View Full Version : Looking for a camera
05-17-2007, 03:08 PM
The 'rents are looking to get a digital camera and have asked me for advice. Price range is ~$200. Neither of them has had a digitial camera before, so intuitive operation is a necessity. Dad is completely tech illiterate but stepmom is decent and will likely be the brains of the operation.
I'm partial to Pentax, so I'm looking at the A20 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830184037). The thing I don't like about it is it doesn't take AA batteries. I'm definitely interested in other brands 'cause I want to give the best objective recommendation that I can. Anyone have a suggestion?
05-17-2007, 03:15 PM
Anyone have experience with the Canon A550 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120098)? I'm liking it, it might be a winner.
05-17-2007, 06:00 PM
I was actually going to recommend one of the Canon A-series cameras before I read your second post. Canon makes excellent cameras, and the A-series is fairly easy to use. Auto mode works great on these cameras, yet they do offer quite a few manual controls should your parents decide to delve into it a bit more.
My father has the A75 and my brother has the A95 -- and both of them love their cameras; even if they are older models. I also have several friends who use newer A-series cameras as well.
05-17-2007, 10:15 PM
Update: I just ordered them a Canon A560. It has a larger LCD than the A550 (2.5" vs 2.0"). It looks like a great camera and I think they'll be happy with it.
Thanks for the input GuruX.
05-18-2007, 01:00 AM
sounds like a winner. Canon makes great stuff.
05-18-2007, 10:04 AM
For point-and-shoot cameras, Canons are always highly rated and among the best in bang-for-the-buck. I've had an A70 for a few years and loved it. My in-laws just bought a Canon also. They are completely tech illiterate and have found it very easy to use so far.
05-18-2007, 11:17 AM
I've been kicking around buying one of those credit card type super slim point and shooters for my wife. She has an oooold 2.1 and I'm really liking the sleek looks of something like this: (Sony DSCT100)
I saw some Olympus cams that might fit the bill too and I've always kind of knocked on Sony for the MemoryStick stuff and not something more "standard" for storage.
05-21-2007, 11:09 PM
CONGRATS on the purchase, Nap!
im a canon elph fan - still carry around an old 3mp sd200 EVERYWHERE i go. i even have a brand new backup in any case that one dies. before that i had a couple of the very first sd100s. pics always came out great.
Awesome for concerts, and those places that dont like cameras - i can hide it going in. :D
an SD80 is my choice (if i get another P&S). wideangle, and has OIS.
Prngr44: now that the memory stick duo cards are getting cheaper (what deterred me before), those point-and-shoot sonys look good. i dunno, IMHO the PQ is up there with what i get out of the canon elphs.
Oly P&Ss are ok, some of their P&Ss have interesting designs, but the PQ is not up to par. Plus it uses xD - another limited format.
Pentax made that slim WATERPROOF camera - good PQ, and EXCELLENT for beach vacations.
AVOID minoltas. bad PQ. nuff said.
05-22-2007, 01:44 AM
Given the small size of the sensor in most digital cameras (quite a bit smaller compared to a DSLR), cramming in more pixel counts has not necessarily meant sharper pictures. Only that each pixel gets less light and the resulting image is noisier. If you want a picture with more pixels, you can shoot several and stitch them together with some sort of a panorama program. About five MPs seems to be a good number. The big thing now is larger LCDs on the back of the cameras so you can see a bit better what you are shooting (they still can be hard to view in bright light like sunlight). I have a Pentax Optio W10 for when I may be in the water (I got it for a rafting trip I go on). I think most small cameras are getting pretty close in quality these days. I would still stick with a larger maker like Olympus, Nikon or Canon for the best lenses which will be the biggest factor in picture quality. Just have fun with whatever you end up with. Konica Minolta made the camera I used before getting my DSLR and you have seen many good pictures taken with it. They were bought out by Sony though and no longer make their own cameras.
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