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Digital Cameras Under $200.

Okay, I'm ready now to enter the digital age.

Are the camera/printer "packages" better than buying ala carte? Is Best Buy really the "best buy", or will my buck get better bang buying online?

What do you recommend, and why?

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I got one on-line. Got a good deal. It was more than $200, but those are out there too. I did a ask jeves(www.ask.com) search. Finds the best price for what you are looking for.
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I got one on-line. Got a good deal. It was more than $200, but those are out there too. I did a ask jeves(www.ask.com) search. Finds the best price for what you are looking for.
It's easy to search by price, but if it's a piece of junk, it's no "value".

Can you provide more specific feedback?

From what I've heard, Kodak has really stepped up to the plate in this market, offering good quality lenses for the price.

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I have bought stuff from newegg before and like the store, I would consider one of these to for the price range you are looking at

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...SubCategory=12

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What media do the use and prices... what is the storage rate... do they have Video, what quality. HTH.

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http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...7530-R&cat=CAM

I bought my camera from them earlier this year. If you catch them at the right time they will include a memory stick, tripod, and camera bag for free. Highly recommended.
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It's easy to search by price, but if it's a piece of junk, it's no "value".

Can you provide more specific feedback?

From what I've heard, Kodak has really stepped up to the plate in this market, offering good quality lenses for the price.
Not sure about Kodak.
I have a Canon SI 1S . I really like it and it is good quailty. got it for $300

http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/con...4&modelid=9824
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I may get negative rep points for this but I must say it.

Stay away from Sony digital cameras. Their proprietary memory sticks are a rip off. In addition, their lens suck under low light.

With that said, I like Nikon, Canon and Olympus cameras. First, do not be fooled by Megapixels. Unless you are printing posters, there is no need to go above 3.3 MPs. Even 3.3 MPs is too much. I have owned my camera for many many years and have never taken a pic at 3.3Mps. I just do not have a need to print posters.

Second, ask yourself if size matters. Those cute little pocket cameras usually have inferior lenses and shutter speeds. They are OK for point and shoot but when it gets a tad dark or you want to take pics of live action stuff, the pics will be blurry.

Get something you want to carry around, with a good aperture
2.8 or lower and the fastest shutter speed you can find. Easo of use is also a factor. Look for easy navigation menus.

My Olympus 3040z is an older model and it still takes great pics. Just this Sunday, in dimly lit cloudy conditions, it took excellent pics of bikes traveling at 90+MPH.

Sample.


With that said, I can not recommend anything offhand. Do some research base on the specs you require and play with a few models in the store. Good luck.

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My camera takes better pics than that, it is just I have that pic on hand. Plus it was taken by an amateur holding my camera.

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Stay away from Sony digital cameras. Their proprietary memory sticks are a rip off. In addition, their lens suck under low light.
Thatís is partially thru. Memory stick from Sony is expensive, but you can buy sundisc or any other for much more less money.
I have Sony DSC-F717 and I can assure you , I can take awesome pictures, in low and in total darkness. I also can shoot photos in night vision.
If you want to buy a camera for less the 200$ go and look for some Canonís. Great pictures, and nice crispy colors.
Check www.dpreview.com, they have dig. Camera reviews and also picture samples.


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Kimmie, what ever you buy, if your technically challenged (like myself) make sure it's a PHYD camera

PHYD= Push Here You Dummy

I have a Nikon Coolpix, it has a number of preset setting, eg for action shots, portraits, landscapes, one to shoot little movies (mpegs) I can't remember what pixels are (I don't have a clue what a F__king pixel and no you geeks I don't want to know either) all I know quality is acceptable. It fits in pocket, without a huge ass lump, I use this cable thingy to download the pictures the 'puter does the rest with a couple of simple prompts, in plain language, which I can understand.

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It was just a matter of time until the F717 was mentioned. I call that camera the too much is not enough camera. It is too much for a consumer camera and not enough to be a pro camera. Nikon tried that prosumer camera BS and it too failed. Navigating through all those menus is quit confusing. It's either get an SLR or a point and shoot.

Peter, yes I have seen Sony cameras take good pics but pound for pound despite what Dpreview says, Sony is an inferior product. At least in my opinion anyway. My buddy use to have an F717 until I made fun of it so much he sold it.

Here is another sample from my cheapie Olympus 3040z ... I'll see if I can dig some pics I took when I was touring Cambodia

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Rick you are a wiseman. Point and shoot, is what non techies should get. But even those point and shoot needs some training to get the pics to look right.

Rickster that pics sucks. It maybe because you compressed it.

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Good stuff here, guys! Thanks!

My quest begins...

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I have a Nikon Coolpix,
Which coolpix do you have Rick and are you pretty happy with the quality?

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