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What digital camera should I buy?

My family has always had Kodak's because in the end for the quality they were the cheapest, we were not quite outgoing to realize a nicer camera would last longer and not dissapoint.

 

However we have gone through 3 kodak easyshare digital cameras our last being the Z885. Every single one of them had a battery life of about 5 minutes, if you were lucky and that was if you were only taking a picture.

 

I'm looking for a camera with a decent battery life (I've heard the rechargeable lithium ion batteries are a solution,  instead of AA's anyway) and if possible one with HD movie mode, I like making short clips of about 10 minutes max. everything else would just to have a camera that operates general use, goofing around with friends, going on hikes and taking beautiful pictures.

 

Referring to the HD video choice, I play Modern Warfare 2 (xbox 360) and would like to record off screen (somewhat decent quality with my digital camera, I would be happy with anything slightly better)  just for kicks, sound quality is no big deal either.

 

I know it seems like I'd rather be into getting a video camera but for now its not in the budget, plus I do need an actual camera since I'm at college and even the kodak Z885 is with my parents.

 

as for budget, I'm reluctant to go too far above $200, I've seen great cameras such as the sony cybershot ( http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+Cyber-shot+12.1-Megapixel+Digital+Camera+-+Black/9266466.p?id=121... ) and it's not that expensive.

 

I just wanted to hear others suggestions if anyone else is in my shoes.

 

thanks!

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Re: What digital camera should I buy?

Hi Irampey3,

I can say that five minutes of battery life on your Kodak camera is very short, and would make me think there is actually something wrong with this camera. I can attest to the fact that Lithium Ion batteries are great, and they are even better when they are a dedicated Lithium Ion battery that comes with the camera.

The Sony you linked to seems like a good camera, but I can say that I'm not a huge fan of the fact that Sony cameras use Memory Stick storage cards. I would rather have my cameras use either Compact Flash cards (DSLR) or SD/SDHC memory cards.

There are many choices out there that should meet your needs, and my best suggestion is to go to your local Best Buy® store to try some out. There is much more to a camera than just battery life, megapixels, and how much zoom it has. One person might like the menu system/controls of a particular model, while another person might hate the controls of the same model camera.

I can also suggest that after you've narrowed down your search you should definitely read reviews of each model. We have customer reviews for almost all our cameras on BestBuy.com, and there are many independent websites that provide great reviews of cameras.

If I had to choose one model (going by your description of your needs) I would choose the Canon SD780 IS. I really like Canon point-and-shoot cameras. This camera doesn't have the longest zoom range, and if this is important to you I would suggest looking at different models. What this camera does have is a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery pack, Canon's Digic 4 processor, Optical image stabilization, and the ability to shoot HD video.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope this helps!

Allan|Senior Social Media Specialist | Best Buy® Corporate
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Re: What digital camera should I buy?

It's nearly impossible to go wrong with buying a Canon P&S camera - the toughest decision is WHICH Canon to buy.

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Re: What digital camera should I buy?

Everything outside the Canon professional line is well known in the photography world for being poorly constructed so how can you say "nearly impossible to go wrong"?  Canon does make good lenses and I am certainly a fan of their image quality but considering the shoddy construction of their consumer cameras, they are not for everyone.  They won't hold up to what many people consider "regular" use.

 

If you are willing to spend the money, check out the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3.  It is not the best low-light performer )images will lose sharpness) but you can say the same about all ultra-compact cameras.  It shoots very nice video clips as well.

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Then why are units like the S90 and the G-series so popular with pros as "the P&S to use when the SLR is too big to bring with you"?

 

I have not seen anyone other than you say anything negative about Canon's P&S line (with the exception of possibly the A-series cameras).

 

I previously had a Panasonic DMC-LX1, and my father had another unit in the Panasonic Lumix P&S series.  The LX1 was OK, but his 2007-era Panasonic had worse image quality than my 2002-era Canon S100 (aka the original Digital Elph).

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Entropy wrote:

Then why are units like the S90 and the G-series so popular with pros as "the P&S to use when the SLR is too big to bring with you"?

 

I have not seen anyone other than you say anything negative about Canon's P&S line (with the exception of possibly the A-series cameras).

 

I previously had a Panasonic DMC-LX1, and my father had another unit in the Panasonic Lumix P&S series.  The LX1 was OK, but his 2007-era Panasonic had worse image quality than my 2002-era Canon S100 (aka the original Digital Elph).


 

 

I am not anti-Canon.  As a matter of fact, I own a Canon P&S and a camcorder as well.  If you can't find complaints about the construction of Canon products over the last few years, then you aren't reading serious reviews.  Look at camcorderinfo - widely accepted by enthusiasts as the number one camcorder resourceon the net.  They love the Canon camcorders but every review complains about their shoddy construction.   My P&S has had more problems than you can imagine, though it still takes good pics.

 

Also note that I didn't recommend just any Panasonic.  I specifically mentioned that one as it provides both good image quality and good video quality for a P&S.  I don't recommend brands typically because every manufacturer has thier good and bad models.  Nonetheless, all of Canon's consumer models are made cheaply.  I don't recommend against them but i do caution people to be aware of this caveat when buying their products.

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Re: What digital camera should I buy?

I can say plenty of negative things about Canon's P&S cameras as I've owned quite a few and they are my preferred brand but they aren't much different from anyone else's P&S cameras. The market is what it is and there isn't much push for innovation or improvement. In some regards, their cameras have actually gotten worse over the last few years as they were obviously a big player in the megapixel wars which resulted in a glut of cameras that didn't have anything new except higher resolution and the same image quality as their predecessors or much worse in many cases as they upped the compression. You're not gonna be able to record good video from a screen using a video camera. It just isn't going to provide anything worth looking at. It really sounds like you just want a general purpose snapshot camera so look at what's available between $120 and $200 dollars. You're gonna want optical image stabilization, NOT DIGITAL, and AA batteries are definitely far more preferable than the Li-Ion rechargeable battery packs as you can get them anywhere and a good set of AA Lithiums such as the ones Energizer makes will last you a very long time if you are just shooting images here and there.

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Re: What digital camera should I buy?

Thanks for all of the suggestions, I had been looking at that camera for a while but not quite sure if it was worth the extra money. I went and tried a few cameras out at best buy but they must not have had that one in my view because I never got to see it. My fault for waiting right after christmas I guess. It seems that there was also a Kodak M340 at target on sale for $99 and it seemed like a good deal even thought it does not have HD movie mode, I can live without it. Any bad recommendations about continuing with kodak easyshares?

 

 

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Re: What digital camera should I buy?

"that camera" meaning the Sony that Allan pointed out

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Re: What digital camera should I buy?

I would avoid the Kodak Easyshare cameras. Kodak doesn't really design cameras. They buy up large amounts of Asian OEM digital cameras and slap their logo on them. I'd stick with a Canon or Nikon/Sony P&S unless you can find something you really like from one of the other brands.