Digital Camera Craze

00BuckShot

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I've been shooting pictures for as long as I can remember. I am proud to say that my 4 year old son has the same drive for taking pictures that I do. The problem is that I have only used a small Sony digital in the past. I am an avid user of the 35mm but I would like to get into a more precise digital camera. Any suggestions on brand and model? Things I need to keep in mind whild purchasing? (pixels, memory, ISO, etc?)
 

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I used to do some tinkering with 35mm years ago. Then about 3 years ago, I bought an Olympus 4 meg thinking I could get some good wildlife pictures with it. NOT! It is OK for around the house and other close up stuff but not for any distance. So, I started looking at the new SLR digitals. With the price they are asking, I think I am going to go back to 35 mm and just pay for the developing. Then, I can digitize the ones I want.
 

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I hear ya! I have been doing that for a while but I see these guys out there all the time taking pics with digitals. I guess you get what you pay for in those things.
 

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I bought a mid line Sony as my first digital. I've been very happy with the generic pictures it takes. Now I'm foaming at the mouth for a SLR. Cannon or Nikon with interchangable lenses, minimum 8mp, etc..

My wife just gets that "look" when she catches me drooling.
 

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So, it looks like I am going to try another digital. Seems that Santa is bringing me a Canon PowerShot S2 IS for Xmas. Seems like a pretty good middle of the road. Guess I will use it for a while and then decide if I need to spend the BIG bucks or not.
 

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I have a Sony DP150C 7.2 Megapixel. It has an ok zoom but man does it take the best pictures you have ever seen. The computer in the camera is amazing once you've taken the picture there is a million different things you can do to that picture to enhance. Take the picture on full zoom then enlarge it even more with the camera after its taken. Can't go wrong with that camera and the price isn't bad at all. What with the price of memory sticks coming down all the time I believe you can get the large stick which will hold something like 900 pictures for around 80 bucks.
 

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Anybody hear of the panasonic fz10 or Fz20? Im not sure on the specifics but i know it is a 4.0 megapixel camera with a leica lens. Thats all i remember but I got a recommendation from younghunter on Disneyland because he takes some awesome wildlife pictures. I am saving my xmas and b-day money and hopefully buying one i the next couple of weeks as long as i dont hear anything negative.
 

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Josh, got to www.Cnet.com and check it out. They do some pretty good research and reviews on cameras.
 

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Thanks bigdog that was helpful and i actually changed my mind and i think i am going to go with a different camera.
 

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jd.. Not sure if you are still over at JHO or not, but you need to contact lan-lord over there. His name is Chris and he takes some unbelievable wildlife photos.. He met up with with us for our annual dove hunt last year and brought his camera along.. I believe he uses a high-end SLR digital.. Pricey but well worth it after you see the pics.. You can see his photo gallery here http://www.whitetail-photography.com/Image...ective=wd&val=4
 

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A good resource also is consumer reports, as they do a good testing, surveys, etc...

But their CRbest buy was a lemon twice over last fall for me. I had a Canon Powershot 510 ($170) and the auto lense cover kept sticking.

Economies are under $200, mid range hybrids are $300-600, and SLRs are 800+ If you want oustanding pics, a SLR with a very good telephoto lense is going to set you back $3K min.

I just bought a Sony Cyber shot dsc-h1 5 meg with image stabbalizer, 12 x optical, and can record vga movies, all for $360 I got their $60 4 yr waqrranty too. In talking with informed shutter bugs, there is a possibility of at least 3/4 will have a problem within 4 yrs. So much for digital--that is the draw back--any water, heat (over 80), cold under 40 and they really do not like the climate and can fry. I had afriend crack his LCD viwe finder over the weekend--had in in the car and went to a movie whith visited friends when it was -10 out, it cracked the cheap (-$150) camera LCD at about 20 degrees. So word to the wise on climate intolerance of dig cameras.

Those cheap disposable water proof camers seem like a better idea for the outdoors when rain/water or temp extremes will be occurring.
 
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