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what is better a film camera or a digital camera?
Depends on you usage of the media:
1] Film is a hi-res format, and lasts for decades, so use for important stuff. Drawback is slow film reproduction time, but offers "natural" effects". Requires scanning to put on the web unless the Foto developers offer a CD-ROM copy, as they usually do!
2] Digital is a lower-res but ample for Web Galleries, offers a quick reproduction as compared to film developing.
Prices are slightly higher but considering film costs, it evens out! Hardcopiers of the media are done by specialists, or if U have a real pricy printer!
Some adiitional aspects: you can already check your digital images on the camera monitor and try as many times as necessary for a satisfactory result.
On the other hand, if you want to get print-outs of your images this works out more expensive than with traditional film.
The question is: what do you need the pictures for. Digital may be perfect for journalists and Web-galleries.
The camera itself tends to be more expensive.
Storage media are always under development. There's no telling what the standard will be in 5 years...
Personally, I bought a new film camera not so long ago. Admittedly, scanning images is quite a nuissance, but I can look at my high-resolution slides whenever I feel like it and produce cost-free scans for the internet.
And: I'm pretty sure that Fuji Velvia or an equivalent will be available in a couple of years. But smartcards?
I wouldn't risk buying a professional-quality high-price digital camera at the moment. Having an additional small medium resolution one for web use might be quite fun though.
Just my two cents.