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Old Jan 12, 2003, 3:12 PM   #1
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Okay, I'm buying ASAP and need you all's guidance. Detail is important and we will use the Video !

Any links to good refurbished camera's are appreciated.

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Old Jan 12, 2003, 3:36 PM   #2
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the olympus c-4000z is on sale at circuit city new for 449 can find cheaper on the web has great pic quality and full manual settings good video but no sound on the plus side you can zoom in and out during video wich you cannot do with most digicams with sound one of the best cams for the money on the market much better reviews and pic quality thab either sony you listed
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Old Jan 12, 2003, 3:50 PM   #3
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How important is video? Still cameras can take great stills, but mediocre video, while video cameras can take great video but mediocre stills...you got to decide which is more important.
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Old Jan 12, 2003, 4:26 PM   #4
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The reason you can't zoom in video mode on most still cams, is they use motion (M)-JPEG without motion compensation like MPEG. Whilst stills and movie res. is higher, these cams use a lot of compression so artefacts frame to frame are visibly quite annoying.

If you want video, buy a video dvcam, if you want great high res stills, but occasionally given the limitation of zoom and panning, need a few seconds of AVI, then still cams with video are OK. Don't forget the conversion hassle to get the output format to something you can replay - takes a long time, even on a fast pc!
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Old Jan 13, 2003, 9:52 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply's.

The video is not that important, but it is a feature we would use and having the sound is a need. We are most concerned with the picture quality. My wife needs it for photography of her jewelry, which is small and detailed.

It sounds like Sony cams are not that popular here so maybe I should steer towards the Olympus, Canon arena. What about Kodak or Fuji? Any opinions are welcomed!
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