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Sheila, in Kent, SE England 
New Camera advice please
6 Jul 2008 at 11:56 GMT
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My current camera is an Olympus C70 Zoom. It has done a lot of service and wear and travelled half way round the world and back. Now I'm looking for a new digital camera, preferably Olympus or Fuji because I have so many expensive XD memory cards. There are no camera shops where we live, and my Spanish is not good enough to discuss cameras. So I need a good idea of what I'm looking for before venturing forth. For the first time in my life, price is not really an issue, but I don't think I'm a good enough photographer to spend a great deal. So I'm reckoning on a ceiling of around 600. Does that sound reasonable for what I want?
I thank you in advance for your help. Sheila of Themes
On my wish list are..............
... must have viewfinder as well as screen
... must be minimum 12 megapixels
... must have the option of continuous shooting (not video)
... would like a lot of zoom
... would like wide angle
... must have simple, or at least easy to see, controls
... must not have tiny little buttons
... must not weigh half a ton
... preferably with a metal body (it will travel a bit)
... video is not important
... sound recording is not important
Pat Williams 
re: New Camera advice please
6 Jul 2008 at 15:02 GMT
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Hi Sheila,

There will be many opinions, but I think you have set your goals a little high. 600 is way higher than you need to pay for a very decent compact these days. In fact that sort of money will buy you a brand new Nikon D80 DSLR kit with an 18-70mm Nikkor lens, battery, strap, lens hood, software as well!

Also, a minimum of 12 megapixels is a little too high. Most good compacts will offer between 8-10 megapixels and only a handful will offer 12 megapixels. Unless you are planning on poster sized reprints, the megapixels really don't matter so long as you have 8-10.

If you are thinking of handbag sized Olympus, then the 12 megapixel MJU1200 offers pretty much what you require, all for 128. Again it's just my personal opinion, but if you can afford 600, and are planning to really enjoy photography, buy the Nikon D80 and lens kit. 4MB cards offering 539 shots at finest setting Jpegs cost only 12 each from Amazon.com.

So, in a nutshell, my opinion is to buy the DSLR and just enjoy yourself. Or, spend way less than 600 on any one of the many superb compacts about offering 10 megapixels. (Olympus, Nikon finepix etc) Fujifilm also make a DSLR style compact with a built in lens.

Hope that helps in some way. All the best

Floog
Padraig 
re: New Camera advice please
6 Jul 2008 at 23:06 GMT
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Hi Sheila

I agree with Floog, all his advice seems very sound, mega pixels have become a marketing tool and are used to make older camereas seem obsolete much of the time, this simply is not the case, 8 pixels or 12 cannot see the difference with the human eye unless you are making very large prints. I am a canon user and know nothing about nikons purely because once I bought a canon and some lenses I upgraded with canon to keep the lenses, I don't believe one is particularly better than the other. For 600 quid you could get a nice canon slr and kit lens, but again as Floog already mentioned this may be bulky or heavy unlesss you invest also with a bigger bag...LOL. I have the canon 40d, which I have is a lovely camera, metal bodied, big and heavy and suits my large hands, but may not be the case for you, the canon 350d or 400d I believe are very similar cameras but smaller and lighter, both slr's again but more managable, with this kind of camera though and with nikon slr's alike, it is really quite inportant that you pick one up and see how it feels in your hands, if your not comfy with it you probably won't get on very well with it. I also have a canon Ixus point and shoot which I'm sure you could probably get todays equivalent for less than 200, its a good little camera, very compact and takes nices shots at about 6.5 mega pixels, I think, However in my opimion and a camera I would love to own as a bag or pocket camera, if I could afford it, and you can afford 2, is the canon g9, very strongly made, great quality, can be used with auto or program modes to full manual control, great camera pocket camera if you want to experiment a little with aperture and shutterspedd etc, it has a viewfinder and I think most of what you specified, looks beautifull, it also has screw threads which allow you to add lens attachements, probably wide angle or extra zoom, cetainly my choice hands down, and with your budget you could I'm sure buy some nice accessories to go with it.

If your interested heres some canon info.

http://www.canon.co.uk/for_home/product_finder/cameras/digital_camera/powershot/PowerShot_G9/index.asp

By the way, I am cetainly no expert, but I love photography and hope I may have helped you a ilttle.

padraig (papamondae.shutterchance)
EJWilkins 
re: New Camera advice please
6 Jul 2008 at 23:30 GMT
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Why not look at the Olympus dslr cameras?

They're not too heavy, the E420 is a good size and, bearing in mind it's an advance on the E400 which is the one I've got, will serve you well. There's the E520 too, their latest model, which has Image Stabilisation too. You can get a twin lens kit for the sort of price you want to pay.
Sheila, in Kent, SE England 
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7 Jul 2008 at 21:20 GMT
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Thanks for your advice. I am checking out the Nikons, and comparing their features with other brands recommended. When I think I know what I want I will be ready to go into a Spanish camera shop, armed with the data sheets (from the internet) and then hopefully be able to handle the different cameras and see which is the best one for me.
Sheila, in Kent, SE England 
re: New Camera advice please
7 Jul 2008 at 21:25 GMT
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Hi Padraig,
Thanks for your advice and help. I am checking out the Canons, and comparing their features with other brands recommended. But looking at the data sheets I think the Canon 40d will be too heavy and bulky for me, and the 350 is quite heavy as well. When I think I know what I want I will be ready to go into a Spanish camera shop, armed with the data sheets (from the internet) and then hopefully be able to handle the different cameras and see which is the best one for me.
Stan 
re: New Camera advice please
14 Jul 2008 at 17:13 GMT
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If you're nbot doing DSLRs then Panasonic fz18. If you're doing DSLRs then thats a whole new ball game
jim wilson 
re: New Camera advice please
18 Aug 2008 at 14:20 GMT
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I wonder if anyone can give me some advice, i have a choice of Nikon D40, Pentax K100, Sony a200, which would be your choice?
Suzanna de Ridder 
re: New Camera advice please
9 Sep 2008 at 03:15 GMT
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depening how much you're willing to spend, I would say the Canon Rebel Digital SLR. It works absolute magic with your photos
EJWilkins 
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2 Oct 2008 at 15:02 GMT
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I think you have to go with your own instincts when you handle each of the cameras.

Each of these are good cameras and each has their plus/minus depending on the review you read, but ultimately I think it's down to handling and what suits each photographer.
Guest 
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7 Dec 2008 at 15:51 GMT
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Have a look at the Canon G8...G9..and G10
ScotiaHamish 
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16 Dec 2008 at 21:30 GMT
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Hi Jim

3 very good choices and I would not put you off any as all to me are very strong. I can't speak for the Nikon or Pentax but know SC users who produce some cracking results with both. as for the Sony I have mostly sony cameras and use the a100 which is very good but the very small downside to the Sony is the kit lens in my opinion could be better. Bought with a better lens would improve its perfomance. Check out DP Review

http://www.dpreview.com/

go to buying guide and do a side by side wuth the 3 going head to head with each other.


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