I'm looking for a "mother friendly" digital camera. She's going on a big trip in March and would love to take a ton of pictures.
I'm interested in a 5MP, 3x optical zoom with a great all-around lens. For the most part, I expect hundreds of pictures of this trip and then probably hundreds of pictures of her cat, my sister, family, etc. (very general use.)
i bought a canon elph recently after much mulling around. i dunno -- for simple non-pro shooting, i'm pretty thrilled with what i got, and it fits in my pocket. i've even used it for promo material, and the shots have turned out great, even when blown up (within reason). my $0.015
Check the reviews. Sorry MacDoc, the R707 just doesn't suck. Finding a bad review of it is hard. We have one. Fantastic value at $329 (Staples). The form factor is very nice.
i'd say sony, over the hp. better battery life, nice user interface, solid feel (the tripod screw on the bottom of the hp falls apart very easily) and decent reviews all around.
I believe the HP user interface for their latest Dig Cameras to be among the best I have used. Very simple and very logical, with lots of options. The camera is well built and in my view (and those of most reviewers) the quality of the photos matches or exceeds most competitors.
For a 5.1 MP camera it's hard to do better. Works perfectly with iPhoto or, obviously Image Capture.
I believe some of the older HP cameras were pretty average, but the R607 and R707 have been well received.
DP Review - Highly Recommended
Bottom line - the HP PhotoSmart R707 is an affordable, compact entry-level camera. At the time of this review (June 2004), the HP R707 is an amazing deal for a 5-megapixel camera with a street price of just $349. Couple that with the versatile R-series Camera Dock (about $79 which includes a 2nd rechargeable battery), and you have an even better deal. With the ease of its red-eye removal and the unique Adaptive lighting enhancements, this is a great camera for any user regardless of their experience level.
PC Mag 3.5 / 4
Me: 4 out of 5.
I also like the Sony's and Nikons in the same class. But to say the HP sucks, well, that's an opinion I'll choose to differ with.
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I'd say the Sony over HP (HP is a printer company, not a camera company) and Canon over either of them. I have a Sony digicam now and have used Canons extensively. I much prefer the Canon lens for sharpness and overall picture quality.
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actually, the Carl-Zeiss lenses on Sonys aren't even made by Zeiss. they're Sony -made, and then approved by Zeiss, but how strict this approval method is....who knows. but yea, it's not real Zeiss, just Zeiss labelled. [img]tongue.gif[/img]
i just bought a nikon 4100, great deal, 4mp. and nikon's warranty is the best in the business: 2 years.
the equivalent model in a 5mp would be great i'm sure. but for snapshots (sending by email or printing up to 8x10), 4mp should be more than enough. mine is really easy to use, was only $300 at black's, and comes with a bonus package for 25 free digital prints, etc.
i really appreciate nikon quality in both film and digital [img]smile.gif[/img]