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Old May 15, 2005, 10:33 AM   #1
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Hi people.

I'm from Portugal and I need a new digicam, the problem is I want one that has date stamp capability and for what I've seen a big majority of them don't have that feature

I had my mind set on a small point and shoot like the Pentax S5N because it also makes nice MPEG 4movies at 640x480 30fps and that is something that I want in a camera too.

Another possibility would be the Canon Sd 400 that in Portugal is called Ixus 50... the problem is none of these two has a date stamp from what I've heard.

Other cameras that I was also considering, despite beeing a bit bigger, were the Canon A520, Pentax S55, Nikon 5900... but once again none has the date stamp option... or do they?

I know that Kodack has some models that have that feature but I don't like them that much... so I was wondering if I could get some suggestions from you guys here.


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Old May 15, 2005, 1:16 PM   #2
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The new Canon S2 IS has a date stamp (or at least it says so in the specs I've read) It also has good video capabilities.
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Old May 15, 2005, 1:34 PM   #3
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Well, I would never use a date stamp feature, since I think it ruins photos.

But, if you have photos that you really need date stamped for some special purpose, you don't need a camera with the feature to do it.

Thereare software tools available that can do this after the fact.The settings a camera used to take a photo are included inthe EXIF (a header that is part of your images).This header includes the date and time an image was taken. You can get free software that can read the date the photo was taken, and stamp your images with the date if desired.

One example is EXIFER (it's watermark feature can read the date information, and place it on the photos in batch mode):


Using this technique (instead of a camera's date stamp feature), insures that you always have originals without the date stamp (since it can be unsightly). Simplywork with copies of your originals so you'll have versions with and without a date stamp.

Some printing software can also place the date on a photo when printing (reading it from the header in the image file). Even the free software Canon includes with some of it's newer Pixma printers has this feature (and some third party printing software like QImage Pro can also do this, with nodate stampfeature in the camera needed).

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Old May 16, 2005, 1:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for the answers.

The Canon S2 is huge compared to what I had in mind...

I'll keep on looking for some smaller models with date stamp.

As for the software mentioned Ialready knew about its existance and in fact it's a possibility my I'd rather have the feature on the camera because I would have less work...

If anyone else remembers a small cam with date stamp please give me a hint.
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