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Since: 10.4.02
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I want to give my dad a digital camera as a gift for Christmas.

It doesn't need to be loaded with features, as he's not great with "technology", but it should take high quality pictures though.

I can go up to about $300.00

Any recommendations?



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I just read a tech review article the other day:

http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/11/21/21pogues-posts-2/

Basic idea is that they tested people to tell if everyone could see the difference between 5MP, 8MP and 13MP pictures blown up all the way to 16x24. Only one person could and that was a photography professor.

In other words, maybe don't bother with the higher price for the highest MP.
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Since: 26.3.03
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I have this one (panasonic.com). I like it a lot and it's well inside your price range.

I chose it because it has a 6x zoom, which is double the power of similar cameras. It's small, but not too small. It has a good "camera" feel to it. And the features are laid out pretty clearly. The image quality's great and the movie feature works surprisingly well. It makes a good substitute when we don't have the video camera handy.

It does use AA's instead of Lithium Ion batteries, but if you get a pair of rechargeables they don't drain fast at all.



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Since: 6.1.02
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Olympus D-series (whatever's the latest one or closest to your price range) is almost always the rec for "what's a decent, pretty cheap, amateur digital camera."



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I like Sony Cybershots, personally. There's a great assortment of them available, at any price range.



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Since: 12.2.02
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I'm pretty much a photography novice, but when my first daughter was born I knew I would want a digital camera for so many reasons. I priced around, looked at the specs, and got a Kodak Easyshare Digital camera. My in-laws loved it so much that they got one, as did my wife's grandparents. They're pretty easy to use, and the pictures come out nice.

This would be comparable to what I got back then.
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    Originally posted by whatever
    I'm pretty much a photography novice, but when my first daughter was born I knew I would want a digital camera for so many reasons. I priced around, looked at the specs, and got a Kodak Easyshare Digital camera. My in-laws loved it so much that they got one, as did my wife's grandparents. They're pretty easy to use, and the pictures come out nice.

    This would be comparable to what I got back then.
    Click Here (kodak.com)


This would reflect my position as well. We love them and they are easy to use and the pics are nice.



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I also bought a Kodak easyshare. I don't know what the current models are like, but the one I bought a few years ago survived a 10 foot fall onto cement and still works after I put the bits back together. The plastic casing broke open and the spring under the button flew out, but it actually pretty much all just snapped back together (except for the broken button thing which was resolved with some ingenuity)




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    Originally posted by Oliver
    I like Sony Cybershots, personally. There's a great assortment of them available, at any price range.


Ditto and ditto some more. I have a three-year-old 5-megapixel model, and I've yet to feel the need to upgrade.



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