Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > What Camera Should I Buy?

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jul 8, 2005, 5:01 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 7
Default

Have been reading the boards and I think I've narrowed it down to these three.

I want the wife to be able to use this camera so basic P&S, good scenes selection, easy menu navigation are important.

They all have features in common I like: Small / 3X zoom / Mpeg 4 video

Reading on the Casio website I notice that the S500 has an "Antishake system" and "Flash Assist" two features that I would like to have but will the antishake lower picture quality???

I guess it comes down to image quality. I know that two of the cameras are 5M and the Z750 is 7M but I don't normally go above 8X10 prints.

Which camera is considered to put out the best quality image? Truest colour? Best in Low light conditions?

Just for their point and shoot capabilities which would you recommend???

Thanks

HB2000
HB2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jul 8, 2005, 5:58 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 40
Default

HB2000 wrote:
Quote:
They all have features in common I like: Small / 3X zoom / Mpeg 4 video

Reading on the Casio website I notice that the S500 has an "Antishake system" and "Flash Assist" two features that I would like to have but will the antishake lower picture quality???

I guess it comes down to image quality. I know that two of the cameras are 5M and the Z750 is 7M but I don't normally go above 8X10 prints.

Which camera is considered to put out the best quality image? Truest colour? Best in Low light conditions?

Just for their point and shoot capabilities which would you recommend???

Yes the antishake lowers the image quality to 2MP (at least for the z750)

The S500 would probably be sufficient up to 8x10, but if you're gonna crop your images, id get the 7MP

About the low light thing, the s500 doesnt have a viewfinder so it could make it more difficult to take pictures at night
afro_ninj4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 8, 2005, 6:34 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Posts: 4,036
Default

I think it is too early to tell for the V550 and S500. If you want to be sure before you purchase you will have to wait for some good reviews. If you don't print over 8 X 10 I would be surprised if you could see any difference in your results between the three.

If it isn't too big the V550 looks like a really great camera if you don't need manual controls. The LCD is about twice the resolution of the Z750 and well over twice the resolution of the S500. I like the features and controls.

The S500 doesn't have a viewfinder. That is a deal breaker for someone like me who shoot a lot in the Florida sun. It is tiny and probably competent. I like the past movie mode on the Casios. You can wait for something to happen before you start recording. It records the previous 5 seconds from the buffer and continues recording until you stop it.

I have a Z750 and am very pleased with it. The only thing that keeps me from recommending it wholeheartedly is that many people have developed lens errors from having the lens try to extend in a pocket or case. Most people get it sorted out, but it is something you have to be careful with. Leave in it factory presets and it is a fine point and shoot. Some of the earlier models require you to turn the sharpening, contrast and saturation down one notch, but that is a one time effort. Most cameras let you set it to either return to defaults when you turn it off or keep your settings. The Z750 lets you choose each item individually whether you want it to reset or keep the settings. The control setup is the best I have ever seen on a small camera and better than many large ones.

I doubt you would go wrong with any of them. I don't like not having a viewfinder, but many people muddle through with the LCD even when it is hard to see and they have a viewfinder available. The only way to be sure to not develop a lens error on the Z750 is to put it in audio record mode when you switch it off. It is on the mode dial and it is easy to switch back to snapshot mode, but it is more hassle that there needs to be IMO.

slipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 8, 2005, 7:24 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 40
Default

slipe wrote:
Quote:
The only way to be sure to not develop a lens error on the Z750 is to put it in audio record mode when you switch it off. It is on the mode dial and it is easy to switch back to snapshot mode, but it is more hassle that there needs to be IMO.
does that burn a lot of battery power?
afro_ninj4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 8, 2005, 11:19 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Posts: 4,036
Default

afro_ninj4 wrote:
Quote:
does that burn a lot of battery power?

None at all. The camera is off. But if you switch it back on accidentally the mode dial is in the audio position which doesn't extend the lens.
slipe is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 2:49 AM.