to buy or not to buy a digital camera in taiwan is a decision that you need to make. if you spend a majority of your time in taiwan, it doesn’t make sense to purchase it back home in europe! taiwan is the place that you should buy from! unlike notebooks and desktop computers, your unlikely to find a camera that offers a global warranty!
as jeremy had mentioned, he had to send his camera back to the usa to have it fixed! for myself, the $50 or so in savings wasn’t worth it since he spends most of his time in taiwan. by the time you send the camera back to your home country, wait for it to be fixed and then wait for it to be sent back, your wasting much more than the $50 in savings! i’m sure that you’ve already wasted $50 just in postage and you haven’t even started calculating the time factor! as they say, time is money$$$$$$$$$.
over the last 4 years, i’ve purchased about 5 digital cameras! i’ve not purchased taiwan made, but have always purchased japanesse made: olympus, minolta and sony! of all the cameras, i prefer olympus. I’ve had the olympus 5050, 3030 and c-40. for myself, they are all very positive cameras! not only do they take positive pictures, but they use standard accessories that can be found everywhere: usb wires, media cards and batteries (double A or triple A). for example, canon, sony, minolta, use proporiety batteries to power their cameras! i believe that this is a bad design and very inconvient if your battereis die! if you have the option to use normal over the counter batteries as a back, then you can just go to your run of the mill store and get new batteries! granted, these normal batteries don’t take over 30 pictures, but atleast its better than nothing!
as for a store, i would recommened: Michelle and Andrew (english names) of Hyperion (2000 Stone). Tel: 2357-5345. Andrew and Michelle are very knowledgeable, honest and fair!. they might not always be the cheapest, but they’re very honest and honorable when it comes to making purchases from them! plus, andrew is amazing when you need pc’s built with special functions and features! btw, they both speak really good english, mandarin, taiwanese, cantoneese and shanghainese!
let me know if you have any questions.