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Old Mar 18, 2004, 4:47 PM   #1
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Default WHAT IS THE BEST 8MP CAMERA SO FAR AMONG ALL?

I READ A LOT ABOUT 8MP CAMERAS...BUT I WOULD LIKE YOUR OPINION ABOUT IT.

I AM A F707 OWNER FOR 2 YEARS AND I AM THINKING ABOUT BUYING A NEW CAMERA....MY FIRST INSTINCT WAS TO PRESERVE "FAMILY´S TRADITION" AND GET THE F828, BUT THE MORE I READ THE MORE I BECAME CONFUSED....

HIGH NOISE LEVELS, CA, PURPLE FIRING...IT SEEMS THAT NONE OF THE 8MP CAMERAS IS TOTALLY FREE OF THESE PROBLEMS....IS IT CORRECT? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT? WHICH´S THE BEST CAMERA IN IMAGE QUALITY? WHAT ABOUT ACESSORIES?

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT IT
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Old Mar 18, 2004, 5:13 PM   #2
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Oweee, you'r yelling

Out of the 8mp lineup I'd have to pick the Canon EOS 1D mark-II.
- 8.3 megapixels,
- 8.5 frames a second for 40 frames,
- 45 point autofocus,
- larger thus less noisey sensor than all the P&S cameras,
- shutter rated for 200,000 cycles,
- iso 100-1600 expandable to 50-3200
and all my EF lenses would fit .

BUT what is your reason for wanting to move to a higher MP camera? Unless you plan to make huge prints a 4-6mp will do excellent 8*10 to 13*19 inch prints.
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Old Mar 19, 2004, 9:42 AM   #3
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I need to print large format such as banners, posters...bigger than A2.

Besides, I 707 already took 14.000 pictures and I have a problem with memory stick contact...I´ll fix it and then sell the equipment...
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You might take a look at the Minolta A2. This is the only current review I’m aware of: http://luminous-landscape.com/review...nolta-a2.shtml I image Steve, Dave and Phil will release reviews soon.

But that review found the A2 to not suffer from the purple fringing/CA problems of the 828. The A2 prices will probably start to drop soon. They are pricey right now because the camera hasn’t been out long.
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Old Mar 21, 2004, 1:41 AM   #5
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We've posted our A2 First Look with some sample pics:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/a2.html

More to come shortly, we are currently working on the A2 review, Olympus C-8080 review, Nikon D70 and several more.

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Old Mar 22, 2004, 12:05 PM   #6
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Default 8 mp cameras.

I bought the Sony F828 some 6 weeks ago. Struggled with it a little in the low light of a very grey Feburary, but as the light levels are increasing the shots are simply stunning. I have also invested in a tripod to eliminate camera shake and use it whenever possible. The handling is miles ahead of the Minolta, I have a freind who owns one and the lens zoom action for example feels very cheap and inconsistent and this is the most used control on the camera. I believe that the Minolta uses the same CCD as the Sony so will probably exhibit similar charachteristics. I worried about the reports of fringing and CA, but the best advice I read was to use the camera, get used to it and enjoy it, I am, I do.
I would have no hesitation to reccomend it to anyone, but of course have neither tested or owned any of the other cameras.
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Old Mar 22, 2004, 12:38 PM   #7
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You have to try them out and see what feels right to you. I handled the 828 and didn't like it at all. Way too big, heavy and long nosed for me. I wanted something that was smaller/lighter than a DSLR. The Minolta feels just right, like a "real" camera, but not so big. With the anti shake, you can often leave the tripod behind which is huge for me. The 828 zoom ring did have a smoother feel, but both of them work fine and are leaps ahead of a W/T button setup. I also like way you get to camera settings on the Minolta. Pretty much everything is available via a button or wheel. No need to go button mashing through LCD menus.
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Old Mar 25, 2004, 9:43 AM   #8
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I must agree...F828 is a big camera... I read some comments from photographers who like heavy cameras, so it won´t shake so easy but I have no opinion about since I only use my F707 in a regular basis.

The Canon Powershot Pro 1 pictures I saw show a small camera that fits in the hand....that´s interesting....

What I didn´t like on what I read about Canon is the gap in its zoom ring.
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Old Mar 25, 2004, 9:46 AM   #9
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Steve...Do you believe that Nikon D70 will sweep away all this 8MP cameras and become THE best option?
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Default If I had to pick one... Olympus 8080

If I had to pick one I would pick Olympus C8080
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