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?

Gratuitous pic of the day:

"Don't be silly, Frankie. 19-year-old Spaniards don't eat vegetables."


  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.

  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.

  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 :)

  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.

  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.

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


  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!