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User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 998 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3864 times:


I ma loonking ofr a new Digital Camera and I was wondering what your opinion on the following 3 products is.

Fuji S5000
Minolta Dimage Z1
Olympus 730

At the moment, my favoured one is the Minolta- would you reccommend this?

Thanks for any help.

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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3846 times:

Much to my regret (707cmf will laugh), the C-730 is the superior camera of the lot.
The S5000 is very noisy as minimum ISO is 200, the Minolta is slow and produces not-so-good-quality pics, the Olympus is a bit better but it's more like a case of the one-eyed being better then the blind (French saying).
Full reviews here :
I would recommend neither - upgrade to a Canon or a Nikon.
C-730 pic example :

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User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3842 times:

Why not waiting with buying a camera and spending more money in a bette
But your cam hasn't to be more expensive than your car, decide which results you want to get!

regards, Florian

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30410 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

Rumor is that Pentax is supposed to be comming out with a cheaper version of it's *ist D digital camera.

User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3786 times:

Thanks for your help!

I have spent the past couple of days reading through detailed reviews of these cameras and others, and I think I am going to go with the Minolta Dimage Z1 (it takes an SD which is great because then I can view the pics on my PDA).

The picture quality seems to be ok for what I want it for (holidays and perhaps the occasional trip to the airport). Also, a lot of the functions can done automatically or manually.

Here is an example of the quality of pictures it takes;


(sorry, I don't know how to make it into a link)

Anyway, thanks for your help

Best Regards,

User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3707 times:

In case anyone is interested, I got the Minolta. So far the quality has been excellent. I haven't taken any pictures of planes yet, just black and white still lifes. The large zoom is excellent, and although some reviews say you need to use a tripod when using full zoom I have found that not to be the case ( I have a very staedy hand which helps).

Anyway, thanks for your opinions.

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