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Which megazoom camera? Kodak or canon?

by PKidOne / March 12, 2008 7:52 AM PDT

I was deciding between 2 different megazoom cameras and I am trying to get some other opinions before I make the decision. I was trying to decide between the Kodak z812 is (the z712 is's big brother with a few more features)or the canon sx100 is. The Kodak has stabilized 12x zoom, 8 megapixels, and manual controls. The reviews i've read have said it tooks really good photos though with of course a few flaws. The bad side is the battery that is required for it is around the $30 dollars, and the charger another $30 unless you buy an off brand set. The canon has only 10x stabilized zoom but also 8 megapixels. 10x vs 12x isn't terribly important but what I don't like is it does not have an optical view finder and cnet said between shots with flash, the camera could have about a 5 second pause which might be too long. This camera also has manual controls as well. They both look like great cameras but I don't know. Tell me what you think. Thanks

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Kodak - Canon
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 12, 2008 8:42 AM PDT

Something to think about.

I don't see why the type of battery is a concern.
The Kodak should come with a battery and charger.
The battery should last over 5 years and the charger should last as long as the camera.

The lack of a viewfinder would be a concern for me too.

When you use flash, the camera must recharge the high voltage flash capacitor. How long it takes is dependent on several things.
1. How fresh is the battery? A recently recharged battery will recharge the flash capacitor sooner.
2. How far you are from the subject. If you are a long way, the flash must be stronger which will almost deplete the charge on the high voltage capacitor. That means it would take longer to recharge.
3. The design of the camera:
It is possible to recharge the capacitor in a fraction of a second, but that can cause the battery to overheat if you took several photos quickly. So the manufacturer chooses a safe recharge time for their camera.
Note: most cameras will take flash shots faster if you use "burst" or continuous mode.


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Kodak is stupid with batteries
by PKidOne / March 12, 2008 2:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Kodak - Canon

I the flash lag isn't all that big of the problem, but I am really concerned about the lack of a view finder. As far as the kodak and batteries, unfortunately the package contents of the camera only comes with a one time lithium ion battery which is not rechargable. The batteries can be purchased but for $30 on top of another $30 for a charger! that adds $60 right there and that is not very pleasing. but the Canon has less zoom and no electronic view finder.... Idk

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Kodak Batteries
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 13, 2008 12:56 AM PDT

I was not aware that Kodak was doing that.

To get the features of the Canon SX100IS and get a viewfinder (and other features), you need to look at the Canon S5 IS.

The SX100IS was brought out to compete with some lower cost long zoom cameras introduced by other camera companies.
It was designed to fit a cost bracket.
Some features were eliminated (e.g. viewfinder).


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Canon S5
by PKidOne / March 13, 2008 4:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Kodak Batteries

i had looked into that Canon camera as well but I really did not want to end up spending that much money on a camera. Each camera has it's disadvantages and advantages. I just haven't decided on which ones are most and least importatnt.

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Size matters
by jmelgar / March 12, 2008 10:12 AM PDT

I own an SX100, although the flash reciclyng is very slow, I love to carry around in the same case I used in my old 4x zoom digicam.

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