Digital Cameras - help please

flyer682
1st August 2005, 09:12
I profess to knowing very little about Digital cameras, but as I am about to buy one, I'm asking for a bit of advice.
There are so many out there, that I'm a bit flummoxed by it all.
I've heard (or read somewhere) that anything with less than 4 megapixels is not worth bothering with, but what about features such as optical zoom and digital zoom? What's the difference?
Obviously, it would used to photograph ships and sometimes these subjects tend to be at a bit of a distance.
What I want is something that is going to take nice clear sharp photos without breaking the Bank to get same.
Any recommendations or hints for things to look out for when buying would be gratefully appreciated.

Bruce Carson
1st August 2005, 14:00
Hi David:
Generally, 4 megs will be sufficient for normal use. That will give you decent prints at least up to legal size (8 1/2" x 14"), which is about the largest size a home printer can handle.
Much over 4 is usually a waste of money as you'll never need to use the extra pizzaz.
As Dave says, optical zoom is the criteria---digital can degrade the picture and is strictly manipulation. I usually prefer to crop after the fact on the computer rather than turn on the digital zoom.
One thing many people forget: as in film cameras, the lens is the MOST important element as far as quality. If you're buying anything but a basic camera, many computer and camera sites on the web give these cameras a good work out and the reviews are sometimes eye opening. They will test the lens and give the results.
As Dave did, I bought an Olympus (C-4000 zoom) about 18 months ago and couldn't be happier. An hour or two on the web and I found the camera that I could afford and one that I could be satisfied with.
Look for a sale on a battery charger, Ni-MH batteries and a high capacity memory card: they are mandatory accessories.

Bruce C.

Rhiw.com
1st August 2005, 16:46
I profess to knowing very little about Digital cameras, but as I am about to buy one, I'm asking for a bit of advice.
There are so many out there, that I'm a bit flummoxed by it all.
I've heard (or read somewhere) that anything with less than 4 megapixels is not worth bothering with, but what about features such as optical zoom and digital zoom? What's the difference?
Obviously, it would used to photograph ships and sometimes these subjects tend to be at a bit of a distance.
What I want is something that is going to take nice clear sharp photos without breaking the Bank to get same.
Any recommendations or hints for things to look out for when buying would be gratefully appreciated.
Hi David, I can recomend the Fuji Finepix S5500, it's got four million Pix, a 10X optical zoom (nice and sharp), and it handles just like an SLR. Over here in the U.K. it's about 190 to 200, so very good value as well, hope this helps, Regards Tony. (Thumb)

marlinspike
1st August 2005, 22:32
I have recently bought a Fujipix S7000 for 235 off Ebay: practically new and in mint condition. The focus is 35-210 and it takes brilliant pictures. I had a Nikon FE 10 before
though good had to have three seperate lenses for best results and to photo ships close up when in docks etc. The S7000 is 6 m Pixcels which produces good screen pictures and photo's. If you want to send a private message I will discuss more and send specifications and more news.

Peter (marlin-spike)

michael james
1st August 2005, 23:49
David, I have recently bought (4 months ago) an Olympus C770 it has beautiful optical zoom X10. Have taken some pin sharp long shots - landscapes.( I have to go on holiday to take pics of ships) Got it thro one our local photographic chains here in Uk ,Jessops for 220. Prices do vary up to over 300 I have seen them advertised for. Pays to shop around.

John Rogers
2nd August 2005, 00:53
Bruce, I like the two flags you have in front of your name. Who do I have to sweet talk to get the Welsh Flag and the United States flag in front of my name.
John.

Doug Rogers
2nd August 2005, 09:49
Oh Dave..stop skiting please......I can imagine that run each day, I dont blame you keeping a second camera in the car,,,reckon it wud be well worth it...and you can post me some of the results!!. Cheers.

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Cunardcoll
2nd August 2005, 10:37
The best you can do is not to look at megapixels but look at Optical Zoom , anything with 3 megapixels will do good enough , the megapixel thing is not that important as most commercials let you think , of course the best results will be from a Digital reflexcamera like Nikon D70 or Canon EOS 20D to name just a few examples

Jochen

flyer682
2nd August 2005, 10:44
Thank you all for your input. I've already learnt a few things from your postings and today I bought a couple of Digital Camera magazines.
Next will be a visit to the local camera shop!

R798780
2nd August 2005, 12:24
Where have you been hiding Ron. You've been missed.

I agree more with Dave, my dream is lots of megapixels with stacks of optical zoom. Digital zoom, when I can zoom in on the PC is a waste of time and money. So many of my pictures feature a tiny ship in a large sea and I can't get close enough, not enough detail there. And fast enough in low light conditions. Now I have to persuade the bank manager, she may not see the point.

