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Cerb Oct 17, 2003 4:07 PM

Help with pcking my first Digi Cam
So I wanna be able to do this:
3mp at least
Take night photos
Record movie with sound
Not to big camera

Was thinking on 1 of these 3 cameras but none of em contains all the needengs i want :?

Pentax Optio 33-WR (water resistance, no night foto, movie+sound)

Minolta Dimage Xt (night foto, movie+sound)

Olympus mju 400 (night foto, movie no sound)[mju:]+400+Digital

Please help me find a camera like i want, price around 350 euros

V-Max uk Oct 17, 2003 5:18 PM

Hi, have you considered the Minolta X20 ??
i have just bought one and i love it

Cerb Oct 18, 2003 4:26 AM

Please post ur tips, im badly need advice wich camera i should pick.

ir Oct 18, 2003 11:53 AM

Check out the Canon A70.

- It has 3.2 MP, and takes nice pics.

- As for night shots, I'm not sure what you're after. It has a night shot mode, which basically sets slow shutter speeds, and Canon's DiGIC processor is supposed to clean up noise in exposures longer than 1.3 seconds. If that's not what you mean, then it also has an autofocus illuminator light, which is a feature many digicams lack. Although its range is limited, it allows decent close range flash shots in very low light that are usually in focus. I wish manufacturers would put AF assist lamps on all cams.

- It can take movies in VGA (640x480) with sound! It's 15fps, and some people have called it terrible on some posts, but it's really not bad at all. For taking movies of friends and whatnot, it's great. The VGA mode limits you to 30 seconds at a time, however. If you drop to 320x240, then you can go up to 3 minutes. The movie mode requires good light.

- I find the A70 to be a great size. It might not fit into a pocket, though, if that's what you want. I like it because it fits well in your hand, and the 4 AA batteries give it a little weight. Some people like light cams, but I find a little weight reduces shake.

Well, it sounds like I'm a Canon spokesperson, so I better put in some negatives. The camera does not have the highest quality construction. It has a mostly plastic case, and a plastic tripod mount. There seem to be a certain number of complaints about defects posted, and I admit that I had to return my first one because of unacceptable blurring on the left side of all my pictures. Despite these things, I really like the A70.

Happy hunting,

Cerb Oct 18, 2003 3:33 PM

Thx 4 the advice, think im leaning more and more towards the Pentax Optio 33-WR camera.
But no where can I find rewievs of people that has used that camera :cry:

Cerb Oct 18, 2003 3:40 PM

ow... If Olympys 400 had sound with the video recording I would have taken that 1.
Thats why im leaning towards the Pentax instead

Mike_PEAT Oct 18, 2003 6:37 PM

Well, the thing about the 400 (which appears to be the same as the Olympus Stylus 400) is it's weather resistant...having a microphone would reduce its resistance to moisture, and that's why they don't have them.

Cerb Oct 19, 2003 3:05 AM

The Pentax 33 WR is also water resistance and it has sound.

The more i wait for good advice the more cameras pops up that i now have to choose between :roll:

I even checking out the Olympus C-720 U2, it has 8times zoom, cool !

Mike_PEAT Oct 19, 2003 3:21 AM


Originally Posted by Cerb
The Pentax 33 WR is also water resistance and it has sound.

I even checking out the Olympus C-720 U2, it has 8times zoom, cool !

The C-720(UZ) wasn't their best model (besides, it doesn't have sound)...when I was shopping I actually chose the older C-700 with 10x zoom (but then the C-730 was announced a month later). The C-750 was their best so far, but if you can't afford that one you can still find the 730.

The 720 was stripped down from the C-700, 8x zoom instead of 10x, lack of sound, no manual focus, no ability to connect an external flash (you have to use a digital slave), although it did have an extra megapixel.

The 740 is a stripped down 750, again missing external flash hookup, and lacking some other features.

What you really need to do is decide what type of shooting you want to do, and then pick the camera. For instance, some cameras are better at automatic night/low-light shooting than the Olys. Personally, I could handle the controls manually so for me that wasn't an issue.

Cerb Oct 20, 2003 4:39 AM

hmm not much help :cry:
K lets put it this way, is the Pentax 33 WR good ?

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