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    Digital camera or video camera?!

    Hi,
    I'm looking at buying a new digitial camera my budget being £200. What would you recommend? I have no idea what is good value for money anymore. Are the Lumix good cameras?

    Alternatively I've seen that video recorders also take still pictures and would actually like a HDD video recorder as i'm going away and would like to record some footage of the scenary. Again, what would a decent price to pay? What would be a good one?

    Many thanks for your time.

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    Digital Camera everytime for me! Videos put everyone on edge and I don't think the stills are very good quality. And how often will you really look at a video?

    You can have fun with digital images. So I vote you get a camera. Don't have a clue which one though. I'll leave that to a techie to advice you.

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    I agree with some of what you say, when you do look back at video though it can be funny. I'm off to Amsterdam soon on a lads stag so a video camera could have some great memories.

    What about this one? Its like half price.

    empiredirect.co.uk/con…htm

    How is 32x optical on a video camera different to say a 10x optical on a digital camera?

    Definitely digital camera, and although I am not a techie I have been a keen photographer for a long time.

    I have a Fuji Finepix S20 Pro that produces very high quality photos and, as a pocket camera, a Canon Digital Ixus 750 which for its size produces stunning images. The Canon also has a huge screen on the back as well as a viewer.

    Both have sufficient Megapixels to allow photos to be printed up to A4 size without graininess and a short time lag between pressing the button and the picture being taken.

    They can be used on fully automatic point and click or set to pre set programs or used manually.

    My favourite setting at the moment is 'burst mode' for taking photos of my grandchildren but I also enjoy the macro features that allow you to get very close to objects - see my atavar picture of bee in garden.

    The Fuji is a couple of years out of date now but can be found on ebay in your budget. The Canon too.

    They will both do short video as well.

    Here are a couple of reviews for the techie stuff.

    Fuji steves-digicams.com/200…tml

    Canon steves-digicams.com/200…tml

    Happy snapping

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    Thanks cannyscot. Some good info there. How long can a short video be classed as? The memory card size?

    What about this Lumix? I've heard they are good:

    ebuyer.com/pro…638

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    Or this one? microglobe.co.uk/cat…xus

    My friend says Canon are the best, some of his reasons were, weiss lens - battery life - lcd screens are high quality. He also said anything over 3x optical zoom can start to get blurry. I referenced the Lumix 10x optical.

    Video length depends on the resolution setting ( Frames per second) (Low Medium Superfine)you use and the memory size.

    For example,

    This is taken from the review site;

    Movie Length Up to 4GB or 1 hour (L and M, 30/15fps)
    Up to 3 mins (S)
    Up to 1 min (M, 60fps)
    Up to 120 mins (Time Lapse)

    I don't know if that is of any use but I only shoot on higher resolution and at the moment have got 770 images on the 2G memory leaving space for either 134 images or 3minutes 13 sec of video.

    woz;1777459

    Or this one? … Or this one? http://www.microglobe.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?pName=canon-powershot-sd1100-is-digital-camera-elphixus My friend says Canon are the best, some of his reasons were, weiss lens - battery life - lcd screens are high quality. He also said anything over 3x optical zoom can start to get blurry. I referenced the Lumix 10x optical.



    I agree with your friend, I looked at this one but couldn't afford it. You can get the Ixus 750 for just over £100 on ebay at the moment.

    The battery life is great but I would advise buying a spare, although you can always switch off the screen and just use the viewfinder and that saves a chunk of battery power.

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    What's the best canon I could get for £200? I wanted to get a memory card into this price as well

    woz;1777459

    Or this one? … Or this one? http://www.microglobe.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?pName=canon-powershot-sd1100-is-digital-camera-elphixus My friend says Canon are the best, some of his reasons were, weiss lens - battery life - lcd screens are high quality. He also said anything over 3x optical zoom can start to get blurry. I referenced the Lumix 10x optical.



    You can't go far wrong with the Lumix TZ3, I've had the chance to use ones belonging to friends and I loved the camera! Steve's digicams gives a great review and one that I'd agree with wholeheartedly! Good image stabilisation (essential for an optical zoom as high as 10x) and he also says the videos you can take with it are good with good auto-focus throughout.

    It also has a very good lens made by Leica, they are high quality and it especially shows very little 'purple-fringing' on high contrast objects.

    steves-digicams.com/200…tml

    Read the conclusions page for an overview of the camera:

    steves-digicams.com/200…tml

    It can also take SDHC cards so you could get a large capacity one for long video shots and lots of high res pics too!

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    If I find a camera online for a cheaper price than in store, which retailers (providing it is cheaper online) will price match? Also is it only certain online retailers that shops will allow?

    Canons are awesome, as still cameras. The video quality is ace as well BUT as its so good, you'd need a massive card to get any decent length of footage. on a 2GB on my 860is i can get about 15mins, and thats without pictures.

    My GF has an older panasonic lumix model (fx3?) and the video quality is still good but you can fit more on a card. The 10x optical will be fine, its digital zoom you want to avoid.

    My camera before my canon was a Sony W50, which was a good all-rounder, the picture quality wasnt quite as awesome as the canon ( i can post comparisons later if you like) but the video was much better in terms of length without losing *much* quality. I recorded most of a Brand New gig with decent sound as well.

    To know for sure, take an SD card into jessops and try out these models, take some videos, take note of how long it gives you, go home, look at the quality, then decide.

    Oh, and if the Leicester granby st store is your closest, go talk to a guy called James, hes pretty good.

    oh, and about the price match, i think most will match or at least give a decent deal to match. If you want the best of both, i bought mine from Bristol Camera Centre online, they have some good prices and are an actual shop so you get proper consumer service as well.

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    Jonster, thanks very much.

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    Do you know if the TZ3 has the option where you can take like 9 photos with one click?
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