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Old Oct 25, 2004, 6:03 AM   #81
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how is the G400 with close macro shots which require flash (intra-oral dental)? Would like to have a inexpensive digital for general clinic use.
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Old Nov 7, 2004, 3:22 PM   #82
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Neil...

Been reading your posts...I've been "researching" ultra compact cameras for a week straight....tired and confused.

Do you have an opinion on the Casio Ex-S100...? for some reason, visually -this one appeals to me...

but I'm obviously considering others...

I am completely camera (especially digital) ignorant..

I'm looking for PORTABILITY (want the camera with me no matter what purse I carry!), ease of use, whatever optical zoom I can get for a tiny camera...etc...

what about these Minolta Dimage Xg & Xt?????

help!
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Old Nov 7, 2004, 3:33 PM   #83
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Cyber...

Which Sony is extremely tiny, yet good quality with the features you mentioned???

I'm soooooo tired of comparisons.....and I really don't know WHAT I'm comaring anyway..

Looking to have FUN - TINY - (so that I can take it with me at all times) - whatever ZOOM I can get - and some decent features.....

What do you suggest?????

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Old Nov 7, 2004, 6:46 PM   #84
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Canon, Pentax, Sony, there are so many small small cameras out there these days-- its getting hard to keep track.

But for me, I'm looking at the overall best features combined with the overall best images. To date, the Minolta G400 is still the standout, combining exceptional sharpness and imaging with an abundance of features (with the noted absense of the AV output).

Its not the smallest camera out there, no. But not by much.

Still my sub=compact choice.

The other even smaller Minoltas are cute, but in general they do not perform as well as the G400- even though they are more money. You are paying for the novelty of smaller size= not better imagery.

Neil

Go to Target and get a G400. If you are unhappy take it back.

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Old Nov 7, 2004, 7:31 PM   #85
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I noticed the G530 is out. I am considering it over the DSC-P100. Any advice on the G530?
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Old Nov 7, 2004, 7:49 PM   #86
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Oh gosh, please review my carefully constructed web page http://www.neilslade.com/Papers/brainphotofun.html and

my DETAILS pages about sub compact cameras at
http://www.neilslade.com/Papers/details.html

where I talk about the G530 and the P100 specifically and how they compare with each other and the rest.

You may also take the time- as I have already done myself- and looked at all the comparitive photos taken with the P100, and others on Steve's site and Imaging Resources.

If you really really really need the direct AV out- well, the Minolta's don't have it. Personally, I don't need it.

For the money, the G600 is a better camera than the P100, as is the G500, and in my opinion so is the G400.

As I've stated on my web page, 5 MP is not necessarily better than 4MP when you're trying to squeeze a 5MP CCD in the same space on the same camera you had a 4MP imager.
Why? NOISE. So, the G530 is not necessarily BETTER than the G400 either. See Jim's posts previous regarding this issue.


So, please look real carefully at my pages, and sleep on it.

In any case, its hard to buy a BAD camera these days, and even if you make a different choice than me, you'll still have a generally good instrument.

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Old Nov 7, 2004, 9:12 PM   #87
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thanks so much for the response....

I am stubborn however...and being female to boot...

soooo

I've narrowed it to two...(and they probably aren't even similar)

do you have any input on

Casio EX s100 versus the Konica Minolta DiMage Xt????
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Old Nov 7, 2004, 9:14 PM   #88
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Neil..

ps....we don't even HAVE a Target!!!

This is what is also making the decision so difficult....I know I could decide better if I could just handle each one of them....


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Look at a bunch of the sample images on Steve's site-- I particularly like the school and the playground and the boathouse

Look VERY carefully at color and details.

Then weigh all the other features.

The XT has a good reputation, I know less about the casio.

Have Fun!
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Old Nov 8, 2004, 1:59 AM   #90
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Dang!
Way to hijack a thread!
I spent an hour reading this thing and I don't think the original poster's question was ever actually answered, or even considered for that matter.

Two of the planet's biggest advocates of minolta cameras going toe to toe.
This should go in the threadjacking hall of fame!

So how bout them San Diego Chargers?!

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