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Digital Cameras.. Help I want out of the stoneage

June 13th, 2006, 08:20 PM
So I lack Cider Pics. No digi cam, no scanner. Been using disposable cams for years, and well the quality is gettign worse lately. Even with kodak ones..

Went to best buy and future shop today.. They both recommended a canon in the $250CAD range, which would need another memory card..

So.. what do you own, would you recommend it, etc..

Help a girl out of the stoneage so I can share pics :rolleyes:

June 13th, 2006, 08:31 PM
My mother got a Fuji finepix S3000 a few years ago. I had tried a few before that, but loved hers, so I bought one as well.

My sister also bought an S3000 and loves it as well.

My mom went to florida and their trunk was broken into in the rental car, and the camera was stolen. Insurance paid for an upgrade to a S5000. It is even better!

My BF's brother recently bought the S5001, which is the new series of the same camera. It is so good!

Then again, these are in the $400 range. I love them though.

I think what makes me like them the most is the S5000 series have microphones so that you can film movies as well as still shots, with sound. The S3000 series can shoot movies, but no sound.

All of the Fuji Finepix in that catagory (S3000, S5000, S7000) also have a "lens" attachment, so you can add professional lenses, zoom lenses, etc, which you can't do with conventional point and shoot digitals. We bought a UV lens which makes pics more clear when outdoors, and it protects the lens inside.

We got a deal for a free 128 MB card with the camera, and we haven't needed anything larger.

This is mine, with the lense attachment on:

This is the S5000, my mother's:

This is the S5100:

This is a nice site I found that is easy to navigate and review different types of cameras.

I spent $399 on mine new, but you could probably get it new or used for much less now. I don't know where you are, but if you have a Henry's Camera store near you, go there. THey are the best. They sell new, used, old stock, and they have great deals and warrenties.

(sorry bought the large pics!)

June 13th, 2006, 08:44 PM
I finally bought a digital camera - a Pentax Optio S50 and love it. It was chosen because my sister had one, and I was able to take good pictures with it without any practice. Another one I bought and returned because I tried and tried to take a decent picture, never was able.

I found mine on, in May for $182.00 (US). I think the Pentax site has only newer models, but as I said, I wanted one just like my sister's. It has a lot of extra features - many I will never use - but nice if I ever need them.

This one came with easy to use software, another plus.

The only advice I would give, it get one that uses an SD memory card. They sell those very cheap now with a lot of storage.

Good luck deciding.

June 13th, 2006, 09:24 PM
I bought mine at the Source....

that's the one I got....also bought a 1GB SD card and I'm getting a ton of piccies :)

My kittens can attest to that one. If you take a look at my pet thread ( the ones near the end are with that camera too. It doesn't do too badly in low light either!


June 13th, 2006, 09:34 PM
I have a kodak easy share, i wouldnt recommend it if you like taking pics of scenery or pics at dusk or dawn. There is no zoom, and for some reason it takes wonderful close ups but when you snap a shot of something in the not so distance distance it doesnt have good quality.
The coloring is amazing though and upclose pics on a nice sunny day are almost calendar quality! But thats not my life style, i am a wilderness person, hiking alot so i see alot of great things in the distance. No pics to show what i see though, looking for a better one with optical zoom!

June 13th, 2006, 10:20 PM
I got the cheapest but fastest one I could find (while waiting to be able to buy the Canon Rebel SLR one). It's the Canon A510... I got it at costco for under $250 tax incl. It's 3.2 megapixels (so you won't be able to blow anything up huge) and 4x zoom (nothing major). But if your batteries are charged and you go to take a pic, it takes it right away. With the flash, it's a bit long between shots though...

You can also do short movies with sound and even edit the beginning and end of them. You can choose the size of them too.

We like it, but for us it's still a small hack-around camera till we get the good one.

June 14th, 2006, 08:01 PM
I just bought a Canon S80. I'm ashamed to say I don't know if I like it or not because I've been too busy to read the instruction booklet. :sad: I've heard the S510 is supposed to be really good for most people. I bought the S80 because I thought I'd really start using it and develop the skills I hope to acquire. Now, my house is all torn up with putting a new roof on and skylights. Sigh! Maybe this weekend I can play with it.

June 15th, 2006, 09:44 PM
I've been looking hard at the canon A530.. For something not cheap not stupid expensive, I am bad about reading instructions though, lol

June 15th, 2006, 11:57 PM
Yeah, but canons are easy to figure out... When in doubt, shoot with the green square. Green square is pretty much fully automatic. :) The rest you can figure out later.:D