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Joel
04-13-2006, 07:13 PM
I need a better camera and can get an Olympus FE-130 for $130. Can anyone give me an opinion on this particular model?

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1221

I need something that is relatively simple to use, will take decent closeups, has 3x or better optical zoom, and has at least a reasonable battery life. I don't care if it is compact or not, and I don't need a ton of megapixels. I don't want to break the bank, so $200 or less would be good.

I have heard good things about the Canon A510. Would it be worth the extra money?

Doc Nickel
04-13-2006, 08:55 PM
While I haven't used that particular model, I did use an Olympus point-and-shoot, a D-360-L, for put'near five years. Actually, I started with the one before that, a D-340R, but dropped it onto concrete 'round about late 2000 or early 2001, and bought the slightly-later-model 360 used from a pawnshop for less than it would have cost me to fix the 340.

I used the 360 damn near daily up until last year about this time, when I upgraded to a Canon XT.

Neither the 340 or the 360 ever gave me any problems. The only hassles I'd had were, naturally, when I dropped it (obviously not the cameras' fault) and when I was using a cheap no-name PCMCIA cardreader on my laptop, which would corrupt the card whenever you removed it. I made do at the time by just reformatting each time- it didn't damage the card, it just futzed the files somehow- but I got a real live USB cardreader shortly thereafter.

Again, haven't used that particular camera, but I have no reservations recommending an Olympus as a brand. And really these days, the camera has to be pretty bad to screw up a simple 4X5" snapshot.

Doc.

JCHannum
04-13-2006, 09:42 PM
This is a good site for digital camera reviews; http://www.dpreview.com/

You might also do a search of the archives here, the subject comes up frequently.

Joel
04-14-2006, 02:09 AM
Thanks Doc.

No doubt the subject has been beaten Jim. I looked over the past threads but found nothing on this particular camera. No real surprise as it is a newer model. The specs look good, especially given the price, but I would feel more comfortable with a second opinion from someone more expert than myself.

As I continue looking, I have found a Minolta Dimage Z3 with a dizzying array of features. I can get one for $185, but it looks like there may be reliability issues associated with it.

http://ca.konicaminolta.com/products/consumer/digital_camera/dimage/dimage-z3/specifications.html

BillH
04-14-2006, 12:05 PM
In my extremely biased opinion, I will have to recomend Canon ALL the way!