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09/11/2002 07:33:25 AM · #1
i was wondering what is the most important factor of choosing a camera. I trust DP Challengers that they know the real reason why they choose their current camera over several other cameras on the market.

I have dImage 7i, this is not so popular here in DPC. Control over the camera made me decide on this camera.
09/11/2002 07:47:43 AM · #2
The 10x optical zoom! it is short on megapixels but the lens makes up for it!
09/11/2002 08:04:08 AM · #3
yep, me, too. 10x zoom. having said that, i'm currently looking to upgrade (well, downgrade the zoom, probably), and the dimage 7hi (that i think will come out next month) is high on my list. that is assuming that my friend will still buy my current camera. i want to get another one because the shutter delay and slow writing to memory is driving me nuts, as well as the fact that i don't currently have a macro setting (an attachment lens instead) and i like to do a lot of macro shooting and my father-in-law just upgraded and i have severe camera-envy! ;)

so, how are you liking the dimage 7i?
09/11/2002 08:16:03 AM · #4
I bought the one the little voices told me to.

Seriously, I was torn between the Canon Pro90IS and the DiMage 7 (this was just before the 7i came out). I ended up going with the DiMage because I calculated that with the slightly lower zoom but much higher pixel count I could get effectively closer with the DiMage than the Pro90IS. That is, I could crop from the DiMage an image to the size I could get from the Pro90IS and be effectively closer than I was with the Pro90IS uncropped.

-Terry
09/11/2002 08:17:48 AM · #5
I will still keep my camera if I upgrade! But upgrading is very expensive here in South Africa! Minolta Dimage 5 R14000, Olympus E20 R22000! Oh well I can dream cant' I

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09/11/2002 08:28:01 AM · #6
<hangs head>

I bought mine because it was discontinued and the price had plummeted... That and it was compact (my main complaint about my old Sony Mavica)... I should have stuck with the Mavica till I could afford a 'real' camera (i.e. ~ One with control over Aperture / Shutter speed)

Saving my pennies now and looking at the Sony F707 hoping the price will plummet now that the 717 is out :)
09/11/2002 08:37:05 AM · #7
I have an poloroid 640C (model number is something like that) with no zoom, no control over aperture, shutter or anything. It wouldn't take anything bigger than an 8Meg Smartmedia card. That meant only 45 pictures at the highest quality (relatively speaking of course). Well at max res of 640x480, printed pictures at 4x6 were mediocre at best and no cropping or it just got grainy. I needed to upgrade, badly. My father had an Olympus 2020 and that did have more control over the important things. I shopped around. I went back and forth over zoom vs. pixels. The zoom was an extra $100 so pixels won. I'm kicking myself still today.
09/11/2002 08:41:37 AM · #8
I bought my camera based on functionality and image quality... I wanted fully manual control as well. I had a camera with 10x/20x zoom and my current camera has 5x/10x. I turned the digital zoom off and only use the 5x optical. The resolution makes up for the loss of zoom very nicely.
09/11/2002 08:54:23 AM · #9
I bought mine because John talked me into it:)

Honestly, after I shopped around and compared and stressed...John went over each one explaining things to me, as I was so new to photography.. and knowing he was willing to help me learn not only photograhy but my camera as well...This was the best choice and I haven't regreted buying the Sony F707 at all.

Thank you John for being the friend that you are to me:)
09/11/2002 08:58:12 AM · #10
Originally posted by Shiiizzzam:
I bought mine because John talked me into it:)

Honestly, after I shopped around and compared and stressed...John went over each one explaining things to me, as I was so new to photography.. and knowing he was willing to help me learn not only photograhy but my camera as well...This was the best choice and I haven't regreted buying the Sony F707 at all.

Thank you John for being the friend that you are to me:)


Mwaaaaaaaahhhh :X ;)

09/11/2002 09:05:37 AM · #11
i bought my camera because i'd seen photos taken by others and liked the quality, it has 10x zoom, takes HQ 15sec videos, allows me manual control (which i am still trying to 'master'), and writes to mini cd's instead of low capacity memory sticks so i always have my "negative". Someday i'd like to get another camera but it's going to have to write to mini-cd's...they're inexpensive and they store, depending upon mode used, anywhere from 160 to 220 photos for a cost of about 1/3 of a penny per photo...i take LOTS of shots of one thing so this is most practical for me, whereas a laptop in the field to download the memory stick to just isn't -- i'm currently working on disc #396 ...yup, that's over 71,000 photos since February 20th, 2001 ;o)
09/11/2002 09:06:44 AM · #12
Awright get a room you two!

-Terry ;-)
09/11/2002 09:23:04 AM · #13
I was offered a job doing real estate photography, and it required a fairly good digital. My husband and I did a lot of research, and after reading MANY reviews of all the somewhat high-end digitals (at the time), we decided that this camera would be the best choice. I have occasionally wished for more zoom capability, but aside from that, I LOVE my camera.
09/11/2002 09:51:38 AM · #14
The 7x zoom and 3.3mp was my main reason, full manual settings second, and price($500.) third.
Only had it 4 months..and already looking at the Canon EOS D60...in my dreams...
09/11/2002 09:54:08 AM · #15
This is exactly why I bought the 2100.

sjgleah

Originally posted by sulamk:
The 10x optical zoom! it is short on megapixels but the lens makes up for it!

