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Old Jun 12, 2008, 1:36 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!

I currently own a very old DSC-S30 and absolutely love everything about it, except that it's the size of a Sherman tank and outdated. I did replace it with a high-end Nikon Cool Pix that I absolutely hate because of the shutter lag, poor color and extremely poor quality of indoor flash photos.

Since I was extremely pleased with my S30 in every way I figure I should go back to a Sony. What I liked the most was no first shot shutter lag, ability to take amazing low-light night shots without a tripod, good/true color quality, ability to shoot directly into the sun, excellent indoor flash quality and ease of use, particularly in changing the settings for a quick shot. I know more about cameras than most women but just enough to be dangerous. That said, I like to fiddle with settings when I can't get a good shot, trying until I get the results I'm looking for.

Here's my dilemma... I want a camera with little shutter lag, as wide angle as possible with a higher optical zoom than 3X if possible, one that does well with both indoor flash and low-light night shots and is easy to use.

I've read reviews all over the Internet and Consumer Reports. I've looked at the DSC-T70 and DSC-W200. I like the size of the T70 as well as the lack of first shot shutter lag but it doesn't do extremely well on the night shots in low light (according to Consumer Reports). The W200 does handle the night shots well but has more shutter lag. I also saw comments that it tends to over-saturate red colors.

I thought I would choose between the two of them but then saw the newer W170, which has the 5X optical zoom, Carl Zeiss lens and seems pretty darn good on shutter lag, although I couldn't find exact numbers. I've also seen comments that it doesn't do a good job of illuminating the background on indoor flash. My old Sony is great in that regard. So I started doing more reading and found that the W300 is supposed to be the top of the "W" series, even though it has only a 3X optical zoom. I couldn't find anything on shutter lag.

I use my camera mostly for typical people shots and vacation scenery. My most important requirements are little to no first shot shutter lag, ability to shoot good low-light night shots, true color, good indoor flash and ease of use when switching between settings. The S30 is amazing for quick change of settings. Having a 5X zoom would be great and somewhat important but wouldn't rule out a camera if everything else was excellent.

Can you experts help me decide? I'm lost here. What would you recommend?

Thanks!
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Old Jun 12, 2008, 10:00 PM   #2
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What I liked the most was no first shot shutter lag......., ability to take amazing low-light night shots without a tripod,..... good/true color quality,.... .... excellent indoor flash quality and ease of use,........ particularly in changing the settings for a quick shot. I like to fiddle with settings when I can't get a good shot
... I want a camera with little shutter lag, as wide angle as possible with a higher optical zoom than 3X if possible, one that does well with both indoor flash and low-light night shots and is easy to use..............................

I use my camera mostly for typical people shots and vacation scenery. My most important requirements are little to no first shot shutter lag, ability to shoot good low-light night shots, true color, good indoor flash and ease of use when switching between settings..............
Can you experts help me decide? I'm lost here. What would you recommend?

Thanks!
Well, reading between the.... lines..... of your post above indicates to me that you are a Prime Candidate for a DSLR.

With your stated requirements, I wouldn't look anywhere else.

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Old Jun 13, 2008, 8:02 AM   #3
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I 2nd what Nicks says it sounds like a DSLR would be your best bet. Since I switched to one I don't know if I could shoot a point and shoot as a primary camera.
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 8:51 AM   #4
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I do not think what you want actually exists. If you do not want the dslr route i suggest the H50 or the W300 which are both good iso performers and pretty fast but they do not go out to 28mm wide angle
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May I suggest the Sony DSC-H50. It has the fast shutter lag times you want: 0.17 seconds between shots. DSLR would be nice, but for me it just doesn't justify the bulk and price, compared to these superzooms. Try packing around 3 lenses that will reach the 31 - 465 mm range that the DSC-50 has! With the loads of exposure control and a 15x stabilized optical zoom, this model is thousands of dollars cheaper than the equivalent options on a dSLR with an image stabilized lens.
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