Samsung Digimax A402 Digital Camera
After years of painstaking and detailed research, I have purchased a
Yeah, right. I researched nothing. I asked a few relatives who
bought digital cameras long ago, but in fact I just walked into
WalMart last night, saw a reasonable camera at a reasonable price ($126.00)
and bought it. I learned how to use it at a basic level in a few minutes,
and am happy enough.
I actually did buy a cheap ($40.00) digital a few years ago. It took
awful pictures, had a clunky serial interface that failed more often than it
worked, and I soon filed it away as being just too much trouble. I knew
I wanted something much better, but I wasn't about to pay $300.00 or more
for something that is more convenience than necessity. I wanted to wait
till the prices came down, and they of course have.
My needs are modest. I mostly need this for web work, and especially
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. This model
has two focus settings, and the .2 meter for close work is just about right
for my web site needs. I don't need fine detail - I'm not selling coins,
stamps or fine art, so this is good enough. My other need now and then is
to document something at a job site, and again the quality is plenty
good enough for that use too. I wish I had it a few weeks ago when my wife and
I were looking at model homes; it's hard for us to remember all the
options we were interested in.
You can read specs at Samsung Digimax A402 specs if you care. I'm sure there's a dozen other models with
similar or even better features, but this seemed to be the best Walmart had
at that moment at that price level. They did have some less expensive
models too, but they seemed too limited. This has features I doubt I need
(like audio and movie recording), but so what?
I was happy to see that upon plugging the included USB cable into my
Mac, iPhoto fired right up, mounted the camera, and offered to import
the pictures. Zero brain work required, which is always a plus for old geezers like me.
In closing, I recommend this camera in a generic sense. That is, if you
are like me and are not camera savvy (what's an f-stop?), these things are
now simple enough and inexpensive enough to be worth owning, as long as
your requirements are modest. No doubt if your requirements are not
simple, you have already bought some whiz bang digital or film camera
that has its own Mensa membership, so you will sneer in the most
disdainful manner possible: these toys are not for you.
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