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ARCHIE_CALVERT
04-05-2008, 04:10 PM
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Need to get a small digital point and shoot camera and have made a short-list of those that nearly tick all the boxes.

focal length 28 - 105mm or more at the tele end.
maximum aperture f/2.8 (Wide) f/4.5 (Tele)
7 or more Megapixel's
3x or more optical zoom
2.5" LCD or bigger
Movie Mode 640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps (Widescreen would be nice and to be able to zoom while filming)
Small size, in fact smaller the better.


Casio Exilim Card EX-S880

http://www.digital-cameras.com/pic/300x300/40/49/casio_exilim_card_ex_s880_silver.jpg

http://www.digital-cameras.com/xpp-casio_exilim_card_ex...html#opt_description (http://www.digital-cameras.com/xpp-casio_exilim_card_ex_s880_red.html#opt_description )

Canon IXUS 75

http://www.cameras.co.uk/assets/canon-ixus-75.jpg

http://www.cameras.co.uk/camera-reviews/canon-ixus-75.cfm

Panasonic DMC FX33

http://www.cameras.co.uk/assets/panasonic-dmc-fx33.jpg

http://www.cameras.co.uk/reviews/panasonic-dmc-fx33.cfm

Olympus FE-320 Wide Digital Compact Camera

http://www.itechnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/Olympus-FE-300-camera.jpg

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1352&fl=4

Fuji FinePix F50fd

http://www.itechnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/FujiFilm-FinePix-F50fd-2.jpg

http://www.cameras.co.uk/reviews/fuji-finepix-f50fd.cfm

Which would you pick out of the above, or recommend something similar...

ARCHIE_CALVERT
04-05-2008, 04:10 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Need to get a small digital point and shoot camera and have made a short-list of those that nearly tick all the boxes.

focal length 28 - 105mm or more at the tele end.
maximum aperture f/2.8 (Wide) f/4.5 (Tele)
7 or more Megapixel's
3x or more optical zoom
2.5" LCD or bigger
Movie Mode 640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps (Widescreen would be nice and to be able to zoom while filming)
Small size, in fact smaller the better.


Casio Exilim Card EX-S880

http://www.digital-cameras.com/pic/300x300/40/49/casio_exilim_card_ex_s880_silver.jpg

http://www.digital-cameras.com/xpp-casio_exilim_card_ex...html#opt_description (http://www.digital-cameras.com/xpp-casio_exilim_card_ex_s880_red.html#opt_description )

Canon IXUS 75

http://www.cameras.co.uk/assets/canon-ixus-75.jpg

http://www.cameras.co.uk/camera-reviews/canon-ixus-75.cfm

Panasonic DMC FX33

http://www.cameras.co.uk/assets/panasonic-dmc-fx33.jpg

http://www.cameras.co.uk/reviews/panasonic-dmc-fx33.cfm

Olympus FE-320 Wide Digital Compact Camera

http://www.itechnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/Olympus-FE-300-camera.jpg

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1352&fl=4

Fuji FinePix F50fd

http://www.itechnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/FujiFilm-FinePix-F50fd-2.jpg

http://www.cameras.co.uk/reviews/fuji-finepix-f50fd.cfm

Which would you pick out of the above, or recommend something similar...

VW-IceFire
04-05-2008, 04:35 PM
I'd go for the Canon. I did a little reading on that model and it looks really good...certainly some excellent pictures its capable of producing. To be honest I'm a fan of Canon cameras. Owned several Powershots and now the happy owner of a Canon G7...pretty much all of them produced excellent pictures and caused me no troubles.

The others are worth looking at too...I've just had a very good time with Canons and I've always shopped the whole thing out with the other brands and ended up back at Canon. Not perfect but I like their stuff.

fabianfred
04-05-2008, 05:34 PM
I have a couple of Panasonic compacts which are good....but I mostly prefer Fuji for their beautiful colours....and usually go for the 'Bridge' cameras....I just got the Fuji S100fs and use it in my studio to replace the old S7000...

www.dpreview.com (http://www.dpreview.com) are the tops for their reviews...and their forums are great with one for each camera manufacturer

voyager_663rd
04-05-2008, 08:41 PM
Just don't expect much quality from the "movie mode" aspect.

polak5
04-09-2008, 12:28 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ARCHIE_CALVERT:
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Casio Exilim Card EX-S880

http://www.digital-cameras.com/pic/300x300/40/49/casio_exilim_card_ex_s880_silver.jpg
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This is the one u want. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

antifreeze
04-09-2008, 04:37 AM
I bought my first digital camera at xmas. I researched it for weeks. There was no clear winner; all had pros and cons. The annoying thing about the reviews is that one reviewer would give a camera four or five stars and love it, and another reviewer would give the same camera three stars and recommend another that I'd already read about and discarded! There was just no camera which received consensual acclaim from all reviewers.

