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post #1 of 11
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I have $700US (approx $1500 Oz pesos) to spend on a digital camera. I want a decent zoom + 5 megapixels + the ability to add some accessories at a later date (lenses). It must be easy to carry when in the backcountry and fairly robust.

Any suggestions?

post #2 of 11
Try going to www.cnet.com and doing a search. C-net is the best site I've seen for reviews of all sorts of high tech stuff.
post #3 of 11
Make sure the one you get does not have a long shutter lag time. Some digi cameras (most actually) have a lag of 1 sec. or so after you push the button. Good luck trying to take a apicture of somebody skiing with one of those!
post #4 of 11

Try this site, The Best Things. We purchased our digital camera there and they were great. They have an 800 number and were willing to answer any questions we had. Their prices are very competitive and we got delivery in a couple of days. We got the Nikon Coolpix 5400 and have been very pleased. We mostly have used it to take shots of our kids playing various sports and it does great. They do have several models of Nikon with several other brands available as well. Good luck!
post #5 of 11
Monsieur Oz. First, check your mailbox. Second, I'd reiterate what was said above about cnet and especially about lag time issues. I love my Olympus Camedia 4040 digital camera. However, I've yet to master the lag time while trying to capture action shots. The more practice the better I get, but it's tough to change shutter habits after 30 years with an SLR. So, sometimes I get the action shot, sometimes I miss. Also, my olympus is simply too bulky for easy use on the slopes. Aim for one that will slip easily in and out of your pockets. Overall, I'd buy my same camera again and again, but that's because ski pictures represent less an than 1% of the pictures I take. Good luck in your quest.
post #6 of 11
I own an Olympus Camedia 2.2 megapixel and I am seriously considering upgrading to a 3 or 4 megapixel camera. My main reasons for upgrading are

a) To get better picture quality
b) Find a smaller, lighter camera. My Olympus uses 4 AA batteries and it is kind of heavy.

I'm considering two models:

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 (3.1 Megapixels)
The Olympus Stylus 3.2 or 4.0

Both are small and ergonomic, but the Olympus has some additional gee whiz features that I like.

First, it is "all weather."

Second, the Olympus xD-Picture Card is smaller and more modern than the flash memory card used by the Coolpix 3100.

Does anyone use either of these cameras in winter conditions? I'm curious about their respective performance in snow...
post #7 of 11
I use disposables... No worries about breakage, lightweight and compact [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #8 of 11
I went for the Nikon CoolPix 5700 (5 megapixels)

Probably out of your price range, even with discounts. I chose this camera due to its ability to shoot similar to an SLR. Its slower, but you look at a LCD in the viewfinder (not just the fold out). It can also be set to take multiple pictures each second, so I can choose the best shot of a sequence. Its kind of big, which is a negative, but has an 8x optical zoom. Digital zooms are no good, as they force the pictures to become grainy. The camera will take additional lenses. Another downside is that it requires large memory cards because 5.0 megapixel shots take up a lot. Faster memory cards reduce lag time between multiple shots. This thing takes amazing pictures.

Something else to watch for if you order from an internet site. Here in the USA you want a US camera. A lot of sites order Japanese cameras, which are identical to the US ones without the warrenty. Not a big deal if you don't have any problems. Its called the grey market I'm told.
post #9 of 11
If you're looking for the camera with the shortest lag-time (That pesky delay from shutter button press to picture taken.)
The camera with the shortest is the Ricoh Capilo G3.
It;s actually the first digital to meet and even beat most SLRs.


I haven't used the Ricoh as I've got an older Nikon camera with a large lag but this one is at the very top of my next camera to buy list.
post #10 of 11
Check out the Sony DSC-V1. Very compact and light, 5 megapixel, 4 times optical zoom and takes accessory lenses. dpreview.com gives it a highly recommended rating which is their highest rating and they are very critical. They said the auto focus was the fastest they've seen to date, and the shutter response was faster than they can measure.
post #11 of 11
Originally posted by man from Oz:
...It must be easy to carry when in the backcountry and fairly robust.

Any suggestions?

Huh? Oz, does this make sense?
The best camera to use in the backcountry is a something tiny, quick and simple. Very few gizmos that fits easy into a shell or fleece pocket. If you get something bigger, you'll end up either storing it in your pack and hardly using it, or opting to not bring it very often. If you are a hardcore photographer who likes super quality, like AC, I'd save the money for a 35mmSLR, otherwise go with something like a Cannon sureshot.
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