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LLV
01-08-2007, 11:44 AM
My poor old 33mm is on its last leg (the pictures get crappier and crappier) and I'd like to get a digital camera. However, I don't want to pay an arm and a leg for one, either.

What's a good inexpensive (I know they're ALL expensive, but I mean the lesser of the evils) digital camera that takes decent pictures that I can upload to my pc?

Thanks for any advice!


alinnell
01-08-2007, 12:35 PM
When I bought mine 2 years ago, the salesperson told me a couple of things that I believe are still true. Find a camera that uses standard memory cards~not proprietary cards. That way, you can buy less expensive memory cards. If you buy a brand that only takes a certain one (like Sony) then you are captive to buy their brand of memory cards and you might end up paying more. And if they decide to discontinue that type, you're out of luck.

But at least a 5 megapixel camera. Less than that and you won't get good photos and anything more is for professionals.

If you print, use photo paper (or your colors will fade over time).

Michelle
01-08-2007, 01:05 PM
We bought one before Christmas, and it's excellent and has gotten many high reviews! It's called the "Kodak Easyshare C433" and it has the optical zoom and lens, and it is a 4 megapixils, and we got it at Walmart for $99!! I would highly recommend it for just an everyday picture taking camera, because the quality is extremely good as we have developed several pictures, and my family wanted to know what kind of camera we were sing. The picture I have in my siggy area is downloaded from it. Good luck!!!;) :D


cbmare
01-08-2007, 01:30 PM
I bought my older granddaughter one for Christmas. It's a Sanyo and I got it at Walmart. It was on sale for under $100!

It's a 5 megapix with a 3 X zoom. The display on the back is either 2.5 or 3 inches.

I bought one for myself a little over a year ago. I got it for the quilt shows. It's a 4 megapix and takes pictures just fine. The display on the back is rather small. (1.5 or 2").

I didn't know about proprietary cards like Alinnel mentioned. Mine doesn't take a proprietary. I'm glad I didn't get caught in that expensive loop. I just bought a San Disc and it's been great. Walmart has their own brand as well. I got a 1 Gig card for my granddaughter's camera for about $20.

You will want to look at rechargeable batteries as well. Digital cameras chew through batteries. We got a 15 minute charger from Fry's. I think it is a Ray-O-Vac brand. Most rechargers will take a couple of hours. I have a 16 hr recharger as well as the 15 minute one. The batteries last about the same amount of time, so go for the 15 minute one.

Most digitals come with the built-in software to allow you to put it on the PC.

All that said, be prepared for a lousy booklet. It tells you what all the controls are, but not much more than that. You may want to get a digital photography book from the library. It will help. I wouldn't buy one until you know which book(s), if any, that help you the most.

Good luck!

LLV
01-08-2007, 03:06 PM
Thanks for the advice, everyone, it's much appreciated.

The only thing that concerns me about having a digital is I like having the actual photos in my hand rather than being 'trapped' inside the digital or stuck on a computer. Because I have photo albums that I like to fill up. So I'm guessing if I get a digital, in order to have the actual photos, I have to print them all out myself???

alinnell
01-08-2007, 03:14 PM
So I'm guessing if I get a digital, in order to have the actual photos, I have to print them all out myself???

The best part about a digital camera is that you can take dozens of photos on one subject and then print only the best, thus saving your money!!! you don't have to print them yourself. Most photo developing places will print your digital photos for you, but it is cheaper to do it yourself if you have a good quality printer (many cameras also have small printers to print 4x6 prints right from the camera).

Kimphin
01-08-2007, 03:44 PM
It's really easy to upload your pictures to a photo developer like Shutterfly or York - and they will mail you your prints - I think it's around 20 cents each, plus they are always sending me offers for 20 free.

I've also uploaded them to Walmart and Target and picked up my prints in an hour.

I was really hesitant in the beginning too, because I wanted to HAVE the pictures in my hands. But now I am a convert!

