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Manish Hatwalne
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I am looking for my first Digital Camera for everyday use, and my bro & sis will be using it as well. I am looking for something with 6 MP and decent zoom around 10K to 12K, but I can extend my budget a bit. Anything in Nikon or Canon would be great but I don't mind any other equally good option, such as Kodak/Sony.

I'd also like to have manual control in this camera --- any recommendations?

- Manish
Kj Reddy
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I use
Kodak EasyShare 6.1-Megapixel Digital Camera
Model: Z650

I am happy with it. You can use it to take small video clippings also.
I am not sure if it is already available in Indian market.
The price should be between Rs 10,000 to 13,000
[ August 09, 2006: Message edited by: KJ Reddy ]
Rakesh Joshi
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I have Kodak EasyShare 3.1 -MP Digital Camera
it is good....

For More Detail about Camera....u can see

http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/d/Digital-Camera-Reviews&level_b=Kodak.htm


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kri shan
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check regularly www.deals2buy.com & grab the offer.
Manish Hatwalne
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That's a good model but it is around 20,000 INR on ebay.in, way above my budget!

- Manish
Kj Reddy
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Originally posted by Manish Hatwalne:
That's a good model but it is around 20,000 INR on ebay.in, way above my budget!

- Manish


My friend got it for me 8 months back. It costed me around $300, so better to get from US if you have any friends.
Manish Hatwalne
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D650 is available for 17000 INR with bill & warranty and Canon Powershots A540 is for 16750 with wbill, warranty with 256 MB memory card & charger. Which is a better bet???

- Manish
Jeroen T Wenting
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For $12K you can get a highly professional top of the line outfit consisting of a Nikon D2xs and several lenses and flash units.

There are worse ways to spend your money.


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Manish Hatwalne
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I am talking about INR (Indian Rupees), so 12k INR would be around 260 USD or so. Only Canon A 530 looks feasible around 13k INR.

I am alos considering Canon A 540 & Kodak Z650 around 17k INR. However, I am not sure without IS how good a 10x zoom would be on kodak.

- Manish
Jeroen T Wenting
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forget completely about ANY claims of "digital zoom", those things are worse than useless.
They essentially take a small area of the sensor and extrapolate pixels from there (essentially making them up out of thin electricity).

Optical zoom depends on the quality of the glass. In a camera in that price class I wouldn't have too much faith in that quality no matter what the brand of the camera (sorry, sometimes the truth hurts).

Think of something like the Nikon L1, which is probably a good benchmark for what you can get in that pricerange.
Suresh Thota
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Manish,

yes, 10X without IS is useless. You just can't focus on anything properly.

Even with IS feature, some of the megazooms are not good. This is my observation when I tested all mega zooms about 6 months back.

I fell in love with Canon S2 and Sony H1 and grabbed Sony H1.

If you are looking for a good cam with manual features, I would suggest extend your budget somemore and get the latest models in the above series like S3 or H2 or H5. Trust me you will not regret.

If you have any friends coming from US, you can get very good deals there.

Cheers


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Manish Hatwalne
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(1) I am referring to Optical Zoom only - Z650 has 10x optical zoom.
(2) Nikon L1 was under consideration, but since it doesn't have any manual controls; I aborted it. As it is, my city is not having proper Nikon service center and not getting Nikon with Indian guranteee and service with bill, so dropping Nikon in digital range.
(3) I agree that Canon S3IS is just amazing (I am getting it around 23.5K) and equivalent sony would be great as well; but I am not considering anything of that type because I plan to buy Nikon D50/D70 or similar sometime next year. So don't want to invest lot of money in DigiCam now.

I think I am going for either Canon A530 or Canon A540 now, unless Kodak turns out to be exceptionally good. Off to dpreview.com now!

- Manish
[ August 09, 2006: Message edited by: Manish Hatwalne ]
Bert Bates
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I don't know about the conversion rates, but I absolutely love my Canon A700 (6mp / 6x optical zoom)- I've had several digital cameras and this is the first one I've really loved. The manual controls are very powerful and very intuitive - so in my case I actually use the aperture and shutter priorities, and I work with the ISO and exposure control settings. (As opposed to my previous camera that had some of these features, but they were so hard to use that I never used them )

Another thing I like is that you can get add on lenses! I got the telephoto lens and I'm very happy with the results. Also, battery life is surprisingly good.

hth,

Bert

p.s. Ya gotta get into using the histograms! They totally rock, and they are also REALLY easy to check. As you're taking pictures it's easy to jump to review mode and check your histograms.


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Jeroen T Wenting
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Manish, manual controls are usually reserved for the higher end cameras.
If you get them on a lowend camera (like all cameras in the pricerange you're looking at) you'll get serious compromises elsewhere where they hurt you a lot more, like poor optics and electronics.
Chetan Parekh
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Manish, I want to purchase Digital Cemara in the same range.

Please let me know once you close the purchase - I will purchase the same


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Devesh H Rao
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Originally posted by Manish Hatwalne:
(1) I am referring to Optical Zoom only - Z650 has 10x optical zoom.
(2) Nikon L1 was under consideration, but since it doesn't have any manual controls; I aborted it. As it is, my city is not having proper Nikon service center and not getting Nikon with Indian guranteee and service with bill, so dropping Nikon in digital range.
(3) I agree that Canon S3IS is just amazing (I am getting it around 23.5K) and equivalent sony would be great as well; but I am not considering anything of that type because I plan to buy Nikon D50/D70 or similar sometime next year. So don't want to invest lot of money in DigiCam now.

I think I am going for either Canon A530 or Canon A540 now, unless Kodak turns out to be exceptionally good. Off to dpreview.com now!

- Manish

[ August 09, 2006: Message edited by: Manish Hatwalne ]


Manish,

Go for Cannon S2, It has a 12x optical zoom and I guess arnd 5 megapixels. I own a cannon S1 which I bought in UK [the price differential in UK and US just makes my mind boggle but anyways I just had to have a point and shoot digital camera around 3 yrs back hence I went for it] and I absolutely love my cannon S1 so I guess Cannon S2 should be on similar lines.

It is a nice piece, compact considering that it has a 12x capabilities and absolutely worth the price and it also happens to be a topseller

and yes you have the right site for Camera Reviews for more information.

also if you are around mumbai visit jjmehta.com for price list for cameras. they have some nice deals goin for them [this is not blatent advertising,I am just recommending from previous experience ]
 
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