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Old Mar 27, 2006, 5:06 PM   #1
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I am thinking about purchasing this camera for outdoor/nature pics. Being an amatuer at photography I feel this camera will be more user friendly than many of the DSLR cameras. It is also more compact and water resistant. Any information from owners, or thoughts or suggestions about another camera would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 5:22 PM   #2
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Because the Olympus Stylus 810 has no wide angle nor any more than 3X optical zoom, I am afraid that, in my opinion, I could hardly characterize it as a landscape, wildlife or animal camera that would be very useful. In addition, the Stylus 800 (I own one) actually produced very detracting artefacts, that were visible in all the images above ISO 400. Keep in mind that setting an ISO above 400 causes the camera to minimize the resolution by more than 200%

Ideally for landscapes you need something approaching a wideangle, and for wildlife you will need a more long range zoom. Only the KM A-200 and the Fuji S-9000 (S-9500 in Europe and parts of Asia) can fill that bill.

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Old Mar 27, 2006, 6:03 PM   #3
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Are there any more compact cameras than those two that will fit the bill? What about the canon powershot S3 IS? The reason I am asking is that I am going to be hiking and backpacking through the mountains over the summer and want a camera that will handle the trek and produce quality photos with little or no photoshop work (being just a beginner and all). Also, if these are the two best options, what accessories might I need?
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Again, a personal opinion: The so called improvements in the Canon S-3 over the S-2 hardly justify the $150 difference in price between the two cameras. While the Canon S-2 and S-3 do use the same lens, and they both have IS. I would stay with the Canon S-2 and spent the saved money on chips/cards and other accessories.

Keep in mind that at it widest, either the Canon S-2 or S-3 does not have a true wideangle setting.

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