Need camera advice!

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Need camera advice!

Well Thursday night I grabbed the camera off the desk to snap a quick picture of Xavier sleeping (all sprawled out on the loveseat) and I dropped it! I had it on already and it landed on the wood part of the floor. The extended lens part hit the floor and something inside broke and it won't extended and retract anymore...so it won't stay on. I took it to a guy that repairs cameras in town and he said it is broke to the point it will have to be taken apart and new pieces put in. He said it will most likely cost me almost as much as buying a new one and it won't be the same as before I broke it. So his advice was to buy a new one. I was in tears because it isn't in the budget at all to buy a new camera! Luckily my Dad loves me so much and knows how much picture taking means to me....so he is going to buy me a new camera and I will pay him back (hopefully I will get a good tax return and can pay him back right away!). So I have been camera shopping locally and I checked out camera reviews online at consumer report (have a membership to their website) and I am kind of lost. I am seriously thinking of just buying the same camera I had. I mean it has been a great camera for the last year...takes crisp pics, good quality videos, and is user friendly. Plus I can get it at our local Walmart still and right now it is $20 cheaper than when we bought it a year ago. I have a Kodak Easyshare Z1285. It has 12 megapixels, 5X zoom, and HD video. I take tons of pics of Xavier as well as the daycare kids. Plus I really need one that has good quality video as we basically use it in place of having an actual video camera. So I thought before I ran and grabbed it I would ask all of you what you think about your cameras!

What camera do you have and what are the pros of it and the cons of it?? Would you recommend it (or would you buy it again?)? I am looking for something around $200 (or less if it is a good camera).

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Sounds like your camera is great, so I can see why you'd want to just stick with it. That may be your best bet...esp. since you are so familiar with it already. I'm sorry it broke. Sad

When DH and I first started dating he bought a $300 Sony camera he was so excited about (most expensive camera he'd ever bought) so he took it fishing with us in our boat. I don't know how I did it, but I was trying to lean over the edge and take a pic of the fish he caught and I dropped it in the lake. I felt soooo bad!! LOL and he still married me. Not to get OT, but just wanted to make you feel better.

On Black Friday I bought a printer for my niece for Christmas. It came with a free camera: Sony Cybershot 7.2 megapixels Super Steady Shot DSC-W120. It's a great camera. My only complaint is that the flash takes toooooooo long. It blinks like three times, then flashes. which by then is usually too late to catch the quick toddler moments. :rolleyes:

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I have this one- only b/c it was free. It was a gift from my DH's plant. I had an Easy Share, and to be honest with you, I liked it better. I plan on investing in a better camera soon, but who knows when that will be.

I am so, so sorry the camera is broke. I would have a broken heart too.

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We have a Sony CyberShot that's a few years old now. It works great, but the picture quality isn't as good as the Canon that we're borrowing right now. The Canon is a PowerShot. I don't know much about the price ranges on cameras right now.

But good luck. And I'm sorry you're camera broke! Sad

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My fat pregnant a$$ sat on my camera a couple of months before Jack was born, and shattered the LCD screen. Sad I had come to love my camera and knew it inside and out (it's the Canon Powershot SD line) so that's what I replaced it with. The model I sat on was the SD450, but it was a few years old so I replaced it with the SD750. I love this camera, it's my backpocket camera! So if you don't get another EasyShare, I highly recommend the Canon Powershot from the SD line. Smile

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I'm with Gwen. I have the power shot sd700 (about 3 years old), and I love it. Videos aren't the greatest in the world but they work (up to a 60 sec. video).
Here's an example from ours:

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So you can only shoot 60 seconds at a time for video with the powershots? I am not sure what the limit is on ours (or if there is one) but we recorded a 20 minute video of him opening his presents for his second birthday. And when the 2 GB memory card is empty you can record over an hour of video. Here are a couple of the most recent videos I had shot. Just short clips. Looking at them after I upload them compared to the files on my computer they definitely lose some clarity when you upload.

Saying his colors.

We bought him this bed last summer and put it up a week ago.

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I say if you loved the one you had, stick with it. I had an older Sony that I loved and then it got stolen. It was replaced with a horrible camera that I put up with for a couple of years. This Christmas, I went looking and was immediately drawn to the Sony's but found that they had changed so much about it, I didn't like it anymore. I ended up with a Nikon Coolpix that is way better. However, I would give anything to have my 2004 Sony back.

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I had my fuji finepix break about a year ago and I loved it so I can relate. I went to E-bay and bought the newest version of it for $230 and I still love it.

My sister has a Nikon Coolpix and hers is so super easy and lightweight too.