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#1 of 21 Kevin Alexander

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Posted June 15 2004 - 04:23 PM

I have a friend who works for Canon and he can get me the following cameras at these prices:

Powershot G5...$349
Powershot S50...$249
Powershot S400...$199
Powershot A70...$129
Powershot A300...$89

This will be our first digital camera and from the research I've done I think I've settled on the A70. Basically, I want a camera that I can use for web pictures and the occasional vacation that my wife and I take. Is there a reason to move to a more expensive camera? Is there something that you camera experts know that I don't know? Thanks for your help.
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#2 of 21 Scott Kimball

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Posted June 15 2004 - 04:35 PM

The A70 sounds like an excellent choice for your needs... it's a very well regarded point & shoot digital camera that has some manual control features. The menu and navigation systems are well thought out.

Two things it DOESN'T have that would be nice: the ability to shoot RAW format, and the ability to see on-screen histograms... but these are features most novices don't care about, and are usually only on higher end cameras.

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#3 of 21 Kevin Alexander

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Posted June 15 2004 - 04:53 PM

thanks Scott.
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#4 of 21 Michael St. Clair

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Posted June 15 2004 - 04:56 PM

I like the LCD twist screens...great for taking pictures with the camera up high, down low, or turned back at yourself.

The G5 is a lot of coin, though. I really have my eye on the A80, guess it is too new for your discount, which is a shame.

#5 of 21 John Kilroy

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Posted June 16 2004 - 12:53 AM

I have an A70, it's been a good camera. They are a getting little cheaper at retail now, with the advent of the A75 and A80, so be sure your discount is commensurate.

And while you're at it, ask your friend what Canon will be unveiling at Photokina! Maybe you will want to wait! And let us all know, of course.

JK
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#6 of 21 Kevin Alexander

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Posted June 16 2004 - 01:59 AM

Those prices are good until August 31st 2004. Then, a new employee catalog comes out.
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#7 of 21 John Kilroy

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Posted June 16 2004 - 02:22 AM

Those are cheap prices...the A70 is a no-brainer at that price.
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#8 of 21 Kevin Alexander

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Posted June 15 2004 - 04:23 PM

I have a friend who works for Canon and he can get me the following cameras at these prices:

Powershot G5...$349
Powershot S50...$249
Powershot S400...$199
Powershot A70...$129
Powershot A300...$89

This will be our first digital camera and from the research I've done I think I've settled on the A70. Basically, I want a camera that I can use for web pictures and the occasional vacation that my wife and I take. Is there a reason to move to a more expensive camera? Is there something that you camera experts know that I don't know? Thanks for your help.
"What does God want with a Starship?" - Captain Kirk from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

"For the first few minutes of the film, I had accidently listened to the Dolby Digital track." - Ron Epstein (HTF)

#9 of 21 Scott Kimball

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Posted June 15 2004 - 04:35 PM

The A70 sounds like an excellent choice for your needs... it's a very well regarded point & shoot digital camera that has some manual control features. The menu and navigation systems are well thought out.

Two things it DOESN'T have that would be nice: the ability to shoot RAW format, and the ability to see on-screen histograms... but these are features most novices don't care about, and are usually only on higher end cameras.

-Scott

#10 of 21 Kevin Alexander

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Posted June 15 2004 - 04:53 PM

thanks Scott.
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#11 of 21 Michael St. Clair

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Posted June 15 2004 - 04:56 PM

I like the LCD twist screens...great for taking pictures with the camera up high, down low, or turned back at yourself.

The G5 is a lot of coin, though. I really have my eye on the A80, guess it is too new for your discount, which is a shame.

#12 of 21 John Kilroy

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Posted June 16 2004 - 12:53 AM

I have an A70, it's been a good camera. They are a getting little cheaper at retail now, with the advent of the A75 and A80, so be sure your discount is commensurate.

And while you're at it, ask your friend what Canon will be unveiling at Photokina! Maybe you will want to wait! And let us all know, of course.

JK
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#13 of 21 Kevin Alexander

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Posted June 16 2004 - 01:59 AM

Those prices are good until August 31st 2004. Then, a new employee catalog comes out.
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#14 of 21 John Kilroy

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Posted June 16 2004 - 02:22 AM

Those are cheap prices...the A70 is a no-brainer at that price.
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#15 of 21 Kevin Alexander

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Posted June 23 2004 - 01:01 AM

OK, I took possesion of the A70 yesterday! Any providers of free webspace to post web pictures?
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#16 of 21 Kevin Alexander

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Posted June 23 2004 - 01:01 AM

OK, I took possesion of the A70 yesterday! Any providers of free webspace to post web pictures?
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#17 of 21 John K Carter

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Posted June 23 2004 - 01:34 PM

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#19 of 21 Patrick Sun

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Posted June 25 2004 - 06:50 AM

From what I read, Circuit City was selling the Canon A75 for $150 (though don't know if it was a pricing foul-up or not), but I've heard the price might be getting corrected. I am going to check out CC after work and see if I can get one special-ordered at the $150 price if none are in stock, can't hurt to try.
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Posted June 29 2004 - 05:35 AM

Kevin,

Now that you've got you camera, "Can your friend be my friend for a while?" Posted Image

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