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Old Aug 29, 2005, 12:58 AM   #1
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Hi,

Like lots of others in this forum, I've been reading lots and agonising over what the best camera for me is. I would like a fairly serious zoom, with a reasonable number of megapixels (I'd like to be able to blow up my prints to A3 size).

I'd pretty much narrowed my choices down to the Nikon 8800 (released last year) and the newer Canon S2 IS (released a few months ago).

The attraction of the Nikon is that it is8MP over the Canon's 5MP. The Canon has the better zoom as is a smaller, more compact camera. A key point which caught my eye in a review from dpreview was for the Nikon was: "If you've read the ISO comparison section of this review already you won't be that surprised to see the smaller CCD in the G6 performing so well, it's probably over two years ahead of the 8400's 2/3" eight megapixel in development terms."

The Nikon 8400 and 8800 share the same CCD. So my reading of that is that Canon's CCD are better than Nikon's ... ? (at least at this time)

Given that the Nikon is more than twice the price than the Canon, is the Canon the obvious choice?

Any suggestions or comments are MORE than welcome.

Thanks!
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Old Aug 29, 2005, 3:03 AM   #2
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Thanks for that question Pace! I am in similar situation. Would love if there are considered opinions on this. Would also like if Sony H1 could be included in the comparison.

For me apart from IS and long zoom, other criteria is weight/size, robustness of make/machine quality,crisp/sharp photos, fast action, option of adding converter lenses.I am not in for great value for money and won't mind spending more

Which camera to buy has provedmore difficult to me than choosing the profession i am in or the house i live in!

Thanks a ton!

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Old Aug 29, 2005, 3:23 AM   #3
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the better zoom as is a smaller, more compact camera. A key point which caught my eye in a review from dpreview was for the Nikon was: "If you've read the ISO comparison section of this review already you won't be that surprised to see the smaller CCD in the G6 performing so well, it's probably over two years ahead of the 8400's 2/3" eight megapixel in development terms."

The Nikon 8400 and 8800 share the same CCD. So my reading of that is that Canon's CCD are better than Nikon's ... ? (at least at this time)
iirc, almost NONE of Canon's digicams (no dSLR's) have Canon CCD's in them - they come from other mfg.

That said look at the ISO400 samples from the reviews here; looks like noise is equally bad.
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Old Aug 29, 2005, 4:49 AM   #4
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Can you stand to agonize for another month until the Fuji S9000 reviews come out?

9 MP, 10.7x zoom, ISO 1600...

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Old Aug 29, 2005, 5:47 AM   #5
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Nope, can't wait - i am going on vacation in 2 weeks time and don't think Fuji would be available in Shanghai by then.


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Old Aug 29, 2005, 12:11 PM   #6
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Which camera to buy has provedmore difficult to me than choosing the profession i am in or the house i live in!

I can so relate to that!!
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