Choosing a Digital Camera.


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CitizenGrim

I'm never sure quite how to start off a thread, so i'll get right to the point;

Working to a pretty tight budget of around ?200>, i'm looking to pick up a digital camera. I'm not after anything that even approximatesprofessional> quality, i just something that will give me sharp photographs with minumal amounts of fuss.

I've done a little research myself, and came up with a Sony Cybershot DSC P200.[/b]> It seems both suitable to my requirements, and above all, affordable. (?205.99 @ Amazon.co.uk)

Would this be my best bet, or does anyone have any other recommendations?

Any help appreciated.

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dragon2611

Depending on what you want to use the camera for Megapixels aren't everything

I had a 3.2mp camera with 3x optical and 2.7x digtal zoom (i think it was)

ended up replacing it with a 4mp with 12x optical zoom and 4x digital which cost ?180 at the time (minolta dimage Z3)

For the same price i could have got a camera with higher resolution but to me theres no point having really high resolution the object you want to photograph ends up as a small dot in the middle of the picture... so for me zoom is more imporant than resolution.

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naap51stang

One of the best online resources is: DP Review

Breakdown on each manufacturer, online forums for just about every camera you can think of, reviews

and opinions from users of the cameras, prices etc. It's a daily stop for me.

Good luck!

:alien:

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masterren

What about the Canon Powershot A610 (5.0MP) or A620 (7.0MP)? These should both be around your price range. I just got the A610 recently and I love the extra zoom (4x) it has over my old A70 (3x). The construction is also pretty solid. The only thing is that these two Canon models are a little "chunkier" than the one you are looking at.

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Lan88

it will depend on your budget and how you would like to use your camera for.

megapixels: the higher may not exactly be better. it depends if you wish you use them for large prints. then again, too small megapixels arent exactly good for viewing either.

i'd recommend either canon's, pansonic's or nikon's range of point & shoot cameras. they're all good...

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Kerm

I've got a Canon Powershot A85, which i think you can get for below your budget, and it's great.

If you simply want point and shoot shots it does the job, yet can handle some more specialist stuff aswell.

Has fireworks/indoor/foilage/snow/beach/underwater scenes aswell.

Great all rounder.

*edit* Found one here for ?155, thats a great price for it aswell.

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CitizenGrim

Thanks for the advice so far, especially the website naap linked to.

The camera is probably going to be used for macro shots of objects and textures, so resolution is probably more important to me than zoom, but a solid mix would be just as welcome. I'll take a look at the powershot range, too.

I'm glad i've decided to do some homework on this before going out and blowing the bread on something that would fall short against other alternatives.

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Kerm

I've taken quite a few shots of plants in my garden if you want a look pm me your email ad and i'll send you some if you want an idea of macro quality.

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Deaf Spacker

DP highly recommend the P200 and I'm buying the black edition of it after having to decide between that or the Canon 750 :)

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