R798780
2nd August 2005, 12:56
I'm actually tempted to get my hands on the Fuji for a better look, as I was thinking about getting a second camera to keep in the car. I have a great journey to work each day and sometimes the scenery looks well worth stopping and photographing.

Dave

Dave
Where, dales or moors? Where's A and where's B? Curious!

Cheers

R798780
2nd August 2005, 13:33
I don't envy the drive, not every day, but I do envy the views.

Regards

Peter Steele
3rd August 2005, 10:22
Phew! I'm glad I bought my digital camera before I read any of these comments - learned as they are. I bought a Kodak EasyShare CX6330 in 2003 in Hong Kong on the way back to NZ from a rare trip to the UK to see family. I also bought a printer with it EasyShare printer dock 6000. The camera is 3.1 megapixels and more than adequate for my purposes. Snapshots, family photos etc. The printer has produced some very sharp prints of my grandchildren and other shots. I'm quite happy with what I have. All this from doing what you are doing Dave. ie asking questions of other people who know more than me (that means just about everyone!). The person who will have the final say is the shop assistant where you buy it from so, pick someone knowledgable in a Dixons shop and you can't go wrong. You are in the UK aren't you? Cheers Peter

Andy
7th August 2005, 08:55
Don't get too caught up in the pixel race... Although I use 12.8mp, there really isn't a whole lot of difference vs 6mp, in fact there's barely any difference between 3.3mp (compact digital cam) and 12.8mp (pro dslr) if you're not going to crop to enlarge the subject and your requirements are for prints below A4. It's definitely a case of diminishing returns in actual resolving ability!

If you do want a camera with a powerful built-in zoom (380mm+) and you intend using this zoom at it's maximum for much of your shooting, built-in image stabilisation is a real boon (and far more important than pixel count)

Sharp photos at longer focal lengths (unless you have plenty of light) are as a result of stability, either from a tripod or image stabilising. As mentioned, you can up the ISO rating of the camera to achieve faster shutter-speeds but at a cost of image quality (a dramatic cost with compact digital cameras)

cheers,
Andy

flyer682
14th August 2005, 11:49
Thank you everyone for your help.
I have now purchased a camera and settled on the Olympus C-770. It does pay to shop around, as that model here in NZ normally retails at $799, but I was able to get one for $200 less, so I splashed out on a tripod as well as a 128mb memory card (it came with a 16mb one).
Whilst still learning how to drive it properly, I am so far thrilled with the results and have posted a photo taken yesterday ("Tuhoe" in Gallery).

michael james
14th August 2005, 22:10
Well done David, I am well pleased with my C-770 I am just a bit miffed that so far I have not been able to take any shot of ships (thats my fault for not living near the coast). I found it very user friendly right from the start, the sort of camera you can -if you wish- get very technical with all the options or just point and shoot.
Great shot of the Tuhoe ! Well done

Basil
5th February 2006, 14:37
Digital cameras are great but I'd counsel against getting rid of the film camera for the time being. I was photographing whales off Jervis Bay last year with my Canon S50 and missed several shots due shutter lag so next time I'm taking sports shots the film SLR will be out again.

Re small digitals, my daughters use the Canon Digital Ixus i which works very well but only has digital zoom. The latest model has optical zoom and seems a good bit of kit which you can easily put in your pocket - but see Ron's shutter lag comparison table.

Doxfordman
5th February 2006, 14:48
I have a Canon IXUS 500 - 5meg pix, digital and optical zoom, does the business for me and takes great close up pics of broken engine bits. They appear to be good bits of kit.

ruud
5th February 2006, 15:20
Thank you everyone for your help.
I have now purchased a camera and settled on the Olympus C-770. It does pay to shop around, as that model here in NZ normally retails at $799, but I was able to get one for $200 less, so I splashed out on a tripod as well as a 128mb memory card (it came with a 16mb one).
Whilst still learning how to drive it properly, I am so far thrilled with the results and have posted a photo taken yesterday ("Tuhoe" in Gallery).
Ahoy David,
Well done, good choice, I bought mine [Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom]last year,included tripod[Vanguard],memory card 256mb, extra battery, for 320 ,still very happy with it.

Ron Stringer
5th February 2006, 18:05
Digital cameras are great but I'd counsel against getting rid of the film camera for the time being. I was photographing whales off Jervis Bay last year with my Canon S50 and missed several shots due shutter lag so next time I'm taking sports shots the film SLR will be out again.

Re small digitals, my daughters use the Canon Digital Ixus i which works very well but only has digital zoom. The latest model has optical zoom and seems a good bit of kit which you can easily put in your pocket.
Basil,

A useful site is http://www.cameras.co.uk/html/shutter-lag-comparisons.cfm for checking on shutter lag performance of different cameras.

