View Full Version : Help with economical, small camera

06-19-2007, 05:09 PM
Hello everyone! I'm in the market to replace my old camera, and I'd like a little help. Without further ado:

* Budget - I'm a poor college student, so below $100 is nearly a must.

* Size - I want to be able to carry it easily, so I'm thinking ultra-compact or compact.

* Features - I'd like at least 3 MP, and zoom is not really important to me. However, I'd like at least a little image quality (I'd say it's a 5 on a 1-10 scale for me).

* Usage - I'll be using it mostly for social events: pictures of people and places, so both indoor and outdoor.

* Miscellaneous - I don't have any brand preference.

That's about it. Basically, I'm looking for the most bang for my buck. It needs to be cheap, small, but at the same time reliable.

... Is it even possible? Thanks for your time

06-19-2007, 06:19 PM
Samsung Digimax S630 6MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Advanced Shake Reduction Zoom

$ 97


06-19-2007, 07:25 PM
The Samsung that Bical suggest is a good possible choice.

I had a student in my "Beginning Digital Cameras" course recently purchase a FE-180 from Olympus Auctions on E-Bay for $(US) 83.00 delivered to her home. So there is another possibility.

Sarah Joyce

David Metsky
06-19-2007, 07:48 PM
Keep in mind that you'll also need to buy a memory card and NiMH AA rechargeable batteries. You should budget for those as well.

06-19-2007, 08:37 PM
I've tried the Samsung S630 and it's pretty bad, it's main issue being that it cannot focus in low-light situations. Too bad, as the design is nice and so is the LCD for the price.

Often Ubid.com will have factory refurbished digicams at a reasonable price. A couple months ago I got a refurb Sony W30 for just over a $100/shipped. After a couple of days the senor went kaput, but as the camera had a 90 day warranty, I had it repaired with no hassle, and about a one week turnaround time. I've purchased 2 factory refurb'd Sony digicams from Ubid and have been happy with them.

Newegg.com has a selection of digicams under $100.

Also be sure to check your Sunday circulars. Usually, by me, there is at least one digicam a week to be found on sale for under $100.

06-20-2007, 12:07 AM
look for some camera that are on sale