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Old Jul 27, 2005, 12:46 PM   #1
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I am looking for an ultra compact (preferably)camera that uses the SD storage type.

I like the Fuji F10 alot, but XDstorage is more expensive and I don't like the widget you have to use to connect the camera to a PC or for battery charging.

What is most important to me is:

Size

5MP+

Price ($400 max, and that's got to be at a bargain site)

Clarity and vibrant pictures highly wanted

Effective Flash Range

SD storage preferrably or CF if nothing else

AF illuminator (not necessary if camera is good w/out one)

Don't care if there is a view finder or not

Ease of Use

The Camera's I've been looking at are: Canon SD500 & SD400, Casio EX-Z750, Nikon 7900, and any that you can think of if they are better.

Any thoughts, suggestions, etc. are much appreciated and welcome.

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Old Jul 27, 2005, 1:23 PM   #2
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Steve -- You and I are looking at the same cameras. I'm also looking at the Kodak V550. I like the low light capabilities of the F10 but agree on the adapter annoyance. Where do you go for good prices?

I'll follow your thread for my own sake.

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Steve -- You and I are looking at the same cameras. I'm also looking at the Kodak V550. I like the low light capabilities of the F10 but agree on the adapter annoyance. Where do you go for good prices?

Haven't looked at the V550 yet, but will do. The F10 is really top of the line from what I hear and even blows Canon G6 and several SLR's out of the water on picture quality, but those XD cards are nearly twice as expensive as SD.

I go to the following sites for prices:

http://www.shopzilla.com

http://www.amazon.com <--look under new/used and go for new

http://www.resellerratings.com/

http://www.google.com/froogle

http://www.pricewatch.com

http://www.pricegrabber.com

Really check the reviews on the sellers before purchasing. I prefer to do business with Amazon, less failure rate so far. However, Butterfly Photo, Buy.com, and Buydig.com I've had good experiences with.

Keep me posted on anything you hear on camera's as well.

Steve
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Let's add the Kodak V550 to the mix. Anyone heard anything good or bad on this? Any reviews as of yet?

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Let's add the Kodak V550 to the mix. Anyone heard anything good or bad on this? Any reviews as of yet?

Thanks,

Steve
I own one. If you're for simplicity, portability, great movie mode, tons of scene modes, good picture quality, and style... it's for you... check out the review by Steve, he likes it. The thing about it, this camera was marketed towards females, e.g. ease of use, style, portability. Not much manual controls, but then again, tons of scene modes.

I've taken around 500 pics in a week playing around, and am very happy with quality. Last night experimented with some very low light night shots, does a great job, I can control shutter speed up to 8 seconds... video is what's great about this little camera.... got electronic image stabilizer, works great...

then again, i'm by no means a pro. i bought this camera as take on the go piece, meaning i won't ever want to play around with manual controls (which this camera doesn't have much)... I DJ and go to a lot of shows, I've taken some club atmosphere pics and they came out awesome, some nighttime outdoor parties, great pics... I recommend

the only other camera i really considered was casio s500, and it's a worthy opponent, with electronic image stabilizer for stills, which kodak doesn't have, but from what i hear it doesn't do that much, it doesn't have optical viewfinder, and LCD screen on Kodak is WAY WAY WAY better, bigger, and more resolution... plus, kodak is a bit cheaper...

hope it helps somewhat...
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Old Jul 30, 2005, 10:32 PM   #6
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There are not much reviews on the Samsung Digimax i5. After pondering with all my choices, I went with it. To my amazement, its totally cheaper than the competitors and does a whole lot of stuff.

Pros:
Mpeg-4, 640 resolutions, 30fps - 256MB is enough for it. ! IMHO
Video stabilization and zoom capabilities while recording (difficult to find one that can do this without any irratating zoom noises)
2.5LCD
Enough manual capabilities

Con:
One major : no tripod mount. (cant understand this part but for the size of it, I don't know where they would fit it)

Guys have a lot at this cam. I didnt really want a samsung but finally ended up buying one and I think I am happy with it. Still waiting for a review from STeve or one of the other sites.

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