Jan 16, 2007
    #20
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.