My Olympus 5060 needs replacing - what next

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Ken, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Had this camera a number of years and been very pleased with it and looking
    to find replacement but wonder what to look at next?
    I looked on DP Review but wonder if anyone has any tips based on my actual
    needs. Looking for: more than 4 times optical zoom, anti shake, not SLR &
    must have 28 mm lens - definitely no wider (don't want have to use wide
    angle converters).
    I use the camera almost exclusively for interior room shots, buildings &
    landscapes in my work closely related to Estate Agency/Real Estate.

    Help would be useful.

    Ken, Dec 19, 2007
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    ray Guest

    If you use it 'almost exclusively for interior room shots, buildings &
    ray, Dec 19, 2007
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  3. Ken

    Ken Guest

    I need a better than 4 x optical zoom because sometimes I have to take a
    shot, of a property from the other side of the river, or such because it is
    the only way I can get a full frontal shot. The area where I operate has
    lots of hills and if I get closer, on a narrow lane or the land is dropping
    I just can't get the right shot. Have tried with digital zoom but extremely
    disappointed with end results.

    I used to have a Kodak but nothing in their current line up matches my spec.

    Ken, Dec 19, 2007
  4. Ken

    Ken Guest

    The TZ3 looks promising but I am not sure about relying only on the LCD with
    a viewfinder unless the LCD screen has improved dramatically, from a few
    years ago, where they don't work well in the sun. But good suggestions as
    quite compact!!

    Ken, Dec 19, 2007
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    AAvK Guest

    I suggest try out a Fujifilm s6000fd, which has super low noise at high ISO settings,
    this will provide faster shutter speeds inside of places you shoot, giving print-worthy
    shots at 1600 speed.

    It also has a powerful built in iflash, guide # of 28 feet at ISO 100. The higher the
    ISO the higher the guide # goes. You cannot attach a flash, no hot shoe or flash
    dedication, but you could use a bracket/handle (in the tripod mount) that has a shoe
    or two and use a "slave flash" (sometimes called a "digital flash"), which would fire
    off the camera's flash.

    It's lens does start at 28mm (35mm equivelent) and since the lens has filter threads
    on the front (58mm) you can attach a wide auxilliary lens and get wider. The lens is
    a 10.7X. This camera (I think) would do much better than the old 5060, for the
    reasons I've given.

    Check out the Simon Joinson review: He says the low noise qualities
    of this cameras are the best you can find (no doubt meaning: in a P/S).
    product page:

    I use this camera myself, and it DOES produce really high quality images! And I paid
    1/2 price for an Xd picture card on ebay.

    Good luck,
    AAvK, Dec 19, 2007
  6. Ken

    AAvK Guest

    I see on dpreview it is highly recommended.
    No that s8000 is very different, the lens starts it's wide end at a longer focal length
    (like 36mm or so), AND since the s8000 CCD is smaller (not good), the zoom lens
    is a much longer focal length which is not needed for me or your needs either, per
    your ststements. The bigger the taking element, whether film or CCD/CMOS, the
    bigger the lens will be and vice-versa. And you might consider the s9100 for it's 9
    megapixels. The s6000 makes as big as a 6 mp file, though the files can be interpolated
    up 300% at the most (Genuine Fractals, a plug-in software for Photoshop).
    AAvK, Dec 20, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    No. It reverted to using a small sensor, so it doesn't have the
    S6000's high ISO advantage.
    ASAAR, Dec 20, 2007
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    Ken Guest

    Getting a bit technical for me but I appreciate your help.
    On the Dpreview site it say the wide angle is 27mm?

