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Old Oct 2, 2005, 7:37 PM   #1
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Im looking at the S2, Fuji S5200 and p850. Basically long zoom cams with a vga movie mode. If you now own the camera, how do you think it stacks up? Mainly interested in accurate, fast auto focus over the length of the zoom and low noise. Good burst speed would be nice to. How does your prank in these areas. Thanks
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Old Oct 2, 2005, 10:37 PM   #2
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I just recently bought the P850 and decided on it over the Canon S2 and Sony H1. I was however also looking at Fuji's new S9000, but the P850's more compact form factor won me over. Don't know much about the Fuji 5200 though. I picked the P850 over the S2 because of the P850's hot shoe, greater ISO range and larger LCD. The S2's a great camera though, and its rotating LCD is a big plus. Good luck!
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Old Oct 3, 2005, 9:32 AM   #3
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Any issues with it so far? Does it focus fast and accurate, relatively speaking in your experience? I am going to look this weekend so hopefully i can get a chance to play around with it. Thanks

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I have used my P-850 for about two weeks now, and I am frankly disappointed in it. I have owned the Panasonics, the FZ 10 and FZ-20. I think that Kodak has come a long way, but tghey are not yet up to the likes of the FZ-20, The Canon S-2, or even the Sony H-1.

It is slow and I am not especially fond of the lens.

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First let me say that i am a novice.... but I owned the p850 for 2 weeks after selling my dx 7590.I was disappointed with the auto focus ( its just too slow ) and the camera is extremely noisy ( forget about zooming in and out of a video ). I returned it to best buy after playing around with the S2 in a few stores. The S2 for me was great right out of the box. for a dad of three taking picture on the run the s2 is more responsive and is able to freeze action in a varietty of situations. I'm sure the kodak is a good camera but it seems to suffer from that slow AF as did the dx7590. One might say I did not give the p850 a sufficient test run, but I am having alot more fun with the s2 than I did with the P850.

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Old Oct 5, 2005, 12:38 AM   #6
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here are a few images taken(hand held)with S2 in high speed burst mode at 12x zoom. (original quality was better before resized)
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and a low light photo as well
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I'm sure the kodak is a good camera but it seems to suffer from that slow AF as did the dx7590.

I'm surprised to hear this.From what I've heard, the P850 is more responsive than the S2. But, that's just from people on these boards...Maybe the camera you had was defective *shrug*
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