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Old Mar 6, 2004, 3:17 PM   #1
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Default Fuji F700 or Canon A80?

That's the question, anyone got some informed opinions?

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Old Mar 6, 2004, 4:37 PM   #2
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Default Canon A80

I am a big Fuji Fan, however the 700 just doesn't seem to be one of their better cameras. Looking at some of the reviews the colors look off. The price on the camera dropped right after it went out from 600 to 399 quite fast. The A80 however has great reviews and people seem to really like it. Better resolution, better pictures and itt also uses AA batteries and Compact Flash cards. The S700 I believe is only XD card and proprietary battery.

Now if you mentioned the S7000, thats a great camera. Dell has a 15% off for model this week and Fuji is offering a $100 rebate. Thats over $200 off and the pictures quality is much better than either camera you mentioned. That only makes the S7000 about $100 more than the A80.
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Old Mar 6, 2004, 5:43 PM   #3
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Yeah that was my feeling, the A80 seems an altogether better camera but my previous cameras have been Fuji.

The A80 fits everything Im looking for, size, quality and price. The S7000 looks amasing though, but I have a Fuji 6900zoom - This is similar but quite old now, and I was looking for something a little more pocket friendly.
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Old Mar 8, 2004, 9:39 PM   #4
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Default have you thought about the Konica Minolta - DiMAGE Xg Digita

If you truely want something pocketable, this might also be a good solution. The reviews of the images look good on some sites and the previous similar models were very good cameras. This one I believe also has 640X480 Video. The A80 is a little large also for a pocketable camera. Just a thought???
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Old Mar 10, 2004, 8:52 PM   #5
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The F700 is very unique in the pocket camera class. It has (1) the only *usable ISO 800 (actually, i don't know of another brand p&s with usable ISO400) i know of on a picekt camera. Makes non flash images possible in a moderate artificial lit environment. It also has one of the quickest AF systems for a pocket camera.

You should note that Fuji typically seems to over-rate ISO by about 1/3 of a stop. So, ISO 800 may actually be closer to ISO 600 when metered. Still, the best ISO600 I think you'll find this side of a DSLR.

Actually, a friend let me use his F700 a couple of weeks ago, and I confirmed that it has very good high ISO abilities. Here is an ISO800 shot in a workshop room, in SOFT sharpen mode. 3MP size.

http://www.linaeum.com/abesample/1.jpg

Here is the shot with mild post processing applied:

http://www.linaeum.com/abesample/1_processed.jpg

The resolution of this camera is excellent at ISO 200-400, some loss is measurable at ISO 800, but not much. THe resolution off from center is not as high in any case, and chromatic type abberations seem to be a problem at low aperatures. What do you wnat on a $300 pocket camera? ED glass?

Here are some measurements of resolution at ISO 200 and 800 settings:

http://www.linaeum.com/productinfo/d...sts/index.html

I came close to buying one of these for my personal use. The only thing that put me off in the end was the lens quality. Just does not quite cut it for me.

Sorry I did not produce a weighted resolution test measuring the various portions of the frames. However, I just have not got around to adding this feature to my resolution chart.

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* I base 'useable' claim on overall noise/grain structure and amount in test images compared in controlled situations from imaging-resource.com
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Old Mar 10, 2004, 9:01 PM   #6
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It's ok, I bought the DSC-V1 in the end. I thought the little bit more was well worth it for features and quality wise, and the bonus is I can use the memory sticks from my p900 in it too
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Old Mar 11, 2004, 9:11 PM   #7
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Default Sounds like you made a good choice.

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