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Old 4th May 2011, 22:34
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Question compact digital camera

I am in the process of buying a reasonable priced digi camera, there are so many on the market it's difficult for a novice such as myself to pick the right one, something around 10mp, with a 3"lcd screen would be ideal, any recommendations from you experts out there. Any advice would be appreciated. Cheers, Glyn.
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Old 4th May 2011, 23:27
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Hi Nautiboy, They're much of a muchness, but I do strongly suggest that you get one with a viewfinder as well as just an LCD screen. It can be held closer to the body (Obviously, if using the viewfinder) and that makes for a more stable way of holding the camera. I have a Kodak, which is oldish now, it has a viewfinder and is much better to use than my new "Nikon coolpix" I wouldn't buy one without without a viewfinder again.
I'm not into the finer points of photography, but the coolpix does have 12.0 Megapixels, and a it has quite a few things that can be done with it, so do all the others as well of course. Lack of a viewfinder is the only thing against it in my book.
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Old 5th May 2011, 11:45
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Hi Nautiboy, They're much of a muchness, but I do strongly suggest that you get one with a viewfinder as well as just an LCD screen. It can be held closer to the body (Obviously, if using the viewfinder) and that makes for a more stable way of holding the camera. I have a Kodak, which is oldish now, it has a viewfinder and is much better to use than my new "Nikon coolpix" I wouldn't buy one without without a viewfinder again.
I'm not into the finer points of photography, but the coolpix does have 12.0 Megapixels, and a it has quite a few things that can be done with it, so do all the others as well of course. Lack of a viewfinder is the only thing against it in my book.
I agree entirely that a viewfinder is essential. Another thing to look for is a black camera- to limit the reflection if you're taking photos through a window from inside.
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Old 5th May 2011, 11:57
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I was looking to replace my camera recently and had a lot of trouble finding one with a viewfinder and eventually gave up and bought one without.
I purchased a Panasonic DMC-TZ8 and I am very pleased with it.
It also had good recommendations on which.

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Old 5th May 2011, 12:29
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I have a few cameras & I would choose a PANASONIC over all others anyday. You should be able to get a FS model with 12mp for under 100, a good camera, no viewfinder, you don't need one & with the Optical Inmage Stabiliser even on w windy day when you can't keep the camera from moving the OIS keeps everything in focus. It also has leveling in the menu too to straighten up those crooked shots too.
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Old 5th May 2011, 13:15
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Get one that will bounce. Most do not survive dropping. I agree with the view finder, try going further upwards to a bridge camera. Not an SLR and without changeable lenses. Have a browse through the ARGOS catalogue
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Old 5th May 2011, 13:23
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Re Screen v Viewfinder.
I took a photo in bright sunlight this morning, just couldn't see the screen. I had the same problem in Australia a few years ago. I had no problem with my little Kodak, but the screen on my digicam, well, I just couldn't see it, and most video's were taken using chance alone. IMHO screens are not much use at all, even when the brightness is turned up on the screen. Also, my natural inclination is to bring the camera up to the eye anyway, and holding it at arms length doesn't suit me. The problem is finding one with a view finder these days, but there are still some. Jessops and Currys/Dixons say there is a big demand for cameras with view finders, and the manufacturers have taken a lot of notice of this.
I've just bought a mid range camera, a "Canon PhotoShot SX 30 IS" That fits the bill on all points for me, but it isn't a pocket camera, and cost 420 (Approx) at Jessops. That included an extra battery and an 8 Gig memory card which were bought seperately.
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Old 6th May 2011, 10:29
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I had a Nikon Coolpix, the problem was not the camera but the download software to my laptop. A real pain and ultimately it put me off the camera.
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I have three Digis,
(1) Fujifilm Finepix (12 MP)
(2) Cannon (12MP)
(3) Minolta X- 925 (14 MP)

The Fuji outperforms the Cannon in all departments whist the Minolta is, well trash grade. Stay well clear of Minolta.

Take a demo at your camera shop and I'm sure the Fuji will impress.

