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Give me a good reason not to buy this digital camera. You got a better one?

Old 10-21-05, 02:44 AM
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Give me a good reason not to buy this digital camera. You got a better one?

I've been looking at a small digital camera for vacations and lazy times when I don't want to carry my Canon EOS 1D Mk II and lenses around.

There are so damn many cameras out there. I want it to be compact, do a good job, decent zoom range, dependable, shoot some video in case I'm not sporting my video camera, etc.

So I started looking at Costco but that's not a big selection. Nikon 7900, Casio EX-Z57, Kodak V550-were there and looked decent. Then I read some reviews at www.steves-digicam.com and it didn't make the Kodak sound as good as hoped.

I decided that I should look at what Canon had to offer and I'm strongly leaning toward the 7-megapixel SD 550. The other strong contender was the 8-megapixel Pro Shot 1S but it's quite a bit larger. But then again it does quite a bit more. Both sound strong on the Steves review site.

I started checking out Amazon and the reviews there were very positive on the SD 550 but there were quite a few that hated the Pro Shot 1S. Hmmmm.

Another camera I saw that looked good was the Nikon Coolpix S4 but the Amazon reviews were not good.

So that's why I'm leaning toward the simpler and smaller SD 550, which is the newer version of the SD 500. Pretty much the same but bigger screen.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/sd550.html








Whaddya think digital point-and-shooters? Yay or nay?
Old 10-21-05, 04:10 AM
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Pro Shot 1S? (I've only heard of the Pro 1 and S1 IS). If it's one of those, i'd say go for the 550 because of this criteria "small digital camera for vacations and lazy times." the other two i find to still be a bit too bulky to just run and gun.
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Of the two, I'd opt for the 550 - much better movie mode/pocketable/sexier etc...

If you're wanting a bit of low light perfomance in a small package, check out the Fuji (I know...it's a fuji) F10. 1600 ISO and a nice review on dpreview.com
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What about the Canon Powershot G6? I have the G5 and it's a great camera, with a few minor nitpicks, most of which seem to have been fixed for the G6.

It's not as slim as the SD-550, but it's smaller than the Pro Shot. It has an excellent zoom range, all glass lens, durable metal alloy body and it just feels solid in your hand.

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In terms of small, I'd go with the Dimage G500 (5mp) or 600 (6mp) if you can still find one. Capable of writing to either SD or Sony Memory Sticks.

In terms of medium, Sony DSCV3. 7.2MP, very fast and additional features like night vision shooting and a "night shot" mode.
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I just picked up a SD550 last week. I have been very happy with it. Good price via Dell w/ coupons and it was just a little more than the SD500 and way less than anywhere else online. The video quality is actually very passable, I have even burned a few clips to DVD of the kids playing in the yard and such not bad at all for a pocket camera. The other thing that impresses me is that the camera doesnt feel cheap, it isnt plastic and has a solid feel to it. Its really intuitive to use, I had only a couple of things that I looked up in the manual for help on. The pictures has been great, prints at 8.5 x 11 are clear and look great.
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Why buy a new camera when we have so many camera manufacturers pumping out the same shit almost every 3 months. Look for some new but clearanced cameras of the Canon line.
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Originally Posted by HN
Pro Shot 1S? (I've only heard of the Pro 1 and S1 IS). If it's one of those, i'd say go for the 550 because of this criteria "small digital camera for vacations and lazy times." the other two i find to still be a bit too bulky to just run and gun.


oops. As the photo shows there is no S on there. I was combining the two. Kinda like Buford T. Justice + Buford Pusser = Buford T. Pusser . See how that works?
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99 views, 9 posts and ONE vote in the poll? What is this mayoral election?

I'm currently reviewing the above suggestions on Steve's uh, reviews.
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Originally Posted by Buford T Pusser
99 views, 9 posts and ONE vote in the poll? What is this mayoral election?

I'm currently reviewing the above suggestions on Steve's uh, reviews.
Maybe if you posted it in the right forum you would have better results.
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I'm in a similar situation too. I want a smaller camera in case I don't want to bring out all of my gear. That SD550 looks very nice. I say go for it.
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin
Maybe if you posted it in the right forum you would have better results.

But I want the everyman take, not the obsessed take.
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Originally Posted by Buford T Pusser

Why is the chick in the picture smelling her ball?

What was wrong with the Nikon 7900? I've heard good things about it.
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I heard that Sharapova's ball smelling skills are overrated. That said, this could be a good camera, or not. I really don't have a clue.
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I've got the Canon Powershot S70, worth looking at.
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for a point and shoot (and unless you're a pro, you don't need anything else), Canon has everything beat by a long shot. I've had a S400 for a year, and it has ROCKED. I'm probably upgrading to the SD550 later this year (Xmas present maybe), I think that's a great pick.

I also do snorkeling, and if you want an underwater digital camera with factory level support, you HAVE to use a Canon... the UW housing (rated for 130 feet) was only about $150, and since the S400 (and the SD550 too) is so small, the housing and all is pretty managable.

good pick!
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Bufford, I just picked up the SD450 and Sandisk 1Gb Ultra II for ~$370 after taxes from Dell. Found some coupons over at FatWallet. Read through this thread for a couple of discounts. Not sure if the SD550 coupon is still working though.

Considering I just have the 10D, 5mp is plenty for me.
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Hot Deal today at Dell for the Canon SD550 $339.20 with stackable coupons, thats even less than I paid last week.
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If you buy it your kids will take pictures of your toothbrush stuck up their butts. Without the camera, you can live in ignorant bliss.
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Originally Posted by cseyer
Hot Deal today at Dell for the Canon SD550 $339.20 with stackable coupons, thats even less than I paid last week.
Stackable? WHere's that? The FatWallet one? If it's that one I tried it and it didn't work.
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Hot Deal today at Dell for the Canon SD550 $339.20 with stackable coupons, thats even less than I paid last week.
Can you please explain in detail how to get it to $339.20? What coupons? Thanks.
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I just tried the three coupons posted on FW but it would only take one.

That got it down to about $390 once I added a card to get the purchase over $500.

So $60 off, but not the 20 percent off which would make it about $360 for the camera part of the sale.
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Yeah, it looks like the 20% is dead on the 550. Still works on the 450 though.
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I just tried on the 450 and it didn't do anything.
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SD450 20% off - N4SR4JP2S6PRCM
$35 off $300 $DF97G9KXSNJWW or
$60 off $500 C0K8VM63KBZ73M

These were at the bottom of the first post on that link I provided.

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