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Old Aug 8, 2003, 2:07 AM   #1
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I am looking for a small camera with great auto point and shoot.
The Canon S400 and Sony DSC-P10 seem to be the smallest in 4-5 Megapixel. I am looking for something which is fast for focus, and shoot and ready fast to take next shots.

What are the pro's and con's of these 2 cameras?

The price is alost the same from my local store. I have researched extensively, and tried them both. The Canon sems to fit a bit better in my hand, although the Sony is better for 2 hands.

Which camera will take the best automatic pictures? I need to be able to carry it in my pocket ( 3 kids) and be able to quickly take some shots and put it away.

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Old Aug 11, 2003, 8:19 PM   #2
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I have now taken pictures with both the 4MPixel Canon and the %Mpixel Sony. It appears that the Canon gives a better picture, more real color and better detail. This surpizes me since I figure the 5 Mpixel would be better or at least equivalent until blown up to a large size.
All the specs and techy side of me say Sony but the Canon seems to be a better unit.
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Old Aug 12, 2003, 12:41 AM   #3
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Well DougP, you have had a very important realization that every informed consumer must face when deciding on which camera, the number of megapixels is in no way related to image quality except when printing at certain sizes. In order to appeal to the mainstream, many camera companies will cram extra pixels onto the ccd rather than improve upon dynamic range, iso ratings, processing, etc. This is because the average consumer will go into a store like Best Buy, look at the cameras and buy the one that has more megapixels in the specifications mistakenly equating extra mp to mean a better product (much like when computer shopping, few people realize that if a computer has more mhz it is not automatically faster or better).
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Old Aug 15, 2003, 12:05 AM   #4
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I have been trying to figure this out, why the difference in quality. In using the comparator at imaging-resource.com, there is not near as much if any difference in the picture quailties between the canon S400 and Sony P10. Of course the pictures there are optimized with proper manual settings.
So I am not sure, maybe I have abad Sony, or maybe the Sony just needs more manual tweaking to get a good picture, and of course of you know how to play with the controls probably get some very unique pictures, maybe not capable from the Canon due to lack of manual controls.
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Th Sony I have just s plain grainy and colors are not as vibrant, and details are washed away, as well as strong green.
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Old Aug 15, 2003, 12:36 AM   #5
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Have marketers been SO SUCCESSFUL is deluding the average Joe about megamapixels???? it just confounds me ... anyone that has done any research would surely know better (not have a go at you mate) but it seems the mnanufacturers have really SOLD the consumer on megapixels.

IMHPO 3 MP is just fine. 4 could be handy but 5 is a borderline waste for consumers.
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