Ron

Basil
6th February 2006, 10:11
Thanks, Ron - yes, the Ixus-i zoom doesn't do too well on shutter lag.

billyboy
7th March 2006, 07:39
toying with the idea of getting a canon ixus 40. anyone know if these are any good? (they are readily available here) just want to be able to grab a few ship shots around the docks.

R651400
15th March 2006, 07:17
(they are readily available here)
The Ixus40 is as good as any Billyboy. My only reservation from your point of view is make sure your source is a bonafide Canon stockist as fakes abound in the Far East.

billyboy
15th March 2006, 09:07
The Ixus40 is as good as any Billyboy. My only reservation from your point of view is make sure your source is a bonafide Canon stockist as fakes abound in the Far East.

Thanks for the tip.

J Boyde
16th March 2006, 08:12
Mine is a Canon Power Shot A70 3.2 megs, Only regret, could do some more zoom. OK for day to day use. Note, I cannot remember where I read it but one or two camera makers are going to come out of business.
Jim B

japottinger
3rd April 2006, 19:44
Ahoy David,
Well done, good choice, I bought mine [Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom]last year,included tripod[Vanguard],memory card 256mb, extra battery, for 320 ,still very happy with it.
Snap Ruud, as I always had used Olympus steam driven cameras previously I bought same as yours, it is magic, and 380 zoom is great and can focus down to a couple of inches, (millimeters to you!)
regards,
Jim

xmastree
17th April 2006, 13:46
Thanks for the tip.
That'll be the canon shop in SM Davao, then...

BTW Bill, if you fancy a Nikon instead, I have a friend who's a dealer so I can get a good price for you. Like I did witn my D70.

KenLin39
17th April 2006, 16:35
Hi, just seen this camera and would like a couple of opinions on it. Ken.

Check the link--> http://www.jessops.com/search/viewproduct.cfm?product=OLYSP500&BRAND=OLY&CONTINUE=false&FEATS=&FIRSTPRICE=&KEYWORD=&LEVEL=&MODELNUMBER=&NEWQUERY=True&NODE=0&ORD=ASC&ORDERBY=&QUANTITY=10&RECENT=0&REFINE=&SEARCH_FOR=Olympus
SP700&SEARCHNODE=0&SEARCHURL=dointellisearch.cfm&SECONDPRICE=&SHOWCASEID=&STARTROW=1&SUBS=&WORD_SEARCH=N&

This has to be the site for your XD cards (compare with Jessops).

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/default.php?cat=6&type=6060&man=27&filterwords=&go=SEARCH&comp=

Phill
19th April 2006, 18:54
Hi, just seen this camera and would like a couple of opinions on it. Ken.

Check the link--> http://www.jessops.com/search/viewproduct.cfm?product=OLYSP500&BRAND=OLY&CONTINUE=false&FEATS=&FIRSTPRICE=&KEYWORD=&LEVEL=&MODELNUMBER=&NEWQUERY=True&NODE=0&ORD=ASC&ORDERBY=&QUANTITY=10&RECENT=0&REFINE=&SEARCH_FOR=Olympus
SP700&SEARCHNODE=0&SEARCHURL=dointellisearch.cfm&SECONDPRICE=&SHOWCASEID=&STARTROW=1&SUBS=&WORD_SEARCH=N&

This has to be the site for your XD cards (compare with Jessops).

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/default.php?cat=6&type=6060&man=27&filterwords=&go=SEARCH&comp=
thanks for the site on XD cards,,,,WELL CHEAP
AND I THOUGHT EBAY WAS CHEAP

PHILL

karbine
14th May 2006, 17:45
Anyone else out there have or have had the Exilim ex-z50 5MP,this is what i got for christmas and its not a bad little camera. Only thing i find hard with it is when u zoom right in u have to hold it DEAD still otherwise photos go blurry :(

John Mavin
13th November 2006, 23:09
Hello David

I see you've had a number of very helpful relies re. obtaining a suitable camera and I wish you all the best of luck.

I've had a great deal of experience in photographing ships and am well aware that quite often the most interesting subjects appear when the weather is poor or the lighting conditions bad. I think a god idea is to consider a camera with a variable ISO rating. This will give you more latitude in poor conditions.

Secondly, if you are taking zoom shots from a distance I would consider a good tripod. I tend to avoid those with plastic flip-over friction clips, preferring the screw fit telescopic type. But, as a general rule, you get what you pay for.

A good processing programme is an essential with ship photography. I have Adobe Photoshop but I use only the basic features. For example, some safety equipment on ships, such as lifeboats, are a vivid red which can really "glow", especially in poor light. A tweak on the red saturation or lightness can improve this no end.

I hope this helps as I know good ship photos can be hard to capture; but I really wish you well.

