Olympus Stylus 710 or Canon Powershot SD 550?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by bekaboo, May 22, 2006.

  1. bekaboo

    bekaboo Guest

    Hello All,

    I'm trying to make a decision between the two. I've always had an Olympus
    and love
    the picture quality. Amazon's reviews on the Canon Powershot, however, look
    good, too. I am not a professional and will make enlargements occasionally
    (larger than
    an 8x10). I do photo editing & need ease of use. Picture quality is #1.
    Any help/opinion
    is appreciated.

    bekaboo, May 22, 2006
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  2. bekaboo

    Chris Guest

    Go with the Canon. Agreed, Olympus has good quality, but Canon and Nikon
    are generally the best in the business.
    Chris, May 22, 2006
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  3. bekaboo

    Chris Guest

    For reference, in my experience...

    Canon & Nikon are "top tier" manufacturers.

    Olympus, Minolta, and Kodak are the next in line.

    Fuji, Sony, and HP bring up the rear.

    Sony and HP generally wanting more $$ for what other manufacturers give you
    at roughly half the price.

    Now, keep in mind, all of these manufacturers can and do produce OUTSTANDING
    cameras from time to time. That's where it gets confusing. But what I'm
    talking about is consistency. Where Fuji might make one or two models that
    work really well, once in awhile, other higher placed makers will produce
    this same quality alot more often.

    Also make note of the simple concept of supply and demand. If a "top tier"
    maker produces more "top tier" cameras, more often, their prices generally
    reflect this surplus of quality. So if a company that often produces
    sub-par entries to the market comes up with a winner, it's going to try to
    make that winning model cost alot more than it might if someone else made

    This is a huge reply for so simple a debate, but I just thought I'd throw in
    my 2 cents as to how the industry works, and what's good and bad.

    Definately get the "most" camera for your money. Canon definately seems to
    be that, atleast in this instance.

    I'm going through my own shopping debate as well. Choosing between a Canon,
    several Nikons, and a Minolta. It's not so clear a decision for me, as each
    of my choices has several advantages over the others, whether in image
    quality, battery options, hotshoe, or simply down to good old lens zoom.

    Just to show you the advantage of a good quality manufacturer in a
    comparison shopping situation, I still consider the Canon despite the fact
    it meets few of my criteria, simply because of the manufacturer's consistent
    quality, and the camera's overall performance specs. A name you trust
    definately makes a difference in your purchases.
    Chris, May 22, 2006
  4. bekaboo

    bekaboo Guest

    THANK YOU, Chris, for your valuable info & opinion. I had forgotten that I
    had a Canon Sure Shot before my digital camera and I loved its picture
    quality, too.
    I think I will go with the Canon.

    bekaboo, May 23, 2006
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