I've purchased a couple of older digital cameras. The Kodak Easyshare Z712 is a very nice over all camera with some interesting features and 7.1 mega pixels. I am intrigued by the panoramic feature and the stitch feature in particular.
Being a Minolta collector, I just picked up a Minolta Dimage 7. The camera was originally $1500.00 US when introduced back in 2002 and was 5.2 megapixels. When the camera arrived yesterday, the first thing I noticed was it sucks batteries flat in no time. It calls for 4 AA NIMH rechargables, so I've purchased them and a recharger. I hope this takes care of the problem, but for less than $30 dollars I'm willing to take a chance.
I saw a tv commercial advertising a new phone/camera that has 41 mega pixels......41mp!!!! It makes me think they are trying to do away with cameras all together now.
I purchased an old Kodak Series 7 push on filter adapter for the Kodak Easyshare. At 46mm, it slides right onto the Z712 lens body. The Series 7 adapter has 54mm female threads, and I picked up a 54mm to 55mm step up adapter from Camerafilters.com. I can now use either Series 7 filters, or 55mm filters/lens shade/lens cap. Also, for the princely sum of $3.50 I got a rear LCD protector with flip up lens shade. (don't have to worry about fingerprints on the LCD when I reach into the camera bag for my Z712)
The Fuji S5200 was sold in UK as the Fuji S5600, same features, and works well, they are about £40 average on Ebay(UK). I have the older Fuji Finepix 4900, which again works very well, the lens is very good indeed, the only downside is the memory cards are low capacity only. Stephen.
My first digital camera was that fits into this type (excluding the 1.2 mp still shots available on the Panasonic camcorder) was the 2mp Panasonic FZ1. It had a great lens (Leica Vario-Elmarit with 12x optical zoom) and produced really nice results. At full quality the jpsgs were really clean.
Megapixels is a bit of a con on some cameras. The "optical" resolution is boosted by interpolation of the pixels to give a much higher figure than the chip is really achieving. Fuji certainly used to do it with some of the cameras in their range. I wonder if that cameraphone is doing it in spades. The big think used to zoom range. One camcorder I have purported to have something like a 160x zoom range. Optically it was 16:1, the rest was electronic and totally unusable at maximum zoom even on a decent tripod. I always leave them just set to the optical zoom range: anything else I do in the software.
I've got a Kodak Easyshare in a drawer. It was bought for my daughter in law several years back. It would work fine then all of a sudden refuse to come on - usually just when it was most needed.. Despite being "mended" it was never reliable and so has been hardly used.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 started production in 2002.
I do have a fixed-focus Polaroid PDC 3030 with an f2.8 8.4 mm lens and 3x digital zoom. It sports the 129mb SmartMedia card and 16mb internal memory, and is the quickest way I know of getting through 4 AAA batteries. Surprisingly, when compared to the FZ1 and all it offers, this camera was released in 2004. It's little wonder Polaroid struggled after the instant film market had died. That said, it does take half-decent shots.
My first digital presumably also qualifies, Canon Powershot G5 from 2003. This whole series (starting in 2000) must be a future collectors' item. The concept is a robust compact (metal body), with EOS features (including the hot shoe and raw format but not the mirror). Those early versions had an f/2 lens and felt very 1950-ish (at last, after 30 years of plastic science fiction creations, a real camera again). P&S if you must, 1930s and 1940s Leica style, wide angle from the hip or café tabletop.
My first Post-film "serious" camera was a Nikon CoolPix 8800. It turned out to be a mistake for someone who'd used SLRs for 35 years, so I sold it and bought a D70. Then a few weeks ago, it came back! Well, actually my brother who took a job overseas decided to thin out his collection a bit, sent me a CP 8800, CP8400, and CP995, along with a 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor lens!
I don't use the 8800 much, but the 8400 has become the "go-to" camera for random stuff around the house. It's also a bonus that they take CF cards that I use for the D300 and the iTTL flashes as well if I need more light!
I also really like the Easyshare "Z" series, although I don't own any right now. I recommended the Z740 to my brother/sister-in-law and they've been happily using it ever since.
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My first was a Sony Mavica, probably now at least 20 years old. Fixed focus, would record a voice with each photo, and used roughly 2 inch square floppies, proprietary, of course. It was a wonder at the time. Dave
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I shot this photo in the late 1990s with a 1.6 megapixel Panasonic (I think that was the brand). The subject was billionaire J.R. Simplot. Not perfect but good enough we were able to use it as the color cover photo on Simplot's biography. The book was 6x9 inches. It was the first digital photo ever used in a book published by the company for whom I worked.