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Old Aug 4, 2003, 1:33 AM   #1
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Default C-4000 or C-750?

I currently have a Sony DSC-P32. I'm thinking about upgrading to something better. I have it nailed down to two: C-4000 and C-750. I really think 10x optical zoom will be awesome about C-750. But, could you please advise me on which one I should get?

I'm not a professional photographer, but, would still like to take good family/trip pictures.

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Old Aug 4, 2003, 9:59 AM   #2
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What types of pics are you going to shoot? I would say that you are leaning to the C750 because of the zoom. If the zoom is important in your shooting, then go for it.
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Old Aug 4, 2003, 10:36 AM   #3
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What types of pics are you going to shoot? I would say that you are leaning to the C750 because of the zoom. If the zoom is important in your shooting, then go for it.
gibsonpd3620, I'm sorry, but you missed my post. I'll be taking family and trip pics. Suppose that both cameras had 3x optical zoom, which one would you say I should go for?
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A huge zoom doesn't necessarily mean better pictures. Over the years, I've had more bad pics due to trying to push the limits for hand-holding telephotos than from any other cause.

I've always been able to get decent results from a 135mm lens, but at 200mm, camera shake ruined the image more often than not. I KNEW I should use a tripod, but when you're hiking up mountains you just don't bother. Then you spot eagles on the wing, shoot handheld at max tele in marginal light and end up with a bunch of useless pictures.

When I bought my C4000, I made a conscious decision to break my bad habits by NOT buying a long zoom. Years ago I gave up motorcycling because it was going to kill me. I still miss the bike, I sometimes miss the zoom, but on balance both decisions were right - for me.

If you are going to do wildlife photography, go for the zoom - but reconcile yourself to a lifetime with a tripod on your shoulder...

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Old Aug 5, 2003, 3:05 AM   #5
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Default C4000 vs. C750

Both cameras have in common:

Very good optics, resolution and overall picture quality, very similar menues and options.

Differences:

C4000: wide angle 32mm, smart media, bargain price;

C750: extreme tele 380mm, movie sound, hot shoe, XD card, metal housing, remote control

I am absolutely happy with my C-4000. If you are interested in sample pictures, let me know. The sharpness of the 4MP pictures is outstanding.

About the tele, I agree with Fenlander. I will only consider getting a new camera if one day there is a C750 type of camera with image stabilization, focus assist lamp and hopefully a wider angle zoom.
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Many people complain about the lack of image stabilization (and I agree it would be nice if it was on the C-7x0 series), but I've found it not necessary. I've taken quite a few handheld shots at full 10x zoom with no problems...you just have to know the 1/focal length rule (if your zoom is 200mm, you need at least 1/200th of a second shutter speed). Here's some examples of the same handheld shot using a C-700:

full wide angle (38mm)
http://www.pbase.com/image/6328792

full optical zoom (some digital zoom snuck in, 407mm instead of 380mm)
http://www.pbase.com/image/6328791

full digital zoom (1000mm, I don't use it...instead I do it on the computer now)
http://www.pbase.com/image/6328790

For me I'm glad to have the extra zoom, and wouldn't give it up. It's like having a 6 cylinder in a car or 4 wheel drive...most people don't use the capability, but it's nice to have when you do need it.

Sure you can add a teleconverter to the C-4000 (and other C-series including the C-7x0 series) to give you the same capability, but why lug an extra lens around when you can have it built in.

- The above pictures are from the Oly_C-700 Yahoo Group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Oly_C-700/ for users of all Olympus C-7x0 cameras.
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Old Aug 5, 2003, 4:39 PM   #7
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I would also like to see a ultrazoom with IS but a tripod or steady hand can compensate for most pics. The 10X zoom will come in handy when the family is looking at something and you are not near. I would go with the 750.
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Nepali,
I recently purchased the c-750 and have been extremely happy with it, taking a variety of photos to test the zoom, macro mode, etc.

I managed to take some very nice shots along a waterfront, at a fairly high zoom setting, hand-held, and standing on a floating dock.

Here are some photos taken with the c-750. Notice, especially, the first three photos, especially the casinoboat, which was taken under the conditions noted above.

http://www.photobucket.com/albums/0803/RobCS/
(Note: photos on this site are limited to 150k max, so image size or quality have to be restricted to meet this restriction.)

Just follow Mike_PEATs advice about the shutter speed.
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