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November 14th, 2006, 07:04 PM
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Ok, so I am not a new picture taker, but I am a newbie at wanting to capture GOOD pictures.

DH is making me look at cameras now, and decide which one I want for X-mas. I need some suggestions on what the best low cost cameras are. I have been drooling over the rebel, but he looked and it's WAAAAAAAAY too expensive for us.

I was browsing around the best buy website and took their little quiz. These are the 2 cameras it came up with...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?sk...d=1134703785704

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?sk...d=1128338062965

And what photoshop program do you recommend? I have the old school version of Microsoft Picture It which I do OK with, but I'd like more options with my pictures and I'd like to be able to make blinkies too.

DH wants to go price browsing tomorrow so I need some opinions. Thanks girls!
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November 14th, 2006, 08:20 PM
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What about this one?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?sk...d=1134704163644
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November 14th, 2006, 08:43 PM
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All of them are good brands but I am sooooo bias to Canon. I absolutely loove them. The powershot is a fantastic camera so I am going to recommend it =)
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November 14th, 2006, 10:00 PM
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All of them are good brands but I am sooooo bias to Canon. I absolutely loove them. The powershot is a fantastic camera so I am going to recommend it =)[/b]
I agree, I have Canon and love it! As far as photo editing programs, I would recommend Paint Shop Pro. It really does some amazing things and is a fraction of the price of Photoshop CS2. Have fun shopping! Let us all know what you decided.
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November 14th, 2006, 10:03 PM
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I can recommend the Canon as well. I had one of the older versions of that camera, the A80. We dropped it too many times and it just conked out on us.

Here's what I loved about it:

- the swivel LCD screen is awesome. I can't tell you how many times I used this! Taking pictures above crowds, taking pictures around a corner. Taking them from a different angle that I could position myself into, turning the camera around to take a pic of DH and me together... I could see what I was doing because I could swivel the screen around.

- it takes AA batteries. So many times I would forget my spare rechargeable batteries, or my spare batteries would run out and I would be in a bind so I would just buy a regular set of AA's. Really convenient!

- The flash is GREAT. Since our camera was on the fritz I've been borrowing various friends and family members cameras and none of their cameras do very well with the flash. A couple of years ago I was standing with a bunch of people at a wedding and we were all taking pictures of the couple's first dance, and everyone walked away because their pictures weren't turning out because it was so dark. Everyone but ME that is.

I know nothing about the Panasonic.

Good luck deciding!
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November 14th, 2006, 11:25 PM
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Thanks! I seem to be drawn to the Canon's, I've heard they're very durable.

So which one do you think is better out of these 2 Canons then?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?sk...d=1134703785704

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?sk...d=1134703785766

I've noticed that my mom's lithium battery tends to last longer, my cheapie camera has 2 AA's and runs out quickly, but in reviews, I read that is a problem with mine.

For me, I tend to like the bigger cameras vs those slim ones, my hands are just too big for those!

The A540 has better zoom & a bigger flash range.

Oh and what is slow sync? The SD 600 has a flash mode called slow sync.
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November 15th, 2006, 04:36 PM
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i have a canon G6 and the battery is rechargable... it lasts FOREVER- and I agree, Canons are the very best IMO.

I also love paint shop pro, i love their red eye feature!
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November 15th, 2006, 05:32 PM
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So I think we decided on the Canon Powershoot A630. (lol, it wasn't weven one of the 2 I linked to)
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November 17th, 2006, 07:54 AM
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Also I just wanted to mention that Best Buy is offering Photoshop Elements 5.0 for 49.99 the day after Thanksgiving. Not sure if you have a Best Buy by you but that's really cheap and it's what I am asking for for Christmas!!
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelwin/
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November 18th, 2006, 09:44 AM
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Cool, I may have to ask my mom for that! Is it going to be available online?
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November 20th, 2006, 07:15 AM
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We're 100% Sony people. Sony's are highly under-rated in the photography world which is sad because the picture quality and the color can't be beat. My husband and I are both professional photographers who own a photography business and we both have our own Sony R-1 (10.3 megapixel). The Canon Powershot is okay but the picture quality is not as good as the Sony. I have a Canon Powershot that I use as my family camera when I don't want to haul the R-1 around (it's a large camera). As far as photo programs we use Photoshop CS2. Good luck to you and have fun taking pics!
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November 20th, 2006, 10:11 AM
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Huh, never would have guessed. At Circuit City and Bestbuy, they told us Sony's weren't that great.
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November 20th, 2006, 10:44 AM
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Huh, never would have guessed. At Circuit City and Bestbuy, they told us Sony's weren't that great.[/b]

Like I said, they don't get the respect they deserve They aren't as common as Nikon or Canon so many times when you go into a store (especially big chains like Circuit City and Bestbuy) the sales people really don't know much about Sony (which really frustrates DH).
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