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I have no experience or knowledge of cameras so I am just curious if there are any cameras that would meet my needs preferably in the 100-200$ price. My parents want to get a new camera to take pictures whenever we go out for a special occasion (birthday parties, dinners, etc). and such and mainly with my graduation coming up they want a decent camera to take pictures of that as well.
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Do you care if it's a point-n-shoot? (Are you trying to get a dSLR for $200?) Can it be used?

When you say things like "for graduation" I start thinking longer focal lengths. Often parents are way far back from the action

This might be good for a refurb:$140
15x zoom & 12mp -> fine, basic family camera.
Olympus is a fine brand. Geeks.com isn't bad either.
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...00UZ-R&cat=CAM
Edited by beldecca - 5/27/11 at 6:20pm
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^^^ Yeah that. You can't get a dslr for $200. You'll be looking in the range of $600+ for one. For $200 you can get a pretty good point and shoot. When I first got my dslr, I was very happy I spent the money on it. Now my pictures look nice .
    
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I have no preferences on whether it is point and shoot or dslr since the last camera my parents owned were these kinds:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...0%20-%20%24200

My parents are more interested in new products rather than refurbished, any is good as long as the picture quality on the photos aren't horrendous and possibly 14-16megapixels
Edited by xpod - 5/27/11 at 7:40pm
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^^^ Yeah that. You can't get a dslr for $200. You'll be looking in the range of $600+ for one. For $200 you can get a pretty good point and shoot. When I first got my dslr, I was very happy I spent the money on it. Now my pictures look nice .
You can get a DSLR for less than $200. You just have to look hard enough. Just because they look nice doesn't mean they are good photos.

Megapixels doesn't mean much. That many MP on a small sensor just creates more noise and artifacting. Usually it's just trying interpolate details of the image that aren't even there.

I've used the Sony WX9. For a point and shoot it's really well featured and quality is rather good.
    
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I picked up my first DSLR, a Nikon d40 with kit lens on craigslist for $150, so deals are out there.
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Megapixels doesn't mean much. That many MP on a small sensor just creates more noise and artifacting. Usually it's just trying interpolate details of the image that aren't even there.
This is very, very true. MP count (especially on small sensors) rarely helps out for most people's pictures higher than say 6-8MP. This is more than enough for 5x7 prints, and often 8x10's. (It's not quite the same thing, but I shot weddings as a business with a D1 Nikon which only had 2.1MP and it looked fine). Lens and other functions matter more (within reason). However, unless you set it lower, these higher pixel count cameras will capture larger files meaning less pictures on a card compared to lower count cameras.

You might check www.dpreview.com for any camera you find. They have many, trusted reviews.
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So, what in particular do I have to look out for when searching for a camera exactly? Decent amount of MP? how much it zooms?
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So, what in particular do I have to look out for when searching for a camera exactly? Decent amount of MP? how much it zooms?
More than anything, you need to see how it works for you. Do the controls feel normal. Some brands are more intuitive for different people (I'm going to get it for this) Canon baffles me sometimes. I find Nikon and Pentax menus make more sense. Other people will say the opposite. That's because such things are very subjective.

Beyond this, find something with 6+MP. A normal brand (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Fuji). For a Point n Shoot, check battery costs (better IMO if it takes AA's)
Go for optical zoom (forget digital zoom, it's largely a joke). A pocket camera will likely have 3x zoom, a zlr (larger lens) can have 10x zoom.

If possible, get one that has the flash as far away as possible from the lens - but this is harder on a point in shoot.

But the first point is most important. Make sure it feels good to use. If it doesnt, you're less likely to use it.
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Any zoom degrades picture quality but optical zoom is better.
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