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Us 5 Camp May 20, 2003 9:16 AM

Canon G3 price too good? others in comparison
A large computer Mfr sent me a catalog with a misprint for a G3 price($299 :shock: ). Anyway, the price was 'too good to be true' but they did offer to sell it to me for 20% off or $559 (w/256Mb card)

My question(s) are many:

1) Is the G3 price too good to pass up?

I've been meaning to ask the following questions about a camera purchase in general:

- All in the context of a consumer who is NOT a photographer, but appreciates a quality lens and likes the best photos possible w/o totally manual shooting.

- FYI.. We've currently been shooting with a Nikon N60 SLR. We don't go totally manual, but do use all the program modes, not just the green 'catchall' mode. Probably the most manual we get is shooting the different action, night, macro modes and occasionally shutter or aperature priority modes.

- Most of our pictures are of our three kids and 'family' life.

2) Besides the G3, we're considering the Sony 717, the Minolta 7i or 7Hi, or one of the Nikon 4500, 5000 or 5700. In the sub $75 range, what's going to be our best bet given our shooting style, which is mostly automatic. One of the main reasons we're looking to these cameras is to get the best lens.

3) Many of these cameras use proprietary batteries, how big of an issue is that? I realize the OEM battery often has good capacity, but the cost is high. What's the best camera available that uses AA's. (I have several AA NiMH batteries for my GPS.)

Your recommendations are appreciated. We're read a lot of the reviews and are now looking for feedback from users. What do you like, not like about these cameras? From your experience and description of my shooting style, what to YOU recommend?


steve6 May 20, 2003 2:21 PM

My favourite cam at the moment and would buy if I had the dosh (where's that lottery ticket) is the Nikon 5700.

stefank May 20, 2003 2:33 PM

My brother has a 5700 and loves it


stefank May 20, 2003 2:36 PM

My brother has a 5700 and loves it


steve6 May 20, 2003 2:51 PM


My brother has a 5700 and loves it

My brother has a 5700 and loves it
Hey Steff we heard you the first time, Hey Steff we heard you the first time :lol:

koruvs May 20, 2003 7:35 PM

I have the 5700 and personally think its the best in its c(g)lass, pun intended :)

Read different reviews/comments, go to a shop and try them all out if you can. See what meets your needs.


Alfisti May 20, 2003 8:10 PM

5700 and G3 are constantly praised by reviewers and users. if you can handle the bulk they seem wise choices.

Us 5 Camp May 21, 2003 9:06 AM

Can you tell me why....

Originally Posted by steve6
My favourite cam at the moment and would buy if I had the dosh (where's that lottery ticket) is the Nikon 5700.

Can you tell me why, for you personally, this camera wins over the others....


timflemmo May 21, 2003 2:05 PM


I too have been stuck exactly where you are right now!! actually for quite sometime!! So much so i have saved up enough money to get a cannon 10D instead. (yay) :D

I have read so much about the 5700 and 7Hi it isn't funny.

I agree with all the previous comments, although the 5700 could really do with a manual focus ring.

I would if i where in your shoes go for the Nikon 5700.

However it is getting very long in the tooth, expect an upgrade shortly!! (straight out of a review i read)

I was going to have to spend alot of money on add on lenses and extras to get it to do what i thought i would in the long run i decided on an dSLR.

A 10D body/lense package is only a little extra then the all up package of 5700,w/a lense,tele lense, etc... well a bit more than a little but you get more than a little more for your money!!!

5700 great cam just not slr........

Try and research any possibiltiy of it being superseeded in the near future....if so hold off it will be a beauty.


airplanenut May 21, 2003 5:34 PM

I love my 4500 :)

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