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Pentax Optio 330 or Canon Ixus V3

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by BigAde, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. BigAde

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    After getting a taste for going digital with my Fisher Price, sorry :D , Kodak DX3700 I'm going to upgrade to something a little more portable and speedier. I'm going to keep my 35mm SLR for a while, but wanted something small and versatile as a take-anywhere snapshot camera.

    Have been considering the Pentax Optio 330 (or maybe 430) or even the Canon Ixus v3. (By the way what is the difference between then GS and RS flavours of the Optios?) Both seem very nice compact cameras. Am a pretty enhusiastic amateur photographer (more enthusiasm than actual skill :p ), so want something that is small, has optical zoom, and is fast - i.e. quick boot up, fast between pictures etc etc.

    So a few quick questions:
    1. Does the difference in resolution between the 330 and 430 make THAT much difference?
    2. What's the quality of the images like on each?
    3. The movie-mode on these cameras sounds good (with the Canon having the advantage of recording sound too). What's it like?
    4. Are there any other features on either of these cameras which sets it apart?
    5. Any others I should be considering?

    Lots of questions I know, but ANY suggestions or comments are most welcome!
    :)
     
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    I guess no one's used these cameras then. :(

    At least can someone tell me what the difference between GS and RS is on the Optio range?
     
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    Try the forums on www.dpreview.com.


    The number of people using it is phenominal. You tend to get responses in minutes rather than hours.

    There should be a pentax and a canon talk forum to pitch these questions.
     
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    Cheers mate, will try that! :)
     
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    Thanks again - have posted the query on dpreview. While I was there, I spotted this:
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0301/03010801pentaxoptios.asp
    The Pentax Optio S.
    Looks GORGEOUS and does everything I want!
    Might hold out for one of these when they become available, bet the price will be horrendous though.
     
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    Always something better just around the corner:(
     
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    I ended up buying the 330. Couldn't justify the extra expense of the 430. In fact, most of the time, I actually have the camera set to 1024x768 (which is halfxhalf the max resolution). This produces images which

    a) render perfectly on a PC monitor (1024*768 resoultion, oddly enough)

    b) produce perfectly acceptable prints at up to about A5 size.

    Criticism: Just one, that the optics don't appear to do justice to the resolution of the chip ie, if I do go for 2048*1536, the resulting image, when enlarged, although less subject to stair-stepping on shallow lines, is not significantly more detailed ie is a touch soft.
     
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    Thanks Nigel - that confirms what I've just been reading on another site - i.e. some fairly minor complaints about image crispness. There seem to be generally less complaints about quality of images with the Ixus V3.

    Popped into a local photo shop at lunctime and looked at the 330, 430 along with a Fuji (401?) and an Olympus, but not the Ixus V3. Can't say I was bowled-over by any other them, although the Pentax's certainly look the nicest.

    After some serious consideration, have decided I'll wait for the super sexy Optio S and check that out nearer the time - fantastic looks and spec sheet. Apparently due out in the next couple of months... still no idea how much it will sell for... way too much knowing my luck. Also decided to put the purchase on hold because my boiler has just packed up and I've got no hot water or central heating - it was bloody freezing in the house last night. Think that's going to have to come first! :rolleyes:
     
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    Summer will be here soon, you dont need a boiler!!! Go for a camera
     

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