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Old 02-07-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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Recommend Cheap Older Digital Camera

DD would like a digital camera for her birthday. I'm probably going to bid on this one, which is the same model that I have.

I know what you're saying: "Gee, Al, that thing dates from the turn of the century!" But it works fine for us, and it is solid as a rock (I once dropped it four feet onto granite bedrock. Sure, some parts broke off, but it still works fine!). Example of picture from our camera:

[img width=750 height=562]http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a39/TromboneAl/Tacoma2006/IMG_4042.jpg[/img]

But if some of you can recommend an older model camera that you have experience with, I'll check those out on Ebay, too.


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Re: Recommend Cheap Older Digital Camera
Old 02-07-2007, 01:04 PM   #2
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similar to your camera I guess... Canon powershot a400. 3.1 megapixel. Great picture quality - easy to use. Decent video recording w/ sound. Quick enough to snap action shots. Looks like ~$60-70 on ebay including shipping. Not a lot of zooming power (3x optical I think) - that's DW's only complaint - well, and that it isn't a brand new camera : .

I think ours was $130 brand new a few years ago (2004?).
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I agree with Justin. The Canon A410 is also good. But the best deal is the A310 or A300. Very good pictures. But the best feature is AA batteries. I had the A300 for a long time and was very happy with it.
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I'd have to add battery life is great. 2 AA batteries last us a LONG time. My parents have a olympia something-or-other (a much more expensive camera). It's good for 30-40 pictures and then the batteries are dead. Ours lasts ~150+ pictures at least. If I were to go on a long vacation somewhere, I could probably get by comfortably without extra batteries, just charging the 2 in the camera at night.
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A used digicam for a birthday present? Isn't that taking fugality a bit far?

I give my almost-4-year-old my old digicams to play with, but not for birthday presents. (She gets my old toys for birthdays.)
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We have a Canon Powershot that has a 3.2 Mp and 3x optical zoom. Looks like a brick now, but the pics turn out so well, when we ( when I ) busted the preview screen we went on ebay and got another ( for about $60)
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Has anybody else noticed that digicams seem to have a limited shelf life? I have a couple that are probably close to 10 years old that have developed dead/stuck pixels in their CCDs. As the pixel density increases, it's probably harder to detect, but it's obvious in the old sub-2M cameras.
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As in, you view the picture on the computer screen and have black dots? I haven't had a pixel go out on me yet....
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As in, you view the picture on the computer screen and have black dots? I haven't had a pixel go out on me yet....
Sometimes a stuck color pixel, so not necessarily a black dot. I'm not sure if CCDs degrade with time, or my old cameras got dropped when I wasn't looking.
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Of course you realize now I'm going to have to pour over my pics...
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Hey, that looks like my NEW digital camera.

Looks like a good deal to me, love my little canon.
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T-Al,
I second (third?) Powershot vs. Elph recommendation - AA batteries are cheap to replace.
I have both, and I replaced LiIon batteries 4 times already on my S400 Elph.
Poweshots are not as small, making it little harder to fitting in a shirt pocket.
Picture qualities seem to be similar with models about the same age (meaning both have cheap glass lenses, but good electronics, namely DIGIC series processors)
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Al, one more...

I have a Powershot A510, which has been an excellent camera. My only complaint is the time between shots, which is about 3-5 seconds. Other than that, it has been great.

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Thanks, guys. I Buy Now'd one that was $65 with S&H, and included two new batteries.

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A used digicam for a birthday present? Isn't that taking fugality a bit far?
$65 is frugal?
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Humidity does condense inside the beasties over time and its worse if you change elevations a lot.

We take our camera up to the grandparents house +3000 elevation from us and to tahoe +5000-9000 elevation a lot and about every 3 years we lose one to excess interior moisture buildup.

I cant complain about the canons with the liion cells. The one i'm using right now is over 2 years old and we've used the living heck out of it. Batteries still hold a charge for several hundred shots or 18+ minutes of video.

I also had some 1 megapixel olympus units (still have a pair of them in fact) that produced surprisingly good shots and you could fit a heck of a lot of them on a smaller flash chip. I think those are D-1000's.
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Watch woot.com for daily specials. I have seen a few 5mp cameras going for under $100 recently.
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Old 02-07-2007, 10:30 PM   #17
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Toshiba pdr-m81

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2001_reviews/pdrm81.html

Bought mine for 75$ off ebay. Dad paid $1000 + 5 years ago for the same camera. Not the best for moving pix, but it works great for us. Good camera, but could always pay more for more features.
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