View Full Version : Digital Camera Shopping. $500 Range.
04-27-2002, 05:29 PM
I spent the entire morning shopping for a digital camera. I am down to 2 choices, and heavily leaning on one.
I am a novice when it comes to photography, I would like this purchase to allow me to take trip pictures, document works, and casual portraits. I am sure 3.3MP+ is sufficient for this as is 3x+ zoom.
Here is what I am eying:
Nikon CoolPix885 $387
3.3MP 3x OpticalZoom and advanced features for a standard camera.
Olympus C4040 ~$600-800
4.1MP 3x OpticalZoom
Nikon CoolPix5000 $969
5.24MP 4x OpticalZoom
Compact Flash II
(Most likely unnecessary and out of my range)
I am curious if anyone has used these or knows of a better choice. With any of these I will be getting a Battery recharger $85, and a 256mb Card $90. The first choice seems to fit my price range. Many places also offer a warranty, but it sounds to be a waste. Comments greatly appreciated.
04-27-2002, 05:32 PM
I always trust Nikon very good warranty and repair is hassle free. I recommend them. As for the price you have to decide for yourself.
Do remember that compact flash type II can handle the IBm minidrive that gives you up to 1GB on a little chip. Compact flash I won't support this drive.
04-27-2002, 05:39 PM
Thanks, I do remember hearing that, but would I ever have a use for a 1GB drive / would I want to pay $270 for it? I am thinking this camera will last 5-10 years, and by then we will be downloading the pictures straight to our cyborg brains. J/K, as long as CompactFlashI will support 256-512 MB then I see no problem.
With regard to the warranty, the Nikon has 1 year parts and labor. Some of the retailers I have seen offer 5 years for $80-250 that covers the camera (not the LCD or Battery) I cant justify spending that much especially when they wont fix water damage or droppage. I figure if it doesn't break in one year from factory faults it wont break in 10 years. I could be naive but I have a hard time giving up 100 dollars to protect nothing.
04-27-2002, 05:42 PM
FYI, Iomega has the 340 MB microdrive on sale at their site for around $68, but you have to go through another link to get it at that price. I believe the link is on techbargains.com from a few days ago.
04-27-2002, 07:00 PM
You may want the microdrive if you run at the highest RES! High res pictures on a 5Mpixel camera will eat up space FAST.
but then again...24pictures can be taken on a 256 at high res with a 4mpixel so...
I like Nikon's stuff...always worked for me. i still have my great uncles camera that still works...has for over 30years or more. Nikon
04-27-2002, 08:37 PM
I have been looking at the Olympus 4040 for a while and it does have some really nice advantages.
First off it has 1.8 lens - very bright / fast, actually the brightest lens available for sub $2000 digital cameras. This is great for taking pictures without a flash indoors and for taking pictures at night.
The second major reason is if you ever wish to get a waterproof housing for it Olympus makes one for it. Now for some reason they do not sell it in the U.S., however you can readily get it on ebay for about $250.
Actually the 4040 is currently the most popular digital camera for underwater photography.
I waiting till my next dive trip to pick one.
04-27-2002, 08:43 PM
I've been looking at the 885 for a while too. I like it alot but it doesn't come with sound when recording lil movie clips. The Sony DSC-5 is pretty good too.
My cousin got a Minolta Dimage...uhmm..I dunno the model. It was 500 bucks and it was 4 megapixels and 4x optical. The added ac adapter and recharchable batteries might set u back 100 tho.
04-27-2002, 09:24 PM
Well I think I am convinced with the Nikon 885. It has NiCD or LithIon. I have read that they are now shipping with the charger. The Dimage line uses doubleA ACK!
I have found the prices to be similar, best is 390
Nikon Charger and AC adaptor $85
Edge Compact Flash 256MB $90
04-28-2002, 09:04 AM
Yah...they just started shipping with the charger and batteries. I went to Ritz photo. No extra cost but I'm not sure they solved that red hue saturation. They have a preview on www.dpreview.com for all digital cameras.
04-28-2002, 11:26 AM
Is it the Battery and charger,
or it is the Batter Charger and AC Converter?
Also, does anyone have any thoughts on warranty plan? If the camera is 450 with the charger only (Not adaptor) and the warranty is 50 for 5 years is it worth it?
Also is 120 for 256MB Lexar 12x worth it?
04-28-2002, 07:14 PM
Dude, get the 995. I bought it about 6 months ago for $420 after rebate and pricematch, but I've seen them go for around $500 now. You have so much more versatility to work with on the 995 and it is also just as good in automatic mode.
04-30-2002, 05:23 PM
I got the Minolta S304 3.3mp 4x zoom. Came out to be around $440 with tax.
I think the advantages of having AA batteries is that in case your camera runs out, you can easily find a replacement. Which is much more convenient than using propriatory batteries. I can easily go to 7-Eleven and get a set of batteries and keep using my camera. I also have rechargeable AA batteries with charger (extra $20). I think they are NiCD but I could be wrong. I'm quite satisfied with the camera, I can take very highres pics and its nice to have both manual and auto settings.
I know the Canon S30 is very nice and amazon was selling it for 450 with a 50 rebate a few weeks ago. It uses a CFI card as well so its nice.
I have at Lexar 258mb cf card. Not too bad. Holds about 40 pics at the highest resolution for my camera and battery life is pretty good.
I also got the Iomega 340mb microdrive yesterday...I have to say that its nice to have 340mb, BUT at the expense of cutting your battery life in half, I don't think its worth it. Microdrives in general suck up a massive amount of power cuz they are hds.
Example, I used my CF card with my iPaq (which has a extra battery on the PC Card expansion mind you) and I listened to mp3s for 4-5 hrs and only used 1/3 of the power of the expansion and 1/4 of the actual ipaq. Now i'm using the microdrive and for about 3-4 hrs of music, I've used 3/4 of the expansion and 1/2 of the ipaq's power. kinda sucks huh?
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