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Good beginner's camera for around $200?

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by W Turner, May 6, 2005.

  1. W Turner

    W Turner

    Mar 1, 2000
    Hillsboro, AL
    Just like the title says, I am looking for recommendations for a good beginner's digital camera for around $200. I know this won't buy a professional quality camera, but I don't really have a need for that kind of piece either.

    5x7 will be the largest shots that I will print out and it will mostly be used for snapshots on vacation, family gatherings, etc. Not to mention the requisite gun pics. I have looked at the Canon A510, it runs $197 at Wal-Mart, but I am not familiar enough with digicams to make a decision. I just need something that is user-friendly and takes decent snapshots. I know I will need to buy a larger memory stick/card and probably rechargeable batteries, but other than that is there anything else I will need?

    Any brands to avoid?



  2. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    bull68, give yourself some credit. Very soon you will want a little more than just basics. For a tiny bit more you can get a truly great camera. My GF got this one, and I was really impressed with it. You can check its review here. I cannot believe the price. I think it's a steal.
  3. goblue


    Aug 27, 2003
    Go to $250 and your world will open.

    Look for 4mp, and buy a 128-256mb card. 256+ is better. Look for deals. They are so cheap.

    Ditto on the Canon A series or I have the Elph and it rocks for size and quality.
  4. Hey folks,

    When cannon speaks of a .1 second shutter delay in the A95, do they mean that there is only that amount of time between shutter release and recording of the picture? We want to purchase a camera for our youth group that is easy to use and doesn't take an extended amout of time between taking the picture and geting the picture. Our teens move too fast for the current camera that our yourth pastor is using.

    Thanks for helping the dummy

  5. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Precise delay measurements for the A95 are here. On that page you will also find lag timing definitions. Check that site for other cameras.
  6. funbob

    funbob do a lil' dance

    Dec 13, 2002
    ABQ, NM
    For a compact, high quality digicam, I highly recommend Sony. Goblue is right on pricing. If you can go a bit higher, much better cameras become available to you.

    are all excellent sites for further information, opinions, reviews, and pricing. My advice is to read as much as you possibly can than go play with some cameras until you find the one you like the best.