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Thinking of buying a Canon G3.

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  1. porker

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    I am currently looking for a digital camera primarily for use while paragliding, so it has to be fairly easy to use in fully automatic mode and relatively compact. I've never used a digital camera before but I would like the functions that I am used to on my SLR such as shutter priority, bracketing etc.
    I doubt I will make many large prints, most of the images will be used on web pages so resolution is not my highest priority, I am more interested in good optics. I have seen some paragliding shots made with a canon G1 and I was quite impressed with those, so can anybody tell me if the current model the G3 is a good buy or recommend an alternative (preferably a little cheaper:blush: )
    A friend has the Fuji 6900 but it's a little too big for me.

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  2. GrahamC

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    Have a look a Sonys Cyber-shot DSC-V1 at about the same price as Cannons G3 but smaller. A bit cheaper is the Cannon Powershot S50 or Cannon Digital Ixus 400.
     
  3. nunew33

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    The S45 and S50 share the same internals as the G3. The major difference being the flip out LCD, hotshoe, ability top take add on lenses andbetter optical zoom. If these arent important then the S45/50 are a good G3 substitute.

    But the cheapest camera i saw with aperture/shutter speed/manual was the canon A30/40. At around the £200 mark

    I almost went for the A40 very nice but only 2Mp
     
  4. porker

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    Thanks for the replies, i've checked out a few shots taken by some of those cameras and I was quite impressed by the S45, better quality than I was expecting from a compact lens, it's definately worth considering.
    :smashin:

    Are there any other brands worth considering?
    How about the olympus models?
    I am really on unfamiliar ground when it comes to digital photography:rolleyes:

    Cheers,

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  5. nunew33

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    Ive got the S45 looked at nikon and olympus. In the end it came down to flexibilty, ease of use (S45 much improved menu over S40) and I am used to canon SLRs and the icons are the same.

    Also you can get it to make chimp noises - thats the killer feature!!!
     
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    I have got a G3 and it is lovely.


    The only differences from the S45 are the flipout LCD, flash hotshoe, faster lens and size.

    Putting a 420EX flash on it does improve portraits and interiors a lot, but it looks like the prime consideration for you will be physical size of the camera. You should seriously consider the S45. I would also look out for an S40 (or even an S30, the 3Mpixel version) as they have been discontinued and should be vastly reduced if anyone still has them. They are v. good cameras though.

    Check out the reviews on www.dpreview.com
     
  7. nunew33

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    Can yours make the chimp noises too? :D
     
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    explain the chimp noises! I'm intrigued! :zonked:
     
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    The S45 S50 and I assume the G3 allow you to have the windows equivelent of themes.

    So you get a "screen saver" and sampled sounds for certain functions.

    You can have 3 themes on the camera. 1 is fixed but the other 2 are customizable.

    For any function that has a sound you can select a sound from one of the three themes.

    Canon provides the software to manage this from a PC and provides several premade themes. On of them is a chimp theme with its own chimp screen saver and screechimg chimp sounds for the shutter release. It has 40 odd of these of which only one or two are normal!!! You can even create your own themes I have created are: belch and fart, needless to say I have some growing up to do (sound only no screen saver).

    Forget camera quality, I bet you want one now!!!
     
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    OMG! How cool is that!

    Yes, I want one!

    However, I'm just looking to spend about a grand on a Medium Format camera :clap: so can't really justify a digital as well. :thumbsdow

    Am seriously tempted by the Canon EOS 10D though. At 1400 quid it's a little out of my price range at the moment.

    I had a look at a G3 the other day and it felt really nice, and easy to use :)
     
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    Its cool for almost half an hour, then once you have sampled bodily functions, cute animal noises and "guess what that was" sounds it wears off.

    Still its enough to get jealous looks from simple beep camera owners!

    Yes EOS 10D. Very tempting. Nothing short of murdering my wife and claiming her insurance is going to get that camera in my hands. Its a shame though as I have 3 very good EF lenses and a canon speedlite flash that I could use with it!!

    Still Im more than made up with the S45 and would recommend it to anyone who wants more than point and shoot and cant afford a G3. Its so easy to operate in auto that my 3 year old son can turn it on take a respectable snap and turn it off and then review his pictures as a slide show.
     
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    And then take the camera apart and jam the bits in your DVD player?

    :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
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    I have found a cattle prod an effective way of teaching my children what they can touch and cant touch. My DVD is safe.

    However this I suppose is counter productive as child destroyed electricals is a resonable excuse for upgrading!!!!
     
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    OK nunew33 you have just about sold me on the S45, I think I'll go and surf for some prices.
    :smashin:

    I tried a cattleprod but it caused too much interference with my TV, you should try a bullwhip they are much more AV friendly!:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
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    I just bought the Canon G2 at a bargain price and am more than pleased with it. Image quality is outstanding.
     

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