Considering a Canon S70. - any recommendations?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by tHatDudeUK, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. tHatDudeUK

    tHatDudeUK Guest

    I have used a Canon SLR before (AV-1 [the one with just an aperture priority
    mode I think] so it was quite an old one, and this was quite a while back)
    and so I'm looking for something more than point and shoot, so this model's
    aperture prirotity and shutter priority functions etc would be good for me.

    The Canon EOS-300 with the firmware hack is tempting, given the newly
    reduced price. But I feel the big size would mean it would stay at home and
    not get used, so I think compactness and pocketability is of priority.

    I'd want to use either compact flash or SD cards. Preferably CF.

    Any recommendations? - Try convince me against the S70 if there's good
    reason to :)

    Oh and does anyone know how depth of field is handled on these digital
    cameras? On an SLR it's indicated on the lens so you can make a reasonable
    estimate. Or do I just have to judge from a preview on the LCD and make
    guesses?

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
     
    tHatDudeUK, Mar 30, 2005
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    Tim Wright Guest

    I've got an S50 (basically an earlier version of the S70). I also just
    bought (and ended up returning, due to a fault) a new 350D. I was
    somewhat surprised to see that in some respects the S50 actually has the
    edge over the 350D, albeit not in picture quality.

    The screen on the S50 is noticeably brighter and more useable (and yes,
    I did turn the brightness on the D350 up to max). The S50 also has a
    useful "stitch assist" mode for panoramic shots, which isn't possible on
    the 350D because of its SLR design. The S50 has focus bracketing, which
    the 350D doesn't (or at least, not that I could find).

    Looking from the other side, the 350D viewfinder is miles better than
    the S50 (which is pretty useless, to be honest) although it's now as
    good as my old 35mm Pentax SLR. The 350D is so much faster and more
    precise in use that it's not even funny. The image quality is better
    (although not massively, at least with the kit lens).

    Regarding depth of field, because the S50 has such a short focal length
    lens / small sensor, you'll find you have much more depth of field than
    you'd get with an SLR, even wide open. This makes it much harder to (for
    example) throw the background out of focus for portraits and the like,
    but is useful when shooting landscapes, or just snapping.

    I've had the S50 for over a year, and as an ex-film SLR user I've found
    it respectably useable, and I'm sure I'll still use it as a "carry
    around" camera even after I've upgraded to a DSLR. You have an enormous
    amount of control for a "compact" camera (almost everything you get from
    the low end DSLRs) and the pictures are generally pretty good.

    Cheers,

    Tim.
     
    Tim Wright, Mar 30, 2005
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  3. tHatDudeUK

    tHatDudeUK Guest

    Thanks for your long reply.

    Would the most I'd expect to be able to throw the background out of focus be
    something like the following sample photo from an S70 then?? (i'm looking at
    the background, not the girl, honest :) )

    www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/s70/samples/IMG_0307.JPG
    1.3mb in size
     
    tHatDudeUK, Mar 30, 2005
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