Digital Camera advice

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  1. The frauline wants a nice digital camera for her birthday - she takes photo's then uses them to paint.

    So, I don't really want to spend over £150 if I can help (shes getting some new pans as well, lucky girl!), so having absolutely no idea what is good or not in a camera, any ideas, tips and guidance would be welcome.
     
  2. Here's a sort of "Starter for 10". It's a bit difficult to give specific advice, not knowing what sort of camera your wife would like. The following websites might be useful.

    I've bought a lot of stuff from Digital Depot and always found them helpful. The Digital Photog FAQ has a lot of good advice (though it takes a bit of searching) and Photography Monthly Online is interesting.

    http://www.digitaldepot.co.uk Digital Depot

    http://www.cs.duke.edu/~parr/photography/faq.html Digital Photog FAQ

    http://www.photographymonthly.com Photography Monthly Online
     

  3. The higher the MB the better the picture,more detail you also need one that takes a memory card to enable storage of the larger files/pictures.

    I would recomend a kodak personely, they tend to be reliable and easy to use. hope this helps :D
     
  4. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

    Get a Fuji FinepixThat simple even all the staff I buy them for can use them as can the Kitchen Gestapo and you can get a good model for around the £100 mark.
     
  5. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Good Egg (charities)

    Look out for battery life. I have a Fuji Finepix E550 and it eats batteries like there's no tomorrow. The rechargeables that came with it were soon binned as they were failing from fully charged after about three pictures. Even with Duracells I get fewer than ten frames (even fewer if using flash) from each pair of AA.

    And for proper photos I still prefer my trusty, well-travelled Olympus OM10.
     
  6. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    not necessarily - no point having a great sensor and crappy optics. the Panasonic Lumix range are very highly regarded atm.

    http://www.cameralabs.com/
    http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/

    have a look at their reviews. The Register's hardware section is worth reading too.
     
  7. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

    All new models have far better batteries now than before. I agree, my old 345 eats the things and rechargables are not worth the money. My new one has the lithiums and they alst a lot longer and are rechargeable.
     
  8. I've got a Pentax Optio WPi.
    Had it 2 years so it will have been updated by now, but a great camera if the range is still going.
    Li- on battery, great photos, easy to use, the best part of all is it's waterproof to 1 m, so you could take it on the beach even snorkelling, great all- rounder.
     
  9. Thanks for all the advice. Levellers idea looks a little cracker - might just go for that one.
     
  10. Second the cannon ixus , fantastic little camera , easy to use and out performs cameras that are twice the price.
     
  11. I bought the GE G2 not so long ago for telic. Unfortunately bit the dust due to my pocket ripping jumping out of a wagon with the poor bugger hitting the deck and being crushed by myself landing on top of it :oops:

    But for 80 quid (I think)you can't really go wrong. Only 8 MP but had great pic quality. The mp rating only determines the maximum size of the picture rather than overall quality. 8 is plenty (printed, that's about A3 size if memory serves) but more cant hurt. 4x optical zoom and 24x(?) digital zoom. Came with an 8gb memory card for 80 of her maj's finest from amazon.co.uk.
     
  12. Thirded. Great little performer and almost bullet-proof.
     
  13. The best compact digital on the planet is the Canon SD 880, known as the Ixus 870 IS in the UK. If your budget grows to an SLR then the best value for money is the Nikon D40. For the best independant reviews and tips go here:

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm
     
  14. I was asked the same question for a Christmas present, did a bit of research and came up with these two as an option. Remember I checked these out in early December so some details may have changed.

    The Canon will probably produce better photos going by online reviews, but the Nikon is sleeker looking.

    Digital camaras are really heavy on batteries but these two both take standard AA's which you can buy anywhere in various strengths or you can get rechargeables easily which if you use the camera a lot saves lots of money.

    You should be able to get either camera in most high street shops that sell digital cameras - but good deals around online.

    Canon Powershot A470 - around £80 - £90.00 in high street shops - available in different colours. Gets good reviews for the quality of photographs but a little bulkier than some.

    A470 review link: A470 review


    Nikon Coolpix L18 - around £90.00 in high street shops - black or silver (should get a two year guarantee with it). Reviews are more mixed re picture quality but slimmer build, so easier to put in a pocket.

    L18 review link: review link