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Wait or Buy?

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones Forum' started by jaynee, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. jaynee

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    I am thinking about getting a new digital camera - a small 5mp one like the cannon ixus. But somebody told me that a whole new load of camera phones are coming out that are more like phone cameras. I like my phone and thought it might be better to kill two birds with one stone!!!

    Is this phone camera thing true? Is it worth the wait?

    I just want to take nice pictures that I can print out to a decent size and in a perfect world txt to people if I want to.
     
  2. Sandman

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    No, buy the camera. The next batch of camera phones that are due out have a 2mp camera but still no optical zoom or auto (or manual) focus. Camera phones are good enough for photo messaging but not much else.
     
  3. jaynee

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    I am not an expert. I have only been thinking about this seriously since friday. But, I have been doing some research and asking advice.

    Sandman, my issue is that I would rather have one thing in my bag and not two. That means I have to compromise. I like the idea of sending pictures to people and showing them off my phone - which is with me every where I go.

    I was worried that camera phones are not good enough to take and keep pictures of the things that I think are important - memories of people, times and places. And that I would have to get a digital camera which, while being better, I would leave at home and not print the pictures off (most people I know take pictures with their digital cameras and never do anything with them - never show them to people).

    I have now been told that as I am not a serious photographer that most of the camera phones should suit me - they print out 6x4 with decent quality.

    I should think about a sharp 902, a nokia n90 or a sony k750... which , fingers crossed I could get free or cheap as an upgrade when I change my contract.

    My pipe dream of something a nice and powerful as a cannon ixus as a phone... is just a pipedream...

    Does this make sense... do you think this is all sound thinking?
     
  4. Neil in Bristol

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    Stick with a camera. I've got a K750i which has one of the latest 2Mb cameras, and it's nowhere near as good as my 2-year-old, £99 Canon digital.
     
  5. Kazman

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    Yes. Although the W800i/K750i are great phones and their cameras are very good, they are only very good when in comparison to other camera phones.

    When put up against a dedicated digital camera, there is no contest.

    In fact, I'm just about to order a Panasonic DMC-FZ5, possibly one of the best 5MP cameras in its price class, not as tiny as a Canon Ixus mind, but 12x Optical Zoom, 4x digital zoom and a lens that camera phones will probably never match for quite a few years yet, if ever :)
     
  6. richard plumb

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    Kaz, to be fair, if you are considering that camera, then its a completely different situation than a little, pocketable digital camera.

    The N90 has a very nice image quality for a 2mp camera. Auto focus and a nice screen.

    granted, you could get better quality with a little ixus, but thats more space, and you probably won't have your camera with you at all times. something like the N90 is a good backup for those moments.

    My old Sony F505v was only just over 2mp, and it took some of my favourite pictures - one of which is blown up to 10x8 and on the wall. The Megapixel race is not the best measure of quality.
     
  7. Kazman

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    Hi Richard,

    On that point I agree, my W800i is great as a little emergency point and shoot camera, but certainly not a replacement for a proper digital camera. that was the point I was trying to make :).

    My new FZ5 should arrive next week :) Can't wait :clap:

     
  8. marck

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    I personally would go for a Pentax as per the below over the Canon...

    Pentax Optio S5Z

    Marc.
     

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