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Old Aug 24, 2005, 7:40 AM   #1
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I am going to sell my old Nikon F70 and buy a good digital camera soon..

Read a test in Danish "Digital Foto" (9/2005) (between Canon S2 IS, Fujifilm S5500, Kodak Z740,Kon-Minolta Z5, Olympus C-770 and Panasonic DMC-FZ5) that the Canon S2 IS won – so I am considering buying the Canon.

I read a lot of tests on the net and good alternatives could be: Panasonic Lumix, Nikon Coolpix 8700, Sony Cybershot DCS H1, Konica-Minolta Dimage Z5 and similar cameras.. For instance, one test seemed to prefer the Sony over the Canon: http://www.digitalmagasinet.dk/redirect.asp?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eakam%2Edk%2Far tikkel%2F18328 (in Danish)

One of the downsides of the Canon seems to be grainy pictures/noise at ISO higher than 100.. I never owned a digicam before: Is this really important (I mostly shoot when travelling..so mostly outdoors)?? Can it be corrected with software later o nor??

I value image quality and zoom the most (landscape- and general travel photography).
The Canon also records video and sound, but is it not possible to find a camera with similar specifications (min. 5 megapixels, 8x optical zoom or more, antishake).. that are BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO IMAGE QUALITY (grain/noise, distortion et cetera)???:-?:-?I really don´t need all the fancy video-options and would rather do without them and get better photo quality instead…

I am not considering semi-pro digital SLR's because of price, size, having to buy different lenses and so on..Can anyone help me make the best decision? All comments are highly appreciated

Q2: I never owned a digicam before: Let's say I shoot a picture of a normal landscape at highest resolution with a 5 megapix camera at ISO 100 or 50… how big will I be able to make the print (for home decoration) without getting bad quality??

And what if the camera doesn't support RAW… is that important?

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Old Aug 24, 2005, 8:19 AM   #2
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Take a look at the Nikon 8800:


My dad has one and it's a great camera. 10x stabilized zoom and all the features you could possibly want.
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Old Aug 24, 2005, 1:20 PM   #3
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Yes, the Nikon 8800 is a good digital. I know, I own one. But I replaced it with the Pentax 1stDS which is great.

I tired of the Nikon 8800's slowness both in focus and shot to shot times. With the Pentax 1stDS I got much faster speeds, changeable lenses, and ISO's up to 3200 all for about the same price.

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Old Aug 25, 2005, 5:48 AM   #4
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Look at the prviews of Fujifilm S9000. 9.7X zoom, best in class sensor and the works. The only downside is that the lens is not stabilized. I don't know how important this lack of stabilization may be, but the other things make it worth the wait.
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