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Any suggestions? I've got the usual buyer's fear that whatever I buy will be 50% cheaper in a few months. I'm looking at a 3 or 4 MP camera. It seems like the 4 MB cameras are still a bit pricey, and I'm leaning toward looking for a deal on a 3 MP type and perhaps upgrading in a few years to whatever is the standard then.
Is the type of expansion memory a key factor? There seem to be about 3 competing standards.
My usual mode of buying electronics is to buy an item shortly after a major price drop - that postpones the time that I'll start regretting not waiting longer to buy. :) Are there any big movements underway?
One of the biggest features I will look for when I purchase my next camera will be the optical zoom. The standard 3x isn't enough for a lot of the pictures I want to take. Something with a 10x optical zoom would be ideal.
I suppose for web work a massive zoom range would be fine, but for high quality prints I'm dubious. Have you had a chance to see the output of any of these 10:1 zooms in 8x10" or 11x14" formats?
I am not sure how these images would compare to a professional SLR camera. For what I would need them for they would be fine but if you are looking for "professional" type photographs you can get some high end SLR digital cameras.
From what my untrained eye can tell I don't see any drop in image quality with a 3x zoom. My father has a 10x zoom and he says he doesn't see any drop in image quality unless he is in low-light situations.
However, for ease of use, I love my SONY!
I use my Sony twice as much as the other two. I really like the Sony memory stick.
Once in a while if I need a really high quality image, I will dig out the Olympus.
I guess you will need to take into consideration what kind of pictures you will be taking. For example, If you need animated images, I would suggest a Digital Video Camera instead. I have a site that sells tabletop water fountains, and the digital video camera is really nice for putting together animated .Gifs of the fountains actually running. My Olympus and Sony digital cameras can do the job also, but they don't work nearly as well for this. The Digital video camera will also take still pictures, but they are of pretty poor quality. If you are taking pictures of wildlife, or other things from a distance, then the Zoom becomes very important. Or, maybe you take pictures that are very close up. If this is the case I suppose there are certain cameras out there that work better in Macro mode. Some cameras can have special lenses attached and some can't.
What kind of pictures were you planning on taking the most of?
Great macro. Ability to shoot in bulb setting 5min max.
You can do full manual, or fully auto. The panarama feature is pretty cool too, and may be marketable to your clients...like if you do a real estate site or something...
At first you may think the swivel is worthless, but once you get used to it, it is hard to shoot anything else.
I would wait as long as you can before you upgrade...or at least wait until the next series of megapixels is released. Right now I am guessing 5(maybe 6) is the high end on consumer stuff...when 6 or 8 comes out everything else will drop.
I know the "professional" series of cameras are coming out with 11 and 14 meg slr digitals...last year they were at 5 or 6...
message me if you want more info on the 4500
also included is stitching software that will allow you to stitch many together and export it as a quicktime 3d type movie. the one where you can navigate back and forth with your mouse and scroll around the space.
you can also just stitch them into an image that is 3 pictures tall or 4 pictures wide.