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    Need some camera help (again)

    Ok, so I recently bought a Camera, the Kodak P850 which is a 5.1 megapixel camera with 12X optical zoom and image stabilizer. seen here http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/spec...kodak_p850.asp

    I am a total camera n00b and have been playing around with it a bit. It does not have detachable lenses so that kinda sucks, but I couldn't afford one that did. This Camera ran me $430 with tax. It takes pretty good pictures, but honestly, not as good as I expected. When just taking standard pictures and not playing with the zoom it looks like any other digital camera. When I zoom in it has zooms in a pretty decent amount and takes cool pics, but the problem is that it is only in focus like 40% of the time and I am not really sure how to use it and make it look really good.

    So that brings me to the next thing. The camera is kinda big, and a can be a paint to lug around. So I am thinking of returning it for something cheaper and smaller. I was thinking something like the Canon A610 seen here http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...A610A.HTM#test

    I spoke with a friend who knows about camera's and he said the canon powershot is actually an all around better camera. Not to mention it costs only $240 as compared to my Kodak which ran me over $400.
    The only thing is that the Canon powershot A610 does not have as good of zoom (only 4X as opposed to my 12X Kodak). Also the Canon is a much smaller design and would be easier for me to carry around when I go out and travel and such.

    So basically, am I better off just getting the A610 powershot Canon and saving nearly $200 over my Kodak? Two people I asked that know about camera's said def. yes. Just asking your guys' opinion though.

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    definitely. If you are just need a camera for quick snapshots all you need is a portable point and shoot. The kodak looks anything but portable. The canon is a decent camera. Ive been partial to sony for the past couple years for point and shoots and right now i have (had, I dropped it on saturday and the lens is stuck! I took it apart and was able to get it unstuck, but one of the ribbonns was broken, so time for a new camera ) but imo it takes better pictures than my mom's SD400. But the sd400 is much smaller and Ill be looking into a slim camera.

    The way I see it though, you wont go wrong with most of these smalls cameras sicne they will take somewhat similar pictures.

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    canon>kodak

    your pics look better zoomed in becuase a long focal length has a narrow depth of field
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    Yup get the Canon ...even try searching for a used Canon G2,G3-G5 series would be good choice..
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    So I am better off saving the nearly $200 and getting the point and shoot canon powershot A610? It seems to be just as good a camera as the Kodak picture wise, the only difference being the 12X zoom and image stabilizer.. but I would hardly use the stabilizer on my kodak and the 12X zoom only gets a clear image like 30% of the time.

    I think I will just with the Canon.
    What do you camera Guru's like Armin, Chan, and Quack think?
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    come on you ass jammers. I need more opinions on the matter before making the purchase/trade!
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    You shouldnt worry about zoom with digital cameras. Most of the time pictures dont come out that great when you zoom in.

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    I believe that the canon A series still uses a plastic lens as verse to the glass lenses of the S, SD, G or pro1 series.

    I have been using my 5mp S50 for years now and it has been great for me. I have blown my images up to 11x17 prints with not too much pixelation. The images from the canon powershot series are very good and if I were to pick up another point and shoot, I'd go canon.

    I have been told taht the sd 300/400 induce alot of camera shake in pictures due to the slimness and weight of those cameras. Everyone I have spoken to with the sd500/550 have been more than happy.

    If you need a camera that zooms in to 12x, I have heard some good things about the panasonic/leica fz20/30. the only drawback to those 2 hybrid slr/point and shoot is that they are bulky.

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