Olympus C4000 or Nikon Coolpix 995

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Larry R Harrison Jr, May 27, 2004.

  1. Okay, so yeah--I'm only a week old as the proud new owner of the Coolpix
    5700 after having only a humble 2 megapixel Coolpix 775 in the digital
    realm. One heck of an upgrade. It's been a riot.

    Don't get me wrong--I'm having a blast with this thing. Getting some pretty
    cool photos--although hopefully much better things are to come. I'm not
    quite as hot to trot for the D100 or D70 as I was; so far anyway, having the
    5700 has calmed it down. (Maybe my failed attempts to find a cheap
    D100--figuring that would be the case since the D70 came out--had a lot to
    do with it.)

    Anyway, what I'm looking at now is getting rid of the 775 and getting
    something else for "pocket portability" types of uses. Since many have raved
    about the "swivel" Coolpixes like the 990 or 995, I've considered something
    like that for "pocket" uses.

    But of course there's the Olympus C4000--and they're still making it. Of
    course the C4000 isn't as pocketable, but it's still smaller than my 5700
    for such uses--which is what I'm looking at. I'm looking at something
    decent--better than the point & shoot 775--for "pocket" uses. Also, I don't
    know--I do hear raves for the C4000, but somehow it doesn't seem to be as
    respected as being "prosumer" whereas in that regard the Coolpix 995 and 990
    are widely loved.

    I realize the C4000 is larger than the 990 or 995, but that aside--which
    camera is more desirable, the C4000 or 995 (or 990)?

    PS--yes, I'm aware of the Coolpix 4500. I'd love it, but I'm trying to stay
    within a given price range. If I were to do that, then I'd consider the
    Coolpix 5400 or even (gasp!) the Canon Powershot G3. Those are all great but
    more than I intend to spend.

    Tips?

    LRH
     
    Larry R Harrison Jr, May 27, 2004
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  2. Never seen, nor heard of, any problems like motor focussing in 20,000+
    shots on the Nikon Coolpix 9xx series. Can you post a reference for your
    remarks?

    A small problem they do have is that after years of use, exposure to damp
    outside conditions etc, the on/off switch needs a little switch cleaner
    (which can be done from outside the camera). I upgraded from the 990 to a
    5700, and whilst I'm delighted with the 5700, I miss the compactness,
    versatility, and the tiny 24mm add-on lens!

    The 995 would make an excellent addition to your outfit.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, May 27, 2004
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  3. I follow the Nikon groups on Yahoo, and I do not recgonise the following
    as being a significant issue:

    "The 9xx series have motor focusing issues. IOW, they wear out kinda
    fast."

    As I indicated there are other issues with the cameras (as there are with
    all products), but "wearing out kinda fast" is not the most-often reported
    one.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, May 27, 2004
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  4. No, as I said, I have never actually heard of anyone reporting the problem
    you mentioned. I have heard of reports that when the camera is dropped,
    it may not work correctly afterwards with gear problems, and I have heard
    of the on/off switch (and the battery door cover) as being frequently
    reported problems. I could not say what percentage of units has such
    problems, though.

    I will accept that you have seen these reports, although you haven't
    actually quoted a reference, and therefore that perhaps some cameras had
    an issue with motor focussing. I am trying to give you the benefit of the
    doubt.

    However, until you mentioned the problem, it is not one which I had heard
    of, or would have associated with that line of cameras, and I have been
    following both the Yahoo and DP Review newsgroups as time permitted over
    the past three years.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, May 27, 2004
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    All I can tell you is what I have observed. I am not saying you may not
    have observed something different.

    I am sorry I was not able to help you on this occasion.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, May 27, 2004
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  6. Oh, and you have still provided no references!
     
    David J Taylor, May 27, 2004
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  7. - the Nikon 995 is not in current production, I can't say about the
    Olympus.

    - 4.0MP vs. 3.3MP is going to be difficult to see.

    - they have similar zoom ranges.

    - the 995 has a superbly light and compact wide-angle adapter (WC-E24)
    providing a 25mm equivalent focal length.

    - the split-body of the 995 allows some unusual shot-taking, night shots
    just using natural supports, for example.

    - any size and weight differences may matter to some people.

    - I would suggest trying both, to see how they suit you. I have found the
    995 very easu to handle, including those time when you are taking photos
    one-handed (camera above the crowd etc.).

    The Nikon uses CF storage, the Olympus Smart Media. For me, that would
    swing it to the Nikon.

    As a companion, I would go for the Nikon (I have used the Nikon 900, 990
    and 5700).

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, May 27, 2004
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  8. Larry R Harrison Jr

    eNo Guest

    It's probably more money than you want to spend, but check out the Sony
    DSC-V1. I got it for my wife as a birthday present after reading how
    compact and nimble it was, and the thing takes some amazing shots.
    Finally, after drooling for a few months, I set my Oly C-2020z aside and
    got me a Sony F717. But for a small camera with a nice piece of glass
    that takes some nice shots in a snap, the V1 is hard to beat.
     
    eNo, May 27, 2004
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  9. Larry R Harrison Jr

    Bill Funk Guest

    My personal experience with the 4000 sucks; the camera developed
    problems writing to the card, and Oly replaced a PC board.
    The problem returned, and Oly 'cleaned & serviced' it, and sent it
    back with the same problem.
    Costco is now selling them for under $250.
    Personal opinion: Olympus has a dud on their hands, and is
    remaindering them.
    Besides, the difference between 3.x mp and 4.0 is minimal at best.
     
    Bill Funk, May 28, 2004
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  10. Yes, the Nikon also needs rechargeables! The Coolpix 9xx/4500 range have
    the finest macro capabilities of any of the comparable digital cameras.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, May 28, 2004
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  11. Yes, they are. The Nikon Coolpix 990 is virtually identical and I
    understand the 4500 is pretty much the same but with an extended zoom
    range. Macro on the 5700/8700 (the "telephoto" new models) is not quite
    as good, but still way better than the competition (e.g. Minolta A2). I
    wish I could take both the 990 and 5700 around, but it has to be just one
    and so I carry the 5700.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, May 28, 2004
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  12. Larry R Harrison Jr

    Vic Dura Guest

    C4000 gets my vote.
     
    Vic Dura, May 28, 2004
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  13. Larry R Harrison Jr

    longshot Guest

    downside to c4000.. there's not a burst setting for quicker photos, you can
    not take action photos. it's like a 1/2 second delay from shot to record.

    everything else about it is wonderful.

    JMO
    Rob
     
    longshot, May 28, 2004
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  14. Larry R Harrison Jr

    Ed Ruf Guest

    So does the 5700, but I never use it as it adds time having to take a dark
    frame. IMO you are better off with one of the software based solutions such
    as Neat Image or Noise Ninja. I myself use Neat Image. Give the demo a try
    for yourself. http://www.neatimage.com
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    Ed Ruf, May 28, 2004
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