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Old 01-04-2007, 10:26 AM   #1
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Smile Camera help please

I was wondering if any of you could help me pick a digital camera that will suit my needs. I like to refer to myself as E-tarted b/c i'm totally clueless when it comes to computers/cameras/and electronics in general. I have $350 in credit at best buy and i think it would be best served on a new camera. Anything in the 4-6 megapixel range will work, but i think i need something with some sort of steady shot or action mode:confused2 . The only thing i take pics of are fast motorcycles and fast women, so i think action mode will serve me well. Any tips, pointers, suggestions or things to avoid will be greatly appreciated. BTW, thanks for helping an Etard.
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Old 01-04-2007, 10:47 AM   #2
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I was wondering if any of you could help me pick a digital camera that will suit my needs. I like to refer to myself as E-tarted b/c i'm totally clueless when it comes to computers/cameras/and electronics in general. I have $350 in credit at best buy and i think it would be best served on a new camera. Anything in the 4-6 megapixel range will work, but i think i need something with some sort of steady shot or action mode:confused2 . The only thing i take pics of are fast motorcycles and fast women, so i think action mode will serve me well. Any tips, pointers, suggestions or things to avoid will be greatly appreciated. BTW, thanks for helping an Etard.

Since you have credit at Best buy, why not check out their selection. I found that the Fuji Finepix to be a pretty good pick. At 9MP, it's pretty good for $349.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1127211013387

Here is a review from a digicamera website, and it seems to have pretty high marks.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/spec...nepixe900z.asp

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that's the type of help i've been searching for^^^
i spent an hour in there last night just reading every display i could, but it's still all greek to me!!! Thanks for the reply, keep 'em coming!!!
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Your bet bet is to go try them out up there and see what has the features and picture quality you like.
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I will say Nikon just came out with a D40 Digital SLR that is not to much more then the credit you have. The D40 would be an amazing entry level camera.
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Well I guess you need to narrow it down to needing a small portable camera just for "kodak" moments or do you want a camera to do advanced shots such as track pics and other pics which would require telephoto lenses and such. Then you can have a better idea on what to look for. I have both personally. i take the little one to catch "special" moments that happen on the tour bus and I have a Digital slr for portraits and high detail pics.
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check out this 10.1mp
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/N2/N2A.HTM
I got it for 340 to my door, bust buy has it for 350 + tax i think. only thing that sucks is no steady shot.
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Well I guess you need to narrow it down to needing a small portable camera just for "kodak" moments or do you want a camera to do advanced shots such as track pics and other pics which would require telephoto lenses and such. Then you can have a better idea on what to look for. I have both personally. i take the little one to catch "special" moments that happen on the tour bus and I have a Digital slr for portraits and high detail pics.
i need one i can carry around and shoot quick shots I would love a nice camera to take pictures like some of you post, but then my dumbass would have to learn to use it
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I will say Nikon just came out with a D40 Digital SLR that is not to much more then the credit you have. The D40 would be an amazing entry level camera.
Thanks for the idea. I'm willing to pay more for a good camera, ill probably have it for quite a while. BTW, WTF does slr stand for? i appreciate the info
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Thanks for the idea. I'm willing to pay more for a good camera, ill probably have it for quite a while. BTW, WTF does slr stand for? i appreciate the info
Well, Single Lense Reflex camera.... but, this would not exactly be your pocket sized quick shot camera. This wiould be more of an entry level camera in the more profesional range of camera lines. Something to start the learning process with.
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i need one i can carry around and shoot quick shots I would love a nice camera to take pictures like some of you post, but then my dumbass would have to learn to use it
I use a sony 5 mega pixel cybershot for my pocket camera. I love it.
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Thanks for all the help. . .i owe you all a beer or two, winning camera gets a six pack!! I<3 my motohouston familia!!
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There are things to look for other than resolution, too.

For bike pics, you'll want a camera with quick on/ready for that first shot. If it takes too long to 'boot up', you'll miss the funny candid stuff.

Time from one pic to another - like a burst mode or very quick save. Helps to be able to take shots of a bike a few times through a wide turn, or to take burst shots as they come into the turn so that you get the progression of the lean, etc.

Memory type and expansion - most any camera these days will have memory cards that can hold hundreds of pics, but which are plug-n-play with any laptop that might be on site? How much do those specific memory cards cost?

Panoramic shots are nice, and some cameras have specific modes to stitch the sequiential pics together.

Battery - do you want to recharge or buy batteries? Standard AA, AAA, or camera-specific batteries?

...Just a few things to think about.
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Squeaky, you sond more knowledgeable than myself, so suggest a camera. The "burst" mode sounds like something i would want as well, but not a necessity. I'm open to suggestions of all kinds.
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If you want an awesome point and shoot that is really small and takes AMAZING pictures take a look at the Canon SD630. We got one a few months back and its great. Its in your budget too....

I printed out a picture of me on my bike that was taken at 6mp and the highest settings on the camera. I printed it full size which was 39 inches wide, it took 9 sheets of 11 x 17 inch paper to print the whole thing and it looks great. Now to just piece it together and I have a 1/2 life sized poster give or take.
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Check out the HP Digital Camera buying guide. Lots of good info.
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