urgent: Point & shoot camera advice needed!!

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Paul, Dec 27, 2003.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Hello everyone --

    I urgently need advice on buying a poing and shoot camera.

    My girlfriend bought me the Canon sure shot 130u for Christmas and I
    have another week or so to decide if I want to exchange it for
    something else.

    I've only recently started to get into photography, so I don't know
    too much. My girlfriend has the Canon 120 classic and I'm totally
    enamoured with the pictures it takes. If I could find something that's
    of equal quality I would be very happy.

    I would need this camera as a general all-around camera, for both
    portait taking as well as vacation shots. I'm going to Greece this
    summer and I'm really looking forward to taking some awesome pictures,
    but for that I need a good camera! My price range is roughly $175 USD.

    Some of the other models I'm looking at are:

    * Pentax IQZoom 120sw
    * Fuji 1300 (a salesman was pushing it on me)

    I would great appreciate any and all comments and recomendations on
    these cameras or any others that I have not listed.

    Looking forward to some great advice,

    Paul :)
    Paul, Dec 27, 2003
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    MikeWhy Guest

    Here's some non-photographic advice from a middle aged married guy, who only
    incidentally likes cameras. Do yourself favor. *Use* the camera she gave
    you. Carry it with you wherever you go. Show some appreciation for the
    thought and effort she put into your gift. You're just starting out; it will
    be some time before you find the equipment's limitations. Unless your
    finances are already intermingled, the few dollars you'll save on the return
    isn't worth risking a satisfying, long term relationship.
    MikeWhy, Dec 27, 2003
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  3. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Hi Mike -- I very much appreciate your thoughtful response, however
    you may have misinterpreted my original post. I don't intend to
    exchange my camera for a cheaper model to save a few bucks, but to get
    the best camera I can even if it means me forking over some money. The
    only reason I'm doing this is because of the urging of the person who
    bought me the camera. And yes, I appreciate the gift and the thought
    behind it beyond belief and my girlfriend is well aware of it!

    So, do people have any suggestions? :)
    Paul, Dec 27, 2003
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    MikeWhy Guest

    Then, by all means look into www.dpreview.com as a starting point. There's a
    newsgroup dedicated to digital, but the value of its content is very
    questionable. Much more noise than signal, and quite often no way to tell
    one from the other.

    Good luck to you both.
    MikeWhy, Dec 27, 2003
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    Paul W. Ross Guest

    Frankly, I'd go with Mike's comments. Use it -- A LOT. If you are new
    to photography, the P&S cameras take a lot of the pain out of things.
    Unless you are running things up to 8x10 enlargements, you should be
    fine. I use a variety of cameras, but still take a small Olympus
    Stylus that has to be 10 years old along all the time as a "backup,"
    in case something goes wrong with my other equipment.

    You can save a great deal when you get to needing something more
    elaborate by buying used, or some good careful shopping. The objective
    now is to learn some photography. Don't get enamoured by all the fancy
    equipment out there.

    Just my 2 cents..
    Paul W. Ross, Dec 27, 2003
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