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11. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

Before you buy any cameras, FIRST you should ask yourself what kind of application do you have and what you would like to do with it?
Then you have to think how much your maximum budget for it. Because any camera specially the digital one has many hidden costs such as:

1- A memory card with higher capacity such as 256MB, 512MB, or 1 gig.
2- A card reader
3- A case
4- If that camera comes with battery charger then it would be nice, otherwise you have to buy it separately

When you add the costs of above items then might be beyond of your budget.

Now you decide everything. Then where you go to buy?
As you mention you do NOT buy a camera from Argos, or those supermarket that sell everything!! You should buy it from a camera shop who is specialised in handeling them.
I am sure, there are so many of them in your area.

Before you go and buy, you should find the BEST ONE. So go to the following sites and check them out by looking at their full review and even they have facility to compare them side by side. These following website are EXCELLENT in explaining all of the details to you:

here
here
here

Then you should find the righ price. In order to DO that you have to know that ALL of the main photography stores MATCH the prices either with internet shops or in a raduis of few miles around thei shops, and so on. The reason is because they want to compete.
For finding the right prices there are few sites that you could check with them as all of them have a search engines:

here
here
here

Then after you find the cheapest price from 2 or 3 places on the internet, print them out for your documentation to show the sales person.
(Do not forget, before you show the printout to them, ask about the availibility of the camera, otherwise they would lie to you that they do NOT have them once they hear your cheap price !!)

The last not least TIME of buying is very important.

You might ask HOW?

Do NOT forget these main photography shops in order to compete with the intenet sites, and because they have a huge overhead expenses, THEY DO EVERYTHING when there is not many customers around in a shop !!!!!!!!!!!!

SO, the best time to buy would be Sunday morning whenthere is anybody around and the chief of store needs to sell million £/$ at the end of that day.

HOPE all of these info help you to find the best deal of century for you.

Good luck

PS-
(I do NOT mind to know what did you buy at the end once you bought the right one)

Looking forward to hear from you.

[ Edit: sorry,no personal promotion please ]

12. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

Now you decide everything. Then where you go to buy?
As you mention you do NOT buy a camera from Argos, or those supermarket that sell everything!! You should buy it from a camera shop who is specialised in handeling them.
I am sure, there are so many of them in your area.
.

I'd totally disagree with this comment, if the camera you want is at Argos or a supermarket for a cheaper price why not buy it from them. They carry the same manufacturer guarantees and sometimes the stores do better ones than the manufacturer or specialist shops.
You may want to pay extra for a specialist service, but to rule out buying elsewhere is limiting options especially when on a tight budget.

13. Posted by jl98584 (Travel Guru 114 posts) 9y

I have a Sony Cybershot that I really love, it's also a little older so is much cheaper now (I imagine). Optical Image Stabilization has saved may pictures from my bad techniques I suspect. I got my mom a Kodak, it has better color in some situations but doesn't have the image stabilization (both have lots of zoom, where the stablization makes a lot of difference). Several years ago I had a Nikon Coolpix, hard to go wrong with them either.

Ask yourself what are the features you really use: zoom, manual settings, enlargements, light weight, etc., then look for a camera that takes care of those needs. No sense paying for a lot of features you won't use, better to put any extra money into bigger data cards. Oh yes - you you have any other electronic equipment (or your old camera) with data cards? It might save you some money (& inconvenience) to buy a camera that uses the same kind of data card you already use. On the other hand, if your data card is older, it might not be worth the bother - the cost per MB has come down so much.

I was just mentioning because my Sony uses a "Memory Stick", not a very common data card size & format. Lots of things use the SD card however.

14. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Yeah the Sony Cybershots are nice cameras. I had a brief relationship with one before it was stolen, but we were very happy together. It didn't break the bank either. The onyl pain in the ass with it was that it will ONLY take a Sony Memory card.

I now have a Canon Ixus 750 which is a great camera - not as idiot-proof as the Sony - it takes a bit more getting used to it, but it's a fine piece of equipment.
A friend has the Ixus 50 which is just the niftiest little thing I have ever seen - it's tiny!

