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Old 08-14-2010, 11:31 AM   #11
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I have a Lumix TZ5. They can be had for $200 if you shop around on the net. Best point and shot cam I ever owned. Panasonic rules this class IMO hands down. With features other than auto if you are inclined to use them. Also a Leica zoom lens that makes quality shots.

I also have a Canon Rebel XSi with several lenses for more serious times. Still looking for a good wide angle for it. What can you say about the Rebel Series that hasn't already been covered. Quality SLR and low processor noise at an affordable price.

I agree with the flash aspects of most point and shoots, but it can be an excellent tool with the Rebel in low light, late sfternoon, and forest pics. Also nice you can shoot it at varied flash brightness. Brings out a warmness to low light forest, and late afternoon backyard gatherings. With the right setting and a tripod, it is a good friend. I got an 8gig card this summer, great for experimenting with what your cam can do. The wife gets annpyed when we go on hikes and I take 5-10 shots of the same thing at different settings. I chose the best ones when I get home, right click properties and see what the setting were. I hope to someday get it down pat enough to just know what works best in each setting. When time is a factor and have shots you dont want to miss, Auto is always your best friend.
Venom, you make some excellent points. Even with some of the more basic cameras adjusting the flash output or using exposure compensation can bring out a lot more detail or prevent the flash from washing out. Taking several shots of the same thing seems like overkill to the observer but since you can never go back and recapture the exact conditions it makes sense to get several variations and editing for your preferences later. I used to shoot with slide film back in the day knowing that no one could adjust exposures which allowed me to see exactly what I had done. This forced me to pay much more attention to before I clicked the shutter. I have learned to walk completely around my subject when possible. Sometimes the angle of the light can make all the difference and of course it makes you much more aware of your background.

Low light is where the DSLR'* rule over the megazooms. They have much larger image sensors which equals less noise. One day I do plan to get back into the SLR category but I have a closet full of 35 mm SLR'*, a couple 6x4'*, some old 120'*, and even a wooden 4x6 and a really old Leica, none of which are used anymore. I made a promise to get rid of most if not all of those before I "invest" in a digital SLR system. Can't bring myself to do it though, at least not yet. I need an intervention.
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Dan, your images and videos are always top notch, I've never met a Sony product that I didn't like.
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I agree, 7D is getting into "sure looks pretty but what ya need that for and why spend the bucks". 99% of camera owners don't need a cam needed to develop 24" x36" landscapes and family portraits. hehehe I seen a nice Canon Bundle at Sam'* for $599. Rebel XS, two lenses, gig bag, and a couple other goodies. Nicely priced for someone who wants to step out of the point and shot into SLR digital.
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http://camera.manualsonline.com/mima...6617839fd.jpeg

when it comes to cameras, you get what you paid for...

wifey is looking into an entry level Canon DSLR though.
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Well, when it comes time to shoot pics/video, I'm gonna be using an Olympus Stylus 770 SW, or the occasional iPhone. What do you all think is the all around best brand?
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That all depends on your intended use. All of the major manufacturers have similar offerings. I like the fact that the Panasonic-Lumix has a dedicated video button on the back so you can switch from still to video instantly. The image quality is excellent. There are many other top contenders so it boils down to what features are you most likely to use. Do you want a small compact camera or something with a little more weight? Do you prefer auto are manual control? Kids at the beach or football at night? Like most things I usually start by reading as many reviews as I can then comparing prices.
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Sony Cybershot DSC-S780 from 08 I think. It'* 8MP but I only shoot in 5MP.
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Sony Cybershot DSC-S780 from 08 I think. It'* 8MP but I only shoot in 5MP.
Why 5MP?
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hah, my camera is an "8MP" camera..... except it has a 5MP sensor and will softrware interpolate up to 8, which is totally FTL, and that happens to be the reason why i use the 5MP setting...
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I like the Lumix of all the point and shoots I've owned along the way. Their use of a "real" lens, I feel is what makes what for me is the best detailed point and shot pics I've ever had. Go to any store with a choice and just looking at the Leica Lens most Lmix'* have. Some other'* use it and similar, but finding it for the same price can be a hunt.
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