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lofter1
March 29th, 2007, 12:28 PM
OK ... the time may have come for me to actually buy a real camera (!!!) and move on from my trusty but funky cell-cam ...

Someone has suggested a Canon SD 800.

B & H shows it for ~ $345 (~ $390 with extra memory card & something else) -- which is more than I'd like to spend, but perhaps can swing it.

What I want is something that has ease of use, is compact, and is trustworthy. Less price would be nice.

Zoom to some degree is important -- but don't need extra powerful.

Any input on the Canon SD 800 -- and what extras might be advisable if I were to choose this camera -- would be greatly appreciated.

ryan
March 29th, 2007, 12:51 PM
I have an older canon elph and I like it a lot. No "shutter" lag at all. Definitely buy an extra battery and a 1 gig+ sd card.

ryan
March 29th, 2007, 01:38 PM
I suggest you buy one larger sd memory card over multiple smaller ones.

lofter1
March 29th, 2007, 02:25 PM
re: Memory Card ---

What would be suggested? 1 Gig or ???

ryan
March 29th, 2007, 02:49 PM
If you can get a 4 gig card for the <$70 prices I see on B&H right now, buy one. I paid more for a 2 gig a while back. IMO this and the extra battery are more important than megapixels, so if you're moving out of your desired price range, I'd buy a cheaper camera. Or increase your budget and get a DSLR (though I do love how portable the elph is)

ManhattanKnight
March 29th, 2007, 03:18 PM
I don't use or know Canon equipment but do second Ryan about getting a 4 GB card and spare battery if you can. Also, a tripod (an essential tool, I think) and a decent image editing program for your computer if you don't already have one and one isn't bundled with the camera.

eddhead
March 29th, 2007, 03:35 PM
^^
I am a member of another forum of watch collectors... the folks on that site take lots of pics. the camera you are considering sd 800, gets the highest rankings of all the point and shoots.. only the high end slr's get better reviews. In fact one of the members on that site is a professional photographer and swears by this camera for his 'around the house' and vacation shots.

You also might want to take a look at this site for reviews:

http://www.dpreview.com

Good Luck!!

ati_m
March 29th, 2007, 05:41 PM
You can search images by camera on pbase.com...
Here´s the link for Canon SD 800: http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/powershot_sd800_is

Also found another page of n.y photos taken with a SD800:
http://www.pbase.com/brandbeaver/sd800_test

I have never used a SD but the photos look good in my opinion..

eddhead
March 29th, 2007, 05:57 PM
btw, from what i understand the features that distinguish this camera are
- outstanding image stabalization which enables you to take clear shots of moving objects
- outstanding color
- true zoom on wide angle shots

ok, that's all i got!!

lofter1
March 30th, 2007, 01:53 AM
Thanks to all ^^^ very helpful.

Now if they'd just make that same package for about $150 less then I'd be really happy.

NoyokA
March 30th, 2007, 03:06 AM
You can search images by camera on pbase.com...
Here´s the link for Canon SD 800: http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/powershot_sd800_is

Also found another page of n.y photos taken with a SD800:
http://www.pbase.com/brandbeaver/sd800_test

I have never used a SD but the photos look good in my opinion..

To tell you the truth the quality of those pictures doesn't look to different from my 4 mp camera that I purchased for $200 five years ago. All you really need with a digital camera is 3.2 mp which is equivalent to 35mm, I am more than happy with 4 mp, and am still to see the benefit of anything higher unless ofcourse you want banner-size photos. My recommendations is 3.2 mp plus, 4-5 is a good upgrade, personally I think 7 unnecessary. You want a camera that has good optical zoom, digital zoom means nothing. And lastly Olympus and Canon are the two best brands. And you'll want to pick up a cheap tripod for nightshots.

ZippyTheChimp
March 30th, 2007, 08:03 AM
Thanks to all ^^^ very helpful.

Now if they'd just make that same package for about $150 less then I'd be really happy.I agree with most of what Stern said.

Don't key in on mpixel size unless you are going to make large prints, or crop sections of the original (which is all digital zooming is). For computer screens, most of the pixels are thrown away.

For example:

This photo
http://www.pbase.com/brandbeaver/image/73070916/original

The "original" is not the original that was taken by the camera. That photo is much larger at 3072 X 2304 (7 mp). The one displayed is 1154 X 825 (952,000). 6 mp are tossed away. But that doesn't mean all you need is a 1 mp camera to get the same results.

The answer is somewhere in the middle. The quality of photo resizing is a function of the software used. The more it has to work with, the better the result, but you're not going to see any difference in the result if the original is 7mp or 4mp. Whatever you get, you should also get processing software. Photoshop Elements - $80. Sounds like a lot, but it has all the useful stuff from Photoshop CS, which costs hundreds more.

Forget digital zoom. It is the same as taking the original above, and cropping out a detail on the bridge (say 200 x 200). You would get in close, but the resolution would be 40,000 pixels. An optical zoom would retain the original resolution of 7 mp.

Not familiar with either of these cameras, but the main things you get with the SD800 over the SD600 is greater sensitivity ISO 1600 and image stabilization. The higher ISO is useful for night photos. The image stabilization will correct some camera shake at low shutter speeds or high zoom, but it won't take the place of a tripod for night photos.

Don't buy anything without getting your hands on it.

Ninjahedge
March 30th, 2007, 08:59 AM
^^
I am a member of another forum of watch collectors... the folks on that site take lots of pics. the camera you are considering sd 800, gets the highest rankings of all the point and shoots.. only the high end slr's get better reviews. In fact one of the members on that site is a professional photographer and swears by this camera for his 'around the house' and vacation shots.

You also might want to take a look at this site for reviews:

http://www.dpreview.com

Good Luck!!

I second that. God good advice on my S40 a while back.

Just remember, it is Review, singular, not plural (or you will get a design firm)...