Now the Camera has given notice.

Submitted: Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 10:26
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My Canon A60( yes, obsolete, I know) has gone pear-shaped over the weekend with the shutter not working properly. It has been a hardy little digi camera. Bought it in 2004 and on our 2005 trek the shutter got jammed. Had it repaired under warranty(not without an effort). Then in 2006 I dropped it down a small ravine in the Calvert Ranges. Cracked the plastic body and the camera made funny noises for a day but then worked perfectly until Saturday.

Oh well, will have put hand in pocket again. Maybe Kevin 07 will give this poor ole pensioner some more money to spend...hahaha


Looking at the cheapest canon which is the Power Shot A470. Would love a SLR but prices are beyond the budget!

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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 10:45

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 10:45
Willem, have a look here on dpreview to compare all cameras. I suggest you go a little bit upmarket and look for a model that has Image Stabilisation, like the Power Shot A720IS.

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Follow Up By: Therifleman - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:54

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:54
G,day Willem.I recently bought a Canon A470 camera from "The Good Guys" at Tweed Heads for $96.It is a very basic camera but just the right size to carry in a pocket etc.I have another camera also but its never with you when you want it.Best wishes,Mick
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:39

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:39
*I suggest you go a little bit upmarket and look for a model that has Image Stabilisation,*


Gee thats a bit harsh MrBitchi

Didnt you know it was Willems 2009 New Years resolution to finally keep off the Turps...



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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:42

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:42
LOL...
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 15:32

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 15:32
John...Thanks

Mick....Thanks.... have looked at that one. Will see

Wayne......The ice is getting thinner and thinner


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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:19

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:19
W,

I kept a track of a thread some time back that had a lot of good replies concerning current digital cameras and SLR's. There are some very good deals about at present, particularly on entry level SLR's. I'll dig it out tonight.

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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:33

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:33
I'd suggest a A590is (Canon).. one of the few remaining p&s's with an optical viewfinder, very handy for taking pics out in the bright sunshine! Program modes plus manual it you want to get fancy. Santa ($118) delivered one for my youngest son and it seems pretty good... printed some 8x10's for him on works colour photocopier and they look quite good! Other son has a A450 (earlier version of the A470 mentioned above) and it's performed fine.
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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:34

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:34
sorry Mick, that was supposed to be a 'reply', not a 'follow up'
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 15:34

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 15:34
Willem
Santa bought me a new camera for chrissy as my kodak digital was older than your Canon and a whole 1.3 mp.
I've now got an Olympus 1050 SW, can be dropped a couple of metres and submerged a couple of metres before it stops working ;-))
Takes good clear shots but no more viewfinder only the screen on the back which can be a hassle in bright light, glasses etc.
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Follow Up By: timglobal - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 15:48

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 15:48
Seconded on the Oly SWs. I have a 1030 and they're very resilient. Dust, mud, water, sand - it laughs. Sits in my pocket whenever I'm out and has encountered all of above with no issue.
Optics are good for all of this too.
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Reply By: Dave B (NSW) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 19:31

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 19:31
Whatever camera you get you will need a neckstrap with it.

Not sure if there are instructions with the neckstrap, but you tie your camera around your neck with it so you don't drop it hahahaha

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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 07:22

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 07:22
There is always a Joker in the crowd :-)
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Reply By: wendys - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:06

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 21:06
Willem, not sure about your budget, but we've got a Pentax Optio, bought 2004, pretty cheap these days, and Pentax K20 SLR bought 2007 - cheaper now than it was then! Really pleased with results from both - the Optio, which has about 6 available megapixels, is small enough to carry easily on walks. We have calendars made each year, from our travel pics from that year, and the little Optio pics are great, enlarged up to A4 size for these.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 07:24

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 07:24
WEndys

I would prefer to buy an SLR but the budget is stretched at the moment. Thanks for the tip


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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 23:20

Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 23:20
Hi Willem

further to HGMonaro's post. Dick smith has the A590 for $118 including a $40 camera bag.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 07:21

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 07:21
Thanks for tip, Phil



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Reply By: Krakka - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 08:32

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 08:32
Howdy Willem,
Any particular reason for an SLR type camera? Only asking cos point and shoot these days are very good. No setting up reqd, just point and shoot. Many compacts these days running up to 15 mp,, which i'm sure you understand is heaps. SLR also pretty bulky = pain in the butt. BTW I was looking at the canon G10 the other day, very nice and compactish. I have G5 and the G10 is much more compact, you can also buy extra lenses to fit. Maybe worth a look. Some good deals on E bay from Australian dealers with full Aust canon warranty.
Good Luck working thru the minefield.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 08:54

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 08:54
G'day Mr and Mrs Krakka

HNY

We have 4 very exxy lenses left over from the dinosaur days and the idea is to marry these lenses to an SLR if we can find one to suit our needs. But that is in the future. ATM we also have a Sony Cybershot, Point and Shoot, which is quite good and I might not buy a new camera for the time being although some of the deals are tempting.

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Reply By: offroad Bob - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 13:35

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 13:35
Willem

Canon has an acknowledge issue with some of the CCD in their cameras and will fix this issue even if the camera is out of warranty.

Quote from website

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0510/05100602canon_ccdproblem.asp

"Canon has announced a problem with some of the CCDs used in its digital cameras and camcorders which causes images not to appear or appear distorted. This is due to a malfunction that means the wiring in the CCDs may come undone if exposed to high temperature or high humidity. The affected cameras are the PowerShot A60, PowerShot A70, PowerShot A75, PowerShot A300, PowerShot A310, Digital IXUS V3, Digital IXUS II, Digital IXUS IIs. Canon advises anyone experiencing these problems to contact them to arrange free repairs."

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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 16:22

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009 at 16:22
Thanks Bob

Will look into it.


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