Digital cameras, multifunction print/fax/scan/copy

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  1. banksmiranda

    banksmiranda Senior member

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    I'm looking to get a digital camera(or 2) and a multifunction print/fax/scan/copy device. I need one(preferrably compact) camera for traveling and general point and shoot photography. I need another(need not be compact) camera for high-quality photography.
    I also need a multifunction print/fax/scan/copy device. It need not have memory card slots since I can purchase a card reader for not much. But I would like it to have a modem of its own so that it does not need to rely on the PC to send faxes, and would like it to be a flatbed model with a document feeder.
    Any recommendations? It would be nice if you could make recommendations based on what is simply the best overall (in terms of features and performance) regardless of price, and what is probably the best value. I like Canon's separate ink cartridges, but this is not an essential feature. I think that Epson also has separate ink cartridges, but Epson does not yet have a multifunction which includes fax.
     
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    High_Roller Senior member

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    I don't know about a compact camera or a copy device, but I just bought a Sony DSC F828. 8 megapixel, 7x optical zoom..it's an amazing camera and a bang for your buck as far as megapixels go. I've had a lot of fun with it already.
     
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    Banks,

    I happen to be a full-time photojournalist who has been shooting only digital for about the past 2 years now, so I feel I could really help you here.  If money is no object, the best new camera coming out is the Canon EOS-1D Mark II.  I think it comes out in May to the public and will probably be around $4,500 to $6,000.  It's gonna be 8 by 8 - meaning 8 megapixels and 8 frames per second (very important for us sports photographers/photojournalists).  And if you want to go Nikon, they just came out with their D2H, which is 8 frames and around 4.1 megapixels.  That one will run you about $3,600.  These are obviously top level pro cameras that might be more than what you need, but if you truly want to make the best images then that is the route you should take.  

    Basically, Canon or Nikon make the best cameras in the world, hands down.  That is what every decent newspaper and photojournalist from the smallest weekly paper (if they are serious about what they produce) to National Geographic uses.  You can't go wrong with one of those.  I am speaking more here about SLR's than I am point and shoots, because I don't have a whole lot of experience with those.  But as for your cheaper one/point and shoot, try something that has at least 4 megapixels.  That can be had for a reasonable price these days.  And if you don't want to drop the money for Canon or Nikon, Sony or Minolta or even Olympus will probably get you by.  Just depends on your budget and how serious you are and what you want to do with the images after you shoot them.  Let me know if you need any more info.

    Kevin
     
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    banksmiranda Senior member

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    Thanks, fellows. F4iryder14, $3600 and $4500-$6000 are well above my budget(and my total assets, LOL) at this point in time. However, I shall look at Canon and Nikon especially, and Minolta, Sony and Olympus and see what else they offer.
     
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    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    banks,
    f4 forgot to mention pentax. if you're looking for something compact, check out the pentax optio s4. it's about the size of a credit card, has 4 megapixels, and can be had for about $320 brand new.

    also consider that if you're going to be doing a lot of flash or low light photography, you might be better off sticking with film.
     
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    banksmiranda Senior member

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    MP, I actually have(had) a nice Pentax IQZoom 160...until my mother dropped it in San Fran, onto a concrete sidewalk. [​IMG] Ever since then, it's been generally fine, except that randomly in the middle of a roll it'll suddenly decide to rewind...which gets expensive. I'll definitely take a look at the Optio. Â Gosh, the size of a credit card?
     
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    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    well, the h x w is like a credit card. the depth is much thicker.

    there is a sony with similar dimensions, and the canon g5 is supposed to be a great camera, though it's a little bigger than the other two.
     
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    I've had a very good experience with the ELPH series by Canon.  The camera I own isn't digital, but they do make that type.  I would imagine you could expect the same quality that I've experienced.  As you might remember -- or have guessed from the name -- the ELPH cameras are very small and would work for your compact buy.

       I'm familiar with the following two models:

    Canon SD-100 Powershot ELPH 3.2 Megapixels Digital Camera Kit SD100

    Canon Powershot S-400 Digital ELPH
     

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