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Old 09-07-2005, 10:40 AM
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Question Digital Camera.

Hi All

It has probably been asked before ( sorry if it has)
I'm looking to buy my first digital camera. I have no idea what to buy.

Looking for a point and shoot, would like Macro and some zoom.
I would never print bigger than A4, so would 3 meg be enough?

Budget $300-$400.

Any advice would be great thanks
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:43 AM
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fuji finepix s5000
you get 10x optical zoom with it.
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:47 AM
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If you can hang on for a couple of weeks Dave, Tony will have a 20Da for sale cheap

I guess I'm biased and have always had canons and have never had any problems with them and they take a fine photo. 3meg to an A4 will end up grainy but if your printing them out of a bubble jet then thats not going to matter too much.

Is the camera for afocal astronomy or for just general point and shoot stuff with a bit of afocal on the side?
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Point and shoot, not for Astrophotography.

Is this the one David? See Below
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For point and shoot the fujipix is a great little camera. While I've not had one a good friend of mine does and he loves it. Takes a nice photo.
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I suggest that you look at some reviews and see what's hot and what's not. A good starting point is http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/cameraList.php and http://www.dpreview.com/ and http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html Some of the sites also have buyer feedback pages and this can be useful in determining whether any particular models have problems.
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Point and shoot, not for Astrophotography.

Is this the one David? See Below
i think thats the s3000 or 3400. the 5000 is black.
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Check out the forum for Canon details. I think the A85,(4 meg), is down to $399.00??? now. My A75 is a ripper. L.
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthrea...l/fpart/2/vc/1
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Thanks for your advice

Today i brought this camera

Now how do I work it
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Nice one dave.

I will give you $299 for it.
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Paul, is that 20DA a DSLR ? Am looking for a DSLR in the months ahead....
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Yes it is Grant. Latest release from Canon, just to make us astro happy snappers even happier. If you can afford it And if you can get hold of one. Apparently not being released here in Aus at this point. Japan and US only
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Correct Paul...and with a price tag of around $3300 and upwards...I must be crazy.
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$3300!! ****** hell. Today we bought a 20D (body only) for $2100. From what I remember, the 20DA wasn't very special. Different IR filter and different firmware to allow fairly precise LCD focusing.

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Correct again Mig....not that different but the most important thing is the IR filter modification...and better noise reduction...and the live view for easier focusing real time.

But your right its a lot more to pay for those extra's.

Mind due Hutech charge over $600 USD just to mod all the canon DSLR..so when you put it into that perspective I would much prefer to go with the canon made product with the extra's such as the 20DA.

Sorry Dave off topic a bit......good value camera you have picked with the Fuji.
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nice one dave
you'll be happy with that one. my brother has it and he is stoked!
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Actually you missed the semi transparent mirror that allows the LCD focussing. Really mig..... your standards are slipping....
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Thanks for your advice

Today i brought this camera

Now how do I work it
Thats the s5000 is it? How have you found it so far Dave?
I am thinking of buying the s5600 so would be interested to hear any comments on the s5000 or the s5600.
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Check out the forum for Canon details. I think the A85,(4 meg), is down to $399.00??? now. My A75 is a ripper. L.
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthrea...l/fpart/2/vc/1
I agree totally, I have the A85, takes excellent pix, 3x optical, 11x digital, macro down to 50mm. but I see you have already brought one.

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