Digital camera - advice please for techno-phobe :)

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13 years 10 months ago #14128 by hilldweller
My self-appointed budget conscience from up North has granted me permission to think about getting a digital camera. [;)]

I want it for taking photos of small rellies (maybe some big ones, but the small ones are more photogenic) and lsb things - calves and hoggets and pasture etc.

What's the minimum I can get away with spending, what should I look for, and is it worth considering second-hand (in which case I would need very detailed instructions LOL)? TIA.

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13 years 10 months ago #217534 by beedee
I have been very pleased with my purchases via parallel imported..or the ferrit shops and in todays camera prices $299 is plenty to spend probably even less.. and that came with one of those digital photo frames, with the movie sequence and a 21/2 in viewer.. that was as a pressy to my daughter.. Ive forgotten all the other things it did.
Im sorry Id never go second hand for a digital, but maybe if you were wanting a SLR, then dats OK [manual]
AND before I buy on line I then go to the google search and check it out as to its SWOT before hitting the buy now button

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13 years 10 months ago #217552 by NZ Appaloosas
We have a digital SLR, Cannon 350 something or other. Makes great pix and is easy to use.

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13 years 10 months ago #217557 by sod
We have a Fujifilm S8000fd great camera 18x zoom 8.0 mega pixels. It is really idot proof :confused:as I can take good photoes and get animals from long way off:rolleyes:

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13 years 10 months ago #217564 by hilldweller
You guys aren't getting the 'techno-phobe' bit. :D [:I] So far the only words I recognise are '$299', 'easy to use' and, my personal favourite, 'idiot proof'. :confused::confused::confused:

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13 years 10 months ago #217567 by RKH
Hehe HD, maybe pop into Jonathan's camera and video (cnr George and St Andrew Sts). When I was looking for a camera they were great, got good cash discount too! I'm very pleased with my camera, although I'm one of those people that take 100's of photos when I remember (all in the space of a day or less), then don't take any for months!

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13 years 10 months ago #217576 by NZ Appaloosas
Digital SLR--digital camera, acts like a normal 35mm camera (you have to hold it up to your eye and snap, like a normal camera, but you don't have to load/unload film). I can't use those cameras that require you to pop out a screen and try and read the symbols, or that you hold about a foot from your eye to take the photo.

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13 years 10 months ago #217581 by betenoir
For a technophobe who just wants good snaps I would reccomend the kodak easyshare C743. My ex landlady brought one so she had the same camera as me and could e-mail me questions when she went on a month long trip to the USA[:0]. They are very easy to use, have a 7.1 mega pixel reolution ( the more mega pixels the better the quality) and it can do short movies as well and fits in a jeans pocket. I carry mine everywhere and use it for the shots that would only be a memory by the time I get my SLR set up. Cost is currently around $200 from the whare whare plas memory card...A 1 GB card will do most users for a month away from a computer...I've got 4 x 2 GB ones but then I do sometimes take 700 pics a day at cutting horse shows

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13 years 10 months ago #217592 by maggies mum
Replied by maggies mum on topic Digital camera - advice please for techno-phobe :)
Sony cybershot, extremely easy to use.

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13 years 10 months ago #217625 by Simkin
Hi HD,

we have six digital cameras in the family - Canon, Canon SLR, Fuji, Kodak and Sony - and all of them are easy to use and take great pictures.

Sorry, NZA - but I think its nostalgia having an SLR because of the viewer. The smaller models take great pictures, too, are lighter, have a better zoom without having to change lenses, and the Kodak cameras have a viewer, too.

I'd go for a small camera from a reputable manufacturer like Sony, Canon, Kodak and the likes with 5 Megapixels or more. You pay extra for the tiny models or for cameras with those new batteries that don't develop a memory.

I wouldn't buy second hand because you don't know where the camera has been. Basically - once it's been in a tropical climate the electronic may be faulty because of the humidity there.

I reckon you should get a good digital camera for just over 100 Dollars - the technological advances are breathtaking and what was the latest model a year ago is sold today as 'Special'.

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13 years 10 months ago #217628 by Pumpkingirl
This article is a good one for beginners. If you then click here , there's another good piece of information for "techno phobes", all from Consumer, so it's independent information.

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13 years 10 months ago #217633 by GrantK
Some great advice here, others have covered it pretty well, but just to clarify a couple of points:

Simkin;192458 wrote: Sorry, NZA - but I think its nostalgia having an SLR because of the viewer.

Yes, I would agree with that. Our current digital camera is a compact-sized Canon with large LCD screen on the back and optical viewfinder, like the old film cameras used to have.

I made sure to buy one with a separate viewfinder because on previous digital cameras, I have struck the odd situation where the external LCD just wasn't bright enough, and the internal electronic viewfinder used a low-resolution LCD so that it wasn't clear enough to see what you were shooting.

Hence, I thought an optical viewfinder was good insurance for those occasional shots in bright sunlight. However, the external LCD on the Canon is just so bright I have hardly ever used the viewfinder, so unless you are doing something pretty unusual, it probably isn't necessary with a good/modern camera.

Simkin;192458 wrote: I'd go for a small camera from a reputable manufacturer like Sony, Canon, Kodak and the likes with 5 Megapixels or more. You pay extra for the tiny models or for cameras with those new batteries that don't develop a memory.

I have had a Sony and found that it produced very noisy pictures, especially in low-light, and the Auto-Focus was slow.

Fuji are pretty good, I have had a couple of those. But for my money, CANON is the best. I wouldn't recommend Kodak, their technology lags at least one or two years behind the Japanese manufacturers.

5 or 6 Megapixels should be plenty for a "techno-phobe".

All decent Digital Cameras have had Lithium-Ion batteries for at least 2 years now. They are the ones without the memory effect. Don't buy anything without Lithium-Ion batteries. Some older/larger cameras used the rechargeable AA cells. Best to avoid them as they are just too heavy and don't last long enough.

Simkin;192458 wrote: I wouldn't buy second hand because you don't know where the camera has been. Basically - once it's been in a tropical climate the electronic may be faulty because of the humidity there.

Yes, I would agree with that. New cameras are quite cheap now, and you get a warranty with them.

Simkin;192458 wrote: I reckon you should get a good digital camera for just over 100 Dollars - the technological advances are breathtaking and what was the latest model a year ago is sold today as 'Special'.

Maybe $200 would be better for a 6 Megapixel camera with a decent lens.

Try and get something like this:

- At least 3x Optical Zoom (ignore Digital, it doesn't count)
- Lithium Ion battery
- 6 or 8 Megapixel
- I would recommend a Canon, or Fuji as a second choice

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13 years 10 months ago #217634 by Angie
On Saturday I bought the most simple (but decent) camera I could find - a panasonic "Lumix" LS80 digi camera - with the hope that my techno-phobe hubby would be able to use it.

It was $199 and looks lovely and basic - it has a power switch, a BIG and obvious button to take the photo, with the zoom thing next to it. All the other features are hidden so he won't get confused.

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13 years 10 months ago #217636 by maggies mum
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Buy one that you can recharge, avoid one that uses a battery, they're just a waste of time. Find a deal that gives you a free memory stick too.

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13 years 10 months ago #217703 by sod
GK I got my fuji instead of canon as more zoom and main thing $200 cheaper also 12months to pay intrest free :) has auto focus good for me LOL came withh 2GB card free

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