Buying my first compact digital camera
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03-03-10, 02:28 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
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wow!! this is a very nice tutorial for a photography beginner like me, now I understand how this thing work and basically what to look for in a digital camera.
You mentioned Richo also has a better body, does this mean it has a metal casing body? I have seen most compact DCs have metal body, not sure why this is.
thank you very much
Most comapct cameras have a metal casing mainly because it looks nicer than a plastic one and gives a feeling of solidity and build quality. They are sturdier than an all plastic camera.
What I mean by a better body (in terms of the Ricoh) is that it's prettier (to me) than the others! The build qaulity isn't going to be much different between all cameras in this price range.
In reality this is actually a very hard decision to make as just about every camera in this price bracket is the same overall. It's really most likely to come down to which one you personally like the most as their specifications and feature sets are very similar.
The Ricoh is something of an oddity because it's very cheap for it's headline specs. When reviewers do group tests it's often compared (because of it's zoom range and better features like a bigger screen and higher ISO capabilities) much more expensive cameras like the Panasonic LX3 (£250), the Panasonic TZ7 (£200), Canon G10 (was £400ish when it was new) and so on.
In this company the Ricoh doesn't fair as well but, thanks to it's price you can compare it to the original cameras you mentioned, where it is better.
The other thing that makes this difficult is budget. You say your buget is £150. For some people thats flexible and to others its not, so it really depends on both how tight your budget is and how much you actually want to spend.
For example, if you stretch the buget to £160 you can suddenly afford the very good
Canon Powershot SX120 IS
. This camera has manual controls as well as a full range of auto modes, an even bigger zoom (10x) a nice big screen and decent image stabilisation.
This, of course, is never ending (welcome to the world of "kit lsut") - you could always (on paper at least) add a little more and get something "better" and I'm not trying to make you part with more money.
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