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Canon Powershot SD800 IS vs. Sony Cybershot DSC-W80

by Monstervision / June 23, 2007 1:11 PM PDT

I own a Digital Rebel XT, and I'm looking for a good point and shoot to carry around every day for convienience. Right now, I have the Canon SD450.

I'm looking at the Canon Powershot SD800 IS and Sony Cybershot DSC-W80... The biggest difference I can tell as far as my research on the net is a hundred bucks and some little features. My biggest concern besides price is amount of noise on the image in low-light shooting and motion blur (both of which my little ******* SD450 is giving me a LOT of). I know both cameras have image stabilization, so that will help I'm sure...

If anyone could give me their opinion on these cameras, especially those who've actually used either one, I'd really appreciate it! Happy

(Probably should go in another post later, but if anyone can give me an opinion on Sigma lenses, I'd appreciate that too!)

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by labradour / June 23, 2007 2:21 PM PDT

I had the W80 for a week and returned it. I tried all of the new W series and found the W90, which is basically the same camera as the W80, just one more megapixel- to be the best and kept it. Very good picture quality inside and outside. Takes very good low light shots in my opinion. (I was having the same noise issue with my P&S ) I tried several brands and found that the Fugi Z series were nice, but lacked many of the Sony's added little features and IQ was basically very good in both. I also tried the Canon SD1000 but did not care for it at all. Low light shots were the return of the Noisy issues.
I know the Canon you are referring to has very good reviews, but I did not try that one, so cannot comment.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 24, 2007 12:34 AM PDT

Neither camera will be any better in regards to noise.
The camera makers have raised the ability to access larger ISO settings, but it just means more noise if you use the larger settings.

For lower noise, check out the Fujifilm F20, F30, F31 and F40.

Image stabilization will not help "motion blur".
Motion blur is when the photo is sharp and some part of the main subject is blurred. That is caused by subject movement while using a slow shutter speed. Use a faster shutter speed or use the flash.

Sigma Lenses:

Generally rated very good.
I have a Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 on a Canon 20D.
Makes a good replacement for the kit lens.

You can find some reviews for many brands of lenses at this link:


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