Thinking of getting my own digital camera

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
May 4, 2009 3:45pm CST
Now my husband has one, it is a 5 mg camera which shows how old it is even though it is a Canon. I know how to use it and I can take some good pictures with it. His hands do not work very well, they are getting calcified due to severe arthritis, but well for me 5 mg does not seem like much especially when it was an almost $300 camera when he bought it. So the question is, is it feasible for me to buy my own camera considering that I can get a better resolution at a lower cost, or should I just keep using this one. It is a little cumbersome as it was intended for professionals.
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24 responses
• Philippines
5 May 09
I want one also, and I like Canon. I want to have a remembrance on every occasion that comes in my life. You can keep that but its better to have your own just for the sake of you have camera for your personal reasons.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
5 May 09
i am not much knowledgable when it comes to cameras but if the one which you have now is serving its purpose,then dont spend as it is ,you have spend alot in renovating your home.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
5 May 09
Well I think that is up to you if you take most of the pics You should have one you handle good
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@marcialoyd (1174)
• United States
5 May 09
I think it is really a personal decision. If you are not happy with the camera you have by all means buy a new one. Mine is a 8.0 MP Nikon that I bought about a year ago and it takes wonderful pictures. It cost me a little under $200. Maybe if you want a different camera sell the one you have on EBAY or craigslist and put the money towards the expense of a new camera. Just a thought. Have a great night!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 May 09
I was thinking of getting a new one, but it would not be for at least a year, because for family photos and local things, the one we got is quite good, but I am more into landscapes then family photos.
@gunagohan (3415)
• India
5 May 09
10mpx kotak digital camera for $200...canon the same resolution for $220...now days cameras become cheaper ...u can have a good camera of 8mpx for $60- $70.. they are getting good pictures, but they dont offer face detection, smile detection, night face, auto human detection, cyber shot, stand still.. even u can go for 6 mpx camera of sony its around $100 , it offers all the features mentioned above...u dont concentrate much on the mexa pixels...a 6 mega pixel can bring downa good quality of picture, so concentrate on the brand and the features available in the product.. happy to respond.. happy mylotting..
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
12 May 09
That is the whole point. The cost of cameras have gone down. And they are so much easier. The one my husband has is so complicated and we have it at automatic setting because I have no idea of all those other settings, focusing and such. We do love Canon and I checked them and the 10 mp are the same price as the one we got and it is 5 mp.
• United States
5 May 09
You have spoken in previous discussions about cutting down on expenses (unless I have you mixed up with another myLot friend) so if you just take pictures occasionally, and hubby's camera still works, you might as well continue using it even though it's older and more cumbersome than the new cameras. If you use the camera quite often, you might consider it worth the money to get a newer model with more features.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 May 09
It is mainly because it is cumbersome. I have a large summer purse, but it really is not that large and a smaller sized camera would be better to put in my purse. Also a new one would be less complicated since this has a lot of gadgets and we put it on automatic anyway.
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
5 May 09
Remember that MP just means more dots... which means you can blow up your photos. So unless you are looking to make poster-size prints there is no need to have a super-huge MP camera. So what to look for? That depends on what you want to do with your camera. If you looking to take shots automatically then you want a camera with a very good lens (pentax or nikon). You can find some of last year's models at Overstock or UBid for not a lot of money. Thanks Zelo
@wildcat48 (782)
• United States
5 May 09
Hello, suspensful, Well, I don't know much about other digital cameras but my own which I paid less then $100 for and it works great still after all these years and I have had it over 8 years. It is a Concord eye. It has zoom when I need it and it lets me view the pics as I take them so if I don't like them I can delete them. But if you feel like it is a expense you don't need atthis time then, I see no problem in continuing to use the one of your husbands.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
12 May 09
My husband's camera is quite good bot it is a G5 and I can get one that has a high resolution at less cost. So I am thinking of economy. It will not be for a while yet because it takes a while for me to buy anything, but it is in the thinking stage.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
5 May 09
I have a cheap digital camera. I have never read up on it to figure out how to use it properly. I may do it soon though because the flash is not working on my 35mm. I would do what you can offord and have to have.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 May 09
I got a cheap one as a promo prize when we listened to a spiel about investing in holiday places to stay. It is not much just for putting web pictures on the net and I did not like the holiday place guy. I kept hinting about going to New York and maybe staying at a place there for a week or so and I got angry when he hinted that now that we are old and not having to bother with kids. Could have killed him. I am not old and I love kids.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 May 09
I have one that my ex and I got about 10 years ago. My sons keep telling me to get a new one because it is a big bulky, about the size of an old Kodak of that time. But I think now, and I would advise you to save your money for now. Things are going to get very bad economically, even if they seem to be getting better for awhile. I think you will need that money you would spend on the camera. I think you should hold off for awhile and make do with what you have. I'm tempted to get a new camera, but I'm conserving all the money I can right now.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 May 09
I am saving for a laptop and I consider it more important than the camera. I have enough money to pay for it, but I want a little behind it as well. And besides I am the type of person who has been told as soon as you buy something you wantneed, something horrible will happen (like the staff of Mylot having breakfast and the whole building is demolished, an invading army attacks the States, someone runs away with the money in the Old Age Security to the Cayman Islands.) Besides with the new camera, I will need some extra cards, and maybe a case. So it is not just the camera. I guess it goes behind the other three things I am saving up for.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
4 May 09
there are so many great cameras on the market these days and quite often you can get one on sale. the best advice is to shop around. my daughter just got one and got it for under 100 dollars.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 May 09
I figure that I want one with 8 mps at least. I love taking pictures of scenery, not like my husband who is mostly in family reunions.
