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Old Feb 28, 2005, 8:55 PM   #1
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I know you have probably heard this a lot but I have to ask....

I am on a tight budget and looking at theFuji 5100.

I have read all the reviews and finally made up my mind on the 5100

but then I found a new 5000 for a lot less moneyso my question is.....

the 5100 worth the extra money?

Pictures that will be printed would be no bigger than 8x10. It would be replacing my old 2600 Fuji. three times zoom just is not enough.

Pictures would be mainly of wild life....etc


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Old Mar 2, 2005, 3:57 AM   #3
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Read Steve's reviews. IMO, the Panasonic ultrazooms are better cameras.
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Old Mar 2, 2005, 8:35 PM   #4
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I have read the reviews many times over and I do agree....but the Panasonic ultra zooms are almost twice the price of what I was looking at.

If I could find one close to the same price I would consider it ...

Thanks Lucky

Just wish I had more money to spend .........one can only wonder:G
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Old Mar 3, 2005, 5:03 AM   #5
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"If I could find one close to the same price I would consider it ..."

I see new FZ1's on eBay for around $200. The upgrade to FZ2 specs can be downloaded for free at iHacked and probably other sites. Even though it's only 2 megapixels, I'd still prefer it over the S5000.
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Old Mar 3, 2005, 6:47 AM   #6
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How about a M410R? Why not go check the Kyocera Forum to see some samples?

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Old Mar 3, 2005, 6:51 AM   #7
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I bought my brother a Panasonic FZ-1 a year ago, helpeda friend buy an S5000 last year, and bought an S5100 last week. They're all good cameras. You can get a new S5100 from one vendor with decent customer reviews for less than $265 shipped. You can get a refurbished S5000 for maybe 10 dollars less. (This is on PriceGrabber, not ebay).

Just off the top of my head, I would recommend the S5100. Four megapixels is plenty for your needs. It would come with a year warranty from Fuji. I have heard mostlly good things from owners and reviewers. But you might be happy with the other cameras, too.

If it's a difference of less than 50 bucks, I would save a little longer and get the newer camera.

Good luck!
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i second tc3's opinion.... the m410r can be had over here (uk) for £227 with high speed card. im sure its available much cheaper in the states.

its a very good fast camera with quite an active user group now!

like he said check out the kyocera section and have a look.

Steve has a favourable review on the camera too. im sure if you ask people wont mind emailing you thier full size pics so you can check them out. i know i wont mind!

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Old Mar 3, 2005, 6:33 PM   #9
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Thanks for the advice and I will check them out...

The 5000 and 5100 are both new with warranty from a good dealer, but the 5000 is

over $150.00 cheaper. so I was just thinking that would buy me a big xd card and some more recharables :-).

But I will go and check out the others....

Stephen

I do want at least a 3 megapixels

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I am presently using the s5000. It is clearly an entry level by today's standards. Though I have my sights on purchasing a Canon EOS 20D, I have been putting the s5000 through its paces. By that, I mean I have been using both PS 7 and Picture Window Pro 3.5 and then printing with my Canon i9900. For me, the final output is seen through my printer. My 8.5 x 11 (+/-) prints are extremely good and certainly worthy of in-house mounting. Media has been experimental as I had a fair supply of HP, Epson and Canon papers. If you can get a great deal on the s5000 you'll enjoy it. However, from reading the comments from those using/knowledgable about the other cameras, I would think they are saying those would make you even happier. Tough choice when dollars have to be factored. As has been mentioned, the s5000 has become old technology. It is as good a camera as I am a photographer. To grow sometimes means more money expended.
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