Canon S400 vs. Canon S50 ... which to buy?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Armand, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. Armand

    Armand Guest

    I am a newbie whenit comes to digital photography, and have decided to
    make the leap into digital. After looking at specs and reviews for
    ages, I have narrowed down my selections to the Canon S400 and the
    Canon S50. Each one has thier pluses and minuses, but I cant seem to
    decide which is better suited for me. I will be a casual photographer,
    and as I learn I hope to become more creative with my shots... so
    basically I am just looking at this as a hobby. In the reviews I have
    read, some have said the ease of use of the S400 makes it an ideal buy
    for a first time digital user, while others have stated that they like
    that the S50 gives them more freedom to be creative with its manual
    settings. So here is my question: This will probably be the only
    camera I buy for a few years, and therefore I want the most bang for
    my buck... So which is the better purchase? Does anyone out there have
    any thoughts on ease of use/enjoyment/ functionality when these two
    models are compared? Any and all advise would be greatly appreciated!
     
    Armand, Oct 19, 2003
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  2. Phew! It's like reading a brick! :D

    But you should also concider the S45 - the "4MP S50".

    The 400 is more portable the the S45/50, but (very) limited in manual
    modes, which really is no fun when you discover you need them to get
    the correct exposure or effect.

    The 4MP A80 (which can take 52mm (polarizer) filters if you get the
    lens adaptor) is also not bad value-for-money and the battery-life of
    AA rechargeables is not bad either if you get 2100 mAh's or more...
    The A70 is just shy of the capacity of the G3 over at dpreview:
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canona70/page9.asp - if the A80 is 80%
    of that it will still be very nice! And the S45/50 is just lasting
    2,5-3hrs vs the A70's 5+ hours... (translating to 250 shots vs 500 in
    their test procedure)

    All digicams have an automatic setting, also the S50 can be limited in
    parameters you can set in the AUTO mode, but going with A80/S45/50
    means keeping the ability to use shutter or aperture priority when you
    should wish to do so (to get i.e. a different DOF).
     
    Rolf Egil Sølvik, Oct 21, 2003
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