permaculture playing cards*
The moose likes Meaningless Drivel and the fly likes cheap digital cameras Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login


JavaRanch » Java Forums » Other » Meaningless Drivel
Bookmark "cheap digital cameras" Watch "cheap digital cameras" New topic
Author

cheap digital cameras

paul wheaton
Trailboss

Joined: Dec 14, 1998
Posts: 20583
    ∞

I paid $250 for a digital camera a couple of years ago and it worked great until about two months ago when it died. Tech support told me that to get it repaired, I would have to send it in along with $90 and they'll look at it and give me an estimate. The tech on the phone told me it won't be cheap.
So I went and bought a $35 digital camera. It's fixed focus and takes 640x480 images. Overall, it's not bad!
I'm thinking of getting another camera: one for me and one for the kids. The new camera has two major flaws: It can only hold about 22 pictures; You have to use their weird software to get the images off of the camera (the broken camera would just appear as a new drive on my windows explorer).
Anybody know of a cheap camera that can hold, say, a hundred pics and does that easy drive thing?


permaculture Wood Burning Stoves 2.0 - 4-DVD set
Ellen Zhao
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 17, 2002
Posts: 581
How cheap do you want it to be? Take hundreds of pics...hmmm, depends on what device do you store them and what format do you use. For a 128MB compact flash card, you can store more than 1,000 images in basic JPEG format ( 640*480 ), but in TIFF format and 2560*1920 size, this 128MB card won't be able to store more than 20 images.
Here's a very nice website of DC:
www.dpreview.com
You may try to find out the *cheap* DC which exactly meets your requirement. Good luck.

Regards,
Ellen
[ April 17, 2003: Message edited by: Ellen Zhao ]
Michael Morris
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 30, 2002
Posts: 3451
How about lookin' at Froogle, Google's answer to pricewatch.


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. - Ernst F. Schumacher
Michael Morris
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 30, 2002
Posts: 3451
Just got a spam for this Vivitar. It's a 640x480 but holds 70 images and is USB. Maybe a little pricey though. If you close the window, they'll take off another $10 in a popup.
[ April 17, 2003: Message edited by: Michael Morris ]
Bert Bates
author
Sheriff

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8815
    
    5
Paul -
What's your price-point, er, your budget, er how much you got to spend?


Spot false dilemmas now, ask me how!
(If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
paul wheaton
Trailboss

Joined: Dec 14, 1998
Posts: 20583
    ∞

I found the vivitar for $40 - not bad! Although I'm curious about how you get the pics from the camera onto the computer.
Bert, I would like to keep it under $50, but might be willing to go a bit over. The current camera is $35 at Target and so far has been doing okay.
If there was a good camera out there that came with, say, a ten year warranty, I might get that. But after getting burned on the Olympus, the cheap ones seem a lot nicer.
Marilyn de Queiroz
Sheriff

Joined: Jul 22, 2000
Posts: 9046
    
  10
Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
The new camera has two major flaws: ..., You have to use their weird software to get the images off of the camera (the broken camera would just appear as a new drive on my windows explorer).

Anybody know of a cheap camera that can hold, say, a hundred pics and does that easy drive thing?


My Olympus doesn't do the easy drive thing
I have to use at least two different types of software to get my pics in usable form.


JavaBeginnersFaq
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that's why they call it the present." Eleanor Roosevelt
Anonymous
Ranch Hand

Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
My NikonView 6.0 also worked for Casio DC( I mean the USB driver), I don't know whether it would also work for other brands. NikonView is free downloadable. You may have a try.
Regards,
Ellen
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
 
subject: cheap digital cameras