Cheap or expensive?

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1. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I will be visiting Australia and SE Asia soon, and want to have a great slideshow to remember it by.

I have no camera, so I will have to purchase one before I go.

I am trying to decide whether I want to just get a cheap crappy one, so if I lose it/gets stolen, I won't care, but at the same time, I want really good pictures, and newer technology so I can e-mail alot of pics for online storage.

Should I assume my camera will get stolen/destroyed and go for a cheap one, or get a nice one and protect it with my life? Any suggestions on models for digital cameras if so?

Thanks all!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5297 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting TKolb325

but at the same time, I want really good pictures

Really good pictures are taken by good photographers, not by expensive cameras. :)

I'd get something on the low end of middle of the road - a Canon Powershot S60 or a Nikon Coolpix 5400, to name two cameras that stood out searching on specific features that I personally consider important (they're both decent point 'n shoot cameras, but they allow some room for growth and experimentation to take better pictures - plus they're pretty cheap, so although you'll be careful with them, you won't go bankrupt from having one stolen).

Or if you're willing to spend a bit more money, the Canon S70 would be one step up from that.

3. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!



4. Posted by Kayaker (Budding Member 16 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You may have trouble finding a Nikon 5400 since they're not in production. EBay is a source.

You might consider the Konica Minolta Z6 as well. The Z5 had very good reviews and I think this is the same except its 6 MP. has many reviews of digital cameras in all price ranges. The Z6 is $400 at B&H Photo.*&bhs=t&shs=minolta+z6&image.x=6&image.y=9

The advantage of B&H is their prices are reasonable and you'll get your camera. That isn't true with all on-line camera stores.

Just a thought. There are many good cameras in all price ranges.

If you get a cheapo, you may not be satisfied with your pictures.

5. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Take it or leave it, but honestly, Wal-Mart has the best prices on good cameras. For $150-200, you can get a lot of camera. Go for megapixels first, throw in some decent optical zoom (although anything above 5 really takes the price up), and I'd recommend something with battery power other than AA. And not a Sony, unless you really want to pay $50 more and have to get special accessories (battery, memory, etc.).

Dimage (Konica Minolta) are some great cameras. I used to use one at work (animal shelter), and the action pictures I needed in low to medium light were fantastic on this camera. You might have to go more than $200 to get a good one. They aren't as nice as some other cameras, and they even feel a bit cheap, but the pictures that I always got were great. I liked the action mode on that one better than on my own, at least in limited lighting (hate flash).