Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > What Camera Should I Buy?

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Dec 20, 2006, 4:32 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 1

I am looking for an ultra-compact camera for travelling and scuba diving. I currently have the Sony DSC-T1, and really like it except for the weak flash and lack of image stabilizer(especially when taking underwater pics and drifting in a current).

WhenI began to research a new cameraI had 3 criteria: image stabilizer, underwater housingthatcan goat least 33 meters/100 feet deep, and a highISO (to compensate for the weak flash found in most ultra-compacts). I have narrowed it down to the Canon SD800 IS and the Sony DSC-T10. They both have image stabilization, underwater housings, and a high ISO (sony ISO of 1000, canon 1600).

I have read numerous reveiws on both cameras and they both sound like good cameras. I like the look and feel of the T10 (smaller and sleeker compared to the canon)and the menu system of the T10, mainly because it's whatI've used for the last 3 yearsor so. But I have heard very good things about the image procesor in the Canon.

I am completely stumped. Any opinions/suggestions would be greatlyappreciated.
ramez18 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Dec 20, 2006, 7:48 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Posts: 4,036

Neither of those cameras are very good above ISO400. Just because the ISO will go to a given level doesn't mean you can get much use out of it unless you just want very small prints. DCRP tests all of the ISOs.

SD 800 http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/ca..._sd800-review/

T30 – I think it has the same sensor and optics as the T10:

I have read from users that the T10/30 just cranks up the ISO to get more flash range. The SD800 has a stronger flash unit and doesn't have to crank up the ISO as far for flash shots.

The SD800 has a wide angle lens. I don't know how significant that is to you. If 38mm is wide enough also look at the SD700.

You seem to get along fine without an optical viewfinder. I prefer having one.

You can get a little more utility out of higher ISO with noise reduction software. Noise Ninja, Neat Image and Noiseware are probably the best. Neat Image has a demo that doesn't expire and is considered freeware. You might give it a try.

slipe is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 6:48 AM.