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Old 6th January 2006, 14:52   #31
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I would still recommend the Sony H1. As its a long term relation you wish to maintain with the camera, you will learn to master it.
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. Though there are other cams with more Resolutions available they fall short of the optical zoom. Hence I think, these 5MP are a good compromise between resolution and features.
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Thats the sensible thing to do. Its not the resolution that matters always, i'd say 5Mp is more than enough. Moreover, between Sony and Canon, u wont regret whichever u choose, but then think about it Canon is a camera manufacturing company, whereas Sony also makes cameras along with other products. So i'd say S2 would just do good, its upto you to decide.
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http://www.dcviews.com/reviews/Sony-...-S2-review.htm

That helped decide in favour of the Canon... Usefull & good comparision.

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SD Card for the digicam:

Intend to get a 1Gig SD card for the S2 IS. What is a good buy? Any pointers would be really helpfull.

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You can get a Lexar 1gig SD card officially for Rs 3500/-

In the grey market it is below 3000/-
I can vouch for Lexar cards.
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Always go for a branded card like Lexar. Some of the generic unbranded cards can be B grade. Not really worth risking with photographs.
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I can vouch for Lexar cards.
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There appear to be variants in each brand.
SanDisk has the normal, Ultra II , Extreme series..
Lexar has the normal & Platinum series..

Have requested for a Sandisk Ultra II or a Lexar Platinum Series 1 gig card.

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The variants are usually differences in the speed of the card.

The pro lexar have 60x speed and the platinum 40x speed. For lexar SD cards 1x = 150KB/sec.

I used to have a Canon A85 for which I used 12x compact flash cards. It was more than enough. Going to go for a A610 or A620 next week.
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all cameras read at approx 10x .. any higher speeds are used only by the usb sd card readers ..
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DSC - T5 Sony Cyber Shot Rocks dude trust me buy this camera you will love it
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Acording to me - the best SD card makers, not necessarily in that order

Sandisk
Lexar
Toshiba
Kingston
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Quote:
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Acording to me - the best SD card makers, not necessarily in that order

Sandisk
Lexar
Toshiba
Kingston
if you are going to use SD format, i suggest getting Reduced Size MMC cards,which can fit in SD,MMC or RS MMC slots.

this way if u have a nokia phone with a memory slot you can just mail the pics instantly via GPRS.
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i am also loking for a new camera, to dump my 3.2 MP fuji.
and i see that canon S2, sony M2, sony T5 and sony H1 are good contenders.

from those who have used them, can you confirm if i can dump my sony camcorder too if i use these. primary reason being i don't like the lengthy process of downloading movies to my laptop.

in short, is the movie quality form these cams as good as a camcorder movie(with a novice hand). and with 1 GB card, how long will be the movie clips?
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no vivek the sony camcorder will doa better job than either of the mentioned digicams.

of those mentioned the canon S2 would be my bet.
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Canon S2 would be my pick too.
I currently have the S1 and im just waiting to get my hands on the S2...

Haque - Pick up a known brand SD card = LEXAR, kingston, sandisk. (w/ 3-5yr warranty)
Regarding speed, as mclaren mentioned, anything above 12x is fine since the bottleneck is the sd reader/writer in the camera itself (exception being digital SLRs). It wouldnt hurt to pick a 40x or somehting like that, but no need to pay a premium for it.

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in short, is the movie quality form these cams as good as a camcorder movie(with a novice hand). and with 1 GB card, how long will be the movie clips?
Vivekiny2k, the movie mode has excellent quality, but noticable shortcommings are -
1. Focus - compared to a video camera, you will notice the digicam hunting for focus in your videos, slower than a video camera.
2. Compression - The stored videos are not really compressed, and therefore take up a LOT of space on your card, limiting the amount of video you can take.

How much video on a 1gb card?
The S2 IS manual says (page170) >
640x480@30fps = 8mins
640x480@15fps = 15mins
320x240@30fps = 21mins
320x240@15fps = 36mins

(actual times will probably be a little longer than this, but depends on the motion and complexity of the image amongst other things.)

640x480@15fps is the best compromise IMO
(the S1 IS, in addition to resolution and fps had a quality selector for the video which helped, but the S2 doesnt seem to have that!)

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