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Old 18th September 2008, 11:08   #2836
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DPreview have done a pre-review, I can see the s100fs has a bigger sensor & its ISO preformance is way above the Canon.

But as you said, a full review will make things clearer
Suman also check out the Panasonic FZ-28. I just picked it up and the performance is really good. Extremely happy with it.
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Old 18th September 2008, 11:11   #2837
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Suman also check out the Panasonic FZ-28. I just picked it up and the performance is really good. Extremely happy with it.
Thanks Vidyut, which are the cameras that you considered before choosing this one & how much did you pick it up for?cheers:
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The new canon's were not available so I had 3 main choices, the Panasonic FZ-28, Canon Powershot S5-IS and the Fuji Finepix S2000HD.

The Canon S5 IS I ruled out because of the poor 36mm wideangle and lower zoom.

The Fuji was very very good and I probably would have gone for it if it was in stock.

The Panny overall was the best, good features, good battery life and shoots in raw as well. Another thing in the Panny is if you reduce the resolution from full 10MP to 5MP the optical zoom goes to 25X. The lens physically extends that much more.

The Panasonic cost me $350 USD but now has reduced to $320. The Fuji Finepix 2000HD costs $299 USD.

Here's a couple of pics from the Panny.

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The Panasonic cost me $350 USD but now has reduced to $320. The Fuji Finepix 2000HD costs $299 USD.
Very attractive pricing for both as compared to the Finepix s100fs which would probably be closer to 700 or 800? The only places that the s100fs appears to be ahead of these two are - sensor size & ISO (goes up to a whopping 10000 at 3MP or something IIRC).

Why would you have chosen the Fuji 2000HD over the Panny, lower price only?

Nice pics btw.
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Why would you have chosen the Fuji 2000HD over the Panny, lower price only?
$50 price advantage being one reason. The other reason was that the Panny wasn't very different compared to the older FZ-18. Just a few features different. The old FZ-18 had one main problem i.e. the noise reduction engine was too strong and as a result there was a loss in detail. I wasn't sure if this had been removed in the new FZ-28. Luckily after buying it I came to know that they had changed the Venus IV processor and this problem was no more.

Both the Panasonic and the Fuji are very good cameras. Lately the Canon Powershot S series have been known to give problems. If you search the net you will find many people have had problems after a few months of purchase. Don't know if the new onew will be better.

Frankly speaking the S100fs is not worth it. For $600 you get the Nikon D60 DSLR with the 18-55mm VR lens and for $800 you get the 18-55mm VR lens as well as the 55-200mm VR lens.
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DPreview have done a pre-review, I can see the s100fs has a bigger sensor & its ISO preformance is way above the Canon.

But as you said, a full review will make things clearer
I meant for the review of sx1 and sx10. There you would have an idea about the high ISO performance.
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Vidyut, thanks for your inputs, mate, very helpful!

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I meant for the review of sx1 and sx10. There you would have an idea about the high ISO performance.
I know. The pre-review has the specifications of the Canon & that's what I'm comparing with the Fuji. You can do a side-by-side of the models.

As I said, a detailed review of the Canon's, once available, will make things clearer because on paper, the Fuji has beaten them.

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My friend wants to get a camera for regular use (non-professional). Does not have any specifications but only budget. But after talking to him from experience (I have a Canon S2IS), we have come up with a list of specs. Budget is strictly fixed at less than 16K

1. Need a wide angle rather than those tele prosumers. I have a S2 and even though it's a great camera in all ways, it's a let down when clicking those family function photographs inside the house. I would trade it with a wide angle (<24mm at least) any day

2. We need a camera which has manual controls too so that he can learn experimenting and maybe upgrading to a DSLR after 2-3 yrs. Any cam having Av/Tv/Manual mode would be fine for this.

3. It should have optical image stabilization (not the ones which call high ISOs as IS)

4. Less noise at high ISO + good low light shooting

5. Face recognition would be nice.
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@magma

I think do not sell of those old cameras unless you are in dire straits !! They may end up being worth much more than what you've listed. Get it serviced (try and get them in workable state and the prices associated with him would zoom up astronomically). I used to know someone who had one of those Rotties and he was regularly approached by a lot of photo journalist to part with those cameras. They may have quite a bit of antique value attached to them.
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f100fd will suit the bill kapeshc. Its 28mm at wide angle which is pretty decent
Another cam is the F8000fd, it is 27mm at wide end.

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I have baught s8100fd fuji couple of motnhs back for 16,000 with 4gb memory card and lens protector. Its quiet decent except for indoor performance when there is less light.

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Hey guys,

With my Nikon Coolpix 5900 gone missing, I'm thinking of graduating to a DSLR. I zeroed in on the Nikon D60. eBay has them new for around 28K including taxes and warranty. The one brick and mortar store here in TVM that I went to (Babas) asks 35K including SD card and camera bag.

What do you think dudes?
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Olympus has today announced the development of a new Four Thirds system DSLR aimed at advanced amateur photographers. The fabled ‘tweener’ is an addition to the range positioned between the E-3 and the E-520 models, and inherits a number of the E-3’s professional-level features including its advanced high-speed 11-point autofocus system, built-in image stabilization system with up to 5 stops correction, and somewhat cryptically ‘a new and updated feature to replace the current splash- and dust-proof function’. Olympus will be exhibiting the camera at Photokina, and it is due to for release in the first quarter of 2009.

Source: Olympus announces development of Four-Thirds DSLR: Digital Photography Review
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The one brick and mortar store here in TVM that I went to (Babas) asks 35K including SD card and camera bag.
Do you want to try Pixetra? I dont know if they have a branch in TVM, but they do have 3 or 4 branches in Cochin - this is an offshoot of the old Tradelinks and they have been a rather proactive player in the field, offering free DSLR photography lessons and the like. You may find a better rate from them.

You may get contact info from pixetra - buy digital cameras, camera accessories, hobby optics and order photo prints online in India
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