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OK, so I'm sure many of you have digital cameras. I need advice, which I'll ask for in a sec.

The year before last, I think, Cory got a gift certificate from his dad to Amazon.com. We'd been using disposable cameras before that, and we decided we'd use the certificate to get a camera. We thought and thought, trying to figure out the merits of film versus digital, and we ended up getting a film camera. Which we now realize was a mistake (well, we realized it at the honeymoon when we took 800 pictures and had to pay for film and processing and then only kept half of them).

So. Questions for you.

What kind of camera do you have?
How many megapixels is it?
How much was it, ballpark?
Where'd you get it? (Is there a website anywhere with good deals?)
Anything else I might be forgetting?

And does anyone want our film camera? :D

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rini
Sep. 30th, 2004 10:29 pm (UTC)
We have a Cannon Powershot S200 2 megapixels.
We got it for our wedding from some friends, it was $250 (it arrived with the receipt in the box). I believe they got it through a retailer affiliated with amazon.com

We LOVE it and most of our friends have this camera too and everyone really likes it. It's easy to use and takes very good photos in terms of quality.
rivulet
Sep. 30th, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC)
How much is good as far as megapixels? I heard a good rule of thumb is 3, but then again I'm not really planning on regularly taking big pictures of things.
dstroy
Oct. 1st, 2004 08:46 am (UTC)
anything over 2 is plenty, unless you want to print wall-posters.
Mine is a 2.0 megapixel and we print 8x10s all the time and they come out lovely!
solteronita
Sep. 30th, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC)
I was in love with my Sony CyberShot, but my sister has grown quite attached to it so I haven't asked for it back. Mine was a cheaper, older model and it takes great pictures. So, the newer models are probably even better!
rivulet
Sep. 30th, 2004 10:38 pm (UTC)
I just realized that I don't know which cameras are Mac-compatible. So that might put a damper on the selection thing. Grr.
luckaduck
Oct. 1st, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
Ooh Ooh Ooh!
I have a Sony Cybershot DSC-P92.
It is 5 MP. Hot!
It was about $400, brand spanking new out of the box.
I got it from Amazon, alarmingly enough.

Anything else I might be forgetting?
Hmm. I feel like you've got it pretty well covered. I am in love with this camera but I am also a technology whore who craves unnatural levels of detail. To be fair, though, I think that the unnatural levels of detail I often obtain with this camera are generally obfuscated by my recent obsession with PhotoShop and the "perfect" image.

I think that's why I like digital cameras so much; the prints are cheaper on average (if you have a membership at Costco/Sam's Club/Other Large Bulk Retailer or know someone who does, the prints are like 14 cents each), they're pretty close (with constant improvements all the time) in quality to film prints and they last just as long, they're editable with many different softwares and you can pick and choose which pictures to print.

Oh, and if you're just giving it away, I'll take the film camera off your hands. Heck, I'll even pay for shipping! I've been meaning to learn how to develop film in a darkroom for a long time.
luckaduck
Oct. 1st, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
Re: And And And
You know I have an iBook, so clearly my camera is Mac-compatible. :D
rivulet
Oct. 1st, 2004 08:52 am (UTC)
Re: And And And
OK, so two votes for a Sony CyberShot! And your pictures look pretty clear, too.
incognita
Oct. 1st, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
I know we've already had this conversation, but this is the camera Gus and I have.
rivulet
Oct. 1st, 2004 08:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for reposting the link for me! :)
dstroy
Oct. 1st, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)
mines a pentax Optio 230 and it was like just under 300 when I got it.
2.0 megapixels. awesome quality.

My friend Alex recently got a new toy (he spends $$$ on electronics ALL the time) Kodak camera that was 75 bucks and when he came to visit he was showing me how impressive and easy to use and decent quality the images on it are! He's sent me a bunch and I have to say I was mighty impressed considering the price at what a bang-for-the-buck he got.

My sister has a Cannon Powershot and her's is great, but my mom got a powershot and it was a TOTAL WASTE... Some minor changes between the models - my moms is REALLY hard to use, and it uses a battery that has to be recharged or like AAs that run out after like 3 pictures...I dont know why theres such a huge difference between their cameras, as both were about the same price, around 300 bucks.

Things to look for:
-fast shutter speed: some cams you press the button and there's like a whole second of a delay before the picture is taken. You get lots of lovely shots of the backs of people's heads.
-easy to use: do you need a degree and an 85 page manual to figure out how to take a picture with it? Does it easily/accidentally switch out of "normal" picture taking mode into something you dont want, i.e taking videos? (my moms does that! what a pain!)
-battery life: does it HAVE to use some weird proprietery battery that HAS to be plugged into a wall to recharge? Does it take AAs (those are crud - they usually run out SUPER fast) or does it take some at least decent camera battery? (mine takes AAs in a pinch, though those run out after like a "roll" of pictures (around 30) - the main battery it runs on is a CV3, which I can find 2 for 15 bucks at Freddies, and one of those batteries lasts me about a month (and YOU know how many pictures *I* take! Just imagine for every 1 that I post, 6 to 20 more get taken!)

Anything = or over a 2.0 megapixel will be plenty unless you want to print wall-sized posters - remember the bigger the image, the less you can take without buying extra memory card space (and then less fit on a CD! AND the more you have to resize and stuff to be able to mail it via the net)
rivulet
Oct. 1st, 2004 08:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the advice! Now I'm excited to go look. It's too bad that you sometimes just get the luck of the draw, though, even in the same style of camera.
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