liamksa
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Camera Suggestions

Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:30 am

Gday folks...

I'm in the market for a digital camera which will be used for a combination of aviation photography and social occasions. I believe you guys are the authorities so thought I might ask your opinions.

These are the main requirements...

1. Small and neat (ie: a consistent shape which won't get 'snagged' in pockets etc...)
2. Good quality photos
3. 3 x optical zoom minimum
4. Mid-range price
5. Good battery life
6. Flash must be able to be 'turned off'

My present camera is a C-740 which I thought produced reasonable quality photos but is too big for my current application. I have no particular alliance with Olympus so am open to any other brand. I believe something with an extendable lens is vital in order to keep the size down and let the light in.

Please lay your suggestions on me...

Thanks
 
viv
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RE: Camera Suggestions

Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:46 am

Try the Canon G9, since your requirement for small size probably excludes a DSLR.

If you have deep pockets, go for the Leica M8.

[Edited 2007-11-18 01:46:50]
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
 
IngemarE
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RE: Camera Suggestions

Sun Nov 18, 2007 10:16 am

I've got a Casio EX-V7 and I'm really happy with it.
It's got a pretty good (=short) start-up time and you can easily go for full manual control, if you'd like to.
7X optical zoom and 7Mpix. It's easy to handle and fits nicely in just about any pocket!

I don't think the EX-V7 is available any longer though. It has been replaced by the EX-V8, which basically is a 8Mpix with a little over-all improvement.

Not all that expensive either.
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DeltaAVL
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RE: Camera Suggestions

Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:22 pm



Quoting Viv (Reply 1):
Try the Canon G9, since your requirement for small size probably excludes a DSLR.

Good suggestion, I'd definitely go for the Powershot series.

Personally, I'd go for something in the "A" series, like this A710:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/co...83&modelid=14117#ModelTechSpecsAct

Every one of my 100 photos in the database have been taken with my precious Canon Powershot A610. If you want to see what it can produce, feel free to explore some of my photos.  Smile

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?pid=29078
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liamksa
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RE: Camera Suggestions

Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:35 am

Thanks for the advice. Please keep it coming...

Any experience out there with Sony Cybershot DSC-W200

Additionally, with reference to the Canon Powershot A720IS shutter speeds, does it mean from 15 seconds (ie: long exposure) to 1/2000 of a second, or 15/2000 second to 1/2000 second?

[Edited 2007-11-18 17:57:16]
 
dstc47
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RE: Camera Suggestions

Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:09 pm

Unless I read the specifications incorrectly, neither of the two A series Canons seem able to shoot RAW images - very useful for any low light situation, in a hangar, indoors etc.

My relatively heavy for pocket use Canon S50 does shoot RAW, this is now replaced by a differing camera ( with a SD card , whereas previously the S series Canons used CF cards),
 
DeltaAVL
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RE: Camera Suggestions

Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:12 am



Quoting Liamksa (Reply 4):
Additionally, with reference to the Canon Powershot A720IS shutter speeds, does it mean from 15 seconds (ie: long exposure) to 1/2000 of a second, or 15/2000 second to 1/2000 second?

The former. 15 seconds to 1/2000th of a second.

Quoting Liamksa (Reply 4):
Any experience out there with Sony Cybershot DSC-W200

My best friend owned a Sony Cybershot for a year and HATED it. I don't recommend going Sony for cameras.
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viv
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RE: Camera Suggestions

Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:14 pm

The Canon G9 can shoot RAW.
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
 
ilikeflight
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RE: Camera Suggestions

Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:47 pm

The new Nikon Coolpix P5100 is a really nice camera in the P&S world
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