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Eric_E Nov 25, 2005 9:07 PM

Hi. I'm getting close to purchasing a new camera, and I've narrowed down the selection, as of today at least, to the Canon 2S IS and the Nikon S4. (I am a pretty serious amateur photographer, but am more interested in getting good shots easily than getting professional quality shots, with a lot of set up time), and don't need anything bigger than 5-6 megapixels. I'm not sure it even makes sense to compare these two. The Canon seems to be the better camera, but the Nikon is more convenient and compact:

Here's are some of the most important differences (to me) so far from the reviews and talking to camera stores:

Canon Nikon

Size: X

ImageStabilization X

Movie QualityX

Zoom during movie X

Image correction in the camera (D-lighting, red eye) X

Picture Quality ? ?

Also, I have seen reports, including on this forum,of the Canon having memory card problems.

Anyone have any opinions on these two cameras, in comparison to each other?

mtclimber Nov 26, 2005 5:40 AM


The Canon S-2 IS is a very solid performer and has gotten great reviews. In contrast, the NIkon S-4 has not fared well in the professional reviews. See for their Nikon S-4 review.


E.T Nov 26, 2005 3:25 PM

Eric_E wrote:

I'm not sure it even makes sense to compare these two.
You're quite right, apparently that Nikon is meant much more as "Point&Pray".

Also image stabilisation is really useful with longer zooms.
Also there woudl be other cameras in same class as this Canon.

So first of all what kind use that camera would have, is it for general photography, landscapes, animals? (because ultrazooms have lousy wide angle)
Or then about what's definite size limit? (small size means those few manual settings are hard&slow to do, like shows between these two)

Then available "budget".

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