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Old Mar 9, 2010, 2:09 PM   #1
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Default trying to decide between the samsung wb550 and canon sx200

Ok guys, for those who have been here a while know that I am on a quest for a high zoom compact camera...
I narrowed down to sx200 and wb550...
Here are some pics.
These were taken in really almost totally dark kitchen, both shot it auto mode - I have also put in the exif data... the pics have it but for some reason when uploading they go away.
Here is the sx200 resize
f3.4, 1/60sec, lens 5.0, iso 400
Name:  sx200_resize.jpeg
Views: 459
Size:  113.0 KB
Here is the 100%crop
Name:  sx200_100crop.jpg
Views: 438
Size:  95.1 KB
Same pic taken with the wb550
f 3.3, 1/44sec, lens 4.2, iso 400
Name:  wb550_resize.jpeg
Views: 467
Size:  120.8 KB
Here is the 100% crop
Name:  wb550_crop.jpg
Views: 441
Size:  91.5 KB
The samsung is a little better with the color of the tiles. Pics up the pink hues a little more... but it looks like the 100% crop of the canon is sharper what do you think?
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Old Mar 9, 2010, 2:20 PM   #2
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K here are some more
First one with no flash to show how dark it was.... is this a fair test?
Name:  dark_wb550.jpeg
Views: 446
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Here is one with the canon sx200 - f 3.4, 1/60sec, iso640
Name:  sx200_baby.jpeg
Views: 444
Size:  118.8 KB
This is the same shot wb550 - f3.3, 1/45sec, iso 400 (is it better that it chose lower iso?) I notice the flash lights up more of the background.
Name:  wb550_resize_baby.jpeg
Views: 508
Size:  152.6 KB
Another strange thing - and I have noticed it with the sx200 - that often when using the flash the background is yellow.. is this normal?
See these 2 examples. What can I do to prevent that?
In this one the only difference I can see is exposure was 1/15sec instead of 1/60. Is this a white balance issue?
Name:  sx200_yellow.jpeg
Views: 408
Size:  123.9 KB
This one was f3.4, 1/60sec, iso80
Name:  sx200_yellow_2.jpeg
Views: 392
Size:  138.6 KB
Opinions please...
Am I looking at the wrong things when comparing? Just making sure I am comparing the right things to make a decision.

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Old Mar 9, 2010, 2:24 PM   #3
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This is the same as pic above - no flash - more real to colors
f3.4, 1/13sec, iso80
Name:  sx200_noflash.jpeg
Views: 404
Size:  121.0 KB

Here are 100%crops of the baby pic
SX200
Name:  sx200_crop_baby.jpeg
Views: 414
Size:  78.4 KB
wb550
Name:  wb550_baby_crop.jpeg
Views: 1206
Size:  140.1 KB

I notice that the wb550 is more noisy, but the canon seems to blur out details more.. like the eyelashes, or detail in the eye or teeth. Am I looking at the pics correctly?
The question is which type would give me clearer images printed out? Assuming I am doing 4x6 or maybe 8x10?

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Old Mar 9, 2010, 3:04 PM   #4
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Nech-

I would say that both cameras performed just about how anyone would expect them to perform. The two cameras are priced between $(US) 200.00 to $(US) 250.00. These cameras unfortunately, are not sophisticated DSLR cameras costing over $(US) 1,500.00.

I have both of the exact same cameras as well. I actually prefer the Samsung HZ15W camera to the Canon SX-20 camera. Therefore, I returned my Canon SX-200 camera. You are always going to see slight image variations between cameras, due to the fact that they are indeed mechanical.

Have a great day.

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Thanks Sarah,
I also think that the samsung is the one I prefer... I am aware it is not a DSLR and am not expecting that quality... but wanted to post examples for opinions on if those pics were reasonable in performance. Also for opinions of which pics look better.
Thanks again for all your help Sarah.
Nech

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