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help! Looking For a New Camera

by Clark Gable1 / February 15, 2007 9:31 AM PST

For the past week i've been looking for a camera to finally make the switch from film to digital. In my quest to find what i want, all i've found was a bunch of companies and a bunch of similar cameras. So i was wondering if any of you had any opinions. I'm looking for a digital thats got the 35mm feel to it. Zooming isnt a big factor to me the farthest i zoom is probabley 20 feet, but image quality is very important. I want a camera that will take a picture and make it look amazing. My price range is only 500 or less. So with that in mind what do you guys suggest. I'v looked at the Panasonic DMC-FZ50, The Fujifilm S9100, and a bunch of others. What do you suggest? Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks

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Usta Was
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 15, 2007 11:25 PM PST

I know the cameras you are looking for, but they don't make them anymore.

Four years ago, all of the camera makers had some "premium" cameras that were sometimes called "DSLR-like".

Here are some:

Canon Pro1 & G6, Fujifilm S20-Pro, Nikon 8400 & 8700, Olympus C-7070 & C-8080, Sony F828

The last one to go is the Canon G6.

They came out with the G7, which does not measure up to the G6.
You might find a G6 in a camera store, since the G7 only showed up about 6 months ago.

The two cameras you mentioned are about as close to the old Premium cameras that you can get.

Well.... there is the Sony R1, which sells for around $850.
It is as close to a DSLR that you can get....without being a DSLR.
It has the same CCD sensor that is used in DSLR cameras. Which means you have ISO settings of 1600 with practically no noise.

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Thanks
by Clark Gable1 / February 16, 2007 1:16 AM PST
In reply to: Usta Was

Thanks for your input. It really helped. I just looked at the Sony R1. Now would you think The R1 is better compared to the Fujifilm S9000, or the S6000? I know that the S9000 lacks the whole "picture stabilization"? is that a good or a bad thing?

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Digital Cameras
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 16, 2007 7:34 AM PST
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Since the Fujifilm S9000 and S6000 use the new Fujifilm super sensor, they also have low noise at their ISO 1600 setting.

All three have sharp lenses.
The larger CCD sensor of the R1 does give their photos a bit more look of quality. But only if you compare photos side by side.

I have an old 10X (non image stabilized) camera and it produces blur free images if you use common sense techniques.

For long zoom shots, always use the viewfinder rather than the LCD.
Your head is steadier than two outstretched arms.

Whenever possible lean against a solid object on long zoom shots.

If possible, use a tripod or rest your camera on a solid surface on long zoom shots.

For shots of 5X and under, you can use the LCD for framing your subject and get blur free photos unless your have problems holding any camera steady.

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