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04/11/2007 04:45:37 PM · #1
Hello,

I do not know a lot about photography at all, but I am really getting interested in it more and more. I would like to know if it is possible to get a good camera for under $250? What size pixel should be considered for clarity in photos? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance!
04/11/2007 04:55:10 PM · #2
You certainly can. If you have some idea of what features you're looking for this can help narrow the search.
04/11/2007 04:57:45 PM · #3
Thanks, this is great!!! Ok, Another question, What is the best shutter exposure time?

Message edited by author 2007-04-11 17:01:19.
04/11/2007 05:28:22 PM · #4
Originally posted by scsher29:

Thanks, this is great!!! Ok, Another question, What is the best shutter exposure time?


What do you mean? Best for what? ideal exposures vary with the subject and lighting.
04/11/2007 05:31:17 PM · #5
Originally posted by scsher29:

Hello,

I do not know a lot about photography


READ READ READ....reviews reviews reviews...and once youve read all you can handle/find look again...and then make a decision on a camera...
chances are you should go with a DSLR-Like P&S
04/11/2007 08:24:05 PM · #6
Oh,believe me, I have read and read reviews, that's how I ended up here for help. haha! The reviews state a lot of things that I have no idea about. I am just looking for a camera that is under $250, takes quality photos (night, day, macro) that would be able to compete on sites such as this and/or just to have for really nice family photos.

My current camera has terrible shake, the shutter seems slow, and just doesn't have nice picture quality in general. I just thought maybe someone could throw out some names of cameras that are good starter cameras that aren't crazy expensive. As stated before, I do not know a lot about photography, just need some helpful suggestions. Thanks so much!
04/11/2007 08:31:07 PM · #7
The Kodak Easyshare line of cameras is a good place to start.

If you want reviews about quality of cameras etc then checking out Consumer Reports may be an idea. Your local library would be a place to check that, or //www.ConsumerReports.org (though most of the articles are for members only)
04/11/2007 08:31:55 PM · #8
The shake, I'm afraid, is a user issue. You can minimize it by using a faster shutter speed and by not using the LCD. Holding it against the face to use the viewfinder will help steady the camera.

The shutter lag issue on the other hand is standard for compact P&S digitals. I don't know of any that don't have an annoying level of shutter lag.
04/11/2007 08:32:53 PM · #9
first decide what sort of camera you want.

1) small, compact, automatic camera. great for happy snaps, but usually don't allow you to control the camera manually (important for fine tuning certain types of shots). If you want a camera primarily for family pics, and once in a while enter something into the competitions here, this is the class you want.

2) Point and shoot with full manual controls are the next step up. They are generally a bit bigger, but give you all the manual controls you want, and so you have the option of using automatic just for happy snaps, or switching to manual to do "special" photographs

3) DSLR. but going by your price of $250, this isn't an option.

Do you prefer #1 style camera or #2?
04/11/2007 08:33:52 PM · #10
Originally posted by scsher29:

Hello,

I do not know a lot about photography at all, but I am really getting interested in it more and more. I would like to know if it is possible to get a good camera for under $250? What size pixel should be considered for clarity in photos? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance!


Olympus SP-510 UZ 7MPbest choice!273$ worth the extra 25$ cuz you get 7.1 megapixels which is great for most any photo size...probobly up to a 2'x2'
and it has DSLR FEATURES without the interchangeable lenses which for what youre doing wont matter much at all
Fujifilm FinePix S5200 Zoom
Kodak Z740
Kodak P850
Kodak Z612
Kodak Z700
Fujifilm FinePix S5100 Zoom

Message edited by author 2007-04-11 20:35:42.
04/11/2007 08:41:14 PM · #11
Originally posted by diablo2097:

first decide what sort of camera you want.

1) small, compact, automatic camera. great for happy snaps, but usually don't allow you to control the camera manually (important for fine tuning certain types of shots). If you want a camera primarily for family pics, and once in a while enter something into the competitions here, this is the class you want.

2) Point and shoot with full manual controls are the next step up. They are generally a bit bigger, but give you all the manual controls you want, and so you have the option of using automatic just for happy snaps, or switching to manual to do "special" photographs

3) DSLR. but going by your price of $250, this isn't an option.

Do you prefer #1 style camera or #2?


That is VERY Helpful. I didn't know the difference before. I guess I would like option 2 for practicing photography skills.

Thanks to the other posters as well with their suggestions, very helpful!
04/11/2007 08:51:03 PM · #12
glad i could help... If your interested in style #2, then consider the Canon A-series (eg canon a630/620/610)...

go to www.dpreview.com, and look up the reviews for these cameras, and have a read so you get more information. I was helping another friend buy a camera as well, and for him the choice came down to the a640 vs the fuji f31. the a640 is style #2, the f31 is style #1 camera. In the end he decided on the f31, as the size of the a640 was simply too big. Before you buy, i highly reccomend going into a store and holding the camera, as if the camera is too big and bulky for you to carry around, then you'll miss a lot of opportunities.

Personally i started with a style #1 camera, and when i outgrew it and wanted to learn more, i got a DSLR. This way, i can carry my little camera with me everwhere, and when I want to go out and do some "photography" i take the DSLR.

Message edited by author 2007-04-11 20:51:18.
04/11/2007 08:56:18 PM · #13
Wow, That was exactly the advice I needed. Awesome! I feel less confused now.
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