Reccommendations on Megapixel Cameras Please

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Richard Choroszewski
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My budget is 700-800 max. I'm looking to retire my 35mm camera. As its used by the family, ease of use is a big plus also occasionally want to print to 10" by 8" so I guess 2-3 megapixel as a minimum. Preferably as close to 'what you see in the viewfinder is what you get on print' as I can. Because of my interest in photography it would be nice to have manual control of aperture and shutter etc.

Prefer the camera not to be cumbersome but accept that a decent optical zoom would be nice so (if the right spec) would compromise on size a bit.

Any thoughts/suggestions?

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My Olympus C3030 fits the budget (nearly, about £800 8 months ago) and performance. 2k by 1.5k images will print to A4 comfortably, bigger depending on the image. Exposure has so far always been 100% acurate. It looks and feels like a small 35mm camera and the 3:1 optical zoom is all I need. The format is small so DoF is much too big for art, but for everything else it's a lovely beast. There's a near-identical Nikon for about £100 more.

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I use a Nikon D1 slr which is obviosly not what you want, but I had a look at a Canon G1 recently which I was really impressed with. Very good build quality, raw compression, 3.3 megapixel , CF II for microdrive, a really nice cam that gets good reviews for about £650, take a look,

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Alan,
I am about to take the plunge into digital and favour the C3030z but concerned at your comment re depth of field. One of my uses would be for table-top work requiring good depth on close-ups. Are you saying this model fails in this area?
Richard, note currently available for £630 upwards but stocks disappearing as replaced by C3040 just out at £899 but already been offered at £799. Main diff seems to be improved lens. Tom

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Tom, DoF is big, not small. You should be fine.

With a small image format, the DoF goes up. So you can get good closeups with no problems, even with relatively wide aperture. Drama production in video, and art photography, all demand control over DoF for effect, meaning the want to isolate the plane of interest causing fore and bakcground to be out of focus. Easy in a big format (35mm etc), much harder in a domestic format 1/3" and smaller) because the lenses would have to open up to ludicrous F numbers, like below 0.5 (which is impossible). I've done a mathematical explanation of this on the web, go to the URL listed as my home page in my profile to find it (but only if you want to understand the maths).

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Alan,
Many thanks for the reassurance. A 3030z it is - if i can still find one!

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Hi Tom
You could try www.internetcameradirect.co.uk they have iy listed with the following specs\extras\price.
Have dealt with them and no problems.
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Charles
FREE mini tripod worth £8 with this camera

FREE £15 worth of digital printing with this product!

FREE additional Olympus 16MB Smartmedia Card with Panorama function (ie you get 2 cards) which allows up to 20 pictures to be combined on the PC into a single image - worth £43.

32mb on board memory for faster click to click time

3.34 megapixel CCD

3x optical zoom, 2.5x digital tele

Sound recording

Video sequences

Precise metering

Black & white, sepia, black/whiteboard modes

Auto-bracketing function

USB interface

price including vat, delivery and insurance £698.00

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Charles, that makes me feel sick. I paid £800 in May 2000.

Charles
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Alan,that has happened to me many a time and a good friend keeps pointing out that i've had the use \ fun of using \ etc for x amount of time.

Still dosen't make me feel better,i keep saying to myself that i'm going to wait untill the replacement for the model i'm looking at is due out and then buy the original a lot cheaper.

My luck nobody has the original model left, and the new model has a feature i wanted missing.

My conclusion is i can't win so i just buy and wait for the price to drop!
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I have to confess to being in love with my Nikon Coolpix 990.

I'm sure there are others that may be slightly better in some ways, but the things that swing me in favour of this one are....

1) It slips in a pocket. I have a pair of bulky SLRs with 8 lenses if I want QUAULITY pics, but since (for the amature budget) it's going to be a long time before digital will provide a basis for a 6ftx4ft mural enlargement - then something that slips in the pocket is an enjoyable release from lugging the real kit about. Also, since I paraglide, size and weight ARE important!

2) It has every possible over-ride.

3) It has TIFF option for those times you really want to digitally play with the image - no "jiggly" bits around those fine lines like the twigs of a tree against a clear blue sky.

