Looking for a camera for my mother-in-law UPDATE: humidity resistantand compact now primary requirem

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by spodosaurus, May 22, 2004.

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    spodosaurus Guest

    Okay, after looking around and compiling a list of many acceptable
    models, the requirements have been altered. I now need the following as
    the two primary features:

    1. Humidity/moisture resistant (no fungus growing inside the camera in
    tropical zones)
    2. Small and compact, easilly pocketable, and "stylish"

    The other requirements are minimum 3x optical zoom and 3MP.

    Today we had a look at the Olympus MJU 410 ($599AUD - her price range is
    about $400 - $600 AUD, but she'll be getting it duty free as she's
    travelling with it, which is the whole purpose for getting it).

    What are some of the other options that have the 'weather proofing' that
    olympus apparently has in this model (I hadn't heard about this, the
    store manager told us)? She liked the look of the Nikon Coolpix 3700.
    The Canon IXUS cameras seem to be overpriced for the features, though,
    compared to the Olympus (but perhaps I haven't been looking hard enough
    at them).




    spodosaurus, May 22, 2004
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    spodosaurus Guest

    Some things that are bothering me about the Olympus 410:

    1. Uncertain if the charger for the battery is dual voltage.
    2. Uncertain of the cost of an extra battery (one for charging while the
    other is being used).
    3. Apparently if you use xD memory other than Olympus brand you lose the
    photostitch capability and sound when recording video...is this correct??
    spodosaurus, May 22, 2004
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    Justin Thyme Guest

    between $50-$100 aus depending on genuine or non-genuine and where you buy
    yep - but no big deal. olympus and fuji are the two main suppliers of xd,
    and olympus are cheaper. I am yet to check it out, but i think the
    photostitch function is software on the card, so with a computer card reader
    you could probably copy it from one card to the other - dunno for sure tho.
    Justin Thyme, May 23, 2004
  4. spodosaurus

    Justin Thyme Guest

    the mju's will be your best bet, as they will handle high moisture no probs.
    alternatively sony make a waterproof camera to 15m, but it's only 2mp and
    digital only zoom. part of the extra cost of ixus is the fact that it is
    smaller again. they aren't weatherproof though, but do feature a metal body
    which is pretty rare in compacts these days.
    Justin Thyme, May 23, 2004
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    RustY © Guest

    Post a picture of your mother in law and I'll see what I can do.
    RustY ©, May 23, 2004
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    spodosaurus Guest

    Thanks Justin! :)
    spodosaurus, May 23, 2004
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