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Old November 19th, 2004, 08:35 AM   #1
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Friend want's a cheap digicam...

... and I've been out of that arena for a couple years now. Any suggestions for something around $180? She said she'd spend $250, but I'm allowing for the minimal accessories. It will likely be used on nature tours, hikes, outdoor kind of stuff.
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Old November 19th, 2004, 08:05 PM   #2
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I'm most impressed with the lower end Canon and Kodak cameras. Check the reviews at DP Review and Steve's Digicams.
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Old November 20th, 2004, 01:53 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'm likely suggesting the Canon Powershot A400.
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Old November 21st, 2004, 07:55 AM   #4
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The Canon Powershot A75 looks nice and I have recommended it to several friends but for outdoors and in the $200 price range I'd look for a DMC-FZ1. Its only two megapixels so don't expect more than email shots and 4x6" prints but it has a 12X optical zoom with optical image stabilization (rare at any price range). Of course its a little larger than some cams so that could be another factor.

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Old November 21st, 2004, 08:41 AM   #5
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I got my daughter a Nikon CoolPix 2100 for Christmas last year and she loves it. Very simple, user-friendly, basic camera that is tiny and can go anywhere. It was ~$200 but I think it's been discontinued and replaced with the 2200. Only 2 megapixels with a 3x optical zoom. There is also the 3100 (now the 3200) which I think is pretty much the same but with a 3 megapixel sensor.
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