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Which Digital Camera?

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by mr tommo, 19 Jun 2006.

  1. mr tommo

    Soldato

    Joined: 13 Dec 2004

    Posts: 5,387

    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    hi,

    Im looking at buying a new digital camera. My dad's a photographer so i have access to his canon Digital SLR's when i need to use them.

    However, when i need something a bit more compact i usually borrow his Canon Powershot a70 (i think), its a couple of years old and hardly gets any use at all. I have been using it recently and tbh wasn't very impressed with it. This could be due to the fact that im expecting a lot more after using his DSLR's.
    I was quite unimpressed at the 3x optical zoom, as i felt it wasn't enough, but maybe thats just the norm and again im expecting too much.


    So just wondering if there are any compact digital camera's which stand out at the moment?

    Budget is lower side of £400.

    Thanks, Tom
     
  2. Buttons

    Hitman

    Joined: 24 Oct 2002

    Posts: 979

    Location: Manchester

    Although the most recent to buy one, can I be the first to recommend the Canon IXUS 800IS.

    The level of manual control is just enough to not be cumbersome and the auto mode is generally pretty good at getting the photo right.
     
  3. james.miller

    Capodecina

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    Location: Woburn Sand Dunes

    your not going to get much more than 3-4x optical zoon with a 'compact' digital camera. if you really want more, then i think you should probably be looking at slr-style cameras as well. Some of them still have reasonably small footprints when the lense is retracted into the body.


    i choose my fuji 5500 for those reasons. compacts dont offer the zoom i wanted.

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  4. ^^Gord^^

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Nottingham

    Agreed but I would go for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 instead.

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz7/
     
  5. King4aDay

    Mobster

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  6. james.miller

    Capodecina

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    the 5500 is a 2 year old camera. i wasnt recommending it, just giving an example of the footprint:o.
     
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  7. mr tommo

    Soldato

    Joined: 13 Dec 2004

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    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    Thanks for the input guys, think your right about trying a DSLR.

    Been looking around and spoken to my dad and i heading towards having the Canon 350D w/ lens for £460 ish.

    Thats what i will probably go for unless you can really put me off it :)

    Another advantage is ive got access to Loads of lenses from my dads studio, which will save a few £££ :D

    I can always borrow my gf's new Fuji Z1 for days trips where i wouldnt take my 350D.

    So, am i doing the rigth thing?

    tom
     
  8. ^^Gord^^

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Nottingham

    That's a good enough reason to get a DSLR right there.