4) Nikon! Nead I say more? OK - hands up anyone who's handled anything Nikon that has not known they were handlng quality product. (OK, Mr Exce0tion-to-the=Rule! etc.) The lens is flawless.

5) Metering that actually handles the manual over-rides! Low light, small aperture, long exposure - get's it right every time!

6) In the consumer market the optical zoom ranges are still rather inadequate - especially in the "pocketable" range - although progress is slowly being seen.
So Nikon quality 2x and 3x tele and 0.5x wide converters are a treat - and once you tell it you've fitted them it controls the zoom range in the wide direction then using the tele to prevent the corners being clipped. Pitty they obscure the flash, though - but they do provide connection for external flash .... itself a useful feature.

OK - so is everything perfect?

On a recent holiday I realised one area in which the digital camea could be a real pain!

Luckily I nearly always travel with my notebook computer - otherwise you need a kings ransom of memory cards! The good old 35mm film comes with it's own little free container for every 36pics.

But then this is a technology problem, not a failing of the Nikon.

Max res, Min compression pics are appx 1.25mb each - and 64mb cards are appx £110 each.

Sure I could use a lower res - but sure as hell I'd end up ruining an otherwise excellent pic by forgetting it was still set at the lower res.

You takes your choice and then pays the money, I guess.

D

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Charles, yes, I know all about that syndrome. I've long held the belief that when you've bought what you want you should stop looking for it.

David, IIRC the Olympus 3030 is near-same spec as your Nikon. It, too can save in all manner of resolutions, up to and including 2048*1536 TIFF uncompressed. At that level the pictures are astounding, but they fill up the flash cards. It's swings and roundabouts, 35mm is ever cheaper, but digits are getting cheaper and better at a MUCH greater rate and will oust film soon in the mass market, apart from at the very low end. I know a press photographer who happily spent £7k on a digital body because he knew he could sell the pictures to pay for it, by sending them back to the photo desk by mobile phone and get ahead of the film boys.

You pays your money and takes your choice. I still use Pentax 35mm as well as my digital Olympus. The 35 mm CAN make better pictures given all the right care, but the Olympus DOES make better pictures with me doing less of the work (like paying for processing and big prints, or scanning the neg and doing it myself). It's just a lot easier to use, and smaller.

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Alan

I would totally agree. The Olympus was another possibility.

However ...

1) The Nikon, whilst a little longer, is a little more pocketable it's cross-section being about 20% smaller, and

2) I have accumulated several large flash cards from a Kodak DC210 and a Nikon Coolpix 950. Also, I prefer the fact that you can chuck a couple of flash cards in your pocket without worry, whereas smart-media cards need a little more protection .... albeit they are a little smaller.
Also, the PCMICIA flash adaptor was something I already had, and in my opinion (unless there is something better than when I last seriously considered smart media) - reads a tad quicker than the smart. Something to consider as one gets to 63mb+.

Flash/Smart - pretty much personal preference in the end, after all - the important thing is the rest of the camera.

As to photo-journalism and digital cameras - I've oftne wondered why they bother with such expensive digital cameras when the majority of their handywork is reporoduced in low-res black and white. But I'm sure someone will tell me.

Funnily, a repro house refused to use a 2048x1536 TIFF from the 990, the other day, saying that it was insufficient resolution for use in a brochure where it would be printed at only about 3x2.25 inches.

Chances are they looked at the number of pixels/inch when they opened it in PhotoShop, and never thought what it would be if changed the print size without changind the pixel size - a function that PS never did make easy to accomplish.

Opening up a pic from the Coolpix in PS6 it defaults to 72pixels/inch. But it also claims the image is 28.4 x 21.3 inches!

D

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A late in the day comment....

I purchased 2 weeks ago the Sony 505v.
I particularly like the LCD screen which is swivellable!
which makes composition much easier,
the x5 zoom,
the Zeiss lens
the memory card which fits into my PCMCIA
the auto and manual everything
and its still easy to use.

£645 and a pint

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David, yes, I take all your points about hardware.

