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Lurking for ages, now I want to buy!

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by stevem999, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. stevem999

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    After lots of forum reading and research I think I've narrowed down my new purchase to:

    Sony DSC-W1
    Pentax Optio S5i
    Canon Ixus 500
    Olympus Mju 410

    The last one is in there cos it seems a steal at the price but I understand that very few settings can be changed. I want to use the camera for general use, particularly photos of the kids, so could be in all situations, indoor and out. I want to get something that has a bit of life in it, both in terms of the technology and other features that I might not use now, but could progress to.

    I've seen all the cams in the flesh, although the Pentax didn't have a battery available so couldn't play with the menus etc (what use is a specialist camera shop that tells you that they have no charged batteries for customers to try out the cameras!!??) - the Pentax's size struck me really, VERY pocketable. Also a good screen, much bigger than the Ixus, obviusly smaller than the Sony.

    So what I'm really asking is for someone to point out the main pros and cons of each based on any experience. e.g. if I bought a Pentax, what would I be missing from the others, or what would I be gaining - hopefully you know what I mean? Budget covers all these models!

    Look forward to hearing your views.

    Steve :lease:
     
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    Ok well i know that the ixus is pretty much a point and shoot, but a very good one. The w1 has more scope for growth if thats what you're after. I've not checked the specs of the other two, but the w1 in my opinion is better then the 500
     
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    I don't know anything about the others, but I own an Ixus 500. I bought it for it's pocketability and point and shoot simplicity and it does a great job of that, I really like it. I would imagine though that it would be a little restrictive if you want to be more creative and take control yourself. For me I was torn between this one and the Canon A85, the A85 offers greater control and can accept a couple more lenses but it was just a little large for my requirements at the time. One thing to factor in when buying is the cost and availability of media for it - compact flash is very cheap.
     
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    Seany/John, thanks for the input.

    I use an Ixus 500 in work regularly and it is a nice camera - I have two problems with it immediately, firstly, it's not going to be like getting a nice new toy if I buy one of these but I know I need to try and remove this as a criterion for my purchase! Secondly, the battery life is a shocker! Not only does it get hammered really quickly, the battery meter is either on or off, there are no 'bars' or similar. I realise this can be cured by purchase of another battery but would it have been too much to look at the battery life/meter?

    Anyway, it's still on the list because it ticks the boxes in so many other ways.

    Does anyone know anything else about the Pentax S5i? I know it's new but not even the usual suspects ( imaging-resource, dpresource etc etc) have much on it? I've touched it but not had a go with it (back to that poor camera shop again - happy to divulge the name to anyone on PM, it's in St. Helens!)

    John, I was reading about the A85 today, seems to be basically the Ixus with a few more manual features, all same software etc etc. I have had a alook at memory, seems the real pricey stuff is Sony MS and XD cards for Olympus etc. Compact Flash and SD seem pretty cheap so it is a factor.
     
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    Have you seen this review ?
    I agree about the battery on the ixus - I ended up buying a spare battery.
     
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    Thanks John, I have seen that review, it is a good one but I like to try and see 2 or 3 in-depth really. Have you seen the Pentax, saw it for the first time Saturday and it is amazingly small. I though the Ixus was tiny when that arrived in work but the Pentax is just smaller again, quite unbelievable, especially with a bigger LCD than the Canon. My niggle is that it might be too small, if that makes sense. It almost looks like one of those £10.00 tiny digicams on a keychain you get in discount shops!
     
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    I've not seen one in the flesh, but it does look very compact in the pictures. I wonder if any of the High Street shops have one that you can have a play with ?
     
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    I've only had time to try the Dixons Group stores and they don't stock it. I need to try Jessops still, and coulod well buy something there as hopefully I'll get a pricematch or at least a load of accessories/cards instead.

    Have you ever checked the specs against each other - I bow to your knowledge and wonder if you notice any glaring differences between the cameras I listed? (perhaps excluding the Olympus as I know it's a P & S more than anything)
     
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    Try the W1 in a shop, nicely designed to fit your hand, some manual aperture, full exposure adjustment but also a whole raft of point-and-shoot modes. Nice big screen and 30fps video.

    Downsides: more expensive memory, but it takes AA rechargables so no proprietary batteries.

    Its batt life is ~180 shots (I've not tested this!) with its supplied batteries and you can buy higher capacity AAs for less than a tenner.

    It's also fast, I just stood in the shop turning it on and off over and over again going "coooool!".
     
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    Thanks MangoBob - I still need to go and handle them all in 1 sitting to see if there are any to immediately dismiss. The W1 is still on the list! The 30fps video is quite cool as well, don't fancy a camcorder but the ability to catch the nipper on film now and then would nice!
     
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    I've been looking for a camera for the same sort of price for xmas as well. I've changed my mind 5 times !! Hopefully my list may be of some help.

    Sony w1, then panasonic lc70 or80 them Canon A 85 then A95 and now, and I'm not changing my mind again (honest) is the Olympus C-765. Simply because for £205 it does it all and it does it all well. Oh, and its not big for a superzoom either.
     
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    I've had a Pentax S5i for about a month. I haven't had a chance to use it much, but 5 mega pixels is a revelation. Just point and shoot and there's so much detail that you can do all the zooming and framing on the PC.

    I chose the Pentax on size and the fact that it uses an SD memory card which I can plug straight into my laptop. I have a 1Gb card which holds 580 images at 5Mp (2560 x 1920) with medium compression.

    The S5i is beautifully made and I can highly recommend it, but have no experience of the others that you mention.
     

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