Regards

John Mavin

kepowee
14th November 2006, 09:50
hi all have any of you guys ever considerd digiscoping using a spotter scope with a camrer adapter compact or slr for more info go to srb film .co.uk ken powell

JeffM
3rd February 2007, 05:29
I have just purchased after much research a Canon A710 Powershot to replace my trusty old Pentax K1000 with various lenses and filters etc. I arrived at the Canon because:
1) it had 6x optical (equivalent to my old 210 mm zoom lense) and 4x digital, giving overall 24x magnification.
2) has image stabilization
3) is small enough to fit into pocket
4) has a number of specialist and over ride programs
5) can attach other lenses
6) has a waterproof case (an additional purchase) for real wet weather work
7) it didnt break the bank. Many digital SLRs are still too expensive and I am getting to old to lug a camera bag of lenses about.
8) It has an optical viewfinder in addition to the digital screen. The digital screens are near useless in bright sunlight so need an optical viewfinder to compose shots.

It is a compromise camera that trades off size and some capability but I have found it useful for my purposes so far. Examples can be seen in my Febr posted shots in the gallery. There is some lag in the shutter compared to film based cameras, but this only becomes critical with wild life photos.

Access to photographic software such as Photostudio and Adobe Photoshop is important to overcome camera or photo shortcomings (lighten, darken, sharpen, improve colour saturation, remove scratches, etc).

Buy a gigabyte memory card as the one supplied is near to useless.

Of course given the rate of change all this will be obsolete by tomorrow.

Hope this helps. JeffM

Mac
3rd February 2007, 09:13
I have recently aquired an Olympus FE 170 digital camera. I have read the manual and can operate the camera.

My problem is that although I have succesfully installed the software disk concerning Olympus Master, I have not been able to save images from the XD memory stick to "my pictures". If anyone can help I would be eternally grateful. There does not seem to be any reference to saving pictures to microsoft XP "My Pictures" in the instruction manuals.

Cheers

Mac

bobw
3rd February 2007, 10:20
Mac,

With the camera plugged in to the computer, click on "My Computer" icon on the desktop and a screen will open showing all the drives in your computer. It will show the camera as another drive. Click on this drive and your picture files will be seen. Then you can "copy" and "paste" or drag them to whatever directory you like. Hope this helps.

Regards
Bob

treeve
3rd February 2007, 11:58
Just picked up this thread again ... anyone buying cheap XD cards be aware that some of them are a different format than those sold in shops. They have a slower storage time, and so may well slow up your picture taking. Make sure they are marked "H" .... if they don't, that is the reason they are so cheap. I had this pointed out to me when I complained of the high price of cards in shops. If they are marked "H" at the low prices, it is possible that they are "fakes" and so be aware that you may not be getting what you want.
Best Wishes, Raymond

newda898
3rd February 2007, 16:26
With the H marked xp picture cards I doubt you will really notice the difference unless you're shooting high megapixel pictures in RAW format. With standard 5mp jpeg images the difference in time between the H and M cards is probably only a few milliseconds.

steviej
3rd February 2007, 17:54
I watched the Gadget Show on channel 5 recently and they compared the Canon ixus 900ti, Sony DSC-N2 and FinePix F31fd. They monitored three diciplines for the camaras. still, sports and video shots for the three camaras. The photo's were independently judged and the fuji came out top in all three disciplines.
Jon Bentley the gadget man said of the fuji fiepix 30 and 31
These two can give you pictures that get close to the best SLRs for quality. In part, that's down to their ability to deal with low light - they were the first compact cameras to boast 3200 ASA maximum sensitivity and they can deliver useable pictures at that setting without excessive noise. It's also down to the way Fuji have eschewed the megapixel race in favour of better sensor quality and image processing; the F30 and F31 only have 6 megapixels but their image quality is superb. Shutter lag on both models isn't bad, though less would be nice along with a wider lens range.
http://gadgetshow.five.tv/jsp/5gsmain.jsp?lnk=501&featureid=287
I own a Fuji 450 and it quite a good camara especially in low light. I took this Video of Chris Farlowin very low light and psted it on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg-W6m91448
I am considering upgrading to a fuji 30 or 31. Does anybody have one?

Mac
4th February 2007, 03:31
Hello bobw.
Thanks for your clear instructions. Problem solved, eternally gratefull.
Why do they have to make instruction books so complicated ?
I had spent hours reading and trying all ways to get photos into "my pictures" so that I can email them to no avail.

Thanks again

Mac.

treeve
8th March 2007, 05:01
Does anyone have any ideas for identifying XD cards?
In the process of taking photographs of Shipping Registers
etc, I need at least three cards on the go, and I often
need 5 or 6 in one session. Each Register can need as
many as 1700 pictures. I have marked each of the cases
with stickers, but would like any suggestions as to how to
mark the cards, to ensure they are in the correct case.
I religiously keep sheet logs for each card, so they can
be uploaded to the laptop and two external drives safely
and in sequence. ...

jhluxton
8th March 2007, 09:58
If you are looking for decent quality long range zoom potential the Panasonic FZ series of zoom cameras or the new Leica V-Lux 1. Both Panasonic and the V-Lux are fitted with Leica zoom lenses (35 to 420mm).

