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Old Feb 17, 2005, 11:24 PM   #1
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help me decide do V3 $300 extra worth the money?

here is what I like about V3 over P200:
- laser focus assist
- aperture and shutter priority
- Program shift
- can use CF
- possibly better lense?
- iso 800?
- 4x zoom

Here is what I like about P200 over V3:
- size
- $300 cheaper
- no red eye

given this is it worth it?
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 11:36 PM   #2
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I guess it totally depends on your preference. The V3 is much more of a professional camera, the lens is larger and sharper and there are many more features. The P200 is perfect to carry around everywhere, has faster startup and is more of a point and shoot camera. I think both cameras are worth their cost...
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Old Feb 18, 2005, 2:06 AM   #3
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i bought the V3 a few weeks ago and was very disappointed about the image quality (especially for a cam at a price of 500 euro=600$).
send it back to amazon and now using a p200. much better image quality and much cheaper - but less manual options!

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Old Feb 18, 2005, 7:28 AM   #4
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The V3 will give you much more flexibility and control over your pictures. The V3 also has 2 good flashes, the F32, and F1000, which really help your indoor and portrait shots. I have found that images shot at ISO 800 are almost unusable, and wouldn't consider this option when making my decision. Your choice depends on what kind of shots you want to do. If you just take snapshots, or just want a good point and shoot to carry everywhere, the P200 would probably be your best choice. If you want creative control and the ability to shoot under more conditions, then go with the V3
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Old Feb 18, 2005, 1:05 PM   #5
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Being a photography entusiast and had the oportunity to use SLR, I want the SLR quality at the size of P200.

I guess that is out of question, hence the consideration of V3.

When I look at the specs, V3 lense and P200 lense has the same numbers, ie f2.8 - f5.6?

I want to be able to take picturein door without loosing the background. Will V3 be able to achive this without additional flash?

I can use P200 with optic slave flash and possibly achive this?

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Old Feb 19, 2005, 6:44 PM   #6
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Hey, DSC-V3 and P200 can not be compared because they are totally another series, another device, another quality. :!:

As you can not compare a VW Golf to a VW Touareg you should not compare V3 to P200.

V3 is much better in picture quality, in build quality, you have dozens of options for taking the pictures, you can use cheap CF card (much cheaper than MemoryStick), you can add pro flash to V3, you can put extra lenses to V3 and with the VAD-VHA adapter also filters. But never forget: with V3 you will be satisfied if you learn the basics of photography, and you are brave and patient to learn from mistakes, and you have some time to learn settings (not difficult at all but take some time and experience). If you would like to take really nice pictures AND you are ready to learn a little than the best choice is V3. It's a real cool camera with many extras (infrared night shots - good toy) and best image quality.

P200 is better for you if you are a point-and-shoot person who doesn't mind (or see) cromatic aberration, who wants only good shots for friends and family, who is not a "maximalist" in quality.

I would say: you can be very happy with a P200 as well untill you try a DSC-V3 or see its superb clear pictures.

If I were you I would compare sample pics on Steve's site.
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 1:27 AM   #7
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I compared the photos and decided for the size of P200, I can live with the small noise difference with V3.

I actually made a box out of paper to the dimensions of V3 and P200, and found that V3 size is more than double P200.

I'll settle with P200 (ordered it today) as my everyday camera (actualy my wife's) and will save for a DSLR for the special occation camera.

Thanks for all the comments and inputs
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Old Feb 26, 2005, 2:12 AM   #8
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I think you made the right choice in the P200. However, as far as I could tell, Steve hasn't reviewed the P200 yet. Did you look at the P150 samples to make your decision? If you viewed the sample photo's of the P150, there is a difference in quality from both camera's however slight.
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