How do you plan to display these pictures? Will you try to print them out? Are they for website/e-mail viewing only?
Here is my take on the deal:
Digital Camera prices are driven by three things:
b) storage capacity
c) bells and whistles
Because technology becomes obsolete before you get the gadget out of the store, it’s easy to over pruchase.
Bigger is not necessarily better.
Scanners are good.
Don’t limit yourself to one medium.
Determine your “need” for the camera. I have a new baby and a lot of out of town relatives. My need was to be able to quickly send pictures via e-mail and populate a website.
I didn’t plan on printing out pictures for display. Since computer monitors have a resolution of 72 dpi (dots per inch) any resolution above that would be wasted for my purposes. Pictures at 1200x640 make for large files. Reducing them makes them much smaller and easier to move around (e-mail, web population, etc.)
I didn’t figure I’d take gobs of pictures at once, so I didn’t need major storage.
Since I planned on taking pictures, uploading them, “cleaning them up” and posting them, I didn’t need lots of bells and whistles (preview features, etc.)
What did I buy? A Polaroid Fun Flash 640SE. Total cost? $80.00 after rebate. Totally worth it based on my needs.
caveat When I e-mail pictures to the kin folk, I don’t reduce the resolution, in case they want to print out the picture. This usually makes for a .jpg file of 90 kb or so.
If I want to reproduce pictures with great resolution, I use film and scan them in at the highest resolution possible and print them out on photo paper with a photo printer. This is very rare.
I hope this helps.