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Looking at getting a new camera
hectorbustnuts 
18/6/08 8:17:33 AM
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Perhaps not for a month or two, but I think my hard working Ricoh Caplio G4 wide compact camera is on its way out. I loved it to death, I think.

I'm currently looking at spending around $500, and I've seen many options, but as I'm only an amateur, I really don't know what I'm looking for.

This though, has got me pretty much sold:
http://www.olympus.com.au/component/option,com_product/id,294/task,detail/Itemid,69/

I've been reading blog/review sites and it's pretty overwhelmingly in favour of it being a pretty grouse unit. It's retailing for $699 here, but I could import it for just over US$400.

Couple of questions though.

Given all the shock-proof/shake-proof/sit-you-fat-arse-on-it-proof stuff that goes into digital cameras these days, is there likely to be any forseeable problems shipping one from overseas? Any one done it? I'm a tad wary for the more costly nature of it...

Second question is more technical.

http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_olympus_sp_570uz_2.php

This reviewer make reference to f/8 or f/5.6 settings.

What are they? If I know the camera's downsides it'll make deciding easier...but I have no idea what he's talking about.

So, yeah...help most appreciated.

Suggestions for other cameras in or around the $500 price mark that I should check out would also be great!

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Virul 
18/6/08 9:46:51 PM
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The major problem with Olympus cameras is that they use xD cards, which are slowly dieing and have the slowest transfer speeds out of all the memory cards available.

Cameras can withstand shipping ok, just as long as the retail box is packaged ok to prevent damage.

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hectorbustnuts 
18/6/08 10:14:42 PM
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Yeah...that was a concern, but I'm one to prepare for the future. I've got a few unopened DVD players in the cupboard for when they finally die as a medium and no longer available!

Will the slow transfer speed affect the overall usage though? I don't plan on taking tonnes of back to back frame by frame shots...and my old ricoh is pretty slow, so I'm not sure that'll be much of a problem for me.

For the ~$500 (or AU$700-ish RRP) price point though, are there any other cameras I should scope out?



Edited by hectorbustnuts: 18/6/2008 10:15:03 PM

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Virul 
19/6/08 9:49:17 PM
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You'll mainly see it when transferring files off the xD card.

Were you specifically after a compact ultra zoom?

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fliptopia 
19/6/08 10:50:15 PM
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you'll likely find that the 7.2fps doesn't last very long with the slower media. But for just taking a picture the performance will be the same as it will be recorded by buffer memory before it goes to the xd card.

edit: the f number refers to the aperture size. the lower the wider it is, thus letting more light through and letting you get the same brightness with a quicker shot (so less blurr etc), this decreases the amount of stuff that can be in focus. It's not as much of an issue with the compact because the wider the angle of your lens the more stuff you get in focus too. and seeing as you start at about 4.6 mm as an actual focal length rather than 26mm which is just the 35mm equiv.

At the end of the day any super zoom is going to be compromised in ways such as this. You just can't have a do it all camera/lens that is perfect in all situations. And it may not even be good in some. At the end of the day it's not a artsy perfect sharpness camera but you may find it more useful that those types.




Edited by fliptopia: 19/6/2008 11:02:40 PM

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hectorbustnuts 
19/6/08 11:33:56 PM
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Quote by Virul
You'll mainly see it when transferring files off the xD card.

Were you specifically after a compact ultra zoom?



I found when travelling, the 3x optical zoom just wasn't anywhere near enough to frame shots the way I wanted. I've not used much else but I figured the longer zoom would offer more flexibility.

I've looked at DSLR, but cost and my limited (read NONE) experience hold me back from jumping on.

I'm hoping a year on this and I can improve my photographic skills enough to warrant a proper upgrade, then I can palm it off to the missus.

Cheers for that, flip. Makes sense...er, kind of.

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