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Camera choices

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by BrownianHeatingTech, Dec 18, 2007.

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  1. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    A lot of the variations in output on a good camera are a result of pre-processing choices decided by the manufacturer. Kodak has a bias towards warm snappy colors and boosted saturation. Other companies choose to tell it like it is and take a lighter approach. A mark of a good camera for me is one that does not get too aggressive with the pre-processing, but provides an in camera method for controlling the preprocessing and a method to save and apply these choices via presets. Most good cameras allow this.

    My personal favorites have been Canon, especially their SLRs. A lot of my work was in low-light. I really like the low noise of the CMOS sensor. It is especially noticeable when pushing the speed (ISO) and with time lapse photography. I like Nikons as well, but don't like the proprietary raw format used. Being an ex lab-rat, I do a lot of post processing. Having an open Camera Raw format is a necessity for me. Sony makes good cameras and is getting more competitive.

    Whatever the choice, my recommendation is to get a camera that allows one to fine tune sharpness, contrast, saturation etc. in camera to be saved and applied as a preset. And to consider a CMOS sensor. And to get one that supports a generic form of Camera Raw or DNG format. All of these come together in the incredible value of the Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi). Note, if you get a Canon Digital Rebel (under $500) don't get it with the stock kit 18-55mm lens, That lens is a low quality promo item. Get the body only and a decent first lens.

    For a nice site with reviews and forums go to: http://www.dpreview.com

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  2. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    OK, so I want a pocket camera now....there is no perfect one....some folks love the Canon, some hate it. I just sold my Lumix TZ3, I was unhappy with the pics it took (considering the size of it)......I did have a 3.1 MP Canon Elph but I didn't really like the pics from that either....gave it to my daughter.

    In fact, the last small camera I liked the pics from was a $99 1.2 MP Fuji with no zoom!

    I'm looking at the Sony W90. Anyone have pocket cameras that impress? I know a lot of it is the decisions that manufacturers make, but I must not like the Canon decisions (pics were dark and not sharp). I like something where the colors really shine out.
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    dlcampbe New Member

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    Well, as I've said before, I'm happy with my Nikon Coolpix P4. I like the pictures, the size, and the additional features the camera has.
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    We have always had canon. My wife wanted a canon digital for christmas so thats what she got. We got a canon S515 and a 4 gig card for 399.00 with taxes. She is very happy with it. There are a ton of options that it has. Also her large flash was compatible from he old to new. Now we will get a lens adaptor and she will be good to go. If you go to tigerdirect.com, they have a video that talks about the Canon S515. Its an awesome camera for the money, with lots of options.
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    My pocket cameras have been from the Canon A series. I really like the swivel lcd viewfinder on the older models. It's great for getting shots in crowds and more awkward situations. Unfortunately they've dropped it from the latest series, but have added image stabilization that really works.

    Craig, go to the dpreview site and look at the in depth reviews. There is usually a gallery of pics that follow the review:
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canona720IS/page12.asp
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    Yeah, after that Lumix I decided that a mid-size is not for me. Either it has to be tiny or else I'll bring my bigger one - so I am looking for a light pocket cam - that means less than 1 inch thick! So the Sony w90, canon 800, even Casio are in the running.
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