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Old Mar 3, 2005, 6:04 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm brand new to the digital photo thing so here goes:

I plan on travelling for quite some time, and have decided to purchase a digital camera. After speaking with a sales consultant the mx4 seemed like a great choice (http://www.pentaxcanada.ca/products/...l/optiomx4.php), however the underwater features of the soon to be release WP(http://www.pentaxcanada.ca/products/...l/optiomx4.php) seem awesome.

Essentially I need help with 2 things:

1. What are the ups and downs of each camera? I dont really know much about all the numbers and such?


2. What camera has the options that I'm looking for? I would like:

-at least 4 megapixels

-movie mode with 640 x 480 capabilities

-macro mode for close up shooting would be nice

-an image stabilizer would be awesome

-anything with the underwater(even if limited) capabilities that the WP has

Any suggestions or thoughts on this would be soooo appreciated!

Thanks alot, Ryan Stroeder
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Old Apr 8, 2005, 9:48 AM   #2
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Hi, first off I think the link you meant to the WP is http://www.pentax.ca/products/digital/optioWP.phpinstead

As for me, I have been researching the MX4 a bit and will probably go with that once funds allow You mention that you want "movie mode with 640 x 480 capabilities" which means you want full VGA capabilities which would be VGA 30frames per second (30 fps).

The WP does not offer this. It's maximum movie mode is 320x240 which is QVGA 30 fps. It's about 1/4 the size so you can imagine the quality is not nearly as good. To me I think the underwater digital cameras are just a little too new to be effective with any kind of video. So I would guess you'll have to decide if you want underwater or VGA @ 30fps because I don't think both exist in a camera yet.

I'm just researching myself so let me know what you find and if you have any specific questions on the numbers let me know and we can help each other out!
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Old Apr 8, 2005, 9:52 AM   #3
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Oh, it's a lot of reading as there are 200 replies (wish there was a search in thread function) but http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=87has the title "All 30fps 640x480 video capable cameras" for good reason as the first post is an updated list of such cameras. Many of them are not MPEG4, so they can only hold 10 or so minutes of video, so if you want to store a lot of video time-wise, these may not be a good choice. But if you'll only need a little video clip here and there, you may find something better for you.
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