New camera recommendation needed

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Neil, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. Neil

    Neil Guest


    I've been looking for a new digicam, as although my Pentax Optio S4 is
    great, I want a few more features (I'll keep the S4 for times when I need
    something highly-portable). What I'm looking for is (in no particular

    - Good movie mode, 640x480 @ >20fps
    - 35mm+ lens (I've seen lots that are 38+), less than 35mm would be great.
    - Very good quality pictures (obviously).
    - 4MP minimum.
    - focus assist.
    - more manual features than the S4 (shutter speed, aperture).
    - SD memory preferably (definitely not xD - way too pricey!).
    - Reasonably compact (not as small as the S4, but I still want it to fit in
    my Jeans pocket).
    - < £350

    I've been looking for hours on steves-digicams and imaging-resource, and
    ruled out most of the models from Fuji, Canon and Sony because of one reason
    or another. Can anyone recommend something I haven't considered?

    Thanks in advance,

    Neil, Sep 21, 2004
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  3. Assuming you don't find your perfect camera you will have to compromise on
    something, which will mean reconsidering cameras you rejected earlier. This
    is not so much meant as a suggestion that you buy the same camera I did, but
    just offering another point of view.

    I bought the Sony DSC-P93. 5MP, 640x480 @ 30fps until your batteries run
    out or the card is full (about 45 mins). I didn't really want memory stick
    pro because of the cost - it seems to be nearly twice the price of CF - but
    looking at the cost of camera plus 1GB memory card it didn't look so bad.
    The movie mode was quite appealing too.

    I just bought another 1GB card for £122 and the camera is available from
    pixmania for £172, total £294, leaving you change from the £350 target to
    buy a case, spare batteries, etc.

    It has what Sony call an Auto Focus Illuminator. Is this what you mean by
    focus assist? Macro focus down to 10cm, manual focus and manual exposure
    available if you want it. Captures up to 9 shots at 1.6fps at full
    resolution. The lens is the 35mm equivalent of 38-114mm, so it doesn't
    quite do the wide angle you wanted.

    The introduction of the DSC P150 7MP has caused a price-drop in the rest of
    the range.

    I suppose my point here is to look at the whole package instead of the
    camera or the memory in isolation.
    Joe Hotchkiss, Sep 25, 2004
  4. Neil

    Neil Guest

    Thanks Joe. I did consider the P93 but wasn't sure about the 38mm minimum.
    Does it make much of a difference in your opinion? The mem. stick pro is
    also a bit of a downer.

    I think I'm going to have to compromise on the video, probably making do
    with 320x240 @ 30 fps.

    Neil, Sep 26, 2004
  5. Neil

    Neil Guest


    SLRs are just too big for me, I'm the type of person who likes everything to
    fit my pocket :) (currently Phone, Palm Tungsten & Optio S4).

    Thanks for your input, the S60 is probably going to be the one I get, but I
    want to investigate the Canon hot pixel problem I've heard about.
    Compromising on the video quality certainly widens the choice a lot.


    Neil, Sep 26, 2004
  6. I can't say that I considered it when I was choosing a camera. A wider zoom
    range would have been nice, but 3x seemed the norm and I didn't worry about
    exactly what the extents were.
    It wasn't my first choice either. Maybe I've been buying too many toys
    recently but the price difference just didn't seem all that big.
    Joe Hotchkiss, Sep 26, 2004
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