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    I want a cheap camera, as my other broke (canon powershot a75). The only think I didnt like about the a75 was how long it took to focus and take a shot. I am going budget, and thought a pentax optio E60 from teds for $150. Or I could also get a canon powershot a470 for $170 from dick smith, but Im hoping the pentax may be a little quicker than the canon, and hopefully similar quality photo. Any advice or other cheap options recommended? Thanks, Damian.

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    I know these have come down in price since I bought one
    And in my opinion a fantastic camera

    Canon Digital Ixus 850 IS

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    I like the Canon Ixus series as well, although mine is a (now ancient) 55.

    The camera catalogues make me gasp at the reduction in prices over the last couple of years.

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    Definately wouldnt buy the pentax. Canon make really excellent cameras and in the lower price range it would be hard to consider anything else.

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    Im a big Canon fan, plenty of bang for your bucks!

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    I sell cameras at work ,the Olympus range is very good, if your after an 8MP the FE-20 is a good buy. Before anyone pipes in YES i know they use an XD card which is more expensive. In the last 14mths this is the only brand i haven`t seen come back in for repair, and yes i am sure - i have to deal with all the repair/returns and work orders. Look for an older model Olympus if anyone has any, look for a deleted model and you will get a good eal, they will be making way for the new models and also to clear stuff before the end of June.
    Any Qs just PM me.
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    i just got a Olympus 8000 tough, its heaps better than i expected, you will be seeing better and more pics from me soon a i get the hang of it.

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    Thanks for the advice all. I will skip the pentax then. I checked out the olympus range Jordan, but from a few reviews I read it sounds like the speed of the cheaper olympus is one of the main features that are criticised - whihc is what I want to improve. I think I will go looking today, and check out some of the canon range. Thanks again.

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    At that end of the market, the Canon provide the best bang for buck IMO.
    JB Hi-Fi have a 10% camera sale until this Monday

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5E54415656594D4B380 link=1243405284/8#8 date=1243461547
    JB Hi-Fi have a 10% camera sale until this Monday
    thanks for that - I will go there today and hopefully come back with a camera. Im thinking if I wnt to avoid the slowness of my old canon I will need to go a little more expensive than the a470. One of the ixus ones maybe, or the sx110 which both have very good reviews - but them I am talking around $300 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 34313D39313E61500 link=1243405284/9#9 date=1243462539
    Im thinking if I wnt to avoid the slowness of my old canon
    Im not sure how old your previous camera was but camera technology has improved considerably in tle last 5 years or so. Resolution and speed have increased while prices are probably now lower than the old film camera instamatic equivalent.

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    It was about 3 years old - which isnt long for a camera to last.

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    Trouble is there are so many models, and the push has been on to get more megapixels, and not better quality. They all work fine in good light, its when you start pushing the ISO they start falling down.

    Go look at reviews at dpreview.com - they are the 10ton gorillas of the review business.

    They have a couple of comparisons of groups of cameras

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    Quote Originally Posted by 494C40444C431C2D0 link=1243405284/11#11 date=1243463811
    It was about 3 years old - which isnt long for a camera to last. *
    I still have my fathers old Voigtlander.
    It would be over 50 years old now.
    They dont make em like they used to. * ;)

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    Canon T50 - 1983 and still kicking.

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    I have an olympus om-1 from before Iwas born still working perfect. *Maybe more based on number of photos taken - My digital one did about 10,000 in 3 years. *Id probably done about 500 on the olympus in all the years before I got the digital one.

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    I have a Canon PowerShot SX110 IS....

    Its a beaut little camera and produces very high quality photos coupled with a very decent dynamic range. It costs more than the original budget you stated above but given what you get for the money, it represents excellent bang for buck..... 8-)

    Heres a link to an unbiased review... http://tinyurl.com/cz2t66

    I love my little SX 110 :-*

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7A57535F523E0 link=1243405284/16#16 date=1243505044
    I have a Canon PowerShot SX110 IS....
    I do too now! *

    $340 from JB. *A bit more than I wanted to spend, but it looked excellent, and read lots of positive reviews.

    Thanks all!

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    Excellent stuff Damian.... 8-)

    I think you will be very pleasantly amazed at the quality of the photos youll take and just how easy it is to use,

    Happy snapping mate ;)

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    Re: buying a cheap camera - advice

    So is this quote true

    "Take a picture ;) It will last longer"

    Congrats on choosing a Canon

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