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Old Aug 14, 2008, 4:20 AM   #1
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Hello,
I am a beginner and I am researching cameras since a month but still confused.
My need:
1. Price between 300-350$
2. min 8 MP
3. min 10X Optical Zoom.

I came down to 2 cameras i,e,
i. Canon Powershot S5IS
ii Nikon P80

Nokia P80 seems to be better that S5IS with 18X optical zoom and 12MP. But when I checked out the sample pics here I concluded S5IS takes much more quality pictures than Nikon P80, but still confused.

Please help me decide on one of these, Thanks much.

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Old Aug 14, 2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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Peter-

I agree with your appraisal. The Canon S-5 has less optical zoom, but it is difficult to contest its image quality. The S-5 is due for a replacement model in the next month or so. That replacement model might push down the price of the S-5 a bit more when it reaches the dealer's shelves.

The P-80 is a very good camera. It has excellent color and the lens is pleasantly sharp. It has 10mp rather than the 8mp found on the Canon S-5. Physically both cameras are approximately the same size. You might want to handle both cameras and see which feels better in hand. With current pricing the S-5 is $(US) 310.00 to 330.00, while the P-80 being the newer model of the two is still in the $(US) 355 to 380.00 range on the internet.

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Old Aug 25, 2008, 12:28 AM   #3
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Thank you Sarah,

I can live without a camera for some more days, so i will wait for the upgrade coming in soon. Are you aware of exactly when is the upgrade going to be launched? Thanks a lot.
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Old Aug 31, 2008, 8:04 PM   #4
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I dont know how I missed this one, Sony H50. Comes in the same price range and looks good. Probably this is the 1.
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