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Should I buy this camera?

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I have always been of the opinion that the megapixels of a camera is just a marketing gimmick. I'm not sure because I have never got deep into the camera's world.

Anyway, to me, what makes you take a good picture is how skilled you are with a camera in your hands, and not necessarily how good the camera is. Of course some models can make it really easier.

So, a friend of mine has a cheap Canon PowerShot A560 for sale that I'm looking into it.

Questions:
1 - How does this pretty old camera compare to some modern 'mainstream' models? (My parents have a modern cybershot and I HATE it, because it simply has no features besides all the automatic modes for dummies that won't even let you choose flash ON/OFF besides OFF/Auto.

2 - Does the lenses lose quality overtime, or something like that? Does an old camera is worse than a brand new one from the same model?

3 - Can I, somehow, make it better with hardware mods?

4 - Feel free to give me your thoughts smile.gif
Actually, please, teach me anything biggrin.gif
post #2 of 4
It all depends on what you plan on shooting and how much your friend is selling it to you and how much you want to spend. I mean you can get a refurbed PowerShot ELPH 100 for $85 that will be much better than that camera. But then if you save up money for $200 you can be at the 10D/20D level with a lens kit.
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Originally Posted by EduFurtado View Post

Questions:
1 - How does this pretty old camera compare to some modern 'mainstream' models? (My parents have a modern cybershot and I HATE it, because it simply has no features besides all the automatic modes for dummies that won't even let you choose flash ON/OFF besides OFF/Auto.

depends....but generally speaking the newer the camera the better it will be. the newer the technology the less noise, better resolution and possibly better the lens is......
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2 - Does the lenses lose quality overtime, or something like that? Does an old camera is worse than a brand new one from the same model?
well it really depends on how old we are talking about. there are some lenses old lenses (earlier then 1960s) which have their coatings starting to peel/oxidize or discolor, but since were talking about digital no there is no difference assuming the lens isnt physically damaged.
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3 - Can I, somehow, make it better with hardware mods?
probably better to buy a new camera then to fiddle with hardware mods, but gluing on filter thread is a good place to start.

personally it does not make sense to buy a old PS digital camera UNLESS there is something you really like about it (price for instance). for 200-300 bucks you can buy a used DSLR which will blow most PS out of the water.
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Thanks guys. I think i won't buy it them.
Even though he is selling for 35 bucks
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