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« on: January 16, 2007, 10:29:49 AM »

I know this is not unlike "what's the best tire", but, some tweaker helped himself to some of my things this morning including my Olympus camera (C5500 zoom)

I'm not a "photographer" by any stretch but am open to replacement suggestions.

Thanking you in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2007, 10:35:18 AM »

My current favorite is the Canon S3, a very fun camera. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons3is/
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2007, 10:40:51 AM »

Well, there are only about 500 options. Perhaps you might give some suggestions about what features you're looking for and how much you want to spend?

Also, be sure to check out dpreview.
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2007, 10:48:41 AM »

I don't take videos so that's not important to me.  Ease of use with the software is probably more of a concern to a technologically challenged guy.  $3-500 would be my price range.  
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2007, 10:49:34 AM »

Sorry to hear - Hugs not Drugs


But if ur looking for a compact camera - I just got a Fuji V-10.  5.1 meg - And What I like is a bigger optical zoom than most compacts 3.4

Takes great shots & easy to carry.

I got the camera, case, & 1 gig memory card for $220. shipped from Amazon - local stores were like $270 for camera only.

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2007, 12:45:51 PM »

Not sure if you are looking for a compact or larger.  I purchased a new one at Christmas this year.  After much research, I picked a Sony Cyber Shot 7.2 MP DSCH5.  I did pick it partly because of price, but also because it is very user friendly (for my wife's benefit) and it has a large and bright LCD screen.  I am very pleased with it for the most part.  My only complaint would be that it does not have an optical viewfinder.  Otherwise, great camera.
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2007, 01:26:27 PM »

You can get a decent 7MP in your price range. Olympus makes the SP-510 Ultra Zoom that's almost similar to your old one in size. It's 7.1MP, 10X zoom, has digital image stabilization, 2.5" LCD, aperture range is at f/2.8 f/3.7 (excellent for indoor and low light), and uses AA batteries (not proprietary ones  Thumbsup). It lists for $300 on Olympus' website. I'm sure you get it much cheaper than that.

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1268
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2007, 04:48:23 PM »

I'd suggest the olympus 710W.  My girlfriend just got one (upon my suggestion) for christmas, and it takes wonderful pictures.  It has many scene modes, is easy to use, and it features digital image stabilization (VERY useful for taking non-blurry shots in lower light situations)

I think it's going for 250-300 right now, but it's probably even cheaper.  It's also Water-Resistant - You can't submerge it, but it'll take a douse of water, getting wet through a bag, or taking pictures in a medium shower.  Battery life is good, and the software is easy to use.  Large LCD screen.

It's an EXCELLENT value for a supercompact with many useful features.
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2007, 04:58:14 PM »

Canon powershots take great piccies. Inlove
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2007, 05:51:01 PM »


Canon powershots take great piccies. Inlove


Yeah.. I just got a Canon Powershot SD600 and I love it.  Totally easy to use, great battery life (I haven't run out of batteries yet and I've had it since Christmas and taken 135+ photos and 5 2 minute movies), Great low light performance, good image stability, super compact, quick to turn on (easy to keep in your pocket and whip it out when you want to take a snapshot), and it's default settings are very good at figuring out exposure etc without you having to mess with it.  I've been really impressed with it, as you can probably tell.  Here's a photo I took Wednesday.
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2007, 05:54:09 PM »



Here's a photo I took Wednesday.

Cool pic. Life-sized, too! Bigok
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2007, 06:04:26 PM »



Cool pic. Life-sized, too! Bigok


Well I figured you might as well see the full rez image.. Smile

Not to thread jack, but I took it for this thread over here in region 1.
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2007, 06:20:20 PM »

Thanks, all.  I'm going to a local store to look at/compare several models of Canon and Olympus on Sat.
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« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2007, 06:40:36 PM »

Of the cameras I played with in the past few months, and what your requirements are, I'd say:

Canon S3.

I'd stay away from the Olympus. I've found recent Olympus cameras to have clunky interfaces, and not-that-great lenses.

(I just got a Nikon D40 for myself, to replace a Canon G5.)
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« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2007, 08:10:59 PM »


Canon powershots take great piccies. Inlove


+1 for the Canon PowerShots.  Being a techy guy in the family I am always answering this question.  

I recommend the following manufactures
 

Canon number 1
Sony number 2


No mater what you do stay away from Nikon point and shoots.  They make great SLR's, but there Digital point and shot's suck.

I Have the canon SD700is and love it.

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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2007, 02:40:09 AM »

Correction..  My camera's battery finally gave me the warning that it was low yesterday.  That's almost a month and roughly 150 pics.  Bigok
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2007, 10:07:12 AM »

Olympus is junk, I have one and  I just bought a Nikon CoolPix P3.  ~300 online, 450 in the stores.  8.1 megapixel, image stabilized, 1.8 frame per sec 3x optical zoom, WiFi support.

The P3 is a lot of camera for the money.

http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/digital-cameras/nikon-coolpix-p3_reviews.html
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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2007, 11:08:07 AM »


Olympus is junk, I have one and  I just bought a Nikon CoolPix P3.  ~300 online, 450 in the stores.  8.1 megapixel, image stabilized, 1.8 frame per sec 3x optical zoom, WiFi support.

The P3 is a lot of camera for the money.

http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/digital-cameras/nikon-coolpix-p3_reviews.html


How is Olympus junk? I dont currently own one but I have in the past, and I have a neighbor who does and uses both of his for underwater snapshots and gets amazing results. The one I used to have was very nice for what it was.

Nikon makes nice cameras, no doubt.. So does Canon. If Sony were the only manufacturer of digital cameras, I'd go back to using film.

Why? When Sony bought Konica/Minolta's camera division they screwed every owner who then had equipment in for warranty repair. They told the customer that they had two choices: 1: Accept a pro-rated boyout of their equipment from Sony or 2: Have it returned to them unrepaired in the same condition it was sent in as.

Screw Sony.
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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2007, 11:35:47 AM »


You can get a decent 7MP in your price range. Olympus makes the SP-510 Ultra Zoom that's almost similar to your old one in size. It's 7.1MP, 10X zoom, has digital image stabilization, 2.5" LCD, aperture range is at f/2.8 f/3.7 (excellent for indoor and low light), and uses AA batteries (not proprietary ones  Thumbsup). It lists for $300 on Olympus' website. I'm sure you get it much cheaper than that.

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1268


Note the "Digital Image Stabilization" that Olympus refers to is not truly Image Stabilization.  Olympus uses a higher ISO and shutter speed which is not "stabilization".  Here is a good link to the subject:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0701/07010501notimagestabilization.asp
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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2007, 11:36:38 AM »

I have a Canon S2IS. Canon has since updated it to become the S3. I replaced a POS Olympus point and shoot. I hated that damn thing.

Overall I like the S2 very much, but it's not perfect. With the right lighting, the results come out great. But if it's poor lighting and you have to crank up the ISO to 200 or 400, the results definitely suffer.

It has a GREAT zoom, and this, plus being a Canon, is why I bought it. Full manual control was also a requirement for me, and the S2 (and S3 too) meets that.

The movie recording feature, while not a requirement, has been very nice. I've used it way more than I thought I ever would.

Plus, you can take good photos of the moon.


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PS. Another good camera research website is http://www.imaging-resource.com
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