What to look for in a Digital Camera.

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Qansett, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Qansett

    Qansett Guest

    I am looking at upgrading my wifes Pentax Optio M20 Camera to a Canon
    Powershot. This camera (pentax M20)give pore results. (low resolution)
    It seems that the highest number of pixels is hardly the issue with this
    camera.

    Do I look for other things such as Lens quality, good exposure/metering
    system etc. I have a Fuji Finepix (S5800) that delivers very good
    results, but the popup flash no longer works.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Qansett, Jan 18, 2010
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    Joe Guest

    Canon IXUS 12mp
     
    Joe, Jan 18, 2010
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    hickory Guest

    I bought the Powershot SX20 IS some months ago & very pleased.

    Have a look at this link. The review was filmed with the SX20 I believe.


    http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_PowerShot_SX20_IS/video_review.shtml
     
    hickory, Jan 18, 2010
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  4. I have a Fuji Finepix S7000. A nice camera but a little slow. The newer models
    are supposed to be faster. Some idiot reviewer on the News website criticised
    the Fuji Finepix cameras for not being SLRs, but do we really need digital SLRs?
    I can't see the need for a pentaprism (more weight) when an LCD viewfinder is as
    good as, if not better, than an optical one. Only problem is you can't change
    their lenses but they give you enough zoom range that you normally don't need to.

    However, what you should be looking at depends on your requirements. Some of the
    small compacts are nice (i.e. the Nikon L series) but the ones with only a large
    LCD screen can be a pain (e.g. try using them on a bright and sunny day. You
    just can't see the screen). So a viewfinder is better.

    Most can also capture video. I'd look at one that can do a HD format, if they
    make them yet.

    Other things to look at - standard memory cards. The Fuji Finepix take XD cards
    - which aren't that common. I'm yet to find a card reader that takes one. Its
    not really a problem. It just means I need to turn on the camera to transfer
    images. Just taking the card out and plugging it into a card reader is simpler.

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    Dr. Sir John Howard, AC, WSCMoF, Jan 19, 2010
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  5. Yes, that's a good point.
    OK, we've got a difference of opinion here. The way I see it, a still camera and
    a video camera are pretty much the same thing now. Both record to memory cards.
    Lots of still cameras have video capability. So why not combine?
    Perhaps I should shop around. My Sony doesn't take XD in its card slots. The
    stand alone card reader I have doesn't take XD either. Both are only 2 years old.
    Yep.

    --

    - KRudd at his finest.

    "The Labour Party is corrupt beyond redemption!"
    - Labour hasbeen Mark Latham in a moment of honest clarity.

    "This is the recession we had to have!"
    - Paul Keating explaining why he gave Australia another Labour recession.

    "Silly old bugger!"
    - Well known ACTU pisspot and sometime Labour prime minister Bob Hawke
    responding to a pensioner who dared ask for more.

    "By 1990, no child will live in poverty"
    - Bob Hawke again, desperate to win another election.

    "A billion trees ..."
    - Borke, pissed as a newt again.

    "Well may we say 'God save the Queen' because nothing will save the governor
    general!"
    - Egotistical shithead and pompous fuckwit E.G. Whitlam whining about his
    appointee for Governor General John Kerr.

    "SHUT THE **** UP YOU DUMB ****!"
    - FlangesBum on learning the truth about Labour's economic capabilities.

    "I don't care what you fuckers think!"
    - KRudd the KRude Rat at his finest again.

    "We'll just change it all when we get in."
    - Garrett the carrott
     
    Dr. Sir John Howard, AC, WSCMoF, Jan 22, 2010
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    Noons Guest

    Dr. Sir John Howard, AC, WSCMoF > wrote,on my timestamp of 22/01/2010 1:02 PM:
    Not as much a difference of opinion as a difference in expectations.

    I do expect a dedicated quality HD video camera to have interchangeable lenses,
    variable real shutter, r-g-b split colour sensors, ability to track focus, meter
    and zoom at same time, good sound capture ability, including external mono and
    stereo, etcetc. Very few p&s cameras can do that at all, if any. Hence why I
    wouldn't bother wasting the potential quality of HD with lesser abilities in
    other areas of video making.

    In simpler terms: I think the quality of HD is a wasted capability if not
    accompanied with many others that are specific to quality video cameras.

    Just because some still cameras can shoot hd video it doesn't mean that the two
    areas have merged, other than in the fertile imagination of low-quality
    marketeers.

    Some folks might consider the Laforet-surveillance-camera style videos as the
    ultimate in video making. I can assure you they are totally amateurish and no
    video professional would even remotely consider using a camera that has to be
    kept stationary or folks will get seasick.

    A moving or tracking camera is the hallmark of the professionally made video.
    Don't even *try* that with any of the "combined" cameras...

    On the other hand, a quick-and-dirty normal resolution video mode is perfectly
    fine in p&s cameras for the occasional "moment" recording. Nothing wrong with that.
     
    Noons, Jan 22, 2010
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