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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-24-2008, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Camera question for the knowledgeable

Camera question for the knowledgeable, or at least, for those who have an opinion....

I need a new camera.

I am not a photographer, but know that I want a smaller size, fast first picture reaction (don't know the right terminology, but, want the camera to take the picture when I push the button, not 2 seconds later when my dogs/grandkids have moved on!)

I want to be able to blow up pictures, (maybe zoom in is a better explanation,) and have good clear shots, like when I take a picture from far away, and zoom in to Tucker who is running like the wind across the field.

I would love to be able to get rid of red eye, but don't know if that is possible with a simpler camera. I don't do well with technology, and want to just mostly be able to point and shoot. A bit of manual focussing option would probably not be bad.

I've researched on line, and just am overloaded with info that I don't know what to do with. Three that I've seen on ConsumerReports are Casio Exilim Card E-S10 for $200. Sony Cyber-shot DSDC-T70 for $230. Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS for $240.

Any other helpful suggestions that could help me to get good (or at least better) pictures?

Thanks for any help from anyone who can offer guidance, or opinions on how you like your own cameras.

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Sheri, honestly, none of the cameras you mentioned would be able to take a picture as soon as you click the shutter button. They all have shutter lag and those are obvious when using a regular digital camera. This is one of the main reasons I bought a digital SLR camera - no shutter lag! They are, however, much more expensive.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm sure that any of the cameras you listed are good, but they can be harder to use for action shots. However, if I were to pick ONE, I would say the Kodak EasyShare is the best of the 3 you listed.


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Lina,
Okay, so what in your opinion would be the best of the SLRs if you wanted as small as possible, without taking out a bigger loan than necessary to pay for it? (Ha!)

And, don't you have to focus the SLRs? By the time I got it in focus the kids/dog would have moved on, too.

And, thanks for the input on the Kodak.

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"Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS for $240" I used it this weekend and I wasn't happy with the photos or the lag time!!!
Look into the Canon Power shot line if you want a point and shoot.
For the DSLR's I love the Nikon D40!

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I also use the Nikon D40 (though I have the D40x - the only difference is the Megapixels - the x has more). I think it's a great beginner dSLR! I just got it a year ago, though I'm afraid I've outgrown it and am already setting my sights higher, LOL. Though even pros that I know use the D40x as an every day camera as it's compact (for a dSLR of course), easy to use, and takes GREAT pictures. You can also try a Canon, they're great cameras too! Go for one of the lower models to start with and see how you like it. In particular, I would say that you should GO TO A STORE (sorry in caps, really stressing this one) and try out every camera you're interested in buying. When I got the D40x I went to the store (though I bought online - it's cheaper) and found that the Nikon fits in my hand much better than the Canon (which is why I went with it). But everyone likes different feels, so you might find that you prefer a Canon, for example.

Also, I'm not sure where you've heard that dSLRs don't do auto focus... I ALWAYS use auto focus, LOL. I can probably count on two hands the times I needed to go to manual focus and every time it was because I was too close to whatever it was I wanted to get a photo of - I want a macro lens! You just need to make sure that any lens you buy has the initals AF somewhere in its title (or on the box) because that means Auto Focus.


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I have the canon power shot that Karla mentioned but in Pink I got it last year for Christmas and love it. It isn't as nice as DSLR but it fits in my pocket when I am outside playing with the dogs and I carry it in my purse all the time. It also is what I use for all my videos of the dogs. It is a tiny little thing that I always have on me for those fun moments where you just want to take a quick shot. My DH has the digital SLR that I use for great shots but he has a big old back pack that goes with it, etc. I only know what two of the lenses do to be honest but I do use it once in awhile. I think you really have to decide what you want and how much you can invest (big price difference). If you have someone that you can test drive their camera, that is the best idea. If you want great photography go for the SLR, there is no doubt that type of camera takes way nicer photos. If you want to have a quick easy to use camera, I recommend the powershot.

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I have a Kodak point and shoot camera and I love it. It is true I can't take action shots very well-but all my photos of Quincy on here are with my Kodak. If I could I would get a camera like Lina's....I've actually wore all the settings off on my Kodak and now no one can use it but me! It is very user friendly too. I think it was around 129.00-149.00 a couple years ago.

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Amanda, I want the canon power shot I posted...my son has the Canon Rebel if I need a really nice professional camera, but I want one that is always in my purse!
Now, hubby says that Gracie is my Christmas present...and I don't get one. Will see if I get a surprise for Christmas.
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I also use the Nikon D40 (though I have the D40x - the only difference is the Megapixels - the x has more). I think it's a great beginner dSLR! I just got it a year ago, though I'm afraid I've outgrown it and am already setting my sights higher, LOL. Though even pros that I know use the D40x as an every day camera as it's compact (for a dSLR of course), easy to use, and takes GREAT pictures. You can also try a Canon, they're great cameras too! Go for one of the lower models to start with and see how you like it. In particular, I would say that you should GO TO A STORE (sorry in caps, really stressing this one) and try out every camera you're interested in buying. When I got the D40x I went to the store (though I bought online - it's cheaper) and found that the Nikon fits in my hand much better than the Canon (which is why I went with it). But everyone likes different feels, so you might find that you prefer a Canon, for example.

Also, I'm not sure where you've heard that dSLRs don't do auto focus... I ALWAYS use auto focus, LOL. I can probably count on two hands the times I needed to go to manual focus and every time it was because I was too close to whatever it was I wanted to get a photo of - I want a macro lens! You just need to make sure that any lens you buy has the initals AF somewhere in its title (or on the box) because that means Auto Focus.
Carolina I agree 100%. I belong to a group that "tests" cameras and they are all so different. (I think I would love that job even if they didn't pay me to do it) Hope they don't read that.

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