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2005/07/27 11:13:59 (permalink)

Need Digital Camera guidance

Going on Holiday next weekend for a fortnight and i was wanting to purchase a (cheapish) digital camera. Now i've never owned one before but I have borrowed my l'il brother's kodak dx4530 a few times, which is prob bit too fancy for my needs (and pocket). Thats a 5.0 meg pix. I'd prob be happy with something around 4.0 meg pix.

What are you thoughts on these:-

http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=3151&productId=118991&clickfrom=name

http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=3151&productId=120514&clickfrom=name

http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=3151&productId=120768&clickfrom=name

I'd buy new from e-bay except i want to make sure i get something this week, really.

Just after guidance, like i say these are just 3 i've found. Certainly dont want to go any more expensive.

I notice they have different size memory cards. I'm going to be taking plenty of photos on holiday, is 32mb big - sorry i'm at a bit of a loss when it comes to these things!

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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 11:16:12 (permalink)
    32mb is tiny, and u won't get many photos on it at decent resolution.

    you can buy a 1gb card for about £55 now though, or a 512mb card for about £30.
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 11:28:01 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Adam K

    32mb is tiny, and u won't get many photos on it at decent resolution.

    you can buy a 1gb card for about £55 now though, or a 512mb card for about £30.


    ah so I'd need those as well, ok! I realise these links i've put up are pretty basic camera's but the memory card aside, how do these fare?

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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 11:32:17 (permalink)
    first of all when are u going on holiday?? argos isn't the best place to buy from if u can help it, you can get much better deals online.

    pixmania are one of the cheapest around

    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/107475/art/pentax/optio-s55.html

    i would highly recommend that camera. i have one and my mum has one.
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 11:44:39 (permalink)
    Adam K,
    Cheers for the link. Looks nice I see it has a 11MB interal memory but i'd need to buy a memory card yeah? whats an SD card?
    Looks quite compact and says it only weight 135g or so. seems good!

    Go on 6th August.

    I guess i'm just a little lazt and would rather just go in and pick up something from Argos, but you've certainly got me thinking now. I'm still sometimes a little wary of buying of the net!

    I'm just, as we speak, comparing it against the nearest i can find to the Canon one i put a link up for.. powershot A95
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 12:05:12 (permalink)
    I think I'll maybe print that off and go into a camera shop at lunch time, find something similar. I'd rather have something this week, rather than risking it and it not turning up before my hols!

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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 12:05:12 (permalink)
    I think I'll maybe print that off and go into a camera shop at lunch time, find something similar. I'd rather have something this week, rather than risking it and it not turning up before my hols!

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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 12:22:16 (permalink)
    SD mate is a secure digital card. its just the type of memory card. mine is a fuji camera and it uses XD. for holiday purposes i would think something like a 128 or 256mb card would do fine. my 128mb card at 3 megapixel resolution gets me about 115 or so pics and the prices have come down alot now. some websites ive seen memory cards of this size for 20 quid or so. even asda do them
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 12:31:59 (permalink)
    Cheers Bigmac,

    Also found this one on the same website Adam K put a link up for:

    NIKON Coolpix Nikon Coolpix 5600.

    Again doesnt come with memory card though.

    I looked in Asda for cameras on sunday but couldnt find any! (mind you didnt ask either)

    I'll have a nose around few camera shops maybe at lunch time, but i dont want blinding with science or being bullsh1tted by a salesman ha ha

    Want it primarily for the hol but also, for general stuff, plus was going to get some progress photos done before holidays

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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 12:33:36 (permalink)
    try and get a 4 megapixel camera. if it has a movie function (make sure it has sound also!) then its best to go for a 512 meg card. make sure the card is FAST access (eg 50x-66x). if its a normal SD card and u try ands take a long movie then the card wont keep up with the movie and will cut off after a couple of mins.

    if the camera has no movie function then a 256 mem card will store hundreds of photos!

    i prefer the cameras with their own lithium ion batteris, as they last much longer than duracel things and u can recharge them

    i agree, buy from an online shop (dabs.com, pixmania) and you will have one by the end of the week. u save money on the camera buying it online, but you will save LOADS on the SD memory card by buying it online!
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 12:40:06 (permalink)
    ebuyer.com is cheap but delivery will take a week
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 13:07:29 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: freak_in_cage

    try and get a 4 megapixel camera. if it has a movie function (make sure it has sound also!) then its best to go for a 512 meg card. make sure the card is FAST access (eg 50x-66x). if its a normal SD card and u try ands take a long movie then the card wont keep up with the movie and will cut off after a couple of mins.

    if the camera has no movie function then a 256 mem card will store hundreds of photos!

    i prefer the cameras with their own lithium ion batteris, as they last much longer than duracel things and u can recharge them

    i agree, buy from an online shop (dabs.com, pixmania) and you will have one by the end of the week. u save money on the camera buying it online, but you will save LOADS on the SD memory card by buying it online!


    So if i order from pixmania or dabs.com I'd have it this week? I'm still unsure about buying it online TBH, more the time aspect than the security as i've onv bought other things on the net.

