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Please help me pick dig. cam. for wife.

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by havensal, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

    Aug 14, 2003
    Western, NY
    I am looking to buy my wife a digital camera for Christmas.
    I don't want to spend more than $300 if I can help it.
    She is not a photographer, nor am I.
    All the bells and whistles are fine but not necesary.
    Right now I am trying to decide between the Kodak DX7440 and the CX7530 , although I am not set on this.
    What is your opinion on these?
    I am leaning toward the 7440 but I don't like the batery pack idea. Does anyone here have one?
    How long do they last? Thanks.;c
  2. pal2511


    Sep 15, 2002
    I would stay away from the cybershot sony digital cameras. I work part time in a one hour photo lab..and I also have a sony cybershot..I dont care for it. THe pictures always seem to turn out dark unless you brighten them manualy...Kodaks are generally good cameras. Make sure you get a camera with an optical zoom. Do NOT worry about the digital zoom because typically that is not gonna be any good. Try for some reviews of cameras

  3. Soujurn

    Soujurn Deus Diligo USA

    Jul 4, 2001
    Las Cruces, N.M.
  4. pal2511


    Sep 15, 2002
    Ya if you can check out a discount warehouse club like sams club or costco. You will most likely get a decent deal there. If not check online.
  5. Sulaco

    Sulaco Guest

    In my opinion, Canon and then Nikon are good in the lower end or "point and click" market. I started off with Fuji and really like the way they process the images but am now with Canon for price/feature ratio. You really get a lot for your money with Canon. I like the PowerShot series of cameras a lot.

    Soujorn, I looked at that camera also, but decided not to get it.'s Review was not stellar and it has no macro mode. However, the zoom is nice.

    This Canon PowerShot A95 starts at $284.00 through PriceGrabber. Here is a great review of the camera.

    Here's an excerpt from that review;

    "If the A95 proves anything it is that you don't need to spend a huge amount of money to get stunning results, a metal body and a wealth of photographic controls. Whether you're an absolute beginner - for whom the extensive new subject modes are ideal - or a seasoned snapper wanting total control, the A95 should certainly be on your shopping list if you're on a tight budget. You can get faster, nicer looking, sleeker and more polished 5MP 3x zoom compacts, but you'll struggle to get considerably better results without spending a lot, lot more money."


    Good luck and let us know what you do!
  6. Jeep274

    Jeep274 Member When?

    Jan 6, 2004
    Bucks Co., PA
  7. G30Jack

    G30Jack .88 Magnum

    Apr 17, 2002
    Shoots through schools
    I have a Minolta Dimage 7i that is awesome but a battery hog. I use my Pentaz Optio 30 I got at Wally World for 189.00 all the time. It's a nice, easy to use camera.

  8. Dragline


    Nov 5, 2003
    Coastal SC
    Agree, Canon A95 looks fantastic for the price. Want to spend a bit less and still get a great little dit cam? Go with the Canon A80.
  9. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

    Aug 14, 2003
    Western, NY
    I just checked out the A95. This looks like a good camera and I already have CompactFlash cards to fit it. I like the idea of using NIMH AA baterias (I have plenty) instead of a battery pack. It may be a tad more expensive, but I can save more by not having to buy allot of extras.

    A few more questions. How are the printer docks? Are they worth it? What is dye-sublimation printing? Are they better/cheaper to run than inkjet? ;g

    Thanks for all of the help. I owe all of you a beer.;c
  10. Sulaco

    Sulaco Guest

    You don't need a dye-sublimation printer. Just get a good, 100 dollar inkjet that will do photo quality and you will be happy. I like HP printers personally.

    NiMH AA's are fine and work better than propietary LiIon packs in most scenario's.

    I don't know what you mean by a printer dock, but if it is something to plug your camera into the printer, just get a CompactFlash card reader and you are all set.
  11. podwich


    Sep 7, 2000
    I've been leaning towards the Sony DSC-W1 for myself. It has a 2.5" 123k pixel LCD, 5 MP, very fast startup time, takes AA batteries, and costs $320 at newegg.
  12. Dragline


    Nov 5, 2003
    Coastal SC
    Do all the Sonys still use Memory Stick? This was always the drawback I felt about the Sony dit cams, locking you into the use of their proprietary media.
  13. Dragline


    Nov 5, 2003
    Coastal SC
    Any decent photo printer for under $200 will make fine prints for you. Another option is (well at least in my area) many grocery and drug stores have the Kodak photo printing centers on premises. You bring in your CF card and it makes prints right from your card while you wait. Cost is cheap enough, and quality is pretty nice too.

