digital cameras

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Wed Jul 14 21:59:34 1999

On Wed, 14 Jul 1999, Tony Duell wrote:

> > Looking at a polaroid (I managed to get one within the last
> > few minutes), I think the usable resolution is way more than
> > 1200 pixles per row (say more than 200 lines per inch).
> I've just realised...
> If you have a 100mm wide print (normal sort of size) and 640 pixels,
> that's only 3 or 6 lpm (depending on whether you think a line is 1 pixel
> or 2). That's not a poor resolution, it's a non-existant resolution!
> Ouch!. Now I know why I can't stand those digital cameras.

Tony, please! I have an Olympus D-220L, now discontinued, but in its
heyday was selling for only $300 (OK "only" is relative, but still its
relatively cheap for its quality). It takes fantastic pictures!

So just because you can't get the same quality as a regular camera for
less than $10, don't just assume they all suck. If they did, why would
they be so popular?

As for a basic rule for purchasing a digital camera, expect to pay more
than $200 for a decent one that takes pics good enough for a web site
without having to do all sorts of post-processing. Don't settle for a
cheapo one like the low end Kodaks. They suck. Make sure you get one
with removable storage too.

Once you realize you need a really good camera then spend the big bucks,
but don't go wasting money if you don't need all the fancy features. a
$300 digital camera will do you right for any occasion if you're the
casual photographer (like me.

Once I get back home I'll be creating a web site for my visit to Peru, all
the pictures having been taken on my D-220L (max. resolution is 640x400
but most of the pictures are 320x200, except for the closeups of the
amazing Inca stonework, which I took at 640x400). They came out great!

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