Digital Camera advice

#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
drain_sniffer said:
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.

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
 

elovabloke

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#4
drain_sniffer said:
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.
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.
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

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#5
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.
 

maguire

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#6
MadBiker said:
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
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.
 

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#7
Grownup_Rafbrat said:
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.
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.
 
#12
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.
 
#13
grimbo said:
Second the cannon ixus , fantastic little camera , easy to use and out performs cameras that are twice the price.
Thirded. Great little performer and almost bullet-proof.
 
#15
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
 

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#16
Actually, the physical size of the sensor is as important as the number of Megapixels it can resolve, so a picture taken with a Nikon D40 (which resolves around 6 MP) is likely to look considerably better than one taken with a Canon Ixus at around 10 MP. Around Xmas the Nikon D40 was on offer with an 18-55mm zoom lens at around £200: I bought my wife one and it's a huge step up in quality from digital compact cameras.

Of course, if you really want superb quality in your pictures, buy a Nikon F100 pro film camera - second-hand in excellent working order - for about £100, a secondhand AF lens for maybe £60-80, and 35mm film which takes frames with around 25MP worth of detail in them. Boots, Snappy Snaps and most other processors will scan your negatives or transparencies for relatively little cost so you can stick them on your computer if you want to. Job jobbed: and if you look after the negs/slides, they'll be around fifty years after the last computer which was back-compatible with JPEGs has gone into the landfill.
 
#18
You can normally pick one up for about £50 and pay for a generously sized memory card, the ones on phones are great these days, my Nokia N73 was brilliant for the job and thats only a 3.2mp! No point splashing out loads and loads, like your man said above, go for optical zoom
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

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#20
cpunk said:
Actually, the physical size of the sensor is as important as the number of Megapixels it can resolve, so a picture taken with a Nikon D40 (which resolves around 6 MP) is likely to look considerably better than one taken with a Canon Ixus at around 10 MP. Around Xmas the Nikon D40 was on offer with an 18-55mm zoom lens at around £200: I bought my wife one and it's a huge step up in quality from digital compact cameras.

Of course, if you really want superb quality in your pictures, buy a Nikon F100 pro film camera - second-hand in excellent working order - for about £100, a secondhand AF lens for maybe £60-80, and 35mm film which takes frames with around 25MP worth of detail in them. Boots, Snappy Snaps and most other processors will scan your negatives or transparencies for relatively little cost so you can stick them on your computer if you want to. Job jobbed: and if you look after the negs/slides, they'll be around fifty years after the last computer which was back-compatible with JPEGs has gone into the landfill.
Thank you! Finally justification for this dinosaur to stick with her much-travelled but still robust OM10.
 
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