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Old Dec 20, 2004, 7:10 AM   #1
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Hi all,

the reviews on this site are great and usefulbut i still dont know whatto buy exactly:
I want a good 5-8MP big zoom camera (at least 5x). I want to be able to use my camera when scuba diving. I dont want to spend more than aobut $1000.
I am leaning towards the olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom with the olympus PT-023 underwater case. I am pretty confident this camera is fine for me. The only problem is I see that this camera does not have image stabilizer unlike all equivalent camera (Canon Powershot Pro 1 , Nikon 8800 ) but otherwise the case for olympus is half the price of case for canon or nikon ( canon does not make its own case so would have to buy $750 Ikelite case) and reviews of olympus are excellent..
So my question is: Can I effectively use the Olympus 8080 to take decent pictures (especially landscape) without a tripod? or does the fact it doesnt have image stabilizer make the camera useless without a tripod?

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Old Dec 20, 2004, 2:59 PM   #2
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justed wanted to add:
some of the lower end cameras seem attractive like the powershote s1s or olympus 770 but there are all 3-4 MP . Is that enought for good pics? Is there any chance that olympus will release a 6-7 MP version of C-770?

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Old Dec 20, 2004, 3:59 PM   #3
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justed wanted to add:
some of the lower end cameras seem attractive like the powershote s1s or olympus 770 but there are all 3-4 MP . Is that enought for good pics? Please help...
The "general wisdom" is that a 3 MP camera will print 8x10sin high quality. (There approximately 3.2 million pixels in an 8x10 image at 200 pixels per inch). I used aCanon PowerShot S30 -- a 3.2 mp camera -- to produce good quality 8x10s. When I tried to create poster prints, they definitely looked pixelated. And in fact, as you can find on other threads on this board, a camera with a lower MP count on point-and-shoot cameras may actually produce cleaner images (something like: fewer pixels = more room on the sensor to capture the image = sharper image with less noise).


I can't comment on any of the cameras you've mentioned--don't rule out lower resolution cameras (although if you want to print large images, or if you think you'll be doing some serious cropping, then more megapixels are better...)


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Old Dec 20, 2004, 7:12 PM   #4
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thanks perdendosi. as for the megapixels, i prefer to go with the newest and best so that i could progress and not end up with obsolete camera in a year. as for image noise you mentionned, it seems that the 8MP have bigger sensor size than 5mp models which should eliminate most noise.
I looked into it all some more and went to try out both the olympus 8080 and the nikon 8800 in a store (but not working models , just the bodies)
I think i'll go with the nikon 8800 mostly cause of the stabilizer. Unfortunately there seems to be no underwater case yet , not suprising, its brand new. Anybody hear when one is coming out and how much?

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You could consider the Olympus 5060 or the 8080, for which undersea waterproof cases are available
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Old Dec 21, 2004, 6:51 AM   #6
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I was seriously considering the olympus 8080 but decided that the vibration reduction on the nikon 8800 would be great for me. The 5060 doesnt have big enough zoom.
But I found for the nikon 8800 two solutions for underwater: There is an ikelite case coming out but way too expensive $800 or I see there is something that's sorta a good quality plastic bag its called ewa-marineD-AX.. Has anybody ever used this? is it less flimsy then it looks??
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I'm not an underwater photographer, but from what I know a big zoom will be about as much use as a chocolate steering wheel in the desert. I would much rather have aperture than zoom length myself, and with 8mp you can crop and enlarge easily anyway.
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