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I need a new digitial camera. I am looking for something small, just a point and click. A friend recommended a cannon or a panasonic tz5k. Any suggestions? I really don't know anything about cameras.
post #2 of 22
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Thanks for the relocation.
post #3 of 22
I have a Panasonic TZ5. Great camera. 10 optical zoom with image stabilization that really works and an excellent movie mode. Got it from Amazon.com for about $250 2 months ago probably cheaper now. Just get a big memory chip. 9 mpix- makes good blowups.
post #4 of 22
Megapixels don't really matter once you're past 6MP. You want picture quality more than anything.

I like the Canon SD870IS. Cheap, rugged and takes great pictures with good quality for a point-and-shoot. The wide-angle zoom is great for group pictures and self-portraits, too.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...S_Digital.html

The G9 (now replaced by the G10) is also a very good camera that has really really really good picture quality, and is a bit more suited for outdoor pursuits than the SD870IS.

Oh, it also depends on what exactly it is that you're looking to do. The zoom on the SD870IS is only 4x, so maybe something longer like the SX100/110IS is necessary.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...S_Digital.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...S_Digital.html
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What do you want in a camera. Size? Price ? Lot's of options ? How much do you want to spend ?
post #6 of 22
I'm in the market as well.
post #7 of 22
Have a G9, the only drawback of it is its size compared to others, but it's well built and loaded with features, so that's the compromise I live with.
post #8 of 22
Ice Queen has a Casio that is very small and takes fine snap shots. It's impressive for it's size. Casio has just released a couple of new models with 4X digital lens starting at 28mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle. I have a Panasonic TZ5 that I've been happy with; it's a bit larger but offers that 10X lens. And compared with most compact digital cameras the TZ5 has a very nice movie modes; it can even zoom while shooting movies. It won't replace a real camcorder, but very good for a small digital camera. I've not used it on the slopes yet. The Canon's have a fine reputation. Two thoughts: I really think the 28mm wide angle is very useful, especially for outdoor photography (I'd like something even wider). And size matters if you're planning to carry it on the slopes. I find the Casio almost too small to handle well in my hands. OTH, If it's too large it'll sit in your room instead of going with you in your pocket.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post
What do you want in a camera. Size? Price ? Lot's of options ? How much do you want to spend ?
Good questions. I don't want a professional grade camera. It will mostly go skiing with me and sit in my wife's purse. I want a camera that takes high quality pictures, but it doesn't have to have all the bells and whistles. Ideally I would like to spend between $150 and $200.
post #10 of 22
I got an Olympus 1010 a few months ago. 10MP, 7x (!) optical zoom with IS. My biggest problem is that when it's zoomed all the way in, it's hard to take steady photos without a stand of some sort. It's also not the best in low light (I think it's something like an f4.0 lens at best), but almost any compact point-and-shoot has that issue...

The 1030 has a shorter 3.6x optical zoom, but it's wider at the shortest setting (28mm versus ~40mm). It's also ruggedized and waterproof, which might make it a better choice for outdoor skiing use.

The Canons are also very popular.
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I found what I think is a good deal on an Olympus 830, $140. Is this camera any good, or is it worth it to spend a few more bucks for something like the Canon A200 series suggested above. The Olympus model is probably a couple of years old.
Thanks,
JF
post #13 of 22

Camera

Uthucker, bought a Canon, SD850 IS upgraded to IXUS 950 IS a few months ago. Nice camera my criteria was about what you listed. Bought at Aldorama on net. Did a lot of price checking etc. and got battery charger, extra memory card with it and they were the best in price. Camera is small and shoots good pictures.
post #14 of 22
If you're interested in the Canon A2000 here are some coupon you can apply, but do it quick because they may take them down before the expiration:

$190 - $45 coupon code 3KKRFPGG9RM02K [Exp 11/27] - 5% code QBDB?9BSVT1647 [Exp 11/27] = $138 with free shipping.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post
If you're interested in the Canon A2000 here are some coupon you can apply, but do it quick because they may take them down before the expiration:

$190 - $45 coupon code 3KKRFPGG9RM02K [Exp 11/27] - 5% code QBDB?9BSVT1647 [Exp 11/27] = $138 with free shipping.
How does this work?
Thanks,

JF
post #16 of 22
I went water proff mostly for the summers but helps out in the snow. I have the pentax optio w-10 now they are up to the w-60 version. Olympus makes one as well. Seems to me the diff between point and shoot cameras isn't huge so the ability to use it at the beach, in the rain, snow ....etc was the deciding factor.
post #17 of 22
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How does this work?
Thanks,

JF
A quick Google search reveals them to be Dell codes...

take a look...

http://www.google.com/search?client=...=Google+Search

http://www.google.com/search?client=...=Google+Search
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Thanks. I put in the code, but it said it had already been redeemed. This code thing is all new to me.

JF
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Uthucker, bought a Canon, SD850 IS upgraded to IXUS 950 IS a few months ago. Nice camera my criteria was about what you listed. Bought at Aldorama on net. Did a lot of price checking etc. and got battery charger, extra memory card with it and they were the best in price. Camera is small and shoots good pictures.
Thanks Pete. I'll check it out.
post #20 of 22
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Thanks. I put in the code, but it said it had already been redeemed. This code thing is all new to me.

JF
You did it right. Apparently, they took the first coupon down. Sorry. Welcome to the world of online coupon shopping.
post #21 of 22
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I'm in the market as well.
Me too. Point and click, no bells, no whistles. Cheap cheap cheap. It'll mostly be used to take pics to put up on my company's website and maybe a remarkably hilarious pic of my attempts to juggle. Oh, and maybe a new one of Sadie too who is far more photogenic!
post #22 of 22
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The best prices I have found so far are on Amazon. They are consistently at least $20 cheaper than other sites and they throw in a free memory card (4G) with most Canon cameras.
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