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Old 28th March 2006, 02:54   #46
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My 2 paisa worth:
i was looking for a camera in the 20K range around last month and zeroed on to the Canon S2IS and Sony DSC-H1....
Fortunately for me, i had access to bot the models through two of my friends ...and after a lot of comparison , i ended up choosing the Sony DSC-H1

- Better low light focusing capabilties
- Lower noise at higher ISOs
- 2.5" LCD

The Canon on the other hand had better color balance

Both the cameras are extremely capable and it was very difficult chosing between the two, but the final clincher was the fact that the Sony uses 2 AA batteries vs. 4 on the Canon....so lesser batteries to carry when travelling

I ended up paying $350 for the DSC-H1 and another $50 for a 512MB MS pro
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but the S3 IS is a 6 mega pixel whereas this is 7 MP.doesn that make a huge difference ?

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My 2 paisa worth:
i was looking for a camera in the 20K range around last month and zeroed on to the Canon S2IS and Sony DSC-H1....
Fortunately for me, i had access to bot the models through two of my friends ...and after a lot of comparison , i ended up choosing the Sony DSC-H1

- Better low light focusing capabilties
- Lower noise at higher ISOs
- 2.5" LCD

The Canon on the other hand had better color balance

Both the cameras are extremely capable and it was very difficult chosing between the two, but the final clincher was the fact that the Sony uses 2 AA batteries vs. 4 on the Canon....so lesser batteries to carry when travelling

I ended up paying $350 for the DSC-H1 and another $50 for a 512MB MS pro
but between the one you got and the S3 IS i guess the S3 IS is much better.what do you say tsk ?
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Old 28th March 2006, 03:10   #49
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I guess The S3 would perhaps be better but if was out of my budget at ~$500
the S2 IS and the H1 were both $350

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but the S3 IS is a 5 mega pixel whereas this is 7 MP.doesn that make a huge difference ?
Depends on what you need...If like me, you mostly watch pics on the PC screen, you don't even need more than 2 MP

5MP vs 7MP would definitely not be the determining factor for me

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ok abhi,
thank you very much for the info.
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Old 28th March 2006, 13:58   #51
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I used to find the older Sony's red to be over saturated besides they use those expensive Sticks.

The Panny FX9 is a gret pocket camera and the IS does work a bit as well. My wife uses her FX7 (2 years old) as it fits snugly in her purse.

anything over 4MP will give you decent 6x8 and usable 8x12. I use a 4 yr old G2 (with a 420EX) for most functions.

Note that CCDs are very insensitive to light (esp coming from someone used to film) so a good external flash is essential for most indoor sitations.

Also i find wide angles are more often used than long tele. so a 28mm lens would be something one should consider.

Given the above..today i would look at the Canon S80. It has a hot shoe, a 28-100 lens, great software, color accuracy and metering with the caeveat that it has a rather small LCD screen for it's price class.
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I Suggest you go in for a NIKON P1.

8MP
3.5x OZ
WIFI
2.5 inch LCD
awesome battery life.

It looks a little big in the photographs online but it actually fits quite well in the pocket.

The picture quality is awesome and I think it is the best budget camera around.

It costs 15.5K in india. Should cost about 375 USD along with a 256 mb card.

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which one is a better cam between the NIKON P1 and The Canon S3 IS ??
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Any of you have 360deg rotating Swivel LCDs on your cams ? In a 15k budget
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S3 IS is a different class. More advanced. Dont be too much taken in my Megapixels. There is lot more to a camera than just MPs. IF you are still confused handle both the cams and take what you like. But Nikon has hardly any optical zoom(120mm I think). So no zooming for ya. For a side by side comparison, here
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/comp..._cpp1&show=all

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Canon S3 IS it is sir. !!
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Old 29th March 2006, 16:41   #57
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No! Dont decide without the "hold test".
Go to a shop, click a few snaps. Hold the camera in your hands. That is the most important thing. S3 IS is a wonderful cam, but in the end its for the user to decide. For example many people with large hands find the 350D DSLR from canon uncomfortable to hold. OTOH, I love the feel and small size. So just try out the S3 IS, The sony 12X zooms(I think the new H2/H5). Then you can go to http://www.dpreview.com and do a side-by-side comparison in the buyers guide section and choose the one with the best features. If you like the feel of S3 IS in your hands, then go for it as its an amazing cam. In the Camera market the fight is between Canon and Sony mostly with nikon and oly starting to lag behind.
Have fun with your cam!
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S3 IS is a different class. More advanced.
The P1 is a compact. the S3 is near SLR size and is a bit more expensive. The S3 is a great camera but should be comapred to the Kodak P850 or Panny FZ20.

I like the 850 as it is $100 less (buy a big memory card with that) the and S3 has a hot shoe and is lighter. Here is a comparision with the S2 (not S3).
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/kodakp850/page10.asp

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how much are you getting the S3 IS for?
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Do not cut corners. Do not go overboard.

1. Take a wild guess and decide how much (if ever) youíre going to blow up your photos. If itís not going to be more than 5/7 inches..2-3 mega pixel should be more than sufficient. My 1 mega pixel Nokia phone camera gives very sharp 5/7 prints through Kodak.

2. Have a fix on your budget. Remember, for a small print or for internet, thereís no difference between 2 mega pixel and 22 mega pixel.

3. Do not expect a brilliant quality of video from your small camera. Still/movie in one camera is a compromise.

4. Do not fall for digital zoom. Itís the hoax of the century.

5. Do not buy a camera which offers RAW capture. Unless youíre going to use it, you may be paying more for that RAW feature alone. TIFF/JPEG images are naturally sharp due to in camera processing. RAW images need supporting software to build a picture. Also, you need to have a fair amount of knowledge on image manipulation.

6. Almost all known cameras offer good result. Canon rules the roost and also in future, theyíre going to lead. This is however my view only.

7. For any entry level DSLR, supplied lens is more than enough to explore your world. Additional lenses can be bought only when you know what youíre (if youíre) missing.

8. Expensive lenses do produce better results. Buy them only if your work/application demands. Sample shown below is 75% cropped of a full frame, 16.7 mega pixel (24/36mm). 400mm 5.6L telephoto.

9. Take care of your camera. Itís delicate piece of equipment and youíve paid for it.

10. Use your camera regularly. Thatís the best diet your camera can have to be in healthy shape.

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