Thanks again for all the info on scopes. Now I need digital advice on a digital camera. My girl has a great eye for taking pictures and she is using a budget 5meg pixel (el cheapo) camera.
I know abosolutey nothing about digital cameras and want a good one if it can be had in the 600.00 range. I'll go more if I have to....
Anyway, I usually spend endless hours on the net researching products before I buy them but I just don't have the energy to learn the whole world of digital cameras (unlike scopes which I'm learning everything about).
Flat out - I will go with what you suggest.She take pictures both indoors and out and lots of what I'll call portraits (she's an editor of a low budget magazine.)Not much need for long-range zooming but that feature would be nice to have.
Thanks in advance.....
- In VA
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Yes, it is really hard to pick with so many good cameras out there. For an all around, do everything camera, I like one of the high optical zoom cameras that stop just short of being a full size DSLR in size. They won't be as compact as a little point and shoot, but, yes, having 12x or more optical zoom when you need it is a nice feature. These cameras also have larger focusing motors which seem to hang in there longer than the little motors on the pocket size cameras. I have an old Panasonic Lumix DFC-FZ250 with 12x optical zoom, for instance, that is still going strong after years of use. If she doesn't mind a bit of size, try something like the [url=Canon Powershot SX40 HS]Canon Powershot SX40 HS[/url] or its equivalent in a Nikon, Sony and so on. I have a girl friend who got an earlier version of the Canon SX, several years, ago and she loves it.
Myself, I like a smaller camera that you don't have to carry around my neck and that I can take with me anywhere I go. A great choice to still fit in a purse or bag (okay, a big purse or bag, but, hey, big purses are in, these days)), you can't go wrong with the Canon G series. Try the Canon G12 or whatever the latest G is at the moment. The G is still large enough to have robust motors and enough lens size to take great pics. Definitely a good step up from pocket cameras - the G has always been Canon's high grade smaller camera. 5x optical zoom isn't much, but you get a camera that is much more likely to be there when you need it because of its size and also a camera that will last longer than the small stuff.
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