Is Canon the only digital way to go?


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Hey, i'm actually quite new to the camera scene but i've been using film instead of digi. There's just something about film! :D However, i've been thinking about investing in a simple digital camera which i can carry around to take those "kodak moments". My budget's about $300-$400. A 3.2 mega-pixel camera would be fine too. Is my budget realistic?

And i know a lot of people say canon is good but when i used my friend's canon camera(i think it was a powershot A80), i realized that there's a lag time between the shutter-release and the capturing of the picture! So it doesn't really capture the moment, instead the moment just passes you by and you get the remains of it! So i guess that's my main concern. Also, it'll be great if the start-up time would be real fast. Are there any other brands which are just as good as canon? And haha, last question, is sony a cosmetic digital camera or is it just beauty without the substance?

thanks so much for responding. Appreciate it! :)
 

If im not wrong, consumer cameras always have a significant shutter lag (meaning the delay between the moment u press the shutter and the moment it actually capture the moment). I've always think Canon powershot(A60/A70/etc..) is a good series of cameras where you get to play around with shutter speed and aperture but shutter lag will still be there.

With ya budget, i think you're able to get a secondhand A70 of 3.2MP.

Hope i answer part of ya question.
 

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raine said:
Is Canon the only digital way to go?
Definately NOT! They just happen to have one of the biggest marketing department. Do check out other brands too. Go down to a camera shop to "touch and feel" which camera is best for you.

raine said:
i've been thinking about investing in a simple digital camera which i can carry around to take those "kodak moments"
Then you should be looking into the A series. The extra functions would be a waste if you are looking for a simple camera.

raine said:
is sony a cosmetic digital camera or is it just beauty without the substance?
Hmmm. I happen to be using a sony and loving it, so go figure.
 

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raine said:
Hey, i'm actually quite new to the camera scene but i've been using film instead of digi. There's just something about film! :D However, i've been thinking about investing in a simple digital camera which i can carry around to take those "kodak moments". My budget's about $300-$400. A 3.2 mega-pixel camera would be fine too. Is my budget realistic?

And i know a lot of people say canon is good but when i used my friend's canon camera(i think it was a powershot A80), i realized that there's a lag time between the shutter-release and the capturing of the picture! So it doesn't really capture the moment, instead the moment just passes you by and you get the remains of it! So i guess that's my main concern. Also, it'll be great if the start-up time would be real fast. Are there any other brands which are just as good as canon? And haha, last question, is sony a cosmetic digital camera or is it just beauty without the substance?

thanks so much for responding. Appreciate it! :)
Shutter lag is a characteristic of all P&S digital cameras. Basically, if you want live preview (i.e. viewing the scene via the LCD screen prior to taking the shot), you will have to live with shutter lag. I have a Nikon P&S and 2 Canon DSLRs. Olympus, Sony, Fujifilm, Minolta and even Casio all make good P&S as well. Shop around a little and get a feel for what you need. And no, Sony make really solid digicams, not just cosmetic.
 

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raine said:
Hey, i'm actually quite new to the camera scene but i've been using film instead of digi. There's just something about film! :D However, i've been thinking about investing in a simple digital camera which i can carry around to take those "kodak moments". My budget's about $300-$400. A 3.2 mega-pixel camera would be fine too. Is my budget realistic?

And i know a lot of people say canon is good but when i used my friend's canon camera(i think it was a powershot A80), i realized that there's a lag time between the shutter-release and the capturing of the picture! So it doesn't really capture the moment, instead the moment just passes you by and you get the remains of it! So i guess that's my main concern. Also, it'll be great if the start-up time would be real fast. Are there any other brands which are just as good as canon? And haha, last question, is sony a cosmetic digital camera or is it just beauty without the substance?

thanks so much for responding. Appreciate it! :)
if shutter lag is yr main concern and with a budget of $300-400. No camera fit the bill.

I'm still using my mjuII f2.8 for great start-up time and good shutter-lag that beat any digital P&S cam of that size.

You can take a look for those at $600 above (sony w1, or ricoh brand) for better startup time but shutter-lag still slow compare to film camera. So still have to learn to live with it.
 

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Haha, hey, many many thanks! :D Really really appreciate the advice. The hunt for the digital camera is on! heh heh..maybe i should check out the sonys huh.. ;P
 

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