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« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2007, 18:16 »
I am with Leaf. Canon G7 or similar

Yes, out of the samples I looked at the Canon colour really popped.

Well after all this I think I may just fix my Olympus. It has an F1.8 Super Bright Lens and even at 4mp it still stands up just as well to any of these new models. More megapixels really doesn't mean more quality - I am finally convinced. It will be nice when the camera companies increase the quality of the P&S models instead of just adding more megapixels.

« Reply #26 on: October 23, 2007, 21:14 »
I agree, the quality of pixels matters (to me) more than the resolution or the size of the sensor. A bigger sensor might but won't necessarily produce better pixels. I think this is one area that will be highly competitive in the next few years, producing better quality pixels than the competition, even at higher ISO, on a small sensor. It's what the D300 appears to do in a significant way.

By comparison, I keep reminding myself how much rapid change there has been to computer CPU's over the years, Moore's law.

My first digital camera was a Kodak DC120 "brick" and that thing was horribly noisy and less than 1/3 of 1 MP! That was only about 8 years ago.

« Reply #27 on: October 24, 2007, 03:09 »
The Sigma DP1 looks interesting but I don't think it is selling yet.

« Reply #28 on: October 24, 2007, 15:15 »
I have briefly owned and sold many, many compact cameras looking for one that suits me and so far my Canon SD700 IS wins in my book.  The Panasonics have way too much noise for my tastes, the Fuji F20/30 was great in low light but I was not happy with daylight shots or the media card.  I really liked my Sony P150 and can't remember why I sold it... possibly to get something smaller.  ???  The Canon A620 was great as well but too big for my purse.  The Canon A710 IS was great good too but I hated the long delay between flash pics.  It was also a bit big for my purse. (Seeing a trend here?)  Anyway, I now own a Canon SD700 IS that I bought used from B&H that I wouldn't part with for twice what I paid.  It's certainly no DSLR but it's a nice "purse" camera when I can't carry around my 5D.  Sure, it's an older model but it has IS, is small, has great image quality and it got a great review at (  I would love to have one of these with the 28mm wide angle lens but the two newer canon models with this feature (SD800 and SD870) are mired in the Digic3 over-processed-by-noise-reduction problem on anything over ISO200.  Of course, this is just my opinion.  Many who own these newer models disagree with me on the image quality, from what I read in the DPReview forums, but by my eyes I've got the better camera.  ;D  I've had a few shots accepted using it so it can't be all bad.

Now if I were looking for something a bit bigger than this one I'd probably go for the G9, especially to have RAW.  It's a bit too big for my purse though.  :D Maybe one day someone will make my dream camera.  Good luck in your search!

« Reply #29 on: October 24, 2007, 17:41 »
Got to see the first free public speach of the Dalai Lhama in ATL on Monday. No SLR allowed without press pass. Bought the G9 the same day from KEH, used my charged Batteries from the XT and recorded not only stills from the 1st row with  the big flash gun attached but also parts of the speach in avi. RAW + Movies in a tiny package, awsome. Will let you know about the picture quality in a couple of days.


« Reply #30 on: October 25, 2007, 09:50 »
The Sigma DP1 looks interesting but I don't think it is selling yet.

I would love to see some sample images of the Sigma DP1 but I am unable to locate any. Can you post the link if you find one. (probably not in my budget anyways)

read_my_rights - I look forward to hearing how the G9 did

pixelbrat - You need to get a bigger purse!   ;) ;D  Good review BTW

« Reply #31 on: October 25, 2007, 11:57 »
The Sigma DP1 looks interesting but I don't think it is selling yet.

I would love to see some sample images of the Sigma DP1 but I am unable to locate any. Can you post the link if you find one. (probably not in my budget anyways)

The Sigma DP1 hasn't been released yet.  Everyone is wondering what is going on, and some have called it vaporware.

« Reply #32 on: October 25, 2007, 14:22 »
I think the Sgma DPI will have the same sensor as the SD14.  I was impressed by the full size images from that.  I think has a fixed focal length wide angle lens though, so that rules it out for me.

« Reply #33 on: October 25, 2007, 19:44 »
Canon A640 10 MEG

The 640 was announced over a year ago, and is slightly older technology.  As such, it does not offer IS (which is one of my requirements).

Thanks anyhow...

It has been replaced now by the 650 which has IS. A big advantage with that camera is the articulated LCD. It makes taking photos from very high or very low angles much easier. It also uses AA's, which is sometimes very convenient.

« Reply #34 on: October 26, 2007, 16:05 »
It also uses AA's, which is sometimes very convenient.

It is essential in a P&S for me.  I wouldn't have been pleased to find myself out of batteries in the middle of the Inca Trail.  :)

And it saved me today, I took my P&S to my office to photograph our president, and when I was testing exposure settings I found batteries were gone, so I ran back to my office room and grabbed a pack of alkaline batteries. 



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