November 27, 2006

Digital Camera Bleg

The Missus asked me to post a bleg for any recommendations you can give about digital cameras, what to look for, what minimal capabilities one should have and so on. Since neither of us is Ansel Adams, what we want most is something that will do good journeyman work but is on the less expensive side.

I know I've asked this before but I can't remember when or what the answers were. Thankee in advance for any tips you can give me now.

Posted by Robert at November 27, 2006 09:58 AM | TrackBack

Cheap and good, Canon A530 for under $150.

Posted by: bill at November 27, 2006 11:25 AM

I love, love, love my Fujifilm FinePix E900.

The controls are fairly intuitive, it fits nicely in the hand, takes great pictures and fun little videos and it runs on plain old AA batteries.

The regular battery thing is a real sticking point for me. If your camera conks out it is no problem to pick up some fairly inexpensive AAs, you can get them anywhere.

For informative reviews go to Digital Camera Resource and Steve's Digicams.

I also highly recommend Beach Camera for purchasing which ever one you get.

Posted by: Sarah G. at November 27, 2006 11:48 AM

Instapundit is running a series of posts on this if I'm not mistaken. Granted, we don't all have evil Glenn's budget to work with.

Posted by: The Colossus at November 27, 2006 11:51 AM

Colossus, you need to start drinking blended puppies. Not only does it make you richer, you also become famous.

Posted by: rbj at November 27, 2006 12:21 PM

I recommend the Canon A540. You'll want at least ~5 megapixels in whatever camera you get, in case you ever want to print a 5x7 or 8x12 without any appreciable loss of quality. Go for the best "glass" you can get too. I like the A540's quality better than the Sony cybershot I had before it.

If you want to compare the Canon to Sony, check out some real-world applications in my photoblog entries (filed under the "Domestic Bliss" category at my blog; everything before the Caribbean pictures was taken with an old 5MP Sony or 1MP Sony video camera, everything after with the Canon).

Posted by: JohnL at November 27, 2006 12:29 PM

Correction: The in-the-water Stingray photos were taken either with a Fuji waterproof film camera or by a professional photographer with a higher-end digital camera. All the other Caribbean photos were taken with the Canon.

Posted by: JohnL at November 27, 2006 12:32 PM

Any Fuji Finepix with over 4 MP will do. Best to get one with 3X mechanical zoom (real) and 3 or more X digital zoom. I have been using these for years with fantiastic results. Even better, they are down to 99 bucks for some of the older (but still new) 4 MP models. The older ones are a bit bulkier, but then a heavy item the size of a cigarrette box is not that big to start with. I can send you some nice photos of Chile, Argentina and other places if you want to see the quality, and that at about 1024 X 800 res, I don't use max resolution, otherwise it takes forever to download at friends side.

Posted by: Terrapod at November 27, 2006 07:25 PM

Mr. keysunset recommends the 6 megapixel Canon PowerShot SD600 bought from Profeel ( for $209.75, free shipping. And he says you might want to buy some extra memory for it.

Just got it today and Mr. has been a happy boy playing with his new toy. ;-)

Posted by: keysunset at November 27, 2006 09:46 PM

That'll teach me to comment from memory. I looked at our Canon when I got home last night and it's actually the A530, so let me heartily second bill's recommendation (first commenter above).

Posted by: JohnL at November 28, 2006 10:46 AM

I have the Canon S3 IS and I love it. It's 6 megapixels and has a 12x's zoom which is longer than most in it's price range. It also has a decent size screen on the back. It's definitely not something you just slip in your pocket. But I wanted the longer zoom since tend to take crazy vacations involving pyramids or gorillas or whatever. One downside is that it requires 4 conventional batteries which it runs through quickly.

Posted by: bobgirrl at November 28, 2006 08:09 PM

I bought a Pentax 100D. My previous body was a Pentax K. I've shot wildlife to weddings with that camera. In terms of film, the K chassis was the best ever made for the man who could work a camera.

The 100D is a work in progress. The depth of color is phenomenal. And, you can shoot it full manual. White balance and your filters become true tools.

It's probably more expensive than most want to spend but, most don't like shooting. But if you love photography it's worth a look.

Posted by: OregonGuy at November 28, 2006 11:22 PM

Oh! I just found a great article about what to look for in a camera that a friend emailed me when I was looking for mine. I can't locate your email address, but if you send it my way, I'm happy to send you the article.

Posted by: bobgirrl at November 29, 2006 03:43 AM