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  1. #1
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    Post We need a camera and don't know where to start!

    We are going on a cruise and need a camera. My husband and I have noooo experience. My daughter (17) on the other hand is beginning to take an interest in photography and will be taking a class at school in a week - she wants a decent camera. She had a cannon that got broken - not sure what kind, but one that was slim and fit in her purse. We just don't even know where to begin. What brand, etc. I do know that we would like to be able to print pictures that can be put in a photo album - we want nice prints!

    Any wisdom you can share with us will be greatly appreciated!

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    First thing to do is to talk to the teacher of your daughter's photo class and find out the minimum requirements for a camera for the class. That will be your starting place. Let us know what s/he says.
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  3. #3
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    If your daughter is going to be taking a photography course and she plans on using the same camera that you purchase for your cruise, then you should get a camera that has manual controls. It is the only way she will really learn about photography.

    You did not state any other criteria such as:

    Price range
    Size & Weight
    Expanpability...do you want something "self-contained" (consumer oriented non-DSLR) or something that you can grow with, such as a digital SLR.

    If you provide a little more specific detail, you will get a wealth of responses here.

    Assumming that you do not decide to go the DSLR route, here are some Canon "consumer" cameras, targeted at photo hobbyists, that I can recommend without equivocation. I will let others comment on other brands that they know more about than I do. Also, there are other Canons that I purposefully left off of the list for various reasons. All of the cameras in this list use standard rechargeable AA NiMH batteries…very important when you’re in a pinch. Also, all feature optical image stabilization to help reduce blurring due to hand shake. And, all have manual controls (but can also be shot in full auto mode or in various "scene" modes).

    Starting at the top and working down in price:

    Canon S5 IS
    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=144&modeli d=15207

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

    Canon A720 IS
    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=183&modeli d=15657

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

    Canon A570 IS

    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=183&modeli d=14905

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...S_Digital.html
    Last edited by JTL; 10-23-2007 at 06:59 PM.
    Some Gear: Nikon D700; Nikkor AF-S 50 f/1.4 G; Nikkor AF-S 24-85 3.f/5-4.5 G ED; Tamron 28-300 f/3.5-6.3 VC; Nikon SB-800; Velbon Maxi-F; Canon Pixma Pro 9000; Canon S3IS, Canon SD500; Epson 4990; Epson P5000; Wacom Intuos 3

    Main Software: Capture NX2; Adobe PhotoShop CS2; Corel Paintshop Pro X2 Ultimate

    Sold: Canon XT/350D, EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro; EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, Sigma 18-200 OS; Canon ET EF 25II; Kenko Pro 300 DG, Canon 430EX, Canon BG-E3.

  4. #4
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    Thanks for the replies. Photography class is at her high school - all her teacher told her was you will need a digital camera (sounds like the choir teacher may have taken on another class?

    Price range
    I think we would like to spend under $400

    Size & Weight
    As small and light as possible

    Expanpability...do you want sonmething "self-contained" (consumer oriented non-DSLR) or something that you can grow with, such as a digital SLR.
    Is there a camera that combines a both?

    If there are some point and shoot options for me and some manual controls for her - that would seem to be ideal. I'm sure she will start with our camera and if she discovers she has some passion for photography she will need a much nicer camera down the road anyway.

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    Hi, I was editing my post above and we crossed posts!

    I added a lot of the info into my original post, so check it again. All in my list can be used as straight "point-and-shoot" cameras (yet also have manual controls).

    All of the cameras in the list I supplied have optional accesories such as conversion lenses for taking longer telephoto shots or wide angle shots. Not of the same quality and expandability of a DSLR setup, but the Canon conversion lenses for the cameras in my list are of very high quality.

    The S5 IS is the most DSLR like of the bunch, but is not pocketable (maybe in cargo pants). The A720 IS is a great camera and is pocketable. All are within your budget.
    Last edited by JTL; 10-22-2007 at 01:38 PM.
    Some Gear: Nikon D700; Nikkor AF-S 50 f/1.4 G; Nikkor AF-S 24-85 3.f/5-4.5 G ED; Tamron 28-300 f/3.5-6.3 VC; Nikon SB-800; Velbon Maxi-F; Canon Pixma Pro 9000; Canon S3IS, Canon SD500; Epson 4990; Epson P5000; Wacom Intuos 3

    Main Software: Capture NX2; Adobe PhotoShop CS2; Corel Paintshop Pro X2 Ultimate

    Sold: Canon XT/350D, EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro; EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, Sigma 18-200 OS; Canon ET EF 25II; Kenko Pro 300 DG, Canon 430EX, Canon BG-E3.

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