Question about Digital Cameras

Thursday, December 21, 2000 7:25 AM
I had a few questions about a digital camera.

1) What type of digital camera do you own (if you have one) and do you recommend it? How much did it cost?

2) I am looking for a digital camera for $200-300. Any recommendations?

I am thinking of buying one to take some pictures of roller coasters.. and much more! Thanks in advance!

Chris
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Thursday, December 21, 2000 7:30 AM
In that price range, the FujiFilm FinePix 1400Zoom is a good choice. I don't think they've updated their web page yet, but if you go to http://www.winningimages.com/ they have them ($285 with a $50 mail-in rebate from Fuji brings the price to $235, unless they've changed their prices since I last talked to them).

I have one, and I'm pretty happy with it. It's a "holdover" camera for me, replacing my Olympus D340L (which suffered an unfortunate accident) until I can afford a good 3+ megapixel camera.


Feature-wise, it compares favorably with cameras like the Olympus 460 -- SmartMedia, USB support, 3x real optical zoom, 1280x960 resolution, LCD screen.

I've gotten some VERY nice 4x6's printed from this camera to my Alps MD5000 printer (which admittedly is a relatively expensive printer)

I have some sample shots from the Fuji up at http://home.jtan.com/~gregleg/images/Fuji/

It's not a perfect camera by any means (I'm considering getting a Canon S-100 Digital Elph to replace it), but for a starter digital camera it's a fine choice.


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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/


*** This post was edited by GregLeg on 12/21/2000. *** *** This post was edited by GregLeg on 12/25/2000. ***
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Thursday, December 21, 2000 7:46 AM
I LOVE my digital camera, it takes such high resolution pictures that it looks like i'm looking out a window.. it's a Ricoh ROC-5300 and it can take pictures at 2.3 megapixels... it cost under $300! We got it from the Home Shopping Network, believe it or not! You should go to hsn.com and look for digital cameras, or watch one of the electronics shows
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Thursday, December 21, 2000 8:29 AM
The photos from IAAPA were all captured with a Nikon 990, $830 or so at Amazon. The camera can go full manual, different metering schemes, etc. A photographer's camera without the price of a digital SLR body. I love it, and it's high enough resolution that you can do decent 8x10 prints.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Thursday, December 21, 2000 9:30 AM
I have a Casio QV-300 or something. I love the camera. It records Video as well as pictures. 2.1 Mega pixels. It was about $480.00. I reccomend or even the higher priced Casio. I prefer the Compact Flash memory over the others. Very easy to pull pictures onto my laptop using the PCMIA adapter.

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BMCOASTER

bmcoaster@aol.com
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Thursday, December 21, 2000 10:17 AM
I love my camera too (but I hope I do since it was $1000 a year ago). It's a Sony Mavica with built in disk drive. Saves 8 pics to disk in 1024x768 mode, 16 in 800x600. The pics look wonderful and I have never had a problem with it. You can get smaller models with the drive built in or for a cheaper price, go with one that uses a memory stick. Really easy to use. (I'm not going to advertise my site because it is in rebuilding stages, but, if you want an example of image quality go to... w3.one.net/~pagoda/photo.htm to look at shots.
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Sunday, December 24, 2000 8:02 AM
I have a Kodak DC-280 and I like it. The quality of the pictures is really good and the LCD Screen is really nice because if you don't like the picture you can instantly deltete it and take another one. It costs about $450. I recommend this camera to anyone, but it's more than you wanted to spend so I would recommend at least getting one with the LCD screen and removable memory.
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Sunday, December 24, 2000 6:08 PM
I've got a Kodak DC-280 as well and really dig it. However, if you bargain shop you can find it as low as $350.

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Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it
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Sunday, December 24, 2000 7:00 PM
Randy: Would you happen to know how much MB comes in it? And where perhaps could I find this camera?

Thanks in advance...

Merry Christmas everybody!

