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Need camera advice...
OK.. I do promise to post more about Mike and Joy's wedding soon, perhaps even an explanation for why I'm wearing a Japanese Kimono over my suit, but for now I must digress...

My crappy Kodak decided it was time to die while I was in Canada. I was planning to replace it eventually, but will need to do some sooner than I expected, since I'd like to have a camera for when I'm in California next month.

Basically, I'd just like a simple digital point & shoot that's at least as good as the one I'm replacing (at least 4 megapixels, 3x optical zoom). Keep in mind that I'm not a good photographer, so I don't need anything fancy. My Kodak used SD cards, and I have a number of devices with built in or external SD readers (tablet PC, desktop, Treo phone, etc.) so I'd like something that works with SD if possible.

Any good suggestions?

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johnstevensaul From: johnstevensaul Date: October 20th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)

You could borrow

The Canon CoolPix 5600 from the staff lab to try while your in California, so that you know if you like it... it's a good camera for a decent price and uses SD cards.
periol From: periol Date: October 20th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You could borrow

I could have sworn Coolpix were Nikon. Whatever - I agree with the Canon plug. All of my friends who do anything with digital cameras all have one of the Canon Powershot cameras, and they'll swear by them until the dogs bring the cows in from the pasture.
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: October 20th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You could borrow

I like my PowerShot G5 but it's not a point and shoot. The A520, is 4 megapixels and $179 at Circuit City.

My camera's CF but the A520 is SD. Probably a good bet.
johnstevensaul From: johnstevensaul Date: October 20th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You could borrow

You're right it is Nikon... a Canon commercial was on when I was typing this... so it's all confused in my mind.
mineral2 From: mineral2 Date: October 20th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You could borrow

Of all the point and shoot digital cameras I have used, I like Canon's the best. They have an easy interface, lots of customizing ability, and the image quality has been quite impressive.
runstaverun From: runstaverun Date: October 20th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Consumer Reports just did something on digital cameras (if it wasn't very recent, it's a pretty constant topic for them) and, at least when I had a subscription, their reviews were pretty good, looking at things from color and focus to other things such as the speed of shots...

Now, as a family member of several employees of Kodak, I suggest another Kodak for you.
caniswolfie From: caniswolfie Date: October 20th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I have this issue, I'll bring it in to work to show you. I like our Canon A95, but it takes CF cards so probably not what you are looking for.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 20th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Canon PowerShots are great...

The Canon PowerShots are great for point-and-shoot jobs. I got an awesome deal on my A95 from Dell earlier this year, but that camera takes a CF card. I think the smaller form factor PowerShots use SD, though. My only complaints with Canons are the flash has a tendency to wash things out and their LCD display does little justice to the final photo you wind up with.

Nonetheless, I say you go Canon.

soupkills From: soupkills Date: October 20th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a Canon SD400 and I love it. 5 Megapixels, 2" LCD, 3x optical zoom, takes SD cards. The SD450 is newer and is essentially identical other than a 2.5" LCD. Also, they're small enough to leave on your belt all the time. The SD500 is 7 Megapixels, but is not insignificantly bigger.

www.slickdeals.net has a lot of Dell coupons for Canons right now.

celaeno From: celaeno Date: October 21st, 2005 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
The camera that Steeeev & I bought for Mike last Christmas is a Canon Powershot A85 (so a slightly later version than the one Charlotte had). You can get a pretty good idea of the picture quality from all the stuff I've posted :) It's a good camera, we like it.

And your kimono needs no explanation! It's just cool!
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