View Full Version : Which camera should I buy?
05-08-2002, 07:36 PM
consumerreports.org tells me that two of the better cameras, in the 2MP category, are the Kodak DX3600 and the Nikon Coolpix 775. For the extra<BR>
money ($75 to $100) for the Nikon am I just paying for the name? Can people tell me which they think is the better choise? (As if I had to ask.)<BR>
And the only other thing I need to get started is a larger memory chip, is that correct?
05-08-2002, 10:14 PM
With the Nikon, you get more zoom, autofocus, a faster lens, a clearer LCD screen, superior flash capabilities, Exposure compensation and matrix metering. Check out the differences here:<BR>
<A HREF=http://www.imaging-resource.com/CAMDB/compare_results.php?sections%5B%5D=250§ions%5B%5D=252&submit=Compare" TARGET='_blank'>http://www.imaging-resource.com/CAMDB/compare_results.php?sectio ns%5B%5D=250§ions%5B%5D=252&submit=Compare</A><BR>
You'll want a larger CF card than what's shipped with the camera. <A HREF=http://www.newegg.com" TARGET='_blank'>www.newegg.com</A> has some great prices.<BR>
For comprehensive camera reviews, try these 3 sites:<BR>
<A HREF=http://www.dpreview.com" TARGET='_blank'>www.dpreview.com</A><BR>
<A HREF=http://www.imaging-resource.com" TARGET='_blank'>www.imaging-resource.com</A><BR>
<A HREF=http://www.steves-digicams.com" TARGET='_blank'>www.steves-digicams.com</A>
05-09-2002, 01:37 AM
How can a point and shoot camera not have autofocus? Or I am confused about what autofocus means?
Forget consumer reports and go to the web sites previously mentioned, they are very good.
05-09-2002, 02:47 AM
I second the motion on Consumer Reports. They know little or nothing about photography and cameras. Some time ago, they touted a certain P/S camera on which we had a 100% return rate. It was a disaster for the customers.<BR>
quote:Originally posted by ohio:<BR>
<b>Forget consumer reports and go to the web sites previously mentioned, they are very good.</b>
Forget consumer reports and go to <A HREF=http://www.dpreview.com" TARGET='_blank'>www.dpreview.com</A>
05-10-2002, 10:48 AM
Ok, ok, dpreview.com is a great site. <BR>
But - there are just too many choices. I need someone to select a group of cameras and rate them for me - which is what consumerreports.org does. <BR>
And another question - I went to <A HREF=http://www.newegg.com" TARGET='_blank'>www.newegg.com</A> to look for CF and didn't know what I needed or how to look for it. I searched for "compact flash" and got way too many hits, most of which confused me anyways. I want a 128 or 256 CF for Nikon - any help would be wildly appreciated.<BR>
05-10-2002, 11:15 AM
So at the moment I am considering the Nikon Coolpic 775 or Coolpic 2500. Both of which I can find for less than $300.
05-10-2002, 12:00 PM
Sandisk and Kingston make CF cards, go to their Web sites (search on Google, I'm too lazy to do it for you) and see what they have. Both decent brands.
05-10-2002, 09:49 PM
Good luck, ChristO!<BR>
You have the research tools at your disposal...only you can make the decision of what camera to buy.<BR>
P.S. One large difference between the 775 and the 2500 is that the 775 has an optical viewfinder, while the 2500 only has an LCD screen to compose your pictures with.
05-11-2002, 12:59 AM
While Consumer Reports does rate products, keep in mind their name "Consumer". Their recommendations for an average user should be good enough. With CR, you're getting a camera review with basically the same methodology of a review for a refrigerator, vacuum cleaner or car.<BR>
For the more serious enthusiast CR's ratings fall short. They tend not to take into account factors more serious users find important. DPReview reviews nothing but digital cameras & related gear.<BR>
One example: Several years ago in a roundup of 35mm autofocus cameras, the Yashica 230AF topped their ratings. While it was a competent camera, few serious photographers would have (or, in retrospect, did) choose it over similar models from Canon, Minolta or Nikon. If you just want a good, competent camera and basic accessories, it was fine. The Yashica system was, however, clearly a dead end for photo enthusiasts.<BR>
So, while you may want to consider CR's reviews, definitely compare them to the dedicated reviews referenced here.
You are going to need a 64 MB card and rechargable NiMH batteries. I bought a 2 MP camera for a club to shoot newsletter, 4 X 6's and web site photos and chose a Canon Powershot A40 for $275.
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