LLV
01-08-2007, 05:59 PM
Thanks girls! :)

WaterRat
01-08-2007, 06:23 PM
I have a Kodak EasyShare too (can't remember the model) that I bought 2 years ago. It's great. What I did was to go to Best Buy and similar stores and look at what they had, hold it, see how hard it was to work, etc. Then I went online and found the same camera for less, and packaged with an extra memory card and a battery charger! You definitely want a non-proprietary card and a rechargeable battery. We had one at work that took AA batteries, and even the rechargeable ones of those didn't last long. I bought a second battery so that when I travel I always have a fully charged spare in case mine runs out when I'm away from hotel room. You'll be a convert quickly, I'm sure. :)

almostheaven
01-08-2007, 06:23 PM
I have a Kodak Easyshare as well and love it. I got it over 4 years ago (not sure exactly when) at Wal*Mart for over $200. It's a CX6330. It's just 3.1 megapixels, but it still takes very good pictures. Printed with my HP All-in-One printer on photo paper, they're actually better than the ones I paid huge bucks for that the hospital had taken of my son at birth.

Michelle
01-09-2007, 12:09 PM
What I love with the digital camera is that you just take your memory card into the store, you can browse through all of your pictures on the screen, and pick out only the ones that you want. Walmart and Walgreens are excellent to get the pictures developed at; my two favorites!!:p

ksk571
01-09-2007, 12:41 PM
What I love with the digital camera is that you just take your memory card into the store, you can browse through all of your pictures on the screen, and pick out only the ones that you want. Walmart and Walgreens are excellent to get the pictures developed at; my two favorites!!:p

And you can crop and red eye reduce at those machines before you print, too. I've always heard that you should buy the most megapixels that you can afford. I have a 3 megapixel. My pictures are okay. My parents have a 6 megapixel and my sister has a 5 megapixel. Their pictures are definitely better quality. The higher megapixel cameras have gone down in price and now are cheaper than what I paid for my 3 megapixel one a few years ago. Mine is a Kodak EasyShare and I like the features. One thing I don't like about many digital cameras is the delay after the flash before the picture is snapped. My 3 year old nephew is fast and I mostly get the side or back of his head because he doesn't wait long enough.

Wolfena
01-09-2007, 04:14 PM
Kodak easyshare - which comes in a variety of different models in a wide range of prices is by far the easiest to use... and takes great pictures too!

futuresurferchick
01-09-2007, 04:17 PM
Just a comment about AA batteries: The nice thing about cameras that take AA batteries is that you can take them pretty much anywhere and not have to worry about if the store is gonna have the kind of battery you need or if there is a place to charge your camera by plugging it in. If you plan to travel with it, or even take short trips, a camera that takes AA batteries may be the way to go.

LLV
01-09-2007, 08:04 PM
Awesome advice and a question: does the Kodak Easyshare take standard memory cards?

Also, what model of Easyshare is good?

Michelle
01-09-2007, 10:05 PM
I got my memory card right at Walmart, it's a Kodak brand, and it has 284 pictures that it holds and it was $19.84, and the camera model I have is the "Kodak Easyshare C433" and I just really highly recommend it. My cousin has the Kodak Easyshare and it's a 6 megapixils, and she couldn't believe that my camera takes just as good of pictures and it was half the price of hers. Just make sure it has a zoom lens. You can go on the Kodak.com website and compare all the cameras and options, and then go on other different websites to compare prices once you find the camera that you want.

SwimGirl
01-09-2007, 10:11 PM
I've bought 3 digital camera's for people in my family, mainly I wanted something easy to use (for my 70 year old grandma), and good quality. I went for Samsung, I love love love love it!! I spent around 130 Canadian, so less than 100 USD. Mine has 5.1 mp, 3 times optical zoom, 5 times digital. It takes a regular SD card.

I don't know if it's cheaper to print at home, I work for a REALLY high end printing place and our cost vs what my friends are paying in ink, paper, ink and more ink, it just doesn't even out. Places like walmart are pretty cheap for prints, a good alternative if you don't want to pay for a decent printer.

I disagree about rechargables, it's possible my camera is a battery sucker, but I've had better luck with lithium batteries.

Oh one last thing - take your pictures at the highest quality possible, you can always downsize pictures, but you cannot upsize them. I get a lot of people who have taken their pics at a lower quality and can't blow up higher than a 4x6.

