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getting ready to make the digital camera plunge--questions(5 posts)

getting ready to make the digital camera plunge--questionsColnagoFE
Apr 23, 2003 9:16 AM
I have a really good SLR, a 8mm video camera and a decent point and shoot already, but I want something that will do it all and that is small enough to take with me pretty much everywhere. After looking around I've decided that a Sony DSCP8 for about $400 fits my needs pretty well (also considered a Canon S230). Since funds are tight what do I absolutely need to get with it other than the camera? It comes with a small 16M card so that was my first thought--getting something like a 128M card, but are there any other hidden expenses I'm overlooking? I assume at some point I'll want an extra battery as well, but is that a must-have to start with?
color printer, batteries, batteries, batteries...DougSloan
Apr 23, 2003 9:24 AM
You'll maybe want a good color printer; even ones around $100-150 are good enough, now.

A 128 mb card is good; with my Fuji, at 800x600 resolution that saves nearly 1,000 photos.

The cameras really eat batteries. Either get several rechargeables and a charger (some come with them), or carry lots of spares.

A soft case that has room for batteries is nice.

I just took the plunge myselfPaulCL
Apr 23, 2003 10:41 AM
I didn't upgrade to a bigger card - yet. My 16mb card, on the 2nd from best photo quality, will hold 49 images. Unless I go on vacation, I don't need it to hold more than 49 since I can download them onto my computer hardrive on a regular basis.

I did buy a set of rechargeable batteries and charger from Radio Shack. To limit the battery eating, use the viewfinder to take the photo as opposed to the little TV screen (sorry, I can't think of the term...hey, it looks like a little tv screen, doesn't it??). And yes, buy a bag.

By the way, I bought the Fuji 2650.
Just did the same thing ...sacheson
Apr 23, 2003 11:09 AM
... but in my overly technical tendencies (and shortly thereafter unemployed status) I talked myself into the Canon G3. I love it, but it's a lot of camera, and WAY too big to fit in a cycling jersey.

Anyway, are you sold on the Sony product? My only concern with Sony is the proprietary nature of the Memory Stick. I guess write times are OK on it. We went back and forth between all the memory technologies and decided CF was the most common card, had great access times, and was supported nearly universally. I guess Olympus is working with some new card, too. The access times are at least equal to CF, but it is cheaper per mega-byte.

Also, I suggest looking into something that either a) uses a video camera battery, like my G3 or b) uses a battery type that you can replace with a standard, non-rechargable battery in a pinch. I know the Canon A70 allows you to use AA ... not sure about Sony.

When you're shopping around, check out deals at different local stores before going online. We bought from Mike's Camera (I know they are a chain in Colorado, but not sure other places). The price was a little more (less than $30) than online (even though we got a sale price AND price matching with Best Buy), but they threw in 50 free prints. Nice little bonus if you ask me.

Finally try - it is a GREAT site. And has great prices on the accessories (extra card, USB hub, card reader, printer, etc.). nmClydeTri
Apr 23, 2003 11:48 AM