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Old Feb 6, 2003, 8:40 AM   #1
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Default Please help me to choose a good digital camera!

I'm buying my first digital camera, and there are so many of them that I need some help from you guys.

My priorities are:
-3 MP or more
-Quite small size
-Price about 300-600 /$ (can be a little more or of course less)
-Good movie mode. This is important for me. I know that many of you experts say now that "you should buy a camcorder", but hey..I don't have money for everything, and I still need the possibility to take some movie clips sometimes. I think the movies are very good quality in cameras like Fuji F602, and the memory cards are all the time getting cheaper and larger, I think the future looks bright for digital cams which have a good movie mode. I'd like 640x480 (=VGA) quality movies. The frame rate doesn't matter very much, but preferably more than 15fps.
-Some kind of zoom. Doesn't need to be 6x, but 2x or 4x or something like that is good.

So please give me any suggestions you might have. I think that the 640x480 movie mode is the hardest to find and so far I've only found these models which have the movie mode but still have an affordable price:

*Fujifilm Finepix F601
*Fujifilm Finepix S602 Zoom (which is maybe a bit too large)
*Canon Powershot S230 (this looks quite great, but there is the limit of only 30 sec movieclips)
and this new model from Fuji:
*Finepix M603 (anybody who has bought? Any comments?)

I heard that there are coming some new models from Sony which have unlimited movie recording (well of course as large as the memory card is), does anyone happen to know if the movies in the new Sonys can be recorded at 640x480?

So if you know any more, please tell me.
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Old Feb 6, 2003, 1:19 PM   #2
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I just read a review in my magazine about the 603. Nothing special they say.

Good points:
Nice looking
Hi Res video clips
Iso upto 1600

Bad points
Picture quality is mediocre
Video doesn't use MPEG 2
Battery casing flimsy
Performance uninspiring
ISO 1600 means SVGA
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