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The Nikon Coolpix 4800 has 400 megapixels and an awesome 8x OPTICAL zoom, equivalent to 35 - 300 mm in a 35mm film camera.. Around $350 on eBay.

I just checked the specs on dpreview... it's only 4 megapixels, not 400.

A little caution is sometimes needed when using the numeric keypad. :o

 

 

I agree with a number of the posters here in that regardless of the number of bells and whistles a camera has, none of it means a damn thing if the lens is a piece of crap. If there are certain qualities that you would look for in an SLR camera, don't lower your standards because you're now looking at digital.

 

A hint about eBay that I learned from a co-worker (IF you're not concerned about getting a local warranty): Get a camera from a reputable store in Japan. The models are are a year-or-so old by the time they are introduced to the North American market & the Japanese stores can't sell this "old" stuff locally anymore. Brand new, but old there. You might be able to save a couple hundred $$.

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i live by dpreview - there's great professional and devoted amateur info.......which is how i found my beloved digital camera. i wanted to spend up to 500$ with battery etc included and ended up with a panasonic lumix. besides all the desired excellent attributes, it's got a huge screen, is very beautiful to look at (in black) and......has a leica lens. being an old leica fan, i was thrilled. it's a wonderful camera and there is also a slightly bigger version that would be great to have for more intensive photography but the smaller one is just that - small. so, fun to carry around everywhere.

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i live by dpreview - there's great professional and devoted amateur info.......which is how i found my beloved digital camera. i wanted to spend up to 500$ with battery etc included and ended up with a panasonic lumix. besides all the desired excellent attributes, it's got a huge screen, is very beautiful to look at (in black) and......has a leica lens. being an old leica fan, i was thrilled. it's a wonderful camera and there is also a slightly bigger version that would be great to have for more intensive photography but the smaller one is just that - small. so, fun to carry around everywhere.

This is an FZ 15 or FZ 20? Or?

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My digital camera, a dinosaur at this point, is a Leica. I still love it. I believe that somebody else manufactured them for Leica at the time (Fuji?), but there are Leica components in it.

 

I would like to replace it with a smaller one at some point. Tell us more about yours, djk. I'm an old Leica fan too.

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The Nikon Coolpix 4800 has 400 megapixels and an awesome 8x OPTICAL zoom, equivalent to 35 - 300 mm in a 35mm film camera..  Around $350 on eBay.
=mjc I just checked the specs on dpreview... it's only 4 megapixels, not 400.

A little caution is sometimes needed when using the numeric keypad. :lol:

 

Right you are, mcj. I'll be more careful in the future. Thanks for the heads-up.

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My digital camera, a dinosaur at this point, is a Leica. I still love it. I believe that somebody else manufactured them for Leica at the time (Fuji?), but there are Leica components in it.

 

I would like to replace it with a smaller one at some point. Tell us more about yours, djk. I'm an old Leica fan too.

the new one just came out - i got mine last fall and already there is a better version. the reason i think the newer one is better is that they added more low light capacity, (tho mine is quite good on that subject which is important to me as i do a lot of low light photography) and they fixed the only con i had - longer battery life. it's got an anti shake thing so that you can use it in lower light w/o a tripod much more so than a sony for instance. everyone that sees it is impressed by its photographs, the way it looks and especially the lcd screen - very clean and crisp and large - about 2.5" x 2". it's light and slips into a pocket easily which makes it fun for point and shoot. the bigger version - which is called something like fx-20 or 24 is too big for constant carrying but great for more serious work. the opticals are excellent for this size camera. when i did the research for $500 and under, the two that had the best stats were this one and one of the canons, i can't remember the model number. i basically read every word on the forums and the ratings on dp review until i was satisfied, and i asked at B&H for their opinion - fwiw. check it out, and look at the black! (also comes in silver and blue)....

 

Panasonic DMC-FX9

5.9 million effective pixels

6.4 million sensor photo detectors

35 mm - 105 mm (3x) zoom lens

Announced 20-Jul-05

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Anyone has any experience with the Canon EOS 20D? I really don't know much about cameras, digital or otherwise. Photography just seems like a fun subject to take on as a new hobby. Yes, so I am a dillettante, and one who wants a better toy. :lol:

 

A friend with a fancy photography degree has mentioned this one as a possibility. Anyone has it? How do you like it?

 

My little pocket one is the Sony DSC T1. A couple years old now but is still working just fine, I will keep using it when I want to be somewhat discrete with my activities.

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actually, i'd sell my soul and my first born for a M6. i'll even throw in my mother and mother-in-law as a bonus if I can get my hands on a Leica.

Ah, so that was it. I had been wondering what it was you bargained your soul for.

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