Konika-Minolta Z2 vs. Fujifilm S5500 vs. Fujifilm S3500 vs. CanonA95 vs. Canon G5

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by PretzelX, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. PretzelX

    PretzelX Guest

    Hi,

    Which would you buy!!!... I'm looking for a digital camera with the
    following features:
    * long zoom (would be very nice, but will compromise if can get a
    better quality camera/picture with lesser zoom)
    * at least 4MP
    * excellent reliability
    * ability to shoot macro < 10 cm (would be nice if possible)
    * good level of manual control but most importantly exceptional
    'automatic mode'. Want a camera that will take great pictures on auto
    mode.
    * easy to use user-interface (have used Nikon Coolpix 4300 and find the
    user interface a little bit of a hassle to use)
    * ability to focus/shoot well in low light is also desirable

    These are the approximate prices I can get them for:
    Konika-Minolta Z2 - AU$549 (US$384)
    Fujifilm FinePix S5500 - AU$549 (US$384)
    Fujifilm FinePix S3500 - AU$369 (US$258)
    Canon PowerShot A95 - AU$573 (US$401)
    Canon PowerShot G5 - AU$668 (US$467)

    I've read the specs through and have become more confused! Liked the
    feel of the Fujifilms. Haven't seen any example galleries of shots
    taken by Fujufilm s5500. Thought the finish of K-M Z2 was a bit cheap
    -ie plasticy, but have seen some example photos which were excellent.
    Have always heard good things about Canons, but their long zoom camera
    doesn't take my fancy.

    Thanks for your opinions.
    PretzelX
     
    PretzelX, Sep 30, 2004
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  2. Richard Stewart, Sep 30, 2004
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  3. Richard Stewart, Sep 30, 2004
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  4. PretzelX

    PretzelX Guest

    Richard, thanks for that! Excellent! Do you like your S5500? May I
    ask you why you chose the S5500? Do you find it easy to use?

    Thanks very much for your help.
    PretzelX
     
    PretzelX, Sep 30, 2004
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  5. Richard, thanks for that! Excellent! Do you like your S5500? May I
    I don't own an S5500 - I own the older S5000
    That site I listed is not mine, but one I found while looking to see if the
    S500 is a worthwhile upgrade for me...

    And from what I see the S5500 is a lot better than the S5000...

    The S5000 camera is awesome - fast, responsive, takes excellent photos, is
    very very efficent on batteries...

    It's very easy to use - the controls are laid out nicely, and the camera has
    a mini-SLR feel to it, so is very comfortable to use.

    Depending on the mode, it can take photos up to 5 fps as well...

    The fact that it also comes with a 55mm filter thread as well is a nice
    bonus... you can use any number of filters with it...

    The only issues I had with the S5000 have been fixed on the S5500, so I wish
    I'd waited 8 months!

    The issues were - only 2 second max shutter open times (now 15 secs I
    think), and no low ISO modes (also fixed)...

    Cheers,
    Richard
     
    Richard Stewart, Sep 30, 2004
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  6. PretzelX

    DHB Guest

    PretzelX,
    I strongly consider that you do side-by-side picture
    comparisons looking for digital nosie. Here is a good review link for
    comparing many different digital cameras:

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html

    Unfortunately he does not yet have a review of the Fuji
    Finepix S5500 but only the S5000. However check out the review on the
    Canon G5 & skip over to the sample pictures, mainly the picture of the
    white Marina Cafe building. In my opinion this is a grate test
    subject because there is lots of detain & dynamic range in this
    subject. Look into the lower illuminated areas of the picture like
    the 1st & 2nd floor which is shaded & look for noise. There is always
    some there but you will notice much less from the G5's picture than
    the S5000's picture. Not a fair comparison because your considering
    the newer S5500, but compare all unedited pictures that you find
    against others from all the cameras that you are considering & look
    for noise.

    Can't speak personally about the G5 because I don't own 1 but
    I do own a G2 & it's a great everyday camera with low noise & the
    ability to mount an external flash. To be honest I am somewhat biased
    toward Canon because I own a few of them but that's because my 1st
    digital Canon camera got me hooked, the humble A40, 2MP which I still
    own & use for certain things. No camera is perfect & we all consider
    different things when we view a picture, so it's important that you
    research your choices well & go with what fits "your" needs best. As
    for that, only "you" can decide!

    2 more notes, most cameras have a program mode "P" where it's
    basically the same as full "AUTO" but you get to make a few changes.
    If your needs are best served in "AUTO" mode, then I would suggest
    that you try placing it in "P" mode & change only 1 thing. Lower the
    ISO setting to the camera's lowest, ISO 50 on most Canon Digicams.
    This alone can go a long way to giving you cleaner pictures from any
    camera. Lastly, get used to using exposure compensation because
    cameras don't always get the exposure correct or to "your" liking.

    My G2 seems to take better pictures with the ISO set to 50 &
    the exposure compensation to -1/3 EV, but this is "my" preference with
    this camera. "Your" view of the same picture could be very different
    from mine but a little experimentation with any camera you choice is
    likely to allow you to get the best pictures from it.

    Best wishes, I hope you are happy with your selection &
    remember, most of the fun is in capturing the moment as best you can,
    not on "who has the best camera, etc....."

    Respectfully, DHB
    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
    or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong,
    is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
    to the American public."----Theodore Roosevelt, May 7, 1918
     
    DHB, Sep 30, 2004
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  7. PretzelX

    Richard Guest

    Yeah that's one of my small annoyances with the S5000 - noisey images
    (not really bad, but in low light it suffers) - apparently Fuji
    themselves were not impressed either, and have replaced the CCD sensor
    with a newer lower noise CCD.

    Cheers,
    Richard
     
    Richard, Sep 30, 2004
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  8. PretzelX

    PretzelX Guest

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks very much for your advice. Do you know if the noise performance
    has improved with the new CCD in the s5500?

    Many thanks.
    PretzelX.
     
    PretzelX, Oct 1, 2004
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  9. PretzelX

    PretzelX Guest

    Hi DHB,

    Thanks very much for all your advice and you opinions. I really
    appreciate the effort you've gone to write such and in depth reply.

    Thanks.
    PretzelX
     
    PretzelX, Oct 1, 2004
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  10. PretzelX

    Richard Guest

    Oh yes indeed!
    The noise levels with the new CCD are through the floor...

    Cheers,
    Richard
     
    Richard, Oct 3, 2004
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  11. PretzelX

    Jim Handy Guest

    I've had the Z2 for several months and have enjoyed it
     
    Jim Handy, Oct 4, 2004
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