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Harold Campbell

member since: 2/10/2002
  41 .  digital camcorder
I am looking to buy a digital camcorder with very good still capture.I am looking at sony and canon. Can you help me. HAROLD

11/16/2002 9:04:17 AM

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Jerzy Salata

member since: 11/11/2002
  42 .  Store
if I buy camera from you what kind of garantii do I have?

11/16/2002 8:48:09 AM

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barni dog

member since: 3/17/2002
  43 .  digital camcorder must have features
what are the basic must have features for a new nov 2002 digi camcorder in the 800-1000 dollar range..which are the highest rated?

11/11/2002 2:51:10 PM

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Jeff 

member since: 10/22/2002
  44 .  Camera recommend, believe it or not
I am a digital photographer somewhere inbetween "let's take a picture of the birthday cake" and, "Okay if I could have all the Victoria Secret models turn to their left".

I'm looking for a new camera that offers around 4m pix and is portable.

The features I'm most interested in but are not mandatory are:
1. maneuverable LCD so I can include myself in pics and see what I'm getting while I take it.
2. ability to see through the lens and get an accurate frame

I've been looking at the Nikon Cool Pix cameras. Wondering if you have any thoughts about cameras to avoid or other cameras to check out.

I'd like to keep my budget around $1000 give or take.

Thank you so much - you have a great site, I'm glad I discovered it and will support it and spread the word to family and friends.

Jeff Probst

10/22/2002 12:58:34 PM

Jeff S. Kennedy

member since: 3/4/2002
  I just bought a Canon G2 (the G3 is supposed to be out soon). It has the features you mention (plus a remote control for those self portraits with the Victoria's Secret models). I'm very impressed with it's quality and features. I paid around $600 for it.

10/23/2002 2:23:34 AM

Gordon 

member since: 11/14/2002
  My partner has just bought the Nikon Coolpix 5700. It has a fold out screen and is a 5Mp ccd. The picture quality is outstanding. It has a zoom lense of 28-280mm. Hope this helps

11/14/2002 8:08:12 PM

Theresa Aimone

member since: 4/6/2003
  Gordon,
What about battery drainage? I'm looking at this one also and am interested in how long you can shoot on one battery...
Thanks,
Theresa

4/6/2003 9:45:32 PM

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Cheryl Tessens

member since: 12/1/2001
  45 .  Which camera should I choose?
Hi!I presently have a Sony Mavica MVC-FD90 camera.It is great in the aspect that it is user friendly and uses floppy disks as memory and takes okay images if you plan on printing them out at no larger than 5" x 7" and the battery life is great.But as time has gone on I have found that I want to do way more than what I can do with my Mavica.I would like a camera that will print good images of 8" x 10" and I would like to have more control.I would like to be able to take terrific looking macros as well as great landscapes and portraits.I would also like to do some night or low light images and infrared photography.I would like to be able to shoot some action shots.Recently a few friends have asked me to shoot weddings so I would like a camera that would give me some fairly nice images.So far I have been looking into the Sony DSC-717 and the Nikon Coolpix 4500.I love the long battery life of the Sony but I also love the diff lense options that are available for the Nikon.Which one is best for what I want?Or should I be looking at another camera instead?I am trying to stay right close to $1,000 on price.Any input that anyone can provide would greatly be appreciated.Thank you! Cheryl

10/21/2002 11:08:28 PM

Wayne Attridge

member since: 9/27/2002
  If you want good photos and are going to shoot weddings buy a good used film camera and a couple of good zoom lenses.

10/22/2002 12:35:31 AM

Darin 

member since: 12/4/2002
  Well if you want to stay digital and around $1,000 a nice option would be Canon PowerShot G2 or G3 and a Speedlite 220EX or 420EX. For a little more money a Nikon CoolPix 5000 or 5700 with an external flash should work nicely too.

12/4/2002 4:53:27 PM

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Cliff  L. Short

member since: 10/20/2002
  46 .  How to shoot sports and wildlife with digital
My question is what is a good digital camera for sporting events. I have a sony dsc-s70 but I would like more zoom and also would like a little more speed. I have a son that plays football in highschool this is my main subject.Also I would like some day to use camera for wildlife shots. I have been looking at the Sony dsc-F717 with 10x zoom would this be a good camera for what I am trying to do. Also is there any books out ther for self help on what I am trying to do.

10/20/2002 1:36:17 PM

Jim Bennett

member since: 11/2/2002
  Actually, the DSC-F717 has a 5x optical zoom. They get 10x by multiplying by 2x digital (which Sony does very well) Where will you be shooting from? The bench, or up in the stands? How big do you plan to print the pictures? The new Nikon 5700 has the same resolution and a true 8x optical zoom for about the same price. Plus a very good "burst" mode. Both are very highly regarded.

