[BLUG] recommendations on a good digi cam
mark at slugbug.org
Mon Jul 14 00:51:34 EDT 2008
On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 02:16:50AM GMT, Ben Shewmaker [ben at shewbox.org] said the following:
> Yeah, thanks everyone for their input. My uncle also has been a powershot
> user for the last several years and always recommended them. Now to decide
> which model, how many megapixels, and what extra features I want/need.
Unless you are going to print out your pictures, I think any number of
megapixels above 5 is useless. All it makes is a very large picture
that you then have to store on your computer and backup. Regardless of
the camera, you should be able to reduce the picture size that you take.
If the picture is clear enough, you may be able to zoom in on a specific
portion of it, but most point and shoot cameras don't take pictures that
are so good that you'd notice a difference.
Also, I'd recommend to everyone that you be careful about large SD
cards and that you test them for a few days before taking pictures with
them. I've started putting expiration dates on my SD cards after which
I will throw them out. I've been reading too many reviews about
people's memory cards failing and I'd hate to lose some really important
> I think some of the appeal of having a camera that takes AA's is that if you
> need replacement batteries, they are available worldwide. The proprietary
> work fine for most people most of the time, I'm sure. But I guess it is a
> personal thing and I just like having the option of finding batteries no
> matter where I am. I do have some rechargeable AA's and I'm not a big
> photographer so I find that this works fine for me. And I completely agree
> with staying away from Sony and their proprietary formats. In fact I tend
> to try to stay away from most Sony products in general precisely because of
> their obsession with closed hardware. I mean, do they really have to come
> up with their own format for every type of media?
Sony did invent some media formats that have been wildly successful in
the past (The Compact Disc, the 3.5" floppy disk and almost Betamax) and
I'm guessing they are just trying to recapture their ability to do that.
The problem is that they are not being open enough and I think that's
why these new formats are failing.
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