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Mar. 5th, 2007

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So, in light of my SD400 camera having liberated itself (or had itself liberated) from my pocket on Saturday, I am in need of a new camera. This is mostly a bad thing, but it does mean I get to geek about cameras. Obviously I'm not a camera supergeek, but I can geek about Point & Shoot cameras!

I'm pretty certain about which camera I intend to get, but just for fun (and, well, who knows; maybe one of you will change my mind), I'm going to solicit your input!

Poll #940768 New Digital Camera?

What sort of digital camera should I buy?

Canon SD700 IS (6.0MP, 4x zoom, IS)
1(20.0%)
Canon SD800 IS (7.1MP, 3.8x zoom, IS, wide angle)
2(40.0%)
Canon SD900 (10.0MP, 3.0x zoom)
0(0.0%)
Other
2(40.0%)

If "Other", please give brand and model:

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From:surpheon
Date:March 6th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
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Oh, and the SD900 is a floozy - sure the titanium is fetching, but there isn't even IS hiding in those curves.
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From:mavjop
Date:March 6th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
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*nod* Yeah. Well, I mean, I actually love that the SD900 exists. A 10.0MP camera for under $400?! That's awesome! ... but I'd rather have lower resolution and IS (also frigging incredible at around $400).

As for the SD700 IS vs. SD800 IS:

I wouldn't have any expectation of the 800 producing noticably better pictures than the 700 per se. There's two fairly simple differences between the two: wide-angle lens and resolution (oh, and amount of zoom, but 3.8x-4.0x doesn't seem hugely important). Resolution seems unimportant, but having the ability to take wider-angle photos would be really nice. It is something I often wish I could do.
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From:purpledrazi
Date:March 6th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
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For what it's worth, this is an approximate (but close IMHO) comparison of 7.1 MP to 10.0 MP (based on the stated resolutions of both cameras)


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From:mavjop
Date:March 7th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
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This is why I think it's not particularly relevant. :)

Have you any thoughts on the specific cameras (either those I mentioned or other brands/models)? :)
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From:purpledrazi
Date:March 7th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
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I'm not that familiar with the P/S market; however, the one thing I noticed is that the SD800 shoots on the wide end the equivalent of my primary lens

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From:mavjop
Date:March 7th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
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Is that a good thing? :)
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From:wy
Date:March 7th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
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For any type of electronic work, MP is utterly useless as a measure. Lens quality and such matter a LOT more.

A) Decide Budget.
B) Decide size of camera.

Me, I'm fond of DSLRs. My older P&S is a Ultrazoom Olympus. But there's nothing like a nice wide angle.
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From:mavjop
Date:March 7th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
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I'm fairly clear on my budget: Sub-$500. Ideally sub-$400. The SD800 IS is ideal from a price perspective, because I can get it plus a 2Gb SD card plus leather case and extra battery for under $450 all told.

DSLRs are cool, and in a way I'd love to have one (I really envy the cool stuff I see friends doing with them), but I don't think the photography is so much the focus of traveling and so on that I would want to have to put so much effort into lugging it around. Pocket-sized is a good thing from my perspective. Oh, and also... once you go the DSLR route, it can become an expensive hobby!
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From:brianwilliams
Date:March 9th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
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You can't beat the size of the SD400...it is so damn small!
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From:mavjop
Date:March 9th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Well, you can, by buying a newer SD-series camera. :) ... but it is nice and small. Was. :(
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