Hope this helps

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I have a Panasonic DMC-FX35 [10mp] very good camera can do loads with it. my advice go to a specialised camera shop, Jessops are good, on their web site can get some good deals, print them off and go to the shop they will give you the same deal. good luck
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Old 6th May 2011, 11:35
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I had a Nikon Coolpix, the problem was not the camera but the download software to my laptop. A real pain and ultimately it put me off the camera.
I found the same, also with all other cameras. They all give software for editing, albums and so on. I always upload to the computer by slotting the memory card directly into the computer, then sticking the contents into the Windows own Pictures programs.
If someone had several different makes of camera, they would end up with several different editing programs, one for each camera. It gets complicated. I upload it all then use Roxio2010, Cyberlink, or Windows for all my editing. I also use PhotoFiltre (A freebie off the www) for minor tweaks to pictures. Windows covers most basic editing needs I find.
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I find that Win 7 has most drivers already on board so in that respect I have had no problem. However if the drivers are not on your OS then ignore the fancy disc that comes with the camera and go to the manufacturers web site from where the drivers required can be downloaded without the editing programs........pete
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Old 6th May 2011, 13:03
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Personally, I think it depends on what sort of picures you want to take and how portable you need it. I have various cameras, but the one I travel with is a canon sx210 - takes good pics, has high optical range (x14) so is comfortable with close up or long distance, fits in a pocket, reasonable battery life, plenty of modes etc. I suggest you have a chat in a local camera store to get some ideas - they are often not too far off web prices and you have somewhere to go if you need advice or have problems.
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Hi Nautiboy, They're much of a muchness, but I do strongly suggest that you get one with a viewfinder as well as just an LCD screen. It can be held closer to the body (Obviously, if using the viewfinder) and that makes for a more stable way of holding the camera. I have a Kodak, which is oldish now, it has a viewfinder and is much better to use than my new "Nikon coolpix" I wouldn't buy one without without a viewfinder again.
I'm not into the finer points of photography, but the coolpix does have 12.0 Megapixels, and a it has quite a few things that can be done with it, so do all the others as well of course. Lack of a viewfinder is the only thing against it in my book.
Hi,Agree with the viewfinder I have a Sony 4.1mp with viewfinder a few years old mind & Samsung ST70 the attraction with this was the small size.I'll take the Sony anytime.
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Old 6th May 2011, 17:02
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I have a Panasonic FZ28 10mp & super zoom x18 Optical, can go to x32.1 at 3mp basically a bridge camera where you have the zoom but don't have to change lenses. Optical Image Stabiliser too-Panasonic FS62 10mp x5 zoom-Nikon Coolpix S220 10mp x3 optical & a Nikon D40 DSLR with a couple of lenses-& I download everything into Picasa3, which is free from Google & a very handy tool. Simple! My daughter has Photoshop & she did a year at college to learn how to get around it, marvelous but too much for me to take in!!
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i have allways got very good results with sony .i use a sony FD Mavica stills and camcorda. a vey nice easy to use but everything is stored on floppy disk i bought the early model and it was that good i got the later model the only thing is at 600. 00 a go well worth it.john
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I find that Win 7 has most drivers already on board so in that respect I have had no problem. However if the drivers are not on your OS then ignore the fancy disc that comes with the camera and go to the manufacturers web site from where the drivers required can be downloaded without the editing programs........pete
Good idea, sometimes the software that comes with cameras also contains spyware
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Old 10th May 2011, 22:30
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Many thanks lads for all your advice, I have bought a Canon ixus 130, the revues vary, but no doubt I will find out for myself the hard way. The camera was a reasonable price for a compact digital, take delivery this week, so will give you an update on it's performance in due course. Thanks again, Glyn.
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Old 12th May 2011, 09:22
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Many thanks lads for all your advice, I have bought a Canon ixus 130, the revues vary, but no doubt I will find out for myself the hard way. The camera was a reasonable price for a compact digital, take delivery this week, so will give you an update on it's performance in due course. Thanks again, Glyn.
Looks like a handy little camera Glyn. Has all the things that most people would want in a point and shoot camera. It has a slightly bigger zoom than my Coolpix which has 3.6X
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Glyn Was just coming on to recomend the Cannon Ixus. Worked as an auditor in the oilfields and carried an Ixus all over the world. One job could be up a derrik overlooking a jungle and next down in the bilges of a Semi submersable. They went everywhere and we all carried the same camera and all our laptops had the same cards for uploading photos for our reports and for emailing any urgent items we found. between us we had six cameras and they worked non stop while we worked.
I think they are a super camera and I am sure you will enjoy using it.
Another good thing is they fit easily into your pocket and dont drop out. Quite handy on a beach or even photographing the crown of a derrik several hundred feet up a ladder.
Enjoy it.

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Re my Canon Ixus 130, just got back from holiday and can report favourably on the camera, good results from a reasonably priced compact, performed well in bright sunlight, indoor and outdoor night shots, overall not a bad bit of kit. Glyn.
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Glyn Glad you had a good holiday and delighted that your new Cannon Ixus fitted the bill. I think they are a great camera.
Big worry is that I had to get a new phone and unknown to me it has a better camera than most cameras, do if you know what I mean. It has an eight Meg camera and does seem to make some amazing photos.

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Panasonic TZ series.
I use the TZ7 with12x zoom up to 21x zoom.
12mp which is perfectly adequate.
Absolutley brilliant pictures and even bettter HD video.
I use Cyberlink Power Director for making movies of the grandchildren and save it all on dvd or thumb drives etc.
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