Need a new camera

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Need a new camera

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Ronald Dawes

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Posted: Sep 22, 2005 6:42 PM       Post Subject:
My trusty Nikon 880 bit the dust and I need to get a replacement. Obviously something somewhat rugged is desired. No need for more than 3 mega pixels. I'd like a 3-4x zoom and one that uses compact flash cards instead of the smaller SD cards (I already have CF cards and card reader). Suggestions folks?

Thanks,
Ron
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Kevin Williams

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Posted: Sep 23, 2005 5:24 AM       Post Subject:
I use a Nikon 4300 as a backup camera ( always have a backup with me).
It a great camera and uses the cf card.

My main camera is a Panasonic DMC-FZ10 Lumix. I have nothing but phrase for this one. It is 4 mp with a 12x optical Leica lens. Totally awesome !! It uses the sd card however.
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John Bowman
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Posted: Sep 23, 2005 7:08 AM       Post Subject:
Hi Kevin. icon_biggrin.gif
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Kevin Williams

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Posted: Sep 23, 2005 7:15 AM       Post Subject:
jbowman wrote:
Hi Kevin. icon_biggrin.gif


dude.......
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Peter Ehrenpreis

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Posted: Sep 26, 2005 4:13 PM       Post Subject:
Ronald,

The Canon PowerShots are very good. A lot of them use CF cards. and range from 3 MP on up.

Peter
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Ronald Dawes

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Posted: Sep 26, 2005 4:55 PM       Post Subject:
Thanks for the suggestions guys. I went shopping on the web and local over the weekend and ended up with a Nikon 4800. 4mp (more than enough for inspections), 8.3X zoom (quite a bit more than my old 3X), uses the same batteries as my old Nikon (good), but it uses a SD card instead of CF. Practically all point and shoot have gone to SD cards to save space. So I'll live with that. Got it at Sam's for about $253.
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Jay Moge
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Posted: Sep 26, 2005 8:51 PM       Post Subject:

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i bought a kodak easyshare cx7300. 3.2mega pix with 3x dig.zoom. paid $100 at k-mart, about $50 for case, rechargables and charger and mem.card. dropped it twice still works fine. but that's my beginners camara. who know how long it will last. so far so good i love the quality and easy to use. thanks for listenting, oh if anyone from kodaks' marketing team is reading this, just mail me my endorsment check. thanx. icon_cool.gif icon_wink.gif
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Tim Hejnicki

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 8:58 AM       Post Subject:
Ok I have to know... Hoe do you guys take your cameras into crawlspace areas without damaging it???
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Kevin Williams

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 11:24 AM       Post Subject:
thejnicki wrote:
Ok I have to know... Hoe do you guys take your cameras into crawlspace areas without damaging it???

I use the 4300 for crawlspace ( fits into Buttoned pocket )
luck is we don't have a lot of them up here....
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Erby Crofutt

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 2:04 PM       Post Subject:
Sony Cybershot is my choice.

Had a DSC-P30 for over four years, many drops, untold number of attics and crawl spaces, still worked great. Unfortuanately, the last drop broke a little tit off the battery cover. Now to get it to work, I have to manually hold (duct tape??) the battery cover shut.

Have replaced it with a Sony Cybershot DSC-S40 for $199.00 at Office Depot.

Best feature of both is the ADF Beam when the flash is activated. Let's me shoot in dark places without having to hold a flashlight to make sure it's pointing right. I don't even have to hold it up to my eye to shoot in the dark. Just aim the little orange beam and shoot. Let's me have three point contact in attics and still take good photos.

Carry both of them in a belt pouch with velcro closure.
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Aaron Pfaff

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Posted: Sep 27, 2005 2:45 PM       Post Subject:
Ebay. They have it all. You can often find new ,older models dirt cheap.

I use several but my hp 735 is slow but i have taken 15,000 pics and dropped it so many times, yet takes great pics. It also take great pics in the dark without changing settings.

I want to find one of those wide angle cameras that Realtors use to make the rooms look so big. icon_lol.gif
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Paul Hinsperger

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Posted: Oct 9, 2005 7:35 AM       Post Subject:
I am also looking for a new camera.

Old one was a Mercury CyberPIx S-450V with 5 megapixels resolution with builtin flash. It takes very badquality photos. They are blury. So much so that I can not include them in a professional report. It has taken the odd good clear photo outside in very bright sunlight. Other than that it is useless. I have just been using the built in 64M memory and have not added any cards. I have also played around with the settings (size, resolutions, auto flash, etc) in different combos but without success.

If anyone has any suggestions on maybe something I'm doing wrong please let me know. What should I look for in buying a new camera to get clear usable photo for my reports?

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Erby Crofutt

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Posted: Oct 9, 2005 4:25 PM       Post Subject:
Damn it. Saw the Sony Cybershot DSC-S40 at Wal-Mart today for only $179.00.

I use a fire wire to my USB port to transfer pictures from the camera's Memory Stick to my Hard Drive. 64MB Stick holds a couple of hundred photos. I don't use lots of MegaPixels and I still get excellent photos for my report.
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Doug Edwards

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Posted: Oct 9, 2005 4:41 PM       Post Subject:
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dspencer
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Posted: Oct 9, 2005 6:30 PM       Post Subject:

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ecrofutt wrote:
Damn it. Saw the Sony Cybershot DSC-S40 at Wal-Mart today for only $179.00.


Dell has it for $161.00

Take it back! or have them match the price.
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Joe Funderburk
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Posted: Oct 9, 2005 8:35 PM       Post Subject:

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Try...

http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,122107,00.asp

Also, Consumer Reports.

I find that reviews by knowledgeable subject matter experts are reliable and a good starting point.

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Joe Funderburk
York County, SC
Alpha & Omega Home Inspection, LLC
jfunderburk@aohomeinspection.com
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Russell Spriggs

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Posted: Oct 10, 2005 1:03 PM       Post Subject:
I stopped at a good-sized pawn shop & picked up a "backup" camera.
In it, I just wanted (to match existing camera):
SD card
Flash
AA batteries ( I recharge)
USB unloading.

For $30, used, couldn't go wrong!

Russ

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Joseph Smith.

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Posted: Oct 10, 2005 1:16 PM       Post Subject:
I've gotten some good deals on Ebay. I use Olympus cameras as they use SD & xD memory and can use AA batteries.

I prefer the D-450 & D550 as they enclose the lens when turned off and I've sent them thru some rough beatings when crawling.

I set mine at the lowest setting as I have to resize them anyway when uploading to my reports and at 360 dpi they still come out great.

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Joe,
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Inspected as though my family are to live or work there.

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Russell Spriggs

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Posted: Oct 10, 2005 1:28 PM       Post Subject:
Hey, Joe-
are your old Red Horse buddies getting spread pretty thin around the globe now, with that Asian quake?
Hear we were giving airlift etc support.

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Joseph Smith.

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Posted: Oct 10, 2005 9:27 PM       Post Subject:
I would think so in time. I'm sure most of the war work is done and I'll bet they have been busy on our golf coast line for a few weeks and depending on resources I'd venture to say they'll be there soon.

My unit was the 823rd out of Hurlbert Field Fl. I have to admit I miss it.

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Joe,
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