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Old Aug 30, 2004, 3:49 AM   #1
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I have come to the point that I've read almost all the reviews. Of course my choice is for some part determined by the amount of money I'm willing to spend on it. I am not considering to buy a DSLR.

But which of these is the better camera?

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Stop reading then...

Go to the stores and start handling them, only one will come out ahead:
1. Have the best EVF (fastest and highest resolution ~3x)
2. Handle like a real camera with both manual focus and zoom rings
3. Won't choke up on RAW format when one needs it
4. Come with Image Stabilization
5. Wireless flash systems (ie multi-units TTL with no cords)
6. Sync socket for studio strobes
7. Real filter thread up-front
8... too many "better" to list them all

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Old Aug 30, 2004, 3:11 PM   #3
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I too am seriously reading the spec sheets on the A2 , 8700, and the c8080, right now I beleive Im seriously leaning towards the Minolta A2.

Any comments would be appreciated
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 12:28 PM   #4
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i have recently looked at all of the 8mp prosumer models and weighed up their pros and cons against each other and against the D70

in the end, it became a decision between the D70 and the A2. The A2 lens may not be the best quality of the 8mp cameras but the complete package of features and its handling design means that, inIMO, it is the best handling of all of them and therefore the closest thing to a normal camera.

I personally hate the idea of a zoom control based upon buttons or a lever. I would also want the clearest EVF available (if i was going to get a model with an EVF).

Whilst i think that the A2 is an excellent camera, i actually ended up going for the D70 as i thought that it suited my needs better.
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Old Aug 31, 2004, 1:12 PM   #5
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Whilst i think that the A2 is an excellent camera, i actually ended up going for the D70 as i thought that it suited my needs better.
When all the specs have been read, the prices wieghed it all does come down to that, doesnt it?. Does it suite "MY" needs?

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With regard to the A2 lens may not be the best quality: "It's when it comes to the Blur measurement — how sharp the overall system is, combining the lens and the sensor, that the Minolta really pulls ahead." http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...ts/index.shtml
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Thank you for your reply. The shopkeeper will be pleased to see me leave after mine try outs!!

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thank you for your comment! i really appreciate it!!

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Old Sep 6, 2004, 12:38 AM   #9
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Just a note reflecting my personal experience with the Olympus C8080WZ...

I sent a few photos (TIFF) to a friend with an Epson 10000 series photo printer. After he received them, he printed out two of them at 96dpi, yielding a finished printout of 34 inches x 25.5 inches.

The result? Absolutely incredible. No pixellation, no fringing, dead sharp. I couldn't believe it and neither could he. I've never seen such performance from a digital camera in this price range. Apparently my friend felt the same, as he bought a C8080WZ as well within the week.

Of course, YMMV, but I'm glad I picked the Olympus.
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