need a digital camera, a good one.

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john3

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here are the parameters.

1) less than $400 CDN
2) Good quality
3) my cousin wants either Sony or Canon, but if u guys no a company that makes just as good, like nikon, or panasonic, companies like that

its gonna be basically a family camera, and she will be using it for the yearbook commitee (however its spelt)

thanx guys.
 

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One thing I have found with cameras is that it is hard to go wrong with Canon. That's not to say that you can't find a better camera in the same price range than Canon. I'm just saying that generally, if you go Canon, you can expect a certain level of quality that wont dissappoint.

That being said, I would look at http://www.dpreview.com
It's a super-good digital camera review site, that gives short answers and really long articles on every kind of camera.

I personally own a Canon S1(Mini-SLR) and a Nikon D50(Full-fledged SLR), and am happy with both.
 

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Definately go to that site Elbatrop1 gave you, it has excellent reviews and info on every digital camera thats worth buying.

Canon is a safe bet, but I personally like Fujifilm cameras more. Fuji has some really nice cameras with excellent quality shots. One that I think would fit your needs nicely is the S5200. I own an older version (S5000), and it is very nice. With the S5200 (and S5000), you can take massive shots (I've blown mine up to nearly 25x32 with minimal pixellation). In all, it's an excellent camera, especially for the price. It also has the SLR-like body, so it feels like a real camera when you use it, which I really like.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Fujifilm/fuji_finepixs5200z.asp
 

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Canon is very good, I can't recommend you a specific one though. They're definitely my favorite camera brand, lots of features, very nice image processor (better pics on the whole than other brands), and good prices. Tough to go wrong with them.
 

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k guys here are some more specs my uncle has given me, and he wants this in a camera.

1) Optical zoom, not digital
2) Manual or Automatic and Manual focus
3) Good AE, and AF
4) Low light
5) Megapixels dont matter cause he wont be making huge prints of it
6)below $400 including CDN taxes (14%)
7) Image stabilization
8)built in flash
9) USB or Firewire. and any type of battery type but PREFERABLY lithium ion rechargeer.

hope that narrows it down, since i dunno jack about cameras.
 

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1) You can't avoid digital zoom with point-and-shooter's

2) IÂ’ve never seen a point-and-shoot'er with a manual focus (never bothered to check)

3) Most point-and-shooter's are single point AF.

4) Use a flash in low light and bounce the light off a wall or ceiling by using a notecard or something in front of the flash. If you use the "night mode" (yuck), than use a tripod.

5) Good, because 8MP point-and-shooter's are stupid when a 4MP Nikon D2H DSLR will make images that are twice as good every time.

6) I use American dollars

7) Forget the $400 price point if you want that. VR is expensive and I might have seen 2 point-and-shooter's that have it.

8) Duh

9) Again, duh! If it didn't have USB or firewire, how would it connect to a PC? Serial? You might be able to find lithium ion batteries to substitute AA's.

If this guy wants vibration reduction and manual focus, he should get a Konica Minolta DSLR. They have integrated VR and because itÂ’s an SLR, he can attach more powerful flashes, use better optics than any point-and-shootÂ’er, manually focus in the blink of an eye, and not have to deal with the crappy digital viewfinder found in a lot of high-end point-and-shootÂ’ers.

:confused:
 

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Here's the same one I have for $400 USD, which is like...480 CDN? I know 400 is your limit, but this would probably be an excellent investment. The touch screen is an awsome feature, as is the 3x Optical Zoom. However, as you mentioned, he will not be making any large prints, thus 8.1 MP seems sorta pointless.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16830150067
One other one I found for $225 USD, or ...270 CDN? anyway...it looks pretty good, with 4x optical zoom, runs on AAs so that's a plus, and it's relatively cheap. I have never owned a Canon myself, but based on other posts it seems they have a respectable reputation. Good luck finding the digicam that's just right for you!
 

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I believe that the one I recommended meets those requirements (except image stabilization which, as Sw1tch[FX] said is expensive). It goes for about $300 USD, which should easily be under $400 Canadian, and has 10X optical zoom (plus a little digital)
 

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I use a KODAK Z740 5MP 50X ZOOM Digital Camera and it works great. I got it off of Ebay for 200$ last year. Here are some pics I took with it:

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k guys so the one vy suggested is the one im thinking of telling my uncle about, i found a pretty good price on it.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?XFX-68XT

now he knows quite a bit about cameras because he used to be a photographer, and he needs a good quality camera. now this FujiFilm S5200

has F/ 3.2-3.5 Aperture, is that good? why or why not?

Has optical zoom of 10x so im sure he'll be pleased with that.

focal length of 6.3mm-63mm, what does that mean? is it good or bad? why?

the weight is also great because he just wants something less than 2 pounds, and not really light either, and something that isnt slim and miniscule because he doesnt want jitter...so the size and weight are good.

light sensitivity is ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 64, ISO 1600, ISO auto, what is that? is it good or bad?

the max shudder speed is 1/2000 sec, and min is 15 sec. now i read that theoretically good exposure = Aperture + Shudder speed or something, or times shudder speed cant remember. can some1 plz explain this to me.

effective flash range 1-13ft. how long is a good or decent flash range, before i showed him a camera that had 8-14ft and he said it was ok, is this one ok? the 1-13ft?

what is an AF illuminator? wat does AF stand for?

I no these are a lot of questions, but i need them answered so 1) i learn it myslef in case if i buy a camera later on 2) interest, and 3) i wanna help my uncle pick a good camera for a good price. thanx.
 
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