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What has happened to cameras since xmas?
Does anyone wish they had gone for X camera instead of the Y camera they purchased?
Has anyone here used the Leica?
However, the S50 is out now and its 5 megapixel instead of 4... Oh well, its just like PCs really - whatever you buy will be obsolete in 18 months. :)
The one truly authorative website for digital cameras is [dpreview.com...]
The flash bulb is quite close to the lens so it can cause redeye (despite the red eye reduction mode) and theres no hot shoe so you can't just hook up an external flash gun.
It can be set to auto, auto with redeye, on, on with redeye, or off. Further control options offered in the menu are 1st/2nd curtain sync (for freezing action in a long exposure), slow synch, variable flash exposure in auto mode (-2ev to +2ev in 1/3 ev steps) and 3 power levels when in manual mode.
Faster shutter speed is 1/250 when the flash is on.
The Auto White Balance (AWB) usually copes pretty well. But for best results you can take a evaluative shot of something white and it will configure the white balance itself.
Check out the full review on that dpreview web site.
For the record, I paid AU$ 900 for my S45 (which is about 350GBP / 560USD). Bought it grey import from a bloke on eBay who shipped out of Hong Kong. Saved me about AU$500 on the shop price.
That was at christmas - so I expect it will be a lot cheaper by now (especially since the camera prices in Oz are very high).
Aside: another wishlist item - Apple powerbook 17in: AUD5300 - apple.com, AUD7000 - apple.com.au?!?
(Then again, as soon as I buy a 4mp camera, I'll take a photo that I want to turn into a wall poster, hehehe)
At Boston PubCon the vikings purchased an Olympus Stylus 300 for general business use. I'd previously narrowed my own search for a smaller digicam down to that series and after seeing how well that camera is designed from the convenience standpoint, I went back and got one as well. 3x optical zoom is a little skimpy, but it supposedly goes up to 12x. I'm very pleased (or rather the wife's office is very pleased) with that one.
No complaints about picture quality. I find the controls have a bit of a learning curve - you can change anything, but you have to find the right button/menu/etc. to get at it. I'd say it's a good camera if you plan to do fairly fussy photos that require manual control. For more casual shooting I'd say the Stylus and Coolpix models are more pocketable and convenient.
One cool feature is the panorama mode. Shooting in this mode lets you combine multiple shots into a single panorama. As a test, I hand-held the camera for a few overlapping photos inside a room. I was amazed when the software somehow knit these together into a passable panorama. Seemed like black magic. I imagine doing this with a bubble-level tripod could produce some really amazing stuff.
On my wishlist is the Nikon D100 - 6.1mp SLR - weighing in at a hefty $1700 (using froogle)... anyone here got one?
although i am a nikon fan, I would rather go for the Fuji S2 Pro - takes nikon lenses and includes a PC socket for studio use(should you ever need that)
Nikon D100 doesn't have one - a bit of a bummer if you considering the cost.
I bought my kids a Casio 3000EX after doing extensive research a couple of years ago. It had just about everything the Olympus had except the price tag...new on eBay for $280. Had problems with the flash, but Casio has a great and quick service department.
Be sure whatever you get has a micro lens...the Casio can focus at 8". I'd rate it easy to use, too. They, of course, have newer models now I'm sure.
I'd rather have 3-4 megapixels and a good zoom lens
The Canon S45 is 4 megapixel and has a 3x optical zoom.
The canon S50 is the same but is 5 megapixel.
3x optical zoom is a little skimpy, but it supposedly goes up to 12x.
How? digitally? Ignore any mention of digital zoom - its a complete marketing gimmick. Optical zoom is the only thing that matters, digital zoom is just the same as resizing the photo in an art package.
Casio can focus at 8".
Minimal focal distance on the S45 is 10cm (3.9") in wide angle macro and 30cm (12") in telephoto macro. And thats without spending more money on 'special lenses' :p
Good to know, graham.
minimum macro on the 300 Stylus is 8 inches.
BTW, the salesman mentioned that canon was about to release their X3-chip model.
canon was about to release their X3-chip model.
Is that a full-size image sensor? Canon is currently the only manufacturer to offer one, but so far only in the new $8,000 model.
Forget long zooms, I need wide angles. And with most image sensors just two-thirds the size of a piece of 35mm film, I still find digital lacking. Having said that, we used it on four of our last five photo shoots, so I guess I'm learning to live with the limitations...
>I'd rather have 3-4 megapixels and a good zoom lens
The Canon S45 is 4 megapixel and has a 3x optical zoom.
My definition of "good zoom" is 6x optical or higher... :) I like Fujis for that reason. They've got nice zoom functions.
I used to have a Sony with a 14x optical zoom. I miss that camera. Although you had to carry a whole case of floppy disks to take high res photos anywhere.
Right now, I'm thinking about the Sony CD-R cameras. After losing some photos at last London PubCon because my smartmedia card freaked out, I'm very interested in non-flash memory.
However, I do use a PowerShot G1 at work (for now), which at ~3.3 MP is old, but good--and I hear the new PowerShots are also nice.
Nuno Oliveira (from Portugal)
I'll stick with Compact Flash for now - you can fit more on it than a CD anyway. And it fits better in my pocket :)
Canon G3 is very nice. Its the 'big brother' of the S45.