Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Digital Camera Deal

We have had a rash of electronics deaths in our household, one of which being my Fuji Finepix 2800Zoom digital camera. This camera has lasted for over 6 years, and I have loved it. It takes good quality pictures, 60 second movies, and has given me no trouble. I believe one of my 5 lovely children got their hands on it, unfortunately. (Or could it have been when I dropped it the other day? We'll just blame it on the kids....)

So now I am in the market for a new digital camera unless someone out there can tell me how to fix it. I have scoured the internet looking for repair helps to no avail.

Here's what I want:

  • 10 megapixel or greater (for picture quality)

  • at least 3X optical zoom (optical zoom is real zoom--lens-driven; digital zoom merely enlarges a portion of the image)

  • a slim body that will fit easily in my purse

  • a price around $100

When I purchased my Fuji Finepix 6 1/2 years ago, I paid over $300 for 2 megapixels and 6x optical zoom. Technology improves so quickly that I can easily find a camera with the features I listed for $100. The challenge remains to find the highest quality camera for that price.

I'll let you know what I find!


  1. You obviously don't know me, I'm Liz's sister-in-law, and a pretty huge fan of all things bargain :-) . . . for what it's worth, I have been beyond impressed with all of the Canon cameras we've had (PowerShots). . . as far as a point and shoot camera goes, I swear they're the best. Although, I have always had the slightly bulkier bodied ones, I'm not as familiar with their slimmer ones, but I assume they're rated just as well! My only issue is the flash is too overwhelming at times, but I think you probably get that with most point and shoot cameras. I've also found on a lot of rating sites (like that unless you're planning on blowing pictures up REALLY big, a better quality camera with 8MP will get you better results than some of the 12MP cameras.
    We have also gotten all of our cameras and our video camera at . . . they've beat every price we've found anywhere else. Good luck!

  2. I tend to agree with Hilary about MPs. Once you get much above 7 or 8 MPs the limiting agent in photo quality is going to be the camera lens not the number of MPs.

    We also have a Canon and have been pleased with the results.