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Old Dec 2, 2005, 1:21 PM   #1
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I know this is a VERY VAGUE question but which one would you buy and why?
Is a higher res camera better or a higher zoom camera better?
I have the Fuji S5200 5mp/10x opitcal zoom camera right now. I am thinking of trading it in for one of the olympus camera. Reasons? The olympus camera has a Super Macro mode which is something that seems to be intreasting since I want to take nice close up shots.


The sp-350 is 8mp with 3x optical zoom
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The sp-500 is 6mp with 10x optical zoom


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Old Dec 2, 2005, 1:34 PM   #2
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Other than the zoom and resolution diffs. that you already pointed out:

SP-500 - no hot shoe, no TIFF or RAW. [EDIT: SP-500 does RAW]

SP-350 - hot shoe, does RAW

You are the only one that can make the decision based on your own priorities. For example, I just went with the 350 for my daughter because she has shown an interest in photography, and I want her to be able to grow with it (external flash, RAW, etc.) if she so desires. Too bad the 350 doesn't have UZ (the only downside with that one IMO, but not a big deal).

Do a search - there are a couple of recent threads that discuss the tradeoffs between resolution and optical zoom. A good search word would be "root" - as in square root of 2 - since that enters into those discussions.
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Sp-500 does RAW
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Sp-500 does RAW
Oops! Correct you are. (I edited my post to reflect that)
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Old Dec 8, 2005, 3:12 PM   #5
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After seeing the results of cameras that have image stabilization, I would never buy a camera without image stabilization.

I also would only want cameras that have a hotshoe. I recharge my own batteries, so I like cameras that use AA batteries. In a pinch, I can run into any store and buy a battery. The proprietary batteries leave you high and dry when you run out of power. For me, changing batteries is not a big deal, I get about 140 pictures to a set of four AA batteries.
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