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Old Aug 26, 2004, 2:17 AM   #1
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I am planning to buy Canon PowerShot S1 IS or the G5. The camera will be for general purpose use.



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Also what accessories are MUST when I buy the camera.




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Old Aug 28, 2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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general purpose is a very vague term.

G5:

2.0 fast lense. Good for low light condition.

5.0 megpixel + RAW output gives better image quality.

For most situation, G5 will give you better result IMO.

Can use ext Flash ( I think).

4x zoom optical.



S1 Pro:

Great for video short clips QVGA 640x480 res.

Awesome zoom 10x enable you to take pics or condition not possible with G5, unless

you buy teleconverter,etc....

bad compatibility with # of CF cards.

Bad at low light focus.

I have the S1. If they're at the same price, I pick the G5.

Must have upgrade item:

1: Big CF Card.

2: Extra battery set.

3: A case would be nice
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Chipenham - You've made several strong points, but I think the S1 IS has one feature that (I think) tips the balance the other way - it has image stabilization.
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If you only using it on everyday use, Canon S1 IS is ok (IMHO!)

Great looking camera, cheap, big zooming, image stabilization!

I think G5 is for semi-pro photographers!
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It seems that the G5 anf S1 are avalaible at very similar prices - so iTS NOT EASY CHOICE.

I am NOT professionally oriented camera user, rather like to take occasional photos in nature. Here in Finland its often fairly dark, so the G5 might perform better?. I have used one day the S1 and liked it. I have no experience with the G5, but read that it is very good.



DIfficult choice?



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Old Aug 30, 2004, 7:47 PM   #6
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psu, I just bought an S1 for under $330. Seems cheapest price on line for a G5 is at least $500.



Unless you plan on printing big-sized pix, go with the S1. 10x zoom, movie mode with sound rocks, probably smaller and lighter too.
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 1:10 AM   #7
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I am planning to order the S1 from Germany and it costs about USD 500 there.

What European RELIABLE supplier You would recommend
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I went thru a similar evaluation (G6 or G5 or S1).

What sold me on the G6/G5 versus the S1 is the lens speed and the optical viewfinder.

I take shots in less than bright light and want less out of focus shots (quicker lens).

I take shots in low light and an LCD viewfinder is a non-starter. If you have not used an LCD viewfinder before, do so and make sure you can live with it before you spend your money.

The lens is nice but can you use the long end of it and avoid shake? My guess was I could not and the IS would be of little help at the long end of the zoom (I don;t know if this is good reasoning).

The S1 is a nice piece but make sure you can live with both its advantages over a G5 and its disadvantages in the context of what you shoot and what you want to improve over your current equipment. I needed speed, you may not.
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"The lens is nice but can you use the long end of it and avoid shake?"

Yes, you can. It takes a bit more care, but it certainly does work!
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i've had a G5 for a couple of months now and i must say i am not disapointed.

just have some knowledge of photography beforehand. there will be some technical problems you will have later on - not the camera of course but your personal limitations if you don't have any prior knowledge.. oh and ALWAYS carry a tripod with you.. even if its just a mini.

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