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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
Hi guys,

Sorry to do this, but I after a digital camera as I am going to the US this summer.

I dont want to spend over £100, obviously want the best for the money, also needs to have a big memory and a rechargable battery.

I've seen the Fuji F40FD, looks quite good.

Any recommendations?


THANK YOU :)
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Does the £100 budget include a memory card and batteries (if required). Speaking of batteries, do you want a custom Li-ion battery or to be able to use AA batteries. I personally like the convenience of AA batteries, as it means if your batteries die while you're out you can just buy some alkaline ones to keep you going until you recharge your NiMH AA's. Other people much prefer a custom battery as (in some cases) you get a longer battery life, but mainly becasue it generally means a smaller camera.

There are a few other points to consider: -
What king of photos do you think you'll be taking? Would a big zoom be an advantage? Will you be taking lots of photos in low light levels? Do you want something really small to fit in your pocket?

I usually like to recommend Canon cameras, not because I think the others aren't any good, but because I've had 3 now and they've all been excellent, I currently have a Powershot A720is which is fantastic, but a little outside your price range.

The Fuji F40FD at Play is the one you're thinking of, and is by all accounts a good camera. I'll try to have a look for some alternatives (I'm at work, so it depends if anyone's looking!) and get back to you.
#2
I bought a Fuji F40FD this time last year to go to a wedding and then America. I find it to be rather good (fuji's are) and it produced excellent pictures in bright sun and low light (for a compact). I took some really nice & colourful snaps at the Grand Canyon - some at sunset and I wasn't disappointed. I also paid a lot more for mine.

:thumbsup:
#3
I am in the same position. Going away and need to buy a nice camera.

I am after a compact/slim camera myself, something like, CANON IXUZ70/75. Are there any other cameras I should consider, e.g. Fuji, Casio, Samsung, etc.

I am definitely after a slim camera. Any recommendations would do. I will be taking snapshots indoors and outdoors. Nothing fancy but normal holidays snaps.

My budget is about £100 quid. I could buy it from duty free (if there is such a thing) and save me a few quid.

Thanks.
#4
My last 3 cameras have been the Canon Ixus cameras . Good results and stylish .

I would advise you to get a small compact like the ixus . If you have a small camera
you are more inclined to keep it with you and so use it more.
And don't forget , get a decent size memory card eg 1Gb and take lots of pics. It's not
like film , it doesn't cost extra :) . You can delete the ones you don't like later, after
you've seen them on your PC.
Take plenty of video clips . It really is nice to see them and remember your holiday.

Have a nice time.

Paul.
#5
Thanks for the replies guys.

The photos I will take are of landscapes/buildinds and people, night and day (the usual touristy photos!). I agree, I would like a small one so i can carry it around easily. I would probably prefer a rechargable as cameras seem to eat old fashioned batteries.

I would wait till I got to the US but not sure when I will get a chance to buy one, and looking at prices online, its not that much cheaper over there
#6
Donleeone
The photos I will take are of landscapes/buildinds and people, night and day (the usual touristy photos!). I agree, I would like a small one so i can carry it around easily. I would probably prefer a rechargable as cameras seem to eat old fashioned batteries.


If you did go for a camera with AA batteries, then as long as you buy some decent NiMH rechargeables then battery life isn't an issue. I get about 300-400 photos from one set of rechargeables. If you do have to resort to normal alkaline batteries, then yes, they will eat through batteries, maybe only 50-100 shots. That said, if size is an issue then you're probably best with a built in rechargeable battery.
#7
Yer don't think i'll have a problem getting to a plug socket, its America lol

So what do you reakon on the £100 budget mark. Ideally around £80 as I will also need to buy a memory card!

Thanks so far everyone, repping.
#8
Another thing, are you going to have the chance to download photos while you're there or will you be getting all your photos on one memory card to bring home with you? If you need to bring them all home, then make sure you get a big enough card. I would recommend that you think of the biggest number of photos that you're likely to take, and then double it! I've got a 4GB card in my 8 MP camera and can take just over 1000 photos. This might seem like loads (and it is) but if you start taking videos then you'll soon start to use it up. Obviously, you'll be able to pick up sd cards when in America if you do run out of space.

Another suggestion would be to pop into your nearest Jessops - they'll be more than happy for you to have a look at, and try out, some cameras. You can then go home and find the best price on the internet for whichever you decide you liked best. You may also find that some of the bigger compact cameras are not actually all that big. With my big hands I find the some of the really small cameras to be too fiddly to be honest.
#9
You can certainly get a memory card for less than a tenner, so you should be ok for £90.
#10
This is a good point. I would prefer a camera where I can just plug into the laptop/PC wherever I am and drag and drop the photos rather than istalling pointless software. Is this common or do they all force you to download their softwaere??
#11
Donleeone
This is a good point. I would prefer a camera where I can just plug into the laptop/PC wherever I am and drag and drop the photos rather than istalling pointless software. Is this common or do they all force you to download their softwaere??


