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Old Feb 17, 2004, 12:43 PM   #1
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Default Canon S400 vs. Pentax S4? Would you choose either of these?

I am dying to get a camera but am floundering with ALL the choices! A friend has a Canon S400, keeps it in a camp soap box and loves it. I recently heard of the Pentax S4 that can fit in an altoids can!? Those are likely 2 of the many options. How do you decide? Some of the things I am looking for, if you could offer 2c of advice!?

Simple to use - not going to use different shutter speeds, etc. Just looking for a good point and shoot.

Want it to be able to do movies w/ sound - 30 seconds minimum?

Small, but does that make it more subject to the slightest wiggle /blurring when taking pictures?

Another friend that is big into photography said to look at cameras with at least 4 megapixel. We aren't expecting to blow things up more than 5x7 or 8 x 11 at the most, but it would be good to have that option.

Quality optics / durability - I've dropped our old point and shoot 35 mm and it's kept going. I personally don't like mechanical zoom - seems like another point of failure / chance for the lens to get out of alignment?

I've read the reviews for the S4 and S400 and can't decide. Am I missing something? Anything else a better choice?!
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Old Feb 17, 2004, 1:13 PM   #2
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Those cameras are mostly about pocketability and the S4 is certainly easier to carry around. Of the two I would take the S4 even though the S400 is probably an overall more competent camera. I would personally prefer the Minolta G500 to the S400.

The S400 does take CF cards which are cheaper. But SD has come down in price lately so it is almost as economical. The G500 with SD is going to cost less than the S400 with CF if you buy the same sized card. The S4 has a $30 rebate going because the S4i is about to be released, so it is the most economic of the group.

None are bulletproof. It seems you might be more likely to drop the tiny S4, but I would try to avoid any of them hitting the ground.

I much prefer mechanical zooms but you arenít going to find one in that class and size of camera, so donít concern yourself about it.
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