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Old Sep 19, 2007, 5:52 PM   #1
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Okay, I've been looking at digital cameras for the past few weeks, and I've almost completely decided on the Fujifilm S700/S5700. However, I keep going back and forth on this camera. All I ever hear from anyone (friends, internet) is Canon Canon Canon. So I guess what I'm really asking for is simple adivce: Do I get this camera or not? If not, what would you recommend.

Here's a little bit about me:

I'm an amature photographer, never owned a digital camera, but my knowledge of how digital cameras work is more than the average novice. I want a camera that isn't simply PaS. I want a camera that will let me get into actual photography, not simply the standard pictures of friends.

I'm wanting to stay in the $200 - $240 price range. If anyone can suggest a camera that I might have overlooked, please do.

The things I like about the S700 are:
EVF
Live Histogram
Long Zoom
Large, sturdy body
Pop-up flash



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Old Sep 19, 2007, 8:14 PM   #2
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Welcome to the world of digital cameras. If it were me, I would go with the Fuji over Canon. I have had nothing but bad luck with Canon cameras and won't go near their stuff ever again. Use to use Canon back in the 70's and 80's with no trouble but after the introduction of the Elan line in the early 90's, I couldn't get one to last me more than six to a year and Canon would not do anything for me either. Remember this is just my opinion, others out there still like Canon.
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Old Sep 19, 2007, 10:08 PM   #3
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JStoner-

The Fuji S-700 is a very creditable camera, but it lacks two things:

(A) IS or image stabilization.

(B) A high ISO capable imager, that we would usually expect from Fuji, but it is NOT there.

So, in about the same price range, (if you are in the USA) I would reccomend the Kodak Z-712, a fully stabilized 12X optical zoom camera, that can easily use up to an ISO setting of 800. It is a great camera, for just a few more $$.

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Old Sep 22, 2007, 7:09 PM   #4
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Sarah,

Exactly what I was looking for

I went up and checked out the Z712 IS in person and while there were a couple of awkward things about it (the shutter button being on the very end of the grip, no textured grip, EVF was a little slanted), they were completely outweighed by other features (IS, which helped more than I realized; the wheel that lets you scroll through aperture, shutter speed, exposure, flash output, and ISO very quickly)

I think this is the one for me.

Thanks a lot.

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Jordan-

You did the best possible thing. You went to a store and physically handled the camera you were considering. That is really important, and I am glad you have found the camera that you like. Have a great day.

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