: ADVICE ON INEXPENSIVE DIGITAL CAMERAS


Canadian-ay
May 26th, 2003, 02:08 PM
Because I have been hoping to sell some items on ebay and found that a digital camera is far more convenient than its film version, I have bbeen looking to buy one of them. After much confusion as to models and prices, I felt that I needed a digital camera instead of a web cam. Because I am on a tight budget then it appears that the smaller the number of mega pixels, the cheaper the camera, right? If I were looking for a non USB connector for my G3's then in theory I would have a more inexpensive camera with maybe a flash. Am I up the right alley? Anyone have one of these cameras?

Ted

Jordan
May 26th, 2003, 04:13 PM
How cheap do you want to go?

I picked up a Kyocera EZ 1.3 USB digital camera off of eBay for $120 Canadian, and it was brand new.

It's a 1.3 MP, 6 different picture quality settings, 1.5" screen, and a bunch of other features.

Review1 (http://gear.ign.com/articles/316/316205p1.html)
Specs (http://www.dcviews.com/page.htm?_Kyocera/ez13m.htm)

Hope this helps. :D

Trevor...
May 26th, 2003, 04:35 PM
stay away from ANY HP digital camera under $400

Canadian-ay
May 26th, 2003, 06:53 PM
I found the Kyocera EZ 1.3 mega pixels interesting but the website showed that it was only compatible with Windows. As a mac user you have proved them wrong? I do not want to go as far as the guy in this site who built a cheap digital camera from a scanner that he was throwing away. His site is: www.sentex.net/~mwandel/tech/scanner.html (http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/tech/scanner.html)

I think that an older 1 mega pixel camera good enough for ebay photos at half that price because it does not have USB connection must be out there.

Ted

MacSter
May 26th, 2003, 08:00 PM
http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/

This is a list of unofficial drivers and supported cams for OSX.
Logitech has a rebate for the QuickCam Pro 4000 (final price about $110) for Classic OS, and maybe OSX 'later', but as I understand, you can use a PCI card for a USB port (not nec'ly a mob port).

If anyone can tell me how to record audio and video for one hour stretches (analog is ok - I have the digitizing SW) and then compress it, etc. to put it on a server for downloading, please do so.
I know I need some multimedia SW, but this is for non-profit.

Lawrence
May 27th, 2003, 07:21 AM
If you are looking for a cheap camera, Then try to find one that uses flash memory cards.
First you should decide on which cheap camera you want, Try looking at a photo review site like steves digicams or depreview, Once you establish what features you want, Then you can begin the search for that camera.

Canon's A40 in my opinion is probably going to be your best bet for a nice consumer camera.
Try these links for the reviews:

www.steves-digicams.com (http://www.steves-digicams.com)

www.depreview.com (http://www.depreview.com)

(*Watch out for pop ups on depreview.)

Jordan
May 27th, 2003, 12:11 PM
The Kyocera EZ comes with Windows software so Windows knows that it's there when you plug it in.

The Mac (OS X) picked it up right away and put an icon on the desktop called "USB Camera". iPhoto didn't recognize the camera but could easily import them from the camera, make sense? tongue.gif

Some places say that it's Windows only, and some say both. :D

levarg
May 27th, 2003, 01:52 PM
The kodak LS443 4.0 megapixels. Can be bought on Ebay for about $500 cdn. It has all the nice features plus more. If you add a 128 meg card it'll do 9+ minutes movies. Also works really well on OSX. graemlins/love2.gif graemlins/love2.gif graemlins/love2.gif graemlins/love2.gif

Lawrence
May 27th, 2003, 05:35 PM
A friend of mine bought his Canon A40 at Walmart, You could also look into the "FUJI FINEPIX A101 DIGITAL CAMERA", It's on sale at www.henrys.com (http://www.henrys.com) for $179. canadian.

Here's the direct link in case you are interested in a 1.3 m.p. camera that can also double as a web cam.

