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Old Feb 22, 2008, 7:38 PM   #1
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1. DMC-FX35 Lumix

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...00000000005702

2. Olympus Stylus 1020

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...0/OS1020A.HTM#
http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...duct=1362&fl=4

3. Sony DSC-T300

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665339414

ps. i currently have DSC-T50 and pretty happy with size, durability, battery life, and touch screen. What I am not happy with is: low light shooting, optical zoom, maybe better quality pictures. I tried to step a size up in cameras (to Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3), but it did not work, the camera was too bulky and too heavy.
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Old Feb 23, 2008, 1:26 PM   #2
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Fuji just lowered their price on the F50fd, a good subcompact with excellent low-light ability.
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Old Feb 23, 2008, 1:44 PM   #3
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1. DMC-FX35 Lumix

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...00000000005702

2. Olympus Stylus 1020

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...0/OS1020A.HTM#
http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...duct=1362&fl=4

3. Sony DSC-T300

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665339414

ps. i currently have DSC-T50 and pretty happy with size, durability, battery life, and touch screen. What I am not happy with is: low light shooting, optical zoom, maybe better quality pictures. I tried to step a size up in cameras (to Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3), but it did not work, the camera was too bulky and too heavy.
None of these could be considered low light champs. The Oly might have a slight edge in low light due to its optical (sensor) image stabilization. Beyond that these cameras have very different zoom ranges and especially, different equivalent focal lengthsthe the wide angle end of their range. Youshould to consider your needs here.
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Old Feb 23, 2008, 7:12 PM   #4
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Fuji just lowered their price on the F50fd, a good subcompact with excellent low-light ability.
thanks for advice. and while this camera does take excelent low light pictures, as i read in review, it also has lots of cons. and many of them are important to me as well.

I guess what i dont like about my DSC-T50 is 1. low light pictures are taken with flash and ISO at 320-400 (anything above 200 makes noise) 2. optical zoom is only 3x. The pros are: its design, touch screen (somewhat a design thing too), durability, battery life

oh and i am a newbie and dont understand "focal length" thing. ??? is this how wide the camera can see ?
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Old Feb 23, 2008, 7:31 PM   #5
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Fuji F100fd looks pretty good. I read that it does not have Shutter and Aperture Priority like F50fd does.....I kinda enjoied that in my previous camera :sad:
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Old Feb 23, 2008, 8:33 PM   #6
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"I guess what i dont like about my DSC-T50 is 1. low light pictures are taken with flash and ISO at 320-400 (anything above 200 makes noise)"

Did you try setting the ISO to 100 or 200 when taking flash pics? Of course, if you do, you will be reducing the distance of your flash. But if it means getting good pics, stand a little closer

"2. optical zoom is only 3x."

" oh and i am a newbie and dont understand "focal length" thing. ??? is this how wide the camera can see ?"

The 3x zoom thing is really meaningless. If you are looking for a camera that can bring distant subjects closer, you need a longer focal length. For example, the Panasonic FX35 has a 4x zoom, with a focal length of 25 - 100mm. The Fuji F50 (that Andy suggested) only has a 3x zoom. However, the focal length of that lens is 35 - 105mm. Therefore, the Fuji will actually bring distant objects a little closer than the Panasonic (100mm vs. 105mm). Your T-50 has a top end of 114mm - therefore, if you buy either the FX35 or the F50, you will be going down in the telephoto category. So, if long reach is important to you, then the Olympus 1020 (at 260mm) would be the logical choice. However, as a rule of thumb, the longer the zoom range in a lens (especially a small lens), the more distortion and chromatic abberation one can expect. Since none of the cameras you've listed has been professionally reviewed as yet, we can't really say if this will be true for this camera.

You are looking at ultra compact cameras. Ultra compacts are nice and small, but that also poses problems. Small cameras have small lenses and small sensors. The manufacturers keep cramming more and more photosensors (megapixels) into their sensors, which increases noise in the images. They aren't very good in low light without a flash, they have small, weak flash units (with a very limited range), and usually don't have very good image quality. The Oly has a listed flash range of only 10.2 feet at the telephoto range - at ISO 800. So how good is that 260mm lens going to be with a flash shot? Not too good...you zoom in on an object which is 50 feet away, but your flash is only going out 10 feet - your subject will be completely black.

If I were you, I would wait until some professional reviews come out on these cameras before I buy one. Actually, if I were you I wouldn't buy an ultracompact camera. But I'm not you...

Good luck with your choice.

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Old Feb 23, 2008, 9:16 PM   #7
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thanks alot. if i can, i will wait for reviews. so far i am leaning towards DSC-T300 (mostly for its design and 3.5'' touch screen....hoping that its an improvement over DSC-T50), and Fuji F100fd (due to nice reviews of F50fd and F100fd fills the gaps of F50fd...except for priority settings (why would they remove such a nice feature))
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 7:09 PM   #8
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couldn't wait any longer and bought Ricoh R7 for only $250. Will return it if i don't like it and probably exchange it for Fuji F100fd or Ricoh R8
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