I need a new digital camera...

mrsmarvJuly 5, 2007

I posted this on the Kitchen Table forum, as well. I'm usually over on the Decorating, Smaller Homes, or Gardening forums because I'm more or less a novice photo-taker. I currently have an older Fujifilm FinePix digital, with a 6x optical zoom. It's worked great (for me) over the past few years, but I find that as I progress it's pretty limited in what it can and cannot do. I would love to be able to take close-ups of our local flora and fauna, along with seashore/mountain shots, interesting subjects that I come across, etc. Some of the close-up photos I've seen are just gorgeous, and I'd like to at least have a chance of being able to do the same ;o) I'd like to stay under $450 and am considering the Canon S3 IS Powershot. The Olympus 550 UZ looks great, but I really want to keep it to a dull roar as far as cost. Can anyone offer a "passing through town" visitor a hand? It would be greatly appreciated.

Nora

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wanda_illinois

Hi Nora!

I saw your post on the kt, sorry I didn't get back with you.
I am on my third digital.
My first was an olympus, then the fugiS5000 with a 10x zoom.
I had my fugi for 5 years and I love it.
I just bought a Sony Alpha100 dslr a few weeks ago.
I really like it so far, but I am still learning with it.
It had very good reviews. The reason I choose it over the canon or nikon, was because I had minolta lenses that were compatible with it and would keep my cost down.

Why don't you check out the site listed below, steves digicam. They give very good reviews on all cameras.
I studied reviews for over a month until I made the decision on this latest camera.

Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Steves digicam reviews

    Bookmark   July 7, 2007 at 11:06AM
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mrsmarv

Thank so much, wanda! Your photos are some of the ones that make me smile every time I see them. Your bird shots are absolutely beautiful. I think I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Canon S3 IS. It has the features I want, including the 12x zoom lens, and the price is right. I just need to see what additional lenses it takes. From what I hear, you can buy a conversion lens to boost the zoom. I originally thought I'd get a conversion lens for my Fuji, but it only has 3.2 pixels, which will make for grainy enlargements. The cost of a conversion lens runs around $150, so I think it would wiser in the long run to look at a newer camera.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2007 at 3:09PM
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wanda_illinois

Your welcome, Nora, and thank you for the nice compliments.
Good luck on purchasing your new camera.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2007 at 5:30PM
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joanmn

I have the Sony DSC-H5. If you don't want to get into a digital SLR, it's great. x12 optical zoom, great macros (close-ups), landscapes, etc. Should be cheap now that the H9 is out. Or check out the H9!
x15 optical zoom, and the lcd swivels.
JoanMN

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 8:35AM
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zitro_joe

I am a fan of the Olympus 550UZ.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 8:35PM
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