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Old 30th March 2006, 10:01   #61
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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.

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.
Couldnt agree with you more ! Especially about the Digital zoom.
Personally even I feel Canon delivers lots of VFM and results.

Now a question I asked earlier :
Can anyone point me to Digicams with Swivel/tilt LCD screens ? Something like what the PowerShot S2 IS has ? Im doing a bit of googling and search at DPreview.com as well but inputs from owners would help
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very well said Mr. Sen.
thank you very much.
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Can anyone point me to Digicams with Swivel/tilt LCD screens ? Something like what the PowerShot S2 IS has ? Im doing a bit of googling and search at DPreview.com as well but inputs from owners would help
Canon G6 is a nice one.
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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.
Gentleman, it is not the camera producing that result, but the hand clicking that camera. I am sure, you (and everyone here) know that
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hi,
check out HP Photosmart 945 camera.
i own it...
5.3 mega pixel
check it out..
costed me 17,000/-
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Canon G6 is a nice one.
Wow !! This one really blew me away, but out of my budget unfortunately :( Any ideawhat the Powershot s2 costs abroad ? Hope my dad is able to get a good deal, he is travelling through asia next week.
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Should be around 300$ or less now that S3 is out. I remember seeing 329$ prices online
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how is the sony dsc-w7?? is it worth the buy?
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Wow !! This one really blew me away, but out of my budget unfortunately :( Any ideawhat the Powershot s2 costs abroad ? Hope my dad is able to get a good deal, he is travelling through asia next week.
knowing how insenstive CCDs are to light and the limitations of the on camera flash I really recommend getting a camerea that can take on a additional hot flash (not cold flash).

The smallest digcam that has hot shoe is the Canon SD450 besides Canon makes some nice flash guns too (the 420EX, 430EX and 520EX are some nice guns). the Canon S80 also allows 28mm wide shots.

However it does not have a flip screen like the G6.

If you dont need 28mm and are ok with some more weight (than the S80 or SD450) then the Kodak 850 is a good alternate as it has IS and can zoom to 420mm. however it's hot shoe means you have to get a Kodak Flash.

I have a 4 year old G2 and it still works great. With a 420EX flash it can outperfrom most digicams out today. If there is not enough ambient light you are not going to get good photos a good bounce flash with a hot shoe works wonders esp if you shoot indoors.

a 4MP camera will give you very good 6x8" prints and usable 8x12.

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Navin, thanks for the tip on external flashes. Again the s80 is a little highly priced. Im looking for something in the range of 14k - 15k... and a little extra for accessories (512mb card, Battery, charger etc). Also I dont want the tiny/slim credit card sized cams. Something styled like an SLR would be better. I was also very keen on a swivel screen because I missed that on most camera's after using my friends Olympus... Its a bit of a novelty but helps in taking unconventional photos. If there's a really good reason I should pic another camera (besides powershot s2), I would really appreciate it. Anymore suggestions ?
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the Kodak 850 or Minolta Z6 will fit your budget the flash will cost extra the hot flash means you have to buy the same brand as the camera. unfortunately nether canon nor nikon (great flash units) have a SlR like camera with hot shoe in your budget.
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for a few bucks more you could really get a nice came at 20K you get choces if you like landscapes the kodak P880 is a nice machine if you need close ups the panny FZ20 is nice.
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I did all these research when I was trying to upgrade from my "never say die" yashica analogue P&S camera to a practical and usable Digicam (min 5MP). Here are my findings after endless hours of research across different message boards, review sites (dcresource, dprevoew, steves-digicam included). Costs are as of Feb first week in US, after that I bought my camera.. so don't know the latest price. I also didn't care about video.. because video is best shot in miniDV camcorder which I am already having.

- Canon A610 5MP: swivel lcd, manual control which gives it almost SLR like control without the SLR lens. Of course it has all the accessories to fit in telephoto, wide lens, water protect frame etc. Must for anyone who is short in budget for a D-SLR, However, it's bulky as hell so it was out of my list. Cost approx $255

- Fuji Finepix F10: 6MP, Night performance better than even some well known D-SLRs. All the review sites top choice, lot of manual controls with AF assist lamp. Can shoot till ISO800. I almost bought it. But it uses xD card, which is not compatible with my media card reader in my laptop. So dropped the idea. Cost approx - $250

- Canon SD400/450/500 (aka IXUS series in Asia and Europe): Good overall camera. However a bit pricey, and has problems withred eye (it sure has) and you need some post processing with the software to remove the annoying red eye. Has some manual control with AF assist lamp. Cost $250-$350

- Nikon Coolpix S1: Tinniest camera with budget $199. However, it has problems with processing speed which is a little slow. Othrwise.. it's a good credit card sized camera. Almost none manual control, no AF assist lamp but has D-lighting feature.

- Sony cybershot S600: Incredibly cheap with good performance. It was $175 with 6MP and basic manual controls. But wait a min.. this will just floor you.. it has a 36ft of flash range.. (all the above cameras have a max flash range of 10-12ft) very very powerful flash.. so good for night time wild life photography. In fact I went to wild life photography site to get the word from the horses mouth. However to support the cheap cost the LCD is not great. And it's a bit bulky in my taste. So didn't go for it. It's also introduced in Jan 2006... And did I say that it can take pictures at ISO1000? Still would like to have one for those shos at pitch black night.

- Kodak Easyshare v530/v550: Good camera with a very good LCD and look (metallic black.. change from the usual boring silver tone). Also very compact and has decent performance. Also has the AF Assist lamp and some manual control. I got the v530 for $225 plus NYC tax from J&R. I dropped it in the hard floor once. It survived ecause of the solid metallic body.
I went for this. See my BHP garage for some samples. I will post some good pictures. Here is one on a cloudy day: http://s42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...t=100_0017.jpg

If you are okay with xD card, I would suggest to go for the Fuji Finepix F10

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S3 IS is a good cam, and you sould get it for around 450$ in the US, maybe less.
Let me just say that the S3 IS is NOT available yet! And if i am not mistaken it is expected in stores in May.
It will retail for $499 and probably no less for months since it will be a very popular camera.

The S2 IS can however be had for $350 and up at the moment, and lacks just a few bells and whistles the S3 has, but in most aspects its the same camera so it is definitely worth it.

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rehaan is the S3 IS worth the wait ?? or will it be better if i just pick up the S2 ?? whats the difference between the two ?i thought it was already out

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