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Need help selecting between Sony, Canon, and Nikon?

by batmobl / July 17, 2008 9:58 AM PDT

I am in the market for a digital camera. I am currently looking at 3 point and shoot models:
Sony T300, Canon 870IS, and Nikon 52C. Can you let me know which one would produce the best images?

Reading through the forum, I am also a bit tempted at some mega zoom cameras like the
G9 or Nikon p80?

Any help would be appreciated.

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maybe some help

Just basing it on image quality:

Sony T300, dpreview says:
"In pure image quality terms, the T300 is a little bit disappointing and looks ominously like the herald of a season of disappointing cameras."

Canon SD870IS, dpreview says:
"produces good, sharp, well exposed results in a wide range of shooting conditions, something you simply can't say about a lot of competitors."

I could only find one review of the Nikon S52c and the image quality wasn't that great.

The thing is, the highest price ultra compacts aren't necessarily the best for image quality. They are packed with features and high on megapixels. For the Sony, you would get better image quality with the W170. The Nikon you're looking at comes with WI-FI, so you're paying extra for that. Find out which features are important to you and that will keep you from paying too much for a camera that is packed with features that you'll never use.

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Thanks
by batmobl / July 17, 2008 1:52 PM PDT
In reply to: maybe some help

Thanks for the response. I saw the reviews on CNET and dpreview but then I also read some user reviews on amazon.com and circuitcity.com. The experts don't seem to be huge fan of the sony but the users who bought the camera had some nice things to say. I am looking for something that will give me good images. Not an expert in photography, so I am good with the camera settings.

Anyone own one of these cameras? I would love to hear feedback from you.

Do you think I would be better off getting one of these ultra compact cameras or should I invest in one of the mega zoom cameras?

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buy what you want
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / July 17, 2008 2:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

You only buy the megazooms if you need the zoom. I like having user opinions,but it's like asking for the opinion of the quality of sound from itunes. Most would say the sound quality is great, but most don't have the sound system to tell the difference or they don't care(by the way, itunes music is highly compressed low quality). That doesn't mean that they're wrong, but that it's works very good to them. If you have low demands than low producing products will seem good enough. If you have high expectations of products you buy then you'll be more demanding.

The people at dpreview are very good reviewers. There are other sites that say the same thing. If you're looking to have someone validate the higher money your willing to pay just to have lower quality photos then you might not find it from high demanding individuals.

By the way, I've met people that were ecstatic with the photos that they got from their new cell phone and they believe they don't need a camera. You asked for highest image quality of those three, and the Sony is not even close. Like I said, if image quality is most important and you want a Sony then buy the W170. It'll give you better image quality for a lesser price.

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Appreciate the honest feedback
by batmobl / July 17, 2008 10:19 PM PDT
In reply to: buy what you want

So would you say the canon would be the best out of the 3? Do you have any other suggestions better than the canon 870IS??

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Out of those 3
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / July 18, 2008 6:47 AM PDT

Yes

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