SLR camera help please

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Found 31st Jul 2006
Hi all

I'm not an avid photographer but after going on a uni field trip to portugal and seeing the heavy duty SLR camera one of my lecturers took and then getting to see some of the beautiful insect shots he'd managed to take it made me jelaous and when I get jealous I want to spend money

I don't really think I'll be likely to print many pictures out and if I do it'll be normal photo sized and maybe once or twice a year a4 sized (not likely)

So really I'm looking for

4-6mp, 6-10x optical zoom, digital zoom isn't important, LCD screen 1.5"+, I prefer lithium batteries but I suppose if it keeps it cheap it wouldn't matter

Umm that's about it for preferences I think, anyone know of any decent cameras?

  1. Ask
  2. Camera
  3. SLR

It might be useful to know your spending limit if there is one Which I'm sure there is...

Original Poster

Hmm... I'm not that up on the prices just now but I suppose around £300 mark

Extra lenses and stuff aren't that important either, ideally it's just right out the box and go, no need for lenses etc

How about this: ][COLOR=blue]Olympus 6mp 10x Optical[/COLOR] Looks decent and gets great reviews. I haven't checked out if it's the best price as yet though...

Some PCWorld collect at store but you'll need to try your postcode ]here or town you can get too.

Oh and it's less than £200

[*]6 million pixels
[*]10x Optical Zoom
[*]5x Digital Zoom
[*]2.5" colour TFT LCD monitor
[*]PictBridge Enabled
[*]Movie recording function
[*]Super macro mode up to 3cm
[*]4x AA batteries included
[*]10MB internal memory
[*]Predictive AF

Original Poster

Thanks for that I'll look for reviews and let you know how I get on

Original Poster

]http//ww…ics is this one any good?

Tech stuff

Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 112.5 x 72.2 x 79.0 mm (4.43 x 2.84 x 3.11 inch)
Weight: Approx. 310g. (0.68lb) Approx.357g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.79lb)
Camera Effective Pixels: 6.0 Megapixels
Image Sensor: 1/2.5inch, 6.37 Mega Total Pixels CCD
Optical Zoom: 12x
Focal Distance: f=6-72mm (35mm Equiv.: 36-432mm)
Optical Image Stabilizer: MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)
Focusing Area: Normal: Wide 30cm/ Tele 200cm infinity
AF Metering: 1 point/1 point high speed/3 points high speed/9 points/Spot
Focus: AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Joystick), Normal/Macro(Dial), Continuous AF On/Off
AF Assist Lamp: Yes
ISO Sensitivity: Auto/80/100/200/400 High Sensitivity Mode: Auto / 800 / 1600
White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Halogen / White Set White Balance Adjustment ( 150K step, -1500 - +1500 K) (Except for Auto set)
Exposure: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift (P mode)
Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation: Yes (at Simple mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing: +/- 1/3 EV -1EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering: Intelligent Multiple/ Center Weighted/ Spot
Scene Mode: Dial: P(Program) mode, A(Aperture Priority) mode, S(Shutter Priority) mode,M(Manual) mode, Macro mode Simple, SCN mode (Portrait, Soft Skin, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Food, Candle, Starry Sky, Baby1, Baby2, Snow, High Sensitivity), Motion Image, Playback
Shutter Speed: Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE : 8-1/2000 sec, Manual : 60-1/2000sec.Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec
Aperture: Wide: F2.8 - F8, Tele: F3.3 - F8
Self Timer: 10 sec / 2 sec
Auto Review: 1sec / 3sec / Zoom
Review: 1x / 4x / 8x
Colour Effect Mode: Cool, Warm, Black and White, Sepia
Recording Format: Picture with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif2.2 standard)+ QuickTime, Still Image: JPEG(Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard), DPOF corresponding, Motion Image: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Recording Image Size: Still Image 4:3 Aspect Ratio] 2816 x 2112 pixels, 2304 x 1728 pixels, 2048 x 1536 pixels, 1600 x 1200 pixels, 1280 x960 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels,3:2 Aspect Ratio] 2816 x 1880 pixels, 2048 x 1360 pixels,16:9 Aspect Ratio] 2816 x 1584 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels Motion Image (Only with SD Memory Card) 4:3 Aspect Ratio] 640 x 480 pixels, 320x240 pixels, 16:9 Aspect Ratio] 848 x 480 pixels
Image Quality: TIFF/ Fine / Standard
Motion Image: 4:3 Aspect Ratio] 640 x 480 pixels, 320x240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps, 16:9 Aspect Ratio] 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps,Max. recording time depends on the memory card capacity
Burst Shooting Mode: Full-Resolution Image, 3 frames/sec or 2 frames/sec, Max. 13 images (Standard mode), Max 7 images (Fine Mode)
Unlimited consecutive shooting: Yes
Still Image Rec. with Audio: 5 sec
Audio Dubbing: Max.10 sec
Real-time Histogram: Yes
Built-in-Flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced On/Off
Viewfinder: 0.33inch Color EVF (114K Pixels), Field of View : approx. 100 percent
LCD Monitor: 2.5inch Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display(114 K Pixels)Playback mode:
25-thumbnail display, 9-thumbnail display, Calendar Display, zoomed playback (16x max.) Image Rotation, Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable), Playback of favorite pictures, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), trimming, protection, DPOF print setting
OSD Language: English,German,French,Italian,Spanish,Polish,Czech,Hungarian,Japanese
Recording Media: SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Microphone: Yes
Speaker: Yes
Interface: DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), USB
Direct Print: PictBridge
Power: Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 710mAh) (Included) Battery Charger/AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.): 320 pictures (CIPA Standard) / 340 pictures (with EVF)
Included Software: LUMIX Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio -viewer-, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, USB Driver

Looks very good technically. The price is £275 from Amazon's own link [just in case you were looking at the MarkePlace seller link].

Might be worth searching for a few reviews though.
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