I have 170 dollars of my dads and about 300 of my own. I dont' wanna spend alot of money. Preferably below my dads 170 dollar mark. Are there any good higher MP for that affordable of a price? If there are does anyone know of a good camera at or below that price? I can always throw in some of my cash to help out.
It's not very fancy, but I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7 camera. 7.2 megapixels, 6x optical / 4x digital zoom, uses SD media, and has image stabilization. I've had good luck with it. Only downside, there's no optical viewfinder and there aren't many manual settings.
I prefer cameras that have a viewfinder. How much do dSLR like cameras cost. Not dSLRs but a notch below it?
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Cool. Are the Sony Cybershot cameras any good. Thats what I was originaly looking at. Whats a good place, site, company to purchase my camera?
Cybershot is a pretty good model line.
I don't see any reason not to purchase it from NewEgg.com
GateCrusher420;3851080Cool. Are the Sony Cybershot cameras any good.
Yes, although it's worth reading reviews first. A company like Sony very rarely (if ever) puts out bad products, that doesn't mean they always put out the best ones (same goes for any other company). I'd suggest buying a decent photography magazine (failing that, a gadget mag such as Stuff) that has various 'Top 5' or 'Top 10' listings for different classes of camera.
The only thing about Sony's is their proprietary memory sticks that a lot of devices don't support and often times I hear salesmen say some of their built in Li Ion batteries fail prematurely. I used to be into mt biking a lot and was shopping for a small, compact, and durable digi cam. I narrowed it down to some Nikon and Canon models. Most mt bikers were actually using Canons for their great image quality, compactness, light weight, and durability. This kind of thing gets complex though as you need to be specific about your needs. Things like digiscoping (using long range lenses), whether there are adapters to fit them if you want to go that route, whether barrel distortion from the adapter is prevalent. Also intended application, do you want the lense to fit a multitude of filters, will the device be exposed to dust (internal zooms can avoid this), do you need lots of features, etc. One thing you will find that is common with big names that aren't specific to camera equipment whom have optics specialists make their lenses is inferiorities of various types in the lense itself. Sony is one exception to this but the Panasonic Lumix line has been picked about it in many reviews. I suggest you take a look at some of the high tech review sites like steves-digicams.com. Keep in mind many of the nit picks experts make are things the average non camera buff person may never see. It never hurts to have a precisely built unit though as you may eventually gear up with a high end monitor and all the accoutrements pros use. If nothing else a great camera will have good resale value should you decide to part with it.