Hi, Erika ! Well, you`ve got allot of advice here at the list, but I do feel the subject are very subjective. I would advice you to first get the amount your department are willing to spend on a camera. Next would be to take a trip to a nearby shop to look at some cameras "live". Use your time there and test the cameras in some of the situations you would use it for. Collect prices for the range they have. When you` re back at the office; read thru all the mails from the list, and check the links you`ve got. Take a trip to different shopping portals and check the price on different models you are interested in. Bear in mind that service and guarantees are essential, so it may be more value in one that have the best offer on this. Think long term. When it comes to zoom and flash on digital cameras; I have to tell you that it is only the most expensive ones that deliver this at a acceptable level of quality. Most cameras deliver a effective flash range at max 3m and optical zoom up to 10m. If you want a camera that delivers better than this; you have to grab a pro camera. You may want balance your money between the price on the camera and a extra memorycard. Most of the cameras are delivered with a 8mb or 16mb memorycard. Since you are gonna use it for the web; you `ll use picturesize of 640x480. A 8mb card will give you 100 pict and a 16mb about 200 pict. You may say that this covers your need, but my advice would be to get a hold of a extra card at the same time you buy your camera. You`ll get a better deal on it and go for a 32mb card while you`re at it. Everyone who has a camera knows that thay always have too little memoryspace when they need it. Hope this helps, Roy H Erika Meyer writes: > My department has said they are willing to buy a digital camera for me to > use at work. It needs to be a good value though. > > What I need to do is take good pictures (mostly around campus) for the > web. I need USB. I need to be able to take indoors shots without having > to use flash. I want to be able to set it to take black & white. I want > zoom. Maybe I want other stuff but I don't know enough to say. > > Basically, I would use the camera to make photos indoors (portraits & > objects) and outdoors (buildings, people, vegetation) on campus. I'd then > edit them for the web site. They would not be used for print. > > Suggestions for a good value? > > Thanks, > > Erika > -- > > --------------------------------------- > For unsubscribe and other options, including > the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: > http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !