Helping mother in law choose a camera

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by spodosaurus, May 21, 2004.

  1. spodosaurus

    spodosaurus Guest

    Hi all,

    I'm helping my mother-in-law choose a digital camera. Her price range is
    about $400AUD - $600AUD. In that range I've come up with the following:

    Canon A80
    Fuji S5000
    Nikon 3700

    How are Olympus digital cameras? I don't know very much about their
    models. they have three in her price range: C-760, C-5000, and MJU 410.

    Are there any other manufacturers I should be considering?

    I've also narrowed down to these models to try and save her some money,
    as I don't think she'll be needing the features of the more expensive

    Canon A75
    Fuji S3000
    Nikon 3200

    Being the owner of a Canon A40, I'm sort of biased towards the Canon


    spodosaurus, May 21, 2004
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  2. spodosaurus

    Bryce Guest

    The 10x optical zoom is a bonus on teh Fuji.
    Bryce, May 21, 2004
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  3. spodosaurus

    Pat Guest

    I have had my Canon A80 for about 3 weeks now. I really like it.
    1:) the bulge where the batteries are gives a good grip on the camera body
    so that there is no fear of dropping it.
    2.) the automatic setting takes great photos but it also has manual settings
    if you wish.
    3.) the batteries seem to last a long time.
    4.) it is small enough to fit in many of the pockets on my shorts (just not
    the blue jean pockets.)
    5.) I got a Case Logic EZ 2 case that fits it perfectly and protects it plus
    has space for 4 more batteries.

    Pat in TX
    Pat, May 21, 2004
  4. There are a number of substantial differences between the A75 and A80.
    Look closely before deciding.

    - The A80 flip-out LCD allows shooting in places where the A75 would
    be shooting blind

    - The A80 uses the larger 4 MP CCD also used in the G2/G3/S400. The A75
    uses a physically smaller CCD that is noisier since the individual
    pixels are smaller

    Dave Martindale, May 22, 2004
  5. Mother in law?
    Buy her a disposable one and tell her you paid $500.00 for.

    (just joking...)
    Gerhard Beulke, May 22, 2004
  6. spodosaurus

    Pat Guest

    You are right about the flip-out LCD on the A80. I have taken pictures with
    my camera held at waist level, with my arms stretched over my head (shooting
    over a wooden fence), and with the camera on a table. When you don't have a
    camera to your face, subjects seem to not realize they are being
    photographed. The flip-out LCD is great for awkward places where the camera
    might fit but your face sure wouldn't!

    Pat in TX
    Pat, May 22, 2004
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