Chris
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Sunday, December 24, 2000 8:10 PM
I have a Sony Mavica MVC-FD90. Great pics. Resolution up to around 1400. Being a electronic technician and seeing all the brands for service go with SONY. They make the best. They seem to be the best engineered and fail the least. Worst company...ZENITH.

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Cheeseburger Cheeseburger Cheeseburger
"Welcome to Millennium Force"

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Sunday, December 24, 2000 9:31 PM
I love my brand new Olympus D-460 Zoom camera. It takes excellent photos. I ordered mine off Amazon.com for about $347, a little bit higher than your price range, but still a very worthy buy.

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.:| Brandon Rodriguez |:.
http://www.coasters2k.com
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Monday, December 25, 2000 5:29 AM
As another suggestion, check out some of the digital camera review and discussion sites:

http://www.dcresource.com/
http://www.steves-digicams.com/
http://www.dpreview.com/
http://www.imaging-resource.com/

Those are the ones I read, anyway ;)


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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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Monday, December 25, 2000 9:54 AM
Speaking of Digital Cameras, I just opened a package for Christmas and got one! Whoohoo!


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Veni, vidi, coasteri!
(2000 - PKD, Dollywood, SFA, BGW)
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Monday, December 25, 2000 12:25 PM
I just picked up a Sony DSC-S50 CyberShot. Max resolution is 1600x1200. It's quite a nice camera. 6x zoom, LCD display, movie recording capability, 12 MB removable media, etc.

Yep... had a good harvest this Christmas. :)

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How dare you vanquish the Steel Phantom without his consent? Fear the Phantom's Revenge.
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Monday, December 25, 2000 7:09 PM
I've been getting good use of my Nikon this holiday season, and thank God I bought the expensive one with the high resolution (2048x1536). 8x10's are amazing, and the 4x6 shots I got back from www.shutterfly.com are excellent. As soon as Canon releases an affordable digital SLR body that'll work with my EOS lenses, I'm there!

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Monday, December 25, 2000 9:59 PM
As you can plainly see, Jeff makes all the money around here. LOL!!!!

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"DONT FIGHT IT, RIDE IT",,,,RAGING BULL
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Tuesday, December 26, 2000 2:31 AM
I'm on my second digital camera. Last summer I upgraded from an adequate Sony Mavica FD-71 to a Sony Cybershot S30. The Mavica is good to start out with, but if you want to do more than just look at your pictures on a computer, the Mavica falls short. It's maximum resolution is only 640x480. Perfect for the web, bad for printing. Plus it's a little bulky for using a lot in a park. The big plus is the floppy drive. No media chips here. Just pop the floppy into your PC and your done. Cheap media and easy to use.

The S30, however, is the right size to fit in a waistpack making it perfect for all day park use. The maximum resolution is 1280x1024. Don't believe anything about the interpolated 1472x1104. It's just a 1280x1024 enlarged. Tons of control features like exposure, shutter, flash, size, etc. Bottom line, it's the same price as the Mavica FD7x and the performance is about 4x.

BTW, most of the pics on my website were taken with these two cameras.

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Scott W. Short
scott@midwestcoastercentral.com
http://www.midwestcoastercentral.com
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Tuesday, December 26, 2000 4:41 PM
Chris B., the Kodak DC-280 came with 8MB Compact Flash memory. I'm pretty sure that depending on the settings you select, that card will hold between 11-48 pictures, and even on the lower settings the pictures still look really good.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2000 5:09 PM
Thanks everyone for your information! I think I have found a decent one for me (being a beginner, and not so serious photographer). It is the Kodak DC3200 (thanks, coasterdad2000!) and it costs around $180.

If anyone feels like it, their are some details of this camera at http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=278377

Looks pretty nice for myself, and pretty cheap :)

Chris
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Tuesday, December 26, 2000 5:24 PM
Just a found another one I am interested in...

"HP PhotoSmart 215"

http://www.photohighway.com/pt/article.asp?Article=40740 - an article about this.

Any thoughts?

Chris
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