Subcompact camera recommendatio - Minolta Dimage Xt, Casio Exilim EX-Z3, or Pentax Optio S?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Peter Larsson, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    I have been researching the Internet for several days now, trying to decide
    which pocket-size digital camera to buy, but I haven't been able to find any
    really good recommendations. The three that I am currently trying to choose
    between are:

    - Minolta Dimage Xt
    - Casio Exilim EX-Z3
    - Pentax Optio S

    Size is an important factor, but I also do care about the image quality and
    any general features. The price is of course also important, but I am
    willing to pay a little more for better quality if needed. 3 megapixels
    should be enough since I very rarely will print the pictures, but I mainly
    want to have a small camera so that I can bring it with me wherever I go.

    I would really appreciate any comments, experiences, and I'm open to other
    camera suggestions as well if you've used one that you really like.

    Thank you in advance,

    Peter Larsson
    Peter Larsson, Feb 12, 2004
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    Andy Turner Guest

    My girlfriend has the Z3, my mate has the Optio S. My mate wishes he'd
    got the Z3.

    Andy Turner, Feb 15, 2004
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  3. Thanks Andy!

    Any particular reason why he'd rather have the Z3?

    // Peter
    Peter Larsson, Feb 15, 2004
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    Andy Turner Guest

    It feels better in the hand, the screen on the back is much better and
    the buttons on the back are *much* less fiddly. I'd also suggest that
    the UI is better on the Z3 too, but perhaps that's because I've used
    it that much more. It's the same CCD and lens so one assumes that the
    photos themselves are very similar. The only thing missing from the Z3
    is a TV out, which isn't a concern to us anyway.

    Since you mention the Xt (is that the one with the internal zoom with
    mirrors trick?), then you might also be interested in the new Sony
    DSC-T1, which employs a similar trick and has a screen even bigger
    than the Z3.

    Andy Turner, Feb 16, 2004
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    Frank ess Guest

    Frank ess, Feb 16, 2004
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