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Thread: what camera should i buy my family for xmas?

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    what camera should i buy my family for xmas?

    the Olympus or the Canon

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    Re: what camera should i buy my family for xmas?

    Originally posted by Randy
    the Olympus or the Canon
    I can vouch personally for the Olympus D-550 Zoom ... I have one. Best $400 (bought it during the first week of release) that I have spent in a while. My brother just bought one also (paid $279 + shipping for his)... after seeing the results that I got with mine.

    Get the Olympus and I will guarantee you that you will NOT be sorry.
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    I have an Olympus 2100, and love the image quality, for it only being a 2.1 megapixel, when i show pics to my family on printed 4x6, they have no clue it comes from a digital camera.


    What are you really planning on doing with this camera?


    Personally Olympus, and Canon both make some of the best cameras out there, so you really cannot go wrong with either one.

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    Originally posted by davy19
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    What are you really planning on doing with this camera?


    just basic stuff our first digital camera (aside from the cool cam)and i want to be able to do fair quality 8x 10s
    dont much care about movie modes but zoom is kinda nice however i find optical and digital zooom to be confusing ? the more digital zoom the poorer the quality? i dunno wtf that means i can zoom in on pixels?

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    You wouldn't go wrong with either brand. Find a store that carries them and see what feels good to you.

    Digital zoom is like cropping a print with a pair of scissors.
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    Originally posted by Randy
    just basic stuff our first digital camera (aside from the cool cam)and i want to be able to do fair quality 8x 10s
    dont much care about movie modes but zoom is kinda nice however i find optical and digital zooom to be confusing ? the more digital zoom the poorer the quality? i dunno wtf that means i can zoom in on pixels?
    Ignore digital zoom. It's a software zoom and can be done anytime after the photo is taken with Photoshop, etc. Actually probably better doing a 'digital zoom' with Photoshop rather than the camera. Your comment 'zoom in on pixels' pretty much says it right there. Take any photo into photo editing software and increase your magnification. That's 'digital zoom' and is a pointless selling point. Optical zoom is a real hardware zoom with the lens, not the camera's software.
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    Originally posted by Dakota
    Ignore digital zoom. It's a software zoom and can be done anytime after the photo is taken with Photoshop, etc. Actually probably better doing a 'digital zoom' with Photoshop rather than the camera. Your comment 'zoom in on pixels' pretty much says it right there. Take any photo into photo editing software and increase your magnification. That's 'digital zoom' and is a pointless selling point. Optical zoom is a real hardware zoom with the lens, not the camera's software.
    AHA thats what i thought! wtf would i want digital zoom? < what a bs feature! now im tempted to go Canon bcz of olympus seems to be pushing a cart of crapolia

    thanks for all your guys help

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    Originally posted by Randy
    just basic stuff our first digital camera (aside from the cool cam)and i want to be able to do fair quality 8x 10s
    dont much care about movie modes but zoom is kinda nice however i find optical and digital zooom to be confusing ? the more digital zoom the poorer the quality? i dunno wtf that means i can zoom in on pixels?
    Yep that why i went with the olympus 2100, it has 10x optical zoom. It also has image stabilization.


    Let me tell you how handy that zoom and image stabizliation comes in.


    Last year I went to my daughters dance recital, and the rules were no photos being allowed (which I hink is total BS< because they want you to buy thier photos by thier own professional photogropaher)

    Anyway I said to myself I am going to try and sneak some photos in, but I could not use flash of course or they would know I was taking pictures.

    I was maybe about 50-60 feet away from the stage, and with the 10x optical zoom, and the image stabilziation helped to keep my photos not blurry due to low light, my picutres came out fantastic. My family was so impressed and thought I was a professional, which I told them the camera did all the work for me.

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    I am obviously a Canon man. My new dSLR Canon D60 is the best thing since sliced....anything. But, I have also owned a few Olympus cams in the past and there's nothing wrong with their stuff so I am definititely not on the bandwagon calling Olympus cams crap. I had a film-based OM-1 that I had for 20 years and it operated without a hitch that entire time.

    Be sure and consult the various review sites before making your decision as we're a pretty biased group here.
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    True in fact a lot of Olympus lens are from Canon...

    here is good site for professional reveiws


    www.dpreview.com

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    i had Canon S200 and it's the best digital camera i've ever used
    small, stylish design, highly quality picture and the batery last long time
    the S230 came out with 3Megapixel

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    if i had to buy one of those
    i would get the canon
    they make awesome cameras

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    I would personally choose the olympus, i have had 2 olympus cameras, the latest being the 3020z and have had no issues what soever with either of them. I also own an olympus 35mm.

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    well it looks like a tie 7 votes for each camera........hmmmmmmmmm anyone got a coin?

    I was going to post a link to that thread, but the SG search results for "bullsh|t" were too numerous

    sometimes you have to think outside the box to get inside the box .

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    As I was trying to say earlier, get your hands on them and see which one you are feel more comfortable with.
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    yeah i did get hands on them but its kinda hard to judge them by just looking at them. i think im gonna see if i can find some pics taken by each and also maybe some manuals

    thx for all the help eh

    I was going to post a link to that thread, but the SG search results for "bullsh|t" were too numerous

    sometimes you have to think outside the box to get inside the box .

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    See if you can buy them at a place like best buy/walmart where they have an easy exchange/return warranty adn try both out and keep the one you like.

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    ahhh i see just buy one and if i dont like it simply exhange it .... doh why dint i think of that?

    I was going to post a link to that thread, but the SG search results for "bullsh|t" were too numerous

    sometimes you have to think outside the box to get inside the box .

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