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    Digital cameras...recommendations??

    I'm in the market for a digital camera. Going by all the pics posted on this forum, there have to be quite a few camera buffs out there. Can any of you recommend a decent camera? At the moment I'm favouring the Canon Powershot A540 (with a 1GB SD card) as I have access to wholesale prices in Australia. Works out at around B10,000. Is this good or not??

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    I just bought the Canon A640. It's brilliant.

    http://teakdoor.com/thailand-questio...ew-camera.html

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    Yes, the A640 looks like a great camera. 10 megapixels!!
    CNET gives it a good wrap, but I'm just a beginner and it looks a bit too technical for me. The A540 also gets a pretty good rating on CNET and seems a lot more dummy friendly!

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    The A640 is fully automatic if you need it to be. It's really easy to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    I just bought the Canon A640.
    I bought an A640 a couple of months ago and am very happy with it.

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    Get a Pentax Optio waterproof camera. Rugged, loaded with features, also very shock resistant.

    I once had a very nice, fancy digital camera ...until I dropped it in the water. Warranty doesn't cover that.

    My new Optio is scuffed, scratched, has been dropped, immersed, left in my soggy raincoat, and still takes superb pictures!

    Pentax Waterproof Camera

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    if you have some spare cash

    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY A HIGH-END, MEDIUM FORMAT CAMERA

    Hasselblad introduces 39 megapixel camera here


    DON SAMBANDARAKSA
    Hasselblad has launched its new 39 megapixel H3D digital medium format camera in the Thai market for the staggering price of 1.59 million baht.

    The camera is the first medium format digital camera designed for digital photography from the ground up. This means that, unlike its competitors, the digital back and the camera's traditional electronics operate off the same battery, which is rated for 400 shots.



    It is a 645 medium format camera with a 1.2x crop compared to normal 645 cameras, thus the sensor area is still much larger than a full-frame 35mm frame.



    Each picture is recorded in raw format and averages around 80MB in size. It is also designed around the Sandisk Extreme 4 line of CompactFlash cards and can support the full 40 megabyte per second transfer rate that the card offers.



    David Grover, Hasselblad's field application specialist for the H3D, was in Bangkok to demonstrate the camera at its launch. He explained how it was compatible with all of the 645 H-series medium format lenses and could work with an adapter with all the Hassleblad V-series lenses that went back to 1948.



    The H3D uses a Kodak CCD. The company works closely with Kodak. ''Often, we ask Kodak if they can do XYZ. They go ahead for a few days and scratch their heads and come up with an answer,'' he said.



    One such answer is the increased dynamic range of the H3D which it claims to be a staggering 13 stops. Normal photographic film has around 9 stops of sensitivity and most digital cameras have even less. Each stop is a doubling of the amount of light. What this means in real terms is that the H3D can capture bright skies and detail in dark shadows in the same shot, or detail in a groom's black suit and a bride's white dress.



    Shriro, the Hong Kong-based owner of Hasselblad and its distributor, has targetted professional studios with the H3D and expect well-heeled enthusiasts to make up less than 20 percent. Shriro will be lending cameras to studios and offering attractive finance packages along with it.



    Other special features include true off-the-sensor flash metering without the need for pre-flash TTL metering that is common in most digital cameras. This has been a problem for most digital cameras as digital sensors are shiny whereas film is matt. However, the H3D body has two profiles, depending on whether a film or digital back is attached.



    Other unique features include a single colour profile rather than many profiles depending on the ambient lighting and recording of lens data to allow for correction for optical abberations depending on how far each lens is focussed.



    When asked if he feared Kodak would one day stop being a partner and become a competitor the same way that had happened in the consumer market, Grover replied that he expected them to be happy selling sensors to Hasselbad.
    ''I don't think they'll be back in the pro market. Once bitten, twice shy,'' he said, referring to Kodak's withdrawal from the professional digital SLR market a few years ago.

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    I have a Canon A510. 3 Megapixels and fully automatic. Easy to use. All of the recent photos I've posted on TD were taken with that camera.

    IMHO anything more than 2 megapixels is overkill on a consumer grade camera. Unless you're going to be making large prints buy the camera with the smallest number of megapixels you can find.

    Here's one I took this morning:



    Flash forced off. Close-up mode. Cropped, levels adjusted and shrunk to size with Graphic Converter.

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    Here's some recent ones, that show the different modes:

    Program


    Fireworks

    Macro

    Macro - that's a bicycle wheel rim

    Nighttime

    Soft

    Macro

    Child Mode (has a fast autofocus/high speed shutter)

    telephoto

    snow & Ice


    It has a bunch more modes: movie, sound recording, landscape, portrait, underwater, underwater movie, synchro sound record, sport, pet, candlelight, sunset, self-portrait, food, text, museum, natural skin tone & some others. It also has a variety of post-processing filters and movie editing. Allsetting have manual overrides. It even senses when my son is playing with it (because of the random button-pushing) and displays standard picture with no functions.

    I like the camera because it's all self-contained, no lense that telescopes, everything is sealed in, small and tough.

    It cost $240 CAN,6 months ago, on sale.

    It's called an OPTIO 10 / 6.0 megapixels

    Ok!^
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    HB - Why don't you label the modes for us....

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    Nice Photos!

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    Orchid photos

    AC

    How close were you and were you using a tripod?

    Try as I might I can't seem to get decent macro photos
    outdoors without a tripod.

    Free hand photography in combination with the ever-present
    breeze is agonizing.

    BTW greenie for that photo, well done.

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    sony cyber-shot dsc-w30/w50/w70 6 mega pixel o 7,1mega lens Carl Zeiss.
    superb pix

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    get sneaky

    go to Alibaba Manufacturer Directory - Suppliers, Manufacturers, Exporters & Importers register and look on the site as the chows manufacture all this stuff for the rest of the world . you can apply for a sample just pay the freight and at a cheap price for the camera. why pay retail or wholesale. just make sure you put a name of a company down when you register. and have a good look around there are some great cameras but look at manufacturers dont get caught buying off a wholesaler.
    every thing that is sold around the world seems to be made in china. and samples are cheap they want your business

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    I bought a Canon IXUS 850 iS some time ago and very happy with it. ~17K bahts.



    Very compact (the size of a pack of cigarettes), many modes available, and easy to use. The image stabilizer is also very useful. Most of the recent pics I've posted on this forum were taken with this one.

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