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  1. #1
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    Feb 2007
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    Please help with finding a new camera

    I need serious help buying a new digital camera. I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to digital cameras. I've done some research and the more I research the more confused I become.

    Budget

    * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. under $600

    Size

    * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? I want something that would be easy to carry on family outtings. It doesn't have to be compact, but I don't want something that is big and bulky a hassle to carry around.

    Features

    How many megapixels will suffice for you? 5+

    * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x, Other - Specify) I have no idea Sorry

    * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) 10

    Do you care for manual controls? I'm not sure. I don't mind making a few adjustments here and there but I don't want to have to sit and figure out the best setting for each shot.

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for? Family pictures, mainly of a 2 year old and a 3 month old.

    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? the biggest would be an 8x10, but most will be 4x6

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? yes

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Yes.

    Miscellaneous

    Are there particular brands you like or hate? no

    Are there particular models you already have in mind? I've been looking at the Nikon D40 but the more research I do the more I'm leaning towards a Canon.

    (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Image stablization and weatherproof would be nice but it's not a necessity

  2. #2
    Join Date
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    If you don't want big size and want cost under $600 that eliminates most dSLR's. Is the D40 small enough for you?

    I was thinking a compact like Fuji F30, Canon A630 or G7.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
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    Before you buy any cameras . .

    Before you buy any cameras, FIRST you should ask yourself what kind of application do you have and what you would like to do with it?
    Then you have to think how much your maximum budgetfor it. Because any camera specially the digital one has many hidden costs such as:

    1- A memory card with higher capacity such as 256MB, 512MB, or 1 gig.
    2- A card reader
    3- A case
    4-If that camera comes with battery charger then it would be nice, otherwise you have to buy it separately

    When you add the costs of above items then might be beyond of your budget.

    Now you decide everything. Then where you go to buy?
    As you mention you do NOT buy a camera from Argos, or those supermarket that sell everything!! You should buy it from a camera shop who is specialised in handeling them.
    I am sure, there are so many of them in your area.

    Before you go and buy, you should find the BEST ONE. So go to the following sites and check them out by looking at their full review and even they have facility to compare them side by side. These following website are EXCELLENT in explaining all of the details to you:

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/
    http://www.dpreview.com
    http://www.dcviews.com/

    Then you should find the righ price. In order to DO that you have to know that ALL of the main photography stores MATCH the prices either with internet shops or in a raduis of few miles around thei shops, and so on. The reason is because they want to compete.
    For finding the right prices there are few sites that you could check with them as all of them have a search engines:

    http://www.pricerunner.co.uk/
    http://www.ciao.co.uk/
    http://www.warehouseexpress.com/

    Then after you find the cheapest price from 2 or 3 places on the internet, print them out for your documentation to show the sales person.
    (Do not forget, before you show the printout to them, ask about the availibility of the camera, otherwise they would lie to you that they do NOT have them once they hear your cheap price !!)

    The last not least TIME of buying is very important.

    You might ask HOW?

    Do NOT forget these main photography shops in order to compete with the intenet sites, and because they have a huge overhead expenses, THEY DO EVERYTHING when there is not many customers around in a shop !!!!!!!!!!!!
    SO, the best time to buy would be Sunday morning whenthere is anybody around and the chief of store needs to sell million £/$ at the end of that day.

    HOPE all of these info help you to find the best deal of century for you.

    Good luck
    I was born and brought up in Iran, a beautiful country full of history. I started taking photos at an early age (15 years old) of my life with a Lubitel, a Russian twin lenses camera.

    k o m b i z z

  4. #4
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    Feb 2007
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    Thank you! The DS40 is as big and pricey as I am willing to go, but I hadn't even thought about the Fuji F30. After reading a few online reviews I'm definately going to research that one more.

    Thx again

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