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Old Aug 7, 2005, 11:15 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a point and shoot digital camera for around $200. So far, the Sony DSC-L1 has caught my eye, since it's the right price, is pretty small, and seems to take nice video.

Is this camera a good value or are there better ones?

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Old Aug 8, 2005, 1:59 PM   #2
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look at the pentax optio 60 coming out this month at 200. 6mp and some manual controls.
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Old Aug 8, 2005, 2:18 PM   #3
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is pentax a reliable and quality brand?

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Old Aug 8, 2005, 2:25 PM   #4
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Yes, Pentax is a reliable and respected digital camera manufacturer.

Another digital camera in that price range is also the Olympus C-5500, offering 5mp and 5X optical zoom along with full manual controls.

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Old Aug 8, 2005, 2:40 PM   #5
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Two main things I liked about the Sony DSC-L1was the ability to take 640x480 movies at 30 FPS and the rechargeable LIMH battery. Do any of these mentioned have those features?


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Old Aug 8, 2005, 2:56 PM   #6
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Compact, Lightweight Design

Despite its powerful 3X optical zoom lens and 6.0 effective megapixel performance, the Optio60 boasts compact dimensions of just 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.5 inches, a weight of 4.6 ounces without battery and SD memory card, and an attractive, lustrous finish exterior.



Unique PENTAX Mode Dial

The broad range of Optio60 shooting modes are accessible on the easy-to-understand icons on the Mode dial located on the camera's upper panel. Mode choices include: Simple, Program, Picture mode (Night Scene, Landscape, Portrait and Sport modes). The Mode dial also offers greater control with settings such as Aperture-priority AE (Av), Shutter-priority AE (Tv) and Metered manual (M), as well as access to the Movie mode, which records movies with sound to the full capacity of the memory card. The innovative Simple mode automatically selects the best settings for the scene at hand. From the handy Utility mode, the Optio60 may be set in a Webcam mode to create broadcast live video links to distant family and friends



Sharper Images With Stunning Color

Two high-quality aspherical lenses optimize the 6.0 effective megapixel performance and powerful 3X optical zoom lens of the Optio60.



3X Optical Zoom, 4X Digital Zoom

Composed of six groups of seven elements, two of which are aspherical, the Optio60 offers 3X optical zoom performance equivalent to a 36–108mm lens in 35mm format. Combined with 4X digital zoom performance, the 3X optical zoom delivers 12X zoom capability.



Optical Viewfinder With Diopter Adjustment

With an optical viewfinder offering actual image zoom, the Optio60 makes composition easy and allows users to operate the camera without the LCD monitor on to help preserve battery life during composition. The camera also features diopter adjustment to assist in providing a clearer view.



AA Battery Compatibility

The Optio60 is compatible with widely available AA batteries (two alkaline or nickel hydride batteries). As a result, the Optio60 makes it easy to replenish power practically anywhere in the world.



Generous LCD Monitor

The generous 2.0 inch LCD offers features 130,000 pixels for a better view during image playback, selection and editing.



Control Sensitivity

A selection of Standard Output Sensitivity comprising 64, 100 and 200, as well as an auto setting, make it easy to adjust the Optio60 for shooting in different lighting intensities.



PictBridge Compatibility

The Optio60 supports PictBridge, the highly convenient direct-print standard released by the CIPA (Camera and Imaging Products Association), which may eliminate the need for a computer during printing. Simply connect the Optio60 directly to a compatible printer via USB cable and enjoy the simplicity of producing photographs directly.



Additional Features:

· SD memory card compatibility plus 12MB built-in memory

· Selectable date stamp option for printing

· USB mass storage class compatibility; audio/video cable connects the Optio60 to a TV

· Standard image viewer, ACDSee for PENTAX software

· Built-in auto flash with red-eye reduction mode*

· Actual image optical viewfinder

· Macro mode allows the user to shoot as close as 5cm from the subject at wide-angle setting

· DPOF, Exif Print and PRINT Image Matching III compatibility

*This mode may not eliminate "red eyes" in all instances.
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Hi: Also look and compare the Olympus C-5500. It is a 5MP, 5x zoom, offers both auto and manual control,compact size, AA batteries, with excellent still and movie results. The movie mode offers15/30 fps, with audio,and unlimited movie time to the capacity of the memory card.It's street price is running about $225 or less. It's an excellent value for the money.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/c5500.html


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The only problem I have with the Olympus isthat it seems to only offer 320x240 video and it comes with AA batteries.

I've been looking at the Canon SD300 and the Sony DSC-L1 which both have nice [email protected] fps video modes, LIMH batteries, and 4.1 mp. Are the Olympus (5.1 mp), and the Pentax (6), a lot better than these two models?



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You can't go wrong with the SD300/400/5000...Great Pictures, FAST, and tons of features. Also check out the Panasonic DMC-FX8 - it has O.I.S., longer battery (one complaint owners had about FX7) and now features 640x480 video - IMHO, takes slightly better pictures than Canon SD300/400 - not sure if I can say that about SD500
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