Which digital camera to buy...

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Richard K Rabbat, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. Hello everyone,

    Ok I've narrowed it down to 3 models but would like some input from you
    folks.

    Which digital camera to buy?

    1- Canon PowerShot A85 4MP, 3xOPT, 3.6xDG, 1.8Inch LCD, CF Card Digital
    Camera = 242.95 at
    www.newegg.com ,
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=30-120-152&depa=7

    2- Fuji FinePix E510 5.2MP, 3.2xOPT, 3.6xDG, 2.0"LCD, XD Card Digital Camera
    = 239.95 at www.newegg.com

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=30-122-040&depa=7

    3- NIKON Coolpix 4200 4MP, 3xOPT, 4xDG, 1.5"LCD, SD Card Digital Camera =
    258.95 at www.newegg.com

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=30-113-119&depa=7


    Thank you
    Richard
     
    Richard K Rabbat, Jan 18, 2005
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  2. Richard K Rabbat

    Jerk Guest

    Hello, Richard!
    You wrote on Tue, 18 Jan 2005 12:31:55 -0800:

    RK> Ok I've narrowed it down to 3 models but would like some input from you
    RK> folks.

    RK> Which digital camera to buy?

    RK> 1- Canon PowerShot A85 4MP, 3xOPT, 3.6xDG, 1.8Inch LCD, CF Card Digital
    RK> Camera = 242.95 at
    RK> www.newegg.com ,
    RK> http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=30-120-152&de
    RK> pa=7

    RK> 2- Fuji FinePix E510 5.2MP, 3.2xOPT, 3.6xDG, 2.0"LCD, XD Card Digital
    RK> Camera = 239.95 at www.newegg.com

    RK> http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=30-122-040&de
    RK> pa=7

    RK> 3- NIKON Coolpix 4200 4MP, 3xOPT, 4xDG, 1.5"LCD, SD Card Digital Camera
    RK> = 258.95 at www.newegg.com

    RK> http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=30-113-119&de
    RK> pa=7

    Duhhhh.... Uhhh Eeehhrrrrmmmm....Dunno!
    FZ20?

    Jerk.
     
    Jerk, Jan 18, 2005
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  3. Hi Jerk,

    Thank you for your input. I just want some feedback on the three digital
    cameras I listed as my choices. So the Panasonic FZ20 is not one of them
    and is out of my price range.

    Richard
     
    Richard K Rabbat, Jan 18, 2005
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  4. Richard K Rabbat

    Bill Guest

    All three will take great pictures, but I think a slight nod going to
    the Canon and Nikon for image quality.

    If this is going to be your primary camera, you may wish to consider
    adding a bit more to your budget (about $60+) and going up to the 5mp
    models. The added resolution will give you more freedom down the road
    for cropping and other editing. But if this is not your primary camera,
    then 4mp is more than enough.

    If you've owned other cameras from any of the above lines, then staying
    within the same brand will help lessen the learning curve. Otherwise buy
    the model that appeals to you the most. I happen to like models that use
    standard "AA" batteries (rechargeable/alkaline). Replacement batteries
    are inexpensive and easy to find.

    Personally, I have a Canon A75 along with Canon SLR's. The 3mp A75 is
    used mainly for snapshots at parties and other social events where I
    don't want to carry the big camera. It has more than enough resolution,
    and image quality is excellent for a camera of this price. But if I was
    buying a primary camera, I would have bought the A95 for the added
    resolution, metal body, and flip-out LCD display. But that's just me.

    If you want to read some reviews, visit Steve's Digicams for lots of
    info on various makes and models with tests and sample images:

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/

    No matter what you buy, I doubt you'll be disappointed with the results
    as most cameras these days take great photos. :)
     
    Bill, Jan 19, 2005
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    Tygershark Guest

    If you can stretch your budget, i would get the Canon A95, ive got this camera and its
    fantastic, image quality is excellent.
     
    Tygershark, Jan 19, 2005
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  6. Richard K Rabbat

    bigriff Guest

    Forgive the intrusion, but if interested I hope you purvue the TOS at
    NewEgg.com before you pay cash and possibly get nothing.

    Some Highlights:

    All refunds entail a 15% restocking fee, even defective units.
    Buyer pays all return postage.
    A return does not effect their thirty day warranty. It will always
    start from the date of the original shipment. If you get a bad one, you
    have to choose to go with out their 30 day warranty (a return will take
    more than this time period based on my experience) or take the for sure
    15% plus shipping cost (both ways) guaranteed loss.
    They don't seem to answer e-mails (try for your self).
    They don't have much in the way of service, try calling before you buy.
    Be ready to holdddddd.....

