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The search for a new camera

I’m thinking about buying a new digital compact camera. I currently have a Minolta E323, which is fine except for a loose battery/SD card compartment which means the batteries are always falling out and puts it at greater risk of data loss (I lost a handful of photos after the compartment came open as the camera was writing an image to the card).
What I’m looking for is:

  • A compact digital camera (so nothing big)…
  • …that can be used for quick ‘point and click’ shots…
  • …that takes good quality photos…
  • …with an optical zoom lens…
  • …and has a minimum of 4 megapixels…
  • …and has a variety of modes for taking more arty photographs…
  • …and preferably takes SD as its memory storage, since I already have a reasonably big SD card…
  • …and costs around £150.

The nearest match to that I’ve found so far is the Nikon Coolpix 5600 which is £145 from dabs.com – it has 5.1 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom lens and gets a reasonably good review here. It only comes with a paltry 14MB of on-board memory but I do have a 256MB SD card that I can use from my current camera so that’s less of an issue. But if anyone can suggest anything better that fites the bill I’d like to hear from you. I don’t want to spend much more than £150 though.

3 Comments

  1. Back when I bought my camera 2MP was the minimum. I only have 3.2MP

  2. the Canon A520 is ideal

  3. Oh man, if I had your budget, I’d SO go with Kodak EasyShare DX6490. It might be bulky, but 10x optical zoom is pretty sweet! 🙂