Great quality photographs from both - the canon is 7.1 megapixels while I think the Cybershot was 6. Small difference really. The Cybershot has a big screen which was what I loved about it, plus it was really lightweight.

Anyway, good luck in your quest. I'm sure you'll find something that suits you. ;)

15. Posted by jl98584 (Travel Guru 114 posts) 9y

I'm sorry to hear about your misfortune (stolen camera). Yes, I agree the Sony Cybershot is a great camera, however it's hard to go wrong with any of the major brands. The two things I like best about this one are it's ease of use and the image stabilization. Whatever brand one buys, if you have a lot of zoom (mine is 12x), you really need image stabilzation - or you will always have to use a tripod with the zoom (or get fuzzy pictures).

I love taking pictures of scenery & wildlife, both of which use zoom a lot to composed the shot - especially wildlife. I'm also too lazy to bother with the tripod most of the time.

16. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 9y

We got a Panasonic Lumix about two years ago for a small digital snappy and have had great results. It's a little slow but the quality of the images are really good. I can't complain. It's very small and inobtrusive and has a nice large screen on the back. The memory cards are pretty standard, so you could use it with a 4gb card. Good Luck with your search!

17. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

@ Jase007

Quoting Jase007

Quoting kombizz

Now you decide everything. Then where you go to buy?
As you mention you do NOT buy a camera from Argos, or those supermarket that sell everything!! You should buy it from a camera shop who is specialised in handeling them.
I am sure, there are so many of them in your area.
.

I'd totally disagree with this comment, if the camera you want is at Argos or a supermarket for a cheaper price why not buy it from them. They carry the same manufacturer guarantees and sometimes the stores do better ones than the manufacturer or specialist shops.
You may want to pay extra for a specialist service, but to rule out buying elsewhere is limiting options especially when on a tight budget.

I am sorry that I disagree with your idea completely.

Just answer this simple question. If you would like to buy a watch, do you buy it from your local supermarket like Tesco or Safeway? Or you prefer to buy it from a watch seller?

You should know by NOW that the a digital camera made of small fragile components in it. HANDLING, TRANSPORTING of these cameras are very crucial in order to keep the camera healthy and safe.
A camera shop knows how to handle a camera because it knows the knowledge of a camera, while a supermarket's shopkeeper do not know much info about how to handle the cameras and tell the truth there is not much difference for him/her to handle a box of watermelon and digital cameras !

But then, Jase007, do NOT worry! you buy your cameras from your local supermarket and let other wise people go to the right shops !

18. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

But then, Jase007, do NOT worry! you buy your cameras from your local supermarket and let other wise people go to the right shops !

kombizz you must either own a camera store or have money to burn.
The internet or supermarkets are great place to save money & you still get great products, why would you think a camera shop treats their products any more careful than a supermarket?

I can guarantee you that they come delivered from the factory & wholesaler in the same delivery trucks and this is where generally any damage would occur not in the store. (Something you pointed out being very crucial & something the camera store has no control over)

Yes I purchased my Canon 20D new from the net and saved myself £250+, now how could anyone justify paying 20% extra for the same product?
The same product, packaged properly with enough money left over to buy a lens.

Everyone has a different shopping habbit, but I'm not worried I'll always go for the best deal and the money saved goes into my travel funds.

19. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

I agree with kombizz that watermelons and digital cameras shouldn't be treated the same: watermelons bruise quite easily, and then rapidly go bad at those points. Digital cameras on the other hand are wrapped in a ton of packaging materials to protect them, and are sturdy little things themselves, too, so can handle quite a bit of abuse. (They'd better, as you're going to expose them to it while travelling, anyway.)

Unlike Jase, I do buy at real world camera stores, but that's because their aftersales service is much more convenient in those rare cases when you'd have an issue with the equipment, and because supermarkets or general electronics stores don't carry the kind of things I'm in the habit of buying.

That said, for a mass-market point 'n shoot, there's absolutely no reason not to buy at whatever location stocks them for the cheapest price. (Just be aware you don't then get suckered into buying accessories for much more than they'd cost elsewhere.)

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