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Old 01-03-2013, 11:28 AM
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advice on digital cameras .. for dummies!!!

I have never had a digital camera but being I cannot get film for mine anymore I need to get one. I know nothing.. Do not use a camera much so don't want to spend big money. Mia is growing up and I don't have pictures of her. How sad is that. I need to get this figured out so any advice would be great. Thanks...
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I'd like to see what people suggest, too! I also only have a film camera. The concern I have is that I would think a digital camera would have to be compatible with whatever computer or laptop you have so that the pics could be uploaded. I had a problem a couple of years ago with an iPod: it was not compatible with my Toshiba laptop (apparently the USB ports were too old!).

Any/all suggestions would be most welcome!
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If you are used to a high quality camera, I would invest in a Powershot or a similar "in-between" camera. I think they still cost anywhere between $250 and $500, but the quality and convenience is worth it.

I had a $100 Kodak camera that "served" me well before last year when I finally crossed the line and bought my first DSLR. There is no comparision and I can NEVER go back, but I still took decent shots with that old camera.



^ These were taken with that Kodak camera. The only complaint about the camera was I couldn't always get the action shots or detail that I wanted. It still took fairly nice pics.

I bought my sister back then a Nikon point/shoot camera and even though she has a DSLR, she still prefers that little camera.
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I wonder how many of us are left out there that still have cameras that need film. I would be happy if I could still keep using it. It took good pictures. I hate the thought of learning to operate a new camera when I am not very savy with new fangled electronics. The computer took forever to learn and I am still not very good.
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I love my Canon SX40.

I also have a smaller Canon Powershot Elph that has done me well over the past couple of years.
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Arrow Online manual for the Canon SX40

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I love my Canon SX40.

I also have a smaller Canon Powershot Elph that has done me well over the past couple of years.
Found a pretty decent online manual for the Canon SX40. Includes a Software Guide for Windows and Macintosh.

Canon U.S.A. : Consumer & Home Office : PowerShot SX40 HS
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I googled "digital camera inexpensive" and found this link:

Best Cheap Digital Cameras - Find the Best Cheap Digital Cameras for Under $100
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I have two different cameras.

I have a canon 50.d with a 50 1.4 lens. This camera would be wayyyyyy too much to just start out. (1,500 +)

I also have this a
Amazon.com: Canon PowerShot A2300 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Digital Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with 720p HD Video Recording (Black): Camera & Photo Amazon.com: Canon PowerShot A2300 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Digital Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with 720p HD Video Recording (Black): Camera & Photo
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I absolutely love both but they serve different purposes. The last one I carry around in my purse and can take pictures anywhere. Its super easy to upload pictures and I am pretty sure it would be compatible with any computer.

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There are some very nice point-and-shoot cameras, even all the way down to $100. Sony, Nikon, and Canon all make totally solid, easy to use cameras in the $100-$500 range depending on how small you want the camera to be and the quality of the glass used.

Personally, I'm a Canon guy because I inherited my mom's really nice old stuff several years ago. I finally upgraded myself to a Canon 6D (way, way, way up the range of amateur equipment), and I'm in love with it. Staying Canon means I can use the nice lens from the 80s with my brand new body.

For point-and-shoots, I've had Sony and been very happy. I had an itty bitty Sony several years ago that took pretty awesome pictures (you can go back to 2006 on my blog), and I also bought a super cheap and tiny Sony (~$80) back in February to take to Honduras and put in a drybag for underwater pictures. You can see some pictures that it took—all underwater—at this blog entry. The above-water pictures at that entry were taken with my older Canon DSLR.
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As far as computer compatibility, they're all compatible now. All you need is either a card slot on your computer that takes the same card as your camera. Most cameras use SD cards, and many computers come with SD card slots. Even if the camera uses a different card or if the computer doesn't have the slot, all you need is a card reader.

I never link the Camera directly to the computer. My old Canon used CompactFlash cards, and I plugged a CompactFlash card reader to the USB port on my laptop and put the card in the reader. My new Canon uses SD cards, and my laptop has an SD card slot, so I can just put it in like an old-school floppy disk.
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