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Need to make a decision!

by clagros / August 21, 2005 6:18 AM PDT

I've just dropped my slow and bulky HP945 and now I'm looking 4 a new camera.
The specs are:
No more than 5 Mp (I don't print pics)
SD memory card (I have many)
Fast Start up
Compact body
Movie with sound
Preferible with standard batteries
Min 3X optical zoom
Price, no more than USD 400
So, until yesterday my favorites were:
1- Nikon coolpix 5900
2- Konica Minolta X50 or 60 (which is better?)
3- Pentax s55
4- Canon IXUS 40
5- Some small casio model

TODAY, I've decided to take a 3.2 Mp max, then I narrowed the list to:

1- Pentax Optio s45 (Anybody knows if the movie is with sound? the spec tells 'added' sound!) price US280
2- Canon IXUS 30 (SD200)- US 250
3- Since I loved the Konica Minolta X50 or 60 - US 330

It is really hard for me to make a choice since here in Israel you cannot test the camera in the shops, so you need to rely on reviews and friends' experience.

What are your comments? Pros and cons?
Thansk! Grin

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / August 21, 2005 8:04 AM PDT

The Pentax S45 is not sold in the USA but appears to be identical to the S40 which is sold in the USA.

I suggest you read the conclusion of this review of the S40:

The reviewer complained about the sharpness of the lens and after reviewing sample photos, I agree with his conclusion.

I then checked photos from the S50 and it was no better.
But a check of the new S55 photos shows very good sharpness. A big improvement.


The Canon IXUS30 (SD200) has the best movie mode of the three.
It has a sharp lens but lacks detail due to only being 3 megapixels.
The ISUS40 (SD300) shows more detail due to being 4 megapixels.


The Konica Minolta X50/60 produces the best looking photos. Very sharp and lots of detail.


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Thanks and more questions
by clagros / August 21, 2005 2:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Decision

Thanks a lot,
Now, would you go for the Konica Minolta X50 or X60?
The X60 is newer and a few bit improved, but without viewfinder.
Reviews are slightly better for the 'old' X50, but they are intrinsically the same camera.

You told Minolta gives good pictures. Some reviews complain about 'lot of noise'.
I'm not planing to print pictures, just PC or TV.

Your veredict?
Would you suggest to test another camera similar to KM x50 /60?

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / August 22, 2005 1:10 AM PDT

Noise usually shows up when shooting in low light.
The normal person will not notice noise unless they are looking at a photo on a monitor at 100% size.

When you view a photo at normal viewing size or on TV you will not see noise.

All digital cameras use a certain amount of noise reduction on their photos. If the camera uses too much noise reduction, the photos will look flat (lack detail). Since the X50 and X60 show so much detail in their photos, I suspect they are using less noise reduction in the camera.

I did not think the sample photos I looked at had a noise problem. Anyway noise can be removed with software.


For very low noise, even in low light situations you might look at the new Fujifilm F10. It does not use SD memory. It uses the 5th generaltion Fujifilm sensor which is proving to be very noise free, even at high ISO settings.


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Look here
by Alan Copeland / August 21, 2005 10:14 PM PDT

Sorry you didn't like the 945. I have been happy with mine.

Another choice which doesn't use SD memeory would be the Olympus 7070. You should be able to sell your SD cards to another photgrapher.
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