Anyway, I eventually decided on an canon ixus 860IS. I think there are only about 3 cameras in the ixus range with the 3" screen. The reason I didn't choose the ixus 75 was that the ixus 860IS:

has optical stabilisation (that's what 'IS' means, and it is usually very important to have this feature, especially indoors)
has wideangle (28mm equivalent)
is a little faster (camera on, focus, flash and recycle times)
is 8 megapixels rather than 7
has a 'panoramic stitch' feature
I think it has an improved polarising-layer on the screen for use in high-sunlight. I live in a very sunny place, and never have a problem seeing the screen - the absence of a viewfinder is not a problem.

In my opinion, these factors make it worth the extra 50 or so over the ixus 75.

In general, I chose ixus because they:

have quite short shutter-lag (very important; ixus 860IS was in the top three)
better than some others at higher ISO
have great macro focus
canon optics have a very good reputation
*most* of the photos I saw looked better than other comparible cameras
have simple 'aim and shoot' modes, but also have more manual modes than some other cameras.

It definitely has that 'ooh' factor, when I show people the photos on the 3" screen.
One or two reviews said that at 28mm there is significant distortion, but it's really not enough to notice - no worse than any other camera. Another one or two reviewers said there are purple fringing, but I haven't seen any - again, no worse than any other camera, and actually better than many I looked at.

I have no regrets at all, except that when I connect it to my computer (Win2000) it doesn't appear as a hard-drive under 'my computer' - I have to start the canon software. I think probably in XP and Vista, it would work as normal.

You can compare the cameras here quite well, although the reviews themselves aren't brilliant: digitalversus (http://www.digitalversus.com/duels.php?ty=1&ma1=1&mo1=374&p1=2364&ma2=1&mo2=345&p2=2235&ph=21)


EDIT (a few days later): I cannot recommend the Ixus 860IS anymore. The main reason I bought it was that I was under the impression that these 3" LCD screens were very well developed, high quality and reliable. However, today, only four months after buying the damn thing, two very prominent dead pixels appeared in the LCD. It totally distracts me whilst taking photos, and completely spoils the 'wow factor' when showing someone the photos.

Why, as comsumers, do we put up with this absurd lack of quality? The manufacturers just shrug their shoulders and say 'that's LCD technology; we don't consider it defective until you have 20 dead pixels'. We shouldn't be buying these bloody things if that's the case - they'd soon fix it if they didn't sell any.

TgD Thunderbolt56
04-09-2008, 06:12 AM
In my 'limited' experience, you can never go wrong with Canon or Nikon when purchasing a camera...digital or film.

I got the Canon EOS Rebel Xti and it is absolutely incredible.

MOH_MADMAN
04-09-2008, 02:01 PM
without question, pick a camera whose shutter has no hesitation or lag between pressing shutter button and shutter going off.

Canon is way ahead of all those others you mentioned in terms of chip technology and other integrated technology(look at thier product line, the do great cross tech engineering), and generally a better camera than the rest, optics should be fine with that level.

Alternatively, a friend just bought a
Lieca prosumer model for good price, compact, with what you listed as wanting, you may want to check that out not sure model, but sure to have excellent optics, which is also key. That Fuji should be a decent quality camera too.

Ive shot Canon for years, shoot the 5D now, its a fine camera.

Antifreeze has some good things to say, keep in mind you want as big a sensor chip as possible. Its better to get that 7mp out of a 35mm full size sensor than out of a postage stamp sensor for example, tho those compacts wont have that large a sensor.

zardozid
04-09-2008, 04:04 PM
Unless I have my heart set on a particular electronic gizmo I usually buy "last year's" best... I find that when the new and improved gizmo comes out that the "old and crappy" model become much more affordable...

I also get a years worth of customer reviews to mull over...its usually enough time for the design flaws to become evident.

If you have any old camera lenses lying about you might check for compatibility with your new digital camera.