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Old Nov 4, 2004, 5:40 PM   #1
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Looking at 3-4 digital cameras to purchase in the next 2-3 weeks here are my choices: HP PS945 5.1 megapixel 8x opt zoom w/dock for $350.00
Dimage Z2 4 megapixel 10x opt zoom for $365.00
Kodak 7590 or 6490-only real difference is 7590=5 megapix 6490=4megapix
I like the Kodaks both with 10x opt zoom, but a little more expensive if I get the camera dock: $100 more than hp or dimage. HP and Dimage use AA batteries, which I have plenty of Nimh batteries and the HP comes with docking station for $350. Not a big HP fan though-but if the camera is a good one I'll get it..Read reviews on each andall are pretty good. The Dimage has a better recording function, but I'm not sure how often I'd use it. Any help or opinions would be helpful or if anyone has used any of the cameras...
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Old Nov 4, 2004, 8:05 PM   #2
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If you can afford to spend another $100, and primarily care about image quality (not video) then consider the Panasonic DMC-FZ20 (what I consider to be the best camera at the mid-end prosumer price range). Here are some reviews of it:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/fz20.html
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz20/
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Of the three you listed, I like the Dimage (simply because it is aruably a better ultra-zoom with good video capabilities; you should also consider the Dimage Z3, which is newer). Having said that, each have their differences. If you haven't done already, do a side-by-side comparison at dpreview.com (select buying guide on the left menu, then side-by-side).


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Old Nov 4, 2004, 8:32 PM   #3
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Don't want to spend over $400 that's why I'm looking at the3 above..
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Old Nov 5, 2004, 8:37 AM   #4
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Have a look at the Olympus C-750UZ as well, if it is still available. It should be within your budget and a very compact ultra zoom.
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Old Nov 5, 2004, 8:46 AM   #5
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I just received the Panasonic FZ3. Ordered it from buydig.com for $337. It has a 12x zoom with stabilization.... incredible.
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Old Nov 5, 2004, 3:08 PM   #6
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I have used the HP 945, the Kodak 6490 and the Kodak 7590. Kodak fixed a few problems with the 7590.

I seriously disliked the HP 945--the colour was off most of the time.

I purchased the 7590 and am very happy with it. You do not need a camera dock. It comes with a charger and you can connect directly to your PC with a USB cable. The battery life is awesome and recharges quickly. It can be recharged any time so you don't have to discharge it before you charge it again.

I also purchased an adapter and the wide-angle lens which does a great job. There is no noticable barrel distortion and I can zoom in to my subject which is a big help.

I say go for the DX 7590.
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Old Nov 5, 2004, 8:00 PM   #7
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Leaning towards the Z2. The HP 945 is the cheapest and comes with a docking station, but it seems like from other forums the colors aren't right. Don't know how true that is, but the Z2 is only $15 dollars more w/movie mode...the 7590 is just out of my price range and I want to have the camera by the end of the month..
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I don't know about the HP 945 but I have had an HP 850 for almost 2 years and for still photography it is great! It has a long lag time, but as long as you don't need it for action photos I have been very happy with my HP.

I have taken many macro shots of toy models for my son and the color and detail are excellent. It also works well as a general camera on trips. One set of 1800 ma batteries usually lasts all day taking up to 200 pics, although I always carry a spare set.

The fully auto mode works well although I like to use the AP feature to control my depth of field and that has worked nicely also.
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