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Old Sep 18, 2007, 8:42 PM   #11
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From what I have read about what you want to do (weddings, vacations, scrapbooking), and from my limited knowledge of the Canon S5 IS (someone, anyone, please step in here), it plus a good externalflash should be able to do all those things.

But a dSLR is capable of so much more, and perhaps your wife's artistic side would like to experiment with 'depth of field'. That's one of many things that the S5 IS can't do, but a dSLR can.

From a purely fuctional perspective, the S5 will do what you say you want. But from an artistic perspective, you'd be confining yourself to the same kind of restrictions you find 'limiting' in your current cameras. If she wants an artist's tools, I think she should get a dSLR.

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Old Sep 18, 2007, 8:51 PM   #12
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I have done one wedding with a Canon S-5 + the external flash, and I know of four others, so it is not impossible. However, I agree with TCav, that a DSLR "buys" much more capability and more long term happiness for a creative spirit.

If there was just some way to get past the need for a live view, things would be a good deal more simple.

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Old Sep 21, 2007, 3:44 PM   #14
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I did miss the live view at first when using my first DSLR, but much prefer the viewfinder now to the LCD. Still, if the most important person wants live view, thats what counts, and the E510 looks a fine camera. But make sure that your wife doesn't get sand in the camera!

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The live view of the E510 will be different than the S5, so be prepared for that. The DSLR/Mirror thing will make it much more inconvienent. There is a sizeable delay and an extra mirror slap while focusing.

The old E330 has a more capable live view (but still not the same as P&S) and can be found for a great price now.


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