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  1. #1
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    Which camera is right for me?

    Its time to upgrade my digital camera. Right now I have a Fuji A330 digital camera, its starting to show its age. I would like to get a new digital camera in the $200 range. Of course I want it to take great pictures, but I also would like for it to take great pictures when the lighting conditions arent great. The biggest complaint I have about that camera I have now is the way the pictures turn out when the lighting isnt the greatest. I occasionaly sell items on ebay, so good up close pictures under artificial light is a must. Pictures will mostly be used for emailing and 4x6 pictures.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance,
    Chris

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    Take a look at Fuji F40fd. It's the best for all lighting condition within your budget.

    DCRP has done a review here: Fuji FinePix F40fd
    Last edited by tim11; 01-16-2008 at 07:52 PM.
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    Yes the Fuji F40FD or possibly the F50FD if you can jump up a bit in price, they are both excllent low light point and shoots.

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    I can step it up to about $250. I will check them both out.

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    I think the F50 might be a downgrade regarding the ISO performance but it adds IS if I'm not mistaken.
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    Personally, I'd buy F40fd. It has image quality close to the mighty F30/F31fd; unlike the F50fd. And IS, though sounds appealing, will offer minimal benefit at 3x optical zoom. Plus the F50fd IS doesn't seem to work so well as per review by DPreview.
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    As seen here from www.dpreview.com F50fd review. It's interesting to see the result when IS is ON is actually worse than OFF at 1/50 sec... And that's the condition for indoors.

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilmf50fd/page7.asp
    Nikon D90, D80
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    Lightbulb

    Low level available light is going to be a challenge for cameras with modest price tags. But I would think many of these would work Ok with flash? As just one example, the Sony W55 provides at least a little control over flash output, plus you can add an external slave -

    http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/so...ew/index.shtml

    Kelly Cook

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    Thaks for all the info fellas. My dad has the F30 camera that you mentioned Tim, thats a great camera. Indoor pictures using artificial light, is that considered low light photography? That may be a dumb question but I just wanted to make sure that no one thought I wanted a camera that I could go outside at midnight and take pictures. I basically want what everyone else wants in a new digital camera, crisp pictures. Whats the best picture taking camera in the 250 and 300 dollar price range. I want to be able to buy a camera and not have to buy one for another 4-5 years.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Cool

    The $300 bracket certainly gets you into very nice cameras. With some manual control to boot. I would not be swooned by huge Mp sensors though. In a point-and-shoot putting out JPG files I'm not convinced that going over 8 Mp gets you any advantage whatever. Here is a link to another thread to get you started on this bracket -

    http://www.dcresource.com/forums/sho...d.php?p=271386

    Kelly Cook

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