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Old Nov 29, 2009, 7:38 PM   #11
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LOL - Actually, I liked your answers better.
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How would you compare the A550 to the Lumix GH1 in photo quality?
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Thanks TCav and JimC.
so basically the DOF Preview is to see how focused the background and foreground in picture will be, before you actually take the photo?
isn't this something I would use in nature landscape photography?
so if a camera does not have this system, i will have to check the picture taken each time, to ensure the aperture is correctly?
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How would you compare the A550 to the Lumix GH1 in photo quality?
From images I've looked at, the GH1 takes good photos. Personally, I don't like it's noise characteristics at higher ISO speeds compared to the other models being discussed. I see horizontal banding in GH1 samples I've looked at, once you get up to ISO 1600 or 3200 (although detail retention looks good), and it doesn't go higher than ISO 3200. But, considering it's smaller size, it seems to take pretty nice photos from samples I've seen, and it seems to do very well compared to most entry level dSLR models -- just not compared to the models being discussed at higher ISO speed settings. I tend to use ISO 3200 and higher on a regular basis. So, if I were buying one of these cameras, I'd probably lean towards the Sony A500.
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Thanks TCav and JimC.
so basically the DOF Preview is to see how focused the background and foreground in picture will be, before you actually take the photo?
isn't this something I would use in nature landscape photography?
so if a camera does not have this system, i will have to check the picture taken each time, to ensure the aperture is correctly?
DOF preview is a feature that I never use, since it's just too difficult to judge Depth of Field using a viewfinder (more of the image will appear to be in focus than actually is in focus). Even using an LCD for playback, it can be tough to tell how much of the image is sharp, versus how it will look at a larger viewing size.

Some people like to use it. I'm personally not one of them. Instead, I let experience guide me as to what aperture will work best and where to focus for best Depth of Field for what I'm shooting (taking lens characteristics into consideration, since most lenses are sharpest with the aperture set at around 2 or 3 stops down from wide open).
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 9:22 PM   #17
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Thanks JimC.
I will see if i can go to a store today, and see both models in my hand.
But from what i know now, i am 80% Sony a550 and 20% nikon d90.
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I went today to a camera shop!!
But they only had the nikon D90, so i had a play with it and it felt like a good constructed camera. They didn't know when the sony A550 would arrive, but maybe next week.
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Sony has SonyStyle storefronts sprinkled all over. Where do you live?
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I live in Sydney Australia. I know a Sony store in the city. I might go there this week to see it. I just wanted a store that has both cameras at the same time so I could compare.
Hopefully they have it there.
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