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Old Dec 7, 2003, 9:36 AM   #1
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I am a current Canon AE-1 SLR user. Am looking for my first digicam. My criteria are: good quality pictures (though that should be obvious), size (smaller than my SLR, because it's a pain to take with on trips), megapixel (4 and up), optical zoom (at least 4, though more is better), price (around the $400-$500 US range), and finally video capability of at least 120 second segments).

I've been looking at the HP 935, Canon A80, Pentax 555. Any suggestions about these, or any other suggestions would be most welcome!

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Old Dec 10, 2003, 5:22 PM   #2
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Canon A80 and Pentax 555 are good cameras. I do not know the HP 935.
I can add to your list the Minolta s414 that is a 4 mpx with a 4x zoom.
However do not hope to get the same results that from your AE1 with a digital compact camera.
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Out of your choices, I would personally go with the Pentax 555. I'm hearing good things about the improvements Pentax made over the older 550 model.

It's not a speed demon from a startup speed and autofocus lag perspective, but it's image quality is very high for such a small camera (especially considering it's focal range). It's flash is also very powerful for such a small camera.
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Old Dec 13, 2003, 6:54 AM   #4
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Thanks folks. I decided on the Pentax because of the 5x zoom.

"It's not a speed demon from a startup speed and autofocus lag perspective"

What's this about the autofocus lag? Is it very slow? I have not seen that comment. A slow autofocus will not be good with photographing fidgety kids.

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Old Dec 13, 2003, 7:08 AM   #5
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auto focus lag also know as shutter lag. Shutter lag is when you press the shutter button the camera autofocuses before it takes the picture which can lead to blurry pictures. You can overcome the problem by depressing the shutter button halfway, the camera will foucs, and then you can press the shutter fully. This procedure will provide better pics. You can also use the manual mode and overcome shutter lag.
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Old Dec 14, 2003, 10:54 AM   #6
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Thanks, Phil
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