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Old Jan 20, 2003, 5:56 PM   #1
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Default dsc-u20 or dsc-p7?

I currently have a dsc-s85, but find that it is too bulky to carry around places like weddings or clubs. I'm happy with it, but am looking for a smaller, secondary camera. I was considering the u20 and the p7. I tried the u20 at the store and was unable to turn off the flash, if anyone can turn it off let me know.

Anyone have suggestions on these 2 models?
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Old Jan 21, 2003, 9:37 PM   #2
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The U20 has four flash modes:

Auto
Red Eye reduction
Forced on
Forced off

selected by moving the center switch on the back of the camera up. Each upward push of the switch sequences through each of the four modes.
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Old Jan 21, 2003, 10:00 PM   #3
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The U20 has four flash modes:

Auto
Red Eye reduction
Forced on
Forced off

selected by moving the center switch on the back of the camera up. Each upward push of the switch sequences through each of the four modes.
thanks... how do you like the camera? i heard that the flash creates problems with taking pics b/c of hte close proximity... any truth to that? does having no zoom bother you?
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Old Jan 23, 2003, 9:33 PM   #4
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I chose the U20 because of its incredibly small size since my goal was to have a camera that would be with me at all times. And I really like the U20 very much. I am continually amazed at the high image quality that this diminutive camera can capture.

All small cameras with built in flash have flash issues of one sort or another. You just have to learn the camera's limitations and work within these limits. The U20 flash is not well throttled at close range and it is not powerful enough to work beyond a few meters, but after all, it is scarcely larger than the two AAA bats that run the flash! On the plus side, the U20 does perform quite will with available light, so at close ranges I switch the flash off. The U20 exposure algorithm will kick the ISO setting up to 360 at the drop of a hat under these conditions, so it pays to get a noise reduction program like Neat Image to clean up some images captured in low light.

And... sure a 3x optical zoom would be great... if the camera didn't grow bigger and double in price. I find that the wide angle lens system on the U20 is appropriate and useful since you can take arm's length candid shots without much concern for framing the image. The U20 macro mode is pretty amazing also. You can focus (in auto) to about 4 inches.
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