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New I took all of your advice... it's a Canon!
Hey all,

Thanks for all the input, it really helped since I have not had time to do much research myself (what with the paperwork and all the stuff to do in regard to getting the new car).

I'm purchasing a Canon Powershot A530 Digital camera in the morning. Office Max has a deal where I get the memory card free, (which is really nice), and I got $10.00 more dollars from someone else to make $160.00 total to spend. John said he'll help me if I run over any.

The Powershot series seems to be the most recommended one not only on IWT but on other places online and in Consumer's Digest. The one I'm buying has 5.0 mexapixel, 4x Optical Zoom, 1.8 LCD screen, a New ISO 800 setting that reduces image blur (no idea what that is, do you guys?), and is on sale for $149.99 It comes with a free Simpletech (never heard of them either), 512 SD card, is that a good card? If not, we can always upgrade later, John said.

So they are holding me one, I called and asked them to when it was clear that buying the new car tonight was going to run me too late to get it. BTW we did get our new car tonight, and there were some surprises that were awesome! John will get his fancier Sirius radio (the one we demoed and had for the weekend didn't have Artist and Title display), and I will get my power pedals! WHEE!

Anyway, thanks again for all your help! And please let me know fast if I'm making a mistake with the camera choice! ;) I'm going to get it around 8 a.m.!

Brenda



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New Re: ISO 800.
The "ISO 800" (ISO is the "Frenchified" International Organization for Standardization) has to do with an international standard for [link|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_speed|film speed].

Basically it has to do with how much light is needed for a good picture. The bigger the number the more sensitive the film is. Using available light is when you might like a higher ISO number. Flash is used to compensate for lack of sensitivity of a given film. There is always a trade-off in these things. Fast film tends to be more "grainy".

The fact that the digital camera doesn't actually use film is mostly beside the point. Similar trade-offs in picture quality come up.
Alex

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New For a digicam it basically means crappy image quality
if you want good ISO 800 you need a D-SLR (and not all of them - e.g. Olympus, Kodak aren't good at 800).

Higher ISO = less light = more noise = can use higher shutter speed for a given aperture (so if someone is moving, it can eliminate blur).

If you combine a good low light SLR (e.g. ISO 1600 or even 3200) with anti-shake (especially in-body like Sony and Pentax) and a fast lens (e.g. 50mm f/1.4 prime or Sony 28-75 f/2.8 zoom), it means you can take pictures in low light without flash.

--Tony
New whats "Power Pedals" ?
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New Power pedals are great!
What power pedals are, is that in addition to power seat adjustment, and adjustable steering, you get power pedals. You push a button on the side of the seat and you can make the pedals move closer towards you or farther away from you! It's a really wonderful feature in my case, because I have a short torso and really long legs, so I have to raise my seat to about the highest place to see over the dash and almost all the way forwards and such. However, when I do that, my knees get bent on a straighter and straighter angle and sometimes can bump against the steering column. John on the other hand, has shorter legs and a longer torso, so he lowers his seat all the way down and all the way back.

Now, I can move forward most of the way and push the button and the pedals come out to meet my feet, so I can have my knees bent at a less severe angle, still sit up high and not bump the steering column anymore. That's what's so nice about it, first time I haven't had to worry about where my knees come up under the steering wheel in a new car since oh, the 80s maybe. ;)

Brenda




"When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life." -- By Geoffrey F. Abert
****************************

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind, don't matter - and those who matter, don't mind." -- By Dr. Seuss
***********************************

"Sometimes it takes a whole lot more strength to walk away than to stand there and fight." -- By the character of John Abbott: said on Young & Restless on 5/19/06
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New never heard of such a thing, sounds great
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     Need input on buying a digital camera please? - (Nightowl) - (10)
         You have lots of choices around $100. - (Another Scott) - (1)
             B&H is awright! - (jb4)
         I like the canon line - (Bman) - (1)
             Or an A-510, likely cheaper == original version - (Ashton)
         I took all of your advice... it's a Canon! - (Nightowl) - (5)
             Re: ISO 800. - (a6l6e6x) - (1)
                 For a digicam it basically means crappy image quality - (tonytib)
             whats "Power Pedals" ? -NT - (boxley) - (2)
                 Power pedals are great! - (Nightowl) - (1)
                     never heard of such a thing, sounds great -NT - (boxley)

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