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Old Aug 6, 2003, 6:12 PM   #1
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Default S400 vs Sony PC10 or other fast and small

I am about to purchase a replacement for my Epson 800 camera. I want a small point and shoot camera with fast shutter lag and great auto functions. With 3 kids I don't have space for lugging a big camera or the time to fuss with setup. My Epson is too slow, from the time I push the shuter release, to the time it takes the picture the action is long gone.

My criteria:

Small & Light & fast
Fast start up, fast to focus, fast from shot to next shot.
Great auto everything, I don't have time to figure out modes etc.
I figure 4 + Megapixel so that I can aways crop etc. to make a photo nice after the fact.
Great outdoors and indoors pictures. minimal redeye. Great autofocus, fast, fast, fast. I will load it up with lots of memory and try to take lots of shots.

Options:
Olympus C50, I think this camera has indoor low light focus issues, also it is a bit bigger than the other options.

Pentax S, nice and small, kind of hard to hold. IS 3 Meg enough? Also I understand shot to next shot speed is an issue?

Sony PC10, slightly longer and shorter than Canon S400. uses memory stick, but not a big issue, I have a Sony camcorder so I can always share MS. Not sure how all the auto functions compare to Canon

Canon S400, nice size, only 4 Megpixel. how well do the auto shoot features work, indoors and outdoors.


So I think I have it narowed down to S400 vs PC10 but boy that Pentax S is a nice size!!!! I would appreciate feedback on what people think on these.

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Old Aug 6, 2003, 6:56 PM   #2
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It appears that with the Canon S400 after taking about 3-5 successive shots the camera gets busy and further shots are delayed, it took me 58 seconds to take 10 shots vs 24 seconds with the Sony PC10. Is this a fair test? Is there any special settings I should be making? I am trying to replicate a scenario where I may be taking pictures at a game and following the play, taking a bunch of shots trying to get a good action shot. If this is the case, it appears I have amuch better chance of getting a good action shot with the SOny due to it's ability to continue writing the pictures to the memory vs Canons need to write slower. Is theis a function of the memory type, CF vs Memory Stick?

Any ideas appreciated.

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Old Aug 11, 2003, 9:36 PM   #3
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Can someone direct me to where I might get some help on this please
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Old Sep 4, 2003, 5:00 PM   #4
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Hello DougP.
I too am considering various compact cameras like the Canon S400 or Sony P10.
What camera did you decide on?
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Old Sep 6, 2003, 7:47 PM   #5
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Can someone direct me to where I might get some help on this please
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Doug
Doug, have you checked the reviews here at Steve's DigiCams? Have you checked the reviews and searched the forums at dpreview.com? How about imaging-resource.com? dcresource.com? megapixel.net? There's a lot of places to go and read professional reviews as well as comments from owners of these cameras.

Something that is very useful is the "comparometer" at imaging-resource.com:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/CDISPLAY.HTM

You simply select one camera and picture on the left and then another camera and picture on the right and you can compare them side-by-side.
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