Looking to buy first digital camera

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by bmw, Mar 20, 2005.

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    bmw Guest

    I'm looking to buy my very first digital camera. I know absolutely
    nothing about them. I basically want to take family photos & maybe
    scenery that I could enlarge and put on my walls. I'm looking for
    something under $300.00. Any recommendations for a beginner?


    bmw, Mar 20, 2005
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    Donald Link Guest

    Everyone will give you an opinion based on what they like. I find a
    Sony to give me the best bang for the buck, but even HP makes a good
    camera. Stay above the 4 mega pixel and 5 is about your price range.
    Also, try to include and extra battery in your price and a good memory
    card. The best thing to do is not buy unless it is on sale. Wait and
    be patient.
    Donald Link, Mar 21, 2005
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    jan.romance Guest

    jan.romance, Mar 21, 2005
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    jan.romance Guest

    jan.romance, Mar 21, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    Hi bmw,

    There is one thing that you really need to keep in mind. When you buy a
    digital camera, it will most likely become addictive. Being able to see
    your photos instantly, as soon as you have taken them, is a really great
    thing. Then going home and seeing them full screen, or on paper is even
    better. So you may progress a lot quicker than you expect and grow out
    of the camera quickly, if you get one too low in specification.
    Have a good think about the images you are likely to want to take - and
    what features will be needed on the camera to take those images at the
    quality you expect.
    As an example, you may want some manual control so that YOU are in
    control of blurring backgrounds (to emphasise your subject) or making
    sure everything is clear front to back in the pic (such as in soem
    landscape photographs, for example, where there are important elements
    close to you and in the distance). Don't make the mistake I have often
    made in the past, buying something cheap to only later replace it with
    something better, and then something even better after that! I may as
    well have bought the best one to begin with and bought one item instead
    of 3!

    Brian, Mar 21, 2005
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    jjs Guest

    Let's be grownups and call that controlled depth-of-field.
    At this point in the technology, all digital cameras will be obsolete soon
    enough to be less than cost-effective.
    jjs, Mar 21, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    Maybe you need to be a grownup before you comment, jjs. If you read
    bmw's original post, it would tend to lead one to believe bmw does not
    know a lot about photography. Most people have never heard of
    depth-of-field unless they have been involved with photography,
    filmography, etc.
    I was trying to keep it simple and be understood. Why someone always has
    to make a smart-arsed comment I will never know? I try to help, you try
    to be a know all. Doesn't work with me!

    Brian, Mar 21, 2005
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    jjs Guest

    Use the correct terms and people will be encouraged to learn.
    jjs, Mar 21, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    I know this isn't under $300 but I have to recommend it anyways. I just
    bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ20 which is 5MP, 12X optical Lecica Lens with
    image stabilization. It takes wonderful pictures and has a great feature set
    including very low noise. I paid $499 for it from Circuit City. I highly
    recommend you take a look at it. The zoom and image stabilization is simply
    incredible. Very nice camera for the money. It is also a good size and easy
    to carry around with you.
    Guest, Mar 21, 2005
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    Michael 23 Guest

    Check www.dealnews.com - they cover most of the top retail sites.
    You can even set up an email alert for any digital camera deals, or any
    keywords you like.
    Michael 23, Mar 23, 2005
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    Don Ledarney Guest

    Look for Highest Mega px's AND Hightest Optical Zoom (not Digital Zoom)
    in your prices range.

    Don Ledarney, Mar 25, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    Hi BMW,

    not sure if you have purchased your camera yet. One of the best things
    you could probably do is look on the net for a site that not only
    reviews various digital cameras, but also posts images from each of
    those cameras for you to look at. You can then look at them on your
    screen and compare the actual image quality.

    Brian, Mar 25, 2005
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    Lucrezia Guest

    The best web site for reviews/comparisons of digital cameras is DP
    Review (http://www.dpreview.com); once you've identified a few you're
    interested in, check the archives of rec.photo.digital to see what
    others have said about them, or to ask advice. It also might be worth
    checking Amazon for reviews, as they offer several cameras in that price

    Lucrezia, Mar 25, 2005
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    MOP Guest

    I'm not sure that is true now, with the 6Mp camera becoming common place I
    don't think more pixels will be such a big selling point.
    MOP, Mar 25, 2005
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    MOP Guest

    That's probably not the best advice!
    for example the Kodak Digital SLR can't remember the number but it was quite
    a high number of pixels something like 13Mp was total crap, the image was
    very noisy, compared with the Nikon and Canon 6Mp cameras. Size is not
    And why have a high optical zoom if you don't need it,and most people don't!
    all lens design is a compromise. so a lens with a large focal length range
    will probably not perform well compared with one with a shorter range, it
    will also have a smalled aperture. so may well not work in low light
    conditions. but you are quite correct digital zoom is marketing bullshit!
    MOP, Mar 25, 2005
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