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Old 03-16-2006, 03:18 PM   #11
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My wife lost the lens cap for my 990 so that is how I talked her into letting me buy my Nikon D70s
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Old 03-16-2006, 03:36 PM   #12
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If you don't want to spend a lot of money and have membership at SAMS Club look at getting the Casio camera. Yes Casio is not a camera company but the camera is really good. We bought it for around 200 dollars (nothing fancy and that's what we wanted). This camera replaced our Sony which gave us nothing but trouble.

The Casio one is a 5 megapixel digital camera with a 3 inch screen and it also takes movies. It's pretty handy to take little movie shots of kids over carrying a camcorder.
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Old 03-16-2006, 03:40 PM   #13
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My wife uses Casio and it has a rechargeable battery. She has no complaints, it is a 5Mg.pixel and served her well the past couple of years. It is a very compact camera.

I purchased a 254MB memory card and that really makes a difference. I don't care how long the battery last, she wants to store pictures.

I haven't priced the new cameras maybe they come with more memory, the Casio came with 16MB.

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Old 03-16-2006, 04:13 PM   #14
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Canon s1IS- 10X optical zoom, great features. Now under $300. Use rechargeable batteries and use the eye piece rather than the screen to take pictures.
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Old 03-16-2006, 04:25 PM   #15
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Charlie:

I took a look at Consumer Reports. They are a ton of very good cameras available for $300 or less.

As GB said, go for a major manufacturer and shop at the electronics stores on line.

epinions.com provides battery life in the details for the cameras they report on. In reading CR, Sony seemed to have the best battery life measured in the number of snapshots per charge.

I'd look for a 5 mega pixel (minimum) camera with a 3x optical zoom. I would also recommend getting a larger memory card to capture photos. Most cameras come with a minimal one. Look for a 256K or higher capacity so you don't have to worry about running out of storage capacity at a critical moment.

They come in several size categories - sub-compact to fit into a pocket, compact which are a little bigger than a kodak disposable camera, and larger.

Good luck!
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I have a CAnon PowerShot A95 - I am happy with everything but the "red eye" feature. I don't think it works great - but I could be me not using it properly. It has 14 shooting modes - under $300. I use rechargeable batteries too.
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If you don't want to spend a lot of money and have membership at SAMS Club look at getting the Casio camera. Yes Casio is not a camera company but the camera is really good. We bought it for around 200 dollars (nothing fancy and that's what we wanted). This camera replaced our Sony which gave us nothing but trouble.

The Casio one is a 5 megapixel digital camera with a 3 inch screen and it also takes movies. It's pretty handy to take little movie shots of kids over carrying a camcorder.
Yeah, Casio's digital cameras are pretty good. I have a 6 MP Casio Exilim Card camera and 7 MP Exilim Pro camera.

http://exilim.casio.com/
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