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Old May 2, 2003, 10:11 AM   #1
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Hello. Was looking for a new digital camera. My current one is about 3 years old. I was looking at the Canon A60, but heard mixed reviews. I heard the pictures are soft, camera is noisy, etc. What do you recommend? Looking at spending under $300. I am looking for at least a 2 megapixels.

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Old May 2, 2003, 1:12 PM   #2
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It's a personal thing but when it comes to cheapish P+S cams I tend to favour the Fuji. I used to have one and it was great.
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Old May 2, 2003, 4:57 PM   #3
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What exactly do you mean by the Canon's being noisy ?

It does have several noises generated by the camera to let you know stuff is happening ie shutter noise - however these can ALL be switched on or off as you prefer.

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Old May 2, 2003, 5:23 PM   #4
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What exactly do you mean by the Canon's being noisy ?

It does have several noises generated by the camera to let you know stuff is happening ie shutter noise - however these can ALL be switched on or off as you prefer.

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Hi Stef, Thanks for responding. I was reading reviews. One just said that the camera was noisy. A lot said about pictures being soft? Do you have the A60?? What is everyones recommendation? Or do you recommend another brand? Thanks
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Old May 2, 2003, 6:35 PM   #5
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I only bought it six days ago and havent used it much yet.

You can check some of my test pics if you like here :

http://community.webshots.com/user/stefank60100[url]

I need to take some more pics with it before I decide 100 % if I'm happy or not - though have seen some pics from other users that looked good.

The softness issue has been well covered in these forums and I get the impression that it is not quite as big an issue as some would make out.

I chose the A70 (virtually the same as the A60 just higher megapixel rating and higher resolution in movie mode) because of the amount of manual control offered.

I have used several 35 mm cameras for the past 20 yrs and whenever I went from an SLR to a point and shoot compact I always regretted it and missed the manual control - this was my biggest draw to the Canon A60/70.

It is also a beautifully designed cam (personal opinion) and the menus are VERY logical and easy to access - it's a joy to use.

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Old May 3, 2003, 3:20 PM   #6
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It depends, of course, on how you use it and what your demands/expectations are. I have the A40, the predecessor of the A60, and while there are many things I like about it, the pictures aren't very crisp. In fact, they're downright soft, though it can take quite good macros, so I'm in the market for a different camera.

I think the A60/A70 cameras would be perfect for 75% of the people using digicams if Canon would just sharpen the lenses a little. Heck, I'd buy one in a heartbeat, but as it is I think I'll end up buying a Nikon even though I don't like their batteries or user interface nearly as well.
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Hey BackRoadRanger, I almost got the A70 but one day I took two different CF cards to Best Buy and placed them on the A70 and Nikon CP 3100/2100. I took various pictures of my son and after checking them out at home I went with the 3100. No regrets on my decision, I must say. Sharp, crisp colors galore!
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