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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Hi Im thinking of getting a new digital camera - l have about £300 to spend so can any one recommend a decent one especially for taking night time shots?



2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

The Canon Powershot S2 IS is a highly recommended camera, if you don't mind the slightly larger size. 5MP, 12X optical zoom, uses 4x AA batteries, flip-out 1.8" LCD, and image stabilizer for shaky hands!

I have an S1 IS and I love it!.

An upgrade to S2, theS3 IS has just been announced a couple of months back. I think they should be in stores now.

3. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

I just bought a Ricoh R3 and love it.
7.1 x optical zoom is great, also has wide angle plus 5mp. But its reasonably compact considering the zoom- good for travelling!
It has loads of functions including for night shots.
Also has image stabiliser which is important when you have a bigger zoom like this. It comes with a battery recharger and uses lithium.
It cost me $539 australian. I looked for ages and researched different ones and then bargained with various shops till I got a package i was happy with, that is, I also bought memory cards whcih were heavily discounted.

4. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

I was in the same position, but I recently just 'bit the bullet' after a few months of deliberating on what I wanted.

Small size? Big zoom? Good resolution? Good features? Type of memory card? Batteries....the list goes on.

Eventually I went for the Casio Z750. I got it for £178 off eBuyer. Its got a 7.2MP resolution, takes SD cards (dirt cheap) and the battery lasts for ages (dirt cheap spares on eBay too), and has a huge myriad of features. It's compact, got a 3x optical zoom and a huge screen. I was also looking at the Fuji 5600, which is a SLR style camera with 10x optical zoom, takes AA batteries, XD cards (expensive) but only has a 5MP resolution.

Might be worth checking out the Casio Z850, 8.1MP resolution, but about £80 more expensive.

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

This has came up so many times, don't get carried away with the megapixal obsession that most people are jumping on.
A good 4 Meg camera will outshow a 8meg on speed of shots,and 8 meg = 1meg per shot (as oposed to 256k)so more cards required. Unless you are going to blow your photos up to A2 size it's like hitting a nut with a sledge hammer.
Considerations to look at are:
see what the shutter speed is,
the depth of colour,
white balance,
Lens quality, optical zoom and apature.
Card type,
Battery life and rechargeability,
Build quality,
Video/audio recording,
OS requirements - there are a few good free photo software on the net.