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Old May 11, 2005, 6:56 AM   #1
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Hi,

For the past month now I have been looking to buy a new ultracompact digital camera. I have narrowed it down somewhat, and I think it lies between the Canon Powershot SD400 and the Casio Ex-Z750.

I am aware that the Casio hasn't had many reviews at all, however people seem to be happy with the camera and I am particularly impressed with the battery life and the ability to record MPEG 4.

I would like to ask if you guys know with the software given with the Canon SD400 if they give software to convert the AVI-JPEG Movies it records into MPEG4s?

I don't feel I have need at all for a 7 megapixel camera however would be willing to pay for the Casio in order to get the MPEG4 video option and the immense battery life in comparison to the poor offered by the Canon.

My main concern however is the picture quality of the Casio. I know Canon is renowned for excellent quality and the 5 megapixels offered by the Sd400 will be ample for what I need.

I would like to ask you guys what you think? Should I go for the Casio or the Canon? Do you think the Casio build quality will be as high? I would really like this camera to last me many years and don't want it to break or become slow or useless, and really want it to take good photos every time.

I am going to pay a lot because I want this camera to accompany me on my travels, and I want it to be able to be in my pocket all the time! I need a camera which always gets a clear photo, and would love it to have good movie mode too...

I am also going to buy a Sacndisk 2GB Ultra II SD card.

Please I would love to know your opinions on this matter!

Look forward to hearing from you,

David

P.S. Does anyone know is the Casio Ex-Z750 has panoramic mode? The Canons Pan mode I know is superb!
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Old May 11, 2005, 5:27 PM   #2
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For the past month now I have been looking to buy a new ultracompact digital camera. I have narrowed it down somewhat, and I think it lies between the Canon Powershot SD400 and the Casio Ex-Z750.
My brother (who doesn't live with me so no first hand experience) bought the Casio EXZ750. He has only had it for a short while but he is happy with it. I think the Casio is better than the Canon if you look at the features. Canon probably produces better pics since its lens is probably better, but the Casio is better overall IMO...

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I am aware that the Casio hasn't had many reviews at all, however people seem to be happy with the camera and I am particularly impressed with the battery life and the ability to record MPEG 4.
The MPEG4 is a huge bonus feature...

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I would like to ask if you guys know with the software given with the Canon SD400 if they give software to convert the AVI-JPEG Movies it records into MPEG4s?
You have to look into that... I'm not really sure... I would guess that Canon doesn't provide any software to compress. Most software that is bundled with cameras don't really offer too many choices in terms of conversion...

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My main concern however is the picture quality of the Casio. I know Canon is renowned for excellent quality and the 5 megapixels offered by the Sd400 will be ample for what I need.
It's hard to say but I would guess that the Canon has slightly better pic quality--at least it seems that way. However, the difference is not that noticeable...

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I am going to pay a lot because I want this camera to accompany me on my travels, and I want it to be able to be in my pocket all the time! I need a camera which always gets a clear photo, and would love it to have good movie mode too...
Camera just came out so it's hard to comment on the build quality ... my brother mentioned that the camera is FAST. He was impressed with the speed of operation (for example, when reviewing images or jumping between them)... The big LCD is also very nice.

The Casio is better overall IMO. Canon probably has slightly better pics, but the Casio has more features...
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Old May 12, 2005, 4:46 AM   #3
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Thanks so much for your reply! Its really good of you... I am really thinking that I am gonna take the plunge for the Casio, but am gonna wait for a few reviews to come in. Apparently the following sites have all got the cameras in and willl be posting reviews within this month:

http://www.dpreview.com/
http://www.steves-digicams.com/
http://www.steves-digicams.com/

I think it will be important to see what the professionals say!

Thanks for your help, for me the MPEG4 and battery life is a really big thing. I would so much have like Panoramic moded too, but am willing to give it up for the battery life and video mode!

Dave
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