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Old 12-05-2006, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by tbzep
...If you want an all around camera, look for something in the 4-6mp range with 3x-5x optical zoom to stay in your price range... The first thing I see is a Fuji Finepix F650 with 6mp and 6x optical zoom within your range.

Understand on the "optical" versus "digital" zooming. Optical is better.

Let us know a little bit more of what you plan to use the camera for. Just like with Centuri/Estes, Ford/Chevy/Chrysler, etc. everyone has their favorite brands. If you have a favorite, you probably would pay a few bucks more for the trust you have in that particular camera company. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, but they all are getting better and better every year.

I'm looking for a broad-range camera, some outdoor, some indoor; I'd like to catch the occasional launch frame, but I'm really looking for image clarity in static shots. Fast-action shots are of a secondary importance; good indoor close-range shots are of greater importance.

I'll go shopping and see what's available locally. Right now I have no particular brand loyalty. I haven't seen enough or worked with enough to get that picky. If I had the $$$ I'd go with an SLR-style body and a good set of changeable lenses; my rich uncle is still in the poor house, but when he gets out...
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