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Postby MonteLDS on Wed May 21, 2003 10:36 am

I just have my old Olympus C-960 ZOOM

All i suggest is go with a Sony one cause they are small and they take fast pictures, in HQ. Some HQ camera will take atleast a few seconds before u can take the next one. Sony camera tend to be fast. Always small, always interchangable with your current sony products.

just recall this
DON'T CARE ABOUT DIGITAL ZOOM!!!!!
it's all about optical!
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Postby BuddhaTB on Wed May 21, 2003 12:03 pm

MonteLDS wrote:just recall this
DON'T CARE ABOUT DIGITAL ZOOM!!!!!
it's all about optical!

I couldn't have said it any better.
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Postby cfitz on Wed May 21, 2003 12:21 pm

Yeah, digital zoom is nothing but a useless gimmick. You are much better off to just crop and resize during post-processing if you need additional magnification.

Digital camera movie modes are another pretty worthless gimmick, although not to the same degree as digital zoom "features". They might be handy for a quick clip that you would otherwise miss altogether, but never buy a digital camera based on its movie mode or lack thereof. Quite simply, digital camera movie modes are junk. Even the best digital camera movie quality is notably inferior to the worst camcorder quality. Don't think your spiffy digital camera with its over-hyped movie mode will substitute for a true camcorder.

The converse holds as well: camcorder stills are pretty much junk too, and a camcorder can't substitute for a digital camera. I don't know if it is purely the limitations of the technology or if it is also partly marketing driven, but for now you still need a digital camera for still photos and a camcorder for movies.

I recommend against basing any of your buying decision on movie modes unless all else is equal and you are looking for something, anything, to distinguish between two otherwise equally desirable cameras.

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Postby lightningbaron on Thu May 22, 2003 7:48 am

Hmmm, for size and weight, go with the Pentax Optio S, it's 3.3 x 2.0 x .8 in.

Digital Photography Review reports that the Pentax Optio S weighs in at 4.1 oz with batteries:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/P ... optios.asp

Canon PowerShot S230 is 3.4 x 2.2 x 1.1 in and weighs in at 8.8 oz with batteries, which is +.1 x +.2 +.3 in compared to the Pentax Optio S and weight with batteries is a difference of 4.7 oz.
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Postby BuddhaTB on Thu Jun 05, 2003 6:45 pm

I've narrowed down my choices to a few different cameras. Let's see what you guys have to say about these choices. All opinions are welcomed.

1.) Canon S230
2.) Wait for the Canon SD100 to be released
3.) Sony DSC-P8
4.) Save up for the Canon S400
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Postby BuddhaTB on Tue Jun 10, 2003 12:18 am

Thanks to everyone who replied to this thread and help make my decision somewhat easier.

I ended up getting the Canon S400.
http://www.powershot.com/powershot2/s400/index.html
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Postby CowboySlim on Tue Jun 10, 2003 6:27 pm

Good choice, BuddhaTB,

However, you won't be able to take full advantage of those 4MP with an underkill printer. Put this on your list as next:
http://www.usa.canon.com/html/conCprPro ... tion=10214

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Postby BuddhaTB on Tue Jun 10, 2003 8:08 pm

Thanks for the suggestion Slim. I haven't had the need to print a lot of color photos to justify buying a good photo printer like that. But I'll make sure to consider that model if I'm in the market for a photo printer.

I'll be sharing sample prics from my camera over the weekend.
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