Some friends of mine have FZ series and are very pleased with them. I have been eyeing up the V-Lux1.

At present I use a Digilux 2 - which though limited to a 90mm does have a a wider angle facility at 28mm. This can be useful for interior shots and close ups at the quayside. Those few extra mm at the wide end can be useful.

John

Bruce Carson
8th March 2007, 12:51
John, I've always wanted a truly decent camera and, after weeks of checking and rechecking, bought a Panasonic FZ7 last week.
I've only been playing with it for a couple of days, but it really has changed my ideas of what you can now expect from a reasonably priced camera.
12x optical with stabilization, Leica designed lens, so many bells and whistles that it will keep me interested until I croak. The picture quality, at least to me, is astounding.
And over here it is available for under $250 (about 130 sterling?).

Here is what PC Magazine has to say about the beastie:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1951354,00.asp

Bruce C

Thamesphil
8th March 2007, 13:19
I've just bought a Panasonic FZ50, the bigger brother of the FZ7 and I confirm what Bruce says, the quality of these cameras is truly outstanding. This one is now selling in the UK for around £350 which I think is fantastic value for money. Although DSLRs do offer better image quality, especially in low-light situations, no way could you buy a DSLR with an equivalent lens kit for less than around £1500. And they're a lot more awkward and inconvenient to carry around.

To give some idea of performance, the following photo was taken using the extended optical zoom function (21x) WITHOUT a tripod but with image stabilization turned on.

Lifeboat1721
18th March 2007, 20:03
When I first started with digital I took some proper advice, Not from the guy's in the shops especially Jessops (they wound me up and told alot of lies and they are Very exspensive).

1 Get the best lens you can afford the Bigger the optical zoom the better my old olympus had 10 times Optical zoom, you dont see many modern cameras offering that now

2 If you go for long distance shots Get a Tripod,

My early Hovercraft pics of Morecambe's Hovercraft where all taken on a Tripod, Unless you go for the exspensive image stabaliser cams then you are just throwing your money away.

I have recently gone back to a Slr camera because I find personally that it is faster to use than the others I have used.

steviej
12th June 2007, 21:56
If you are looking for decent quality long range zoom potential the Panasonic FZ series of zoom cameras or the new Leica V-Lux 1. Both Panasonic and the V-Lux are fitted with Leica zoom lenses (35 to 420mm).

Some friends of mine have FZ series and are very pleased with them. I have been eyeing up the V-Lux1.

At present I use a Digilux 2 - which though limited to a 90mm does have a a wider angle facility at 28mm. This can be useful for interior shots and close ups at the quayside. Those few extra mm at the wide end can be useful.

John
I have also been looking at the V-Lux 1. I understand it is around 600. Is it worth it?
steviej

sparkie2182
12th June 2007, 22:17
i would recommend to anyone a good look at the asda range (UK)
this is because the price is always competative.....but more so because........

if there is ANY kind of problem........there is an immediate refund......no quibbling. i have had occasion to return goods which were not up to my specification ( not faulty)..........and there has never been a problem......full money back.

this is worth much gold..........as anyone who has had problems with online camera sales will testify.

best regards...............


sparkie2182

p.s......... this applies to all electricals.....tv radio computers............

(i am not a shareholder......:) )

Gavin Gait
12th June 2007, 22:39
I use a Fuji Finepix 6900z ( one of the first 6 Megapixel camera's 5 years ago ) and i've been very impressed by the quality of the images i've been able to take over the years. Now that my camera is starting to play up ( the chip that scans for the image has started to come up with wrong colours in bands so its on its way out ) and its really not economical to repair it i've been looking at what to replace it with.

Having been into serious photography for over 20 years its always been the case that the higher quality the Lens the better ( ask anyone who has used a Nikon FM2 with the 28mm wide angle lens ... better than any other 35mm camera in my opinion ). With this in mind i'm looking at upgrading from a fixed Lens camera to a Digital SLR.

The quandry I have is that I already have several Len's for my 35mm Canon EOS500n that will fit the new EOS digital range ( thus saving 800+ over buying the same Len's new ) but i'm really tempted by the new Nikon SLR's due to my previous experience with the brand.

What ever your level of experience , whatever your available money is , ALWAYS buy a camera with the highest Optical Zoom available as its the Len's thats important ( and anything over 5 Megapixel is fine , you don't need to break the bank buying a Professional 12 Megapixal as you will barely see the difference for normal use ). For the most flexible system allowing you to potter around with a 28-80mm Lens or switch to a 100-300mm Zoom or a 500mm Mirror Lens an SLR ( swapable len's ) is the best but certainally not the cheapest option.

