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Old Aug 9, 2004, 7:59 AM   #1
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I'm trying to decide whether to buy the Canon Powershot A75 for AUD $400 or the Pentax Optio S30 for AUD $300. Is either better for my computer which runs Windows XP Home? Is it better only having to use the 2 AA's on the Pentax? Is Pentax's ACDSee Software any good? Would someone at the other end of an e-mail have to have ACDSee installed also to see a movie I sent?

Can anybody sway me for one or the other? I feel the Canon may be the better unit but the $100 difference can buy a few accessories.

Camera will be used for general family photos only, nothing high powered.

All opinions gratefully accepted.

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Old Aug 9, 2004, 10:51 AM   #2
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Hi,

I'm trying to decide on a camera too, and I have the a75 in mind.

This might help your decision:

A75 Review - http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/a75.html

S30 Review - http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_...s/optio30.html

I'll have a bit more of a read and let you know which one I think would be better.

Cheers,

James
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Old Aug 9, 2004, 10:58 AM   #3
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Ok after reading both reviews, I've come up with the following conclusions:

S30 Advantages:
- Mass storage compatible
- 2x AA batteries (A75 has 4)


A75 Advantages:
- CF card compatible (cheaper than the SD memory that the S30 uses)
- Has Video out for connection to tv's etc (the S30 doesn't have this)
- Lots more picture options (eg shutter speed, different shooting modes, etc).
- Faster shooting time per shot


At this point in time I think I'll be saving a little longer for the A75 - it seems like a more professional camera, with quite a few more features.

I'm pretty sure neither camera can be used as a webcam, which is a feature that I'd like to see.

I hope this was helpful.

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Old Aug 10, 2004, 8:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info James. I agree that the Canon looks better.

I note that the review that you refer to on Steves Digicams for the Pentax is for the Optio 30 NOT the Optio S30.

Why is material/reviews etcso hard to find on the S30?

The only review I could find on the web was in Hungarian.
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Old Aug 11, 2004, 10:59 AM   #5
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Oops, sorry - I didn't realise my mistake!

The only concern I have with the A75 is the 4AA batteries and also the overall size of the camera. I was looking for something to fit in my pocket, but then again I'd rather have better features instead of a tiny camera.

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Old Aug 12, 2004, 5:47 PM   #6
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Buy an Ixus. They are as tiny as the Pentax, but give the same CCD and colour and rapid times as the A series.



Disadvantage is li-ion batteries.



however, these can be had for peanuts on eBay, and a spare will do you an entire day.



Plus side = you'll take the camera more places, and get more shts. Also, they're as tough as hell, mine went round the world with me, and I still don't think that any other camera could have taken as good a shot of Manly beach in sydney at sunset!




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Old Aug 13, 2004, 12:47 AM   #7
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I've decided to get the Canon A75. Thanks for your thoughts.
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