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Old Feb 3, 2004, 5:13 PM   #1
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Default Got it down to 3

Need to see what your thoughts are on these 3. From what I have read ,I thought these are within my budget, and looks like the better ones in my price range

Cannon Powershot G5
Pentax Optio 555
Nikon Cybershot Coolpix 5400

camera will be used closeup & detailed work, also for regular shots.

Would appreciate several thoughts on this

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Old Feb 3, 2004, 7:36 PM   #2
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I would choose the Nikon 5400. The Best Shot Selector, Nikor Lens, 270 degree moveable lcd and macros ability make it a great camera.
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Old Feb 3, 2004, 8:22 PM   #3
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Old Feb 4, 2004, 12:57 AM   #4
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I guess we need a vote for the Pentax here to even things out. I have three good digital cameras and get the most shots from my Oly C50 because it is small enough I never leave home without it. The Pentax 555 is exactly the same size as the C50 and I would have chosen it or even the 550 had they been available when I bought the Oly. It is a very competent all round camera for a pocket camera.

There were a few things in Phil’s review on dpreview that disturbed me a little about the Nikon 5400. I really like the 28mm wide capability but the long shot to shot time would irritate me. And the poor low light focus can be a trial as well. Not having the manual focus distance read in the LCD is about a 9.9 on a 10 scale of dumb IMO. And a camera of that caliber should have an efficient raw mode – especially considering the 25 second wait between TIFF shots. Takes very good pictures if you have the patience though. This is a pretty complete review: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikoncp5400/ Dave got faster shot to shot times except for TIFF – Maybe Phil got a lemon: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/C5400/C54A7.HTM

The G5 has a fast f2 lens at wide and a nice articulating LCD like the Nikon – both LCDs are small though. Casio can fit a 2 inch LCD in a credit card sized Z4 but there are big cameras still with 1.5 inch mini-LCDs. With optical finders you have to access everything from that little LCD. The G5 has more noise than the competition and lots of CA – odd for Canon and that limited a zoom range.

If I wanted low light capability I would go with the G5. For vacation photos the 28mm on the Nikon would be superior. If I could have only one camera rather than my specialized trio I think I would opt for the Pentax 555. http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/O555/O55A.HTM and http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_.../optio555.html
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