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Old Mar 26, 2004, 9:25 PM   #1
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Default Canon G5 OR Nikon 5700 or 8700?

This is basically what it comes down to. There is a wide range of difference between the two. But here are a few things about my situation. Basically I want to take some professional looking photos, but I dont think I am ready for a DSLR. I have never had a Digicam so this will be my first. 1) I want to spent less that $800 for now. I dont think I can get any DSLR's for that little. 2) I will be taking alot of shots inside so I dont know which would do better for lower light. 3)I want to have some sort of remote, I am thinking I can get away with the 30 sec timer on the 8700 4) Image stabilization would be great but I think it is only in the A2.

Is the a2 the one digicam with image stabilization?

Since they are now putting 8x zooms on these things, how important is this if you have the telephoto out all the way? Does anyone have anythig to report on this?

If it is REALLY important to have this option (as it is in other lenses in the SLR arenea) Then I might just get a G5 for now and save the money for a DSLR for a lense that will have it in there. Or Since the prices are so close together does it really matter? (lets assume they are from good dealers) Below at the far bottom is a list that I have to choose from.

Will the G5/8700 take fat32 4 Gb Microdrives? Just curious. Not that I think I will need it since the G5 comes with a 32 mb drive but I have a portable data transfer device. http://www.archos.com/products/av300_series.html

I was thinking - If I would go lower to the G5, then I should also look at the Nikon Coolpix 5700? I have not read the review to see ho wit comares to the G5? Anyone


G5 For $369
http://www.epinions.com/pr-Canon_Pow...Digital_Camera

8700 for $579
http://www.infinitycameras.com/viewi...efTag=DEALTIME



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PowerShot G5* PowerShot G3* PowerShot G2
PowerShot A80 PowerShot A70 PowerShot Pro1
1D SLR 10D SLR Rebel 300D SLR D30/60/70 SLR
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* recommended

Fuji
S1/S2/S3 SLR FinePix S602 FinePix S5000 FinePix S7000
FinePix S20Pro FinePix 4900Z FinePix 6900Z

Hewlett Packard
PhotoSmart 945

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Coolpix 5400* Coolpix 5700* Coolpix 8700*
D1, D100 SLR* recommended

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C5050Z* C5060Z * C8080Z E1 SLR E10 E20

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Old Mar 27, 2004, 2:48 AM   #2
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Hello,
Sorry I can't help you with the tech aspect .
But I hope you won't mind a word of caution re the price that you saw for the 8700.
Looking at that dealers website leads me to thinking that the
8700 @ $579.00 is gray market goods, or a total scam.
Look one line below and they show a USA model @$899.99.
True they use the word "kit" but nowhere even thru the checkout do they show that you get anything more than the usual included items.
Also the UPS ground shipping @$45 doesn't smell right to me.

Dealers website:
http://www.infinitycameras.com/displ...true&Limiter=2

The dealers lifetime rating of .69 out of 10 is here:
http://www.resellerratings.com/seller2684.html

Once again sorry if I offend but I hate shady vendors.
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Old Mar 27, 2004, 4:20 AM   #3
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Is the a2 the one digicam with image stabilization?
No, the A1 too: http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...7b167f558a4d43

The only difference between the two is the highest resolution EVF of any camera at this time (beside the 5/8 Mpixels).
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Old Mar 27, 2004, 5:39 PM   #4
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have you looked at the sigma SLR's, i personally don't know how good they are, but the sigma sd9, which is a bit older, goes for i think, ~$1000 with 2 sets of lenses. i'm not sure though. theres also the newer sd10, but its in the same price range as most other SLR's.

have you also looked at the coolpix 5400. i'm not too sure on this, but to me it seems almost like a 5700 w/o the 8x zoom. its a bit cheaper than the 5700 too.
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Old Mar 27, 2004, 10:15 PM   #5
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Thanks tshhater - You are the only one that actually posted some useful information! :-)

I am thinking I am going to buy something midrange like 5700, 5400 or G5.

Do you know what will happen if one puts a 4 GB card in a system that is not fat32 compliant? Will you only be able to recognize part of it? If so tht is fine. If nothing at all then I will just get a 1 GB. CF drive.

What does a 5400 go for used? dpreview has a side by side compare feature. Does this website?

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i don't really understand what you said about the cards, but i think 1gb will be plenty for a 5mp camera. lets see, the camera i shoot with right now is a s5000, its my bro-in-laws, and at 6mp it supposedly gets 347 pics on a 512mb card.

i've seen used 5400's on ebay for ~499.99 w/128mb memory, card reader, lens cleaner, etc.

have you been to www.imaging-resource.com
the above site has a "comparometer" that you can compare pictures of different cameras side by side.
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$499? That is more than some people sell them for retail!

Ebay is not the best place to shop wither. People buy there becuase they thing they are getting some great deal or something...

there is not much difference in price between the 5700 and the 8700 only a few hundred.. is it worth it?
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Also infinity cameras has a real low price for people that find their prices through dealtime or eopinions...

ONe url for the product is ike the www.website.com/product.asp?id7676 = normal price

the other is

www.website.com/product.asp?id7676&ref=DEALTIME = discount price
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$499? That is more than some people sell them for retail!

Ebay is not the best place to shop wither. People buy there becuase they thing they are getting some great deal or something...

there is not much difference in price between the 5700 and the 8700 only a few hundred.. is it worth it?
If the price difference is not an issue, I would definately take the 8700 as opposed to the 5700. The 5700 has slow AF, this is just somethign that I find aggravating. But really I woudl recommend the fellow posting this thread strongly consider these cameras since they can be had for about $600 or under at reputable online retailers:

-Minolta A1(TTL hotshoe, superb lens)

-Fuij S7000(cheapest camera in class, espeically after the 100 usd rebate, has best high ISO performance(low light shooting is it's best asset) It should be noted that Fuji images usually require more post processsing work then other cameras due to the odd SCCD sensor.

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