please recommend the best picture quality digital camera about $700 !

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jeff, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. Jeff

    Jeff Guest


    Please tell me which digital camera is the best for picture quality, about
    $700 ? Thank you.
    Jeff, Nov 12, 2003
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  2. Jeff

    Rick Guest

    G5 is close to that price range nowadays.

    Rick, Nov 12, 2003
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  3. Jeff

    Rick Guest

    A little more "noise" and "lesser camera" are two different things.
    Yes the G5 is a bit noisier, but not enough to be problematic, at
    least for me. I own both and almost never use my G3.

    Rick, Nov 13, 2003
  4. If you can wait a few months, or expand your budget a little (well worth
    it), the Sigma SD-9 DSLR clearly has the best overall image quality of any
    digital camera. It's currently selling at $899, body only, an optically
    excellent 24-70 runs about $90 (3X zoom), or get the excellent Zoom set
    (24-70 + 70-300) for not that much more. Or, you could opt for a $300-400
    investment in EX glass, and you'll have the highest overall image quality
    available at any price. The downside (for some) is that it is a RAW
    shooter, but shooting RAW is non-negotiable for pro quality work.

    If you don't want a DSLR for size/luggage reasons, or you'd like movies, the
    much more complex Sony F717 (yes, prosumer cameras are actually a lot more
    complex to operate than pro cameras) is currently your best choice for still
    image quality, and it will get you inside your $ cap. I would recommend
    waiting for the F828 if you can, for some much needed still and video image
    quality improvements for about $1000. At that price though, if you are
    interested only in still image quality, the SD-9 is the best choice by a
    huge margin. Here is a quick SD-9/F717 comparison, I've shot/owned both, be
    sure to select "original" size when viewing...
    George Preddy, Nov 13, 2003
  5. Raymond Kasprzak, Nov 13, 2003
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