Ask PowerPage: Best Digital Camera for a PB

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Date: Thursday, June 12th, 2003, 08:21
Category: Digital Camera, PowerBook 15-Inch

I am going to be traveling soon and I would like your opinion on the BEST digital camera for PowerBook travelers (I own a G4 800MHZ PB Titanium with 60GB and Max RAM).
I’ve noticed you’ve showcased a number of cameras over the years, but would like your opinion on the recent BEST. Should I buy one that uses Firewire or USB/USB2, memory stick or something else? (etc).
I plan to be traveling to Asia this summer and need a good, affordable digital camera with good overall features. I had a Sony Mavica the last time I went over a few years ago, and it was great because I could transfer to my Wallstreet 300MHZ via floppies, but the picture quality (1200X680?) was not all that great.
Any suggestions (and why) would help me greatly.
Thanks for your help.
John


I am going to be traveling soon and I would like your opinion on the BEST digital camera for PowerBook travelers (I own a G4 800MHZ PB Titanium with 60GB and Max RAM).
I’ve noticed you’ve showcased a number of cameras over the years, but would like your opinion on the recent BEST. Should I buy one that uses Firewire or USB/USB2, memory stick or something else? (etc).
I plan to be traveling to Asia this summer and need a good, affordable digital camera with good overall features. I had a Sony Mavica the last time I went over a few years ago, and it was great because I could transfer to my Wallstreet 300MHZ via floppies, but the picture quality (1200X680?) was not all that great.
Any suggestions (and why) would help me greatly.
Thanks for your help.
John
My philosophy has always been that a smaller digicam is better because I will carry it with me more and subsequently take more pictures with it. Megapixels aren’t too critical as I mostly post my pics on the Web and only print them occasionally for family and friends. The other consideration for me was media and it’s cost.
I currently use a US$499 Canon s230 Digital Elph and couldn’t be happier with it. It is compact, 3.2 megapixel and the Compact Flash (CF) media is relatively inexpensive. Definitely considering buying the extra battery right at the onset as you can keep one in the charger and always have some juice.
I connect the Canon s230 to my PB17 via a PC card CF adapter which saves me from having to remember to bring the cable with me while on the road. Photos import flawlessly into iPhoto. A recent addition to my setup is a Canon i950 photo printer which works with the AirPort Extreme base station’s wireless printing feature. More on the AEBS and printer in a follow-up article. -Ed

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