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Old Mar 25, 2007, 4:55 AM   #1
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Hello I want to buy my wife a camera. She had used my camera's befor (minolta Z2 and Panasonic FZ30) but since I want to buy a DSLR, I want to buy my wife a good camera wich can take good movies too.

You probably think, well better to buy a camcorder and a P&S, but I just sold my Sony DVD camcorder, because I think the results were not that great. I thought the movie mode of the minolta Z2 gave a better result than the DVD camcorder. Also because a DVD can't be processed and has to be converted first.

The movie mode of the FZ30 is also good, but my wife has a bit of a problem with using the FZ30 because to halfpress the shutter is somehow a bit of a problem now and then, and I know the movie quality can be better.

My wife will mostly use the camera indoors (with flash) or outdoors when the weather is good.

I know the S3 from canon has good photo and movie quality, so that was my firts sugestion, but maybe some-one else has any better sugestions.

I hope to hear from you guys!

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Old Mar 25, 2007, 5:19 AM   #2
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There is a new Canon TX1 coming soon.

If you can wait a little bit it looks brilliant.
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Old Mar 25, 2007, 6:01 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply!

I didn't know this one was coming, and though it looks interesting, I think it will be above my budget.

But I'll checkmy wallet again:-)

Any other suggestion are more than welcome.

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Old Mar 25, 2007, 3:09 PM   #4
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I've got a Canon S2 IS (predecessor to S3 IS) and I do get good photos and videos from it.

The one caution would be to understand how long a video clip you expect to take. Both the S2 and S3 are limited to 1GB clips which at highest resolution is about 8-9 minutes. The S3 can take larger SD cards than the S2 (called SDHC), but each individual clip is still limited to 1GB in file size.

Some of the smaller/newer Canon's P&S models do not have that 1GB file limit and support the larger SDHC cards (but you would be giving up some of the manual controls and the larger zoom - in case that matters).

I've tried a few other devices for their video (a really cheap hybrid and the Sanyo Xacti CA6) but wasn't happy with the video quality. I'm waiting for a Casio EX-V7 to see if that's a good "pocketable" camera with good video quality - and it's 7x zoom in a small format camera would be a bonus.

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Old Mar 25, 2007, 3:48 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply D....

I'll probably buy a S3 soon, or maybe I'll wait a bit and hope that there will be a S4 so the price on the S3 will drop. In the mean time I can wait till the TX1 comes out and see how much it will cost. Dunno yet.

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Old Mar 25, 2007, 10:07 PM   #6
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If you have checked the prices lately, the S3 is down to as low as $299. US. I don't think personally that they will go down much farther. IMO, they will stop making them rather than not make a profit when the S5 is finally announced.
My 2 cents worth anyways.
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Old Mar 26, 2007, 1:56 AM   #7
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gerrydee wrote:
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If you have checked the prices lately, the S3 is down to as low as $299. US. I don't think personally that they will go down much farther. IMO, they will stop making them rather than not make a profit when the S5 is finally announced.
My 2 cents worth anyways.
And the high end P&S may just well go away with how cheap entry level SLR's have gottten ($500 or less)

That was the high end P&S market those who couldn'y quit swing a SLR....and wanted the features even of fixed lens... other than size/weight that is no longer true.

And many like the high end Fuji's were even constructed to be SLR foot print.


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Old Mar 26, 2007, 8:44 AM   #8
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you could also maybe consider the Fuji S6500FD? Its similiar to the Canon S3, except that its movie mode is more versatile. You can shoot until the card is full. I don't believe there are any file size restrictions.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_...i_s6000fd.html
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Old Mar 27, 2007, 4:41 AM   #9
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you could also maybe consider the Fuji S6500FD? Its similiar to the Canon S3, except that its movie mode is more versatile. You can shoot until the card is full. I don't believe there are any file size restrictions.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_...i_s6000fd.html
Hello, Thanks for your sugestion, but in a review on DPreview the movie mode is compared with the S3, and the S3 is better. The fuji's movie modelooks a bit blocky.

So I think I'll go for the S3!

Everybody, thanks for the replies and sugestions!

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