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Please HELP with digital camera purchase

Please HELP! I cannot make up my mind about which digital camera to purchase. I know that I want to get at least a 5.0 megapixel. I have been looking a lot at Canons and Sonys.

I bought a Sony DSC-W1 at Circuit City tonight but after reading some of the reviews here tonight I don't even dare open the box.

Can anyone please give me some feedback on what are the best buys out there? I will be using the camera with my family...especially capturing moments with my 2 small children (2 and 6 months). I would like to get a camera that doesn't have a very long shutter lag as little ones move very fast. However I don't want to sacrifice photo quality. Photo quality is extremely important to me. I do plan on enlarging some photos, mostly around the 8x10 range, but maybe as high as 11x14. Also, I am somewhat of a photo enthusiast (I love my SLR) and like the idea of being able to choose aperature or shutter speed settings.

I have tried to do research on my own but just can't seem to find THE camera....any suggestions are appreciated.


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DSLR for the long-term

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Despite the fact that you've been using SLR camera, I think that DSLR will fulfill your requirements, especially for photo enlargement and shutter lag. The DSLR does work as good as the film SLR. Personally, I don't consider Sony a good camera. Nikon and Canon has built far much better camera, in many regards. The quality of picture taken by DSLR is far much better than that of compact digital compact camera. If you've been using either Canon or Nikon for the past 10 years, most Canon and Nikon lenses are reapplicable to your new DSLR camera.

Consider your enlargement, I don't suggest anything lower than 7.2 Megapixel ( consider 300 x 300 dpi resolution ). Currently, most DSLR now goes for 8 Megapixel. And you'll definitely need at least 1GB compact flash memory, unless you carry a labtop around. X-drive ( compact storage ) is another alternative for that. I've been using my SLR film camera for nearly 2 decades and still love it. In many circumstances, such as low light condition, the old Canon EOS 5 SLR still outperforms my new Canon 20D. As the matter of fact, the film camera represents the DSLR camera at the resolution around 22-23 megapixel. So, keep your old film camera, just in case you may need it !

Any way, good luck.

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When you look at low shutter lag, the Sony W1 is excellent, with a lag of only 0.2 second.

Since you have a SLR camera, you should have no problem with the quirks of the W1 camera.

The W1 selects a slow shutter speed under low light and flash situations. This results in blurred photos due to not holding the camera steady enough for that slow speed.

You can go to manual mode and set a faster shutter speed and higher ISO setting (if necessary) and overcome the problem. It is something you should not have to do with a point-and-shoot camera. But with your knowledge of cameras, it should not be a problem.


But there are also other choices:

1. The Canon A95 is a good choice, and you will love that swivel LCD. It has all the manual controls too.
The shutter lag is 0.6 second

2. The Canon S500 is a nice small camera but it is point-and-shoot with few manual controls. And it has a rather slow shutter lag, 0.8 second.

There is one sleeper on the market that you should look at:

3. The Fujifilm E550...a 6 megapixel 4X zoom camera.
Functionally and optically it is the same as the more expensive Fujifilm F810. The E550 sells for about $340. The shutter lag is 0.4 second. It has a full set of manual controls.

Review here:


Then there are the new cameras that were introduce in February. Most are not available right now but will become available in the next few months. There is just not enough information available yet, to make recommendations on these:

All 5 megapixels:

Canon SD400
Casio EX-P505 and EX-Z57
Fujifilm Z1 and A350
Kodak Z730 and C340
Konica Minolta E50
Nikon 5600 and 5900
Olympus Stylus Verve S, D595, D630, IR300
Panasonic LZ2
Sony W5

5 megapixels with big zoom:

Konica Minolta Z20 and Z5
Kodak Z7590
Panasonic FZ5
Sony H1


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good camera to try

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I just bought a fugifilm e510 digital camera from QVC on their easy pay plan, I really like the camera and they also give you 30days to try, or return with no hassle. I am new to these digital cameras, i 1st bought a mustek, from HSN, being new I didn't know better and I kept it, in a case but i have it, don't like the terrible pictures but love the fugi e510, it is very easy but you need to get a bigger memory card than what is supplied, only good for about 12 pics, I got a 256 xd and its great, try this camera, I think you will be happy, I hope you check out

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