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i cant decide!

by nirchen / December 14, 2008 3:34 AM PST

can you help me with a pros and cons list for the Canon Powershot SD790 IS and the Kodak easyshare Z1285 Zoom.

The kodak has 12mp, compared to the 10mp of the cannon.

The Canon has a bigger LCD screen (3 vs 2.5)(inches)

the Kodak has a better zoom (5x vs. 3x)

Kodak is a tad cheaper ($160 vs. $190)

the Kodak says it has HD video? but ya know, its digital camera HD.

the kodak looks like a better choice, but does the canon have better software?

Video quality is important to me. is the kodaks video quality that much better?

any other products you would recommend to me?

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 14, 2008 7:38 AM PST
In reply to: i cant decide!

The Canon gets good reviews.
I can not find a review of the Kodak Z1285.
I did find several owner reviews and they were mixed.
Most owners did complain about the quality of the image on the LCD screen.

The difference in megapixels is a mute point, because very few people need 12 megapixels or 10 megapixels.

The one key difference I see is that the Canon has image stabilization and the Kodak does not.
These small digital cameras are difficult to hold steady because of their small size and low weight.
Image stabilization is very helpful in preventing blurred photos due to camera movement.

With the Kodak you will want to buy some rechargeable batteries because normal Alkaline AA batteries will only last for about 40 to 50 pictures.
Use NiMH rechargeable AA batteries.
They will last over 200 hours on one charge.
A kit (batteries/charger) can be purchased at any store that sells digital cameras for less than $20.

If you want to show your HD video on your HD television, you will have to buy a Kodak HD cradle (about $99).

The software that comes with digital cameras is very basic.
I prefer to use other software.

Video quality of both is OK, but not as good as a camcorder can do.

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Don't fall for specs
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / December 14, 2008 1:36 PM PST
In reply to: i cant decide!

The specs show the Kodak as better, but you fall into the trap that manufacturers do with cheap cameras, by putting as many megapixels in to make it more appealing. Megapixels should be the last thing to consider unless you are printing posters, which pros rarely ever do.

The cheaper Kodaks have a tendency of over saturating the photo to make it "pop". The problem is that it looks plasticy and makes men look like they are wearing makeup.

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