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What I want in a Camera

~~I want to be able to print (myself or at the drug store) pictures out as 4x6 and not tell it's digital (meaning: really high res)
~~I want to be able to print pictures larger than 4x6
~~I want to pay less than $500 including any memory cards/battery stuff I may have to buy.
Note: if I buy Sony, I already have memory sticks (although, I'll probably want one Pro stick) and I already have tons of AA NiMH rechargables.
~~At least 3x optical zoom -- getting no zoom was my biggest mistake last time.

Cameras I'm looking at:

Sony DSC-W7 Digital Camera
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/W7/W7A.HTM

Sony DSC-P200 Digital Camera
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/P200/P200A.HTM

Pentax Optio 750Z Digital Camera
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/O750Z/O75A.HTM

Sony DSC-H1 Digital Camera
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/H1/H1A.HTM

Comments

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mountainheather
Jul. 21st, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Hm... Well if you want to print yourself I think you're going to have a tough time finding a human-size scanner. Though they do exist.

Of those I would say the last one. But I'm a nut for zoom and the most control. The rest are more compact and appear more like point-and-shoots. Which if you don't care about control and compact is important to you, is wicked cool 'specially 'cause they're the ones with the higher mega-pixels. But 4X6, you'll have no trouble with with any of those. Some of the prints I've mounted at work are like 30x40... Those were done with 14megapixel. Though that's insane and really not necessary for non-corporate use.

Anyway, I digress. You are making me want to DL and print some of my stuff on these high-end printers. ...Knock it off. 8-p
tenthz
Jul. 21st, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
Well if you want to print yourself I think you're going to have a tough time finding a human-size scanner. Though they do exist.

Do not TEMPT ME! I'm going toy-crazy as it is over these babies, and me with no income what-so-ever. :-P :-/
mountainheather
Jul. 21st, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Aww. Pobre bebe. Well you tempted me to play with printers for personal use. It's a temptation game, whoo!
memeslayer
Jul. 21st, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, geez, you didn't say you were willing to spend that much. Wow. :-p
tenthz
Jul. 21st, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
Last time I got a camera, I got the bottom of the line -- I've always regretted it.
pumpkingod
Jul. 22nd, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
Without trying to sound snobbish, $400-500 is really minimum price (srp) for a "good" digital camera nowadays. Ie. as Catherine says, one that can print 4x6's and if printed right, look equally as good as film.
Which is to say, they're still much more expensive than film ^_^
I swear I'm not TOO biased as I too am looking for a camera in this range and with almost the exact same qualifications as Catherine is.
But this is totally just my personal opinion, and always, eBay and refurbished seem to be doing wonders. My mom's 5 megapixel Kodak EasyShare was a refurbished buy, and she has ZERO complaints at all. And it was under $200, to boot. :: shrugs :: :P
pumpkingod
Jul. 22nd, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
I would like to note, however, that Adam's camera (the canon A510) takes REALLY nice photos for a 3megapixel! IMHO, at least. :) I have some of his of a foggy rainy SpringFest somewhere, and they're lovely. :D And his camera, as he mentioned, it half what I listed as a "good" camera price, so I'm full of shit and sound stupid so ignore me. :P

I should note that personally, I like the H1 a lot for slightly-higher-end-than-a-point-and-shoot control, but found it to be a little slow on the response time. It's also BIG. Well, not unwieldly, but bigger than a point-and-shoot (my friend has one). And personally, I'm looking for something higher-res than 5.1 megapixels.
memeslayer
Jul. 23rd, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
Thanks! By the way, if you want to see the best picture I've ever taken:

http://www.rit.edu/~anh3243/Jake-helmet.jpg

It's one of my roommates in his motorcycle helmet. I keep posting it everywhere just because it rocks. :-D
tenthz
Jul. 22nd, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
You are just the person who's opinion I was looking for.... what cameras are you looking at?
pumpkingod
Jul. 22nd, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
My "cameras I'm looking into" bookmarks are sealed in a locked vault, underground, guarded by a GRUE, and have 18 passwords needed to access them ..........
in other words, I haven't hooked my computer up yet, so I'll definetely forward 'em on to you when I get it back up and runnin'! ;D
memeslayer
Jul. 22nd, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
I <3 grues and Infocom games. :-D
tenthz
Jul. 22nd, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
LOL! OKay. :-D
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