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looking for advice for a good value digital camera
« on: May 28, 2008, 10:48:13 am »
Hi,
I'm considering buying a digital camera, something compact, I'm not looking for a dslr.

Most important features for me are a fast response time for sports shots, and a good zoom lens. As for budget, I would like to spend less than 200 euro, but could stretch to 300 if there is a good enough reason to do so.

So any ideas, I haven't a clue at the moment.

David Martin

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Re: looking for advise for a good value digital camera
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008, 11:50:56 am »
Hi,
I'm considering buying a digital camera, something compact, I'm not looking for a dslr.

Most important features for me are a fast response time for sports shots, and a good zoom lens. As for budget, I would like to spend less than 200 euro, but could stretch to 300 if there is a good enough reason to do so.

So any ideas, I haven't a clue at the moment.

Sony have one of the fastest response times for a compact, heading towards dSLR territory.
Worth a look.

..d
"By creating we think. By living we learn" - Patrick Geddes

Re: looking for advise for a good value digital camera
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008, 11:56:55 am »
Ask iddu what he uses. Any camera with a response time fast enough to be used from the back of a fixie whilst hooning it downhill must be OK.

hellymedic

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Re: looking for advice for a good value digital camera
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2008, 02:47:05 pm »
I've never seen anything as slow (or silly) as my mother's Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3. Avoid. I think Mum's going back to film...
Compact digital cameras can be sped up by avoiding things such as red eye reduction and auto-focus.
My Canon Ixus 70 seems OK.

Fixedwheelnut

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Re: looking for advice for a good value digital camera
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2008, 04:11:19 pm »
I used this site for comparison and imformation
http://www.cameras.co.uk/html/shutter-lag-comparisons.cfm

 I finally went for the Canon A570is for my budget
"Don't stop pedalling"

Re: looking for advice for a good value digital camera
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2008, 04:16:29 pm »
Hi,
I'm considering buying a digital camera, something compact, I'm not looking for a dslr.

Most important features for me are a fast response time for sports shots, and a good zoom lens. As for budget, I would like to spend less than 200 euro, but could stretch to 300 if there is a good enough reason to do so.

So any ideas, I haven't a clue at the moment.

I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ5, which had 'class leading' low shutter lag (according to dprev) at the time, and a 36-432mm IS Leica zoom.  It's great for action; especially with children.  You could check out the FZ18 (upgrade).  It's small, but not slimline.
"an inordinate fondness for beetles"

Re: looking for advice for a good value digital camera
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2008, 04:23:13 pm »
I bought the Panasonic Lumix FZ18 recently, superb Leica lens, 35mm equivalent of 28-504mm. A test I read on the web found no flaring on the telephoto shots. I like being able to opt to look through the eye viewfinder instead of the LCD screen, even though the eye one is also an LCD display.

LEE

Re: looking for advice for a good value digital camera
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2008, 04:24:21 pm »
I think this is a bargain (but I'm biased towards Canon)

A720

Re: looking for advice for a good value digital camera
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2008, 07:02:45 pm »
Thanks for the advice.
I'm currently swaying between the Sony DSC H3 (223 euro) Sony DSC H3 Review and the Canon Powershot A720 IS  (163 euro)      Canon Powershot A720 IS Review


I really like the look of the sony, and with 10x zoom and faster lag times I might give it a go

Re: looking for advice for a good value digital camera
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2008, 09:26:08 pm »
Casio Exilim S (slimline)  ;)
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

steveB

Re: looking for advice for a good value digital camera
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2008, 10:39:24 pm »
I know they haven't got a fashionable name but the Kodak Easyshare comes out pretty well in the reviews, I have found mine small enough to carry around in a pocket and it takes lenses.

Re: looking for advice for a good value digital camera
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2008, 11:34:06 am »
Thanks for the advice, From the review sites I decided to buy a sony camera from ebay.