A good Digital Camera Needed

United States
January 13, 2007 11:08pm CST
I want to purchase a new digital camera but my knowledge of them is limited. I've heard Nikons are good but a little expensive for me. Anyone have a great digital that you would recommend?
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@jayperiod (870)
• United States
15 Jan 07
That's a loaded question. There are so many variables. How many megapixels do you want? What price range are you looking at? Are you wanting just a point and shoot, or digital SLR? Popular Photography (http://www.popphoto.com) is a great site for product reviews of everything photo. In the February issue, they did a comparison of the five latest 10 megapixel digital SLRs. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and Samsung. By the end of the article, they found good things and not so good things about each of them. All were under $1000, and they admitted that any of the five would be well worth the money, although Nikon and Canon came out on top. My suggestion would be to take a look at that magazine, and maybe a few others, and get very educated. After you have read all you can, go somewhere you can put your hands on a few and see how they feel. What might be a great camera may not feel good in your hands, so you won't do so well with it. After you have "played" with a few, you'll be able to make a better decision.
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@manleymom (105)
• United States
14 Jan 07
You also have to consider what you are looking for in a camera. I highly recommend a Koday Easyshare to start off with. They are simple and very good. If you are looking for something w/ a zoom you should look for OPTICAL zoom more than DIGITAL zoom. Optical zoom is how much you can actually zoom in w/ out distorting the quality of an image. Digital zoom is basically what you can zoom in w/ the camera and/or computer. A 3 or 4 meg camera is a good starting camera. You can still print up to 11x13 usualy but how often are you really going to print that. My 1st digital camera was a Sony Cyberhot, then I got a Kodak Easyshare, then a Digital Canon Rebel XT, and now I have a Fuji Finepix s6000fd which I absolutely love. I have an 11 year old and 6 year old. They both received Kodak Easy shares for Christmas!
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I love Canon camera's. I have a friend who is a professional photographer. I ask hime for suggestions when I was going to purchase one. He told me that he has a nikon but if he did not have stock in the company, he would have a canon.
@inked4life (4226)
• United States
15 Jan 07
We've had a lot of luck with the canon powershot series. Our first digital camera was a powershor A40 that we owned for about 3-4 years. We dropped it, abused it, an had our kids play with it and never had a single problem. About a year ago we upgraded to the powershot A620..7.1 megapixels, so real nice quality pictures and again ver durable (the LCD screen flips inside the camera for extra protection)...we paid about $350, so it has probably come down in price since then.
• United States
15 Jan 07
I have a Kodak EasyShare DX6340 and it works pretty good. I don't remember how much it was though. And I have the dock with it too. All I have to do is put it on the dock and it recharges it and also I can send my pictures to my computer using it.
@vinaykant (814)
• India
15 Jan 07
i dont like photografy but i think a good digital camera must have more then 2.3 mp lence and must have to work in night. sorry i dont know more than this.
• United States
15 Jan 07
Canon are top of the line, in my opinion. My husband agrees that they are great. We currently have a small Powershot A620, and it works REALLY well. I do most of my great photography with it, actually. So I'd say something from the Canon Powershot line. And be sure to get something with a fairly decent amount of megapixels. I'd say anything higher than 5 is good. YOu want the pictures to be big in case you want to do anything with them, editting or enlargement wise.
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
14 Jan 07
This may also be out of your price range, but the Canon S2-IS is the best out there right now. You get 12x optical zoom, and even more importantly you get motion control meaning that if your hand is shaking a bit it steadies your picture for you and keeps it from coming out blurry. The S2-IS is easily the best digicam my family have ever owned. It takes really wonderful pictures! ^_^ I would warn you against Olympus cameras. Up until the Canon we only owned Olympus, and while I loved all of the Olympus cameras we owned at first, every single one of them the picture got darker and darker on after about a year, to where we now have to brighten the pictures we take just to see them on our monitor. It's not a setting on the camera or anything else taht we've changed.. it's just the camera wearing out, I guess.
@subhro11 (11)
• India
14 Jan 07
Limited knowledge provides you limited choices and limits confusions as well. If this is the first cam u r buying then go for the best one i.e Canon. They are the brand leaders in this range. And the operation is also user friendly so no need to get pampered.
@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I have a Kodak easy share with the printer doc and it really bites. The software won't work right, so I have to go make a cd of the pics at walmart, then bring home and transfer to computer. I would recommend NOT buying one of these! Good Luck
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
14 Jan 07
If this is the first camera u are buying I would recomend HP (Hewlett Packard) they are very easy to handle and not very expensive. Nikon is also good, but like you say a bit expensive. For X/mas I got a Canon from my bf adn I love it.. i just love to take pictures and a digital camera is a must!
@mem666 (43)
• Australia
14 Jan 07
FujiFilm are good :) I got one given to me for x-mas and so far it's great. It's a FinePix S5600.
• United States
14 Jan 07
it all depends on how much money you have to spend, what is your price range? Thomas Kvamme