About four years ago, we bought a Hewlett-Packard digital camera. It’s rated at a whopping 2.1 megapixels, and cost us about $169. It can take some very nice pictures, but it has its drawbacks.
It has to boot up before you can use it. Every time it boots up, you have to reset your preference of flash on/off/red-eye, etc., and picture quality/filesize (crappy & small, medium & fairly large, best & freakin’ huge). There’s no way it could be considered a “point and shoot” snapshot camera. To save the batteries, you have to turn it off, or compromise by not using the LCD screen. You can’t get the photos off the memory card unless you put the camera in the dock, which connects to the computer by USB. In short, it’s a pain in the ass.
I was looking on Sam’s Club website, and they have some cameras that are smaller, more efficient and they’re up to 6.1 MP now, for around $100. There was one that does video in .avi with .wav sound format, and offloaded files by direct USB connection.
I was wondering if anyone here could recommend a recent camera model that costs less than $150. I’m not going to shoot portraits or artwork, I’d just like a nice, easy-to-use camera. I don’t even require a zoom lens, but it’d be handy to have actual zoom, instead of the kind that draws a tiny frame around your object and takes a tiny picture of it. Mainly what I’m interested to know is, do cameras still have to boot up every time?