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[color:blue]I have been wanting to get a digital camera for quite a while now and I wondered if you guys had any reccomendations/ horror stories to help me make my decision, I am looking at the Sony DSC-S50 as the one I am probably going to get.
Any help would be greatly appreciated

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I have an Olympus D460-Z and I'm exremely happy with it. It seems to have won almost every award out there. I picked up a factory refurbished one on ubid.com for $300

The 460 has the zoom as opposed to the 360. Spend a little more for the zoom. I was glad I did.

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Sony's are always the best. (and they are priced accordingly) I've used a couple models of the Mavica and they take great pics. I'm not sure which of the models you're referring to, but the ones that use 3.5" floppies are the most convenient.

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I have several Sonys at work and they all suck. The best camera for the money is the Fuji. Get the highest resolution capability you can afford, you can do all the optimization with graphics programs instead of having the camera take crummy pictures so they fit on a floppy.

The Sony handycams with the built in digital cams are even worse!

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Sony's nice... but , I think the "floopies" is kind of a step backwards. The ones out now with the Smart sticks and memory paks.... you can get up to 32 mgs . We've bought one of the new H/P's .... can set it for as much Resolution as you need ( fine close shots) to a normal shot. With it set on midrange and a 16 mg pack we can take between 40-50 picks! and it fits in your pants pocket..... we really like it.
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I have a sony mavica. I love it. I have had 4 different computers in the last half dozen
years each of them at on time or another has crashed and destroyed all it's memory (my stuff).
The 3.5 disc is cheap. I have shoeboxes full of them. All my photos are stored safely out of
the computer..
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I have a Toshiba... and love it. Recommended one to my Father-in-law and he loves it too!
Point & shoot and fast read / write times. Faster than the Sony's.
Easy downloads to the computer too!

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have had both the Sony Mavica and the Olympus DZ-460. I have the Olympus now and I love it. Takes AWESOME pictures. just my .02 cents worth. BTW: the Sony took great pictures too.

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I've owned a digital camera since back in the days when they were outrageously expensive....
Here's an example auction of the one I've used for over 3 years now...

It may not compare to the megapixel cameras of today but look at this picture and tell me it doesn't do everything one might want for a camera for the web...
I also have a matching dye-sublimation printer so I can print realistic photos either from the computer or right from the camera....

Not to mention that the SLR design allows me to add filters and a wide angle or telephoto lens....see this pic for an example of a wide shot of my race car...

All around excellent camera...

Only downside is it is a voracious battery user...I have 2 sets of NIMH batteries and carry them at all times...usually, I get 30 or so shots with flash on a set of batts...

Good luck and have fun!

edited to add...sorry Jay...meant it for the original poster

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Hi Todd,

I've owned a digital camera since back in the days when they were outrageously expensive....
Here's an example auction of the one I've used for over 3 years now...
It may not compare to the megapixel cameras of today but look at this picture and tell me it doesn't do everything one might want for a camera for the web...
I also have a matching dye-sublimation printer so I can print realistic photos either from the computer or right from the camera....
Not to mention that the SLR design allows me to add filters and a wide angle or telephoto lens....see this pic for an example of a wide shot of my race car...
All around excellent camera...
Only downside is it is a voracious battery user...I have 2 sets of NIMH batteries and carry them at all times...usually, I get 30 or so shots with flash on a set of batts...
Good luck and have fun!

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Word of advice, Floppies that are not used regularly tend to go bad very soon. Meaning reading and writing probs, as in bad sectors. Best to back them all up to CD. Cd's are cheap, as are the writers and they can stand a lot more abuse.

As a systems manager I get a lot of these complaints. We switched to cd as a precaution.

Pics are often too valuable to just leave on disks. I would not be surprised if many of the disks that have sat unused for a while will report errors. Go to CD's.....it'd be a shame if you lost your valuable moments....

Just a tip... not a critisism.

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We have a Sony Mavica (don't remember which one). I like it. I REALLY like using floppy disks. Sure they don't hold as much as a memory stick or whatever, but who does not have a box full of scratch disk around. So if you go on a trip just take a bunch of disks. I don't need a cord or the camera to load the pictures on to my PC. ....Good Luck

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I disagree. I had the Mavica (the top-o-the-line one) and absolutely hated having to carry and swap disks. Now, with the Olympus (that is much smaller and lighter), I have two 64 meg. smart disks (more like chips) that can store like 128 pic's each at very high resolution. Basically, I have yet to have to swap one out, but even when I do, it's so rediculously simple that it won't matter. The Sony does take nice pics though (see photo below), I must agree.

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I've got a Sony Mavica MVC-FD5. It's nice because the 3.5 floppy is convenient, but I've used other cameras that produced far superior pictures.

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Hey there,
Here's a Tip: The Sony DSCS-50 just went discontinued. This could mean two things to you. 1.) You might be able to find one at a lower price than Sony lists, or 2.) You won't be buying the new stuff that they have coming out.

Personally, I think the Olympus, Fuji, or Nikon are some of the best cameras out there. The Olympus 3000 series (if you can afford it) has won tons of awards.
The problem with the Sony's are they use a lot of proprietary tech. The DSC series uses a memory stick for storage, thus you are limited to buy only Sony sticks to increase your memory. Other cameras use smart media or compact flash. Compact flash is the most widely used compact memory and is the most available (driving the prices down). I have found when owning Sony stuff, you have to keep in mind that just about any accessory must be Sony (can sometimes be hard to find stuff quickly). Oh, and if you get the Sony, buy a good in store warranty (replacement plan would be best), Sony is known in the industry as having really inferior customer service, not to mention really picky on all manufacture warranty claims.
I sell lots of computers to people and big business and I just hate to see their faces when they ask for Sony accessories and we have to tell them, "Sorry, you have to mail order that from Sony."
I hope I've helped!


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