Best camera for beginner under $400.00

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Steve, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I would like to know the opinion of digital camera users on what is the best
    value for $400.00. I have had 2 people ask me this question and after
    surfing the web I have come up with the Minolta S414. I would appreciate
    any input.

    Steve, Jul 28, 2003
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  2. Very good camera. best of the money. takes increadable pictures. better get
    a big falsh card and nihm rechargable batteries.
    Patrick Devoy, Jul 28, 2003
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  3. Steve

    Dreamer Guest

    Gray-market is usually used to describe cameras (or any sort of electronic
    equipment) produced for sale in countries outside the US (or Canada, I
    think) which, while usually the same physical equipment, often don't come
    with English manuals and rarely if ever come with warranties that can be
    used in the US - if you buy a camera that was supposed to be sold in Hong
    Kong, you have to send it for warranty service *in Hong Kong.* Also,
    gray-market equipment which uses mains power (plugs into the wall) is often
    set to the common 220/240V spectrum used almost everyplace but the US and

    B&H lists it at $399, which is "standard street." MicroCenter was selling it
    at that price last month but threw in a free 256MB card. (You'll need a new
    card, the 16MB card it comes with is wholly inadequate, which is a
    near-universal thing with digital cameras.) Calumet is selling it for
    $329.99 (you have to click on "add to cart" to see the price, but it doesn't
    commit you.)

    Amazon is selling it for $335, but they don't seem to be having the $50
    thing anymore. I've seen it for sale in the back of PopPhoto for $289, but
    I'll bet your next paycheck those are grey-market or else unavailable unless
    you buy the $150 "option pack" which has about $25 worth of actual stuff in
    it, as well as having a $40 "shipping and handling" charge. The cheapest
    place I see it on Computer Shopper that I'd actually buy it from is
    Willoughby's, at $309. (They *will* try to sell you the option pack but
    should let you just buy the camera if you hold out under the pressure.) My
    advice? For an extra $25, buy it from Calumet Photo and sleep well.


    Dreamer, Jul 28, 2003
  4. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Thanks for the info. If you click on B & H's link to email a better price
    it is also 329.95.
    Steve, Jul 28, 2003
  5. Steve

    JK Guest

    The Olympus C4000 is quite good at around $380.
    JK, Jul 29, 2003
  6. Mine should arrive tomorrow. I'll let you know.
    Brandy Alexandre, Jul 29, 2003
  7. I should clarify that this is the price before getting the $50 GC. I
    prolly should have saved buying some of those items and used the GC,
    but I have a feeling I'll come up with something else to use it on. ;)
    Brandy Alexandre, Jul 29, 2003
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