And the comments about photojournalism don't surprise me, don't expect rocket science in journalism. If they were good at sums, they'd be doing more important jobs (ducks and hides under the sideboard). One I know wouldn't print a cracking image from my Olypus at bigger than 6"x4" because he said it couldn't take it (on a huge dye sublimation printer), I printed it A4 on my cheapo Epson 750 and it looks magnificent. The difference is that he was looking at it from the point of view of someone who prints the picture and then sends it to a print house for repro work. At that stage, any pixellation in the image can interfere with the screen printing process and produce moire patterns, and they're a killer in quality imaging. So, the journo crowd may be right, in their own terms, but certainly aren't when dealing with a picture that you just want to print.

OK, the cat's now firmly amongst the pidgeons. Let battle commence.

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On the journalism issue, isn't it often the case that the pictures we see in the press are small crops heavily enlarged? If so then photo-journalists are right to be concerned about getting the best resolution.

I guess they're also always hoping for the picture that'll make their fortune, not just be printed in the inside pages of the Mirror. That's the one they really want to be in top quality.

Not that I'm defending journalists, you understand

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Thanks to all for the helpful advice. I bought a 3030 today but have yet to have a 'play'. I won't upset anyone by saying what I paid. We all have to accept that if you wait for anything in the digital/computer area to fall in price you end up buying nothing. I had the advantage that it now sits on the shelf next to it's much more expensive replacement, the 3040. Tom.

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Richard Choroszewski
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Thanks for all these posts, but I'm not sure they are making it any easier to decide what model to go for!

Just looked at a picture of the Nikon Coolpix and with that large thing sticking out of the side, it doesn't look very cool to me! Looks and handling being of some importance I think I'll cross out the Nikon.

The Canon G1 is a bit heavier and so the Olympus c3030 looks like being it. Just a (couple?) of questions.

1. Does the lens cap work well (or does it slip off just by looking at it?)
2. Can't find stats on long exposure (for example for getting that dreamy blurred look on running water on rivers, waterfalls etc.
3. How is manual override, easy to use?
4. For time lapse, does it have such a function and what are the stats if it does?

Now found a useful site for getting detailed spec on digital cameras. So I'll hold off getting the plastic out for just a bit longer. The site I'm looking at is: http://www.megapixel.net

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Lens cap is fine. Two press buttons to squeeze on either side. But I tend to forget where I've put it.

Manual overrides are through menus, you select which aspect (aperture or speed) you want to control (or both) and it assigns two (or four) buttons to press. The lcd tells you what settings you're at in photo terms. I'm happy with it.

Can't remember about time-lapse and long exposure, but I'll check the docs tonight and be back tomorrow.

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Des

The Nikon Coolpix have a swivelling LCD screen. And I'd agree - they make the taking of any pic where you cannot get eye behind camera a doddle!

Richard J

Yup - I guess phot-journalists just "point and click" and hope that somewhere within what they take is enough to earn some more money.

(Any photojournalists - I'm sure there is really more to it than "point-and-click" - but equally I know that some of the most famous photojournalistic pics have been just that!)

Richard

Thing sticking out the side? I guess you refer to the fact that the body is in two halves, (the lens on one half and the LCD on the other) which enables one to swivel the LCD relative to the lens.
If handling is important - go somewhere and try it before writing it off on the basis of handing!

Also - eight friends of mine have been so impressed with my Coolpix that they've gone and got themselves one (950 or 990) - so it certainly seems to impress those that do get to play with it!

D

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Yes I take your point about handling before choosing/buying, but I think I can discount the Coolpix because it sticks out like a sore thumb. The thing is I like the idea of a compact and unobtrusive piece of kit as it doesn't attract attention and make me look even more of a nerd than I am already! :-}

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Update on Olympus C3030:

Exposure is 1/800 to 16 seconds.

Can't find any mention of time-lapse though.

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This might be of no use at all as i don't know if its on sale in the uk.The url is http://www.panasonic.com/consumer_electronics/digital_imaging/ipalm.htm
3.3 mega pixel camera from Panasonic USA the ipalm.
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David
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Richard

The coolpix is actually a tad smaller than the Olympus - so it is in fact more compact.

I'm not saying that you'd prefer it "in the flesh" - but you should at least compare them in the flesh.

