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If I were going on holiday soon and wanted to buy a digital camera which is better than that on my iPhone 3GS, takes SD cards (because I already have one) and costs under £100, what should I buy?

Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] diffrentcolours
Canon PowerShots tend to be pretty decent compact digital (non-SLR) cameras. I've had two now, and they're groovy.

They are not small, certainly not compared to a cameraphone, but they're good for photography in a range of conditions, from close-up portraits to landscapes.

I'd strongly recommend getting a bendy-leg mini-tripod for taking timed / landscape shots from tables etc. They're under a tenner usually.

Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purpleheather.livejournal.com
Seconding the recommendation of PowerShots :)

Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneplusme.livejournal.com
Tricky. I'm quite a fan of Panasonic's Lumix range, on the basis that they take SD cards and seem to produce nice pictures. Not sure you'd find one for under ~£130ish, though. Of course, I know less than nothing about photography, so take that with a shovel-load of salt.

(I do have a camera I could lend you, although it uses xD cards, which is somewhat annoying. Card included, obviously.)

Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
Seconded on both Lumix and PowerShots. Both produce similar image quality at the same price level but are quite different in terms of ergonomics/controls. Get yourself down to a Jessops/Currys etc. to have a fiddle to see if you can get your head and fingers around the controls/menus, then buy the cheapest deal online. :o)

Date: Thursday, 1 April 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lovingboth
In what way does that camera not do what you want?

Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
I love my Kodak EasyShare c613. The more recent model (c813 - 8mp instead of 6) is £71.99 at Amazon. See my latest post for examples of its work!

Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
Oh, and it takes SD cards.

Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imc.livejournal.com
A refurbished Canon Powershot A650 might come in just under £100; an A620 certainly would and is still reasonably decent (similarly for the ones in between).

Date: Thursday, 1 April 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ewx.livejournal.com
I have a Canon Powershot A520 which I bought second-hand from [livejournal.com profile] ceb for, err, I can’t remember exactly but I think under £40, and I’ve been happy with it as a goes-everywhere camera. I had a second-hand Powershot S40 before that and it was OK, too.

Date: Thursday, 1 April 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahloo.livejournal.com
The main problem with camera phones is that the lenses are tiny. And often plasticy. Lens quality is very important! The Panasonic Lumix has a very good reputation, but I would suggest looking at any Canon, Nikon or Pentax with a decent lens too. The main thing is to get one you enjoy using, so it's essential to "try before you buy"...

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