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Dear Flist Which Knows All: One of those fantastic "ask me to take a picture" of memes got me on a Super Nostalgia Trip, and after a long and rambly Xanga entry, I realized that I more desperately than ever want a digital camera.  My family has never owned a digital camera, which was disappointing although not devastating since I don't really care to take pictures, but I've been feeling the itch ever since I started college.  Lately, I've been increasingly uneasy about the fact that I'm about to graduate and I won't have any good, solid, visual memories of all the places I spent my time. 

That, and I really want to join in the picspam memes.  I have so many things I want to show you all!  Views!  Fantastic old books I've bought!  My Huge Apartment of Hugeness!  (moniker adapted from Muppet)  And, well, technology scares me, but I've plunged myself into it before because my parents are clueless and my techno whiz brother is no help because he only likes things that are Top Of The Line and is always criticizing my lame satisfaction with simplicity because he can find something "better" (also more expensive).  I think I'm ready to just put my head down and make an executive purchasing decision for myself.  I'm 22 years old; it's high damn time to own this last elusive piece of modern technology! 

Thing is, I've only even used a digital camera like three times in my life.  I have absolutely no idea where to begin. 

Do they sell them for less than $100 yet?  I know there are plenty that sell for hundreds, but I assure you I am a terrible photographer with no sense of quality!  Will it produce a better looking picture than taking a snapshot with a disposable camera and scanning it onto my computer?  Because that is pretty much all I require from my digital camera. 

And the space issue, I don't know.  Do pictures take up more room on your camera than on the computer?  Because I feel like I won't exactly be taking hundreds of shots here, and therefore won't need tons of space, but what if it turns out like the Sansa did, where 2 GB is both nice and sufficient, but twice as much wouldn't have hurt?  I don't *think* space is a make-or-break point, but...

All this talk of zoom, resolution, megapixels and color/shooting modes confuses me.  Look, I don't even have a regular camera of my own - I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW PICTURES WORK.  I understand "point, click" and possibly "transfer, upload."  I want something that can do that in a very simple manner!  Simplify it for me! 

Or at least give me some recommendations.  Talkin' to you now, flist.  What do you all have?  And/or what did you start with?   

EDIT: So...keep going with the above question(s), but also, I was just poking around for ideas when I kind of fell in love with this one.  What do we think of it?  Sufficient, or am I total sucker lured by low prices?
 

And now for the bribe:
Back in January, I told y'all about the most delightful toy on the internet (maybe next to the Shakespearian Insult Machine), LOLfeeds, where you can input your LJ name and get a page full of cat macros captioned with your public post titles. The results are often hilariously fitting, and so I've been saving the best ones for a while, waiting until I had enough for another post. I have enough now. Behold!


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lieueitak
Sep. 7th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
My mom has that Kodak camera, although not in pink. :-P It's very easy to use, and the pictures you take with it are pretty decent quality. And it's got a good memory size... although I think you can increase it by getting one of those chip thingies (that's the technical term, ;) ). Just for taking pictures of things you see and people you like -- the camera's fine for that.
rainbowstevie
Sep. 7th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
My mom has that Kodak camera, although not in pink
(well, everyone has silver cameras. I dare to be different!)

Thanks very much for the input...it always makes me feel better to get a product someone else I know (or at least know by a degree of separation) already has.
astoldbyamanda
Sep. 7th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Five megapixels and 3x zoom is a good camera. The least amount you want to get is 3 megapixels, but that isn't so nice. I have a 6.2, and mine cost about $30 on sale at CVS (Or Rite Aid, or Wallgreens, I don't know they are all basically the same) around Christmas time.

Here is a good guide for megapixels

This is the best thing I could find on zoom.

The color/shoot effects is just an added bonus. I can take sepia, black and white, and color on my camera. Some people can take thinks like inversed, and infrared. Usually nothing people actually use. The black and white and sepia I've seen on most cameras though.

The shooting one sets the camera for different settings. Like sport, so you can take pictures of moving objects without them being blurry. Mine has a museum setting, which lets me turn off flash. There are night settings, and flower (for close up) and alot more. I like the High ISO setting the best, because it adjust the picture for the best it can in poor lighting.

The only thing I really recommend getting on a camera is the digital image stablization, that's a great feature.

The camera that you are looking at is one step up from mine. I have this one. The only real difference is that it has more megapixels.

And mine's not pink.

I love my camera, it's pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it. It's just a basic camera though, but if you want like professional style pictures, either you need to get really good at using it or you'll have to spend a lot more.
rainbowstevie
Sep. 7th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
*whistles* Simple tutorials for the win! You're awesome, that was really helpful, and I'm glad to see that a couple of people now have the Kodak brand. Pretty sure I don't need professional style pictures, so it's looking like this kind will work for me.
aries11
Sep. 7th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly certain you can now get a digital camera for less than $100 now. A few years ago my mom bought one for each of my sisters, and I think she only paid $80 apiece. That was four years ago, which tells me they've more than likely gone down even more since then.
eleigh
Sep. 7th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
My camera is a Norcent 7 megapixels, has a 3x zoom, and cost $60 but 5 megapixels is sufficient but I think you really want something with a zoom. I also have a 1gb memory card but my sister says 128mb has been good for her, the 1gb just came with the camera. It's not a well-known brand but so far for my purposes it works well enough. I'm not a great photographer either but most of my pictures are pretty good I think. It also takes video which is probably something you won't really use but now days I think it's almost impossible to get one without the option.
rainbowstevie
Sep. 7th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oooh...now I'm swayed over to your side. I remembered you talking about getting one, and thinking it sounded like what I was looking for, but I couldn't remember when those posts were. Thanks for chiming in...I think I'm narrowing my focus down between the Kodak and Norcel brands.
rainbowstevie
Sep. 7th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
...Norcent. I can type, really.
scsquidsnaps
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
I have that pink Kodak. It actually works pretty decent, if you're just using it for memories and such. If you want nice, professional photos, its definitely not the one to get, but I got it for my senior year of high school and it worked wonderful. I now have tons of pictures and tons of memories. Its really not a bad deal for the price.
rainbowstevie
Sep. 8th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Yeah, I'm just looking for quick snaps, so this keeps sounding more and more like what I want. Question, though - the biggest drawback I've seen in reviews is that people say it sucks up batteries. How long did they typically last for you?
scsquidsnaps
Sep. 8th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I haven't had a real problem with it. If I know I'm going to something really important that I definitely want pictures from, I'll bring some extra, but it hasn't been a big deal. If you spend way too much time looking at the pictures/videos you've taken or you use it to take a lot of videos, the battery does go a bit quicker, but really, I don't think the batteries running down any faster than any other camera I've used.
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