    Thanks for the beer. ;f
  14. muscles

    muscles CLM

    Sep 7, 2004
    i have 3 canon digi's...the 10d, a80 & s410. i also have 2 nikon digi's...the d70 and the coolpix5000. i prefer canon's usability over nikon. you absolutely cant go wrong with the a85, or a80. if you have no need for manual functions, check out the s410. its so small, that you are more apt to take it along with you...and as a result you get photo's that you never would have had. at least...thats been my experience. dont need a dye sublimination printer. however, you may want to check out an ink jet that uses monochromatic archival ink. photos dont fade for 100yrs rather than the standard 15 or 20 yrs. i have the epson 2200 and its great. a bit pricey though. there are other options.

    decide whats important to you.
  15. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

    Aug 14, 2003
    Western, NY
    OK just a few more questions and I should be done.;)

    Which is better LCD or TFT?
    Do I really care if the CCD is 1/1.8" or 1/2.5"?

    I really appreciat you sharing all of your wisdome with me (and others I hope). My wife will be pleased.;f
  16. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Do all the Sonys still use Memory Stick? This was always the drawback I felt about the Sony dit cams, locking you into the use of their proprietary media.

    They still use Memory Sticks, but it seems like everybody and their brothers are making aftermarket Memory Sticks, so I don't think it's that big of a deal. I bought a Sony Cybershot DSC P150 recently. It came with the crappy Sony 32kb stick. I bought a 256kb stick that Sears carries from somebody I can't remember. It seems to work fast enough. But I'm going to buy a 512 stick from SanDisk soon. Between those two sticks, I ought to have enough memory to take a few pics.:cool:
  17. bigjim


    Jun 18, 2002
    Behind you
    You're getting a digital camera for your wife?

    That's what I call a good trade!!!


    (I can't believe I got to say it first)
  18. sharpshooter

    sharpshooter Member Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    I like Canon Cameras myself, I have a PowerShot S30 and it rocks.

    Megapixels- make sure you get the most MPs you can afford. 3.2MPs is fine if you want good 4x6 pictures with the ability to be able to zoom, crop a little, or print 5x7s or a few 8x10s. The more MPs you have, the clearer the pics are when you print larger. A lot of cameras out there now have 4-6MPs at good prices.

    Zoom- optical zoom works great and is the most important. Digital zoom sucks and pixilates your images. You'll be disappointed with digital zoom quality.

    Batteries- Digital cameras suck power like crazy, especially if you have the viewing screen on. Some cameras are rediculous about how much juice they burn. If your 35mm point and shoot gets 29 miles per gallon, your typical digital camera gets 3 miles per gallon. I'd make sure your camera takes Li-ion rechargable packs. They're pricey to replace of if you want to carry a spare, but they recharge pretty fast (about an hour) and last MUCH longer than regular AA batteries. The down side is that if you run out of juice during the middle of an event, you're out of luck unless you have a spare battery pack. You can stick your battery and charger in the wall real quick if you need to. If your camera takes AA batteries you can just replace them on the spot. But batteries are expensive and you'll burn thru a lot of them. $$$$

    Memory cards: I'm not an expert on memory, but compact flash cards are pretty good. You'll want to make sure your camera doesn't have a built in fixed memory card that you can't replace. Most cameras come with a 16MB or 32MB card that is only good for a limitted number of images. The more megapixes you have, the more storage space you're going to need. At least a 128MB card is highly recommended, 256 is better, and 516 is best if you plan on taking lots of pics. Make sure you have enough battery or you won't ever be able to take that many pics.

    Functions: All you really need is just the basics. You can do plenty of stuff on photoshop later if you want to.

    Printers: You really don't need a color printer for pics. Costco does digital pics in one hour for $0.19 each and they turn out fantastic. Your home printer won't compare in quality unless you have a really super nice one for hundreds of dollars. Take your memory stick or CD to Costco and plug it into their machine and choose which ones you want printed. You can even choose B&W etc and burn the pics on a disk if you don't want to do it at home. Other stores do digital prints too, like Longs or Wallgreens. I'm sure Walmart will jump aboard soon too.

    Printer ink is expensive, and so is paper. Don't bother spending more than $100 for a home color printer. And don't forget that ink cartriges will cost you at least $25 for black and $30 for color before you can even print your first pic. Printers don't come with ink in the box... Costco is pretty hard to beat!

    We have a 3.2MP Canon PowerShot S30 with 3x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom and all the funtions. We rarely use any of the functions other than the basics. We have one Li-ion battery pack and a 128MB compact flash card. One of these days I'll pick up another battery and a bigger memory card. We can take about 77 pics on the highest quality settings with 128MB, and about 300 on the medium settings. The battery last pretty long unless you're constantly reviewing pics and using lots of flash. It's a fantastic camera.