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Old Feb 16, 2005, 9:49 PM   #1
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At what point (i.e. how many prints you need to have done for your own enjoyment) do you decide that it's better to get a photo viewer device with extensive storage and an LCD, rather than have a ton of pics printed? I'm mainly thinking about the cost, but would be willing to look at other factors.

In either case, I want to be able to see the exif data (on the back of the print, or by pressing a button on the viewer).
On a viewer, I'd like to be able to store as many pics at once as possible at highest quality (so far I've mainly shot with an A70, A80, and S1 IS). I do have a DVD recorder in my computer, so DVD would be nice to have (although it would probably require at least 2 or 3 or more, and I would like to be able to fit it all onto one media.) If I was to get a hard disk one, I would want one that's EXTREMELY durable - won't mess up the media if I drop it from a few feet up onto a hard floor multiple times (or even throw it across the room cause somehow it slips from my hand at a rapid velocity) while it's accessing the drive.
A HUGE plus would be high-speed memory card slots so I can transfer images to it while I'm away from a computer. (I'd also transfer other things to it like mp3 files, too.)
As a plus, I would also like something that can play and record audio, including mp3 and wave. (I would be willing to lose the record function on a DVD player, unless I could get a good price on one.) Also a plus (but not required) would be a radio with a very high quality AM section.

So, should I go get some prints, or start looking at digital viewers that either have hard drives with top notch shock absorbers or read DVDs?
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Old Feb 18, 2005, 9:42 PM   #2
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I'm getting a few test prints done at a local place...
including slow shutter speeds at long zoom, lower resolutions, and an ISO series on the S1 IS (ISO 50 to ISO 6400)

"Wait a sec... the Canon S1 IS only goes to ISO 400!!"

"Well, if you set exposure compensation to minus 2 stops, and exposure bracketing to +/- 2 stops, you get compensation of minus 4 stops. That, combined with ISO 400, is like shooting at ISO 6400."

"Wow! But don't the pictures come out really dark?"

"Well, yes, but you brighten them in post processing. I should warn you, though - ISO 6400 on a small sensor camera is going to be EXTREMELY noisy on the screen. I'm wondering what it will look like in print. Super high ISOs on a dSLR should be MUCH better quality. I would hope a Canon Rebel XT should be able to get a 1/4000" shutter speed at night with a bright blue sky and a large depth of field, and almost NO noise. For example, my Canon S1 IS, with 15", ISO 400, and F/2.8, is still a couple stops too dark."
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