Advise on P&S Camera

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Paul, May 10, 2005.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Hi all

    Looking for a new P+S Digital, it must be 5 or above MP must have a good
    lens I was going to get the Canon G6 which is almost perfect, (7mp also
    takes the same battery, memory and even flash as my 20D) but it fails on one
    important point. Because of my dodgy eyesight I cannot view the LCD display
    so I need a camera that shows the exposure info in the normal viewfinder,
    also I don't think holding the camera at arms length to view the LCD is the
    most stable way to hold any camera.

    Anyone know of a P&S camera that has viewfinder info.

    Thanks

    Paul
     
    Paul, May 10, 2005
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    Mr. Mark Guest

    Anyone know of a P&S camera that has viewfinder info.

    The Sony F717 did, I don't know about the F828.
     
    Mr. Mark, May 10, 2005
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  3. Paul

    Todd H. Guest

    On P&S cameras these days it's rare you get an optical viewfinder of
    any sort. Of the ones I've seen that do have a viewfinder, I haven't
    seen any with exposure info in them. For them to do so would add
    cost, and with dSLR's beating down cost barriers, they aren't prone to
    doing that. But, it may be out there, so it's a reasonable
    question. I think though you may be wanting something that doesn't
    exist on the market.

    Is fixing the eyesight with corrective lenses an option? The G6 is a
    great camera. As are the A series cameras.


    Best Regards,
     
    Todd H., May 10, 2005
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    Chrlz Guest

    If you really need full viewfinder information, you need to find a
    camera with an EVF, ie an electronic viewfinder rather than an optical
    one. Most of the higher end prosumers have these, eg those Sony F717s
    and F828s, Olympus C8080, Nikon 8700/8800, some of the Panasonics, and
    so on. Most of these are a bit bulkier, and may be insulted by being
    called P&S cameras.. (O;

    Try www.dpreview.com - the buying guide allows you to put in exactly
    that criteria..
     
    Chrlz, May 11, 2005
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  5. I don't want to argue with the rest of your points, which may be more
    than sufficient to sink that camera for you.

    However, in my experience of more than 30 years of photography
    specializing in low-light work, holding the camera out in front of you
    *is* the most stable way to hand-hold a camera that I've ever
    encountered...if you do it right, including the magic trick: put the
    strap around your neck, and adjust the length so that you can pull
    your elbows in to your stomach and press the camera gently out against
    the strap. Notice all the triangles this makes! Triangles are stable
    structures. (This opinion based on observing how slow a shutter-speed
    I can reliably hand-hold at equivalent focal lengths. Tests involved
    film SLRs, film rangefinder, and digital cameras. This trick is most
    useful with digital cameras with an LCD that does live preview,
    obviously; then you can hold the camera this way *and* frame
    accurately at the same time.)

    The way I see most people doing it, nope, not very stable at all. But
    for your purposes what matters is the best *you* can manage to do it;
    it doesn't matter how badly other people do it.
     
    David Dyer-Bennet, May 11, 2005
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    Mr. Mark Guest

    If you really need full viewfinder information, you need to find a
    I started calling my F717 a *PoS* after the 3rd time I had to send it back
    for warranty work. ;)
     
    Mr. Mark, May 11, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    "Post or Ship"?
     
    Alan Browne, May 11, 2005
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  8. Paul

    Mr. Mark Guest

    I started calling my F717 a *PoS* after the 3rd time I had to send it
    back
    Piece of S%@! <g>
     
    Mr. Mark, May 11, 2005
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