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Old 12-01-2005, 12:10 PM   #21
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HP has it'* place in the world. It'* for the people that either don't want a complicated camera, or can't handle one.

BTW, the W5 can add lenses and filters.
I was looking through the booklet and noticed that.... I'm glad I bought it

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Old 12-01-2005, 08:30 PM   #22
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Megapixels means jack if you don't have the image/colour quality to back it up.




Me and Sol are Canon fanboys, so you know what we'd recommend...
Me three. Canon 10D.
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Well I'm definately a Canon supporter, my SLR is a Rebel G and I love it. I was thinking of going with a PowerShot A520. It'* only 4 MP, but I think it should be perfect for my needs. Plus it has the ability to manually set aperature/shutter etc...

For you guys with the Sony'* (my other choice), can you manually set aperature/shutter?
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Yup. And it even provides a live histogram to help you choose the correct exposure by hitting one button.

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A classic design meets modern technology in the Cyber-shot® W5 digital camera from Sony. It combines a traditional rangefinder camera layout with high-end features such as a huge 2.5” LCD screen1, 5.1 Megapixel image capture, and high speed performance thanks to the Real Imaging Processor™ chip.

The W5’* Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens provides crisp, clear visuals and a 3X optical zoom without compromising the camera’* amazingly compact design. Image quality is further enhanced with such features 5 area multi-point auto focus, auto focus illuminator and multi-pattern measuring.

The W5 includes 32 Megabytes of built-in flash memory, so you’ll have room for additional photographs if you are ever without a Memory Stick® media. With a classic build, easy control, and numerous advanced features, the Cyber-shot® W5 has something for everyone.

1/1.8" 5.1 Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD
Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCDs provide excellent image quality by allowing more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.

3X Optical/2X Digital/6X Total Zoom
Optical zoom helps you fill the frame with your subject for better pictures. And Sony’* Precision Digital Zoom helps bring your subject closer with an extra 2X magnification.

0 – 12.0X Smart Zoom™ Feature (at VGA Resolution)
The Smart Zoom™ feature intelligently uses the full CCD to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size – thus avoiding the image degradation of Digital Zooms.

Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens
The Vario-Tessar® lens is specially produced for very compact cameras. This specialized design allows quick auto-focus, appealing zoom range while still maintaining a compact design.

Real Imaging Processor™ LSI
The innovative Real Imaging Processor™ LSI in the DSC-W5 not only improves picture quality and clarity but also improves camera response time, decreases shutter lag and improves battery stamina.

2.5" LCD Monitor
The extra-large high-resolution 115K LCD Monitor makes framing shots and reviewing pictures easy.

Live Histogram Display
Available in capture and playback the Live Histogram Displays the concentration of pixels at each luminosity value making it easy to evaluate correct exposure.

14-Bit DXP A/D Conversion
Sony’* 14-bit Digital EXtended Processor captures the range between highlight and shadow with up to 16,384 values, for extended dynamic contrast and detail.

5 Area Multi-Point Auto Focus
By evaluating 5 separate focus areas of the frame, Sony’* Multi-Point AF system can intelligently focus on the subject and avoid mistakenly focusing on the background.

Manual Exposure Mode
Manual Exposure Mode provides extended control with 46-step adjustable Shutter speed (30 – 1/1000 sec.), and 2-step Aperture control.

AF (Auto Focus) Illuminator
Briefly illuminating the subject, in low–or no–light conditions, the AF Illuminator helps establish a positive focus lock.

Selectable Focus Mode
Monitoring AF (Auto Focus) helps you anticipate the action by focusing even before you press the shutter release.

Multi-Pattern Measuring
Independently light-metering 49 points of the frame, Multi-Pattern Measuring establishes the optimum exposure, even when highlight and shadow isn’t centered in the frame.

Scene Selection Mode
With 6 Scene Modes, parameters can be matched to the shooting conditions. Choose from one of the following: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, or Beach.

Pre-Flash Metering
With a momentary pre-flash, the camera illuminates the subject and sets exposure through the lens for accurate flash metering. Adjustable flash level and red-eye reduction ensure great flash shots.

Slow Shutter Noise Reduction
During long exposures, Slow Shutter NR captures the scene, and then the CCD noise pattern with a dark frame exposure. By subtracting the two, even long exposures can be clear.

32MB Built-in Flash Memory
Forget to bring your Memory Stick® media, or run out of space on it? No problem! With 32 Megabytes of flash memory built-in to the DSC-W5, you’ll have the extra space for additional photographs.

Memory Stick® Media and Memory Stick PRO™ Media3
Digital. Powerful. Transportable.™ Memory Stick® media is compact, portable and rugged – connecting a variety of hardware and software applications.

9 Shot Burst Mode
Capture up to 9 shots (fine) or 16 shots (standard) at 1.6 frame/sec. even at 5 MP resolution. Perfect for high speed subjects or fast moving action such as sports.

Multi-Burst Mode
Captures 16 320 x 240 frames as part of a single 1280 x 960 image which plays back sequentially in the camera. Selectable 1/7.5, 1/15, 1/30 second.

MPEG Movie VX Standard/Fine Mode with Audio
Captures VGA (640 x 480) high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second) audio/video clips with length limited only by the capacity of the media. Video mail mode captures smaller file sizes suitable for email.

Conversion Lens Compatible
With VAD-WA adaptor, you can add tele- or wide- conversion lenses for greater magnification or wider field of view, as well as protective and special effect filters.

PictBridge™ Compatibility
Connect to any PictBridge™ compatible printer with the supplied USB cable and print directly from the camera. Images can be viewed and selected for printing right on the camera’* LCD, with menus for print quantity, date and index print.

Rechargeable AA NiMH Batteries
The high capacity 2100 mAh AA NiMH batteries provide reliable, long-lasting power for continuous shooting. The supplied BC-CS2 charger provides a convenient way to charge the batteries.
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http://www.pbase.com/cameras/

Check this out too if you want to see photos from various cameras from their users.
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Yup. And it even provides a live histogram to help you choose the correct exposure by hitting one button.
My cybershot DSC-P200 has that alo. Very helpfull indeed.
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Sony DSC-W5:









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that looks quite good, Bill.


Though it'd be best if images were compared if they *weren't* sized down. My cam is pretty decent, but at full 2048x1536 (3.2MP) resolution, you can tell that it isn't the best that is offered out there when it comes to more detailed scenic shots.



Example (Cropped from full resolution):




But even compared to current model cameras (this one is a year old), it doesn't get very much better than this without investing in d-SLR...
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Here'* some 100% crops from some full size images from two of my cameras.

I'm just posting links because the files are pretty big since I didn't compress them.


Canon 300D (SLR) with the 200mm L lens:

http://www.solsblog.com/temp/200L_crop1.jpg
http://www.solsblog.com/temp/200L_crop2.jpg

Canon Powershot S400 (point-shoot cam):

http://www.solsblog.com/temp/s400_crop1.jpg
http://www.solsblog.com/temp/s400_crop2.jpg

This cam is a bit older, but the optics are similar to the newer P&* cams. It'* pretty decent for what it is, but you can definitly see the difference between a consumer grade lens and pro glass. I like the S400, and I highly recommend the SD or * series Canon cameras, but they are a bit more money than the A series.
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Those are pretty good for a PS. What I'm really looking to get a digi cam for is to hone my manual setting skills, so I don't have to waste so much film on a student'* budget with my Rebel G.

I think Canon is the way to go, keep it in the family :P

How many MPs is that PS you have Sol?
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