Users of Canon G3 and Olympus C-5050, please share experience

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Guest, Nov 30, 2003.

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    Guest Guest

    I'm seeking some useful opinions from users of these two cameras, to
    help me decide which one better suits my needs.
    I know they are both excellent cameras, and I'm not interested in
    hearing comments about "which one is better".
    What I would very much appreciate is: some users' account on what
    features they particularly feel enthusiastic about the camera, and
    what features they feel could be better, and why.

    I have come down to the G3 and C-5050 because I believe that among
    models that are reasonably portable, these two produce the best
    pictures in indoor low-light situations.

    Where I live, I don't have a chance to go to a store and grab them
    with my hands and try. So that's why I ask for some very objective

    The 5050 should cost a bit more than the G3, but if the G3 is good
    enough for me I could use the difference to add a storage card.

    So far, after reading threads and reviews I have gathered some points
    for comparisson that I'd like to submit to users:

    - How really portable are they ?

    - The G3 is 4 mp and has a 4x xoom. Would I miss that extra zoom in
    the 5050's 3x but with 5mp ? would it be a marginal thing?

    - f2.0 on the G3, f1.8 on the 5050. I believe it's a marginal
    difference, isn't it ?

    - image sharpness/definition also seems identical

    - start up and shot-to-shot times could be a little slower with 5mp
    versus 4 mp

    - both keep user preferences

    - Manual control. Are they all really usable or do you feel that some,
    like manual focus, is a little ackward and because of it you often
    won't bother using it ? (someone pointed this once about the old G1)

    - both have RAW mode, but one review said it isn't well implemented in
    the 5050. How's that?

    - Macro seems a strong point in favor of the 5050 since all G models
    lack in that respect. How to G3 users get by with macro shooting ?

    - battery last longer in the G3 but since it's proprietary I might
    have to buy a spare one for the day it goes bad. I like better the
    practicality of NiMh rechargeables

    - storage is more flexible in the 5050 but CompactFlash II seems good
    enough. Any particular card recommended for speed, reliability and
    enough capacity in these models ?

    - how useful are the viewfinders ?

    Any other aspect commented will be highly welcomed.

    Many thanks, and happy shooting.
    Guest, Nov 30, 2003
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    Giorgis Guest

    If all you want to do is print 4X3 .. 3MP is enough.
    I believe that is the selling point of the 5050. You should see the low
    light photos you can get.

    A bit frustrating, more so the click to photo, but then you have the
    In an over kill, I wish the 5050 had stop motion though
    I love it, you will use it. In fact digital makes it easy to experiment
    and learn to use it.
    In film you need alot of reading and practice and memory. You need to
    remember what a particular tweak was done to achieve the result. In digital
    it is right there in front of you.

    I have never used it, so I can't comment. I doubt there is anyrthing to
    "implement" It the raw unadultered output.

    Macro is amazing, I have used because I can. When I had a film camera I
    never did becaue I could never see the point.
    AAs is a God send ... there is nothing like traveling through Europe and
    hopping into any shop to get emergency Alcalines.

    I doubt G3 has more power capacity, the AA NMHi constantly improve. You
    can get 2300 now. I cary three sets of 2000. That's almost enough for 1000
    photos ...
    All you need is compact flash, but for some reason the XD card has saved
    me a couple of times because it is always in the camera. That's my

    Never use it, that's me

    I love it ... but I have never used a G3.
    Giorgis, Dec 1, 2003
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    The 5050 is very portable.
    A marginal thing.
    There are situations in which you need these features.
    It's very well implemented in the 5050. See this gallery entirely shot
    in RAW (5050):
    Not too useful. I use exclusively the LCD monitor.
    Alfred Molon, Dec 1, 2003
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    Guest Guest

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    Many thanks Giorgis, Azzz1588 and Alfred, for sharing your knowledge
    with the Olympus.

    Do you use any trick no minimize shot-to-shot lags ?
    Does it help to keep the button half-pressed ?

    Guest, Dec 2, 2003
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    Guest Guest

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    Thanks a lot for your help, Dave.
    It's nice to know it can be done. Do you recall the aproximate price
    for that ?

    A few extra questions:

    I read something about lens cap in the the G series, users getting a
    different one. How much of an issue ?

    Also, there used to be complaints about auto-focus in low-light with
    previous models. Not a problem with the G3 ?

    Thirdly, how to you deal with the shot-to-shot lag. How much does it
    help to keep the button half-pressed ?

    Finally, isn't there some particular Compact Flash model that is very
    fast specifically with the G3, so to minimize the delay problems?
    I see Sandisk has Ultra and Extreme models, but I also read that
    different cards often have different results with different cameras.

    all the best
    Guest, Dec 2, 2003
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    Yes. That's exactly what you should do. You can also lock focus and
    Alfred Molon, Dec 2, 2003
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    Maybe, but if you hold the camera next to your eye it will get full of
    facial grease. In any case I'm able to hold the camera steady while
    watching the LCD until about 1/13 s.
    Alfred Molon, Dec 2, 2003
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    Guest Guest

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    Great. And what about Compact Flash cards, is there any one which is
    faster to help minimizing delays caused by save operations ?
    Guest, Dec 2, 2003
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    Guest Guest

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    Thanks, azzz1588, I've taken full notes of your tips.
    And what about getting a faster Compact Flash / is there any
    particular model which helps with the delays of saving a
    high-resolution shot ?
    Guest, Dec 2, 2003
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    Alfred Molon, Dec 2, 2003
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    gr Guest

    I use the 5050's viewfinder quite a bit, for the following situations:

    1. Macro shots. The adjustable viewfinder is a necessity here.

    2. Checking out the exposure latitude, with the histogram function.

    3. Shots using a polarizer, if the light is tricky and I'm not sure of my
    setting of the polarizer. (Granted, most polarizer shots can be easily set
    without needing to check.)

    4. When exact framing is needed.
    gr, Dec 3, 2003
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