09/11/2002 09:57:59 AM · #16
I too have the Minolta Dimage 7i ... (still havent figured out the 7i part ;) though)[if anyone knows how to use it - drop me and email if you would care to share] ... but i used to have (and still here on the shelf) my sony mavica fd-91 .. but that wasnt even a megapixel and my shots were pretty darn good .. but I knew i could have better ... so i made the investment in the dimage 7i ... I love the fact that it's makine me learn the manual settings and the 5.0MP is awesome!!! Kinda makes me want to go back and shoot the same images over with the new cam that i took with the mavica ... hahaha
The zoom was also a big factor ... although i've cut my zoom in half from the mavica 14 down to 7 .. the quality of the photos are soooo soooo much better ... so it's all good :)
09/11/2002 10:36:21 AM · #17
Well bought my canon s30 3months ago .. a good balance price/quality/control .. maybe now I regret a littl not to be able to put lenses on it but it's a great camera.
And there is a very nice control software from the PC very nice for macro shots (even if the cam is not that macro). You control everything almost from the screen ( the canon soft is basic but breezesys enhanced it) so you can see your picture large on the screen 2s after the shot and even the LCD is replicated ...
I did not know that at that time though. Bit it's a nice camera for 500$.
09/11/2002 11:25:01 AM · #18
I liked the cheap storage of the discs. I knew I would do all my shooting at full resolution, because I have been frustrated by have a great picture, that I could not blow up as big I wanted it before, and did not want to go through that again (have a great shot of sycamore trees that I took with a cheap lens, and I cam barely get an 8x10 out of it).
I also like the video capability of the camera.
09/11/2002 11:44:21 AM · #19
Full manual control was a MUST for me, and the Canon S30 was the cheapest camera out there that had it. (this may no longer be true... I quit looking after I got this one.)

More than that, the image quality is SUPERB. I honestly don't think there is another camera in its price range that compares. And it has virtually the same feature set as the G2! Also, the ability to shoot in RAW mode is an incredible feature. (read up on it if your interested, it ROCKS.)

I was once a hard-core Nikon fan... that was with film. For digital I will be looking to Canon for some time.
09/11/2002 11:54:55 AM · #20
(1) the fact that i could shoot 1 shot or a zillion, and not have to 'hassle' with developing/printing
(2) i already had a Canon EOS Elan with 3 nice lenses
(3) D30s were nice, but D60s were nicer ... AND ...
(4) D60s were the same price as D30s
09/11/2002 01:15:42 PM · #21
I was shopping for megapixels and zoom, and the 7i seemed to be the right one for the price. I have had the camera for two weeks and starting to get used to it now, and am fast getting attached to it. I do a lot of bird shots so really needed the zoom and the megapixels.
09/11/2002 01:29:52 PM · #22
My first camera 2040Z I bought because I had played with an Olympus a long time ago and really liked the quality. So I took a chance after some researching and bought the 2040Z

The C-2100UZ I bought because I was getting frustrated with the lack of Zoom on my 2040Z. I now love it for it's Image Stabilization, Long Zoom and true to life colors.

The D-40 was a splurge because I wanted to have a camera on me all the time...Now I do :)
09/11/2002 01:41:17 PM · #23
The big 10x image stabilized Zoom (made by Canon), IR low light assist, and more POTD images than any other camera made (at least at that time).

Whats next? Minolta Dimage 7Hi, or Sony 717, or Canan D60 (in my dreams).
09/11/2002 01:48:51 PM · #24
My decision to purchase the Fuji FinePix 601 Zoom was based purely on my research of technical reviews for the cameras that were available in my local Staples store. My criteria were megapixels, price, and the ability to create good quality macro shots. This 3.x megapixel camera is very compact and cool looking, and also does audio and video clips. While I am very happy with the camera, I do really wish I have more zoom capability (it has 3x optical plus digital zoom). I'm hoping that a lens mount accessory will be developed soon for this camera so that I can install a telephoto lens (see www.tiffen.com/digital_fujiproducts.htm). I'm also dreaming about an upgrade, as I have become quite addicted to photography - a big surprise to me!
09/11/2002 02:43:02 PM · #25
Originally posted by myqyl:
<hangs head>

I bought mine because it was discontinued and the price had plummeted... That and it was compact (my main complaint about my old Sony Mavica)... :)


Head Up myqyl!

I got my 490Z almost 3 years ago because I had a growing kid and HAD to have something, and the reviews at the time gave rated it the best image quality in my price range. I like the compactness -- I have a tiny shoulder bag from which I can get it out and shoot within a few seconds. I've used it almost exclusively in automatic mode; just hate the excessive shutter lag. I've managed to get some decent prints up to 20"x30" and no problems up to 8x10. So far it's been rugged and reliable, and the batteries last a long time if you don't use the LCD.

I'm considering a Fuji 2800 for the 6x zoom*, but only because a friend wants a budget camera and I figure we can share the two...any true upgrade will probably wait for the Foveon chip to hit consumer-grade cameras in another year or two.

*Last I checked, $325 at Costco.com
The current Olympus equivalent (520Z?) is about $300.

* This message has been edited by the author on 9/11/2002 2:45:20 PM.
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