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Old Jul 8, 2008, 12:24 PM   #1
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I am choosing between the Canon S5is and the SonyDSCH50? Any suggestions? I am taking shots of kids in sports and everyday general photos.
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Old Jul 9, 2008, 9:18 AM   #2
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The Sony H50 is quite new, so reviews in the usual places are lacking. I did find the following though;

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/H50/H50A.HTM

http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...ot_dsc_h50.php

http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/r...brandID=275235

http://www.pcworld.com/article/14694...al_camera.html

The S5 IS has been a good camera for many people (I almost got one, but opted for the G9). Current rumors suggest the S5 will be replaced by an "S6" in the next one to three months.

The H50 looks good on paper, but as with all cameras, you may find it better or worse than you expected after you get one. That is what I have found with my G9. It's far better in some areas than I expected, and far worse than I hoped in others, like image noise in low light. However, low light image noise turns out to be a problem with nearly all P&S cameras, when compared to DSLRs.

One thing you can do is use the Comparometer link to compare test images for both cameras side-by-side;

http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM

Dennis

PS I thought I would also add a review link for the S5 IS at the same imaging-resource site as above;

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S5IS/S5ISA.HTM

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Old Jul 14, 2008, 7:44 AM   #3
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Thanks for the sites they were a big help. After looking through everything the Sony doesn't seem as user friendly because of the sd card thing. I wonder if I should wait a couple of months and see if canon upgrades, something to think about. Thanks for the info.
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Old Jul 15, 2008, 4:27 PM   #4
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I bought an H50 for my wife a couple days ago. Haven't used it too much yet but some initial impressions are:

- overall speed is really fast [startup, focus]

- the LCD is great

- the menu system sucks [but that could be me being used to sony's menu style from previous models]

But what annoys me most is that if you power up the camera with the lens cap attached, the cam tries to extend the lens anyway and the lens barrelslams into the inside of the cap. Sometimes the cap pops off andsometimes it doesnt, and the camera gives up after a few tries. Very VERY sloppy!! [Sony - If you're reading, this is a major design flaw and warrants a recall!!]

I considered the Panasonic FZ18 but I got the impression from various reviews, that the H50 would deliver a bit better IQ. Im not convinced I chose wisely.

If Canon S5 IS had were non-AA-based, I would have seriously considered it.
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Old Jul 15, 2008, 6:03 PM   #5
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I considered the FZ18 but thought I would like the fact that on the Sony and Canon both view finders swiveled. Consumer reports rated the sony h9tops for zoom but theygave a shout out to the 50 and it had the view finder that swivels which is why I considered it in the first place. TheFZ18 is higher on the list than the Canon but no swivel. I want to capture pics with the kids in sports,how do you think the Sony does? This would be my biggest priority.
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Old Jul 15, 2008, 6:31 PM   #6
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There's a new review of the H50 at trustedreviews.com but it's a terribly done review by someone who is not the site's regular reviewer.
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Old Jul 21, 2008, 11:04 PM   #7
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It may be time for me to eat some of my words in my previous post. After playing with the new H50 for a few days, I can honestly say it's a pretty enjoyable little camera to use.

To followup on my biggest rant (posting this mainy for archival info) about the camera not disabling lens extension when the lens cap is on, this is probablydy design. The retaining clips of the lens cap appear to be hinged so that they slightly retract when you press their inside surfaces.Basically, the lens cap is designed to release when the lens barrell extendsinto it. The actual implementation of it is a little clattery and harsh, and sometimes the lens fails to pop the cap off (but it's prettyseldom,and never if you hold the cam w/ lens pointing down as you power up). I have philosophical problems w/ using the lens barrel to push the cap off, but I have to admt, from a use-flow standpoint itsparesyou the step of taking off the lens cap and expedites bag-to-shutter-press time. Not too bad. (If this is how every lens-capped P&S works these days then call me ignorant...)

As for IQ, I bet this cam (like all of its current-day peers) would benefit from having a couple million fewer pixels on the chip.
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