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Old Feb 13, 2005, 8:04 AM   #1
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Some weeks ago a thief get my old Minolta S404.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/s404.html
A Cam that was my good friend in the last years, and gave me over 10000 good pictures.

Before this I was planing to wait 1 or 2 years and then buy me a super compact cam for snapshots at partys. But now I'm whitout a "bit better cam" and unsure if to buy again a "Enthusiast cam" or a "Ultra Compact".

I look primary for this "special" features:
- good flash (no red-eyes)
- good options (white balance, night shots)
- natural colors
- good movie (VGA, no time limit, maybe good compression)
- good motives options (Macro, Portrait, Sport,...)
- 4x optical zoom or more
- possibly SD-Card
- automatical or manual rotating of the pic in the cam
- battery that lives for a long time, rechargable everywhere in the world and easy to buy

Now I have some favorites:

+++ Casio Exilim EX-P505
http://www.steves-digicams.com/pr/ca...x-p505_pr.html
http://www.exilim.jp/ex_p505/gallery.html (with sample MPEG4 movie)
seems perfect for me, especially the MPEG4 movie. Only 3 things: no optical pointer - no standard battery pack - seems a little bit thick (not slim/handy)

+++ Konica Minolta Dimâge Z5
http://www.steves-digicams.com/pr/km...005_z5_pr.html
I like this cam for its design, zoom, AA-battery-pack. But: it is a bit big (no snapshot-cam), in my eyes Minolta cams are not great for night shots

the other 2 Favorites are Ultra Compact Cams:

+++ Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH (Digital IXUS 40)
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/sd300.html
I like this cam (design, easy use) but I have some problems with the optical quality of the pics and the red eyes

+++ Casio EXILIM EX-Z50 or Z55
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/ex-z50.html
I like this cam because its "best shot" motive programs, but it is not so compact that the Canon SD300 and also some limatations (red eye flash, optical lens quality because the ultra-compact-format)


Can anyone give me some hints on my actual indecision? :?:

I hope for a nice test of the Casio Exilim EX-P505, maybe here on Steve's DigiCams...

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Old Feb 17, 2005, 2:25 PM   #2
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hmmm

more new & fine compact cams:

+++ Canon PowerShot SD500 (IXUS 700)
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0502/05...anon_sd500.asp
nice, but no MPEG4 and is the lens quality good enough for 7 MP CCD?

+++ Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z750 & EX-Z57
http://www.steves-digicams.com/pr/ca...50-z57_pr.html
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0502/05...sioz750z57.asp
many comments say that the used Pentax lens are old and not good enough for over 4 MP
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You no good grammar.
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Old Feb 19, 2005, 6:05 PM   #4
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I think the first thing is for you to decide what TYPE of camera you want: compact (eg. CAnon A95) , ultra-compact (eg. CAnon SD300), ultra-zoom (eg. Konica Minolta Z5), etc?? Without deciding on size, you are going to have problems matching the cameras. For example, the larger ones will nearly always have more features and more manual controls. So how are you going to compare an ultra-compact against a larger one?

Once you decide on the size, I think you can narrow down to a few brands and go with one...

If you want manual controls (such as being able to control shutter speed), you really have to get a compact (or larger). Compacts will also tend to have better flash performance (stronger flash and/or less red eye) than the ultra-compacts. However, based on your requirements, an ultra-compact MAY be ok for you. You may not like the red-eye performance but you should be able to find an ultra-compact with all your other requirements (good movie, 4x zoom (usually 3x), good battery, decent white balance, etc).

I consider the Canon SD300 or the Panasonic FX7 as the best ultra-zooms (with Sony W1 being a budget compact/ultra-compact choice). Newer models are being announced so I'm not sure what is best right now--or over the next 2 months.
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 5:50 AM   #5
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Thank you for your hints Sivaram!

The Panasonic FX7 has not the movie cap. I want:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/fx7.html

The Canon PowerShot SD500 (IXUS 700) seems very nice, but what you think about the combination of ultra-compact lens and 7 MP sensor?

I think I wait for some test with sample pictures.
I really apreciate links to new camera reviews (EX-P505, Z5, SD500-IXUS 700, EX-Z750 & EX-Z57)
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 11:45 AM   #6
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Thank you for your hints Sivaram!
You're welcome

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The Panasonic FX7 has not the movie cap. I want:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/fx7.html
Yeah... the Panasonics have inferior movie mode...

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The Canon PowerShot SD500 (IXUS 700) seems very nice, but what you think about the combination of ultra-compact lens and 7 MP sensor?
The lens from a good company (like Sony, Canon, etc) are usually fine. The issue is always too many megapixels on a small sensor, resulting in tons of noise. Sensor technology improves over time so we really have to wait and see how the 2005 models stack up. I personally wouldn't buy anything over 5 megapixels unless the reviews show significant sensor tech improvement. I am guessing that these 5MP+ ultra-compacts and compacts will have high noise at high ISOs.

BTW, have you ruled out compacts and ultra-compact/compacts like Canon S60/S70, Sony P150/200, Sony W1 (now W5), etc? These are bigger but they tend to have a lot of features...
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Personally, I go for the ultra-small, and carry it all the time!!

"The camera you have with you gets the shot"


I am very pleased with my tiny Konica-Minolta Dimage Xi - I have 12 X 18 inch prints of both landscapes & close stuff which will knock your eyes out. I use magnifying glasses in front of the lens for flower & insect shots.
As to "good flash-no red eye" no small on-camera flash is really "non-red eye" - I like to use a "slave" flash held high & to the side for flash. The Xi's tiny flash doesn't reach far at all, but will trigger the "slave" - or even several slaves for great lighting. I really don't like flash much, though.
The Xi is discontinued - but I hear good things about the new X50 - & it has 5 megapixils instead of just 3.2. I'm thinking of getting one. Good luck.
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BTW, have you ruled out compacts and ultra-compact/compacts like Canon S60/S70, Sony P150/200, Sony W1 (now W5), etc? These are bigger but they tend to have a lot of features...
Canon S60/S70: I don't like USB 1.1, there are to few hardware plus compared to SD500: 3.6 zoom instead of 3 and actually in Germany the SD500 (400 Euro) is cheaper than the S70 (435 Euro); so i prefer SD500
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/s70.html

Sony P150/200, Sony W1 (now W5): I don't like Sony for its proprietarity (Memory Stick); i know that now this is not really a cost question, but I guess I never buy a Sony.
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The Casio Exilim EX-Z750 is out.
So I have to wait even longer for reviews ;°-)

I have now 3 Favorites:

1. Canon PowerShot SD500 (IXUS 700)
attractive

2. Casio Exilim EX-Z750
have to wait for image quality statements
see http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/ca...il.php?cam=695

3. Canon PowerShot A520
an alternative for its AA-battery pack
see http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/a520.html
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