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1. Posted by wplemon35 (Full Member 45 posts) 11y

I am lookig at Digital Cameras for my trip to Europe next year. The main thing is speed. I don't like to wait for the camera to decide to think about taking a picture (get the point?). I looked at many many cameras online and found a couple that I like. The links are below. What do you think? I am leaning towards the W7 by Sony, b/c it's quick, uses AA's and seems to be an all around nice one.

-Sony DSC-W7
-Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH
-Fujifilm FinePix F10
-Olympus Stylus 800
-Sony DSC-P200

Thx WP

2. Posted by wplemon35 (Full Member 45 posts) 11y

The other option is a small-sized DSLR. I dont have a list of the smaller DSLR's yet, but hmmmm... Choices choices!

3. Posted by iggy (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

Just bought Nikon 7900 Coolpix in Sngapore - love it. Have you checked out www.dpreview.com and all the reviews and comments posted there ?

4. Posted by wplemon35 (Full Member 45 posts) 11y

Quoting iggy

Just bought Nikon 7900 Coolpix in Sngapore - love it. Have you checked out www.dpreview.com and all the reviews and comments posted there ?

Yes I have read those reviews. I was just asking this group for their opinion on which would be a good travel camera

5. Posted by haddadb (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Hiya,

I'm actually a photographer and I also work in a camera store. I'd definately say for ease of travel and good quality go with the Canon powershot SD500. Its a great camera, really easy to use, and tiny. You can slip that thing into a pocket and take it anywhere. at 7.1 megapixels, its also got a lot of punch, and all the reviews that I've read have given canon the highest ratings for color accuracy and quality. So that would be what I would do. The other thing is, that the battery life on it is spectacular, and even though it doesn't use AA's, it comes with a charger that can be used all over the world. As long as you get one of those 5 dollar plug converters from a drugstore you can charge up anywhere you go and the charger automatically converts the current. That'll end up saving you a lot of money on batteries in the long run. Believe me I know.

I terms of small DSLR's, probably your best 2 options are the new Nikon D50, or the Canon digital rebel XT. Both are very small, and good. I'd go for the canon D-rebel Xt though, for a few reasons. 1) after playing with the Nikon D50 in store, it has a lot of features that bug me. For 1, the viewfinder is tiny, and kind of dark. For another, the options for picture play back are very limited. It's either on, or off. No 2 second playback, or 5 second playback, or anything like that. So you either have to waste time pushing buttons to check out the shot you just took, or you waste a lot of batteries as your playback screen just stays on until you hit another button. Another reason to go with the Canon XT is that it's an 8 megapixel camera (as apposed to the 6 megapixel D50) and can shoot many more frames per second.

Lastly......Canon is moving into better cameras faster than Nikon. The high end canon cameras blow the high end nikons away. So if you're gonna keep going in this....better to invest in the Canon lenses etc. and get into the better camera system now.

Anyway, good luck.
Benny

6. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 11y

Till now I used to take photos with my film camera. I have Canon EOS 300V (it seems to me that it's called Rebel in other countries) with different lenses and I love it but I'd like to have some small pocket camera which I'll have with me everywhere. I've lost so many good shots when my camera slept at home...
Now I want to buy digital but have no possibility to spend lot of money for this... I'm not a professional but I need camera for an "advanced amateur", I think min 7 mpix. But it must be small and pretty :) I'm thinking about Canon Ixus 700 or Sony DSC-P200, what's your thoughts?

7. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Quoting galka_mak

Till now I used to take photos with my film camera. I have Canon EOS 300V (it seems to me that it's called Rebel in other countries) with different lenses and I love it but I'd like to have some small pocket camera which I'll have with me everywhere. I've lost so many good shots when my camera slept at home...

I used to take my heavy Nikkormat film camera with me. Then I finally decided that a professional digital camera will be an investment. I was asking around on TP too, comparing between Nikon D70 and Canon EOS 300D. I'm not a professional either, but I want to learn a lot and find a budget-reasonable camera for me. I finally bought a Canon EOS 300D (a.k.a. Rebel or Kiss) because I think D70's strength is more in high speed photos, whereas I don't think I'll use it for that kind of photos. And 300D is the right one for me.

