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Cameras

My camera is toast. I need a new one. I know some of you have awesome cameras. I want to pick your brains.

What do you have?
How much did it cost?
Was it easy to learn?
Is it easy to get pictures onto the computer (ie- SD card, etc)
What kind of battery does it have? What is the life on it?
What would you recommend?

I want something easy to learn. Somewhat portable (doesnt have to be pocket sized, my purse is a biggin). I would like to cap at $250, but might be willing to pay more if you talk me into it.

Thanks you guys!!

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Joined: 06/11/07
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What about an iPod Touch? LOVE my camera apps! Haven't used either of my regular cameras since I got mine.... It was around 270.00 I think but you can do so much more on it.

Joined: 01/18/06
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I have a Canon Powershot that is fantastic. It's nothing fancy but it takes great pics. My sis has a Fuji Finepix and those are great camera's too. You can get them in your price range, but they give you more options than just automatic. My Canon Rebel was my pricey camera at over a grand with all the bells and whistles and whatnot.

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Joined: 02/20/06
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i have a canon powershot SD1300 IS..........super easy to use.......i take wayyyyyyyyyy too many pics a week!!!!!!!LOL!!!!!!
i had the fuji finepix.....it died in 3 weeks......replaced it with the canon....
my son has the ipod touch.......and the apps he has for his camera are INSANE and AWESOME........i am totally jealous!!!!!!!!!!!

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Joined: 06/29/07
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You can get a plain old 10 megapixel canon rebel with a standard lens for about 350 now. If I was looking at spending about 250, that's what I'd get.
I have a sony cybershot and love it, it was around 300 5 years ago, I have no idea the price on them today.

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What do you have? Cannon Rebel XT (3 yr old)
How much did it cost? 600
Was it easy to learn?in Auto mode yes... Manual I had to take a class 150
Is it easy to get pictures onto the computer (ie- SD card, etc) yep.. I have a card reader.. stick it in and wham it's done
What kind of battery does it have? What is the life on it? I dunno.. it lasts a LONG time!

What would you recommend? yep.. easy and standard in the DSLR range of cameras

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Joined: 08/22/07
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"chefkel" wrote:

What do you have? Cannon Rebel XT (3 yr old)
How much did it cost? 600
Was it easy to learn?in Auto mode yes... Manual I had to take a class 150
Is it easy to get pictures onto the computer (ie- SD card, etc) yep.. I have a card reader.. stick it in and wham it's done
What kind of battery does it have? What is the life on it? I dunno.. it lasts a LONG time!

What would you recommend? yep.. easy and standard in the DSLR range of cameras

Ditto

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Joined: 02/27/07
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We have a Sony Cybershot as well, takes decent pictures, got it last year, can't remember how much we paid, I want to say $150 on sale. I like it because you can take video with it as well. My Mom just got one and figured it out....'nuf said lol!

Got a Nikon D80 with all sorts of lenses that we don't even use any more because of the awesomeness that the iPhone takes pictures and video lol!

Joined: 06/09/06
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Well.... I'm starting to get more into photography. Smile I

oops, posted on accident. probably going to have to come back to this again, anyway...

As i was starting to say, i'm learning there are so many factors that come into play with cameras. With the DSLR, i think probably any of them will take great pictures - it's the lenses that make a huge difference. And a lot of it depends on how much control you want to have over the camera - exposure, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, etc. If you want to leave it on AUTO (which is totally fine! I do it with the kids indoors all the time because they move too fast and the lighting is usually too poor), then a point and shoot will do the job. I just got a Canon PowerShot A490 from Amazon for $50 and it takes a great picture and the camera fits in my pocket. Smile

But to answer your questions:

What do you have? Nikon D50
How much did it cost? new, they retail for almost $2k. We got ours used off CL for $350.
Was it easy to learn? Yes and no. You can take pics right away, but I wouldn't say it's the most user-friendly with the menus. I took a photography class and the teacher liked my camera a lot, but agreed that it isn't just instinctive right away.
Is it easy to get pictures onto the computer (ie- SD card, etc) Yes, it's simple.
What kind of battery does it have? What is the life on it? The battery is re-chargeable and it came with the camera. It lasts a really long time. I only charge the battery every few months and I take pics almost every day.
What would you recommend? I really like our camera... but unless you're really interested in figuring out all the manual settings, I'd probably stick with a point and shoot or just something simple. Here are a few pics for comparison. Can you tell which ones are with our point and shoot and which are with our 'fancy' camera? Biggrin

Joined: 05/05/07
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Ruth- no clue, but those kids are CUTE!!!

Thanks for the info. DH said he would read your responses later and then we would decide what to do. I appreciate the info. Im lost without my camera. It totally bit the dust and wont take a picture anymore (was a 6 year old cannon powershot, worked great until it died! lol).

Excited to buy a new one and try it out.

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Joined: 03/22/07
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nbak
I basically share Ruth's opinion.

bbl with more

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