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Old Oct 24, 2005, 9:23 PM   #1
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I purchased a Fuji 2650 about 2 years ago as my first digital camera. I was really impressed with the picture quality and ease of use. The camera turned me into a fan of photography!

So now I'm looking to upgrade. What I'm looking for specifically is:

-At least as good picture quality as the Fuji 2650

-3-4 MP (the 2650 is a 2MP, which I found sufficient for 4x6 pics)

-4x or MORE optical zoom (I found the 3x zoom on the 2650 lacking)

-Some more manual controls (I'm new to photography but woudl appreciate being able to modify things like aperature, white balance and so forth)

-SLR-look (as with the 2650, I prefer cool, robust, classic looking cameras as opposed to the ultra-compact look of some of the more popular options out there)

-AUDIO video recording (FPS and resolution are less important, but sound is something I would like to have)

Any suggestions? I'm inclined to stick with Fuji based on the photo quality, but online reviews (including Steve's) indicate that the 2650 is a bit of a unique case... other Fujis which fit my requirements (S3000 series and S5000 series for instance) seem to have relatively poor quality. So I'm open to any suggestions!

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Old Oct 26, 2005, 7:08 AM   #2
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The only flaw Steve found with the S5100 was vignetting at wide apertures. I've owned the 2650 and bought several of them as gifts for relatives. It's a good little camera, but I owned several other cameras in that class which I would choose over it. The S5100 is far superior to the 2650 although I'll admit that the vignetting would kill the deal for me. The Konica Minolta Z10 seems like a good deal at around $150-170, and the Olympus C-5500 is a great value, also.
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