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Old Feb 17, 2004, 12:43 PM   #1
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Default Pentax S4 or Canon S400 or something else?!

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, 1:55 PM   #2
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I was in the same spot you're in right now. After reading reviews from many sites, I opted for the S-400. Sometimes, learning how to use new computerized products are difficult for me but the camera is so simple to use and learn, it's been a lot of fun.
One nice thing about a digital camera is that you can take all the pictures you want while learning how to use it and you don't have to bother buying and developing film.
BTW, this camera takes GREAT pics while on "auto". While there is a lot of different things you can set if you desire, you don't have to be an expert to take good shots.
Another nice feature is that it's small enough that you can just drop it in your pocket and take it anywhere, no problem.

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