Canon G5 or Canon S50?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by GiJO, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. GiJO

    GiJO Guest

    I can't decide between these two cameras.

    I was originally thinking that i would go the G5 or the Coolpix 5400, but
    i'm not sure if i really need the G5's power. I mean it takes fantastic
    photo's etc, but being the size it is compared to an S50, i'm not sure if it
    would get the use as it's not pocketable.

    Am i being an idiot and should just get the G5? I'm going over seas so would
    like to be able to take quality photo's lof landscapes and other landmarks.
    If i'm taking a camera somewhere then chances are i'll have a bag with me so
    the G5 can just go in that, but it's the fact that you can just chuck the
    S50 in ya pocket and off you go. If i go to a party i don't want to have to
    worry about where my G5 is, where as the S50 will be in my pocket.

    hmmm... maybe i should get the G5 and just buy some cheap $200 camera for
    party snaps to capture the moment rather than need the G5 to capture the
    quality of the photo.

    What are you guys thoughts?
    GiJO, Apr 26, 2004
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  2. GiJO

    [BnH] Guest

    Both G5 and S50 are able to take fantastic photo .
    Its up to the photographer.

    Spec wise .. they are very similar
    [the significant diff is you can't put in lens adapter to mount a wide angle
    adapter lens]

    But you might want to consider Canon A80 as well.
    It packed a newer technology n has sensor size similar to G5 .

    [BnH], Apr 26, 2004
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  3. GiJO

    1013 Guest

    hmmm... maybe i should get the G5 and just buy some cheap $200 camera for
    I think this is a good idea.

    I have a G3 and its pretty bulky for a non-SLR.

    But as you said, you can always take the G5 along if your carrying a bag. It
    won't fit in your pocket unforunately. :)
    1013, Apr 26, 2004
  4. GiJO

    GiJO Guest

    yeah i'll have to go through it with the guy at Ted's Camera Store. I'm
    still convinced i should get the G5 and then get a crappy little camera for
    party snaps.


    GiJO, Apr 27, 2004
  5. I use a G5 for some motorsport photography and sell prints from the images,
    I have printed maximum 30x20in image form it with fantastic results.

    Cackling Pipes, Apr 28, 2004
  6. GiJO

    1013 Guest

    How do you photograph moving cars/bikes with the G5 since you have to rely
    on the LCD and its not fast enough either compared to an SLR?

    1013, Apr 29, 2004
  7. Err it is if you know how to use the camera, I have no problem capturing a
    Top Fuel dragster which accelerates from 0-160kmph in 0.8 sec like this one,
    not to mention dealing with the force these things hit you when they leave
    the linem which I cannot begin to describe.

    Since when do you have to rely on the LCD?, I look through the view finder,
    yeah its not quick as a SLR, so rapid fire shots is not possible, you just
    choose your shot. I tend to shoot with a shutter speed of 1/1000th in normal
    light and it works fine.

    Some more shots, or taken with the G5, no it aint a SLR, but its a damn fine
    cheaper alternative

    Cackling Pipes, Apr 29, 2004
  8. GiJO

    1013 Guest

    Nice photos. But you are lucky enough to be close up to the action.

    I went to the Formula 1 in Melbourne and it was very difficult to take
    photos of cars moving down the pit lane at 100 km/h from a distance with the
    G3. And on the G3, the viewfinder is not exactly what you get, whereas the
    LCD is (maybe the G5 has a real viewfinder that deams the actual image to
    your eye).

    Do you put the camera in the multiple shot mode when taking these photos? Or
    just Tv or M and single shot mode?

    1013, Apr 30, 2004
  9. I believe the G3 and G5 have the same body so the viewfinder is the same,
    true you dont get the exact same image, its a bit off set, which is really
    neglible at even that kind of distance, but you have to remember the camera
    will capture more than what you see which is pretty easy to adjust too. I
    dont use multiple shot mode, I generally use TV during the day, and M at
    night, but without a decent flash you can pretty much give up on night shots
    with any point and shoot since you cannot get the required shutter speed. I
    half press the shutter button which will lock the focus and set for the
    shot, and completely press when I want the shot and its virtually
    instantaneous shot taking (has to be with a Top Fuel dragster to capture a

    Cackling Pipes, Apr 30, 2004
  10. GiJO

    1013 Guest

    Thanks for that info. I will try a few types of moving shots.

    1013, Apr 30, 2004
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