    I had to return my purchase and it never arrived so I asked for a
    refund. I have so far waited 10 times longer than I was told the wait
    would be in writting. I have been promised expedited service twice, yet
    have not seen a dime.

    Just drive to a store and walk in, that way they can't hide/ ignore you
    in hopes you give up and go away. NewEgg.com does not offer walk in
    service, so go somewhere else.

    Many people claim to have had great luck with newegg.com, but to me it
    just isn't worth the risk after experiencing how bad it can get. Funny
    though! Better than the keystone cops...

    New Jingle= "Buy Something From NewEgg.com, Just For Laughs"

    Don't be taken advantage of big low ball resellers. You have the cash,
    so you have the upper hand. You shouldn't have to "kiss up" to a
    business to get good service and quality. You should demand it, and go
    somewhere else if they can't deliver. Plain and simple.
     
    bigriff, Jan 22, 2005
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  7. Forgive the intrusion, but if interested I hope you purvue the TOS at
    It's hard for me to imagine why anyone buys from anyone other than B&H
    or Amazon. Amazon has the world's easiest website to navigate, along
    with great customer service, and B&H is without doubt the leader in
    photographic equipment. If you find a price below what B&H and Amazon
    are offering, the odds are it's too good to be true....

    -Joel
     
    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Mar 6, 2005
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    Ron Krebs Guest

    --

    Hmm, Page Computer has better prices than B&H and Amazon on lenses.
    Delivery is quick and items are factory sealed and new. For filters and
    adapters, you can't get much lower in prices than from Camerafilters.com.
    Newegg has some of the best prices on photo printers. BatterySpace.com has
    great prices on power for you camera. And Buydig.com had the best price on
    my cam. I have also bought from B&H. There's no doubt they have an
    extensive inventory, but there are better prices out there to be had if you
    look for them.

    Ron
     
    Ron Krebs, Mar 6, 2005
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  9. Hmm, sorry but that is a load of crap. There are a lot of good sellers out
    there, I would agree that Amazon has the best on-line shop but quite often I
    find something I want at Amazon and then buy it a place that has a better
    price. I do regularly buy at Amazon, usually when they have a sale or
    special offer but often their prices are far from the best. B&H is indeed a
    great place with good prices too but when I bought my Canon A95 it was the
    month they were introduced and the prices were steep, I found it at
    Butterfly Photo for 318.00 shipped when the going price most every other
    place was in the 400.00 range and I got it in 2 days. Why anyone would
    suggest limiting themselves to 2 places is beyond me. `-(

    I have had one bad experience in all my years of on-line shopping, an outfit
    that took my money for a set of 5 JBL speakers and sent nothing, that was in
    my first year of buying on-line but I was still usually very careful and
    checked out any seller before buying from them, BUT the speakers I wanted
    were very highly reviewed, not expensive, had recently gone out of
    production and were very hard to find. When I found a place that had them in
    stock after much searching I leapt without looking. :-( The story had a
    happy ending, I did end up knowing in advance I was probably going to get
    screwed, printed out all the BS web pages and email correspondence from the
    bogus retailer, sent it all off to my CC company and they dropped the
    charge. A place I had previously checked (J&R) ended up having them briefly
    in stock at an even better price, so I did get them and paid even less. :)

    Tip if you ever shop at J&R (jr.com) they have been around for as long as I
    can remember in Sunday NYC newspaper ads and in HiFi magazines, they have a
    great website but are still very telephone oriented, find what you want,
    order it by phone, ask for a better price and you will usually get at
    another 10% or so knocked off.

    I used to use Newegg almost exclusively, I have a small PC business and have
    ordered tens of thousands of dollars of PC hardware from Newegg over the
    years without any issue. As they have gotten so popular their prices have
    crept up and their lightning fast shipping has slowed a bit and I shop
    around a bit more these days but Newegg is still at the top of my list for
    anything PC, the user reviews at Newegg are almost worthless, mostly
    cheerleaders for Newegg itself. I have only had to use Newegg once for a
    return of a defective power supply, I didn't think I should have to pay the
    shipping but it was the same policy as any other hardware vendor I used at
    the time.
     
    Chris Townsend, Mar 20, 2005
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