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Old May 31, 2005, 2:03 AM   #1
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I'm looking for the best camera that suits our needs as a take-along, snapshot, journalizing, SCRAPPING camera, and here's what seems to be important to us:

Do NOT need big megapixels - biggest pics we'll print are 5x7 (we're looking at 4 megapixels as ideal); we also email lots of pictures around

Need to be able to capture moments QUICKLY - and often indoors (flash) - we have 2 little kids....so a camera with a QUICK start-up time and (more importantly) quick shot-to-shot time (with AND without flash)

Must have good color results for INDOOR and low-light shots.

Excessive manual controls are not necessary

We want good zoom capabilities (ideal - approx 33 mm - 125 mm) - hate being backed against the wall to get a group shot, but also need to be able to take good zoom shots of our kids without them seeing us sneaking up for a photo.

As small size as possible (if not ULTRA compact, then at least pocket-size).

At least a 1.8" LCD display, but also need the viewfinder!

Movie capabilities not important.

We want to spend around $200-250, and definitely not over $300.

Any advice?? That shot-to-shot performance rate is *really* important -- we hate our slowwww Canon A400 and loved our Sony DSCP73 (which got dropped in the water and died) - except for the small LCD and the 39 mm starting point on the zoom.

Thanks for any/all advice!
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Old May 31, 2005, 3:43 PM   #2
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Why not stick with the Sonys?

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/p100.html
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Old May 31, 2005, 4:21 PM   #3
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Yocky, I agree...but I can't find the P-100 anywhere for less than very high $200's. The one thing we don't like about the P-100 is the small LCD. What do you think of the DSC-S60? 2" LCD is good enough (so don't need the DSC-S90).
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Old May 31, 2005, 4:39 PM   #4
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I'm in the UK so I'm no expert on US shopping but:
http://www.onecall.com/ProductDispla...ID=1121&ASaP=1

That S60 isn't what I'd call pocketable, maybe you've got bigger trousers.
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Old May 31, 2005, 5:22 PM   #5
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Or how about this little doozie?

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_...s/lz2_pg5.html

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/LZ2/LZ2A.HTM

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Hi Marsh511: Look at the new Olympus C-5500. Excellent 5x zoom, large LCD and an optical viewfinder. Also 30fps movies with sound. Full automatic features, but also offers full manual control if you choose.

Uses AA bateries,compact size, but grips nicely in your hand. Super quality shots; and is at Sam's Club for only $252. It has everything you need and is right in your price range.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0501/05...ly_c5500sz.asp

http://www.samsclub.com/eclub/main_s...:-45056:921120


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Old Jun 1, 2005, 3:58 AM   #7
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Again the trouble is the Olympus is not really a pocket camera.

Canon A400 13 cu in
Sony P73 14 cu in
Sony P100 9.5 cu in
Olympus C55 20 cu in
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I am going try to find the Sony DSC-P100 for a good price. Someone said that OfficeMax had a 'clearance' sale on that model - $198. That's the kind of deal I'm hoping to find.
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1. Here's what you give up by going with a Sony DSC-P100 over the OlyC5500:

Only a 4x zoom to max 114mm compared to 5x to max 190mm. Only 4 resolution modes as compared to 7 resolution choices. Only 3 ISO ratings compared to 4. Shutter max of only1/1000 compared to 1/2000. No Aperture nor Shutter priority modes compared to both Aperture and Shutter prioritymodes. No uncompressed image (jpeg only)compared to both jpeg and TIFF choices. Only 2 quality levels compared to 3. Only a proprietary battery to be recharged before using compared to 4 AAs. Only 5 flash modes compared to 7. A 1.8" LCD compared to 2" LCD. etc, etc.

And the sizes are actually pretty close: Sony=4.3 x 2 x 1.1 inches, while the Olympus is =4.3 x 2.6 x 1.9 inches.

I own both Sony and Olympus equipment, and use the Olympus about 100 times more often than the Sony.
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I was in the same boat a few weeks ago.

My sony DSC P-73 died and I had a few sony memory sticks as well asAA recharagable batteries. I picked up the Sony DSC-P93 from Target for $200.00. It has 5 mp and 3x opt zoom. It's quite a bit smaller than the P-73.

I went for it over the other Sonys because of the AA batteries and $


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