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    Digi camera advice

    Seeing the ease with which all those cruise shots appeared has convinced me that I should buy a digital camera. Usual problem - overwhelming choice and none have a Citroen badge so I don't know where to start.
    Want to be able to take many photos between visits to the computer, without having to carry around too many expensive memory sticks/cards.
    Also what's the go on battery life on these things?
    Thus far contemplating 2 or 3 megapixels, probably don't want to spend over $7-800.
    Any help greatly appreciated.

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    most cams vary how may shots according to picture quality(ie resolution), some have lots of features (ie usb connection, picture titles, and etc.), the Sony range is good but pricy, the Kodaks are budget friendly but lack in overall features. Personally i like the Canon's and the Minoltas/Pentax (rebaged digitals only). Try and go for a SLR style as the lens arangement means you can play with diferent lenses. But most cost well over 1000.
    In your price barcket i recomend finding the highest Pixel rate compact that FEELS GOOD AND IS EASY TO USE, as most have buttons built for midgets!!! Good kuck hunting.

    xqisid

    ps, have you thought about a new digital video camera? most new ones take both still and moving pictures, wait till after NY'rs and get one during the sales and bargain hard with cash!!
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    Bruce,

    I had a similar problem about 6 mths ago when I bought a Digi Cam.

    The best advice I can give you is to find a camera shop who is prepared to let you play and try out the features of different cameras - that's what I did before settling on a Nikon Coolpix 775 (same camera as UFO has too). I went to Ted's Cameras in the city in Sydney and they were great. Not sure if they have a branch in Brisbane though.

    You don't want to go under 2 Mega Pixels (2 million pixels). 2 Mega Pixel allows you to print photos up to 4" x 6" at good quality. 3 Mega Pixel allows 5" x 7" prints at good quality etc.

    What I think is MOST important however is lens quality. After testing cameras from companies that don't make traditional cameras (eg Sony, Hewlett Packard etc) I found image clarity was somewhat lacking, when compared to Canon, Nikon, Olympus and other traditional camera manufacturers cameras.

    Nikon, with the Nikkor lenses are supposed to be one of the best compact digital camera lenses available, and I think the quality shows: <a href="http://www.bluekey.com.au/aussiefrogs/bastille/" target="_blank">http://www.bluekey.com.au/aussiefrogs/bastille/</a>

    That was the reason I settled on a Nikon and I'm very very happy with it.

    Make sure you get at least a 64MB card and NOT a Pretec brand. I've had a Pretec card die, and one of my friends had a 128MB Pretec card die with about 120 photos on it before he got the camera home I now use SanDisk and had no problems, and the card is alot 'faster' when it comes to deleting images.

    The Nikon Coolpix 775 has just been replaced with the Coolpix 4300 which is a 3 Mega Pixel model I believe, but the other features are very similar.

    Good luck with your shopping!

    Derek.

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    Hi Bruce,

    I am on my second Canon - an A40, which I an very happy with.

    The Canon uses Compact Flash cards, which a bit cheaper than Memory Sticks etc. And I can swap them back to my old Canon 350.

    I recommend a card reader to attach to the PC (about $75) as it is much faster than connecting the camera to the PC (usually). Like DeKa I have been really hapy with Sandisk stuff.

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    Canon A40's are great

    here are some pics i took with my dads
    <img src="http://members.optushome.com.au/wilsonkrg/IMG_1777_small.JPG" alt=" - " />

    <img src="http://members.optushome.com.au/wilsonkrg/IMG_1802_small.JPG" alt=" - " />

    both of these were resized from the native resolution of 1600x1200

    the night shot was an 8 second exposure
    great cam

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    You can get a good CompactFlash card reader for ~$30 at Harris Technology - <a href="http://www.ht.com.au" target="_blank">http://www.ht.com.au</a>

    The other thing I forgot to mention before was batteries. From other people's experiences, I was strongly discouraged from getting a camera that takes AA's simply because of the cost. Nikons use a rechargable that easily does a whole (very active photographing) day for me, as long as you don't use the screen to show your friends the photos all afternoon type thing.

