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Coworker needs first Digital Camera. Best one for $200-250?

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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   CRyan



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Posted May 19 2006 - 02:54 AM

Title says what I need. I have a coworker who needs basic point and shoot with zoom. Quality is important but will not be printing anything bigger than 4x6. So good optics and marginally good megapixels is desired. She will not go higher on the price.

I just bought a camera and researched heavily cameras in the $500 range, but I have no idea what is good at this price point.

She also does want an LCD panel of course and some sort of memory card (not just built in storage on the camera).

Thanks for any help

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   CRyan



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Posted May 19 2006 - 05:33 AM

One that I have looked over thus far is the PowerShot A540 by Canon. Looks to have good reviews.

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   SethH



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Posted May 19 2006 - 06:32 AM

I would go with the Canon A620. I know it can be had for $240. Possibly less if you shop around.

My parents have a 620 that I've used pretty frequently and I think it's a really great camera in this price range.

#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Kirk Gunn

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Posted May 19 2006 - 08:51 AM

C'mon, keep it in the family !!! Check today (May 19):


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#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Adam Bluhm

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Posted May 24 2006 - 03:31 AM

I'll agree that a Powershot is a good first cam. It takes good pictures, is easy to handle and also has manual controls. You never know when a first-timer will love using manual controls and accel to better, more expensive cams and have it become a hobby.

That's basically me. Posted Image I began with an old 2mp Powershot A40. I played with manual controls once I got the feel of the cam and I now have a Sony H1, which has a few more controls, megapixels and zoom. I'm sure my next cam will be more expensive yet and much more advanced.

If they don't take to manual controls and only want to use it as a point-and-shoot at a birthday party, it'll do the job wonderfully.
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