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Old Mar 4, 2006, 1:17 PM   #1
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Hi

Been reading on and off it seems a lot if people have the same problem reading specs and conclusions is OK but unless someone has tried out the cameras in question side by side its still hard, now my question

looking at the following cameras;

cannon 450

nikon p3

kodak v550 / 603

olympus 600

I favor the Nikon but dont need the wifi &I like the VR forsteady pics.

I like the Olympus flash stats over 11 feet

I was ready to but the Kodak 550 till the 603 came out.

they are all about the same size but which one do I buy ? any body got some input as of a few clicks ago Steve had no conclusion on the Nikon

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Old Mar 4, 2006, 2:56 PM   #2
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I ownand useboth the Kodak V-550 and the Olympus Stylus 600, soIcan provide some hands on experience on those two cameras. Both are good cameras.If you are considering the Stylus 600 because of its high ISO capability, then please consider this: The resolution at any ISO setting above 400 ISO is automatically reduced to a dramatically lower resolution when either ISO 800or 1600 are selected.

Photo output from both cameras are very good. Both cameras are pleasingly small, with the V-550 being the smaller of the two. The V-550 also has a very easy to use menu structure. However, I really am not very enthusiastic about Kodak's EasyShare software.

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Hi MT

thanks for the input. Do you know if the 550 is discontinued ? It seems all the sites are still showing the 530 and now the 603 . Like I said I had origanly favored the 550 till I saw the specs on the 603 and the Nikon p3. Does the 550 have a steady hand feature for snap shots ?

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Old Mar 5, 2006, 1:54 PM   #4
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I just checked the http://www.kodak.com site and the V-550 is very much available there both as a new camera and as a refurbished camera with the same full year guarantee as their new cameras, for a $50 savings. Purchasing from www.kodak.com also gives you the advantage of a 30 day return priviledge as well.

I am sorry but I don't quite know what you are referring to when you say the "steady hand feature." Perhaps you are referring to the digital image stabilization feature used when doing video clips. That feature is available on both the V-550 and the V-603 cameras.

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Old Mar 5, 2006, 3:36 PM   #5
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what are the main differences between the V550 and the V603
other than:

5MP vs 6MP
Panaroamic stitch setting

It wasnt very apparent on Kodaks site.

Does it have image stabilization?



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You have pretty much discovered the differences on your own. Please keep in mind that it is only when taking video clips that both the V-550 and the V-603 swing into "digital image stabilization."It is when taking avideo clip that you get this feature, not when taking a still photo. It is NOT OIS, which is Optical Image Stabilization, it is the same feature that has been used for years by the cheaper video cameras, it is "digital image stabilization" which is NOT as effective as OIS.

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sothats the only differences?
how its it worth a new model with a 1MP increase and panny stitch mode
makes little sense if you ask me....




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That is called marketing as well as the need to have something to introduce at PMA!

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njdag, here is an ultracompact you might wantto consider

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0602/06...asonicfx01.asp

its one of only a fewmodels in its class withoptical image stabilzation in the lens, during still mode.

it will be out in a few weeks
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hI

Are there anyother ultras with the OIS feature that you know of ?

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