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Sony DSC H5 or Canon S3 IS

by 19bigdaddy51 / March 27, 2006 10:57 PM PST

I know they aren't out yet, but just wondering what people think will be a better camera?

I am looking to purchase one or the other, and my criteria are 1) good burst shooting (Sony's doesn't look so hot, S3 IS looks good) and clarity at distance.

How much will it matter the Sony ISO 1000 vs. the Canon ISO 800?

Will the Sony 7.2 MP be that much better than Canon 6.0 MP?

Also, I noted the optical zoom of the Sony H5 can be boosted higher by lowering the Megapixels...can the S3 IS do that?

Just curious for thoughts from people with more experience than me.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 27, 2006 11:46 PM PST

I am anxious to see the reviewers tackle these two.

As for ISO 800 or 1000:
"a drop in the bucket difference"
The real question will be, what is the difference in noise level at 800 and 1000.

Boosting optical zoom by lowing megapixels has the smell of "digital zoom".
However, they may be playing around with the focal length of the lens too.
They are going to have to explain their theory.

Waiting for the reviews.


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Comparison Sony vs Canon
by Branitas / May 8, 2006 2:05 PM PDT
In reply to: Comparison

I have exactly the same questions you have. I want to purchase one or the other. Please send my a copy of the replies you receive.

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What I think
by mrobzo / March 28, 2006 8:17 PM PST

Is that you would be better off with the Canon. The Sony is plaged with their propriatary memory sticks. Something that even they're not sure of if you look at some of their other models. ISO 800 to 1000. Nothing to consider. 6mp to 7 mp, nothing to consider. Zooming to a lower pixilation, handy but you can do it on your computor. Good luck on your search.

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All of them are out
by prasadp77 / October 30, 2006 2:58 PM PST

and reviewed. So whats the take now?

I am planning to buy either of those for christmas.

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See What Owners Say
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 30, 2006 11:32 PM PST
In reply to: All of them are out
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Alls done
by prasadp77 / October 30, 2006 11:46 PM PST
In reply to: See What Owners Say
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No Real Manual On Sony
by wexmary / October 31, 2006 6:29 PM PST
In reply to: Alls done

I recently bought an H5. There is a start guide and a thin manual, but that presumes you are a digital Ansel Adams.

Not even on the CD is there a PDF with information.

So I will be learning via trial and much error.

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Camera Manuals
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 31, 2006 11:02 PM PST
In reply to: No Real Manual On Sony

All of the camera makers are guilty of providing only the minimum information about their cameras.

This is particularly bad when getting into the more complex cameras with the most features.

People who are new to advanced cameras do not know about the reasons for using various shutter speeds, aperture settings and ISO settings. And how they all interact with each othere. All three are the ingredients of creating a perfect exposure. And the camera makers have made no effort to educate their customers on the subject.


If you can enroll in a local class on photography, you will benefit greatly.


For good information on the techniques of taking photos, Kodak does a good job in that area.
Here is a link:


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Sony DSC-H5 vs Canon S3 IS
by BRosario / November 8, 2006 3:33 PM PST
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