11/2/2002 4:15:05 PM

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Diamil Hassam

member since: 9/28/2002
  47 .  Looking for the right one
I bought a canon G2 and returned the camera when I found out a week later that the G3 was coming. Then I started thinking about a canon D60. The truth is that I don't know anything about photography and I am afraid that spending $2000 plus more on lenses would be too much for a beginner. The problem is that when I started playing with the G2 I couldn't control the camera. I wanted to control the camera manually to get the right focus but was never happy with the results. I want to go all the way with taking photograghs and make the best out of it. But should I spend so much money on the D60 or just get the g3 and try to get the best out of that camera. I was frustated with the lens from the G2 cause it was so limited to take nice pictures. I coudn't get closer enough to faces without using the digital zoom and then it wasn't as sharp as I wanted them to be
thanks
Diamil

9/28/2002 1:15:50 AM

Jeff S. Kennedy

member since: 3/4/2002
  As I understand it the G2 has the ability to be controlled manally. Also there are lens adapters available for it to increase it's telephoto, wide angle, and macro capabilities. I know a pro who owns one and really likes it. The D60 is also a fine camera. The advantage of it is that you can use the complete line of Canon lenses. Canon just announced a new DSLR for next year that is 11 megapixels so I would say that D60's may be coming down in price within the next year. Another option is to find a used D30.

9/30/2002 3:14:45 PM

Diamil Hassam

member since: 9/28/2002
  Thanks jeff for answering my question. I would like to know in case I buy the canon D60, what lens should be my first option? Due to the fact that I am just a beginer which of the canon lenses would help me cover the basics and be the warrior of a thousand battles before I can save some money to buy other lenses
Thanks

9/30/2002 6:15:28 PM

Jeff S. Kennedy

member since: 3/4/2002
  The most versatile lens I own is the 28-70 f2.8 L series lens. It is very sharp and has macro capabilities. With the 1.6 multiplication factor of the D60 it ends up being a 45-110 (approximately) zoom which makes it a nice lens for portraits. With digital it is even more important than with film to make sure you use the best glass you can. That's another reason I suggest the L series Canon lens.

10/1/2002 11:33:41 AM

Raphael Chan

member since: 10/23/2002
  Yes, Canon G2 is a high rated good digital camera. But there is another option for good quality, and better zoom. It is also a Japanese brand but less famous than Canon - Fujifilm Finepix S602, it comes with 6 million pixel, super CCD, 6x optical zoom for only 700 US dollar.

10/23/2002 4:21:20 AM

Jim Bennett

member since: 11/2/2002
  I don't know much about the Fuji, but Raphael C. was mistaken about the resolution. It's a 3.1 megapixel, not 6.

11/2/2002 4:23:34 PM

Darin 

member since: 12/4/2002
  While the Fuji is 3.1 megapixel it's images are interpolated to around 6MP. Is it the same quality as a true 6MP camera? no, but it is close to what you get from 4, 5, and 6MP cameras. At least from what I've read and the studio pictures I've seen posted comparing it with higher MP cameras.

I played around with both the G3 and the D60 in the local camera shop. The D60 feels amazing and the expansion options are quite numerous and I want one BAD. I chose however to buy the G3 for a couple reasons all basically relating to cost.

However if there wasn't a focal multiplier on the D60 I would have bought it over the G3, but I wasn't about to spend $8,000 on the 1Ds or $5,000 on the soon to be released Kodak to have no focal multiplier.

To me the G3 is the best compromise between Manual Control, Build Quality, Image Quality, Expandability, and Cost for the time being. Hopefully in about 2-3 years the technology in the 1Ds and the new Kodak will come down to an affordable level (~$2,500). Until then I'll be satisfied with the G3 for $750.

12/4/2002 5:48:29 PM

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Ginger C

member since: 9/10/2002
  48 .  best Digital to buy
I am new at the whole Digital camera thing, but have decided to take the plunge.....I need a camera that will take good shots of LIVING targets, animals, birds, etc. In addition what is the best level of camera for print quality. Professional print quality that is.....photos that can be published in a magazine and not look bad?

Thanks!

9/10/2002 5:42:58 PM

muhidin michuzi

member since: 2/23/2001
  i guess the canon d60 or fujifilm pro 2 single lens reflex cameras will do fine since the looking the subject through the taking lens is the best way you can cature those subjects of yours. in addition any camera that has more than three megapixels in its resolution cvan do fine

11/9/2002 10:12:18 AM

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Kate 

member since: 1/3/2002
  49 .  Digital Equipment to use for team pictures
I have been asked by a local sports club to photograph team pictures next spring (65 teams). My work has been primarily editing the clubs parent's pictures taken at tournaments and creating photo montages through digital imaging in sizes up to 24" x 36". I am clearly an amateur photographer on my own and could use some guidance in approaching this request...the pitfalls of doing this type of photography and utilizing digital equipment to take and process these pictures. The club is willing to give me a letter of commitment for next season to assist me in obtaining monies for the equipment I would need to do this job. Am I crazy to even consider it?
Kate

8/19/2002 10:04:53 AM

Sharon Landers

member since: 3/4/2003
  Kate - I see this is an old post and I am new here... I couldn't find any answers to it. I am looking to start something similar with taking teams and other school sporting event photos in hopes of selling them. I am not a pro and am trying to learn all I can right now. I bought a Canon G2 not to long ago, I love them camera but had set out to buy a cool pix. The more I hear about the cool pix I keep wondering if I made a huge mistake. Anyway I was wondering if you took the mission. lol What camera your using? Are you printing yourself or sending them out? Anything you can tell me would be of great interest. Thanks!!

7/20/2003 10:32:39 PM

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Jean-Pierre 

member since: 7/19/2002
  50 .  Resolution vs. Compression
What has greater impact on image quality, resolution or compression?

In other words, if I use a 4 MP camera to take a picture at the highest resolution and compress it down to the size of an uncompressed 2 MP picture, which picture will be better quality?

7/19/2002 1:24:51 PM

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