Helo me find a digital non-SLR

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Ernie Sty, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. Ernie Sty

    Ernie Sty Guest

    I'm looking for a digital camera, in the $250-$300 range, with a 12x zoom.

    I've looked a little at the Canon Powershot S2 IS 5MP and the Panasonic
    DMC-FZ7S 6MP, I want a camera like one of these, but I don't know how to
    choose.

    I'm looking for a site that offers comprehensive, detailed reviews,
    *especially* one that has "roundups" in which they test several brands in a
    given price range and type and provide comparisons and
    advantages/disadvantages.

    I tried goggling "digital camera reviews" but there are a lot of hits, and
    I'm not sure which sites give good reviews and which ones are just trying to
    sell you something with a higher markup.

    I know my way around a camera somewhat, I cut my teeth on an old 35mm using
    manual shutter speeds, apertures and focusing--now I want something that can
    point-and-shoot quickly. I currently have a digital 3 MP autofocus but the
    shutter lag seems to be about two seconds, when photographing anything that
    moves like cats, it's impossible to get the shot you want because by the
    time the thing snaps the shot is long gone.
     
    Ernie Sty, Dec 10, 2006
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    Sudee Guest

    Try Digital Photo Review. They have extensive reviews on just about any
    camera you can think of. Their side-by-side comparison page is here...
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sidebyside.asp

    Sue
     
    Sudee, Dec 10, 2006
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    ray Guest


    I looked for some time for a similar camera. I recently bought a
    refurbished Kodak P850 from the Kodak online store for $250 - the
    refurbished printer dock was another $50. The P850 is a 5MP camera with
    12x zoom and image stabilization. It also will create RAW, tiff, or jpeg
    images. One of the prime reasons for my decision: if you look through
    the electronic viewfinder of any of this class camera, you will see it
    very quickly. The other cameras in the range have an EVF (electronic
    viewfinder) with about 100k pixels - they look very blocky to me. The
    Kodak has 230k pixels - looks much smoother. I suggest you try browsing at
    a local store and see the difference. The only thing any better was a
    couple of the minolta EVFs with close to 1mp EVF - don't know if any of
    them are still around or not.

    IMHO - generally these cameras are similar enough that you'll probably not
    see any marked differences in performance, picture quality, etc.

    One other consideration: SD and CompactFlash are now much cheaper than
    anything else. You'll pay significantly more for Xd memory cards (Olympus
    and Fuji) or memorystick (sony).
     
    ray, Dec 11, 2006
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  4. Ernie Sty

    Ernie Sty Guest

    Thanks!
     
    Ernie Sty, Dec 11, 2006
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  5. Ernie Sty

    Ernie Sty Guest

    Awesome, Sue! Thanks!!
     
    Ernie Sty, Dec 11, 2006
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    AAvK Guest

    This is the baby I want (can't get it yet, myself), Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd ...
    it has their own super CCD and is far better with higher ISO sensitivity settings,
    usable at 1600 (get noise ninja). 10X Lens is a bit slow at the long end, I think
    but good enough for daylight. Sharpness is good enough and it shoots raw.
    Body is nice and large (I have "bigger" hands). $50 for a 2gb Xd picture card
    doesn't bother me, I just paid $40 for a 1gb CF, in a Samy's store (fuzzy Nikon
    e950). Fuji has always been great with their own lenses, so the lens on this
    one is theirs as well, they don't need German ones under license as a sales hype.
    As well; Canon lenses suck*, Pentax is good and Nikon is good but always look
    at review test shots for sharpness. Other things in a camera affect sharpness, e.g.
    my e950 has a genuine Nikkor, but the camera makes rather unsharp shots, and
    the older Nikon 5400 is very-very sharp. That's how to think about it.

    check it out: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/FujifilmS6000fd/
     
    AAvK, Dec 11, 2006
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    Robert Mapes Guest

    Ray recommended the P850. I have one and it is slow between shots and has a
    delay on the shutter. I bought a P712 and really like it. The time between
    shots is about 1 sec and the shutter time is supposed to be .3 sec. Much,
    much better than the P850.
    It cost a little more but I feel that it is worth it.
     
    Robert Mapes, Dec 13, 2006
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