I need a new camera

But it's driving me nuts trying to find what I want

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16/08/2009 at 13:20

I've been checking out various websites etc, but there's too much out there.

I don't want anything too small or compact as my fine motor skills aren't all that hot.  Having said that i don't want anything too big with separate lens'.    Ideally built in zoom, built in flash, automatic focus, carry strap for shoulder and a viewfinder.  I must have a viewfinder.  Can never see anything in them little square screens, plus rechargable battery pack.

I think that's about it.  Oh, and budget around £400.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

16/08/2009 at 13:37

LWJ, I have one of these, cost was close to £500 when I got it but now it's £150 cheaper. Excellent quality of camera and not too fidley for sausage finger users like myself.

Fuji Finepix S100FS

Get down to a Jessops or London Camera Exchange or a decent camera shop and ask for advice and get the feel of a camera before buying though. Treat it the same as buying your running shoes.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
16/08/2009 at 13:55
I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 a month ago, its fantastic and gets great reviews on most of the sites I checked. Its in the higher price bracket for compacts, and not one of the smallest compacts but will fit in your pocket/purse easily.

Best features are 12x optical zoom and 10.1 mega pixels.
16/08/2009 at 14:11
oooo yes, those Lumix are the doggies doodahs - very nice
Too late for me though
16/08/2009 at 16:28

BB, Gaz, thank you, i appreciate that.  I haven't got a clue with cameras.  I've printed off info on them both and will go into Jessops in the week. 

16/08/2009 at 21:38

Not a big expert, but I've been very happy with the 3 megapixel low end Fuji I've had for years, and intend to get another Fuji... (though with a higher spec!)  I've had a fair few compliments for my pictures even with that!

I remember years ago I spent days trying to work out why the photos a friend was emailing me ended up with distortions on the image.  Turned out it was nothing she was doing, just her camera... that was a Cannon of similar spec to mine!  I think it was a Fuji she got next...

Edited: 16/08/2009 at 21:41
17/08/2009 at 07:48
Thanks Rowan. 
17/08/2009 at 08:58
Bouncing Barlist, has your camera got a viewfinder?
17/08/2009 at 09:02
Mine's a 10mp Panasonic Lumix too - brilliant
17/08/2009 at 12:11

LWJ- did you want a regular digital camera, or a digital SLR one?

I have had a Canon Ixus 750 for the last couple of years which I'm very happy with, but it would be too compact for you. Canon is a very reliable brand.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
17/08/2009 at 13:22
Inky Fingers wrote (see)
Bouncing Barlist, has your camera got a viewfinder?

No it doesnt, though ive found the 2.5 inch LCD screen works just fine, maybe a little glare with the sun on it but havnt found it to be a problem.
17/08/2009 at 20:06

Thanks Sass and Moomoo.   Will have a look at them shortly.

Moomoo - We have an Olympus digital compact something or other at the moment.   I always use the viewfinder but everything i take always looks too far way when we transfer the pictures to the pc or have them printed.  I never use to have that problem with the old 35mm cameras, what i saw was what i got!  Do you get the frame as you actually see it with the digital SLR's? 

17/08/2009 at 22:34
LWJ -= I gottapentax digi SLR and yes you get what you see in frame and you have inter-changable lenses just as a 35mm SLR. Digi  ones are great but I do miss film.
17/08/2009 at 22:55
I have same camera as Barley and am very happy with it. I poured a glass of rose over it last night and it's still working so it's durable!!
18/08/2009 at 08:26

Hoose - with interchangeable lenses do you have to manually focus?   I was asked to take the company camera on a trip last year.   I was given a 30 second training session i.e. pick it up, zoom in/out press button.   Unfortunately the person using it before me had left it on manual focus.  150 photos and not one was decent enough to use in the company brochure or on the website.

Pig - that sounds my sort of camera. .  Could you just try out some white wine on it?   That is a good point though.   We just want something decent for family snaps, bit of sight seeing etc, so the camera will undoubtedly get left where drinks are about.

18/08/2009 at 08:40
on mine you can set it to manual or auto focussing. I like manual for effect and it feels like and old slr then. Some are auto focus only but I find em a pain. Guess if you just wanna point and shoot auto is OK.
18/08/2009 at 08:44
19/08/2009 at 14:32

I spent years hanging on to my SLR, But changed to a digital one before our trip to Nepal... Wouldn;t swap back now for anything.

My Olympus DSLR is a great camera, super lenses, and all the gadgets I want... And with the big flash memory card I can shoot 1600 pictures....

 Had the discussion at the weekend, "Do I take better photos ? or just hat I shoot so many  I  must have a couple of half decent ones ?"

19/08/2009 at 20:11

Dave what model have you got?  Our current one is an Olympus compact thingy, but a little too small for me.  I know exactly what you mean, do we taken decent photos or take loads and sort through. 

This has been going on in my household since January.  There is just so much out there.

22/08/2009 at 00:58


good place to look at all sorts of Cameras

I've just upgraded my old Canon DSLR for a  Canon 5D Mark II and I'm a very happy boy!!!

I'd look at a entry level DSLR if i was you, and if you use it a lot you can always upgrade your lens and you'll have a great start in the world of photography when you start playing with all it's manual settings!!!

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