first digital camera for friend

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by gt, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. gt

    gt Guest

    I'm shopping for a friend who is new to digital photography.

    I'll be brave and ask what camera she should buy. I would like to see her
    get at least a 10X optical zoom..........

    gt, Oct 21, 2003
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  2. That limits your choices drastically.
    But you might consider the Kodak Easyshare DX 6490.
    Pretty much Bang for the Buck.
    Also the Olympus C-750, 740,or 730 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1K
    Check for more
    Bob Williams
    Robert E. Williams, Oct 21, 2003
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  3. gt

    Dubb Guest

    I'm thinking about buying the Minolta Dimage Z1, and that one has a 10X
    optical zoom. Maybe that one is right for your friend.

    I havn't seen much discussion about this camera here though. Anyone that has
    any thoughts about it?

    Dubb, Oct 21, 2003
  4. gt

    HavingFun Guest


    10x zoom requires a tripod. Are long-range tripod shots important to her?

    Here's your options. Olympus is the favored 10x zoom.

    Olympus C750 ($600)
    Kodak DX6490 ($500)
    Olympus C740 ($450)
    Toshiba M700 ($350)

    If she's not into long-range tripod shots, consider a simpler 3x zoom camera:

    Canon Powershot A80 ($400)
    Canon Powershot A70 ($300)
    Canon Powershot A300 ($200)

    Or post more about her photo experience and interests, and your price range.

    Good Luck,
    HavingFun, Oct 22, 2003
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    Stewy Guest

    I'd advise skipping the 10x zoom feature except if you buy the Panasonic,
    which has a 'steady' feature to avoid camera shake. The Olympus's will need
    a tripod at full zoom. Unfortunately the Panasonic is only 2 megapixels.
    I'd recommend the Fuji A303 as a first camera - it tends to come out top in
    camera ratings.
    Stewy, Oct 22, 2003
  6. gt

    gt Guest

    My Sony FD 97 has a 10X zoom with steady shot and I absolutely love the camera. Don't need to use a tripod as
    a result of it's having steady shot.

    But my friend wants a smaller camera. She wants it to be "point and shoot". Has two small boys and doesn't
    want to "tweak" as she shoots.

    Thanks for the ideas. I realize that for some reason Sony is looked down upon by lots of people. But
    personally I think it's a great camera, IF you have steady shot.

    gt, Oct 22, 2003
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    Art Spaziano Guest

    I have the use of my brother's Minolta Dimage Z1 for the weekend.
    I just got back from my daughter's softball game, and I can tell you
    that the 10x was really wonderful.
    Some people are saying that you need a tripod, but I certainly didn't
    have a problem without one.

    The camera has a full automatic mode which makes it truly point and
    shoot, so it's very easy to use.
    It's also light and small.

    I took a number of indoor pictures last night and was impressed with
    it's low light performance.
    My Casio camera doesn't have a view finder, so unless the subject is
    wearing light clothing, you are going to have a tough time finding
    them before pressing the shutter release (or whatever it's called on a
    digital camera!).
    The Z1 has both an LCD screen and a view finder. The view finder
    amplifies available light, so it's really easy to find your subject.

    The Z1 comes with a 16mb memory card, though.
    This is woefully inadequate, given the resolution that the camera is
    capable of.

    I started looking on Ebay for these cameras and there are a couple
    with come with a 128mb card (

    I think this would be a wise option to start off with.

    I hope this helps and good luck with your decision.

    Art Spaziano, Oct 26, 2003
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