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Amanda l. Wade

Buying a Camera with a Flash

I am not sure if I should invest in a camera without a flash to begin with.
Does the flash have anything to do with the quality of camera? I have recently found a Canon with a built-in flash, and the price seems reasonable ($250) to begin with. Should I look at another beginnerís camera?

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Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  The built-in flash of most point and shoots and SLRs is a nice convenience, but they are generally underpowered and are too close to the lens axis which contributes to "red-eye". They are fine for a beginner on a strict budget, but you'll want a camera that has a "hot shoe" for mounting a more powerful external flash when you can afford it. The entry level SLRs from Canon, Minolta, Nikon, and Pentax have both a small built-in flash and a hot shoe.

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