Nikon Coolpix 775 or Nikon Coolpix 2500
I have decided to purchase a basic 2 megapixel digital camera; as explained
before, film 35mm SLRs (Nikon N65 & N80) are my main-stay but processing
costs are adding up. Therefore, I see the need to use a digital for
"everyday" snapshots which wouldn't be much improved (at least with ME as
the "photographer" anyway) with higher-grade cameras like the SLRs--in order
to save on film-processing costs. I'd still use the SLRs for more critical
work and "adventurous" shots like star trails, sunsets, scenics, shots of
Anyway, I earlier posted on the merits of the Kodak DX3600 (which I THINK
has been discontinued) vs the Nikon Coolpix 2500. The latter attracts me
because it's a Nikon (notice my 35mm SLRs are as well) and because you can
get it for $150 after rebate, brand-new and everything. Both cameras from
what I've read give better-than-average results for 2 megapixel models.
Well now another choice has emerged. The Nikon Coolpix 775. I THINK that
model has been discontinued, but of course you can get one on eBay.
I've been reading the reviews at Digital Photography review (775:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikoncp2500/). From what I can see I think I
may like the 775 more. Its different exposure modes--which to me seem like
the way you'd trick the camera to sort of using the aperture/shutter
combination you want it to (eg, the portrait forces a wide-open aperture,
landscape a smaller aperture)--seem easier to access to me. You do it with a
simple rotary knob. With the 2500, you use the "scene" button and (I
imagine) the 4-way toggle switch to select it. Not as convenient it would
seem to me. Yes the 2500 has 12 of them vs 7, but the 2 I mentioned may well
be all I need anyway.
Moreover, the 775 has the handgrip whereas the 2500 is completely flat,
basically. Then, lastly and maybe the biggest of all, the 775 has a
conventional viewfinder. Some have stated that they found the 2500 really
difficult to use in sunny light due to their only being an LCD to use for
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