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I purchased my camera for £210.00 from the Auction site of Dabsxchange. I am very pleased with the results from this 2.1 mega pixel camera and with changing the mode you can increase this to 3 mega pixels. You can also overide the auto setting for shutter speed and film speed and create some fantastic results. The added bonus with this camers is that you can use it like a video camera getting about 1 minute of film on a 8mg smart media card and the quality is good but no sound!. The camera comes with a serial & usb leads and comes with a video lead to connect direct to your TV so you can have a picture show on the tele. Software that comes with the camera is amazing with a montage programme to create those David Hockney (Artist) results and image manipulation programmes. My dad is a photographer and he could bot belive the results achived from a Digital Camera when printed out on Photo paper. He has now purchased the same camera as has my brother. In all a great camera for the price.
Like everyone wanting to buy a digital camera for the first time, I didn`t know what you get for your money.You could read every magazine available and still not know what to buy. The basic rule of thumb is, the more megapixels-the better quality the photo. I opted for the Ricoh-rdc6000 and it was priced in PC world at £299.95 but I got it for £250.00 as it didn`t have the AV cable that plugs into your TV. This didn`t bother me as I want it for taking general photos and saving to disc or sending photos for e-mail ect It is very simple to use and you can take a picture and have it on your PC in a minute. It also has a rechargable Lithium ion battery so you dont have to keep buying batteries or have the added expense of buying rechargables that you would have to do with other cameras in this price bracket. It came with an 8mb memory card but I uprated to a 16mb and when the camera is used on it`s factory setting you get 32 photos that are (in my opinion)very good quality. I have printed these photos on photographic paper and was very pleased with the results. This camera can produce 2.1megapixels compared with others in the price bracket and above at 1.8megapixels so that was another plus point for me. It also comes with some clever software on CD where you can put a picture of somebodys head onto one of the many templates and amaze your friends. A easy camera to use and i am very pleased with all aspects of it..
I bought the ricoh 6000 this week, I've been searching shops and the net trying all the forums for info on the best camera, but reading these you would never buy one as theres always a couple compaining about every model going. Anyway i purchased the 6000 I only wanted to spend about £300 but this was £360 but came with AC adapter, 8meg card plus an extra 16 mb card. It takes great pics(only used it in auto mode upto now) but theres so many settings you can choose I must read the manual that came with it. You get loads of software with it besides ricoh camera utility there is Arcsofts Photo Fantasy, Photo Impression and Photo Montage all 2000. Oh and you can also do short AVI videos with it.