Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by cookiemonster, 16 Apr 2008.
I need to buy a new Digital Camera.
I have a budget of £100.
i got a Kodak refurbished model. their website had refurbs and end of stock clearances, so it's worth a look there for a bargain. i'm pleased with my Kodak compact and it got me taking snaps again, so much so i ended up buying a dslr.
My dad has just bought one of these.
It's not compact, but for the price the picture quality and zoom is fantastic.
Lots of options. Things to consider:
* no of pixels (more pixels = better quality photos but needs more memory) 7mp is the standard now.
* memory type SD is common but Fuji and Olympus have their own type
* battery ( custom rechargeable battery lasts longer)
* size - one for the pocket or one in a bag.
Finally, the quality of the optics makes the biggest difference.
Those Fuji's are great - I have a S9600 - bit big, but takes fab pics !
You don't need more than 7mp unless you're doing poster prints. So it's the lens quality and optical zoom that you need to consider.
Fuji Finepix always come recommended. I have an old one and it's always came up trumps. Panasonic Lumix seem to be building a good reputation too.
Don't worry too much about pixels. As the others have pointed out, lens quality is much more important. You only need a lot of pixels if you intend on making huge prints.
Go for simple practical features like a rechargeable battery. Fuji Finepix are said to be excellent. We have a Kodak Easy Share, which is dead simple to use.
Personally I'd avoid a camera-specific rechargeable battery. I think you're better off with AAs. £20 will buy you 8 batteries and a fast charger, and if you're stuck with them all flat you can pop into the local shop.
If the camera comes with it's own specific battery then you have to either buy a pretty expensive spare or risk being camera-less if your only power source runs flat.
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