Low-cost Digital Cameras

Saturday, May 11, 2002

If you haven't bought a camera yet you'll have already saved money, because they're very similar to computers in their frequent newer better faster models. The good thing is that good cameras are now to be found in older generations. Look to spend just a couple hundred dollars? Usually I tell people to expect to pay $300 or more, but let's take a look.

I did find some decent cameras in the couple hundred dollar range. It's hard, because most in this range are quite poor. Key features of a good digital camera you need to watch for, in addition to whatever your preferences are:

  1. 2 megapixel or better. Any less and you won't get anything good when you print
  2. Color. Read reviews and users' comments carefully for how the camera does with color. A surprising number of these cameras just plain don't do any justice to the original.
If you don't have the quality and color to start with, all the other preferences don't really matter. You might notice I don't mention Sony; their cameras never show up in the reviews I read, for some reason. I also have very little "feel" for HP, Toshiba, and Minolta digicams.

Kodak DX3500

Fujifilm 2600
Olympus D-380


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