Advice, Fuji, Nikon

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by JimC, May 24, 2008.

  1. JimC

    JimC Guest

    I'm looking at several digital cameras in the $200 - $300 price range,
    and have some rather basic questions. Two that seem attractive are the
    Fuji S1000fd ($250 at a local dealer) and the Nikon Coolpix P60 (around
    $230). They both have digital viewfinders that provide essential
    information about the settings and let you see the picture directly
    rather than trying to see it on the rear screen. This to me seems to be
    an advantage, particularly in bright sunlight. Both have over 8 Mpx and
    plenty of features. The Fuji has a larger body and has a 12X optical
    zoom compared with 5x for the Nikon. Both use AA batteries, although
    the Fuji uses four of them compared with two in the Nikon.

    My previous experience has been with 35mm SLR film cameras and also
    older medium format cameras, and with an older Nikon Coolpix 880 (which
    we didn't like because we could never tell when it was going to take a
    picture (shutter lag), or whether or not it had taken one (unless we
    could see the screen).

    I'm not a serious amateur and probably don't need an SLR, although I
    like to experiment in low-light situations, etc.. But I haven't kept up
    with current developments with digitals and would appreciate suggestions
    and general information, or references to websites I could go to for
    such information. (Incidentally, the dealer is offering a no-cost
    package of accessories with the camera, and I'm probably not going order
    one on-line to save a few dollars.)

    Here are a few of the issues I don't understand:

    1) I have read that some digitals use up batteries quickly,
    particularly conventional lithium rechargeable. Any advice on batteries,
    and does the battery life depend on the type of flash card or memory
    used? (We have a recharger for AA batteries.)

    2) It would be nice to have a camera body with removable lenses (for
    astronomy, etc.). Is this feature available in low-priced models, or
    only on SLRs?

    3) Regarding the two cameras mentioned above, the dealer suggested
    that if I didn't need the 12x zoom on the Fuji, the Nikon might provide
    somewhat better pictures. - Any opinions on this? What's the advantage
    of the larger body (of the Fuji) compared with the pocket-sized Nikon.
    Also, is there an advantage to having four AA batteries (the Fuji)
    rather than two (giving twice the voltage)?

    4) Any suggestions for other cameras with digital viewfinders in this
    price range?

    5) With 10 Megapixels, will I get pictures with detail equivalent to
    those provided with a good 35mm film camera?

    Thanks for any advice or suggestions.

    Jim Cate
    JimC, May 24, 2008
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    ben brugman Guest

    In general:
    In the old days, with hardly any automatics in the camera 2 small batterie
    cels would last about two years.
    With my AF autowinding SLR (non digital), the batteries would last for about
    a half year to a year.
    Now on vacation I recharge my batteries regulary. (So they last less than
    BUT, now I can take a few hundred pictures, review them, have AF and lot
    more on one battery charge.
    So allthough in time batteries last far shorter than in the 'old' days.
    Considering the number of pictures I can take with a single charge and the
    number of functions (AF, review etc.) battery life is not bad on modern
    (And with AA batteries you can always take one or two extra sets.).

    Only SLR's have removable lenses. (There are some lensattachments for some
    for example .75 or 1.5 focal length multipliers).
    Four batteries give a higher voltage, for most functions this will not make
    a huge difference, but they probably last longer and the flash receicling
    time will probably be shorter.
    For normal use the 10 Megapixel will result in about the same sharpnes as a
    35 mm camera.
    BUT the best 35 mm pictures (High resolution film, tripod etc etc. still
    produce more resolution than a 10 Mp camera can produce). Offcourse it's not
    only depending on the number of megapixels. Most digital point and shoot
    camera's are better than the point and shoot film camera's where in the old

    ben brugman, May 24, 2008
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    Michael Guest

    I have a lesser Nikon Coolpix (L14) and it came with lithium double As
    (not the rechargeable kind) and the camera has you set the specific
    kind of battery you use. I get much longer life out of those energizer
    lithiums than any alkaline AA or rechargeable AA.
    The digital advocates will tell you yes. The film advocates will tell
    you no. The answer is partly that megapixels alone don't tell the whole
    story. Sensor size is important. Lenses are important. IMHO my old
    (regrettably sold) Nikon F Photomic FTN took pictures that no digital
    camera has even approached, and that was with film of the 1970s. My
    Olympus OM cameras beat everything I've seen digital and my Pentax 6x7-
    well there is not even a close rival in digital. Digital advocates
    always talk about sharpness, which is not the criterion on which you
    should judge. They comfortably avoid talking about INFORMATION and
    tonal range, two things they ignore because digital does not match
    film, and most of them don't know what it is anyway. But the short
    answer is that a 10 megapixel P&S from a good manufacturer will
    outperform a 35mm P&S, but will not likely equal a good 35mm SLR.
    Michael, May 24, 2008
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    JimC Guest


    Thanks for the helpful information. I bought the Fuji S1000fd and have
    been pleased with the results so far. Lots of options and functions
    still to be learned, however (160 pages of instructions). Regarding the
    performance and resolution of different cameras, I still have an Icona
    Zeiss medium format camera 6x9 that has produced great images for
    enlargements. Also have a Russian camera that seems similar to the
    German camera.

    JimC, May 29, 2008
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