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Old Oct 23, 2003, 3:07 PM   #1
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Default in the market for new camer with more optical zoom

Hey Guys, I have been shooting autoracing for about 15 years on my Pentax k1000. Im no pro, but I take decent pictures. I would love to replace the pentax with one of the new 10x optical zoom models.
I currently have a kodak dc4800 (3.2mp, 3x optical) wich I like but is not really suited to action shots, but is great in the pits.

I was mainly drawn to the new Kodak 6490 but I am considering the Olympus C-750 and the Minolta Z1. I like the < $500 price point. Will I be happy with these cameras? The Kodak's 10x zoom equates to about 380mm. With My penatax I run a 80- 300mm lens and a 500 fixed focus. The more I hear about the Z1 the better it sounds.

I dont think I can afford one of the digital SLRs (digital rebel). But I am also considering a used Canon D30.

Any help is much apprecciated.

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Old Oct 23, 2003, 5:23 PM   #2
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It really has a lot to do with how you plan to use the results. If you plan mostly on displaying your images online or not printing over 8 X 10 you will find 3Mp satisfactory – even after some cropping. If you want to print larger or find yourself cropping a good bit 4Mp would give you better shots.

There has been some question about the mechanism on the Z1 for displaying through the viewfinder for reliability. One of our posters said his friend’s broke the first day. One instance might not be significant, but it might not be as reliable if it gets bumped around.

Keep in mind that Oly supplies 4 NiMH batteries and a charger with the 750 but you will have to buy them for the Z1. The SD card on the Minolta is a slightly more economic choice than the xD on the Oly. Plan on buying at least 128Mb.
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