What kind of pictures do you plan on taking?
For example, which would you rather have: a camera that can take very high resolution pictures (4.2 megapixels) or would you rather have a camera with a powerful optical zoom (10x)?
There are a lot nice cameras you can get with a $450 budget, but you're going to have to pick and choose which features are important to you. You likely aren't going to get the 'full meal deal' for $450.
Personally, I'm thinking about getting either an Olympus C-700 or C-2100 because I'll make more use of a good 10 power zoom than the ability to take pictures at resolutions suitable for making poster prints...
I'm thinking about getting the Fuji FinePix 2800. 2.0 million pixels w/ 6X optical Zoom for $330 http://discussions.hardwarecentral.com/smile.gif
$450 - I would buy an Olympus 510zooom, takes great pictures, and a new 60gb hard drive to store the pictures on.
I have had great service form the Olympus digital cameras purchassed. Take a look at them.
KT7-R W/800 T-Bird, No Raid, 320MB RAM
IDE3 WD 40GB IDE4WD 20GB
Diamond Viper V550 AGP
Sound Blaster Live
IDE1 Lite-on 24102B
IDE2 52X CDrom
US Robotics 56K Voice
I like Canons. I just bought a Powershot A20 and it's pretty nice.
I'd try to find one that takes Compact Flash cards. They're realtively inexpensive and you can get them up to 512MB.
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