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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-16-2003, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Best deal on 5MP+ digital camera out there?

Am moving up from my Kodak DC290 (she's been a good-un ya know) and was wondering if I could get some feedback on any 5MP models out there now.

Fryes had the Toshiba PDR-5300 for $350 or so. Anyone checked it out? It uses the Secure Digital media but was wanting to see some pics.

Any other models out there worth considering? Am also considering the Kodak DX4530. Yashica FineCam S5, Olympus C50 Zoom, etc
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-16-2003, 07:52 PM
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Hey Mike, don't have a recommendation on a good deal but would like to offer my opinion on choosing a Sony product.

I bought a Sony DSC-F717 Cyber-shot® Digital Camera this summer and I've been nothing but impressed with it. I've had a couple of the first generation Sony Mavica's and after that a Panasonic and an Olympus and the Sony picture quality is excellent. I directly contribute this to the Carl Zeiss Lens and the Vario Sonnar Focusing system. The Sonnar sends out a grid of lasers to get the best focus possible. You can actually see a grid on what you are taking depending on lighting conditions. With my previous Panasonic and Olympus I would have problems focusing on distant subjects or on multiple ones, not so with the Sony.

Plus some models of Sony offer Night Shot and Night Framing. Night Shot allows you to take pictures in complete darkness and has the greenish/greyish look to it. Night Framing is something every camera should have. Ever taken a picture using a flash in complete or almost total darkness and couldn't see what you were shooting at and had to guess you had the subject framed in right? With Sony Night Framing it actually activates the Night Shot so that you can see what you are shooting and get the shot you want instead of guessing.

Anyway, just some thoughts. I wish my Sony has the Optical Zoom of my old Olympus but I guess you can't get everything.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-17-2003, 05:10 PM
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Five meg-p is nice, but the big question at hand is the optical zoom. I've been using my 4 mp cam for a year and a half now, and while it's nice, the 2x optical is the main holdback. I recently recommended the Olympus C750 to a family member b/c it's 4 mp but has a 10x optical. Sorry -- this is a very quick post, but check and you can find some great deals. Not sure what your upper limit is, but $450 for a cam with a 10x optical is a pretty darn good deal. Only downside is the use of XD mem cards which aren't CF cheap yet...

In my opinion the 10x zoom is much more important than a difference of 1 megapixel. We've printed out some 8x10's off my 4 mp and they are fantastic -- only 1 out of 20 people at most would be able to identify it as being a digital composed to a 35. Getting the pic that you want based on the lens rather than cropping/enlarging is a nicer way to produce some wall art...

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-19-2003, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your comments Sean and Jose. The KodakDC290 I have used for the last couple of years and rated at 3.2MP, but it is actually a 2.1MP CCD thats capable of a 3.2MP interpolated. In this mode it produces images in tiff format only. It has a 3X zoom which has been adequate for me.

The important things for me are:
1. nice rich, full-color, high res pictures
2. 3X minimum optical zoom
3. quick connect interface and xfer to PC (USB cradle)
4. conventional NIMh or Nicad bats(no proprietary battery packs)
5. standard CF media storage (no proprietary Sony mem stick)
6. price

I will have to ck out a higher zoom and then figure out if its worth it to me. Clearly, people have different needs and expectations for these devices. The key is finding the right fit for what I am doing. It helps to hear how people are using these models and how they perform. Will ck out the higher zoom thing for sure
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-21-2003, 02:38 AM
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Check out the Sony Mavica its direct to cd data, which is wonderful if you want to take alot of pictures and not have to worry about pluging your shit up to your computer to see them. Plus it can shoot full audio video mpg.s as well as do all other kinds of cool shit if I actually read the owners manual. It's probably around $650 or so now but it is a very nice camera, with a nice optical and digital zoom.
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