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New digital camera

It’s now only 7 weeks until my birthday, and so my dad offered to take me to London yesterday to find a birthday present. I decided that I’d like a new digital camera, since you can get some very good models for under £200 now. I’ve been struggling with a Fujifilm DX-10 for about a year now – while it takes good photos, it only goes up to 1024×768 and if you put a larger memory card in it, it slows down to a crawl – it takes around 20 seconds from after you turn it on before it’s usable.
So, we went to Tottenham Court Road, which is the consumer electronics mecca of London. There are all manner of little shops selling branded hifi systems, computers, printers, TVs, videos, cameras, music players – you name it. Many are imported from outside the EU in places like Dubai so they’re often cheaper than the usual high street prices.
We went around at least 10 shops before I settled on a camera. It’s a Minolta Dimage E323 – 3.2 megapixel with 3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and a 16MB SD card. It also turns on very quickly – it’s usable in only a couple of seconds. The price? £179. It’s cheaper than Amazon (£200) although a search this morning did uncover shops selling it for £130. In fact, Dabs had it cheaper. But, never mind.
My dad already has a Minolta Dimage F200 (see this rant about packaging from last year), and he’s very impressed with it – the picture quality is very good. However, his is 4.0 megapixel and has a few more bells and whistles, but then I don’t really need to be able to record voice or have polyphonic beeping noises. Since they both use the same storage I can always borrow his larger SD card, but then those things are pretty cheap these days anyway so I may get my own.
Of course, this is a birthday present, so I can’t use it until after the 25th May. But it looks like a good buy.


  1. Patiently waiting for the photographs 🙂

  2. Sorry, I found it online for