What's the best digital camera for <$200?

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By Innotof (Innotof) on Saturday, July 17, 2004 - 08:37 pm: Edit

I'm currently shopping around for a digital camera that's good for taking snapshots and panoramic shots. Is there anything out there for less than two hundred bucks?

By Poison_Ivy (Poison_Ivy) on Saturday, July 17, 2004 - 08:49 pm: Edit

Don't get a Kodak. I find the 10 second self timer unbelievabley a true irk in itself.

Logitech 961305-0403 Pocket Digital 130 Camera 1.3 megapixel resolution is amazing. I'm used to 5 megapixel (such as in the Canon) but as for the minature, sleek steel finish, compaction, I use easy deal the negative 3.7 factor. Canon PowerShot S500 5MP Digital Elph with 3x Optical Zoom 9-point AIAF is a benefit factor which anyone human would prefer (sharp and fast even with unbalanced centered). If possible get a Canon but if you can't get that Logitech I reviewed. Use the 1280x1024 resolution when taking pictures. You would regret.

By Crazylicious (Crazylicious) on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 03:24 am: Edit

sony dsc-p32
great camera for its price
very reliable
3.2 megapixel
about $150 now (i got it last year as a gift, it cost $200 at that time)
expose compensation for some control
flash has a wide range, works well indoor as well
has 2x digital zoom which works pretty well
vga mode - can take digital video at 640x480
more details: stevesdigicams.com

some sample photos from dsc-p32:
crazylicious.com/gallery (90% are taken with dsc-p32)

By Meth5400 (Meth5400) on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 10:52 pm: Edit

fuji finepix A330, i got mine at electricsam, for a lot cheaper than best buy etc. its 3.2mp

By Missegg (Missegg) on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 01:59 am: Edit

personally, i like my parents kodak, but i don't ever use a timer....now i have to switch back to my old crappy digital camera, atleast for a while.

By Theweakshallwee (Theweakshallwee) on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 03:49 am: Edit

Crazylicious, are those pictures resized to be smaller, or were they that small when you took them. My screen's at 1024x768 Resolution. Also, does the camera have an LCD preview screen on the back, because that's a necessity as far as I'm concerned

By Crazylicious (Crazylicious) on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 03:53 am: Edit

Theweakshallwee: VERY VERY helpful - http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_reviews/p32.html

those pics were resized... yes there is lcd preview on the back

By Anglophile (Anglophile) on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 04:08 am: Edit

I just got the FujiFinepix A310 after a lot of research. It seemed to have everything I want plus some. The picture quality is excellent.

By Anothersuitcase (Anothersuitcase) on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 12:13 am: Edit

Go to http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare.asp . Digital Photography Review is just an excellent site in general to research digital cameras.

When choosing your camera, it's generally a good idea to go with established camera companies like Nikon, Canon, etc. I personally own a Canon PowerShot A80.

By Glamourbaby19 (Glamourbaby19) on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 10:57 am: Edit

I just bought a Nikon Coolpix 2200. It is small, cute, and the 2 MP resolution is just fine for emailing and 4x6s. Got it for $130 out the door.

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