If you've got a memory card reader then it's not a problem as you can just drag and drop whatever the camera. As far as I know all cameras come with there own software, but you don't necessarily have to use it. I think that some cameras will be seen as a mass storage device, but I'm afraid I can't comment about which ones. My Canon is ok, but that doesn't mean that another Canon would.
#12
Donleeone;1954537
This is a good point. I would prefer a camera where I can just plug into the laptop/PC wherever I am and drag and drop the photos rather than istalling pointless software. Is this common or do they all force you to download their softwaere??


It's fairly standard for cameras to simply work as mass storage devices, Kodak were pretty bad for forcing their software on you but they don't have much presence in the market these days.

John
#13
Not wanting to harp on about the battery issue, but I've just had a look at a review of the Fuji F40fd on Steve's Digicams and it says that the battery life is better than most cameras of this class in that is good for up to 300 photos, some other compact cameras seem to suggest less than 200 photos. If you are having a busy sightseeing day this may not be good enough, especially if you take a few videos and want to review your pictures during the day. Trust me, with a brand new camera and lots of photo opportunities, you'll be amazed how many pictures you take. I'm not trying to convince you to go for AA batteries, just to make sure that if you get one with a built in battery then make sure it will last you through the busiest of days!
#14
Mike73
Not wanting to harp on about the battery issue, but I've just had a look at a review of the Fuji F40fd on Steve's Digicams and it says that the battery life is better than most cameras of this class in that is good for up to 300 photos, some other compact cameras seem to suggest less than 200 photos. If you are having a busy sightseeing day this may not be good enough, especially if you take a few videos and want to review your pictures during the day. Trust me, with a brand new camera and lots of photo opportunities, you'll be amazed how many pictures you take. I'm not trying to convince you to go for AA batteries, just to make sure that if you get one with a built in battery then make sure it will last you through the busiest of days!


I agree with you. Are there such cameras where you can charge it, but if the charge runs out, you can replace with AAs?
#15
Donleeone
I agree with you. Are there such cameras where you can charge it, but if the charge runs out, you can replace with AAs?


Not as far as I know. You can get a camera which uses AA batteries and make sure that you use good NiMH rechargeables, you can then carry around an extra set of rechargeables and even buy alkaline if needed. Alternatively, if you buy a camera with a custom battery, then you can buy a spare battery and carry that around with you (charged up of course). Unfortunately, both of these options will eat into you £100 budget a bit. I'd say to budget about £10 for an AA charger and 4 batteries (most cameras take 2). Not too sure how much an extra Li-ion battery would cost for a camera with a custom battery - quick google search suggests about the same (£10)
#16
To keep within your budget this store might be useful.
I bought my present camera from them and the service was excellent.

http://www.camerabox.co.uk/products1.asp?DepartmentID=9

I recommend getting an extra battery and memory card at the same time.
They do ' bundles ' at good prices .
#17
Hi paul thanks but still a bit more deer than say play.com

MIKE - do you know anything about the fuji 480. Just seen asda adveritsing it for £50!
#18
Donleeone
Hi paul thanks but still a bit more deer than say play.com

MIKE - do you know anything about the fuji 480. Just seen asda adveritsing it for £50!


Not really, I know that it's not as good as the F series. You could always try a refurbished camera from the Fuji website, they might have a Fuji F20 for about £80 if you're lucky. It's "only" 6MP but that's more than enough really. I fact I'd say that anything over 7 or 8 is overkill unless you spend big money and want to print to bigger than A2 size.

Steves Digicams is my prefered review sight, they might have it on there. I'd have a look myself but Mrs Mike is after using the computer:x
#19
Thanks again mike.

Will probably stick with the F40, seems a good safe bet
#20
Donleeone
Thanks again mike.

Will probably stick with the F40, seems a good safe bet


Agreed, I think you could certainly do a lot worse. Good luck with it and I hope you enjoy your holiday.:thumbsup:

Assuming you were looking at it on Play.com, you may want to know that it's the same price at Amazon. Just in case you prefer them for whatever reason.

I won't recommend anywhere to get a spare battery from as I've never had to buy one, so wouldn't know where is reputable. 7DaySHop might be worth a go, you could probably get a battery, memory card and maybe a case if you want one, then the p&p wouldn't seem too horrific. Others might have different thoughts on this though.
#21
There is this Pentax Optio V10 which I found earlier at Jessops. The problem I don't know anything about it, and it would appear that nobody else does either, so I don't really want to recommend it to you. Just thought I ought to mention it out of politeness seeing as I posted the deal!
#22
Agree. I like the camera but no reviews anywhere at all! Isn't that strange. Is there something funny about this camera!

I am going on a holiday next week and am probably going to buy a digital camera. I have had Ricoh analogue camera for 20 years and it takes better picture than £300 digital camera - isn't that surprising.

I like canon ixus 70/75, fuji fd40 and this one as well.

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