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Digital Cameras [Feb. 22nd, 2007|08:21 am]
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So, on the last day of my trip my Canon G3 died. If I had to guess, I'd say a fuse between the battery and the rest of the camera blew (the camera works fine off of wall power, but not off of battery, having tried 2 different batteries and letting them charge for an hour each). However, getting Canon to repair it will cost over $150 regardless of what is actually wrong.

Since new cameras appear to start in the $200 range, I'm probably looking at a new one. Any suggestions (I'm willing to pay more than $200, but that seems to be where I start getting equal features to what I had with the G3).

Specifically, I want at least 4x optical zoom and the ability to override the automatic shutter speed, and being rechargeable in-camera is also very important(I'm not big on having to pull AAs out over and over). So my demands aren't that high. I'd also really like a flip-out screen, but these appear to be harder to find these days.

Using CF for memory is a plus (since that is what the G3 used), but I'm willing to change memory formats since, well, the cards just aren't that expensive.

I _might_ entertain a digital SLR, but I'm not sure I want to up up with the additional bulkiness at this point (and flip-out screens seem to be even harder to find for these). Also, they don't frequently seem to come with the image stabilization features of the newer PowerShots which I appreciate the need for....
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[User Picture]From: muppetaphrodite
2007-02-22 04:54 pm (UTC)
I used to be a Canon girl myself (and I still believe the Canons do best in low light situations, although nothing excels at that yet). However, when I got my Casio Exilim as a gift, I totally ended up converting. Good red-eye, lots of options, powerful flash, rechargable via dock, and an amazingly small form factor. I *still* get comments on it 2 years later from people who think it's a spy camera or something. It's also much faster at saving out the pictures and turning on than my Canon ever was (one of my biggest frustrations was that candids were nearly impossible with the Canon's 20-second power cycle.) Since they were a work bonus about 2 years ago, I know tons of people with the camera and everyone loves it.

Lookng online, it seems like te current Exilim models offer the recharging and shutter overrides (I think) that you want
like this one. But they don't offer 4x optical zoom except in their way bulkier pro models - only 3x optical zoom.

Anyway, if you're negotiable on the zoom thing, take a look at the Exilim. They're sexy, take pretty good pictures, and are not that expensive either!
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[User Picture]From: krchicken
2007-02-22 06:08 pm (UTC)
you care about how long it takes to turn on. my camera takes even longer than yours, and i end up never taking pictures cause the ones i want to take are long gone by the time my camera is on.

the flip out screen is also really nice, i'm surprised to hear it isn't common anymore
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From: dr4b
2007-02-22 08:54 pm (UTC)
The new dSLRs have stability lenses you can get though (VR/"vibration reduction").

I dunno, I love the pictures I've taken with my dSLR, though it IS bulky and there are times where I bring both the real camera and the pocket Powershot S410 with me. It really depends on what you want it for.
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[User Picture]From: deathb
2007-02-22 09:17 pm (UTC)
Remember that a flip out screen on a d-SLR wouldn't be useful the way you probably want to use it. You can only take pictures on a SLR using the viewfinder, although it is much larger and much more accurate than a P+S. I used to buy the higher end point and shoot Nikons, but I finally settled on a lower end Cannon S500 P+S, and a Nikon D2h SLR. While I love the D2H, it's resolution is a drawback as well as its price.

As far as image stabilization, if you get a brighter lense you likely won't need it. When I want to shoot low enough light that I'd need stabilization with a lower market lense, I switch to a prime (50mm f1.8) or my bright zoom (80-200 f2.8). The increase in image sensor size, and improvement in lense quality mean that you can shoot at higher shutter speeds and less need for VR.

At the moment, I like the price performance point of the Nikon D200, but all of my glass and flash is Nikon so I don't look at Canon much. I like Nikon's bodies quite a bit better than Canon, but I like Canon's lense mount better as well as their lense selection. The one thing to watch out for on Canon is if you get a "digital" lense, they have almost as many format sizes as camera models; you'd probably want to buy the "full size" lenses. On Nikon, all of the digitals are "DX" format, meaning that any digital lense works with all of their digital SLRs.
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[User Picture]From: mkincaid
2007-02-23 03:52 am (UTC)
When I looked for a digital I to replace the one I lost this time last year, I had a really hard time finding one that had shutter priority and had to settle for one with aperture priority. I'm sure there's something out there that does both on the compact scale that I missed. I suspect you'll have to go up in size to something like a G7 to get control over your shutter speed.

I just picked up a couple of Canon Powershot 700s for work and they feel pretty solid.
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[User Picture]From: zebe
2007-02-23 04:12 am (UTC)
If you end up being interested in a Canon DSLR, let me know, I have a Rebel XT and can tell you all about them. Otherwise, the best site to do research is www.dpreview.com, they have every bit of info about every camera ever, including how long they take to turn on. Some of your other commenters mentioned that... any modern camera these days will be just a few seconds, or less.

I'm a big Canon fan. Check out the PowerShot G7 which is the newer one of yours, the PowerShot S3 IS which has a flip out screen and image stabilizaton, and the PowerShot SD800 IS which is compact and also has IS. I wish they gave me money for this plug.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2007-02-23 05:48 am (UTC)
Wow, I really like the S3 IS, except for the AA batteries, but maybe I'll convince myself to get over that. Thanks.
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