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02/02/2005 09:50:11 AM · #1
I've been mandated to buy a digital camera for my brother in law. The budget is $300 (can$). I've been out of this market for a while so I'm not too sure what to get. I'm partial to Canon, so I was thinking the A75. Small, versatile, but not very much MPs.

I'd love to know what people recommend, and what the pluses and minuses are.

Thanks.

02/02/2005 09:52:38 AM · #2
Go higher in the Canon A-series: I think the A-95 is 4MP and still under $300.

They seem to have the most versatility (manual modes, add-on lenses) of any P&S.
02/02/2005 10:04:29 AM · #3
i'll second that, the A95 is great!

it's 5mp by the way and i think we (my fiance and i) got it for $309.00
02/02/2005 10:07:13 AM · #4
I think the A-95 is actually a 5MP camera. I just bought an A-85, which is 4MP, for myself as a pocket-camera and I am very happy with it. Great P&S and full manual controls when you want it. Uses Compact Flash (so can share with the D70) and uses AA batteries which can be found anywhere.

I think the 95 also has a swing-out LCD which can come in handy.

I'd recommend, however, the A85 (should be able to get for ~$230) and spend the rest on a halfway decent memory card.
02/02/2005 10:08:34 AM · #5
A series are great. I only have a A70 but I would have liked the swivel LCD on mine.
More MP of course will be better.
The lenses are the same and I have no complains for its class.
If it was me at this point to choose another A series it would be A95, like generalIE said. Not sure about the price, but if the diff is not big, even if out of budget it is worth!
Now it also depends if your brother in law cares about manual controls...
It's a big plus they are there!

Message edited by author 2005-02-02 10:09:53.
02/02/2005 10:10:59 AM · #6
Originally posted by joebok:


I think the 95 also has a swing-out LCD which can come in handy.

I'd recommend, however, the A85 (should be able to get for ~$230) and spend the rest on a halfway decent memory card.

Yeap! good point.
And battery life on A series is great!
Edit: from dpreview
The good news is that battery life is superb - Canon quotes 400 shots (using the CIPA standard) or 360 mins of playback on a single charge. Our experience bore this out. Impressive.

Message edited by author 2005-02-02 10:13:44.
02/02/2005 10:35:49 AM · #7
Note that Canon just announced the replacements for the A75 and A85 this week. They're smaller, lighter, offer 4X zoom and use only 2 AA batteries vs. 4.
02/02/2005 10:43:43 AM · #8
my buddy here at work just got a fuji f700 for 299 a couple weeks ago. he loves it. it's really a great camera, i'd suggest you take a look online and see if you can find one at a good price. worth a look!
02/02/2005 10:45:26 AM · #9
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Go higher in the Canon A-series: I think the A-95 is 4MP and still under $300.

They seem to have the most versatility (manual modes, add-on lenses) of any P&S.


That would be the A85, priced at $279 with an extra 256MB CF Card, through Office Max in the US. (At least there most recent sale flyer had that deal in it.)

It's a great little camera, my wife is really getting into the one we picked up for her.
02/02/2005 10:45:33 AM · #10
true ... and i'm gonna want to know more about that little flash thingy

click here

Originally posted by scalvert:

Note that Canon just announced the replacements for the A75 and A85 this week. They're smaller, lighter, offer 4X zoom and use only 2 AA batteries vs. 4.
02/02/2005 11:14:15 AM · #11
Thanks to all of you.

It certainly seems like the Canon A series is the one to get. You guys are all quoting US pricing though. The A85 is $330-350 here in Montreal. I can get the A75 for $270. Perhaps I'll wait for the news of the new models and see if the old ones drop a little.

Thanks.
02/02/2005 12:15:54 PM · #12
All of my family members have Canon A series cameras (of varying model number) and all seem very happy with them.
02/02/2005 01:05:14 PM · #13
I think they stopped making the A75 and I've heard they are out of stock everywhere.
02/02/2005 01:23:41 PM · #14
We got my M-I-L the Olympus d-580 (4mp) for xmas. With the accesory pack, which included a bag, rechargable batteries, 64mb card, & software it was 265 including tax. She loves it. The C-740 (3mp) is another good choice for those who want manual controls.
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