If you want a camera for snap shots, there are many with good features enough. My mom has a Sony and the results are pretty good. I'm not sure which type it is but I can check. You can see http://www.dpreview.com and see the comparations between the cameras you want.

Good luck :)

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Quoting haddadb

Hiya,

I'm actually a photographer and I also work in a camera store. I'd definately say for ease of travel and good quality go with the Canon powershot SD500. Its a great camera, really easy to use, and tiny. You can slip that thing into a pocket and take it anywhere. at 7.1 megapixels, its also got a lot of punch, and all the reviews that I've read have given canon the highest ratings for color accuracy and quality. So that would be what I would do. The other thing is, that the battery life on it is spectacular, and even though it doesn't use AA's, it comes with a charger that can be used all over the world. As long as you get one of those 5 dollar plug converters from a drugstore you can charge up anywhere you go and the charger automatically converts the current. That'll end up saving you a lot of money on batteries in the long run. Believe me I know.

I terms of small DSLR's, probably your best 2 options are the new Nikon D50, or the Canon digital rebel XT. Both are very small, and good. I'd go for the canon D-rebel Xt though, for a few reasons. 1) after playing with the Nikon D50 in store, it has a lot of features that bug me. For 1, the viewfinder is tiny, and kind of dark. For another, the options for picture play back are very limited. It's either on, or off. No 2 second playback, or 5 second playback, or anything like that. So you either have to waste time pushing buttons to check out the shot you just took, or you waste a lot of batteries as your playback screen just stays on until you hit another button. Another reason to go with the Canon XT is that it's an 8 megapixel camera (as apposed to the 6 megapixel D50) and can shoot many more frames per second.

Lastly......Canon is moving into better cameras faster than Nikon. The high end canon cameras blow the high end nikons away. So if you're gonna keep going in this....better to invest in the Canon lenses etc. and get into the better camera system now.

Anyway, good luck.
Benny

Sorry to disagree.....but I will. You sound just like a "camera salesman", Benny, hehehehehe.....If you do the math and quality comparisons, the difference between 8 and 6 megapixels is NOTHING!!! The general rule I worked out is if you double the number of megapixels, think about buying the bigger. If you quadruple the number of megapixels, buy!!! 8/6 is neither 2 nor 4. Not something any camera salesman would like you to know, but that's what the math and experiments will tell you. You can try it too if you want to prove it to yourself.

As for shooting faster. Canon XT 2.8 fps, 14 JPEG or 4 RAW frames vs. Nikon D50 2.5 fps, up to 12 JPEG images. Which means you fill the buffer in about 5 seconds in both cases, and the Canon gives you 2 more pic's after 5 seconds. Not a big difference.

I own a D70. I'm not sure what a 2 second playback is, but since I hit one button to see the last picture I took I'm not sure why you need it. I do this alot because I use the playback as a light meter.

While I know there's ALOT of brand loyalty between Canon and Nikon, my D70 is the first Nikon I've ever owned and I have more Minolta gear than anything. So I have no brand loyalty. Quite frankly, most of the comparisons I've heard about Canon XT vs. Nikon D50 are picking on stupid picky little things that only people trying to sell you a camera think are important. The part that really annoys me is the statement "Canon is moving into better cameras faster than Nikon." Canon and Nikon have been at each others throats for years. Neither has come out a clear winner. This is just plain false advertizing.

Now, so that I don't come off as anti-Canon, I will mention that Canon has a much faster autofocusing system in its SLR's. That's probably why most wildlife and sports photographers use them. Considering it's such an important feature, it still surprises me no camera store salesman has ever mentioned it to me.

9. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 11y

Aaaaah! Somebody help! On dpreviews I received same result - Sony DSC P200 or Canon Ixus 700 (SD500). And I have not so much experience in digitals to compare. Help! What to choose?

10. Posted by lafalott (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

I have the Nikon Coolpix 3700. I bought it last summer wanting speed and it has been great! I have taken pictures while on trains/buses/cars and you cant tell. Plus it has rechargeable batteries.

Good luck in your search :)

- Katrina