For taking photo's in low light or at distance buy a decent tripod and make sure it has a hook below the camera , you hang your camera bag or a bucket full of wet sand on it , as this lets you make sure the camera doesn't move.

Most brands will give you good photographs and you should only need to go down the SLR route once you are fully able to use all the functions of the camera you start out with and are sure you will be able to progress to using the new Len's , etc , in a more expensive SLR system.

Regardless of what Digital Camera you buy and use always remember to have it fully insured ( buy some of the photography magazines there are insurer's who advertise in them ) and always buy a decent camera bag ( water proof as a minimum )

Davie

Lifeboat1721
31st January 2008, 19:54
One other thing I would suggest is make sure that you take a spare battery,

My early Olympus used to drink Ni-cads and when I went to the R.N.L.I at Poole I took three spare sets.

I am not sure what batteries are in a lot of cameras but the Nikon that I have now last for ages.

Here is a couple of links to a sites who deals in all types of batteries and cards and Photographic equipment and they ARE a Ok firms(Thumb) (Thumb)

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/default.php?cPath=777

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/

The links came from a mate who is a pro photograper, he went mad when I told him how much I had spent on my Nikon now I just deal with these two firms.

Ian

Steve Woodward
31st January 2008, 20:39
I use a Sony DSC H9 with a 15 x optical zoom and an 8 gig card ( for movies and up to 650 photos at MGP, works very well in low light, exceptionally easy to use.
Has a view finder and screen - screen is best as whatever mode u are using shows up telling you what the camera is doing

K urgess
31st January 2008, 20:50
Reason I haven't upgraded from my poor little Fuji Finepix 2800 is that the viewfinder is electronic so it's like having an SLR.
What you see is what you get.
Plus when I got it many moons ago the 6X optical zoom was leading the field.

Andy
3rd February 2008, 20:49
One other thing I would suggest is make sure that you take a spare battery,

My early Olympus used to drink Ni-cads and when I went to the R.N.L.I at Poole I took three spare sets.

I am not sure what batteries are in a lot of cameras but the Nikon that I have now last for ages.

Ian

The batteries in the newer dslr cameras are truly amazing, I'm getting 2,000 photos a charge, and that includes driving AF lenses and image sabilisation. The ability to accurately read the charge level at 1% increments is another recent boon, none of those woefully inaccurate 3 or 4 battery level bars.
The technology in modern batteries is quite amazing, and I think this is real progress.

cheers,
Andy

joller6
10th February 2008, 02:25
Anyone tried or have the Olumpus 560/570 and if so what are they like?
See they have good Zoom ,but am a bit wary on the AA Battery Type.
Will the battery last?
I still have my old faithfull Canon S30 which is still in good working order,and has the LI ION Battery which lasts for ages!
Am now looking at a bit better thus the question on these Olumpus Models!
Thanks
Joller6

joller6
11th February 2008, 00:40
Which batteries are you referring to please!
Thanks
Joller6

Thamesphil
11th February 2008, 16:13
Go to any camera review site, and most reviewers prefer cameras with AA batteries as spare proprietry batteries are expensive and with AAs you can simply pop in a spare set should you run out of charge. Preferably, don't use anything less than 2400mAh rechargables.

That said, I wouldn't buy a camera based primarily on battery type or battery performance. That would be quite low down on my list of priorities.

Brian Dobbie
11th February 2008, 19:33
Ian, try a digital SLR with 5fps bracketing, you would definitely get the pictures of the whales in Jervis Bay. Also take images in RAW and J.Peg at the same time, this gives more choice when editing.

Brian

joller6
14th February 2008, 03:21
Well i have changed a bit regarding the Camera i first saw and now purchased the Fuji FinePix S800fd 18times Zoom 8MPixel,Image Stabilization loads of different settings etc. With Case,2GB SD Card,quick battery charger and another spare set of batteries and 3 year extended Warranty in Australia (where i live of course) all for $750 Aussie,which i think is just a great bargain!
What do you think!!
Cheers
joller6
Takes amazing shots!

Lifeboat1721
12th April 2008, 19:56
I've just bought a Panasonic FZ50, the bigger brother of the FZ7 and I confirm what Bruce says, the quality of these cameras is truly outstanding. This one is now selling in the UK for around 350 which I think is fantastic value for money. Although DSLRs do offer better image quality, especially in low-light situations, no way could you buy a DSLR with an equivalent lens kit for less than around 1500. And they're a lot more awkward and inconvenient to carry around.

To give some idea of performance, the following photo was taken using the extended optical zoom function (21x) WITHOUT a tripod but with image stabilization turned on.

