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    What is a good digital camera for $250.00+ or-

    Hi Folks,
    My 8 year old coolpix 800 just stopped working. Need to go get one for work and play, close up and distant. Quality photos of work for posting and web. Any suggestions.
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    1) Are you "married" to Nikon?

    2) Just about any new camera will impress you after working with 2.x megapixels and a 2x optical zoom!

    3) Are you used to using some of the add-ons (lenses, etc) for the CoolPix 800 that I saw in the [Steve's DigiCams] review?

    4) Are you looking for a take-anywhere, pocket-sized ... or a put-on-tripod fancy DSLR, or ... ?

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    For average person I hear nothing but good about the Kodaks. I am using a Kodak DX4530 in my work for several years now and personal stuff. It goes into attics, crawl spaces, boats, you name it. I don't baby it but I don't abuse it either. But I will probably buy another Kodak after this one for work.

    I have heard similar stories from some Appraisers. They had the same good luck with their Kodaks too.

    Now when I replace all my Pro 35mm stuff I sold, that is another story.
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    Yep - I've owned a [Kodak DX4330] and a [Kodak CX7530] and liked them both. Kodak seems to have "rich color" all figured out. The main reason I moved over to a [Canon PowerShot A520] (and now an [A540]) was to get more manual control.

    My A540 has a large LCD view screen, takes 6MP images, has a 4x optical zoom, can use large-capacity SD cards (at least 2GB) and runs on 2 AAs.

    I take a lot of my pics on motorcycle trips, and I found that the camera had to be pocket-sized or it would be left at home.

    But heck, with $250 you'd have almost $100 left over. Keep looking?

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    Response by shaz in red [quote=Kerry Burton;71795]1) Are you "married" to Nikon? Hi Kerry , no not really. I had several Pentax SLR starting in the 70's and a Zenza Bronica 2 1/4" that I have not really ever used, procurements of war, priced low , overseas items.
    2) Just about any new camera will impress you after working with 2.x megapixels and a 2x optical zoom! That is pleasing to hear, however I was pleased with the coolpix and it's clarity. Are you saying things have gotten better?

    3) Are you used to using some of the add-ons (lenses, etc) for the CoolPix 800 that I saw in the [Steve's DigiCams] review? No. I have the SLR telephoto, wide angle and such for the old Pentax but I never use it, or them anymore.

    4) Are you looking for a take-anywhere, pocket-sized ... or a put-on-tripod fancy DSLR, or ... ? I am not looking for the micro sized camera and would like to use the tripod as that offers great options in it self. The size of the old camera I have was okay. I have big hands and find the movement towards more compact as counterproductive at this point. I appreciate these clear questions. Thank you for your time and consideration! ...S quote]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    For average person I hear nothing but good about the Kodaks. I am using a Kodak DX4530 in my work for several years now and personal stuff. It goes into attics, crawl spaces, boats, you name it. I don't baby it but I don't abuse it either. But I will probably buy another Kodak after this one for work.

    I have heard similar stories from some Appraisers. They had the same good luck with their Kodaks too.

    Now when I replace all my Pro 35mm stuff I sold, that is another story.
    Hi Jeff ,
    Thanks for the advise on the Kodak, I do appreciate it. I think I am looking toward the camera you would buy in lieu of the 35mm SLR. I may need spend more and if that is what it takes for the right camera ( Whatever that might be?) so be it.
    I am so appreciative of the gift of sight and see such beauty around us. I would like to capture it but not make a living in photography. I appreciate your time and consideration in my search for the perfect tool.
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    I'm using a Kodak Z740 5.0 Mega pixel with a 37 MM lens I purchased for $140 it works great for me. Most of what I shoot is to share here & elsewhere with other wood workers. Before that I had a 3.0 MP Kodak that somehow got damaged even in a padded case. I purchased a Kodak C633 6.1 MP for the LOML & she loves it.
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    Shaz - I'm one of those digital freaks who loves gadgets. I've used digital cameras since they first came out. In fact, my first digital camera was B&W because they didn't have color imagers at that time.

    Since then, I've gone through a number of digital cameras topping out with a Nikon D100 package - couple of lenses and good flash. While it was a good camera, my wife hated it because of the size and weight. 35mm cameras are a certain size because that was what was needed to contain the film. And in their time, 35mm cameras were considered small.

    But today, there's no reason to stick with the 35mm sized camera. With a digital imager, the camera can be made quite small, which also reduces the size of the lens, which reduces the cost of the camera.

    Since my wife hated the Nikon so much, I eventually sold it (taking a bath on it in the process) and bought a Kodak Z740 (12x zoom). Although the Nikon had some capabilities and features that the Kodak doesn't, I don't really miss anything major when I shoot with the Kodak (except the flash won't carry across a room).

    This is not to say that I think the Kodak is the best - I think that's a moving target. Canon (I think) has a digital camera out with image stabilization and a feature that recognizes faces and focuses on them. When you're shooting two people, you often frame them so that the center of the picture is between them, often giving you great focus on the background and fuzzy faces, if you're not careful to compensate. The Canon feature of recognizing the faces and focusing on them avoids that problem.

    If you get fixed on Kodak, maybe I can sell you mine so I can buy one with all the latest features and functions (I'm goofy that way).

    Mike

    [added note] One more comment. Whatever camera you buy, you have to think of it as a throwaway in a few years. They're making such great progress in digital cameras that no matter what camera you choose, yours will be well obsolete in that time.
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    I am no photographer but I have used some pretty nice cameras (for a few moments at a time). I bought my daughter a Rebel for her B.A. graduation (better start saving up before she finishes her masters). It is out of the price range but, there is a point to me brining it up.

    If you stripped away all the other great stuff that camera has, the things that impressed me as necessary in my next camera are:

    - Jiggle control, very cool and available in your price range.
    - Quick recovery time after taking a pic, also available in your price range.
    - Ability to support a seperate flash, great for improving your pics by doing nothing more than aiming the flash a different direction (not sure about availability).

    So, no solid recommendation. Just some observations that may help thin the herd.

    P.s. I have had two Fujifilm 'point and shoot' style cameras for years and both worked great until stolen or are still working (they missed one). ;-)
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    I've been using a Kodak Z650 since my Coolpix died. Never used the full image capabilities on the Nikon and probably never will on the Kodak either but there's a huge improvement in image stability, zoom, picture modes, etc., etc. I'm actually kind of glad the Nikon died or I'd still be using it.
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    Shaz the Canon Power Shot lineup is nice such as this Canon Power Shot A720 IS
    It features 8 megapixels, 6x optical zoom, 2.5" LCD, and image stabilization for $230.00 msrp

    I bought a Canon Power Shot A80 a few years back and have been very pleased with it.
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