Digital Cameras

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    Sep 12, 2009 3:51 AM GMT
    Okay, well I have this camera Sony Cyber-shot 7.2, and the pictures don't turn out that clear. If you haven't noticed I have to take all my pics in the bathroom because that's where I get the best lighting LoL!! Before you guys say its because its only 7.2 pixels. I want to know what kind of cameras you guys have because lots of you have beautiful crystal clear pictures. And I'm looking to invest in a new camera. I need to know what are some good brands. If any of you will share your thoughts thanks!!

    I'll go as high as $300.
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    Sep 12, 2009 4:45 AM GMT
    It's not the number of megapixels. It's more about the image processor and the lens.

    But you can still take great photos with an older camera. You have to experiment with the settings. Most people just select the Auto mode and leave it alone. That's fine for most situations, but for indoor self portrait shots, you should try some of the manual modes.

    And you have to play around with the lighting. If you want to take better pictures, take it outdoors on a sunny day, when the sun is shining at an angle. If you still prefer to take indoor pics, do not use fluorescent lighting. Try to find a light source that is from a regular bulb. Or just sit/stand next to a window when the sun shines through it.

    Also, use a tripod and use the auto-timer on your camera. No need to take those handheld bathroom mirror shots. Or you can ask a friend to take the pic for you.

    If you're still interested in buying a new camera, I would suggest Canon. They're very easy to use. And the image quality is great. Another one to consider is Panasonic. Their lenses are pretty good. For $300, I'd recommend these (in order of preference)..

    Canon SD940
    Canon SD1200
    Panasonic DMC-ZR1K
  • kew1

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    Sep 12, 2009 10:03 AM GMT
    I'll 2nd everything xrichx has said.
    7.2mp is more than enough for most pictures - don't buy into the more mega pixels the better marketing talk. Even Canon have reduced the megapixels on their top of the line compact (g11 has less than the g10).The sensors are just too small to put that many on.
    I still use an old 5mp Olympus, it's slow but takes very sharp pictures (but not action shots, it just can't keep up)

    Get someone else to take them or use a tripod,compact cameras aren't great in low light so go outdoors.

    Pop over to dpreview.com (reviews & forums, though some members make chucky look easy goingicon_smile.gif )
  • Nicobx15

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    Sep 12, 2009 1:01 PM GMT
    they are correct...it's not in the megapixel...unless you're planning on blowing up the photos to poster size!

    lighting is key!!!!!!!! like they mentioned, try the manual mode

    buy a canon....you can get a really small compact canon for under $300. They take great photos and you don't have to worry about the mega pixels because they are in the 10 range anyway. any place that sells camera can point you in the direction of a digital canon under $300...you won't be disappointed.

    and when using manual mode or for any mode, tripod is actually best...no matter how steady we think our hands are, there's always some kind of shake/movement in the photographer or subject...pick up a mini tripod for like 10 bucks...
  • DCEric

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    Sep 12, 2009 2:17 PM GMT
    xrichx saidIt's not the number of megapixels. It's more about the image processor and the lens.


    This. I have a 5 megapixel Cannon A610
  • Timbales

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    Sep 12, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
    I have a Canon Powershot and like it quite a bit.
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    Sep 12, 2009 5:44 PM GMT
    well gee wiz I should get a cannon

    I saw some at wal-mart today
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    Sep 12, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    I've got a Gorrilapod tripod. These are fun. And they let you be more creative with your pictures. But any inexpensive tripod will do.

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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 12, 2009 8:36 PM GMT
    I love my Panasonic Lumix and I am pretty sure it was just under $300 at Costco
  • jrs1

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    Sep 13, 2009 2:05 AM GMT

    listen directly to what xRichx said: the best camera I ever had was my 5.1 m.p. Sony DSC-T7 Cyber shot (as shown in the Aerosmith commercials with the slide lens cover). I have broken my lens and am pissed (understatement), therefore I am temporarily using my recently purchased Olympia Fe-3010. My Cyber shot had a Carl Zeiss lens feauture and my pictures were of the best quality ... anywhere ... my Olympia has 10.1 m.p.s and the quality is not the same. I have worked and manipulated my new camera to my liking, however, not everyone has the patience to program their cameras before taking a shot.
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    Sep 13, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    I have an A620 Canon and like it alot.