You can buy a good quality camera for less than 1500,

I use a Nikon D80

Cam Body 489

Nikon 55/200mm Vr lens 179

Sigma 70/300mm Lens 155

This is the firm that I use now I was given there address by a pro photographer who told me I had wasted money buying from the main shops Jessops/ Wilkinsons etc.

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/category/basecategory.aspx?cat03=3065&brand=168

I bought the D80 as a package with a 18/135mm lens which I only use as a spare. I have found that if I had purchased everything separately I would have saved lots of Money.

regards Ian

rainbow
27th April 2008, 19:27
Anyone tried or have the Olumpus 560/570 and if so what are they like?
See they have good Zoom ,but am a bit wary on the AA Battery Type.
Will the battery last?
Thanks
Joller6

I have the SP-550 that has the 18 optical zoom and as long as you carry a spare set of AA batteries, 2100mAh or above you shouldn't have a problem.
I don't know if you have bought the camera but it will slightly disappoint if you want to take action photos i.e. birds. In full zoom it can take four and a half seconds from sighting to capture. Other than that it is a very good camera and with patience you will get crystal clear photos of your subject. The image stabilization is a boon for old shaky hands like mine.
Tony

Lifeboat1721
28th April 2008, 19:25
Anyone tried or have the Olumpus 560/570 and if so what are they like?
See they have good Zoom ,but am a bit wary on the AA Battery Type.
Will the battery last?
I still have my old faithfull Canon S30 which is still in good working order,and has the LI ION Battery which lasts for ages!
Am now looking at a bit better thus the question on these Olumpus Models!
Thanks
Joller6

I have a olympus 730 that used to Drink batteries, I used to carry 3 spare sets with me, One piece of advice I will give is ALWAYS carry charged batteries ie wrapped on in a proper battery case, As they have been known to short out and in a couple of cases start a small fire.

Ian

John N MacDonald
28th May 2008, 17:49
I used a Canon S3 1s on my recent jaunt with very good results until I tried it with the digital zoom.The results without digital zoom were very good.
A Singapore camera shop owner told me that the new version S5 1S was not as good but recomended the Panasonic FZ18 which has lens range from 28mm to 504mm and offered me one for $500 Sin. including a 2gb, SD card, bag and spare battery! I wish I'd taken him up on his offer as I have seen nothing but praise for the camera, which incidentaly you can pick up for about 250 on line including card,bag, and spare battery on line.

artysan
7th July 2008, 23:39
Hi re compact digital cameras without screw fitting for add-on telephoto and/or wideangle lens. Found on eBay and purchased 22.50 each incl post magnetic fitting lens suitable for most cameras of this type, very easy to use easily fitted and removed when not required. My cam Sony cybershot P73 and these lenses really improve performance

PGrace
3rd November 2008, 16:47
I recently purchased a Canon 400D DSLR the standard lens is 18-55mm and while not ideal it is sufficient it has 10.01 megapixels. I purchased the Camera including a tripod a 2GB compact flash card and cleaning kit etc for 350 GBP form ebay while it is not the most bang up to date Canon DSLR it is still a really good piece of kit and is priced well compared to some of the more expensive digital still Cameras.

Bill Hay
6th July 2009, 01:09
Suggest googling "Digital Camera Comparisons" where you'll find full technical specs for all current and many early digitals. More importantly, you'll find owners' opinions which tend to be more use than the specs.
I have two digitals and two S.L.R's using film. I use the digitals for snapshooting and the S.L.R's for serious (usually tripod mounted) stuff.
Happy searching.
Bill Hay

CRAFT
6th July 2009, 09:30
My camera is a Nikon D2x,i use it for weddings,portraits and shipping pics,as i do lots of photography this camera is very versatile and meets my needs as required.

treeve
6th July 2009, 10:28
Question please .. is there a digital camera that gives true manual focusing. Digital auto takes ages on occasion. Manual focus relies on a approximate auto followed by slow ring manual focus, which also takes forever. All very well, but it does not beat standard film material cameras with a quick manual zoom/manual focus, on a fresnel screen.

