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Basic query - which compact camera to buy?

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1. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

To the photo/camera Guru's. Help! My Canon A85 (or may have been A90?) finally died a week or so after my trip finished, and i've now got enough money to replace it. I'm not exactly the worlds greatest photographer, and am looking for something for point and click and simplicity-ish pics instead of for award winning shots.

Basically, I want something which (ideally) i can plug and play with a USB cable - my canon needed software installed - that is compact and lightweight [my Canon used 4x AA batteries meaning it was fairly weighty and bulged out]. It needs to be fairly sturdy as it will get bashed about a bit, and undoubtedly dropped periodically. I already have compact flash memory cards, so use of those would be a bonus although it doesn't have to be compatible.

I can go either way on integrated or external batteries, although something which takes 2x AAs or 4x AAA would probably be my ideal choice as i don't want to have to carry lots of chargers around. I'm not sure that a huge numbers of extra megapixels really matters, although bigger digital zoon is a bonus, as is something with a flash which doesn't leave objects looking like they have just been exposed to bright flashes of radiation...

I have potential to get discount on SONY camera's, although thats not a high priority, and budget is essentially flexible within reason, but for the sake of chucking something up, lets say up to around 200gbp/300euro's ish.

Any ideas/suggestions/must avoids??

EDIT: The following seem available at knock down sale prices. Any comments on any of...

  • Nikon Coolpix L6
  • Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70
  • HP Photosmart R967
  • Fujifilm Finepix A700


[ Edit: Edited on Jan 29, 2007, at 11:16 AM by Gelli ]

2. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

From the Canon side of things you have a few to consider :)
- Ixus 65, Ixus 750, Ixus 800IS
Ixus 800IS being best, but a little more expensive. Personally i wouldn't worry too much about AA batteries as you can just get another standard camera battery and keep a spare as they last ages.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I personally use a Fujifilm FinePix A345 (4.1 Megapixels). Most of my pictures (everything from June 2005 onward) in my photo gallery has been taken with it. It takes 2 AAs. I've gotten a lot of complements on the photos, so the camera must be doing something right (it certainly isn't me). It's a good camera and proven to be pretty durable (surving the dropping by the Mongolian police and all).

One of the main reasons I bought it is because it takes the XD cards, just like my Olympus, so I didn't need to buy new memory cards. Otherwise, I am not sure I would have, as the XD cards don't seem as common as the SD cards.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have the Canon Ixus 750 and I'm pretty attached to it.

I fisrt bought it before I left Ireland and liked it a lot. After it was stolen I ended up buying a Sony Cybershot which was also a great little camera ( a bit more idiot-friendly than the Ixus which takes a while to get to grips with). I recently bought the Ixus 750 again, mainly because it was half the price in NZ of what I paid at home and I missed having it.

I think it's a good buy because you can use it as a good point and shoot, but if you want to get a little bit more in-depth and get some interesting shots there;s a lot you can do with the camera.

Hope that helps.

5. Posted by Dezafinado (Full Member 177 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure about European prices but the Canon A640 fits your budget. It has similar Image Quality to its big brother G7 in a recent

6. Posted by Unique_Gal (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I duno much about the Cannon, but I do have the Sony T7 is small, light, compact also takes brilliants pictures day and night! Another good thing is if you add a higher memory card you can do video clips using the Camera. It doesnt take batteries so you just recharge everytime, battery life is also really good. It might cost abit more then the other cameras but a really good Investment.

7. Posted by Mr Gecko (Inactive 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i have the canon ixus 850 IS

its rated as one of the best p&s cameras out and shoot! great quality photos! easy to use! the automatic feature is great were it adjusts to what one would do manually!

its also got a wide angle lense!!! which a lot of digital cameras do not have...

IS is super! IS = Image Stability!

ive never been more than happy! its small too! usb too! or just take the memory card out and dump it into the card reader on your laptop!

i bought a extra battery! ...batter charger is small is too!

as well as photos it takes good and decent videos!!!

i am very happy with mine! great write ups about it.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 31, 2007, at 9:00 AM by Mr Gecko ]

8. Posted by MrBuzzy (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Howdy, I know very little about cameras. But I did just buy a Nikon Coolpix S7 (duty free) in Tokyo yesterday - it was about $320AU including a 1GB memory card. It comes with a simple (optional use) dock which was nice, plus the usual cables - usb/power/sound/video.

I chose Nikon as they supposedly have the best lenses. Although I'm not sure how relevant this is in the compact/digital world. Also various friends and family have Nikon and I've heard good things.

If you are buying over seas, keep in mind some cameras do not have an international warranty (ie: Nikon, silly me). Some camera makers (ie: Sony) boast an international warranty which might be important to some.

Also the other cheaper models are worth a look, for example the Coolpix S8 is identical to the S7 except the LCD screen is smaller. The model down (S6 or S9) is 6 mega pixels instead of 7.1.


9. Posted by Peter (Admin 6419 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The Canon iXus range is definitely a safe bet. It has a nice solid exterior, takes decent photos and has a very good reputation.

One that has caught my eye which might be good for the 'rougher' use is the Olympus Tough 720SW. Might make you feel better about taking photos while it's raining for instance ;)

10. Posted by MrBuzzy (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A correction on the Nikon Coolpix - the dock is not optional, you have to use it to get photos on to your PC, charge the battery and display photos on the TV. Just another (small) piece of junk to carry around!