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    Default How to choose a digital camera?

    When you look at the spec of the digital camera, how do you know it is good?

    Besides exterior design & battery, the techinical spec are quite similar between a $300 & $600 model with same mega pixel. The expensive one tend to have more scene selection & slimmer, that's all I can tell as a newbie.
    Last edited by damienloh; 17th October 2005 at 02:32 PM.

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    Default Re: How to choose a digital camera?

    Let me see...
    1. Body size and weight
    2. Lens zoom range and quality
    3. Memory card type and price
    4. Battery type and battery life
    5. Start up delay time
    6. Flash coverage range
    7. LCD screen size and resolution

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    Default Re: How to choose a digital camera?

    Do i need to look at the following? Not quite sure how to read them.

    Type of lens
    Lens/Focal Distance
    Exposure Control
    Shutter
    Aperture
    White Balance
    Sensitivity

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    Default Re: How to choose a digital camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by damienloh
    Do i need to look at the following? Not quite sure how to read them.

    Type of lens
    Lens/Focal Distance
    Exposure Control
    Shutter
    Aperture
    White Balance
    Sensitivity
    Yes, u need to, but for those point-and-shoot digicam, u dont really have controls on exposure, shutter, aperture and white balance, typically these are all fully automatic.

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    Default Re: How to choose a digital camera?

    Well actually recently many manufacturers had released "point & shoot" or compact/ultra compact cameras with exposure (shutter, aperture) and white balance controls. Some examples:

    Panasonic LX1/Leica D-LUX 2
    Fuji F11
    Canon S80/A610/A620
    Casio Z10/Z110/Z120


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    Default Re: How to choose a digital camera?

    What would you like to have? A dummy proof cam or you want more control?
    That should narrow down your choices.

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    Default Re: How to choose a digital camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by damienloh
    Do i need to look at the following? Not quite sure how to read them.

    Type of lens
    Lens/Focal Distance
    Exposure Control
    Shutter
    Aperture
    White Balance
    Sensitivity
    check out dpreview.com for more insights to how to read the above features. Read up more before you decide to buy any camera, otherwise regret when a newer model comes out and you ask yourself why didnt wait abit longer to get a camera with more features.

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    Default Re: How to choose a digital camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Madmax
    What would you like to have? A dummy proof cam or you want more control?
    That should narrow down your choices.
    I am looking for a digital camera for travelling. That means shooting scenaries, people & nights. I know how to use a digital camera but have yet to learn to use manual control.

    Since I am unlikely to use more than 2MP resolution, there is no point to get a 5-6MP models. However 3MP models can be $300 or even $600+ so I really don't know what make the big difference in price. I used to like Casio Exilim but 1 friend say Lumix is the choice now.
    Last edited by damienloh; 23rd October 2005 at 06:11 PM.

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    Default Re: How to choose a digital camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by damienloh
    I am looking for a digital camera for travelling. That means shooting scenaries, people & nights. I know how to use a digital camera but have yet to learn to use manual control.

    Since I am unlikely to use more than 2MP resolution, there is no point to get a 5-6MP models. However 3MP models can be $300 or even $600+ so I really don't know what make the big difference in price. I used to like Casio Exilim but 1 friend say Lumix is the choice now.
    Hmmm, not more than 2MP.
    You're not printing your photos, are you?

    Well, if features are not of any concern. Just go along with what your pocket ($$$) tell you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoky
    Hmmm, not more than 2MP.
    You're not printing your photos, are you?

    Well, if features are not of any concern. Just go along with what your pocket ($$$) tell you.
    How many MP do I need to print a 4R?

    I have used a few 3MP digital camera before but I mostly taken 1MP photos because the file size is smaller. Mainly keep on the PC hard disk but occasionaly print need to print them out.

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    Default Re: How to choose a digital camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by damienloh
    How many MP do I need to print a 4R?

    I have used a few 3MP digital camera before but I mostly taken 1MP photos because the file size is smaller. Mainly keep on the PC hard disk but occasionaly print need to print them out.
    2 mp is supposed to be ideal for 4r prints =) ... 300dpi (for best quality .. but i've tried 150dpi, it's fine too ...) at 300dpi, 4" X 6", 4x300x6x300=2,000,000 pixels .. or 2mp =)

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