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    Digital Camera?

    I know very little about digital cameras and I am hoping someone here can help me out. I am looking for a 3-4 megapixel camera. What features are important and is there any brands to look for?

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    A great place to shop for cameras is B&H Photo

    For information and research on all the latest and greatest Digital Photography Review

    I am using a Nikon CP4500. It is outdated already but takes excellent macros. As for a point and shoot with good AutoFocus and color, the Cannons have a good reputation.

    What may influence your decision are:
    Memory used in camera
    Type of battery (Lithium Ion preffered)
    Location, size and brightness of LCD
    Optical Zoom (3X is good)
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    Another resource you may take a look at, LINK
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    Thanks for the links guys.

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    Glad to be of assistance...
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    I was in comp USA this afternoon and saw a reference to an article in PC Computing, "Guide to Buying Digital Cameras"

    A Camera is another computer that requires education after the fact. All the homework you do on the front end will help down the road.

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    Thanks Leoslocks I missed that article.

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    You are quite welcome. Let us know what you decide on. I wold love to have $1000 US to spend on a Digital SLR but I doubt I would have the time to learn to use it.

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    Try this link for detailed reviews:
    Megapixel

    Last March I bought the Minolta DiMAGE F300. It uses Secure Digital flash memory. I would recommend a minimum of 3MP if you plan on making 8x10 prints. Higher MP = better quality images.
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    Re: Digital Camera?

    Originally posted by kevin2000
    I know very little about digital cameras and I am hoping someone here can help me out. I am looking for a 3-4 megapixel camera. What features are important and is there any brands to look for?
    Kevin,

    Can you give us a bit more information about what you are looking for? When I bought a year and a half ago, I went for a really good camera that I would not be regretting buying in a year and a half. I bought the Minolta Dimage 7i (5MP, 7x optical zoom), and now what I have is a really good camera that I haven't regretted buying a year and a half ago.

    Seriously, there are a number of great cameras out there, and you will just have to find out which one works best for you. Most of the "consumer level" cameras have about a 3x optical zoom, but the optics are not of the quality of the higher end models (higher barrel distortion, purple "fringing" in brighter sunlit photos).

    Anyhow, these are the metrics that I used when shopping:

    1) High optical zoom (too much is never enough)
    2) Ignore digital zoom (just does cropping, not re-sampling)
    3) Large, high quality lens (Minolta seems the best at high zoom, but not on the Z1)
    4) Good manual controls, but also good shots in auto (Program) mode (I wanted to advance with the camera)
    5) Natural "feel" (Can only be obtained by actually trying it out, and everyone's metrics are different)

    If you are looking for a simple Point & Shoot, and are not too concerned about image quality , you might want to look at the Olympus 750uz or the Minolta Dimage Z1/Z2 series. For higher end ones, the Dimage 7hi/A1 series is very good. But, again, these would be my choices based on the metrics from above.

    As for websites, I agree that www.dpreview.com is the best.

    Anyhow, here are some pics that I took while in vacation at Mazatlan, Mexico:

    pics

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    I did not see any Food at "Dinner at La Casa Country".
    "Bird Island at Night" is quite interesting. It looks like it was made in surreal daylight.
    The Lightning shots as well as the Sunset shots are beautiful.
    Then there is the "Pueblo Bonito - Swim Up Bar".

    Nice job with the camera.

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    Originally posted by Leoslocks
    I did not see any Food at "Dinner at La Casa Country".
    "Bird Island at Night" is quite interesting. It looks like it was made in surreal daylight.
    The Lightning shots as well as the Sunset shots are beautiful.
    Then there is the "Pueblo Bonito - Swim Up Bar".
    The dinner was over, but that was a very fun place to eat. I highly reccomend it (if you find yourself down that way).

    The "Bird Island" shot was actually at about 3am (couldn't sleep, felt like a walk) and there was a full moon. I think those had about a 20s shutter speed. I agree that it is a bit surreal looking, but I still thought it was cool!

    Thx for the compliments on the others, the lightning shots were all about the luck, 4s shutter speed. I think I took about 1000 shots, and kept the best ten or so during the lightning storm. In hind sight, probably not the smartest thing to be out there!

    Oh, and the swim up bar was pretty sweet! One of our favorite places (ah, the Pina Coladas and Daqueris)

    Originally posted by Leoslocks
    Nice job with the camera.
    Thanx. But, just to be clear, I just wanted Kevin to see what a non-professional like me could do with this camera, but I do appreciate the compliments! Not to say that it is the right camera for everyone, but I absolutely love it!

    Best Regards,

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    Canon 17-85mm IS USM
    Canon 70-300mm IS USM
    Canon 85mm F1.8


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