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Help me pick a digital camera!!!

Sleepy Giant

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I'm looking to get a new camera. I'm open to suggestions but I'm looking at these cameras. My price range is $5~600. I'm looking for at least a 4 Megapixel camera. What other features should I be looking for?

Contestant #1

Minolta DiMage G500

Canon PowerShot A80

Canon PowerShot S400


Any thoughts???


Thanks in advance,

Kyle
 

Aerius Zension

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I haven't been impressed with Minolta's digital cameras. I find their colour balance to be extremely weak if you don't do touchups ad print straight from the card.

I've used the S400 before and gotten excellent results. It gets a little more confused in darklit situations, but that's expected from all cameras. Extrememly accurate focusing system, only thing is they still use CF cards.

The technology is slowly shifting towards XD cards, which have the capacity tol hold 4.7 gigs of info, practically a DVD. Not sure what other brands are doing, but Olympus/Fuji are at the forefront of this, so for long-term usage you may want to look at that.

Still, in that price range I'd go for the S400.
 

MBoy

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Go with a canon a80.

I have the Canon Powershot G3 which is comparable. And I love it.
 

Sleepy Giant

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Thanks guys, especially PostMod. That site is exactly what I am looking for.

Definately not going with the Minolta. I'm leaning towards the Canon S400.

Are there any other cameras I should be looking at??

Again I'm going to spend about $5~600.

Kyle
 

MBoy

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The G5 is really nice looking, but out of your price range. I have the G3 which is the model before, and probably just a *little* above your price range, but doable. Lots of fun toys and a flip-out rotating lcd display.
 

pr0nstar

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After PM'd alex today.

I want his Digital Camera, damn you ALEXD!!!

But I think I'm going to sell my G2 next year and put the $$ towards a Digital Rebel SLR!

pr0nstar :D
 

zoo

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dpreview is great

search google for "steve digicams"

that guy is crazy, he reviews so much stuff
 

Sleepy Giant

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Originally posted by MBoy
The G5 is really nice looking, but out of your price range. I have the G3 which is the model before, and probably just a *little* above your price range, but doable. Lots of fun toys and a flip-out rotating lcd display.
I wish I could afford the G3 but it's simply two expensive.

After reading scary things I think I'm not going to get the Minolta one. It's between the A80 and the S400.

Any thoughts???

Kyle
 

Stormshadow

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Originally posted by Sleepy Giant
It's between the A80 and the S400.

Any thoughts???
They're pretty much the exact same camera.
The only differences are that the S400 is more compact, while the A80 is larger and has a few more manual features (shutter speed etc.).

So it depends what you're looking for: a compact point-and-shoot, or a medium sized camera with a little more control over your pics.
 

jus me

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If you're going for a 4 MP camera, choose the one that has more manual features. It'll allow you to do more with your photgraphy skills, experiment!

I say go for A80 since it has more features than the s400.
 

Quadratic

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I'd say go for the A80. I have an A40 (bought last year) and my friend has an A70. The A80 a very capable camera for a beginner and semi-pro enthusiast. Basically it's a G2 in an A-series body case.

IMO, Canon makes quality cameras.
 

Moe

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I own the S400 and I love it...

Its small, many features, great quality camera which is made in Japan...

The movie mode works good and it has a great flash for night time pictures....

totally recommend it!!
 

Sleepy Giant

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Ok, I'm pretty sure that I'm going with the A80. There is only one issue left for me. As far as I can tell, the major difference between these two cameras is the size and the S400 having a rechargeable lithium battery.

How important/convenient is the lithium battery???


Kyle
 

TrippinJiminey

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Sony DSC-P92

5 megapixel camera for 499.99 at futureshop (though my gf got it cheaper at sears I believe)

don't know much about digital cameras, but it seems to have gotten good reviews
 

junglisthead

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^^^ smart guy for not knowing digital cameras

i would not go for canon, trust me

if your going to spend in that price range, put it towards the sony dscp92



my job is to play with electronics everyday, and sony's line in that price range has so much more quality than canon's lineup
 
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