Recommendation for quality small camera

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jeff Tracy, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Jeff Tracy

    Jeff Tracy Guest

    Can someone recommend a few digital cameras for me - I don't know very
    much about them. This is the sort of thing I'm after...

    1) Something compact - easy to fit in a pocket
    2) Incredibly easy to use
    3) Takes great photos

    I'm looking to spend about £200 or so ($400)

    Thanks
     
    Jeff Tracy, Dec 20, 2004
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    PeterL Guest

    Are you in the US? Prices do differ greatly (much higher in England than in
    the US).
     
    PeterL, Dec 20, 2004
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    BobS Guest

    Jeff,

    Just went thru this looking for the best bang for the buck and ended up at
    www.dpreview.com as the main site for reading reviews. I purchased 3
    cameras, one Canon a85 and two Canon a95's. The Fuji E550 was also in the
    running as a very strong contender due to the reviews I read but I could not
    get my hands on one to try locally. So as they say, one in the bag is better
    than two in the bush.

    I played with the Nikon Coolpix 5200, several Oly's, some other Fugi's and
    several models in the Pentax line but kept going back to the Canon's. They
    both use the CF card, use AA batteries, nice fit in the hand, excellent
    features and when I asked for comments here about those models - everyone
    was positive. Since I'm a dyed in the wool Pentax fan (I have six other
    Pentax cameras from a K1000 up to a *ist-D and a range of Pentax lenses), I
    was surprised to find that I didn't much care for the Pentax P&S cameras.
    Nothing in particular - just that the Canon's seemed to offer more in the
    features I wanted.

    Real world answer - I honestly think it would be hard to make a mistake
    picking out a P&S camera from the brand name offerings that are out there -
    and there are plenty. So use the Buying Guide at www.dpreview.com and
    compare some models side-by-side, read the reviews and look at the pictures.
    Then with a few choices in mind, go to the local camera store and see if
    they have those in stock so you can test drive a model or two. Providing
    the proprietor will stick in a few batteries and a memory card you can see
    the results immediately.....

    Bob S.
     
    BobS, Dec 21, 2004
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    RoseW Guest

    Re: Can someone recommend a few digital cameras for me
    and
    Bob S responded: purchased one Canon a85 and two Canon a95's-They both use
    the CF card, use AA batteries, nice fit in the hand, excellent
    features

    I just purchased the Canon A75 and the images are mainly for web or monitor
    use-not particularly focused on printing and I agree with the above with
    rechargable batteries that have 'no memory' so they don't have to become
    depleted before recharging. Other software will load and/or manage the
    images as well as the supplied software with the Camera.
    For example freeware www.FastStoneServer.com and if you are on Xp the
    supplied software doesn't have to be installed at all.
    I have found the LCD viewer to not be very sharp or clear to read in sunny
    snow conditions so if manual features are being used it is not easy, well,
    almost not possible to read or double check the choices selected. The camera
    does take excellent bright snow shots using the built in SCN/snow setting.
    This is my first digital and I'm exploring all the settings aiming at the
    manual side of it but it sure is easy with the built in settings.
    Any suggestions for creating a portable hood for the LCD?

    Rose W
     
    RoseW, Dec 21, 2004
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    BobS Guest

    Rose,

    As a matter of fact I saw something on one of the sites I was looking at
    when looking for reviews on the Canons. I believe it was either on Adorama
    or B&H Photo that had a shield (rubber I think) that would fit over the a75
    or a85 (won't work on the a95 I guess because of the swiveling LCD). I
    didn't get one since these cameras are all gifts and I have to leave
    something for the recipients to purchase.....;-)

    Bob S.
     
    BobS, Dec 21, 2004
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