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Date: 6/8/12 7:40 PM

I have an earlier Kodak digital camera that is starting to misbehave. Knowing that these things are not really built to be repaired, I think it will be a replacement. I can use my phone, but honestly, the simplicity of plugging the camera straight into my computer and only downloading the photos without having to do a full synch with the iPhone is really nice. And it did take better photos than the phone.

I have zero clue about cameras. DH bought me this one. I did buy one for DD a few years back and just went with my gut and a bit of advice from the person at the counter. If someone has one they really love for a good price, I would love to have at least a starting place.

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Date: 6/8/12 8:35 PM

I have a Pentax Digital I-10 which I love -- it was a replacement for my early model Kodak that died. The Pentax has 12.1 megapizels; 5x optical zoom; shake reduction; and HD movie capabilities (very important with grandchildren). Very easy to use -- lots of modes if you want to fuss with them (landscape, moving kids, flowers, nighttime, etc.) and several flash modes as well.

I have no idea how much it cost as DH got it for my birthday -- he's the camera officionado in this house as he used to do professional photography as a hobby/side business.

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Date: 6/8/12 9:34 PM

I have a Samsung S860 8.1 Mega Pixels. I paid about $69 for it about 4 years ago. I have no idea if this model is still being made, but other Samsungs are still running about that price. If you ever go to Bellingham, the Fred Meyer store carries that brand if they aren't available in Canada. The main selling point for me was the fact that it takes regular AA batteries..no recharging or special expensive batteries.

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Date: 6/10/12 8:29 PM

So DH got involved and wanted to do some online research. Of course this means going up a few levels and getting features that will actually make two of our cameras obsolete.

Finally settled on the Olympus SZ14, which has 24X zoom, 14 mp, a 3" screen (good for old eyes) and takes HD quality videos. I haven't played with all the features yet, but some purport to be "magic" so that should be fun.

For those of you who anthropomorphize your machines, you may not want to view these photos. A bit like having the ex wife take wedding pictures of your younger model. :D

New camera
another view

And some examples of the 24X zoom

My back yard from the deck

With zoom

You can actually see the blackberries growing up inside the bush. Now I feel like I should be out there gardening!

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Date: 6/10/12 9:51 PM

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You can actually see the blackberries growing up inside the bush. Now I feel like I should be out there gardening!
Naw. I do watercolor painting and that photo looks like a great subject, even with the blackberries; they provide interest!

Glad you like the camera. When I was looking, Olympus didn't have the 3" view screen, so I had to go with a Canon.

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Date: 6/12/12 8:39 AM

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I can use my phone, but honestly, the simplicity of plugging the camera straight into my computer and only downloading the photos without having to do a full synch with the iPhone is really nice.

? Full sync ? I plugged my iPhone4s into the desktop computer and loaded my pics, just like with my digital camera. In fact, it was easier than with the digital camera.

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Date: 6/12/12 8:52 AM

Pretty camera! and a pretty yard..the blackberries in the rhodies adds interest! That does take a nice picture..

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