    I'm not bothered about movie function (does it not eat batteries?) but i agree if i get a camera with it, then yes sound required. Bit daft without isnt it?!

    would i notice much differenc between a 4.0 and 5.0 meg pix camera? or does the fact that the 5.0 i wont get as many images?

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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 17:47:55 (permalink)
    quite worrying stuff here. PIXMANIA!!!!!! GrEY IMPORTS ALERNT>>>>>>>>>>NO WARRENTY!!!!, these poepl are currently getting dragged into court by sony fuji and canon because they sell stuff from germany, fracen etc then peddle them off to the english buyer THEN they tell them that if anything goes wrong with that camera that they just take it to an Olympus/canon etc...dealer.......LOL yea right, dont buy from them, anything goes wrong you odnt get jack!

    Dabs i like, very trustworthy very good returns poilicy!

    Memery Acess speeds dotn really mean much, its actully down to the the process speeds of the cameras......which have impvoved greatly, get a normal card will be fine.

    All the cameras you have looked at so far tak AA batteries asd their pwoer soursce, they wont last long with dry (drucell) batteries in them, rechargeable one are by far alot better.

    For you or you holiday snaps you wont see any real difference between 4-5mp, you wouldnt even notice it unless i sat down beside ya with two prints and pointed out to you the differences.
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 17:59:49 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: cu3ed

    quite worrying stuff here. PIXMANIA!!!!!! GrEY IMPORTS ALERNT>>>>>>>>>>NO WARRENTY!!!!, these poepl are currently getting dragged into court by sony fuji and canon because they sell stuff from germany, fracen etc then peddle them off to the english buyer THEN they tell them that if anything goes wrong with that camera that they just take it to an Olympus/canon etc...dealer.......LOL yea right, dont buy from them, anything goes wrong you odnt get jack!

    Dabs i like, very trustworthy very good returns poilicy!

    Memery Acess speeds dotn really mean much, its actully down to the the process speeds of the cameras......which have impvoved greatly, get a normal card will be fine.

    All the cameras you have looked at so far tak AA batteries asd their pwoer soursce, they wont last long with dry (drucell) batteries in them, rechargeable one are by far alot better.

    For you or you holiday snaps you wont see any real difference between 4-5mp, you wouldnt even notice it unless i sat down beside ya with two prints and pointed out to you the differences.










    (guess what site i ordered a Camera from just about hour an a half ago......)

    so sh1t ah well

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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 17:59:50 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: cu3ed

    quite worrying stuff here. PIXMANIA!!!!!! GrEY IMPORTS ALERNT>>>>>>>>>>NO WARRENTY!!!!, these poepl are currently getting dragged into court by sony fuji and canon because they sell stuff from germany, fracen etc then peddle them off to the english buyer THEN they tell them that if anything goes wrong with that camera that they just take it to an Olympus/canon etc...dealer.......LOL yea right, dont buy from them, anything goes wrong you odnt get jack!

    Dabs i like, very trustworthy very good returns poilicy!

    Memery Acess speeds dotn really mean much, its actully down to the the process speeds of the cameras......which have impvoved greatly, get a normal card will be fine.

    All the cameras you have looked at so far tak AA batteries asd their pwoer soursce, they wont last long with dry (drucell) batteries in them, rechargeable one are by far alot better.

    For you or you holiday snaps you wont see any real difference between 4-5mp, you wouldnt even notice it unless i sat down beside ya with two prints and pointed out to you the differences.










    (guess what site i ordered a Camera from just about hour an a half ago......)

    so sh1t ah well

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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 17:59:50 (permalink)
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 18:14:14 (permalink)

    pixmania are cheap, but a bad rep.

    have a look on pricerunner for online comparisons.

    The only good thing about argos is you can take it back no questions if you try it and find it's not to your needs -14 days I think.
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 18:19:43 (permalink)
    Pix mania are cheap but there warrantys and service are poor, i have a knackered dvd player (from new) i cant be arsed sdending it back at my own exspense to france so thier technititans will find nothing wrong with it and charge me for investigation

    Adios Gringo's!
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 18:28:55 (permalink)
    Memery Acess speeds dotn really mean much, its actully down to the the process speeds of the cameras......which have impvoved greatly, get a normal card will be fine.


    this is not entirely true, depending on the file size the camera generates will determine then as the card records the data how soon the buffer clears to how quickly you can take the next pic, cheap cards are slow indeed, i have a nikon d2x and with a slow card it takes ages to write the file, with an ultra card it is instant to get on with the next shots after the buffer has cleared..
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    RE: Need Digital Camera guidance 2005/07/27 19:44:13 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: scruffy

    Memery Acess speeds dotn really mean much, its actully down to the the process speeds of the cameras......which have impvoved greatly, get a normal card will be fine.


    this is not entirely true, depending on the file size the camera generates will determine then as the card records the data how soon the buffer clears to how quickly you can take the next pic, cheap cards are slow indeed, i have a nikon d2x and with a slow card it takes ages to write the file, with an ultra card it is instant to get on with the next shots after the buffer has cleared..

    LOL okay well thats certainly trusebut you are blowing the file sizes out of the water with a d2x LOL we're talking on average about 2-4mb with the sort of cameras he is looking at, your talking about 15-20mb, their is a slight difference.
    Another thing is though the ultra cards take up more battery power.
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