Well I swear I need to
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January 4th, 2008 09:26 AM
Well I swear I need to
Yep my camera gave up on me, It's about 5 years old, a Canon Power Shot A60 only 2 mega pixels. The auto focus quit working so while at the Super Mall here in Cebu I spotted another Canon Power Shot mdl SX100IS, it is 8 mega pixels 2.5" LCD screen, 10X zoom and optical image stabilizer for $400. I was wondering if this is a good camera and if $400 is a good price. I need to take more pictures of the Philippines before I come back home to the US. As you have already assumed, I am not a camera buff that's why I'm asking.
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January 4th, 2008 09:54 AM
Canon cameras take high quality pictures. So being 8MP with a 10x zoom and image stabilizer, it's a good camera. The only question is, the recycle time. That is, how long it takes the camera to process the picture you just took and allow you to take the next picture. This is important because with a slower camera, when you take a picture, it actually captures the image a second (give or take) AFTER you press the button. This makes capturing the "right" moment very difficult.
January 4th, 2008 10:17 AM
+1 to morintp's statement. recycle time is very important
January 4th, 2008 10:52 AM
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Canon is good make - and yes file save time crucial too.
However IMO the Mpx figure of 8 is way over what most folks need ...... seems to be a big selling point these days as if a magic number. All this does is make a full size pic huge ...... big enough to get a poster printed out several feet long!
If you maybe only need pics for web and printing up to 8x10 then even a 4 or 5Mpx is way plenty still - you'll be resizing to smaller most of time. I do think that for $400 there are other options that could get you a good camera adequate for the job.
Apart from file save time ........ I'd look for these things ........
Optical zoom (forget ''digital" zoom)... even 7:1 is probably enough.
As much option as possible for manual override of settings even if you point-and-shoot most times.
Note power supply ..... dedicated (spendy!) Li battery is less flexible than having a camera that might take AA rechargeables ... means you can carry more spares ready to use and cheaper.
Note media type .. is it easy to remove and so put in card reader? SD and CF are good because cheap to buy now for large capacity.
IMO don't go for too small ....... I know they get smaller all time but some are just silly small.
Bottom line - there are some very adequate units around for even $200 ....... do some web searches on cameras and types and see the spec's on them. It's hard to choose with so many choices tho.
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January 4th, 2008 11:13 AM
I'm in the market for a new digital and have settled on another Cannon as my PowerShot is about dead. My requirements aren't mega pixels so much as small and concealable with a decent, but not great zoom factor.
This is the one I'm probably going to get.
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January 5th, 2008 11:34 PM
I too agree- for the casual photographer, nothing beats the small cannons. Everyone who I know who has owned one has loved it. Cannon A560 is cheap ($140) and great. A little fancier: Cannon SD950IS ($275) There are plenty of other models, find one that suits your likes and budget.
For serious photography, get a digital SLR. Nikon and Cannon are the more respected. I have a Nikon D50 with a few lenses that is fabulous. The digital SLR's take photos instantly when you press the shutter and have a clarity you cannot get with a smaller camera. Unfortunately, they are expensive and don't fit in your pocket.
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Things I look for are: rechargeable battery, optical zoom (digital zoom looks grainy), a couple of megapxels is enough (at 12 megapixles, the photos are way to big to email...). Image stabilization is nice if you don;t want blurry photos inside.
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January 6th, 2008 01:29 AM
Originally Posted by P95Carry
I shoot a Pentax K100d SLR, and a K1000 (film) before that. I'm still an amateur as I devote the majority of my time to other things but I can tell you, 8 mega pixels is a HUGE picture. Way over 20" x 20" if it's honestly rated. My digital SLR is 6 mega pixels and I have printed a couple 24 x 30 posters.
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January 6th, 2008 01:57 AM
I have a little 7.2 megapixel Canon & I'm happy with it.
7.2 is actually more than I need as far as high quality prints/enlargments are concerned.
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