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Old Jan 31, 2006, 8:14 PM   #1
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I plan to purchase an ultra compact camera very soon as we are leaving for a trip out to see Yellowstone in the winter. These are the "musts" - 2.5" LCD (my eyes are what they used to be!) and very compact size.

I really like the size and speed of the Sony DSC-T9 , the greatLCD resolution and the image stalization and long lasting battery but am a little worried about the lack of strength of it's flash.

As for the Canon SD550 I like the optical viewfinder and stronger flash but theLCD resolution is only about half that of the Sony (remember the old eyes!). The performance is a little slower and I also wonder if the LCD failure issue has really been solved?

I have a Sony DSC-f878 for a larger camera so am really looking strictly for a point and shootthat I can haveme all the time so would be taking both indoor and outdoor pictures. Has anyone used both of these cameras? Are there any other important pros and cons for either of these camers? I wish I could combine the best features of both of these cameras!

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old Jan 31, 2006, 8:56 PM   #2
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I don't think you will see the difference in the LCD without glasses. Friends got a Kodak V550 with a LCD nearly twice the resolution of my Z750. If I dig up a pair of reading glasses I can see a big difference. But without them they look pretty much the same other than the Kodak having a wider viewing area. I normally get by without reading glasses, but my near vision isn't the greatest.

The important thing to me is whether you can see the LCD in bright sunlight to make settings. Both the T9 and SD550 are reported to be good in bright sunlight, but none of them are really good IMO without a transreflective screen. And those are rare.

I don't like a camera without an optical viewfinder, but the T9 has some great features. The combination of stabilization and decent pictures at ISO 400 would give it much better limited light capabilities. The T9 is also smaller and lighter.

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