Santa Blabbed

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by dvus, Dec 11, 2004.

  1. dvus

    dvus Guest

    I happened to stumble onto my Xmas gift from the wife and it's a Sony
    DSC-P93A. Since I saw it she wants me to decide if it's what I really want
    and if not, to swap it tomorrow. I've had a Canon PowerShot A20 for years
    and had decent luck with it, but the close-ups aren't so hot and the pics
    can't be blown up very much.

    I've been looking at the Canon PowerShot A95, the Sony DSC-T3 along with a
    few others, but the choices are daunting. I like to print out 8x10's and I
    enjoy screwing around with close-up stuff and I saw the Canon had manual
    focus which can come in handy.

    I'd be willing to throw in another $100 or so if there's a good reason.

    Anyone care to give some advice as to what is good in the 5Mpix (or so)
    range digitals these days?

    dvus, Dec 11, 2004
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  2. dvus

    Bill Guest

    Most cameras are pretty good these days. I think features and design is
    more important than particular brand names.

    Having said that, the Canon A95 is a very good choice. It has a good
    lense, lots of features including macro mode and manual focus which you
    mentioned, uses 4 AA cells which makes it easy to keep running, and it
    uses the common CompactFlash memory cards. I have an A75 myself (along
    with an SLR), a friend has the A95, and they both perform very well.

    Also, Canon cameras tend to carry over similar features and functions,
    so for that reason alone, I suggest another Canon camera to keep the
    learning curve at a minimum.
    Bill, Dec 11, 2004
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    Ken Guest

    I had a Sony P31 (2mp), gave it to my Dad and replaced it with a Sony P10 (5mp).
    I have not been happy with the picture sharpness and image noise from either camera.
    Color rendition is pretty faithful if you stick to programming mode and make sure
    you optimize the shot for the lighting conditions your are shooting in. The point and
    shoot mode works but you will lose a lot of good shots if you rely on it too heavily.
    My father recently purchased the Sony P93A to replace the P31 I gave him and the
    images I have seen from it are little different than the images I have seen from the P31
    and the P10. A co-worker bought a Sony T3 last month and is very unhappy with it.
    You won't find a glowing recommendation from me with regards to Sony digital
    cameras. They may be feature rich and offer a nice compact design but it's the results
    that count and for me those results are lacking.
    Ken, Dec 11, 2004
  4. dvus

    dvus Guest

    Thanks to those that replied with advice. I went and got the Canon A95 and
    so far I'm pretty happy with the output to the degree that I've been able to
    examine it, there's quite a few features to learn.

    One disappointing thing is the inability of my San Disk ImageMate card
    reader to work with the new San Disk 512 MByte Compact Flash memory card. It
    works just fine with the 64 MByte card I've been using in the old A20, but
    when I put the new card in the green "read" light comes on but I get an
    error message when I try to get the images.

    Anyone shed any light on this situation?
    dvus, Dec 13, 2004
  5. In Message-ID:<> posted on Sun, 12 Dec
    I have a SanDisk 8in1 ImageMate reader and have only used it on CF cards
    as large as 256Mb, but since I plan to obtain a gig someday, your
    comments caught my attention. Is yours the oval style that comes with a
    docking stand and uses USB?
    Model Number: SDDR-88
    Part Number: 20-90-00114
    Justín Käse, Dec 13, 2004
  6. dvus wrote:
    That doesn't sound right.

    Which model of reader exactly, and have you got the latest drivers for it?

    David J Taylor, Dec 13, 2004
  7. dvus

    dvus Guest

    No, mine's an SDDR-75 and only accepts Compact Flash or "SM", whatever that
    is. I'm guessing mine isn't USB2 but I'd have thought it'd work albeit maybe
    slower than a newer one.

    dvus, Dec 13, 2004
  8. dvus

    dvus Guest

    It's a SanDisk SDDR-75 (USB) for reading Compact Flash and one other type
    which I've never used. As for drivers, I have WinXP which installs the
    reader automatically as a mass storage device. As an experiment I tried the
    older 64 MByte card in the new camera and then used the reader to obtain the
    files without problems. The new 512 MByte memory works fine in both my Canon
    A20 and A95 but I have to use the USB cable to the cameras to get the pix
    onto the PC.

    dvus, Dec 13, 2004
  9. In Message-ID:<> posted on Mon, 13 Dec
    Thanks for the clarification, I'm tentatively reassured. <g>
    Got mine at WalMart a few months ago, no problems.
    Read comments here:
    Justín Käse, Dec 14, 2004
  10. Well, it could be a a faulty reader - perhaps broken pin?
    I agree that no drivers appear to be required for XP.

    David J Taylor, Dec 14, 2004
  11. dvus

    dvus Guest

    Yes, I see yours is backwards compatible with USB 1.1. I just wonder if mine
    is forwards compatible with USB 2.0
    dvus, Dec 14, 2004
  12. dvus

    dvus Guest

    Possibly, but then why is it ok with USB 1.1 cards?
    dvus, Dec 14, 2004
  13. CF Cards are USB-agnostic. Completely. There are no "USB 1.1 CF
    Cards" cards, just as there are no "Windows CF Cards".

    However, adressing 512 MB needs 29 address bits, whereas 64 MB
    need only 26 bits. If something with the 3 extra bits needed was
    broken --- or missing --- inside your card reader, you'd probably
    see just such a behaviour.

    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Dec 15, 2004
  14. In Message-ID:<> posted on Tue, 14 Dec
    I think that's called precognition in metaphysical parlance. <g>
    Justín Käse, Dec 15, 2004
  15. dvus wrote:
    What do you mean by this? You can read 512MB if you plus the reader into
    a USB 1.1 port? As Wolfgang said, the CF cards are neither USB 1.0, 1.1
    or 2.0.

    David J Taylor, Dec 15, 2004
  16. dvus

    dvus Guest

    I see your point, the compatibility would have to be in the hands of the
    card manufacturer, allowing it to be read by older readers.

    dvus, Dec 18, 2004
  17. dvus

    dvus Guest

    Ok, then I guess the question becomes "Why will my older reader read 256 Mb
    cards but not 512 Mb cards?"

    I suppose it may have been built unable to address over 256 Mb, if I could
    find the "manual" that came with it I might be able to verify this. Or, it
    could be a faulty pin, as WW suggested, however it seems the chances of
    losing only the pin(s) that allow addressing higher capacity cards seems
    dvus, Dec 18, 2004
  18. dvus

    Bill Guest

    I believe it's an addressing problem. Some of the older readers didn't
    anticipate the need for greater than 256mb cards. Some cameras can't
    read SD cards that are 512+mb.
    Bill, Dec 18, 2004
  19. dvus

    dvus Guest

    As I posted elsewhere, an answer from SanDisk expresses an incompatibility
    situation. They said:

    "We have seen some problems with our Newer Cards not reading correctly in
    the SDDR-75. (Extreme) (Ultra2) (All new Cards) These newer cards are much
    faster then our older cards and the reader may be having problems reading
    these faster cards."

    Guess I'm screwed with the SDDR-75.

    dvus, Dec 20, 2004
  20. Well, at least the good news is that a new reader is unlikely to break the

    David J Taylor, Dec 21, 2004
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