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sicky
19th Sep 2006, 19:13
Hello and thanks for looking!

It's my 21st soon and i really would like a good digital camera. I've thought about a decent compact and a decent DSLR but my budget won't stretch. I'm looking at £400ish max.

I havemy eyes on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2. However i have huge concerns over bad noise reports and slow focusing.

Not really sure what else is out there, the LX2 has everything i want but those 2 things kind of bug me.

Should i just go for it? (The best deal i've seen is on bestcameras.co.uk and you only have 7days to return it - my birthday is not til 2nd Oct!)

Thanks for any hints, tips or advice. :) (I realise this is not strictly aviation related, but it will be used heavily when i start my flying :P)

Jhieminga
19th Sep 2006, 19:44
For a start have a look at these two websites:
www.dcresource.com (http://www.dcresource.com)
www.dpreview.com (http://www.dpreview.com)

They have loads of reviews and information about cameras. Read a lot, figure out which items are most important for you on your camera and compare test results. That is always a good starting point for a decision. Good luck!

G-CPTN
19th Sep 2006, 23:27
Son has one of these:- http://www.sony.co.uk/view/ShowProduct.action?product=DSC-H1&site=odw_en_GB&pageType=Overview&category=DPH+Digital+Still+Cameras
And is delighted. I want one too :{

More:- http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Cyber-shot-Digital-Camera-Optical/dp/B0009J575A/sr=1-2/qid=1158708484/ref=sr_1_2/202-6776659-5979830?ie=UTF8&s=electronics

chiglet
20th Sep 2006, 00:08
Nikon D70. :ok: Check prices, 'cos it's just been replaced with the D70s and the D80. I bought my D70 19 months ago fanchuffintastic.:D :ok:
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Loose rivets
20th Sep 2006, 04:29
I don't know if you can get a D50 refurbished there. They come with Nikon warranty and mine looked unused. I don't know that the exchange rate will translate to cameras, but mine was well within your budget when changed to $$$

Watch out for scams. One company was selling the Nikon 50 for $270. New. But when I asked the pertinent questions, it had no lense....okay, that's understood but it also had no battery or charger. They wanted $199 for a battery and 299 for the charger.

I got a generic battery for 1.99 I'm not kidding, a 100th of the price. Looks well made and the cells are Japanese. Mmmm...... hope they don't explode.

Hobo
20th Sep 2006, 05:44
I just bought a Canon IXUS 750. Absolutely superb results, and around £230 online. Got the 1gb memory card so it takes around 400 2mb pics.

B A Lert
20th Sep 2006, 07:38
This site has more info than can be reasoably absorbed but well worth a look:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/

Don't get too confused. The Canon S3IS is every bit as good as the Lumix.

woolyalan
20th Sep 2006, 07:51
http://www.warehouseexpress.com/

i recently bought a canon 350D my first DSLR, its my new best technomlogical friend :rolleyes:

Mr Lexx
20th Sep 2006, 08:36
Canon E10D is a brill choice. You can get very decent examples (2000 shots) for under £400, and these generally come with a decent lens as well. The other bonus of the Canon DSLR's is that you can use the "Legacy" lenses with them, i.e. a telephoto lens designed for the film slr will work quite happily with the dslr. Also, the focus is quick, and if you choose, you can turn the camera to complete manual mode so you can do "proper" photography, light, shutter speed, etc etc.

Put this number in a well known auction site, I think it is the pick of the bunch : 320028926179

Whirlygig
20th Sep 2006, 08:41
I just bought a Canon IXUS 750. Absolutely superb results, and around £230 online. Got the 1gb memory card so it takes around 400 2mb pics.
Snap! I've got one of those as well! One thing that's worth considering is to get a camera with an optical viewfinder as well as the screen as the screen can be difficult to see in bright sunlight.

Cheers

Whirls

Skunkerama
20th Sep 2006, 09:27
After looking through DPReview I ended up buying the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7. It has excellent reviews and I have found it to be an excellent camera. Pin sharp, easy to use and in manual mode there is amazing scope for getting a great picture.

The 12x zoom is very handy and the lense stabilisation is very nice. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a serious camera but not wanting a DSLR.

Only problem is that I'm now hooked on taking good phots and am now booking onto a City and Guilds course. You never know I may even be able to do it for some pin money.

Don't let the 6 million pixels put you off, It is more than enough for high quality pics, and when are you seriousley going to print off pics bigger than A3? If that is a worry then go for it's big brother the DMC-FZ50. That has amazing reviews also.

BUMPFF
20th Sep 2006, 09:40
Go for a Sony Cybershot T9. Smaller than a packet of fags, it slips into your shirt pocket and is very easy to use. Useful for taking pictures where it says, 'NO PHOTOGRAPHY', like on airports. But don't try it in Greece! I use mine when conducting an incident/accident investigation and I can't be bothered to fill in all the forms.

The pixel count is merely an indication of how much blow-up you want on prints. 10 Mp gives you up to 17" x 12" or thereabouts. The most you're likely to need is 8 x 6, so 7Mp is enough.

Good luck

tubthumper
20th Sep 2006, 09:53
Some purists will not like me saying this, but I reckon the Fuji S9500 is worth a look. Although not a DSLR per se, it is packed full of all the features you would expect on a more expensive SLR. Prices are now down to £350 (maybe lower, if you look). I still use the S7000, which the 9500 replaces, and it's a fantastic wee piece of kit. I can only assume the 9500 is even better.


Good luck.:ok:

Tolsti
20th Sep 2006, 10:48
I had a Finepix S7000 until 2 weeks ago when Burglar Bill visited...... the insurance company replaced it with the S9500..... Only got it yesterday but had a play last night and am well impressed. Dead easy to use, excellent screen and impressive zoom (28 - 300) Macro and supermacro. Got a 1 gb card with it and so looking forward to using it in Thailand in 2 weeks time (good timing eh?)

G-CPTN
20th Sep 2006, 10:59
Does the 9500 have 'image stabilisation'? Using the long focal lengths without image stabilisation (or a tripod) brings problems with blurring. The Sony DSC-H1 has image stabilisation which my son says works well. My Kodak DX7590 doesn't have it, and is more difficult to hold firmly than my Pentax Super A with 300/400 mm lens (which has something substantial to hang onto).

Tolsti
20th Sep 2006, 11:41
No, for some reason Fuji have not added this when intoducing this camera. However to quote a reviewer:

''Surprisingly for a camera with a 300mm lens, the S9500 doesn’t have image stabilisation. However its F2.8 maximum aperture and extremely good high-ISO noise reduction give it an extra 3-4 stops in low light, which more than makes up for it.''

http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?art=2072

dontpickit
20th Sep 2006, 12:48
There's this thread too, from a few weeks ago,

http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?t=227391&highlight=camera