    I carry a spare lithium battery in the camera case with me (~$20 and 200 photo capacity) in case I have an emergency but never used it yet. These lithium batteries have a storage life of 10 yrs so decided it was the way to go.

    Derek.

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    I have had Casio 3Mpixel and while the features were very nice, the lens let it down with endges curving. the night photos came out nice and most scenic stuff as well.
    Casio pics:
    <a href="http://community.webshots.com/album/4620207ehFbWtIgfN" target="_blank">http://community.webshots.com/album/4620207ehFbWtIgfN</a>

    But once that got stolen and I started using the Nikon 990 I would never go back to Casio.
    Like Deka said the lenses are IT. Nikon has one of the highest ratings consistently in digi cameras. The pictures are clear even in mid and low resolutions (unlike Casio). Shop around, check Ebay once you found the model you want. Dont skimp on quality.
    AA rechargables (Ni-Metal Hydrite - NOT Nicads) give great performance (30-40 shots without flash) and you have the option to goto local store and buy some replacements if stuck on long photo safari wink If using normal throw-aways use the high end Energisers ("e") or the new Duracells they give much superior performance and last at least 3 times as long in digi cameras than normal throw-away batts.

    Here are the Nikon 990 pics
    <a href="http://community.webshots.com/album/56976486YiUPQl" target="_blank">http://community.webshots.com/album/56976486YiUPQl</a>
    <a href="http://community.webshots.com/album/39688795jONmNr" target="_blank">http://community.webshots.com/album/39688795jONmNr</a>

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    Hi Bruce,

    I have an Olympus C-2 zoom, which is a pocket sized digital camera. 2 megapixel, 3x optical zoom and 2.5x digital. Also records fairly low quality motion jpeg movies (with no sound). It takes 2 AA batteries, which seem to last quite a while even when using the LCD screen for shooting. Using NimH batteries means I can safely recharge before the batteries are completely flat without affecting battery life.

    The most important thing with digital cameras is the lens. The minimum you look for should be 3x optical zoom. I don't use the digital zoom at all, as it seems to reduce image quality. Also it's crap on a sunny day when the little LCD screen is a bit hard to see clearly. It's much easier just to take pictures through the viewfinder.

    Mine can do photo quality A4 prints (when used with no compression) even though it's "only" 2 megapixel. It's on ebay for around $590. There's a C-300 zoom (same but with 3mp) for $780.

    In regard to digital video cameras, it all depends on what you want to use it for. If you want good quality photos, get a still camera. Digital video cameras use a different type of device to capture and convert the image into a digital format. The CCD (charge coupled device) used in still digital cameras is best for photos, but can't do good quality video. The opposite is true for whatever it is that video cameras use.

    If I had the money, the Olympus C-730 ultra zoom would be my choice. For $1250 (ebay price) you get 3mp and a 10x optical zoom. A friend has a C2100(something) which is last year's model of a similar kind of camera. 10x zoom and 2mp, it also has an "image stabiliser", which means that even at full zoom (think a 300mm lens on an SLR) on a windy day, there is no blur and perfect focus. The 730 doesn't have this feature, but seems fairly similar in other aspects.

    We just got back from Ceduna and have some great photos of the eclipse using his camera, and good shots of the rest of the action using mine.

    As Derek said, go for a good lens from a good company. A decent zoom is essential, and 2mp is good enough for everyday photography.

    Cheers,
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    have a look at this lot
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    Bruce

    Get a Nikon. I think you can now pick up the 775 for under 700 - Sob! However as you are going OS soon, you can claim GST back as you go

    Ours has been great and printed pics we have back from developers are fine too. Good size, great lens and you can buy additional clip on lenses too.

    Buy LOTS of memory - check duty free prices first. We take almost everything on hi res as you can always knock it down but never low res up.

    The memory chips are small and fit easily into your pocket or camera case. Also buy a good quality case that will protect the camera and not put any pressure on the lens or switches.

    rgds

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    Thanks all. Have surfed, gone out and shopped and now have a Canon A40. Now I've just got to learn how to use it .
    Bruce H

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