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jame04 07-25-2008 10:26 AM

what is a good point and click camera for under 500 with a good lense, thank you

xtremebordgurl 07-25-2008 10:38 AM

What will you be using the camera for? Will you be hiking with it? Wil it be near water? What are you looking to photograph? There are a lot of cameras out there and some do some things better than others.

jame04 07-25-2008 10:48 AM

I want to use it for taking pics of us wakeboarding but will also use it for other things like taking pics of my son playing baseball, etc. I will want to get a waterproof housing so I can take it out on a tube with me

xtremebordgurl 07-25-2008 11:31 AM

Olympus offers a point and shoot for roughly $300 that is waterproof to 30 feet. It's a killer little camera, also the insides are gel mounted so it is also freeze and drop proof. And it's all under warranty! We had someone drop an i-beam on the thing and crushed it and olympus still replaced it! Not a whole lot of zoom though, I believe it is 3x optical zoom. The one I am thinking of is the 770 SW, I know they have two newer generations of this camera and supposedly it just keeps getting better. Pentax also offers a water proof point and shoot but I've heard of some people having some problems with it, that one is the Optio... shoot I don't remember. I would strongly recommend visiting your local camera shop, they're bound to know a bunch and will steer you in the right direction. Also if you ever have any problems with the camera they'll be there to help you out. A good relationship with your local photo store is always a good idea. Also, Canon offers water housings for most of their point and shoots, or at least they used to. Just some food for thought.

jame04 07-25-2008 11:54 AM

I think I will do that because now I am wondering if I am better off with a camera like the Nikon 20D

adam_balon 07-28-2008 2:30 AM

canon g9.

phantom5815 07-28-2008 5:26 AM

You must mean Canon 20D <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/wink.gif" border=0> <BR>Nikon had the "D" in front of their number plus their numbers are not that low. <BR>Canon has the "D" behind the number.

bigdad 07-28-2008 10:51 AM

Long time ago, Canon did have the D before their camera model. Canon D60 - one of the first DSLR. But you are correct that is the distinction now. The Canon 20D is an old camera. Still good, but old technology. <BR> <BR>Canon G9 is a great camera.

jame04 07-30-2008 3:11 PM

well I went ahead and brought the Nikon D40 with the 55-200 lens.

07-31-2008 1:15 PM

Look into the Canon S3 IS and S5 IS. Both are incredible cameras for well under $500. I would actually go with the S3, since the S5 is pretty much the exact same camera with a little bigger LCD and a few more megapixels (but the S3 has a screen that swivels and turns, which I love).

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