I'm planing on buying one so I was wondering which brand I should go with.
I have a Nikon CoolPix 3100 with 3.1 MegaPixels. (Lithium-ion rechargeable battery or 2 AA -can be rechargeable- batteries)
Great for the type of amateur point-and-shoot stuff I do.
Basically I use that camera for making pictures that go onto my customers' websites.
The flash on it is a bit weak, but with a spot or 2 extra, the quality of the photos is great.
Extremely compact and light, it has a raft of scene modes to choose from, as well as automatic mode. It uses the cheap CompactFlash memory cards.
The newer 3200 is pict-bridge compatible (mine is not) meaning you can connect the camera to a pict-bridge printer and print photos straight off the camera (but you are waisting the camera's battery power).
Why anyone wants to do that is a mystery to me. Most pictures you want to look at first (e.g. on a PC), maybe make some corrections and only then do you print.
So all you need is a USB2 cardreader for your camera's card.
In the same Nikon modelrange, currently the CoolPix 5200 is topdog. (Lithium-ion rechargeable battery)
If you want wide-angle, look at the Olympus Camedia C-5060 (5PM), expensive though. (Lithium-ion rechargeable battery)
If I had to start again today, I would opt for the Canon Powershot A85 (4MP), I think this is the ideal first digital camera. Runs off 4 AA batteries.
Most important is not the amount of megapixels (3MP is more than enough for everyday shooting), but the size of the sensor. Look for 1/1.8 inch. This is a larger sensor than e.g. 1/2.5 inch (remember they are fractions of an inch).
Also important are fast startup time and small shutter lag.
Look for optical zoom rather than digital zoom.
I've always used Minolta. I fell in love with their size and features. I currently have a s414. It takes wonderful pictures.
I've got a Nikon Coolpix 5400 that I did lots and lots of research on before I bought. I absolutely love this camera and did several online and real life comparisons with other 5-6 MP cameras. The guys at Ritz Camera were very helpful and let me play with all the 5 MP cameras they had and each associate even gave me their personal preferences. After a month or so of research I decided on this one and it's great. The only thing that would've been better is an SLR - but that was a bit outside of the price range I was shooting for with the features I wanted.
Minolta user here too, but my next digital camera will be most likely Pentax Optio 33WR or 43WR. Because WR = water resistant.
Thanks for all the info everyone
Been a Canon fan for 20+ years myself. lncPapa those Ritz guys are some of the best...been dealing with the same store over 10 years.
YA I'm planing on getting a canon
We currently have a great olympus stylus 410, 4mp it takes great photos. Still got the trusty Canon 35mmfilm SLR though, 13 years old & never a problem.
I have a Kodak, the cheap battery door broke and I had to fix it with superglue and duct tape. Other than that it runs great.
I am a big fan of Fuji Finepix. Always used them and never had a problem. They are easy to use and the cameras are moderatley priced.
After years of being an avid slr man. I have just made the switch to serious digital photography.
I have only just got the Finepix S7000 and I think it`s totally amazing.
I particularly like the super macro mode, with it`s ability to focus down to 1cm, as I am into insect photography.
My biggest complaint would have to be the 16mb xd xard that comes with the camera. I found it to be less than useful. I`ve just bought a 512mb xd card and everythings great.
I totally agree about the card they give with it, but as you said the features more than make up for it. Whenever I want to just take random candid pictures I use my 1.3 pixel that I bought like 3 years ago. I'm not sure if I am partial to Fuji but I think it takes better pictures than higher res. cameras I have seen.
Dad has a Fuji S3000, very hard to take good photos with because the stupid thing is so slow the slighest movement over the course of 2 seconds (at least) screws the photo. Our Olympus Stylus 410 is much better, but could be better again, easily. WANT DIGiC2!!!
I don`t know much about the S3000, but if it`s got that kind of lag, then clearly that would be a problem.
The S7000 that I have does not suffer from any kind of lag. I am able to take multiple shots via the continuous shooting mode at a rate of between 3 to 5 fps. Obviously depending on condititons.
The video recording mode is also very good giving 30 fps.
Maybe your father might want to take a look at the specs for a S7000.
A few years ago I got my 1st digital camera, it was a kodak. Today, compared to what cameras can do, it isn't the best on the market, but at the time it was. It was a great camera, and Kodak's Customer Support is the best I have ever dealt with. I dropped my camera numerous times (including in water) and it still worked, until one day It took a bad drop and stopped working. I sent it back, and in a week, a courier was knocking on my door with a brand new camera, and some fancy Kodak batteries that lasted a long time.