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Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: March 23, 2006 04:42PM
I need to buy a P&S type digital camera for my Teacher/Wife to use in her classroom at school.

The three main criteria are that it be small, easy to use, take nice pictures under the flourescent lights and ideally it will be under $200 (so she isn't so worried about it running off on it's own).
4 - 4 The four main criteria are... oh nevermind...

I would also like it if the camera had at least a 3x zoom lens, used CF memory (since I already have plenty) as well as AA batteries but these are seconday to the previously stated requirements.

All that being said I'd like to know what you guys/gals carry around with you and why.



Aloha, Ken


“I have developed significant attachments to several members even though I wouldn't recognize them if I sat next to one on a park bench. I'm often tempted when in an airport to walk around, hollering "The Løpe", to see if anyone other than the Homeland Security people will acknowledge me. ” - The Løpe



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/23/2006 04:43PM by Harbourmaster.
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: tahoedrew
Date: March 23, 2006 04:50PM
Sony P-150 for me - love it! (except the flash can be a little on the weak side in dark areas if not taking a 2-6 person photo, zoomed in.)

~A
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: March 23, 2006 04:54PM
I've got a Sony Cyber-shot DCS-W1 & LOVE it.
It has a 2.5" display & takes 2 AA batteries that I've yet to run down while shooting photos (video is another story).




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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: rgG
Date: March 23, 2006 05:07PM
It is really hard to find a newer small digital that uses CF cards. I looked before I bought my daughter one because I too already had CF cards. I bought my daughter a fuji finepix 345 that is 4.1 mp. She likes it, but I haven't used it enough to give a review. It is usually $125 or less when you can find a deal. I got hers at Buy.com when it was on sale and I had a coupon.

I just bought myself the cheapo hp M307 that CompUSA had on sale for $59 last week. It is a 3.2 MP and that really is plenty good enough for most things. It has a 3X optical zoom and 5X digital zoom. I like it OK, but I haven't had it but a few days. I wanted a lighter backup for my old Epson.

Geeks.com has a good bundle on sale. The link is below. This was posted a week or so back. It is the Polaroid PDC 5080 5.1 MP camera. It has 4X zoom, but I think it is only digital, no optical, if that matters. I couldn't find out much about the camera, but for $89 with the extras of a 256MB card and a case and a tripod, and batteries, and a card reader, how wrong can you go. Use code: GEEK5080 after you put it in your cart to get the extras. It should show you the details of the free bundle. I almost bought this one just before they had the $59 one at CompUSA.

[www.geeks.com]

HTH

Oh yes, they have the Canon A520 on clearance at Target, YMMV, for $148 at my store.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: March 23, 2006 05:07PM
What's in my pocket? An undisclosed caliber.



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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: March 23, 2006 07:05PM
Canon s-200. I'm a big fan of the small form factor, and also Canon's UI.

While I would like to have a nice high-end camera, that'd be a luxury. A small camera that slips in the pocket of my jeans is a nearly a necessity. And since I bought mine, the cameras have gotten even smaller, better, and cheaper. I'd much rather have a small camera which takes decent shots than a big camera which gets left behind.
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: March 23, 2006 07:22PM
My Dad bought my Brother a camera for Christmas, and I picked it out. We were looking for small form factor and best value.

We bought a Canon Powershot SD400 5MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom from Amazon.



$285. Uses SD cards, tho.

3.5 x 2.1 x 0.8 inches ; 8.0 ounces

Enhanced movie mode with fast 60-frame-per-second capture rate
DIGIC II Image Processor provides fast, accurate image processing
Powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion battery; stores images on SD memory card
5-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
3x optical zoom; 2.0-inch LCD display; ultra-compact design (.8 inches thick)






Don't ask who the bell's for, dude. It's you.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/23/2006 07:22PM by sscutchen.
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: jimbrady
Date: March 23, 2006 07:44PM
I think the Canon A610, A 640?, A-anything with a high number, is bulletproof, takes CF cards, had a tilt/swivel screen (huge plus for me, maybe not as much for kids) and is in the price range (w/DELL coupons).

Haven't used 'em, but I'd trust 'em.
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: bfd
Date: March 23, 2006 08:15PM

…although it's a little out of your initial price range ($259) the value is outstanding. Takes CF cards, uses 4AAs. captures stills at 3.2MP and 640 x 480 video at 30FPS. The image stabilization feature and the 10x optical zoom are probably what pushes this past the other cameras mentioned here (which are all nice ones, by the way). You really have to work hard to take a "Bad Picture" …

The S1 IS is now succeeded by the S2 and very shortly the S3, so this could be a last opportunity to buy a new one.

Seems like it'd be perfect for a classroom with both still and video capture. Since it's a digital camera, the stills are perfect, even at "automatic". The video capability doesn't replace a digital video camera, but for "everyday events" that might just be played back on the computer or an attached screen, it's more than enough.

[www.amazon.com]

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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: blooz
Date: March 23, 2006 08:21PM
I have a canon A520, 4 mp, 4x optical zoom. It was on sale for 159 at dell, ended up buying a256mb card from staples for it, another 40 bucks. Takes very good pictures.



And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
—Friedrich Nietzsche
Western Massachusetts
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: March 23, 2006 08:52PM
I already am leaning towards a Canon since I own an S1 IS.

I will check my local Target stores tomorrow and see if they have the 520 on sale as rgG said and I will also check my local Costco.

If not I will probably go for this A85 from NewEgg [www.newegg.com]



Aloha, Ken


“I have developed significant attachments to several members even though I wouldn't recognize them if I sat next to one on a park bench. I'm often tempted when in an airport to walk around, hollering "The Løpe", to see if anyone other than the Homeland Security people will acknowledge me. ” - The Løpe
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: h'
Date: March 23, 2006 09:52PM
I like my Olympus Stylus Verve. I had some of the same criteria but the lithium battery is waaaaaaay better than AA rechargeables. As rGg mentioned, CF is gonna limit you as well.
I found mine on closeout for $139 . . . I think the current gen will set you back at least $200.
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: Carm
Date: March 23, 2006 10:22PM
Another vote for the Canon A520. I love mine.

Carm
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: March 23, 2006 11:25PM
Maybe not the best idea, but you might consider getting a used camera off eBay or the like. Something like the Nikon Coolpix series, a 3mp camera would be pretty cheap by now. Most of those used CF cards, and some with AA batteries too.
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: M>B>
Date: March 23, 2006 11:52PM
I too would reccomend eBay as you are looking for an "old school" camera and there are loads of them there as everyone who has purchased a new cam is dumping thier old one, just find one that suits your needs and "buy now"!!!

A good refrence for older cams is here...

[www.dpreview.com]

This is for Canon cams, but you can click around for other brands too!!!
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Re: Point & Shoot Digital Cameras...What's in your pocket?
Posted by: jimbrady
Date: March 24, 2006 12:13AM
Old school because it's compact flash? That's a rich one. So, those cams that are thicker than a CF card are antiquated.

I'll allow for the possibility that a cam as narrow as a pube can take decent pics, but I won't allow for the possibility that such diminuitiveness is essential.
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