Tuesday, March 06, 2007

a genuine question

Dear chaps, I am clueless as to how one goes about selecting a digital camera for oneself. Any suggestions/comments/ideas are welcome.

Can I get one for under 10K? Under 12, perhaps?



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7 comments:

  1. Read reviews in PCMag, PCWorld, CNet and so on. Canon Powershot A630 is a great camera. It sells below $250 in the US. Don't know the price in India though.

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  2. Anonymous4:58 am

    In that range I'd go for flexibility (more room for creativity) more than image quality. Specifically, a good zoom range (say 28mm-200mm). Other desirable features include image-stabilization.

    Go here: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare.asp
    Select price range (say <$300), and ask for the above specs. The only camera that shows up is Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3. Not too bad, but may not be available in India yet. If interested, also see the cheaper (still very good) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfx01/

    Of course, look/ask around for more options/opinions.

    If you want a general brand recommendation (image/lens quality), I'd say Canon or Nikon.

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  3. not putting in links, 'cos any search on camera names will get u inf. but, go for canon, no one gives u as much for as less, in as small a package :D. and they have really useful presets (tons of them) for those who aren't born with the knowledge of what kind of settings to use for a given situation :). less than 10k I suppose u'll have to stick to power shot lower ranges, I dont think an A630 will come cheap, but that is fairly good. unless u want it to fit in ur pocket (physically) :P.
    and hope u get sumthing u like soon :)

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  4. anonymouse2:38 am

    What are your requirements? Where will you be using the camera? What kind of snaps do you need to take (stuff for a personal album? Things you want to take large prints of?, etc)

    As anonymous said, dpreview.com is a good place to start.

    J.J Mehta in Bombay is a good place to buy cheap.

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  5. Thank you so much, all of you! Will respond in person when time permits. Your opinions will make a big difference to my eventual decision.

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  6. http://www.steves-digicams.com/
    www.dpreview.com/

    Did'nt know anything about digicams when i was looking for one sometime back.

    Bought myself this after searching the site: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_reviews/a530.html

    Is a very good one, should be under 10k in by now.

    dpreview and steves digicams should help you in choosing one.They have sections where you can learn the basics.

    Thing I found out is : Canon has the latest and best processors around.Nikon is slightly slower than Canon in performance.

    Dont bother about the digital zoom.Optical Zoom is more important.Digital Zoom screws pics up.

    HTH.

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  7. After reading all the comments and visiting all the review sites, if you are still confused, given your budget and needs, I would recommend "Canon PowerShot" series. (Just check the price and choose whatever higher the model number comes in ur budget) I have SD 450.

    Believe me, you'll never regret later!

    Viv.

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