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Old Nov 14, 2003, 5:15 PM   #1
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Default Canon P/rshot a70, Kodak E/share dx6440 Sony C/shot dsc p10

This will be my first Digital camera.
I've narrowed it down to three - Canon Powershot a70, Kodak Easyshare dx6440 and the Sony Cybershot dsc p10.
I am leaning towards the Kodak. No partiicular reason - just price and ease of use.
80% use would be family/holiday shots.
20% close up shots of various things.
Is there one that sticks out among these?
All photos would be transfered to the pc, eventually being burned to disc, so ease of use here is important.
Thanks.
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Old Nov 22, 2003, 6:33 PM   #2
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Old Nov 22, 2003, 7:57 PM   #3
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I can't say anything specific about the kodak & sony models, but I didn't care for the feel & operation of any of the kodak or sony cybershot models that I looked at while shopping. The kodaks felt more like a toy, or a computer peripheral... the Nikons and Canons felt more like a real camera to me. (Not just tactile feel, but also the way the operate and the features) I eventually purchased the A70 after about 6 weeks of intense reading, trying out, and dreaming (sometimes nightmares about digital cameras.

I would check out some of the user opinions of all of the cameras:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/read...y=kodak_dx6440
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/read...ey=sony_dscp10
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/read...dkey=canon_a70

The Sony uses memory sticks and a proprietary battery, both of which are negatives to me. I don't remember trying that particular Kodak model... the only negatives that I saw in the user opinions are the mode dial is hard to move and one user was concerned it might break due to the force required to use it. Another complain was 'clunky movie quality'. If that is important to you, the A70 excells in this area.

The A70 offers more manual controls and the capability to add telephoto or wide lenses, if that appeals to you. It may not be important now, but once you have the camera you may wish to do more with it... this is a big problem I have . I never even considered the add-on lenses when I bought the camera, but I have some now, and I enjoy playing with the manual settings.

Good luck,
Kevin
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Old Nov 22, 2003, 8:20 PM   #4
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PS... I just reread your post and saw that you were interested in close-up photos. You can buy close-up lenses for the canon (either the canon ones or any 52mm aftermarket close-up lenses) with the canon adapter (LA-DC52).

For more extreme closeups, if you have an SLR you can use a standard 50mm SLR lens in reverse connected to the adapter. This method is incredible... you can focus less than an inch from the lens and get amazing detail from coins, bugs, etc.

If you don't have an SLR a local camera shop may sell used lenses cheap.


Here's a link to a gallery of photos made with a reversed SLR lens (It was posted in another forum a while back, hope Richard doesn't mind)

http://www.pbase.com/richardh/slr_macro


Here's someone else's photo, showing what their A60 looks like with the adapter & reversed lens:

http://www.pbase.com/image/17240078

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