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Digital Camera help!

Digital Camera help!

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So the time has come to finally replace my digital camera. It has done me well as I bought it back in June 2000...so 6 years for a digital camera, not bad.  However, it is time...as it is like having a walkman when the discmen came out...just doesn't cut it!  However, I'm torn on what route to go...as I have become someone that enjoys taking photographs.  I do not just want a point and shoot camera.  I want some manual controls but I still want it to be compact.  I do not need a "walkman" replacement so to speak:)  I use Adobe photoshop so quality pictures would be nice and I can edit if need be;-)  Obviously I want it to be useful for taking photos at oh say...those running races;-) So I ask the internet world for some suggestions...here are some that I found interesting...but if anyone else has some input I'd love to hear it:) 

Here's some reviews of cameras I found "interesting":






  • i recommend

    If you are looking for a non-SLR (a camera WITHOUT interchangeable lenses), you will not find a bad thing about the Panasonic Lumix cameras. You can get them in a range of features. They are INCREDIBLE cameras. Amazing cameras, really.

    If you are looking for an SLR, all the major brands are excellent. Nikon, Pentax, Minolta, Canon - all are good. I use the Pentax DS2.

    Good Luck! If you need to ask questions, give me a shout!
    • Re: i recommend

      Thanks for your comment! I checked out the Panasonic Lumix and there's a relatively new one that looks nice...Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1. I don't think I am going to get an SLR at this point...

      I'm getting excited already:) I need a new one with the summer approaching and vacation in August to the great northwest!
      • Re: i recommend

        trust me. you won't be sorry. send me an email when you get it and let me know what you think. i'm at mark@completerunning.com :)
  • (Anonymous)
    We have that Canon Powershot A-something or other. I think it's your second or third link and it's been a great camera. The pictures always turn out great when we print them and it holds a ton of pictures.

    Good luck with your choice.
  • (Anonymous)
    Depends on your price range. I always liked and used Pentax. Optio series, are small and good. I used Optio S, and MX4. You can record 640x480 MPEG4 video with 10x optical zoom. I used that camera while doing my cross-country ride, it's awesome. It also has great macro capability. I looked at reviews in the link you posted. Noise is not good. You'd have hard time in dim situations. Check steves-digicams.com before you decide and let me know if you have any questions For macro shots check out my photography site http://aperture.blogdns.com/ , select archive and click on MX4 in categories. If you need to see more examples for MX4, let me know.

  • Canon Exlim

    The Canon Exlim, which just came out, sounds like exactly what you are looking for. Lots of manual controls in a point and shoot. Not for a novice, but not as big as an SLR. I have the Canon Elph SD400, which is a great buy and a super small camera, but it seems like you are willing to go bigger than a deck of cards and want a little more power and control.

    But the best pictures come from cameras with big quality lenses. The numbers of megapixels has become an overrated measuring stick. A good digital SLR will produce better pictures than any point and shoot.

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