No swivelling LCD on the Olympus for those awkward shots, no 2x,3x or 0.5x adaptor lenses, etc.

They each have their merits - but the Nikon is not obtrusive in use.

D

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This is a serious question, apropos the last post about actually handling before buying...

Living in deepest Cornwall as I do, and only venturing past the Tamar Bridge as seldom as is possible, there's not a lot of choice in the way of shops that have a good stock of cameras available to handle.

Now as it happens I'm off for a foray to London next week to the Video show no less.

Does anyone know of a good shop with good selection and prices not too distant to reach from there?

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Richard
You're brave to cross the Tamar, I virtually refuse to now, but if you do get far up country, do try and get to handle the Sony 505v.
I was in your situation and because of handling the various options I plumped for the Sony.

Good Luck
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Yes travelling to Ldn will not be easy. The rail landslide has cut off Plymouth from the rest of the world, so no chance of taking the train for a month or so, the alternative bus service to Exeter doesn't bear thinking about. So that leaves the car.

I did plan to stay with my parents in South London and take the tube, but I hear that there are lightning strikes this week. So that leaves the car.

Oh, and what with all the kit I'm looking to buy I don't fancy travelling by public transport anyway. SO THAT LEAVES THE CAR! (did you hear that Mr. Prescott?).

Re the Sony:- Looks really sexy - but again will draw attention to the photographer, so Coolpix out, and Sony out (unless handling the things should change my mind).

Its beginning to look like the Olympus C3030 is the best bet. PS I saw somewhere that there is an upgraded version of the 3030 just out, anyone have any knowledge of this?

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I've heard rumours of a 3040, but no confirmed sightings yet. It will probably be 4M pixels or so. Beware of such fifures for two reasons:

1 They refer to the sensor area, so an increase from 3M to 4M is a resolution increase of SQRT(4/3)=1.155, only 15% more in each direction (H and V).

2 They refer to a single sensor, dye-filter mosaic patterned for RGB, so you don't get full resolution in RGB.

The 3030 claims to have 3.34M pixels, and to deliver a 2048*1536 image. 2048*1536=3,145,728 pixels. These will probably be split between RGB is proportions 2:5:1 or thereabouts (I'll explain all that if need be), producing a luminance resolution of about 5/8 of the capabilities of the full sensor. They play some nasty tricks in the processing to try to get around that, including some non-linear tricks as well, so we can expect to see luminance resolution up to about 3/4 of the full sensor size, about 1500*1200.

I've recently been using some 3030 shots in video and printing to paper, and can confirm these figures subjectively. And I'm still very happy with it.

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Richard

Don't keep us all in suspense! What dod you buy in the end?

D

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There was a very brief review of the 3040 in the Guardian last Thursday. They implied that is is still 3.34M pixels. The enhancements seem trivial, like being able to record video without sound. It still looks exactly like the 3030.

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The January issue of 'What Digital Camera' gives the difference as a new F1.9-F2.6 lens and a few other "enhancements". None seemed to make the (considerable) extra outlay worthwhile so I used it as a bargaining chip to get a good price for my C3030. The lower spec C3000 (unique to Dixons/PC World) also seems to have dropped in price.
p.s. I am delighted with the perfromance of my 3030.

TomB

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What did I buy?

At the show I bought a Panasonic NV DV2000 (an impulse buy-but compared to my JVC HR-DVS1 its brilliant, see other posts), and a Wacom tablet, and an upgrade from Prem 5.1 to 6, and almost bought the DV Storm card to replace my DV Raptor, but fearing the wrath of my long suffering wife I just about held off from that.

I popped into some camera shops in Wembley afterwards, but my heart just wasn't in it, after all there's just so much new kit a kid can play with!

I still plan to get the camera and I do suspect it will be either the Olympus 3030 or the Canon G1, or whatever the equivalent model will be when my budget gets back into the black.

But thanks to everyone for some really constructive posts, and I get the feeling the dialog was not just for my benefit, so the concience is clearish...

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Richard,

Very interested to note you mentioned the Wacom tablet, I purchased on this weekend from PC World this weekend (been droolling over it for the last couple of weeks). £10 off the A6 version.

