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Old Nov 9, 2005, 5:39 AM   #1
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I thought it might be fun - in a frustrating sort of way - to post what features we 'hate' on certain cameras.

If not for these 'hated' features, we would likely buy the camera in question.

Here we go...

I would buy the...


Panasonic FZ-20 if not for the...

- Li-ion battery

- 8 second minimum shutter speed

- Macro mode being a separate setting - thus cannot use Macro in Manual mode (how stupid is that!?)

- Non-articulating LCD screen



Minolta Z5, Z6, if not for the...

- Cheap build 'quality'

- 320x240 video mode

- Only 3 step controls (sharpness, contrast, etc.)

- Minimum 4 second shutter speed

- No remote control

- Non-articulating LCD screen



Nikon 8800

- Shutter lag

- Li-ion battery

- 60 second maximum video time



Canon S2

- Unacceptably soft images

- No White Balance 'fine tuning' steps

- Only 3 step controls (sharpness, contrast, saturation)

- No 'remember settings' when camera is turned off, then on - must reset settings each time

-Cannot be set up as a separate 'drive' on computer

- No remote



So... I'll keep my Olympus C-755 for the foreseeable future.



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Old Nov 9, 2005, 6:54 AM   #2
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Gidday EOS

I have S2 FZ5 and C770 and use and like the S2 most.

The S2 has a "custom"on the dial and whatever you set in there is there for good or until you change it. For eg. you may be zoomed and focused (manual) on a particular corner of a car racetrack and a car only comes around every 10 mins - turn the cam off then back on - everything as well as zoom and focus is back within a few seconds.

Very handy option.

I like the FZ5 but it has no swivel screen

I like the C770 but no swivel screen and a bit slow

You can get very sharp pics from them all.

You sound like you need a DLSR but either don't like the bulk or cost??

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Old Nov 9, 2005, 7:23 AM   #3
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I would buy a...Digital SLR, if not for the...

Cost !!

Of the whole package, that is.

The body, the lenses, (including IS lenses, as I am so used to Anti-Shake right now), the new bag to fit it all, the extra cards, the extra batteries, the tripod, the off camera flash, and anything else I haven't mentioned as I don't know what else :?.

Oh, and the cost of Divorce that it would inevitably bring :roll:.
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Old Nov 10, 2005, 3:30 AM   #4
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The S2 has a "custom"on the dial and whatever you set in there is there for good or until you change it. For eg. you may be zoomed and focused (manual) on a particular corner of a car racetrack and a car only comes around every 10 mins - turn the cam off then back on - everything as well as zoom and focus is back within a few seconds.

Very handy option.

You sound like you need a DLSR but either don't like the bulk or cost??

Cheers Dom

Yes, the S2 has a 'Custom' function - like many cameras. But whatever you set in the Custom function is lost as soon as you move out of the Custom mode - like if you move to Manual, or Av, etc.

I would much prefer being able to set something like spot metering - which I almost always use - and have it always be set, regardless of the mode I choose to shoot in.

As for DSLRs... they have their limitations, too, as you mentioned. Think of a DSLR with the zoom and Macro capabilities of these smaller digicams like the S2, FZ-20, etc. You'd need at least three lenses - and to get the close focus Macro capability of these smaller cameras,you'd have to hunt for a while and spend a lot of money.

Not to mention the weightof those lenses, and theroomthey take up.

Perhaps the successor to the Nikon 8800 will be the one... sigh...
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Your right there EOS - very annoying that all the modes don't keep the settings you want - i always use the spot metering too as well as hi speed continuos.

I'm sure there will be an almost perfect cam come out one day but the manufacturers are making too much money from the suckers (that's me)buying the "almost there" cams

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I would have bought the Olympus SP500 UZ if not for:

It's lack of IS or high ISO

Low EVF refresh-rate

No EVF diopter-adjustment or rubber eye-cup

Extending zoom lens needs adaptor to attach accessories




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