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crusader

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Hello all :)
Me and my best mate are currently planning to invest in a camera and possibly tripod to share. We are both not massively well off, but are saving up. Currently, my mate has his eye on this:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Panasonic-Lumix-F3-12-1MP-Digital-Compact-Camera-Silver-Top-Condition-/110831302304?pt=UK_CamerasPhoto_DigitalCameras_DigitalCameras_JN&hash=item19ce0f76a0

If that camera is a bit tacky, then what would you suggest? Considering that our camera budget is around £60 (although we would be willing to save up a bit more for a better one). We are not professionals, or regulars and don't have the cash for a big fancy one. Any help would be great.

Thanks :thumb
 

Adders

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Definitely trawl ebay if your budget is that tight. People have gotten some good bargains off there on older range cameras, Spungletrumpet for one, who up until recently was using a 99p digital camera, and IIRC spent £30 on its replacement.

Keep your eye on the "spares and repairs" section as a lot of the time the people selling them are idiots and just don't know how to charge or replace a battery. Just read the descriptions, and more importantly don't blame me if it doesn't actually work. :p:
 
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spungletrumpet

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Definitely trawl ebay if your budget is that tight. People have gotten some good bargains off there on older range cameras, Spungletrumpet for one, who up until recently was using a 99p digital camera, and IIRC spent £30 on its replacement.

Keep your eye on the "spares and repairs" section as a lot of the time the people selling them are idiots and just don't know how to charge or replace a battery. Just read the descriptions, and more importantly don't blame me if it doesn't actually work. :p:
Excellent advice in that second paragraph Adders. :thumb

Spungletrumpet has, indeed, used a 99p camera for the last 2 years or so.. It was a Nikon Coolpix 4300. I spent an extra tenner on a wide angle adapter for it. It was 99p because it had no battery, I simply used a remote controlled car battery strapped to my (ten quid) tripod.
I had a coolpix 4300 for a couple of years beforehand but French customs broke it so the 99p one replaced it.
They are a great camera, with a 60 second 'B' setting if you can bodge together a remote.
Almost all the pics I have posted on here were taken with it.
 

Styru

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Don't get too hung up on the need to spend lots of wonga.

This picture:

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Shows spungletrumpet using the aforementioned 99p camera (a camera he produced some cracking shots with)

It was shot on a 12 year old, 2.1MP compact that I found in a bin, and that is held together with an elastoplast, a bolt, and a bit of metal I literally found in the gutter

These are from the same 'bin-find-freebie' camera...

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Granted they don't quite match my DSLR - but for the price of some batteries and a plaster they are perfectly useable :p:


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