£400 to Spend on Digital Camera

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Richard Payne
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A friend of mine has £400inc. VAT to spend on a Digital Camera. He wants 3m Pixel

Any of you guys have a recommendation?

I have a Fuji 6900Z that I'm very happy with (apart from AF in Low Light( I use a table lamp !))

Stuart B-M
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Dear Richard...

Depends what he is looking for...
The £400 sits between two good Fuji models..

Fuji Finepix 2800 http://www.camerasdirect.co.uk/desc.asp?id=2721
This has x2mp but is a great buy with good zoom lens...
Review... http://www.steves-digicams.com/2001_reviews/fuji2800.html

Fuji S602 http://www.camerasdirect.co.uk/desc.asp?id=2776
3.1Mp but with interpolorization, much more.. (Not as much as fuji claim, but certainly widely publicised at +4mp..
Also has a great deal of control and offers some brilliant features for the money...
but over the top at £516...
Review... http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/fuji_s602z.html

To stay in budget at £400 "ish" if he is looking for a good solid point and shoot.. that can do more but has full automatic control i would recommend looking at the...
Sony DCP-9 http://www.camerasdirect.co.uk/desc.asp?id=2778
Review.. http://www.camerasdirect.co.uk/desc.asp?id=2778

For a slightly more "featured" camera to grow into would suggest the...
Canon Pwershot S40.. http://www.camerasdirect.co.uk/desc.asp?id=2720
Review http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons40/

Kind regards
Regards all.

Keitht
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First stop www.dpreview.com and read the reviews of cameras in the price bracket. Dearer isn't always better.
Second step go to your local dealer and handle your shortlist.

Alternatively - Dealer first to see what feels best then dpreview for image quality assessment.

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Keith

Regards Keith

Richard Payne
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Thanks Guys - I'll pass this on

busterboy
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I am nowhere near a good photographer but have just bought myself a Fuji FinePix 601 Zoom for £410 on the internet. PC World are now price matching this and 2 of my work friends have bought this same camera for £399 there. As said before I am a see and shoot photographer with my new camera but the quality from this camera and my sheer lack of knowledge makes me feel proud with the results, Some of which I edit and print on photo glossy paper and the rest I write to a CDR disk. For £400 I wouldn't buy any other make. Yes I love it..

KeithReeman
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I have recently invested in an Olympus 4000z. Cost £429 inc battery charger + 4xrechargeables, leather case and extra 128mb smart media card. The camera is 4Mp, point and shoot or fully manual with lots of options. So far I am very pleased with the results.

Cheers
Keith

Keitht
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I come from a 35mm SLR background and prefer something with a bit of weight to it. I don't mean massive, or digital SLR. I found any of the Fuji's I tried too light so have gone for HP Photosmart 850. 4megapixel, 8x optical zoom. It is not the most compact of cameras but worth a look at the price

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Keith

Regards Keith

tom hardwick
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If 3 million pixels is his only specification Richard, have a look at the Casio QV-R3.,. £350 in Jessops but £260 at Internetcamerasdirect (whatever).

I've had a good play with this diminutive jewel, and can vouch for its performance. Movies, but no sound (I knew this would upset you).

tom.

Richard Payne
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FYI My friend bought a SONY DSCP7 Digital Camera - Coz it looked cool.

Hmmmmmm Well it does fit in his pocket.

Thanks for all your input.

buckers
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I really liked the Sony Digital stills when I looked at them but two things put me off - non-standard battery and non-standard media (that overpriced chewing gum stick of theirs). I paid £60 for a spare battery for my first Sony Digicam (a DCS-F1) and I've never really got over it

I went with a FujiS602 instead, very pleased indeed but well over that £400 budget.

Adam

Chap
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I just got what I think is a bit of a bargain (please don't deflate my little balloon). A Fuji 6800Zoom factory refurb as new c/w full Fuji warranty etc - a snip at £299!!

Chap

Michael H S
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I just got a HP Photosmart 850 and I'd definitely recommend your friend to check it out.

4Mpxl
8x optical zoom 56x digital
records sound
shoots 1 minute of Mpeg 1 which looks OK

It does point & shoot as well as manual override for aperture, shutter speed,white balance and many other features like saving shots for direct to email

Its got some good features like you can configure it as a computer drive so you can download pics to any computer with a USB port without proprietary software, just drag & drop.

Its a good versatile tool

Cheers Mike