    Ken, Dec 20, 2007
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    AAvK Guest

    OOPS! You're RIGHT! I forgot. I still wouldn't buy it myself. They still blew it IMO.
    AAvK, Dec 20, 2007
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    Ken Guest

    After reading your replies I have been taking a very very close look at the
    Fuji S6000fd/S6500fd as well as the Fuji S9100/S9600 and feel I will
    definitely be buying one of them -- but can't make my mind up which one. The
    S9600 is dearer but has a tilt on the LCD which for my use is a benefit but
    I wondered if the LCD on the S6000fd/S65000fd. was viewable, at an angle,
    and how much of an angle. This will be the deciding factor - so no

    Ken, Dec 28, 2007
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    AAvK Guest

    I use the s6000fd and it does not have an articulating lcd, solid in there. On the s9100
    the display flips up to a couple positions, you can waist-level shoot nicely but it doesn't
    twist out to the side or flip 180º the other way or anything like that.

    An aside set of notes, the CCD in the s9100 (1/1.6) is larger than the one in the s6000fd
    (1/1.7), but only by a fraction. I think think the lens/ccd combo in the s6000fd is better
    balanced for sharpness than the s9100, related to "rear of the lens circle projection" to
    different sized CCDs, as far as all I have seen in image samples, I suspect the s9100 is not
    as sharp because of those difference factors and producing 9 megapixels instead of 6.3...
    not quite as sharp (IMO only!).

    BUT on those OS's you set the sharpness to low-normal-high, I strictly keep mine on
    high no matter what. The lens superb, but AF is a too sluggish, very basic. You probably
    be better off with a Nikon d40/ that has an APS sized CCD (much larger) and much faster
    at focussing.
    AAvK, Dec 29, 2007
  12. Ken

    Ken Guest


    Many thanks for your taking the trouble to help but I found out a friend of
    mine has a Fuji 6500fd and I never knew. It is rarely used as he has pocket
    sized camera he carries around all the time but he wants to hang on to the
    6500. However he lent it me over the past few days which has proven a really
    big help. I have now dropped my requirement for the tilting LCD but have
    also realised I need to up my budget and have now ordered an Olympus 410
    digital SLR which I feel will be dearer but better longer term option.

    Ken, Dec 31, 2007
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    AAvK Guest

    Yeah that one has a 4/3 CCD in it, of a recent few years a "new standard" created by Olympus,
    about half the size of APS-C sized CCDs. It is an interchangeable lens point and shoot with a
    larger CCD than a point and shoot, larger than the Fuji's as well, so, pretty good choice.

    Suggestion: always use the Adobe RGB space for deeper color than sRGB. The latter was
    designed for internet JPG color qualities, and is more limited.

    Did you get the two lens outfit?
    AAvK, Dec 31, 2007
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    Ken Guest

    It includes a 14-42mm Lens which will be fine for my day to day needs and I
    can add to in due course. I came to the decision after spending a great deal
    of time looking at all the review sites and looking in dealers which, where
    I live, in the UK are very very thin on the ground! I feel very confident
    ( I hope) that both internal and external shots will be to a high quality.
    I can use all my memory cards which is a bonus but never part of the
    decision making process and I can use my Olympus flash unit only bought a
    few months ago and which I have never really mastered. It also fits in my
    bag where the 6000 meant buying a new one. Lastly on downloading shots taken
    with the camera I found the Olympus ones were easier to manipulate than some
    of the others.

    So for £275 after Olympus £50 rebate offer, even only one lens it is a
    really good buy in the UK. The camera dealers tell me most buyers are
    looking at the super zooms up to 18.5x and which I felt were very good for
    day to day family needs but mine is for my work!!

    Ken, Jan 1, 2008
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    Ken Guest

    I must admit it was an extremely helpful young girl, in my local Dixons,
    that persuaded me over to looking at SLR. She was suggesting the Nikon D40
    which I was hovering over. But made my decision and hoping it will be OK!
    The live preview was definitely the deciding factor between the two. I am in
    Devon and dealers really are in short supply - some shops even have no
    batteries in many of the cameras s it has been hard work going fro shop to
    shop and often only seeing one camera. But always phoning first to see what
    they had.

    Ken, Jan 1, 2008
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