My first impression have been very positive, (always wanted a graphihics tablet). The use of the pen is a complety new experience. Why has there been no mention of this magic tool before ???

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Thanks Richard, just trying to be helpful. We provide information, you make the decision. That's the way it should be.

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The Kodak DC 4800 seems to get very good reviews - and is currently available with the full version of Photoshop 6 all for £599. Anybody using one of these?

Richard.

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Just to let everyone know I'm off to the shops next week, the budgets been unfrozen!

I'll try to handle all the cameras that got a mention, but having used the Olympus Camedia 1.3 I kinda think I'll go for the 3030 (if it's still available!).

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Richard,

One of the best sites for purchasing an Olympus 3030 (or 3040) seems to be :- www.digitaldepot.co.uk They also appear to do a great deal on Smartmedia. I'm going to give them a try in the next couple of weeks.

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Just ordered from them

(digitaldepot.co.uk)

So hopefully will see delivery on Wednesday.

I'll let you know how I got on

Thanks to everyone for all the help and advice, brilliant!

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That makes it full circle then, the C3030 is where we came in

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Can't have circles!

I STILL love my Nikon!

D

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Ooopps, just realised you've already ordered, happy snapping though! I'm sure you will love it!

I've had a Canon Power Shot G1 since it first came out here in the UK. It took me about a month to decide which digi camera was right for me. It is a difficult situation to be in, beacause they are a lot of dough.
I may be biased, but if you are going to be using it for more pro stuff then the G1 is fantastic. You'll soon get miffed with the CF1 cards and want to save your pennies for a IBM microdrive. Word of warning though don't get the 340mb microdrive with it as there are lots of cases of incompatibility due to old IBM stock. The 1Gb however which holds 414 pics in RAW format at 2048 x 1500 (errr wow!!) works like a dream. The camera also has a hot shoe which I've had connected to a full studio lighting system using a PC adapter.

With out a doubt this camera is truly amazing, the only gripe I have is the rubber grip/handle on the right hand side is crap. It's closest competitor in my opinion is the nikon 990 which is also fantastic, but without the CFII/Microdrive support, the G1 is a clear winner.

Hope this info is useful

Tim Callaghan

(Getting ready for next week in the studio with his G1/Microdrive!!!)

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If it's any consolation the G1 was my next choice, but in the end with the C3030 being phased out I got a good deal, and with the camera arrived today (it's early days) but for me I think it'll do the trick fine.

If anyone's interested in keeping this thread alive for a little longer I'll be happy to post my comments after using the kit for a week or two? Although by that time there might not be any stock left to buy.

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To Richard - How did you find dealing with digital depot? I am considering the Olympus and the prices at digital depot look great. Does the Olympus come with rechargable batteries and a recharger or do you have to buy these separately? Can you use any typew or do you need to use Olympus own brand?
How have you fiound the camera in use? Do you still think it was the best choice?

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To be honest, I havnt had a chance to do very much with it.

The mail order people were very efficient. I got delivery 2 days after order and everything was as it should be.

Camera is very easy to use, and very similiar to the 1.3 Camedia that my sons have got, but better in usability, features and of course spec in every department, except (and there's always a but), I don't like the lens cap which must be removed before switching on, otherwise it makes angry noises as the lens barrel tries to open up and pushes against the resisting cap. When you take the cap off there's nowhere to park it except in your pocket etc.,

But as I said, apart from that little annoyance everything is just fine, couldn't ask for more.

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Hi,
I've just read that nikon are no longer making the 990.Does anyone know why? I had just decided to buy one.
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Denis
Just found out about the 995 launched April 25th.

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Richard,
I have just bought a Olympus 3040 from Digital Depot (visited them twice) found them to be very knowledgeable.

My camera came with non re chargable batteries, and no charger, so you'll have to buy them as extras.

Their Smartmedia is great value at 49-50 for the 64mb sim. I was at Heathrow "Duty Free" today, Dixons price was 153 pounds. (Tax free of course)

Alan Roberts at work
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I agree with the comments about the lens cap, it looks like a toy. It's a real pain having to fumble about in a pocket to find it, blow off the fluff and pop it back on; and the racket it makes if you switch the camera on with it still on is just silly. But it's a superb camera.

