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Another camera question.
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~Lenore    Posted 05-16-2004 at 11:49:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
My company has offered me the choice of one of three digital cameras, FREE. I know nothing about digital cameras. I know easy and simple are prerequisites for me. Below are my choices, if any of you wish to help me choose, please speak up. I appreciate any and all advice and suggestions, remember it is FREE!

1. Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera Kit
Complex technology meets simple-to-use features. You get 2.0 megapixel resolution with a 3x optical/4x digital Zoom-Nikkor lens. Equipped with 14 scene modes, including 4 with Scene Assist, which automatically sets the camera for optimum performance in the most popular picture-taking situations. Features one-touch red-eye fix, plus in-camera picture enhancement with photo crop, sepia tone, black and white, halo effect and date imprinting. Includes 16MB memory card, lithium battery, USB cable and software.
2. Canon PowerShot Digital Camera
Ushering in enhanced image quality and processing speed, this palm-sized digital camera features 3.2-megapixel fixed-focal length glass optics. DIGIC image processor is also designed to reduce battery consumption. Features a powerful 5.1x digital zoom plus a 3-minute movie mode in 640x480 resolution and built-in speaker and sound memos up to 60 seconds. Kit includes 16MB memory card, 2 AA batteries, wrist strap, interface cable and software.
3. Olympus Digital Zoom Camera Kit
NOW SHIPPING UPGRADED MODEL. Ready when you are for rich, full-color images with 2.0 megapixel performance. You can count on high-quality shots up to 5" x 7". The 2.5X digital zoom and 1.8" LCD even allows for cropping of images on the spot. Intelligent flash, sequence and macro shooting modes, and editing tools give you endless image opportunities. You can also take advantage of QuickTimeTM movie mode to record up to 60 seconds of live-action video with audio. Includes CAMEDIATM software, batteries, strap, 16MB SmartMediaTM card and USB cable

Chuck, WA    Posted 05-17-2004 at 14:32:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you have model numbers?

Chuck, WA

Linda in UT    Posted 05-16-2004 at 19:52:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore, I have two Olympus digital cameras & I love them both. I started out with a small 2.0 megapixel Olympus with a 3x zoom, and have some great photos I've enlarged to 8 x 10. The more megapixels, the clearer your printed pictures are going to be, and the more you can enlarge the photo without it getting blurry. But, these photos enlarged to 8 x 10 and were clear as a bell.

I upgraded last year to a 4.0 megapixel Olympus with 10x optical zoom and 40x digital zoom, just because I really enjoy taking photos and wanted to see what I could do with a "better" camera.

If you are mainly going to use the camera to post pictures on the internet, and to store in your computer to look at on the monitor, then a 2.0 megapixel camera would be fine. If you are really into printing photos, then 2.0 will serve you well, but remember the greater the megapixels, the better the resolution of the photo for printing. If you only print up to about 5 x 7" photos, then any 2.0 megapixel camera would do the job just fine.

As for the zoom, optical zoom is what's most important. Optical zoom is what the old 35mm cameras depended on, if I'm remembering correctly. Optical zoom is what's most important for you to consider.

When you start adding in digital zoom, the pictures have poorer resolution. Digital zoom merely means the camera is taking the existing little squares of the picture (pixels) and making them larger. The larger the little squares, the blurrier the picture. If I'm thinking about printing the photos I'm taking, then with my new camera, I don't even turn on the digital zoom. I know that using optical zoom will give me the best prints.

If you can possibly find out the model numbers for the cameras it would help. My daughter uses epinions quite a bit and I have, too. See the link below. Folks just post their opinions on just about every appliance, camera, cell phone, etc. that was ever made.

Whatever you decide, I know you're going to have a lot of fun!

E. G. HENDRICKSON    Posted 05-16-2004 at 12:24:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I read all 3 description, and I would pick the
Canon Powershot. Good Luck with whatever you

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