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Old Jul 5, 2007, 7:53 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I am looking for a bridge/prosumer model for my brother. His sole requirement seems to be that it allows him to do that "depth-of-focus" thing i.e he wants to be able to get a shallow depth of field for portraits etc.

Being a bit more techy minded I have a few other items on my wishlist:

Image stabilisation
Wide angle (28mm equivalent)
PASM modes
RAW capture (not essential)

Thats about it really. I am not too bothered about the telephoto end of the lens - about 300m equivalent should be enough. My field of interest is more in the SLR range so I am bit clueless as to which models are worth going for - the only one I have heard anything about is the Canon S5 IS.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old Jul 5, 2007, 10:40 AM   #2
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I am looking for a bridge/prosumer model for my brother. His sole requirement seems to be that it allows him to do that "depth-of-focus" thing i.e he wants to be able to get a shallow depth of field for portraits etc.
In order to work with the depth-of-field in any substantial way, the digicam needs a large image sensor. Unfortunately, large image sensors are usually only available in dSLRs, not "bridge" cameras. But any dSLR with a kit lens would fulfill all your requirements.

And at less than $500 (with recent price reductions and rebates) an entry level dSLR with a kit lensisn't very much more expensive than a good bridge camera.
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