Discussion in 'Canon' started by John F, Oct 26, 2004.

  1. John F

    John F Guest

    Would you all say that the S1 IS is the better camera?
    I've read the reviews on these cameras but curious about your actual user
    comparisons. I know the A80 has 4Megapixels as compared to the S1 IS having
    only 3.2Megapixels, but the S1 IS has 10X zoom & Image stabilization. Does
    one take clearly better pictures than the other? Or are they almost the
    same? I'll probably mostly use the manual controls, rarely using a flash.
    John F, Oct 26, 2004
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  2. The difference between 5 MP and 3.2 MP allows you to use *a little*
    digital zoom, or a little cropping, before the S1 overtakes the A95.
    Basically, the A95 has 3X optical zoom, and if you add enough digital
    zoom to take you to 3.75X, you're using only the central 3.2 MP of the
    A95 sensor. But the S1 can magnify the image 2.7 times *more* than
    that, so it's clearly the better camera for long-range photos.
    (This is ignoring any difference in coverage at the wide-angle end of
    the range).

    The other thing is that even if you added an auxiliarly lens for longer
    telephoto on the A95, you'd absolutely have to use it on a tripod at
    most shutter speeds. The IS in the S1 makes hand-holding a long zoom
    much more practical.

    Dave Martindale, Oct 28, 2004
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  3. Renee wrote:
    You could also consider the 5MP Panasonic FZ20 which has a 432mm zoom
    capability, f/2.8 at full zoom, and with image stabilisation. Perhaps the
    best of both worlds?

    David J Taylor, Oct 28, 2004
  4. Renee wrote:
    Today's cameras are a mixture of electronics, optics and software. What
    is to say that Canon do any better in software than Panasonic or Kodak?
    After all, the lens on the Panasonic is by Leica so they seem to have
    chosen a very renowned brand name there.

    Fortunately, in the image stabilised class of cameras there are only three
    or four brands to choose from, and only a few price points, so it's
    probably an easier decision than many.

    David J Taylor, Oct 28, 2004
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