On the batteries subject, my 3030 came with a pair of Olympus 3v lithium batteries that lasted only a few weeks (my camera died after 3 weeks and the shop replaced it, but the original batteries simply didn't work). Since then, I've used it with alkaline AA cells (Duracells, dismal failure, they last only a few hours) and NiMh AAs from Jessops (they seem to last for ever, and are cheap). There's no way way I'd go and buy the expensive lithium batteries again, NiMh are just as good, rechargeable in a NiCd charger, cheap, and will run radios/cds/torches etc.

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quote:Originally posted by Alan Roberts at work:
..... NiMh are just as good, rechargeable in a NiCd charger, cheap, and will run radios/cds/torches etc.

I wouldn't charge NiMh's in a NiCd charger , they have different recharge requirements.

This could shorten the lifespan of the NiMh batteries.

Buy a dual NiCd/NiMh including 4 NiMh from argos at 20.00.

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Sorry, Gary, that's what I meant. I use a dual purpose charger from Jessops.

I found reference recently to a Panasonic charger that takes up to 4 cells, NiCd or NiMh, and charges them one at a time, so you don't have to use them in pairs. Next time I find one in a shop I'm going to get it, because I've got some odd bits and bobs that use 3 or 5 AAs, or even single AAA cells. Then life'll get a bit easier again.

Thanks for pulling me up on that one.

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quote:Originally posted by Alan Roberts at work:
Sorry, Gary, that's what I meant. I use a dual purpose charger from Jessops.

I found reference recently to a Panasonic charger that takes up to 4 cells, NiCd or NiMh, and charges them one at a time, so you don't have to use them in pairs. Next time I find one in a shop I'm going to get it, because I've got some odd bits and bobs that use 3 or 5 AAs, or even single AAA cells. Then life'll get a bit easier again.

Thanks for pulling me up on that one.

ok i'll let you off this time

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Gary MacKenzie
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Gary MacKenzie

sepulce@hotmail.com ( an account only used for forum messages )

Thinkserver TS140 , 750ti Graphics card  & LG 27" uws led backlight , Edius 8

Humax Foxsat HD Pvr / Humax Fox T2 dvbt

tvrboy
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I know this is an old thread but I've just enjoyed reading it and subsequently visited www.digitaldepot.co.uk. They are now selling the 3030 at £549 ! What a bargain.

Peter Tomkies
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Having handled a 3040 in Jessops tonight and been suitably impressed I'm telephoning Digital Depot tomorrow to buy a 3030. For comparison purposes - Jessops are charging £749 for the 3040. Digital Depot are selling that model for £629 and the 3030 for £549 (as said above). A bargain just too good to be missed...

g3vbl
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DigitalDepot were very good to deal with when I bought my QV3000 from them recently.

Chris

Stuart B-M
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Hi All,

Try the Ricoh RDC I700, currently £699 on QVC www.qvcuk.com.
Not only a 3.3 megapixel still camera but takes video footage, can be used for audio dictation, and can work directly with the web.

Great camera, worth a look just for the technology.

I own and use the previous model RDC7 and it does take great photo,s.

As with a lot of other people, buying equipment i purchased my model just in time for the new model to hit the shops,
Bummer!

But definately a great all round buy.

Regards all.

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Peter Tomkies
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Just an update...
Olympus Camedia 3030Z ordered from Digital Depot on Saturday with a promise of dispatch Tuesday on a next day delivery basis. Camera arrived safely at noon today. Another thumbs up for digital depot....

Chris Walker
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Just a bit of info, I have dealt with digital depot on three occasions including ordering my Fujifilm FP 4900 online and have found them to be slaves to service. Smart Media 64mb are now £44.90 !! Can anybody afford to shop anywhere else?? Brilliant dealers, they know what they're talking about too!!

Peter Tomkies
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Having had a few weeks to play with my Camedia 3030 I can say that I am very happy with the picture quality and the camera in general. The service I got from digital depot was very good as well and they are hard to beat on price!