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Old Jan 19, 2008, 5:30 PM   #1
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I recently gave my Canon A520mp camera to my sister. I want to replace it with something similar or smaller. I also have a Nikon SLR, but this is for the stuff-in-a-pocket bike-ride type of photos. I'd just replace it with another Canon Ax20 but I thought I'd check other options.

What the camera must have:
  • As good a quality lens as is possible in a small point-and-shoot[/*]
  • Optical zoom of 3x or greater
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  • The ability to adjust settings manually if I want
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  • Price <=$200
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What I'd like the camera to have:
  • Smaller in size than the A520 (certainly no bigger)
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  • Optical zoom of 4x or more if it can be had within the price/size limits
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  • Megapixel 4mp or more
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  • SD (Secure Digital) media
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What I don't care about:
  • Video[/*]
  • The latest number in the megapixel size race[/*]
  • Viewing the pictures on-camera (I use the computer)[/*]
Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 2:12 AM   #2
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A570IS?
  • style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"i think the quality is similar to A520, don't know it's good enough for you or not[/*]
  • style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"4x zoom (same as A520 IMO)[/*]
  • style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"still packed with manual controls[/*]
  • style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"don't know the price but i'm sure it's <$200[/*]
  • style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"the size is similar to A520 IMO[/*]
  • style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"7 MP[/*]
  • style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"still SD and 2x AA
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style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"if you're familiar with canon a series, then A570IS should feel like home. A6xx and A7xx are bigger. Nikon L series, Fuji A series, Panasonic LS series don't have manual controls (not full/much). i think only canon A series provides full manual controls.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 3:06 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. The canon A570 is certainly a fall-back; I took some great photos with the 520. I was hoping for a bit smaller in size though, for bike rides, etc where size does matter.

Are there any small-form cameras with adjustable controls?

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Old Jan 22, 2008, 12:29 AM   #4
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by "The ability to adjust settings manually if I want", you are referring to manual controls such as aperture and shutter speed, right?

sorry, don't know any smaller "pocket" cameras that still provide manual controls. it's because (usually) they are not equipped with manual controls.

searching dcresource, come up with samsung, pentax. don't know if their lenses are good enough.
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DChris,

That does seem to be the case. I'll keep researching, but I do want to be able to adjust aperture etc.

I used my A520 to get familiar with the concepts so when I bought my Nikon D40 last year, I didn't have to learn from scratch (the idea worked, too, though I'm still far from an expert!).

I could do much worse than the A570; I was just hoping for a slightly smaller form factor.

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Old Jan 22, 2008, 4:52 PM   #6
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ejb,

If you can spend just a little bit more, the Fuji F50 seems to meet your requirements.

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Old Jan 23, 2008, 2:41 AM   #7
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i concur in the Hun's reply, although F50fd is probably about $225-$250, but it has manual controls and superCCD. i'm sure it's a great compact camera.
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ejb,

Although the F50 is more than your stated price range, there is a $50 mail-in rebate available (if you live in the US) on purchases made before 3/1/08 (it'll take awhile to get), which will bring the bottom line down.

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Old Jan 23, 2008, 7:30 PM   #9
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Thanks for the Fuji suggestion. My first digital camera years ago was a Fuji, and although only 2.3mp and the size of a brick, the photos it took were amazingly sharp. The F50 could be a contender - would be, if the economy here in the US hadn't tanked (I'm feeling it). Hun, you mention a rebate. Is that from one of the online stores or Fuji itself?

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The rebate is from Fuji. Here's a link (includes rebate form):

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=16

Amazon is currently selling the F50 for $223.94, with free shipping (and no tax). Sign up for an Amazon credit card and get $30 off instantly, which brings the price of the cam down to $193.94 - delivered. Then send in the Fuji rebate form (only $30, since the price paid for the camera is less than $200), which brings the final price of the camera down to (drum roll........) $163.94. When the cc bill comes, pay it in full, then cancel the card. Not bad, eh?

Regarding the market - BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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