Advice please: DSLR or DSLR-style?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by JB, Oct 20, 2004.

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    JB Guest

    I am looking to get a digicam with decent optical zoom for my wife's
    combined birthday/xmas pressie and was looking at either Olympus C765-Z or
    maybe if I can find the extra cash, possibly a Canon EOS300D or similar. Are
    there any new models coming out soon in this area which may lead to bargains
    on either of these cameras?
    Any advice or links much appreciated.
    JB, Oct 20, 2004
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    dj_nme Guest

    I use a Minolta Dimage 7i and am quite satisfied with it.
    The Dimage A1 (5mp) or A2 (8mp) would seem like an even better deal,
    with a 7x zoom and image stabilization.
    Neither are DSLRs, but have fairly good EVF and a 4x magnified mode for
    manual focusing (if you want to).
    dj_nme, Oct 20, 2004
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    JB Guest

    Many thanks for the advice

    JB, Oct 20, 2004
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    cc0112453 Guest

    You are looking at two completely different cameras. It would depend on how
    much your wife is into photography. If she were planning on doing "serious"
    photographic work and is going to be taking classes or already has
    experience as a photographer then a more professional camera such as the
    EOS300D might be appropriate. She may not need that much camera. Consider
    also that it is a large piece of equipment and that if you aren't a
    dedicated photographer, the size of it is going to get old real soon. If on
    the other hand she just likes to take decent pictures, not sweat the details
    so much and wants a decent zoom the Olympus 765-Z is a great choice. One
    other thing to consider if a huge zoom isn't a factor is one of the smaller
    cameras that are out there such as the Canon S70 (4x optical)or one of the
    smaller Olympus models. If you aren't doing studio work (and even if you
    are) they take excellent pictures. Nice thing about the smaller cameras is
    that you actually remember to take them with you.
    cc0112453, Oct 20, 2004
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    GT40 Guest

    Nothing has been annouced on the low end of the Canon lineup, as they
    are just about to release the 1DsMark2
    GT40, Oct 20, 2004
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    Alex Butcher Guest

    With practise, good lighting, and a bit of care, it's possible to use the
    full zoom range. Things that help include setting a fast exposure, using
    your surroundings - walls, trees and suchlike - for support, lowering
    your centre of gravity by squatting, and paying attention to your

    That said, even a cheap, light tripod (e.g. 20 quid from Jessops) helps.
    Best Regards,
    Alex Butcher, Oct 20, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    It really depends on your wife's interest and needs. If she is a happy
    snapshooter, then something along the lines of a Canon SD300 might really be the

    This a gift to her ... not you!

    Alan Browne, Oct 20, 2004
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    Alan Meyer Guest

    Absolutely. Before digital, my film cameras included a
    Mamiya 6x6 twin lens reflex, a Minolta 35mm with big 28-200
    zoom, and a small, lightweight, Olympus point and shoot.

    Guess which one I carried with me?

    I wound up with many more photos taken by the Olympus
    than by either of the other cameras.

    Alan Meyer, Oct 20, 2004
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