Hello wise photography persons. I'm back after a bit of\nresearch and have comparison questions. In the midst of\nextensive research (still haven't committed to a camera\nyet), I went to my local retailer tonight and saw what they\nhave to offer.\n\nAt first I was going to purchase the Canon PS 620 but they\ndidn't carry it. The closest I could get was the PS 610 and\nI didn't like the price.\n\nI settled on the Canon PS A530, and when I got it home I\nfound it too new to have any decent customer reviews or\nsample photos to judge by. It's sitting in my bedroom as I\nwrite this, still in the box. Like I said, I'm still\nuncommitted.\n\nWhat they did have, and what I found a lot of good customer\nfeedback for, were the Canon PS A520 and the Kodak Z700. I\nreasoned the A520 will give a close representation of what\nI'm getting in the A530. It's also a given I expect the\nA530 photos to be better quality.\n\nI visited imaging-resource.com which offers good thorough\nreviews with test pictures, and viewed my two test brands\nside-by-side. I found the results very surprising.\n\nIt seems the Kodak Z700 takes a better picture than the\nCanon A520. You can really see the difference in the\nresolution shots:\n\nKodak Z700:\n[URL]http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/Z700/FULLRES/Z700RES2304.HTM[/URL]\n\nCanon A520:\n[URL]http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/A520/FULLRES/A52RES2272F.HTM[/URL]\n\nI thought this might be a fluke, so I compared another Kodak\nmodel, the Z740, to the Z700 and found the same thing. The\nZ700 resolution was better and to my untrained eye the\nimages looked better all around. Customer reviews also\nreport this model takes good shots in low light.\n\nWhat I'd like to know is how can this be, given that the\nCanon PS A520 is supposed to be the best you can get in the\nprice range, and the Z740 even has higher resolution? (5 as\nopposed to 4 MP)\n\nShould I take the A530 back and exchange? I was excited\nabout my purchase and now I'm not so sure. I wanted a\nhigher resolution camera, but don't want a good brand name\nand more expensive price in a camera that doesn't perform as\nwell as a cheaper brand. I paid 230,-€ for the A530, while\nthe Z700 is only 149,-€. That's a pretty hefty difference\nfor my limited budget. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.