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Old Jan 29, 2005, 4:17 AM   #1
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Hi everybody, I'm new to this forum, although I've been reading Steves' digicams for quite a while now and have found the site very helpful. Thanks Steve, you've done a great job!

I've been following some forums here in Taiwan, where I live, and noticed that some people have complained that the Caplio R1/R1V lens is quite dark, which requires lower shutter-speeds and thus it's more difficult to get good shots unless you have excellent light, and in low-light conditions the flash performance is nothing to boast about either.

I'm wondering if any of you have also noticed that and if it's really that hard to get good shots with the abovementioned cameras when sharpness is considered.

Actually, I'm looking for a pocketable camera (as an add-on to my regular SLR for those unexpected shots) with a 4-5 mpix resolution with voice recording capability (quite handy for recording lectures), and if it wasn't for the dark lens from Caplio R1, I guess it would be the perfect choice with that wide lens, super compact body and AA battery compatibility.

My other choices so far have been Casio Z55 (2.6D @ wide angle, non AA-batt, no video-out) and Konica Minolta DiMage X50 (38mm (35mm equiv) is the widest lens setting).

Any suggestions?


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Old Jan 29, 2005, 6:33 PM   #2
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The lens of the R1 is less than half a stop slower than 2.8 at wideangle, i.e. 3.3. At the telephoto end it's 4.8 which is as fast (or rather slow) as most compacts. On the positive side you have much more zoom to play with 4.8x vs. 3x and wider angle. I wouldn't worry too much about this. The r1 has a relatively low noise at ISO 200, in low light you can just boost the ISO and still get good results.
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