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Old Jul 26, 2005, 12:54 PM   #1
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Hi there,



I'm very new to the world of Digital cameras.

My Brother's birthday is coming up soon, and I want to buy him a nice small Digital camera.

The main criteria for the camera are:

1) 5MP

2) Ultra compact, small, and light.



He will be using his camera mainly for holidays, weddings, that kind of stuff.



I've narrowed the choices down to:

1) CASIO EXILIM S500

2) SONY CYBERSHOT DSC-T7



Which one should I get and why?



Many Thanks,

Raj :-)
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Old Jul 26, 2005, 1:17 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome.

I'm not a big fan of the Sony T series. The flash is pitifully weak. It reaches to only 5 feet at wide angle and less in telephoto. The wide angle maximum aperture is only f3.5 which would reduce available light capability as well. It is a good outdoor camera but not so good when you get it indoors.

The S500 seems like a nice all-round camera. The MPEG4 movies with the past movie mode are great. I haven't seen a good review, but Casio has been making nice cameras.

Cameras without viewfinders aren't very appropriate here in Florida where I am usually shooting in bright sun. Many people get by just fine without a viewfinder.


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Old Jul 26, 2005, 1:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply and the welcome.:-)

My brother, along with myself are based in the UK - so I'd imagine blazing sunshine wouldn't be a problem LOL.

Having said that - going on holiday or hot climates may pose a problem due to lack of viewfinder?

I'm sure he'd cope or get used to without it.



I've read a few reviews of both and they seem to be very good cameras. However, like you've mentioned - the flash on the Sony DSC-T7 is poor. I've actually handled both in a store and found that the Casio s500 was very responsive - everything was more or less instantaneous. The Sony seemed to have a mild delay in it's actions - nothing major, but just an observation.



People tell me that "OPTICAL" zoom is important. Both these cameras are 3x.

How important is "DIGITAL" zoom? The Casio is 4x and the Sony is 6x. Is this significant?



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People tell me that "OPTICAL" zoom is important. Both these cameras are 3x.

How important is "DIGITAL" zoom? The Casio is 4x and the Sony is 6x. Is this significant?

Not significant at all. A 5Mp camera at 2X digital zoom becomes a 1.25Mp camera. At 4X digital the image is too small to get even a decent 4 X 6 print from it. You can get the same effect by just cropping the image, which is all the digital zoom does. I think the Casio lets you crop in the camera – my Z750 does. So you could shoot a 4X digital zoom picture and then crop it for 4X more if you wanted a really useless image.


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Old Jul 26, 2005, 3:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help that you given:-)

I've decided to go and buy the Casio Exilim s500 for my brother.
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