Dickyboy
6th July 2009, 11:08
I have three digital cameras. The first one is a Kodak "EasyShare C03" an A1 little point and click camera, with 7.1 mega pixels. It's very good for close/medium range, and has the usual video, zoom, auto etc for that type of camera, and importantly, for me at least, the settings, when you alter them, are clearly and simply displayed on the LCD screen. The only downside I found with it is the software. It wants to take over all the photo storage on line, sell things and so on. So I just don't use that and download directly to the computer using the SD card. It's a very nice little camera, one that I take to work with me.
The Second Camera is a FinePix S7000, a bit bulky for work, but a very good camera. Up to 12mpx, but I find that 6 is enough. "Auto" is all that I need for most occasions, there there are plenty of other settings should they be needed, and it has around 7 minutes of video capability.
I also have a HDD Camcorder. One of the earliest, a JVC 20 GB job. The Video is A1 on it, but the stills picture quality isn't as good as on my other two cameras though.
I think that the best all round camera, for someone who isn't going too far from home would be the FinePix with its good combination of good quality photos, and around 7 minutes of video. That's quite a bit of video I find, as most of my video's of passing ships seem to be of around 30-40 seconds.
I took the Kodak and the HDD Camcorder down to Australia last year, and both performed very well indeed, though as I expected only about 40% of the photo's taken were worth saving, but that was mainly down to me and not the cameras. Shutter delay can be a problem when on the move. It took six attempts to get a decent photo of an oncoming road train with the Kodak for example. The real beauty is the fact that it doesn't really matter how many bad photo's one takes, no developing and printing costs, and one can just delete the bad ones.
I would suggest starting with a little point & click and see how one gets on with that first. It might well be suitable for ones needs without having to to buy a more expensive camera.

Andy
6th July 2009, 21:41
Question please .. is there a digital camera that gives true manual focusing. Digital auto takes ages on occasion. Manual focus relies on a approximate auto followed by slow ring manual focus, which also takes forever. All very well, but it does not beat standard film material cameras with a quick manual zoom/manual focus, on a fresnel screen.

Every dslr, or did you mean a compact digital camera?

treeve
6th July 2009, 22:29
I have a Fuji Finepix S9500 and Fuju Finepix S8100 for the quick convenience and lightness of having plenty of range in the lens, without the weight on my wrists. Compact Digitals, yes. I also have a Nikon with a 500mm catadioptric lens, but that weighs a ton and is such a strain on the wrists. I have an Olympus OM10 as well for those odd occasion ... but they are film as you know. I have found the range of 24 to 480 very good for the subject range I get. Is there a compact with 'proper focusing'? Is that range of 24 to 480+ available on dslr (without masses of weight and fiddling around with lens changes and missing my subject)?

Andy
7th July 2009, 09:23
I have a Fuji Finepix S9500 and Fuju Finepix S8100 for the quick convenience and lightness of having plenty of range in the lens, without the weight on my wrists. Compact Digitals, yes. I also have a Nikon with a 500mm catadioptric lens, but that weighs a ton and is such a strain on the wrists. I have an Olympus OM10 as well for those odd occasion ... but they are film as you know. I have found the range of 24 to 480 very good for the subject range I get. Is there a compact with 'proper focusing'? Is that range of 24 to 480+ available on dslr (without masses of weight and fiddling around with lens changes and missing my subject)?

I think the Panasonic Lumix range has a reasonable MF ring DMC-FZ50 for example.
Trouble is, most of the compact/bridge cameras are still aimed at a point and shoot market, and it's probably an expense not worth incorporating.

treeve
7th July 2009, 11:59
Thank you very much - that gives me some pointers to work on.
Maybe a letter to Fuji even?

mikeg
7th July 2009, 15:53
I used to have a Canon A620 7.1MP which I was very happy with except for being the size and weight of a quarter house brick. I've now moved on to the small and easily pocketable Canon IXUS 980 IS with it's huge 14.7MP, I'm really delighted with the results - Review here if you're interested;
http://www.digicamreview.com/canon_digital_ixus_980is_review.htm

Mike

steviej
7th July 2009, 20:01
I used to have a Canon A620 7.1MP which I was very happy with except for being the size and weight of a quarter house brick. I've now moved on to the small and easily pocketable Canon IXUS 980 IS with it's huge 14.7MP, I'm really delighted with the results - Review here if you're interested;
http://www.digicamreview.com/canon_digital_ixus_980is_review.htm

Mike
Mike seems a great camera. At first I thought about the noise being a huge 14.7mp. However the review is upbeat and compares other Canon
Cameras only. I have a high mpix Fuji that suffers from noise. There are some good plugins where you can rectify this problem.

7woodlane
12th July 2009, 16:21
I profess to knowing very little about Digital cameras, but as I am about to buy one, I'm asking for a bit of advice.
There are so many out there, that I'm a bit flummoxed by it all.
I've heard (or read somewhere) that anything with less than 4 megapixels is not worth bothering with, but what about features such as optical zoom and digital zoom? What's the difference?
Obviously, it would used to photograph ships and sometimes these subjects tend to be at a bit of a distance.
What I want is something that is going to take nice clear sharp photos without breaking the Bank to get same.
Any recommendations or hints for things to look out for when buying would be gratefully appreciated.

David You could start by looking at some web sites such as Pricerunner.co.uk Purelygadgets.co.uk. Plenty to look at and reviews from customers to help you. I have got a digital camera, 6 megapixel etc. and it does a good job, but what I know about the subject would fit on a pinhead So good luck. David Whitehead