    You might not need to replace the camera, Sony's a pretty good brand.


    Like stated above, make sure the light is coming from the right direction. That would be from behind the camera in most cases.


    Also, when I get a blurry picture on my camera, it is quite often because I did not give the auto focus time to get set before I pressed the shutter button all the way down. Both of my digital cameras work this way, if you press part way on the shutter button and stop, it gives the auto focus time to get focused. Then you press the rest of the way and take your photo.
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    Sep 13, 2009 3:53 AM GMT
    Hmm... i guess its time to pull out the ole' manual haha.
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    Sep 16, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    Try the whitebalance controls, you should be able to select the type of lighting source and once you have it dialed in to the correct light, the images usually have crisper colors and less yellowish tint.
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    Sep 17, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    I am a Nikon man (SLR at that), but the Cannon powershot is a very nice all in one.
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    Sep 17, 2009 8:19 PM GMT
    for compact Cameras : Canon rules! ~ any DiGIC 4

    for DSLR : Nikon...

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    Sep 17, 2009 8:39 PM GMT
    CreaseHem saidWater is another very realistic way to get a picture broadcasted.


    I really need to start using MadLibs as a way of writing posts to the forums.


    As to the topic at hand, I've a Nikon D300 but I need that for the 14-bit depth of the images. There are plenty of cameras out there in the 200-300 range that should meet your needs. If you want something better, get a good used camera.
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    Sep 17, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    Canon Powershot - because every shot is a powershot (thank you Maria Sharapova)

    No, but seriously, the Canon Powershot is a great camera. I love it and everyone I know who has one has been very satisfied.
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    Sep 17, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    canon powershot sd1000
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    Sep 17, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
    latindudebos saidcanon powershot sd1000


    Gosh your like the 100th person who has mentioned that. I guess the choice is clear.
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    Sep 17, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    ifyouhadmylove said
    latindudebos saidcanon powershot sd1000


    Gosh your like the 100th person who has mentioned that. I guess the choice is clear.


    You can probably get a killer deal on the SD1000 since it's been replaced by the SD1100. If you're set on having a tiny pocket camera, there's an even better Canon in their ELPH line that's a smidge smaller and has a 12 megapixel sensor.
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    Sep 17, 2009 11:12 PM GMT
    The SD1000 was discontinued last year. There are no stores that carry it. The SD1100 is on the final stretch of its product life cycle. You might be able to find it in some stores. But probably not.

    But honestly, I've seen the SD1200 (the new replacement model) for pretty cheap. Not much more than the "sale" price of the SD1100. Why buy old technology when the price of the new model isn't that much more? icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 17, 2009 11:48 PM GMT
    So you've noticed the relationship between poor lighting and fuzzy pictures. You're on the right track.

    Fuzzy pictures have nothing to do with megapixels and everything to do with how long your shutter stays open.

    If you're in poor lighting the shutter has to stay open longer. In dim light it might be as much as one second. One second may not seem like a lot of time, but when you're trying to capture images on a sensor it is. Anything over 1/60th of a second has the potential to be blurry when you're hand holding the camera.

    The only options with a point and shoot camera are to get much brighter lighting or use a tripod.

    And by the way, if you're in the market for a new digital camera, there's a great buyer's guide at Digital Photography Review (no affiliation).
  • kew1

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    Sep 27, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    His photos don't look that fuzzy, more soft & un-detailed. I wonder if the camera's pushing up the ISO in auto mode & the noise reduction is removing detail.
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    Sep 27, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
    I'm a long-time Canon devotee, and my point-and-shoot of choice has always been the various members of the SD line, but I'm excited over the imminent release of the S90:

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0908/09081907canons90.asp

    PowerShot-S90_FSL_001.jpg

    The sensor on that one is going to be the same one that's on the G11, and it will have a big aperture (for a point-and-shoot) F/2.0 lens, so it will address a lot of the low light issues these small cameras have with their smaller sensors and small aperture lenses.

    You'll have a wait a bit before it drops to $300 tho. There's going to be lines for this one!

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    Nov 21, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    Well I have decided to go with the Canon PowerShot 12.1-Megapixel Digital ELPH Camera. For Christmas yay!!!