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Old 03-19-2009, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in desperate need of a new digital camera. I've tried a Nikon Coolpix camera before but never really liked it. I'm looking for a good Sony camera. I found the Sony DSC W170 camera at Sam's Club for $199.76. Has anyone had experience with this camera? The reviews seem really good online.

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Old 03-19-2009, 03:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I have the DSC-W80 and like it, so I'd be positive about the upgrade model.
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What is the camera you currently have? What do you like/dislike about it and the nikon you used? What is the intended use for the camera?
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I am still using my old Sony s50, 2.1 megapixels. It's a large camera, but it has certainly weathered everything. I like its clear pictures and ease of use. I don't want to change settings a lot in different environments.

The Nikon CoolPix s550 was too complicated for my taste. There were a lot of settings that I didn't know about. Even on easy mode, I could never get a clear picture. All were blurry. Even after reading the manual and trying different things, all the pics were blurry still. Frustrated, I sold it, and hopefully the person who bought it is having a lot better luck with it.

Basically, I want a point and shoot camera that's easy to operate. I plan on taking vacation pictures with it as well as pics around the house and yard. I like to take pictures outdoors of streams, waterfalls, beaches, and of course banana plants! I also want good pics of people and events as well. I just want an all around camera that produces clear, vivid photos.
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Hi Austin,
The Sony you found sounds good enough. I came into the digital scene late as I was still hanging onto my monologue stills and waited for the tech go better.

If you want a simple documentation camera, what you are talking about is good enough at 10.1mp. Since I go out to the field often, I opted for something which can I can afford to lose if it get smashed or dropped into a stream. Currently I am using (after killing half a doz) some hardly known brand - Jendigital 730C - 7mp and using AA alkaline batteries which are easily available everywhere. I prefer them as I can carry extra batteries into the jungle since I may be gone for days and (often) may not be near any electrical point for recharging. Also I would not have to stinge on my shooting if my power source is low, I just replace the batts there and then.

Though the features are limited, it serves the purpose I use it for as you can see from the pix I have posted. At less than $100 brand new, I can't ask for more. The only thing I miss is my Nikkor 20mm Super Wide angle lens.
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Unfortunatly, all newer cameras have added functionality and therefore complexity to their cameras. I personally prefer the camera brands over the electronics brands of camera. The camera brands know optics and imaging beter than teh electronics branmds do. That being said, the fuji line of cameras is fairly easy to use and deliver good quality images. With the locations you listed you may want to consider one of the waterproof cameras from Pentax or Olympus. The Olympus being drop-proof as well. I worked at a local camera store in the St. Louis area for 3 years, I no longer do, and would be more than happy to help you find something to your liking. Please feel free to PM me wit any more specific questions you may have.
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Thanks. I'll do that when I get a chance.
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