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I have decided that I want a digital camera. I borrowed one for our UK holiday and the pictures are far superior to my cellphone (leet as it is).

The one I borrowed was a Canon Powershot A710IS. It's the only one I've ever used, but it seemed to have all the things I want. I would use it mostly for pictures of needlework and cats, so I need a good zoom as well as good low-light picture-taking (I don't have a good lighting setup at home, it's basically crappy room lighting). Other than those two, I'm not really fussy about the other features.

So, I need recommendations, please. What do you use, why and what would you recommend for my limited needs? The range of digital cameras is bewildering so I'm hoping someone with more experience than me can shed some light (haha) :). There are also loads of second hand cameras available on Gumtree, at Cash Crusaders/Converters etc, are these worth looking into?

Edit: I was looking on Incredible Connection's website and found this Fuji Finepix Z20. I really like the colour, and it seems to have everything I need (as well as a Macro mode for 15cm). Anyone had any experience with Fujis? The Canon one down from the one I used, the Canon Powershot A590IS 8MP, seems to have all I need as well (4x zoom as opposed to the A720's 6x), and it's R700 cheaper than the A720. I don't really need 6x zoom :P.

Date: 2008-10-09 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
I have a Canon Rebel XTI. It has all the bits. If you were happy with the Powershot, it might be overkill, though.

It's hard to tell with second-hand stuff; it could be perfectly fine or it could have something subtly wrong with it. I suppose it depends how much it's going for, and if you're willing to gamble that much money on something that might asplode. Does Cash Crusaders / Converters have any kind of quality control?


Date: 2008-10-09 09:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, it's a bit overkill at nearly R10k :P. Also, it looks waaay too flashy for what I would use it for. I could always branch out into photography, I guess. There's a need in the Northern Suburbs for "boudoir" photos :P.

Date: 2008-10-09 10:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Check whether the zoom is optical or digital. A digital zoom basically means squat - it's the equivalent of cropping the photo. If you have decent optical zoom and enough megapixels, you'll get great macro pics.

(frozen) Zoom zoom zoom

Date: 2008-10-09 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They both have optical zooms. The Fuji has 3x optical zoom lens and 5.7x digital zoom, the Canon has 4x optical zoom lens plus Image Stabiliser. I do tend to take blurry pics, so that might be the deciding factor. The Fuji does have a Macro setting, though, which is really cool.

I think I'm going to have to go trawl through CW and take a look at all the cameras they have that fall into my price range.

Date: 2008-10-09 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Generally when I buy digital cameras (believe it or not I have bought a few) my general rule is stick to a good camera manufacturers as their lenses will be good and therefore they will take a better picture.

It could just be superstition but I feel that a company that has been making good lenses for decades is a better proposition. Canon and Nikon both have very good reputations as manufacturers and Canon has a number of more moderately priced models.

Fuji started out with disposables camera in the mid-eighties, where as Canon has been manufacturing cameras for over 60 years--longer time to iron out the problems.


Date: 2008-10-12 02:02 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The Canon Ixus is definitely worth looking at: less expensive than the Powershot (and smaller) and depending on the specific model, between 3x and 5x-or-so optical zoom, and plenty of megapixels. Stabilisation feature is excellent. Someone we both know has an Ixus (specific model escapes me) and likes it greatly. And, for what it's worth, my brother-in-law often recommends Canon. The Ixus is what I will end up getting, when I get around to getting a digital camera (unless it's so far in the future that something else has come up to trump it).

Once you've narrowed your choice down to a handful of contenders, you might want to look at user comments on a mainstream site, like Amazon.



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