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Purchasing a Digital Camera




I have done a bit of reading but guys who have used digital cameras, can you tell the basic features one should look for before purchasing for making fairly good pictures.

What are the mistakes which you think you did which could have been avoided by many others who are interested in purchasing one.

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The first question would be...what is your budget ! Based on that once can decide where to proceed
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Hey Nerd, i have seen cameras for $ 300/- with features that according to me will do a great job for home use. And I know what I looking at just need some dos/don't from ur side.

N stop being cheeky as usual.

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Wish I was cheeky... Again I ask Thee...what is thy Budget... and what exactly do you need the camera for ? For professional level photography or just for casual use... There are digital cameras that range between 100$ - 2000$, with varied features and options.

So back to the question... First indicate your budget and then indicate if its for professional avant grade photography or just for dady-to-day stuff

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when i said i have seen $ 300 my budget is around or over that and i have said for home use (not professional)

If I have to give you all the information on what i ma looking at that what is the use of this post

What I have seen in the $ 300 range is:

Wide Angle
3xoptical zoom
Personally i feel the above are important and good and need ur opions and stop asking me the same questions.

stop bugging me:(


 
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Read this one:

http://www.canadiandesi.com/read.php?TID=76

The situation might have changed now as it is an old thread.

You can check more info here:

http://www.camcorderinfo.com


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Okie.. now Your specs can give us a better idea..
I would suggest narrowing down your choices to 3 specific brands

1.) Canon (always the best)
2.) Minolta &
3.) Olympus
4.) Pentax

Before you buy the camera, find out
1.) What is the "mega pixel" value of of the camera. The higher the mega pixel value, the better the picture quality. Ppl often tend to make a compromise here. Digital photography is resolution dependent, unlike analog photography. So the more # of "pixels" in the picture, the better the resolution of the image

2.) Find out how many pictures you can use in the SP mode (or whatever they call it). In other words find out how many pictures you can take in "Uncompressed mode". If you compress the image in your camera, then you will lose the picture quality. I know this as this is my work aka "bread n butter". Keywords to be looking for TIFF/BMP . That is because you can make print copies of uncompressed images and they will be nearly the same as the original scene being imaged. However, if you wish to compress them then u should download them on your computer and then use some good compression tools to store them as JPEG or JPEG2000. (Irfanview http://www.irfanview.com) would be one such example. Avoid compressing the images using the built in compression routines provided in the most Camera's today.

3.) Find out if the camera has a facility for including a flash. Canon has this facility (but the price is exhorbitant)

On Doing a search on Future shop, I could only find camera;s between 3-3.9 Mega Pixels for your Budget

But an Olympus Camera has the facility to capture RAW images...
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&dept=14&WLBS=fsweb18&sku_id=0665000FS10041474&catid=11719&newdeptid=14

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Notice that it also have a facility for placing a Flash bulb !
& Lastly
I am/was not bugging you !

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Nerdy bhai, thank u,

I have narrowed down to sony, olympus and i do see ur prefernce for canon.

i have seen a sony for 399 - 4.2 megs, 3x optical zoom, the other info that u mentioned will try and sink in this poor head of mine and work on it.



 
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fuji is good too... and cheaper, if all you are looking for is household use...

also, for electronic stuff, ALWAYS check ebay... chances are you will find the exact same thing with warranty brand new selling for 80% of retail price if you are lucky...


 
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Quote:
Orginally posted by ccherryl

Nerdy bhai, thank u,

I have narrowed down to sony, olympus and i do see ur prefernce for canon.

i have seen a sony for 399 - 4.2 megs, 3x optical zoom, the other info that u mentioned will try and sink in this poor head of mine and work on it.




Yes.. If you are investing money in a digital camera, then go for a camera that can give you RAW ictures (i.e., uncompressed pictures). JPEG, the current compression technology being used in most cameras is obselete now. Thats one reason why I have decided to give all these cameras a pass. I am waiting for a Camera that will have the JPEG2000/JP2/J2K compression technology. In that, compressed and uncompressed pictures have practically no perceptual difference. Moreover, You may wish to store these pictures in a CD/DVD. So Capture once, make printouts many times. If you want to notice the difference then click on this link below. It gives you an idea of what the main differences are between JPEG and JPEG2000
http://www.dspworx.com/primer_jpeg_vs__jpeg2000.htm

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