@eneria (118)
• Philippines
11 May 09
Just use your camera.. if your not into the trend., its ok to use that.. as long as it is working well and you like the way your camera shots.. :-)
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
10 May 09
I have a camera that I got off my mom several years ago and I like it. It isn't the best out there but it takes good pictures and it does okay. I won't be getting another digital until it gives out on me since I don't waste money if I don't have to. So if the camera of your husbands works for you and you like it use it. And save the money you would have spent on a new one for a rainy day and go shopping for yourself.
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@suzzy3 (8357)
7 May 09
What ever you can manage if the moneys there why not,you need a treat every now and again,go for it.It seems silly struggling with something if you don't have to.x
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 May 09
Now that you can buy them reasonable i would get a new one, they are smaller & much easier to use...If you shop around you can get them for around $100.00....My daughter bought me one for my birthday , its a sony( pink in color) very pretty & i think she paid like $110.00, for it.....
@Beertjie (978)
• South Africa
5 May 09
Spoil yourself and buy your own...LOL. It is nice to have good quality when you want quality pictures. I just use my cellpfone with a 3 m/pixel camera. I don.t take serious pictures of scenaries or things like that. I basically just use it for my big fish that I get every now and again. My sister is into photgraphy and she has these huge things with lenses u can use for baseball bats, but she gets the most beautifullphotos. So it is worth it. Enjoy your new toy.
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• United States
5 May 09
I have one, my husband doesnt...I guess you could say we just share it. I use it more often than he does though. All my kids have their own, or I should say the older 3 have their own. I take mine just about everywhere I go. The only time I dont take it with me is if I just forget about it. You never know when a photo op will present itself. I just got a newer one. I have and had a Kodak Easyshare. I dont know the older model but the newer one is a C813 and its 8mp and I believe I only paid like $70 for it. It is smaller than the older one. I gave the older one to my middle son to use. He has one but its not very good. My older son has a Polaroid and my daughter has a Canon or a Nikon...not sure offhand. I want to get a waterproof one as well just to have. As far as the questions, I would get a newer one if you are actually going to use it..or use it more often that they one you have. I know I use the newer one more than the older just because it is smaller and easier to carry around. $300 seems alot for the lower mps but I guess it depends on the other features as well.
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@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
5 May 09
Let me just say, having my own digital camera was the best thing that's ever happened to me!
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@Harley009 (1420)
• India
5 May 09
For normal personal use, 5 MP is more than enough. 2 or 3 MP is fine for normal photo graphy. If you want to print in large size, you need more MP. When MP increases it will increase the size of the file. Also the high MP picture if you print on a small photo graphic paper, it will be extra high quality. You should consider the OPTICAL zoom of the camera, digital zoom is good for nothing. most of the basic digi cams have 3x optical zoom. Go for higher optical zoom. I have one digi cam Panasonic Lumix DMC FX-10 S : 6 MP, 3x Opt Zoom. Compact one. It's good in outdoor and indoor. But when a fade climate is there or low power light is there in night it gives poor picture. Digi cams have an option for shooting videos as well, check whether it allwos to zoom while video is recording. Chose camera based on your needs. Better go for a wide angle, high optical zoom ( as 10x + :) ) and better Mega Pixel. If you have more money you can go for Nikon Digital SLR :) with manual focus, manual shutter speed, etc. Nikon is the most good one as far as I know, then comes canon. Hope this will help to choose a good camera. You may decide whether you want to buy a new one or not.
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@eshaan (6193)
• India
5 May 09
yes , u can for digital cameras, they are handy, no need of films, and easy to use, old days cameras are really cumbersome and then you should know well how to operate it. There are many new and good models in market, the most added advantage of dogital cameras is that u can upload your pictures easily on your PC etc.
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