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Old Jan 27, 2005, 01:10 PM
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Best all around camera for under $400?

What's the best all around camera for under $400? Not for aerial photos but for use at the house, flying field, etc?

I'm eyeballing the Canon A95 but is there a better one in the same price bracket?
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 05:43 PM
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The Sony DSC-P150 is a 7 megapixel camera that sells for $382 at www.newegg.com

(Update) $350 at B&H photo

It's probably the best of the mini-sized cameras under $400 for features and picture quality.
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 11:35 PM
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If you don't need video out, and can handle a bit more weight (9.2 oz.) the Fuji E550 is a steal for about $250 with rebate.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilme550/
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 11:40 PM
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I was reading up on that Fuji E550. Looks like a nice camera but the best price I found local was $349.
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 11:49 PM
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Online prices through Butterfly Photo. Click on the link above and scroll to the bottom. Click "see all 43 stores prices."

Locally, you will pay a lot more. My local camera shop will match some online prices, but not the lowest. Some of the bottom priced online stores seem to be quite shady (most have a Brooklyn address).
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 12:09 PM
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Maybe look for an S4i or S5i. Lots of people have good luck with them (not me s5i) and you can use the MX prisim switch.
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 02:30 PM
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I am starting to like the Kodak LS743 or LS753.
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 02:35 PM
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My biggest concern with aerial images is sharpness. Compare online images from reviews to get a better idea. Still like the Fuji E500 for sharpness, but it lacks live video out and uses more expensive xD cards.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/ has sample images and one consistent outdoor shot of a brick building. I use that image to compare for sharpness. Also, the size is a indicator as well. Generally, a 2 meg jpeg file has more detail that a 1 meg file.
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 07:37 PM
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I personally really like the quality of the images from the Canon digital cameras. I have a Powershot G3 for all around shooting, and a Canon A310 for AP work. All of the Canon A Frame cameras have generally gotten great reviews, and the A95 is just the latest in the series. I almost bought the A75 when I was looking for my first digital camera, but ended up with the G3 instead. In lots of ways I wish I had actually purchased the A75 instead. I find the G3 a bit large and heavy for my personal taste.

Before buying any camera, I would recommend trying it out in the store to see how it feels to your hand. I also really like the swivel LCD screen feature of the Canon's. It really makes taking pictures from odd places like over your head on right on the ground easy.
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 07:44 PM
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Here is a picture I took of a 20 size Cub at our fall float fly event. I used my Canon G3 and put the camera right on the shore to get this perspective. The swivel LCD kept me from having to lay on my bellly.
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 07:48 PM
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The Sony p150 has the best images I've seen for a small cam. The p200 is due out in February with only a larger LCD as the change. I'll be keeping my eyes on the P150 prices in the coming months...
You can view images side by side from different cameras at www.imaging-resource.com
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Old Jan 29, 2005, 03:13 AM
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Newberry,

Do you attribute the clarity of the P150 to megapixles or the lens sharpness? DO you still get good clarity say shooting at 3.5m instead of 7m?

CJS
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Old Jan 29, 2005, 06:15 AM
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DO you still get good clarity say shooting at 3.5m instead of 7m?
No.

But then again, some people have different standards of what's "good enough".
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Old Jan 29, 2005, 06:57 AM
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Newberry,

Do you attribute the clarity of the P150 to megapixles or the lens sharpness? DO you still get good clarity say shooting at 3.5m instead of 7m?

CJS
Thats a good question CJS. I'm going by the sample images at imaging resource, and at steves-digicams. I would say that the lens has a lot to do with it. I recently bought a nikon 3700. I could have bought a cam with more megapixels, but comparing the images, the nikons test shots were "clearer" looking to me, even though it had less megapixels than some of the others I was considering.
I would have to think that the lens system on the P150 is a good one to turn out the images that it does and that it would still take good shots at half the resolution ( good color,saturation, low noise etc....)
I really like the Nikon but the P150 has full manual mode, which is a big plus for me.
My biggest problem with the Sony cams is the price of the additional (pro!) memory.
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Old Jan 29, 2005, 12:05 PM
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p200 now online

You can look at the sony dscp200 at www.sonystyle.com. It's now available. As far as I can tell, it has everything the 150 has, but a larger viewfinder... and $50 less. Go figure.

Im planning on an easystar and using my existing dscp5. If I can get that going, someday I'll think about the 200...

geoff
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