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    Cool Help me look for a new Camera. Please?

    Best Digital Camera for the $$? I'm looking to spend around $500-$600 on a new digital camera and I was curious if anyone can point me in the right direction. I'm not a pro or anything but I want to start something new and want to try photography. What are the key features I should look for in a camera in that price range?

    Thanks in advance

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    Canon G5 or G6 are both awesome cameras plus you can add a pro flash onto the hot shoe if need be

    http://www.nextag.com/serv/main/buye...PowerShot_G5_5
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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-PowerShot-...QQcmdZViewItem

    Thoughts? Good deal? Re-furbished = bad?

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    if you want to do photography e.g. not just snapshots of people, you need a digital slr like camera. It has most of the functions of a real SLR but you cant change lenses and the viewfinder is an lcd screen.

    you want this camera
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/spec...canon_pro1.asp
    or this one
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilms9000/
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHO_Guy
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-PowerShot-...QQcmdZViewItem

    Thoughts? Good deal? Re-furbished = bad?
    you get what you payfor. i wouldnt pay for that

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    SHO guy,
    if you can tell us what your interested in shooting etc or more info might be easier to narrow down a camera for u
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    SHO guy,
    if you can tell us what your interested in shooting etc or more info might be easier to narrow down a camera for u
    Primary interests are cars and scenery (plants, landscapes, etc.) Also the occasional people picture (Family, friends, etc.)

    if you want to do photography e.g. not just snapshots of people, you need a digital slr like camera. It has most of the functions of a real SLR but you cant change lenses and the viewfinder is an lcd screen.
    Thanks for the info and references, I'll look into them both. Is there something that I can buy as a base camera that I can add onto/upgrade should I decide to become more than just a hobbiest? Or should I just start with one of those and purchase something better (i.e. an SLR cam) if that is the case ?
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    If you are looking into SLR hybrid then i'd recommend the fuji s9000 like coolbeans wrote or the panasonic fz30. I have played around with both and I thought the panasonic felt much more natural. I didn't like the placement of the focus ring of the fuji as it is way too close to the body of the camera.

    My coworker bought his wife the panasinic fz30 to replace her long used sony cybershot and she is loving it.

    It all depends on what you want to do with the camera. For party pictures, i'd go point and shoot. For large printed out landscapes, artistic etc. I'd go with a hybrid slr or a D-slr because then it is worth carrying around the extra bulk.

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    Thank you for the above ^ advice. Size and weight don't bother me because I won't be carrying a nice camera to a party just to take a few pic's. Most of the pics I will be taking are going to be outdoors and will be ddeliberate photo's.

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    Canon G5 or G6 still kewl small camera i have the G5 awesome lil camera etc

    but if your thinkin more long term Digital SLR ...then Canon 20D, Nikon D70S,Minolta 7D,Olympus E500
    they are all between 1400 and 800 bux all similar MP sizes 6.1 to 8.5
    http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/came...-950-1071.html
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    Weasel, I do like the G5/6 alot as well. I use it at work alot as it is hooked up to our ipix system. The g5 w/ a 180 degree fisheye is pretty cool!

    I feel that in the end, it is still a point and shoot with alot of manual options on it and find myself grabbing the d-slr wehn i go out to do field work.

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    SHO a comparison of 4 small digital cameras:

    http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/came...-1055-876.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykedude
    Weasel, I do like the G5/6 alot as well. I use it at work alot as it is hooked up to our ipix system. The g5 w/ a 180 degree fisheye is pretty cool!

    I feel that in the end, it is still a point and shoot with alot of manual options on it and find myself grabbing the d-slr wehn i go out to do field work.

    ~myke
    I have Canon 1D and 20D and the G5 as my run about camera i think awesome value for the $ ....sometimes for me i prefer the smaller G5 over the size/bulk of the other 2...
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    Very true weasel, I have my older canon s50 for parties and such. It is still a really good camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weasel 555
    SHO a comparison of 4 small digital cameras:

    http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/came...-1055-876.html
    Thank ya. I've been looking at all the options you all have givin' me so far. Haven't made a decision yet and I'm still researching a bit. But when I pic her out I'll post up pics asap.

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