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Old Jul 16, 2005, 5:36 PM   #41
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Well, there is another issue to consider and this is what dissuaded me from purchasing the SD500 once and for all: broken LCD's that Canon charges $150.00+ to repair. I don't care how cool the SD500 is or how great its image quality; I would not want to risk having the LCD fracture and there were many complaints about this happening on the dcresource.com Canon forum. Another issue with the SD500 is a sort of whining sound when the movie mode is on.Again, many complaints about that too. So I went with the P-200 and I could not be happier: $150.00 less expensive than the Canon, great image quality, speed, protected LCD and ultracompact and unusual design. I don't mind paying a little extra for memory sticks for the peace of mind I feel now. :|
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Old Jul 16, 2005, 5:52 PM   #42
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Well, there is another issue to consider and this is what dissuaded me from purchasing the SD500 once and for all: broken LCD's that Canon charges $150.00+ to repair. I don't care how cool the SD500 is or how great its image quality; I would not want to risk having the LCD fracture and there were many complaints about this happening on the dcresource.com Canon forum. Another issue with the SD500 is a sort of whining sound when the movie mode is on.Again, many complaints about that too. So I went with the P-200 and I could not be happier: $150.00 less expensive than the Canon, great image quality, speed, protected LCD and ultracompact and unusual design. I don't mind paying a little extra for memory sticks for the peace of mind I feel now. :|
Don't forget that tha P200 has manual shutter/aperture and preset focus controls. Features lacking on the SD500 that I find extremely useful. I agree with you though, the value of the P200's thick LCD protector can't be underestimated.
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Old Jul 21, 2005, 3:20 AM   #43
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Broken LCDs are a HUGE pain.. but you can get them for many models here:

http://www.huroncamera.com

Im not sure if they have the SD500 yet, but the SD300/200 (same LCD) is $65 if I remember correctly.


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Old Jul 23, 2005, 10:19 PM   #44
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No stick assist on the P200 and no panoramic software is included? I was leaning towards the P200, but I take panoramics fairly often - arg!!! You can get 3rd party panoramic software, but I found the 1 or 2 that I tried inferior to the SW included with my Olympus camera (which only works with Olympus images).
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Old Aug 10, 2005, 10:47 AM   #45
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Does the LCD on the Sony P200 "Gain" up in low light?
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Old Aug 10, 2005, 5:21 PM   #46
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Yes, it does. Sometimes it does it only when the shutter button is pressed down half way and sometimes it does it without pressing it. I haven't quite figured out what condition actually make it gain up. I can confirm that it does do it.

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Old Sep 2, 2005, 11:58 AM   #47
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Sony P200 have issue with the flash make sure you check it out.


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Old Sep 2, 2005, 12:10 PM   #48
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Flash seems ok. Only problem I ran into is

1 metering is set wrong in M.

2 battery amount unusually affects flash power

It can be an incorrect unit. Needs a checkout (of 1&2)


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Does the LCD on the Sony P200 "Gain" up in low light?
I'm not sure that the P200 display does "gain up" - can't find any mention of this in the official specs.

I think the "gaining up" effect, sometimes noticed when half-pressing the shutter, is probably due to the Focus-assist lamp firing and brightening up the subject for a short time.

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