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Old Jun 16, 2005, 9:41 PM   #1
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looks like the A200 might be the better deal for the enthusiast/prosumer photographer. 8 MP...

better zoom range (IMO).. i'd gladly sacrifice that much zoom in order to have the 28mm wide angle come standard. and a manual zoom ring. 28-200 is fine by me. (i dont do sports)

overall sturdier construction...

much larger CCD sensor (2/3", versus 1/2.5" on S2)...

640x480 movies @30FPS (same as S2)...

image stabilization...

bulb exposure mode...

what do you guys think? it can be had for $550 at abe's of maine... that's really not much more than the S2.

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Old Jun 17, 2005, 11:54 AM   #2
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I agree the wide can be more valuable in everyday photography than the long zoom. If you don't do a lot of wildlife photography I think the zoom range on the A200 is better.

I also think the A200 has sufficiently more features and controls to justify the price difference.

I have an old Minolta D7i and a Panasonic FZ10. They are good for different things. The 12X stabilized lens on the Panasonic can't be beat in certain situations and I always take it with me when I go out in my boat for wildlife opportunities. But I would say the wide angle is more useful in everyday family photography.

It comes down to your intended use.

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Old Jun 18, 2005, 10:05 PM   #3
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yes. the biggest draw for me is definatly the 28mm wide angle standard, and also the manual focus ring and mechanical zoom.

anybody else want to add their two cents to this comparison?
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Old Jun 19, 2005, 5:47 PM   #4
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Good Guys (www.goodguys.com) has the A200 for $499, but it's temporarily out of stock. You can, however, reserve it at that price online.

I would go for the A200 if I wanted a general all purpose digital camera. The superzoom's 12X comes in handy for sports shot, though.
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