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So if any of you have been around a woman is who is pregnant you know how moody they can get right. Well right now I'm in the middle of a hail storm of womanly love. Her cam of 2 years has finally kicked the bucket and she saw that thing like her own child and it has been having problems for a while anyway with the lens not wanting to come out or not powering up but it would work after giving it some "tender loving." Today though she went to turn it on and that was that the power button became stuck and now we can't get it to turn on at all and so off and need to replace this thing so she can smile (she has been crying for about 30 min now) and I can get my balls back since she is holding them hostage till I can get a new one for her.

the old one was a sony dsc-s600 which I found quite a few flaws with. it was a little slow. the pictures didn't come out all that great and the limited zoom didn't make me too happy but hey it was cheap and made her happy. this time around though we are trying to find something a bit better for hopefully under 200 bucks +/- a little maybe depending. we are hoping for something with atleast 8-10x zoom and at least 7MP. with a baby on the way being able to get movies out of the thing would be a HUGE plus also.

so far the ones I have been looking at but still undecided on are the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS or the Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS. both right around 200 bucks. do you guys have any opinions on these products are of ones that might be better while still keeping a good price? please help... please.
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Hi.

Sorry to hear that the wifey-poo is having a bad day (seriously).

Give her a hug.

As for cameras, I am not very informed. I do have a Canon Powershot A640 that from a layman noobs point of view is "fantastic".

Here is an 8MP Canon A590.

?Maybe?

You could also hit up Mugan or Highly-Annoyed for advice on cameras. Those guys have a thread going, and could probably give you great advice.

Good luck.

(Hug the Wife)
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Canon > Kodak... I have used many point and shoots by both. I own a Canon Powershot G9



http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000NK3H4S/?tag=kenrockwellcom

CHEAPER than your target, Has IS (Image Stabilization- great for handheld) and helps with no flash shots a LOT (Flash on ANY camera makes things look worse. ANY camera)

For $230 you can get a much smaller camera with rechargeable batteries, Aand near the same image quality (And IS too) I advise this - the SD850



For canon cameras: I quote Ken Rockwell, and vouch for its effectiveness:
"Hint: I get the wilder colors I prefer by setting all my Canon compact cameras to their "Vivid" modes. To do this, hit FUNC/SET, go down a couple of clicks to OFF, and click one to the right to VIVID."
Basically bumps up the colour saturation a bit

And yea. Kodak.... aint that great for digital. Slow and not that great image quality. They can be good, but canon cameras at the same price range blow them out of the water.
Both Canons take SD cards- the best memory format IMO because its reliable, and the most common- cheapest.

And Canon- You can go wrong with them. I may prefer Nikon for SLR's, but canons small cameras ROCK.
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Off topic: My camera: Better at some manual controls, More than I NEED but I use it all. Love it, quite expensive tho.. But I wanted a compact as close to SLR as I could get... My next camera will be a Nikon D40 or D80 SLR...

If you keep the ISO low, it takes GREAT shots. Love it, would use any canon compact.
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I agree; Canon > Kodak.

IS (image stabilizer) is expensive, but it really helps pictures come out clear when taking handheld shots.

PS: if all that's wrong with the old camera is a stuck button, why not find a way to get it back up?
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I agree; Canon > Kodak.

IS (image stabilizer) is expensive, but it really helps pictures come out clear when taking handheld shots.

PS: if all that's wrong with the old camera is a stuck button, why not find a way to get it back up?
IS on canons = maybe $10, $20 more than one without... TOTALLY worth it.

I think it's cause there is a lot more wrong with it too..
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are there any decent ones out there though that might have more then just 4x optical zoom? that was one thing we didn't care for with this sony cam is just the 3x it offered and that is part of the reason I was looking at this one here


BTW size isn't that big of an issue for us

between this one and the SD850 what are the major differences there that would make it worth the higher price to go with the sd850?



gunner it's not just the power button that is having issues, rather that was more of a straw, camel, back issue. The lens has been sticking as well and not going out like it should, the power button doesn't always seem to work before this started, sometimes when you hit the power button it does turn the cam on but it would then just tell you to shut it off and turn it back on again, the switch that selects movie, picture, review only works half the time, eats batteries like my old pig harley ate bacon, the picture button was weird and very touchy so yeah and upgrade would be nice . still going to keep it and take it apart and hopefully fix the problem so it can be a backup cam if nothing else though once we get another camera though.



thank you guys for the help so far though as I know little about cams and want to get her a good one for what I can afford and she really enjoys picture taking but doesn't know a lot about digicams either as most of her experience was with film style cameras.
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Looks like a pretty good camera! And the SD850- Mainly, size. And it has a rechargeable.


Here is a review on the camera you are looking at: Read the whole thing- especially sections 5-6 (Photographic tests)
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canonsx100is/
(The way you change sections is a small banner right under the title of the review, or just change the URL to add /page2.asp or /page3.asp etc


Here is a con list on the SX100IS. It has a ton of pros too though! ALL cameras have cons. I think you could be happy with this camera- read the review and these quick cons before making a decision though. And keep the ISO Low!

* Not pocket-friendly
* Quite a bit of chromatic aberration extending well into the image
* Some consumers may find the images undersaturated
* High contrast in harsh lighting
* Noise (and the effects of noise reduction) can be intrusive, particularly at higher ISO sensitivities
* LCD display can wash out somewhat in bright light
* No record-mode histogram
* Control dial is too easy to bump
* No rechargeable batteries or charger in the product bundle
* Nearly useless 16MB flash card in the product bundle
* Soft corners at wide angle
* Mid-ISO printed results could have been better
* Long flash recycle time
*No RAW format
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under 200 bucks +/- a little maybe depending. we are hoping for something with atleast 8-10x zoom and at least 7MP. with a baby on the way being able to get movies out of the thing would be a HUGE plus also.

so far the ones I have been looking at but still undecided on are the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS or the Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS. both right around 200 bucks. do you guys have any opinions on these products are of ones that might be better while still keeping a good price? please help... please.
The Panasonic DMC-T25 looks good for a compact point and shoot. 10X optical Zoom, 28mm wide angle, 9.1 Mega-Pixels, Large high-res LCD, Movies at "1280 x 720 pixels (HD) @ 30 fps", Leica lens and the optical stabilisation is great, so next to zero blurry images.

Yes, it looks like it's running at about 50% more than the $200 USD you wanted to spend, but I think it's probably worth it for such a high spec compact. Have a look at the reviews, here, here and YouTube video review:


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IS on canons = maybe $10, $20 more than one without... TOTALLY worth it.

I think it's cause there is a lot more wrong with it too..
Noooo, way! My friend got an IS lens for his DSLR. The lens was like $550. The regular version was $200.

Perhaps it could be different for point-and-shoot rangefinders?
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Noooo, way! My friend got an IS lens for his DSLR. The lens was like $550. The regular version was $200.

Perhaps it could be different for point-and-shoot rangefinders?
You have it right. Point and shoot = smaller. Pluss the IS isn't quite as capable.. really helps tho! Basically, canon has cheap IS models. Heh.
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