Edit, The link that I pasted and then deleted only takes you to the web site, Not the camera...I tried and tried to fix the link, But the web site won't let me link directly to the camera...Darn new fangled web sites (They may be hacker proof, But they are also bookmark proof)...Hrumph!!!

Here's the specs if you are interested in the Finepix camera:

FUJI Finepix A101 Digital Camera
* 1/2.7" CCD with 1.31 mio. square pixels
* 1280 x 960 / 640 x 480 pixels picture format
* Optical viewfinder; 1.6-inch D-TFD colour LCD monitor with 55,000 pixels
* 24-bit colours; Programmed AE
* JPEG in 3 compression settings (Fine/Normal/Basic)
* Digital 2x zoom, self-timer, exposure correction, picture lock, video conferencing, video recording
* SmartMedia card (3.3 volts, 2-128 MB) storage
* Image data transferred to PC via USB port; USB connection also turns camera into a webcam
* Accessories Included: 8 MB SmartMedia, 2 AA batteries, hand strap, USB cable, CD-ROM, manual

(The only thing I don't like is that it doesn't use compact flash, But then...That's my preference)


Just use the link above and scroll to the "What's on sale" and choose the "Digital" dept.

D :cool:

[ May 27, 2003, 05:52 PM: Message edited by: dolawren ]

motd
May 28th, 2003, 11:11 PM
A Kodak 4230 works well for us, in good light conditions. 2 megapixel, 16 MB SD card. A battery lasts a long time. (I bought rechargable batteries for it, but they don't last a fraction as long as the stock battery.)

Ohenri
May 30th, 2003, 11:56 AM
Hmm.... You could do a search all over, but it all depends on what you want to spend. Here is Canon A10 (http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2931917789&category=1085) on eBay. Keep an eye on this one. There are tons out there - and this is just one. Will look for others - and this will sync effortlessly with OSX. But this Canon A100 (http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2932013802&category=1085) might be THE deal. Just found it as well. You can get the A100 prod info here (http://powershot.com/powershot2/a200-a100/index.html) for perusal.

[ May 30, 2003, 12:21 PM: Message edited by: Ohenri ]

Lawrence
May 30th, 2003, 01:06 PM
I tell you when I was searching for a digital camera, I searched all over the Internet and must have googled myself to death before I found a decent review site.

All kidding aside, The best site that I found for opinions was www.steves-digicams.com (http://www.steves-digicams.com) , This site helped me to discover exactly what I was looking for in a camera. (Coming from an analog camera background, I had high expectations in the quality department).

I settled for an expensive camera because after being stepped through all the good points and bad points in a camera, The best thing to do was to settle for a mid range price and 3.3 mega pixel camera. (It wasn't a 5 mega pixel camera, But it had the quality of a 5 mega pixel camera, That is what was important, I bought a Minolta Dimage 5, I thought I'd just let you know in case you are wondering)

Ever made a purchase and later on said to yourself, "I should have bought this other one instead", Well that's why you should research as much as possible before you decide on the best camera, Make sure it is what you want and it can do what you want it to do.

Anyways, Get out there and look...Surf...Go to a camera store and play around with them in your hands.

Good luck!!!

D

:cool:

mose
May 31st, 2003, 04:38 PM
I have my old AGFA digital (bought a Nikon) I would be willing to sell...call it 100 bucks

email me

[email protected]

CubaMark
May 31st, 2003, 11:49 PM
DolaWren's link to Steve's Digicams is a very good first place for reviews. I also like CNET.com's reviews, which provide their editor's thoughts and a chance for people who have actually bought the gear to voice their experiences.

Up front, it's hard to go wrong with any of the Canon series (I have an A40, which is just fabulous, even a year after I bought it). The mid- to high-end FujiPix cameras are also good. At least with those two brand names, you know the cameras will work with Macs (incl. OS X) and so will their software (i.e. panoramic stitching, remote capture... iPhoto for the actual importing and organizing, natch.).

M.