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Old Sep 11, 2002, 11:48 PM   #1
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Default Canon G2 vs. Minolta S404

I have narrowed my search down to these two. The G2 seems to get better reviews, but the S404 has a 4x zoom and sells for more that $100 (US) less.

This is my first digital as I presently use a Rollie Prego 140 and Pentax MX.

Your comments are appreciated.
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Old Sep 12, 2002, 11:54 AM   #2
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I have a S404 and it's a great camera- sharp, good color easy to use- solid. All around great camera for $500.

The G2 is sharper and has a lot more pro features- overall, it's easily the better camera (when I went to buy one it was almost $300 more than the S404).

G2- sharpest 4MP pictures on the market

G2- some external flash support (404 has NONE)

404- 35-140mm lens vs G2s 35-100mm

G2- has f2 and is better in low light

G2 has full range manual aperture and shutter and ap/shutter priority the 404 has full manual shutter by only 2 f stops (3.0/3.6 & 6 or 8 depending on zoom) and does not have shutter priority.

G2 takes IBM microdrive
G2 has RAW format
G2 has flip and turn lcd

The G3 comes out in about 2 months and will have the 404's zoom and even more features. Unfortunately the G3 will retail at almost $900 (conflicting reports from $750-900 at this point- it will drop in price soon after release anyway- only preorders pay retail).

Maybe in October you could get a G2 for cheap. If you need a camera now and aren't worried about flash or having full manual shutter and aperture control the 404 is a nice point and shoot camera. If you're used to having manual control the G2 is better. If you're used to having tons of manual controls- I have to say: get your hands on the camera before you buy- you'd be surprised where they bury manual controls and how many button presses it takes to change some simple things.
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Old Sep 12, 2002, 11:55 AM   #3
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By the way GO TIGERS. MU alumni here.
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Old Sep 12, 2002, 12:22 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies and information.
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