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Canon A540 vs. Samsung S500

by Spritely / January 4, 2007 5:25 AM PST

I'm considering returning the Samsung S500 that I got for Christmas and instead purchasing a Canon A540. The Samsung could be a lot worse, I suspect, but it throws itself into mechanical sulks and turns itself off even when it's fully charged, and the battery life is awful. I would also like a camera that lets the user control the apeture and shutter speed a bit more than the S500, and I've read nice things about the A540. The A540 costs a bit more but will still be within my budget.

Since the S500 is the first digital I've had a lot of experience with, I thought I'd ask before returning it. Canon A540 versus Samsung S500-- which would you pick? If neither, then what would you suggest instead?

Thanks for your thoughts!

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The A540...
by whizkid454 / January 4, 2007 6:04 AM PST

This would be a great camera for a beginner. It has great photos and has more options once you begin to be more familiar with the camera itself. You will be more satisfied with the A540 over the S500.

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I like the frames
by BowerR64 / January 4, 2007 6:07 AM PST
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I agree, i got my nephew the samsung and although it had some nneat features and is a similar style camera i still prefer the canon. It has alot more control and it seems to be built more for a photographer. The samsung is more for fun, i liked the frames thing wich made it fun the first day but i dont think of it as a very serious camera. I only gave $90. for it though so i think it was worth that.

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Totally.
by Spritely / January 4, 2007 6:15 AM PST
In reply to: I like the frames

The frames are kind of neat, but I think that if I ever wanted an effect like that, I can probably add it in myself via software. That's the thing: I actually want to learn a bit about photography without impoverishing myself, and I think the Canon might fit the bill.

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Hmm...
by Spritely / January 4, 2007 6:09 AM PST
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Thanks for your reply! I'm definately in favor of the A540 right now, after another afternoon fiddling around with the Samsung S500's stubborn manual mode.

Unfortunately, the store is a good ways away, and I can't seem to pack up the Samsung with the knowledge that I'll be without any sort of camera for a few days. I'm hooked on taking pictures, it seems.

Any other thoughts, anyone?

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Don't procrastinate
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 6:44 AM PST
In reply to: Hmm...

Take the S500 back while you can.

You will like the A540 much more.

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