help-need a digital camera for a birthday present am really stuck.

hi guys, i've searched through the recent threads but none of it really makes any sense to me at all. my boyfriend really wants a camera for his birthday, but I haven't got a clue what to get. he used his dad's fuji lately and really liked that, i think he mentioned 30 fps and i think it was 7mp i can remember what optical zoom it was but i think he was hoping for a 5x one. he wants it for photos and short videos. i have no idea what makes are good, i also heard somewhere that its not really the mp or the x optical zoom but the quality of the lens that makes the difference, and that really threw me. he's really particular about this stuff and i soooo want it to be right, i would be heart broken if he didn't like it. please help.


I have just listed a brand new one on Ebay which runs out on Sunday night, its a GE A735, red 7.2MP, if it doesn't sell you are welcome to put in an offer, we bought it for £65 delivered from Amazon, but open for reasonable offers after Sunday if not sold.

One of the Tesco Direct deals for Canon IXUS 70 advertised last week may be of some help


Canon' are really good at cameras .. depends what budget you are looking at ... Mind but these are just instore ..

maybe this is the one he was playing with


we have it and its a great camera.

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it was a compact one he was after. yeah i was reading through the canon thread but couldn't make out if this would suit his needs. will take a trip to tesco tomorrow and have a look, but anymore help greatly appreciated.

Copying them over from another website ....

Product Description Canon Digital IXUS 70 - digital camera
Product Type Digital camera - compact
Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.6 cm x 1.9 cm x 5.4 cm
Weight 125 g
Supported Flash Memory MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Sensor Resolution 7.1 Megapixel
Shooting Modes Frame movie mode
Lens System 3 x zoom lens - 5.8 mm - 17.4 mm - f/2.8-4.9
Focus Adjustment Automatic
Min Focus Range 30 cm
Digital Zoom 4 x
Camera Flash Built-in flash
Red Eye Reduction Built-in
Microphone Microphone - built-in
Viewfinder Optical - real-image zoom
Display LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - colour
Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Here's another one available from Amazon -


This one is a 7M with 4x optical zoon & does short videos as well ...


maybe this is the one he was playing … maybe this is the one he was playing withhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujifilm-FinePix-S5800-Digital-Camera/dp/B000V9P5NC/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1210879085&sr=1-10we have it and its a great camera.

I have a Fujifilm FinePix, it is very easy to use and I have had it a couple of years now. Never had any problems, it was even used for GCSE photography by my daughter!

Here' comes another deal from Argos for IXUS 950 - 8M with 4x optical zoom and does movies as well...


Review of the camera from DP review website -

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hello, im back, what about this one? is it any good please?


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also, im a bit foxed, how can some be 2 or 3 frames per second and some 30? even when the 3 fps one is more expensive?

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and can anybody tell me is this one any good?



hello, im back, what about this one? is it any good … hello, im back, what about this one? is it any good please?http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fujifilm-FinePix-A920-Digital-Camera/dp/B000UUO5I8/ref=pd_sbs_ce_title_10

hello, checked the Steve Digicams website which is quite reliable ... but this one did not have a majorly positive conclusion .... attached conclusion below -

Bottom line - as stated before, the A920 and A900 are virtually the same camera, with the exception of the larger LCD. Like the previous model, we have mixed feelings about the Fuji FinePix A920. While it produced nice 9-megapixel images, and the larger 2.7-inc display is a welcomed addition, the slower shooting performance times, and sub VGA movie mode bring it's appeal down a bit. Even at the low price of $199 or less, there are plenty of compact models out there that offer equal if not better image quality, performance, and at least VGA resolution movies.


and can anybody tell me is this one any … and can anybody tell me is this one any good?http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5607460/Trail/searchtext%3EDIGITAL+CAMERA.htm

The deal definitely is very appealing i believe but could not find much reviews on the internet except below which is like 50% recommendation -


If you can find one of the Canon ixus70 deals at Tesco Extra, then I really think you'd struggle to find better for the money.

One feature which some people feel very strongly about is the type of batteries that the camera uses. SOme cameras (like the Canon ixus and Fuji F-series) have a custom made battery which allows for a smaller camera. Other cameras (Canon Powershot and Fuji A-series) use AA batteries. If you get decent NiMH rechargeable AA batteries then they should last about as long as those with the non-AA batteries. The advantage of AA is that if your batteries run out, you can go and buy some alkaline AA's and carry on which you can't with the others (unless you buy a spare battery). The disadvantage is that the cameras tend to be a bit bulkier/heavier.

I don;t know if you think this is something that would concern him or not, but like I say, there are lots of people who feel quite strongly about it. Personally I prefer AA batteries so I know I can always carry on taking pictures.

I am sure he will love it, whatever you buy .

The old adage is ' buy the best you can afford ' , but it's hard knowing when to stop.
IF you can run to it then a Canon Ixus is quality . I'm on my 3rd.
Bought mine here :-

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