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    looking for a good $200 camera

    i would like it to be waterproof and have a decent macro function. anybody have any suggestions?



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    Re: looking for a good $200 camera

    I've been happy with my cheap point and shoot canon. I've found that anything more than point and shoot for me is overkill.

    Newegg.com - Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Dark Gray 10.0 MP 2.5" 230K LCD 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

    Just get a big memory card.



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    Re: looking for a good $200 camera

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I've been happy with my cheap point and shoot canon. I've found that anything more than point and shoot for me is overkill.

    Newegg.com - Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Dark Gray 10.0 MP 2.5" 230K LCD 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

    Just get a big memory card.
    I wouldn't put that to the waterproof test. ;)



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    Re: looking for a good $200 camera

    Unfortunately, I don't think there's a lot of decent waterproof cameras out there for ~$200... the most I've seen are around $250-300. Check out the Olympus Tough line. You might be able to find a 7-8 megapixel version for below that price point, but I don't know if it will be new.


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    Re: looking for a good $200 camera

    I'd just get a good camera and then buy a separate water proof case for it.

    Define waterproof? Scuba diving or just being out in rain?


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    Re: looking for a good $200 camera

    Grabbed a Olympus Tough 6000 before our trip to the islands for $224. Good color rendering and works down to 10 feet of water. Kept it in my swim short's pocket while on the beach and in the water, was fun taking pictures of the kids swimming under water.

    Video stinks, but pretty good stills for $200 + change point and shoot.

    Also good for below freezing temps, which we have plenty of right now.


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    Re: looking for a good $200 camera

    Oops my bad. I didn't see the waterproof part.



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    Re: looking for a good $200 camera

    $200 might get you good outdoor pics but not indoor. Very few compact and subcompact cameras are decent indoors. My belief is this is because they market megapixels but forgot to increase the power of the sensor when they increased the megapixels. Now they collect way to much info for the sensor, especially in a dim room and so you get pixellated pics and noise, etc. Outdoor is usually better due to more light and lower ISO. I think 2 decent (not waterproof) cameras are the Lumix and Canon S-90. Both more than $200 but you get what you pay for.


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    Re: looking for a good $200 camera

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    $200 might get you good outdoor pics but not indoor. Very few compact and subcompact cameras are decent indoors. My belief is this is because they market megapixels but forgot to increase the power of the sensor when they increased the megapixels. Now they collect way to much info for the sensor, especially in a dim room and so you get pixellated pics and noise, etc. Outdoor is usually better due to more light and lower ISO. I think 2 decent (not waterproof) cameras are the Lumix and Canon S-90. Both more than $200 but you get what you pay for.
    It's funny how all the reviews on the spec iso ratings basically say they are unusable.



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