Digital Cameras: anyone into them...??

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by TheMusicMan, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Hey All

    I am in the market for a nice new Digital Camera and am wondering if anyone here has some good advice on offer.

    I have around £200-£300 budget to spend in total and have been looking at several Camera sites at the reviews etc but would appreciate any references or experience at what I could/should look at for that budget.

    I would like a fairly good optical and digital zoom (3 and 4 respect) but would want 7 million px resolution for good digital zooming function. I have been looking at a Canon model (forget which one now) which looks great.

    So... over to you good folks on here... any advice for me?
  2. cjconnor24

    cjconnor24 Member

    Hi john, it all depends what you want to use it for?

    If you're just looking for a camera that snaps,a nice wee dinky one would be a Canon IXUS 40. 4mega px, 2in screen and a 3x zoom. Really good quality for what you would use it for. That would set you back around £200, maybe less if you get a good deal!

    For something a bit more special, i'd recomend a Fuji FinePix S5500. Again, 4MegaPx, but a great 10x zoom. Picture quality is absoloutely great!!! (however this is an slr style camera so its that wee bit bigger, not much tho!! Definetly the one i would go for on a tighter budget) Still priced around £ could def get that at a better price tho!!

    If you want to go the whole way, Nikon D70 (thats what i use....), or a Canon EOS 350, set you back bout £700.

    Hope this helps a bit!

    (another wee thing to add, you were saying you were lookn for 7MP, 2be honest its more the quality of camera, i use a digital slr and that only has 6.1MP: The picture quality is emmence!!)
  3. Di

    Di Active Member

    We've had a Cannon S40. Great little thing, although its packed up now (probably due the number of times its been dropped tho ;) ).

    I would certainly recommend a fully rechargeable one, rather than one that takes, say 4 x AA batteries. I've read about the Ixus as a replacement for our broken one, is probably what we will go for as Cannon has served us well.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2005
  4. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    I have a Fuji S602 , a bit like the aforementioned S5500. Excellent camera, it's 6mp and uses microdrives (i have a 2.2 gigabyte one!). I've had 4 FujiFilm cameras now, all excellent.
  5. Just Crazy

    Just Crazy Member

    I have just finished an 7 year stint of selling cameras for Boots(digital and 35mm) So if you need any further help just PM me.
  6. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Couple of things-don't be blinded by huge numbers of megapixels, and don't count digital zoom, as it just reduces the effective number of pixels anyway. Get the biggest optical zoom you can instead. Also, buy a camera made by a recognised camera manufacturer, all the pixels in the world are no good if the lens isn't up to the job, you can get 6MP cameras for £60, but they have no optical zoom at all and cheap plastic lenses, usually.
    I have a Pentax Optio 33, £99 off Amazon, 3.2MP and 3x optical zoom, gives superb pics up to A4 size, but I've seen equally good cameras from Fuji (very popular), Minolta, Canon, Nikon, etc. Best thing is to go to your local camera specialists (eg Jessops) that'll let you pick one up and try it, pick the one that you like the feel of and suits you best. Then see if it's cheaper on-line!
    ( and are both worth a look)
  7. Di

    Di Active Member

    Vics little Canon is only 2mp but gives just as good a picture as our 4mp, especially since most of our photos these days get shrunk down to put on web sites.
  8. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Try based in Jersey and a fair bit cheaper than UK Prices, even after you get stung for the VAT.
  9. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    I've had a Fuji S7000 for about a year now and just love it. 6mp and dual slots for XP and Microdrive. I use the XP Card and find this format to be excellent. No idea how much they are in the U.K. but this is one camera I would recommend.

    I agree with other comments re digital zoom; plan on using it sparingly regardless of the brand and model of camera you acquire.

    Happy hunting.
  10. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

  11. cjconnor24

    cjconnor24 Member

    I would go for the canon, they a both great camera manufacturers however the IXUS seems to get a better write up in most mags!

  12. NeilW

    NeilW Member

    I got a new Olympus C770 10x Optical Zoom 4.2Mp jobbie on Friday. Took lots of pics with it yesterday at the "International Festival of the Sea" in Portsmouth and they look good so far. Its a metal body, unlike the Fuji S5500 and Konica S3 which I also considered.

    Came from who are close to home and have pretty good prices and lots of stock (might be worth a visit(!) (I'll even offer "tea" if I'm in as you'll drive past my house!). Their website is quite good for feature comparisons.

    I found informative for reviews/picture quality, also "Which?"


    [Edit] PS "That Camera Place" in Abingdon have "reconditioned" Fuji S7000s at a discounted price at the moment - with a similarly discounted guarantee is the only hitch. They have a website that's easily findable.... Neither place is far from Kidlington, where I gather you spend some time...
  13. BIG Paul

    BIG Paul Member

    I've had the fuji finepix s7000 for a couple of months now and find it excellent. would recomend either 7dayshop or fotosense both internet sellers and excellent prices and service.
  14. horn1

    horn1 Member

    I've just bought a Pentax Optio X from Staples for £149.95, the best internet price is 169.95 on so i'm pretty impressed! It's 5mega pixels with a 3x optical zoom. It's pretty gimicky with a funky twist design (hard to explain!) but I like it! The only thing I dislike is that it doesn't come with a case and the optional extra is £30!!! :(
  15. andy;-)

    andy;-) Member

    Have a look at the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX7. Very small (easily fits in pocket) & highly speced 5Mp camera, inc. image stabilisation like you get on video cameras, but very easy to use. Got mine from, the only problem being that coming from France you get the manuals in every language except English..........
  16. Just Crazy

    Just Crazy Member

    Cannon IXUS 700 wow.I love this camera i have some photos from it and what features it has they are fab.

    If you have an email address i will send you the few i have. they are really got and show the good features that the camera has.

    Think i have just repeated myself, sorry im just excited lol.
  17. fitzy

    fitzy Active Member

    Laura and I have a Fuji S 3500 with 6x optical zoom and 4.0 mega pixals. It's pretty good and nice and clear.

    (I just got a new mobile phone with a 1.3 mega pixal camera too! I feel like a nerd.........)
  18. EIBB_Ray

    EIBB_Ray Member

    I'll echo the sentiment about not just buying on statistics.

    One of the things I was very wary of was the time between shutter click and the actual taking of the picture. If you are shooting children (they'd best be in season, mind you) or anything candid for that matter, if the delay is too long you end up with a picture of what happened after what you saw that you wanted a picture of. I'm sure that can all be quantified in a specification, but I think it's something you need to touch and try, play with the settings etc.

    My Kodak has a nifty feature that you can set it to a 5 picture burst, which works really well for getting something candid. You probably discard four, but that's the beauty of digital. Love That!

    Don't know much about the rechargeable models, but the one's using batteries definitely eat through them, so it seems like a good idea.
  19. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    I use Duracell rechargeable AA's in my Fuji S7000. They provide lots of activity between charges; much better than a couple of other brands I tried at first. I generally keep some spare disposable Alkalines in my bag for emergencies but so far have never come close to needing them.
  20. Sam Atherton

    Sam Atherton Member

    I've got a canon A80. It's kind of like the ixus but in a bigger case. I went for it because it was cheaper than the ixus and because it uses normal AA batteries. So at home I use rechargeables, but if I'm going away and won't have access to a charger I can take a bunch of batteries with me. Went to Mexico for a month over christmas, took loads of amazing pictures and the camera survived without any problems, even when it got covered in foam! So I'd definitely recommend a canon.