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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Help me find a new Digicam!

I've decided it's high time I purchase myself a new digital camera, since mine, lovely though it may be, is just not adequate at 3 MegaPixels anymore. :( So my current digicam is a Pentax, and I've been very pleased with that brand, so that's what I've been looking at.

Here are the two cameras I've narrowed my search down to:


The Pentax Optio A30

  • 10 MegaPixels

  • 3x Optical Zoom

  • Divx Movie Mode!

  • 2.5 inch LCD

  • Shake Reduction

  • $200-ish
This camera is small enough to fit in my pocket and has very good features, like the large LCD, the Divx movies, the 10 MP, and the option for using manual settings. The shake reduction is very appealing to me, because I have a fun little tremor that seems to run in the family (thanks dad), and it's not too bad at $200. Overall, this seems like the most practical choice.




The Pentax Optio 750z



  • 7 MegaPix

  • 5x Optical Zoom (4x Digital Zoom)

  • 1.8 inch LCD

  • Swivel LCD!

  • $650-ish(!!!)

But look at this sexy little demon! So retro cool! This still beats my current model with 7 MP vs. my current 3 MP, and, most deliciously, it has a swivel LCD -- something my current camera has, and that I absolutely love! It's perfect for taking self portraits. Cause, you know, it's awkward asking strangers if they'd snap your picture for you. It's a little on the large side, but not any bigger than my current camera, so I could tuck it in my purse or jacket pocket just fine. But it's an older model, and fairly well regarded, so my god is the price high! Honestly, if these cameras were the same price, I'd get the 750z. I just feel like I'd be happier with it, and 7 MP is not shabby at all. Unfortunately, since I don't feel good about blowing my entire $600 "economy stimulus rebate" on a not-so-top-of-the-line camera, I'll probably hang my head in sorrow and go for the updated model. Sigh.

But I'd like to know if anyone can suggest a good camera for me to consider before I make this purchase. Do you own a 7-12 MegaPixel camera that you love and would recommend?

I'm not looking to get a DSLR or anything so big that it won't fit in my pocket, but I don't need an ultra compact, either. I just want a good camera that I'm not going to regret buying and that I hopefully won't need to replace for 5 or so years.

So please, if you have any suggestions, I'd be grateful.



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11 comments:

Sarah Bellum said...

After tons of deliberation I bought a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30 last year. I love it and totally recommend it. You can't beat Sony service, especially when you drop it a lot.

Loralee Choate said...

I have a Sony Cyber-shot. I LOVE it but Sony has since changed the body of it (Mine is rectangleish and it went more square and flat).

When I went to Europe this fall I researched point and shoot and DSLR's like a possessed madwoman.

If I were buying both camera's I would buy a Nikon D40 DSLR (OH, HOW I WANT IT)

If I had to replace my Cybershot, I would without question buy the Canon SD850.

I have loads of photographer friends and they all recommendedTHIS GUY as the best word in camera buying. His site is amazing and dead on. (I linked you to a review of the Canon)

Sovknight said...

You know how much I love my DSLR. I researched the hell out of both the Nikon and the Canon before I ended up with the Canon, and I've never regretted it. Nikons have this weird lens thing that I dislike, but they are fine cameras.

Since you're not looking for a DSLR though, I'd recommend Sony as well. You've seen my little W1, which is the forerunner to the camera that sarah bellum has, so you know what it's like. I know you like the Pentax too, and I can't argue that one either. That first camera you linked to is cake. Hmm... I just don't know.

Sra said...

See what I mean? This is a difficult choice. I thought I'd just pick out the specs I want and buy a camera in a decent price range, but it's not that simple. The more I've tried to research, the more confused I am.

Thanks to all the suggestions so far, and keep them coming if you've got them. I especially appreciate Loralee's link, that's really helpful.

One thing that really appeals to me about the Pentax is the Divx movie mode. It guarantees that I can shoot a movie and watch it on my dvd player. Other modes might do that as well, but at least with Divx I know for sure.

It's all so confusing, though.

Sovknight said...

Something else I just noticed. The bottom camera, the The Pentax Optio 750z has more manual settings, including an auto-bracketing feature that will be valuable if you want to do the HDR images like I've been posting. You can still do them with the top camera, but you'd have to set it manually. That said, I don't know if it's worth the difference in price.

Melliferous Pants said...

I have a Canon SD450. I have been 100% satisfied with it. Researching what I wanted was a total and complete pain in the ass but I love it.

Sra said...

Thanks to all the people who left camera suggestions. I really appreciate them, even though I ended up ignoring all of you and ordering the Pentax A30. I'm sure you'll see the fruits of this decision in future posts.

Melliferous Pants said...

I have a Canon SD450. I have been 100% satisfied with it. Researching what I wanted was a total and complete pain in the ass but I love it.

Sra said...

Thanks to all the people who left camera suggestions. I really appreciate them, even though I ended up ignoring all of you and ordering the Pentax A30. I'm sure you'll see the fruits of this decision in future posts.

Sra said...

See what I mean? This is a difficult choice. I thought I'd just pick out the specs I want and buy a camera in a decent price range, but it's not that simple. The more I've tried to research, the more confused I am.

Thanks to all the suggestions so far, and keep them coming if you've got them. I especially appreciate Loralee's link, that's really helpful.

One thing that really appeals to me about the Pentax is the Divx movie mode. It guarantees that I can shoot a movie and watch it on my dvd player. Other modes might do that as well, but at least with Divx I know for sure.

It's all so confusing, though.

Sovknight said...

You know how much I love my DSLR. I researched the hell out of both the Nikon and the Canon before I ended up with the Canon, and I've never regretted it. Nikons have this weird lens thing that I dislike, but they are fine cameras.

Since you're not looking for a DSLR though, I'd recommend Sony as well. You've seen my little W1, which is the forerunner to the camera that sarah bellum has, so you know what it's like. I know you like the Pentax too, and I can't argue that one either. That first camera you linked to is cake. Hmm... I just don't know.

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