-Aimee

almostheaven
01-09-2007, 11:20 PM
One thing I don't like about many digital cameras is the delay after the flash before the picture is snapped. My 3 year old nephew is fast and I mostly get the side or back of his head because he doesn't wait long enough.
Do you have redeye turned on? Turn it off. It doesn't really help anyway. It's better to use the graphics program to remove the redeye. I had that same problem. It would flash (which is to adjust the eyesight and help prevent redeye - but doesn't really), then flash again to take the picture. Turn the feature off and you just get one flash when the picture is being taken.

Wolfena
01-10-2007, 05:01 AM
http://cameras.kodak.com/?pq-path=453&pq-locale=en_US

easiest way for you to see is go to the site! Yes, they can have cards (I have a camera that has permanent storage & a card slot as well - I've never used the card. The suggested prices you see on the kodak site are typically higher than you will see in the stores.

What you want to buy really depends on what you need it for!

ksk571
01-10-2007, 09:25 AM
Do you have redeye turned on? Turn it off. It doesn't really help anyway. It's better to use the graphics program to remove the redeye. I had that same problem. It would flash (which is to adjust the eyesight and help prevent redeye - but doesn't really), then flash again to take the picture. Turn the feature off and you just get one flash when the picture is being taken.

Unfortunately, I checked and I don't have the redeye option. I was hoping that was the problem, but it doesn't seem to be. :(

LLV
01-10-2007, 06:25 PM
Thanks for all the super information, you've all been a great help!

~big hugs~

almostheaven
01-10-2007, 10:58 PM
http://cameras.kodak.com/?pq-path=453&pq-locale=en_US

easiest way for you to see is go to the site! Yes, they can have cards (I have a camera that has permanent storage & a card slot as well - I've never used the card. The suggested prices you see on the kodak site are typically higher than you will see in the stores.

What you want to buy really depends on what you need it for!
It's been so many years ago, but I got a card for mine. We use it extensively for movies as well, and you're really limited on movie time without a card. The card's all we use on ours.

sotypical
01-11-2007, 12:49 PM
I had a Fuji FinePix 5.1 mega pixel, it takes XD cards - it was a great little camera, had a nice big screen, lots of options - payd a few hundred for a couple years ago ( a lot less now) the problem I have with standard digital camera's is the quality of the photos taken in low light and also trying to take photos of anything that is moving is a ***** the cameras are too slow.

I say go with Canon, they are the fatest camera's and you wont be disipointed. Go with one of the PowerShot ones - I know lots of people who have them and adore them. They take AMAZING photos.
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5273332 This is an awesome little camera at 7.1megapixels and a very good price. You would not be disipointed with this.

I went with a digital SLR when I bought my new camera - I went with Canon and I will never go back now. It takes pictures SO FAST compared to everything else I tried. The one I linked is a great little camera, I tried it out.

Good luck.

sotypical
01-11-2007, 12:52 PM
here is the review on that camera I linked
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/canon_sd550.asp

that is a great site for reviews and reading what other people thought of it
there are also sample images taken with the camera, and you can compared images taken with that camera and others
http://www.dpreview.com/gallery/canonsd550_samples/

sotypical
01-11-2007, 12:56 PM
One thing I don't like about many digital cameras is the delay after the flash before the picture is snapped. My 3 year old nephew is fast and I mostly get the side or back of his head because he doesn't wait long enough.

That is a very very common problem with most digital cameras. Like I mentioned, Canon is the fastest camera out there right now - even the lower priced canons are faster. I had this problem all the time when taking photos of my dog (DONT LAUGH!) I got so pissed off I went and bought a new camera, lol.

In the time that I could take 1 photo on my Fugi I can take 5 on my Canon.

Rose2
01-11-2007, 07:08 PM
Hi, I always refer people to this website: http://www.steves-digicams.com/
He reviews all cameras, all types.

good luck!

LLV
01-12-2007, 11:23 AM
Thanks, girls!

ksk571
01-12-2007, 12:33 PM
I had this problem all the time when taking photos of my dog (DONT LAUGH!) I got so pissed off I went and bought a new camera, lol.

In the time that I could take 1 photo on my Fugi I can take 5 on my Canon.

:rofl: I understand that, too! Everytime I get out the camera around my dogs, they give me that look.....if I could read their minds I'd probably have to censor their thoughts! ;)