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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:11 pm 
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rofl, thanks everyone,

i'm starting to "get the picture" now...pun intended.
so, it looks like the shutter lag is the problem i'm trying to overcome...i want a camera that takes an instant picture like our old 35mm used to.

see a shot, grab the camera, point it in the right direction, press the button...& the picture to take at exactly that time rather than have a small delay & get...
see a shot, grab the camera, point it in the right direction, press the button...wait awhile, cats already ran to other side of room, picture taken of an empty patch of floor.

kinda takes us away from the old phrase "a snapshot", more like a "delayed shot"

i realise that it will take many shots to get the 1 you want, i don't mind that...it's part of the fun, but its just so frustrating when you press down on the button wanting to take that exact picture but you get this delay. it means you have to guess what the kitten will be doing in 1 or 2 seconds time & press the button beforehand rofl!!

from what you guys have kindly said so far, it looks like the bridge cameras are an option, especially as i don't really fancy messing around with different lenses & getting too technical...the shutter speeds should help to get that instant shot, & sport settings sound like the kind of thing i need...i'll look a bit closer into some of those models that you have recommended.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:41 am 
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I would say, either a good bridge camera with a small shutter lag, or a cheap SLR with a standard lense like a 18-55mm or a 18-70mm ;) (I don't know the prices but I guess they might be the same !).

You can find the data you need (shutter lag) in the dpreview website ;).

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lots of great information everyone. i love those pics that annec & hobbit took with their cameras.
i stumbled upon this very helpful site while researching the past couple of days

http://www.cameras.co.uk/blog/2007/06/s ... meras.html

it includes a table of tested digital cameras in order of those with the least shutter lag...fantastic! just what i needed! it looks like £300 onwards for a reasonable slr, & then you have the technology of extra lenses & so on, which i am not confident with yet, so this table has helped me look into good quality digital compacts which should allow me to get those "snapshots".

i think i'm currently leaning towards The Sony DSC W80. it uses a lithium rechargeable battery which i prefer to the AA batteries, & is rated 4th in terms of least shutter lag. it has 1-1/1600 shutter speed. although it has no manual controls, hopefully the settings will be suitable for the faster shutter speed. it is also pretty readily available at around £130 which sounds very reasonable to me, especially as some places offer a package including memory stick & extra battery.

does anyone have, or have used this particular model, & how did you find it?


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i think if you can get a slr you should try hold on i have just bought the olympus E410 SLR comes with extra zoom lense worth £169 the package is on special offer at pc world for £449 is very easy to use if you use the scene mode and catches movement very well. even caught the drip from this swans beak.

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naughty neal!

i was so close to making my mind up & you've gone & confoozled me again rofl :lol: :lol:

that picture is absolutely amazing! i still need to think a lot before i make a purchase....hmmm, decisions, decisions!


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bundles of bengals wrote:
i still need to think a lot before i make a purchase....hmmm, decisions, decisions!


I know how you feel. I was 3 months researching before I finally made my mind up! :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:40 pm 
This is also a very good deal :-

http://www.thedvdforums.com/forums/show ... p?t=490318


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thanks gavin,

very good deal, unfortunately a little out of my price range at the moment.


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I've been looking at that one but can't decide whether I can be bothered messing around with lenses or whether to go with one of the top model compacts like the Canon S5IS instead. The Amazon deal is good but some other places are better if you want a bundle that includes another lens or memory cards etc.

Two sites who seem to do good deals are www.warehouseexpress.co.uk and www.ajpurdy.co.uk


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Wow - that swan shot is perfect.:D

Does anyone know anything about, or have any opinions on this camera?
We're thinking of making it a joint xmas present to us, from everyone we know, even ourselves. :wink:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... :IT&ih=008

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:24 pm 
Pretty good camera, but not sure I'd but something that expensive off ebay.....


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£350 seems expensive for the Nikon D40 which in France is around 570€ new... (£350 = 540€ approx).

For just a little more I'd buy it new ;).

Appart from that, it's a very good camera of course ;).

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AnnC wrote:
£350 seems expensive for the Nikon D40 which in France is around 570€ new... (£350 = 540€ approx).

For just a little more I'd buy it new ;).

Appart from that, it's a very good camera of course ;).


Electronics are always more expensive here and it was new in box so..not too bad really.


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the olympus e410 slr kit is now on special offer at currys for 350 originally 700 and i would reccomend it very simple to use

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Thanks for your input everyone, i shall consult the OH and see what he thinks. :wink:

P.s just checked Currys and they don't have the Camera and kit online? (Out of stock)

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/c ... 3373007493

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