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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 07:58 PM
I want to buy a new digital camera and wish to spend about $700 US. Current shortlist is:

Sony DSC-F717
Canon Powershot G5
Olympus C5050
Olympus C750 Ultra Zoom

Any thoughts on which one to get, I'm completely stuck at the moment! I want a camera that will be good at general shots, good at action shots and allow me to learn 'proper' photography.

ta,
Matt.


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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 07:58 PM
I want to buy a new digital camera and wish to spend about $700 US. Current shortlist is:

Sony DSC-F717
Canon Powershot G5
Olympus C5050
Olympus C750 Ultra Zoom

Any thoughts on which one to get, I'm completely stuck at the moment! I want a camera that will be good at general shots, good at action shots and allow me to learn 'proper' photography.

ta,
Matt.


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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 08:17 PM
after this gets locked drop on over to the pilot's lounge.

check out the user reviews at

www.photographyreview.com (http://www.photographyreview.com)

and they have excellent forums here.

www.photo.net (http://www.photo.net)

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 09:40 PM
It all depends on what you plan on using the camera for.
All three brands are excellent.
I would go for the one with the most mega pixels.

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 10:52 PM
I have the Olympus C700UZ
It's not a bad camera for the price, got some great pictures with it

http://groups.msn.com/OlympusC700UZ/_whatsnew.msnw
http://www.keypublishing.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=13898

Got the best zoom for a camera in its class
10x optical = 380mm

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 11:02 PM
check out http://www.steves-digicams.com - best site about digicams, IMHO.

btw, my personal fav is the Fuji Finepix S602 Zoom... has got some really nice features.. especially a 640x480 video mode ...

the review on Steves Digicams.com:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/fuji_s602z.html

imho, megapixels don´t really matter - what do you need pics of the size of 5068x3240 for? i think 3 Megapixels are enough, what matters is the OPTICAL zoom, shutter delay, shutter speeds from at least 3 sec. to 1/1500 second, quality of the lens, useability, customizable white balance and a fast autofocus. just my 2 eurocents...

oh, and the Minolta Dimage 7i and 7hi are also pretty sexy...

hope that helped...

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XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 11:19 PM
Get the best NIKON you can with the money you have.
2 or 3 megapixels are enough with a decent OPTICAL zoom
Low power zoom could use higher megapixels so you can crop
image.
I've done excellent 8x10 prints using a 2 megapixel NIKON,
it's more dependant on lens quality, exposure control, auto-focusing. NIKON excells in all these depts.
RxMan

XyZspineZyX
07-24-2003, 11:21 PM
just to add my tuppence worth.

I've just got my second Olympus digital camera today.

The first one did a bit of a lawn-dart. (Okay i dropped it.)

Image quality is good on the new one, C720 UZ (~$350 USD). It has loads of features and seems easy to use.

Some things to think on
- is this your first digital camera?

- if no, do you still have the memory cards from the old one? Could you save some money by getting a camera with the same memory card type?

- What do you want the camera for? Is it holiday snaps or are you a little more serious. After all there is no point paying $700 USD if you are only going to use the camera to take pics that a $70 USD could just as well.

XyZspineZyX
07-25-2003, 12:07 AM
Best site for that:


www.dpreview.com (http://www.dpreview.com)

Cheers,

XyZspineZyX
07-25-2003, 12:43 AM
I have and use a Minolta Dimage 7i. The Nikon coolpix 5700 is very similar. Both are good pro-sumer cameras that will allow you to take great pics.





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XyZspineZyX
07-25-2003, 01:09 AM
I had exactly the same dilema as you when I was choosing my camera 1 month ago. I did a thorough search and settled with Minolta Dimage 7hi. Its 100$ more, but you wont regret it.



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XyZspineZyX
07-25-2003, 01:18 AM
thankyou for all of the replies guys. I did consider the Minolta but I really want to be strict with the budget.

Oh, sorry for the new name and sig, I am Matt really, just developments n'all http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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adlabs6
07-25-2003, 01:43 AM
In the end, the most important feature I find is the lens.

I bought a Minolta Dimage S414, with 4X optical zoom, and 4 MP resolution, which is a great complement to my Epson 785EPX printer. My 8x10's full bleeds are as sharp as my Canon SLR used to provide at 8x10, unless I'm using a loupe.

I know these aren't top line prosumer models, but the lens on the Minolta is great for $399, and coupled with the Epson printer at $200, I've got no trouble making a great print up to 8x10, and given the manual exposure on the Minolta and the Epsons ability to print without a PC, I can get the print want quickly.

Good luck in your shopping!

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XyZspineZyX
07-25-2003, 01:55 AM
With over twenty years experience in photography, plus the baggage of being a professional photographer/teacher, I can honestly state that there is more import on what is behind the equipment then the equipment itself. I have Leica's and Pentax's, worked with Nikons as well as other brands and have turned out work...with them that has been confused with medium and large formate work. Pick a good...basic...dependable product and learn its' quirks. The programs available to edit digital photos is remarkable...and I have spent HOURS in the darkroom getting things right...NOW...it takes me minutes to turn out work, both in color and black/white, that I could not have done in the past. The lens comment has merit, but technic can and often does override lens quality.

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