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    Hi,
    couldn't find any satisfactory or comprehensive reviews on the net about this model... and saw from another user's posted pic of Olympus flyer at Comex that this camera going for quite cheap ($499, usual $600+). as someone who is thinking of getting my first digital camera, would like to ask if anyone has this, any comments? good or not..

    my bydget is $500 thereabouts, more or less than 4 megapixels, ultracompact.

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Hi,
    I never tried the camera, but was surprised when i was going through some nice postings in dpreview.

    It's very good in macro photography.
    Check this out.
    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=14830453

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    http://mikese-1.freeservers.com/photo.html

    Check the above links as well for sample photos.

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    thanks doublie!

    actually i JUST came across that link from a cnetasia user comments too..

    looks like a good buy!

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    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren

    I feel that this review seems to be pro Canon. And one major mistakes was tat IR300 was made using magnesium alloy body instead of what they says plastic.

    he Nikon S1 and Olympus-IR 300 are made of plastic.

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    Default Re: ultracompact - olympus IR-300 - reviews?

    To me, having tried digicams from practically all brands, I find that in the same price range, Olympus is always the best on 3 fronts:
    1. Lens quality
    2. Built quality
    3. Ergonomics

    So, if these 3 factors are important to you when splashing out your hard earned money, you really can't go wrong buying anything from Olympus.

    And also, never read and believe photographic equipment reviews from PC and computer parts review sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tao
    To me, having tried digicams from practically all brands, I find that in the same price range, Olympus is always the best on 3 fronts:
    1. Lens quality
    2. Built quality
    3. Ergonomics

    So, if these 3 factors are important to you when splashing out your hard earned money, you really can't go wrong buying anything from Olympus.

    And also, never read and believe photographic equipment reviews from PC and computer parts review sites.
    Yep. they let out the

    Dock and done function.
    Photo Frame/Calendar/Red Eye Fix
    Album + Calendar
    Soft Flash
    Easy to use GUI.

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    have'nt seen/tried one yet, but the anandtech review seems to show it in rather poor light, contrary to other pple reports from dpreview....

    one thing to note is that it does'nt have much 'manual' functions, so u have less control, it's basically a point n shoot, as are most ultra-compacts.... u may wanna consider the c5500 sport zoom and c7000, they are abit larger, but still pocketable, offer more control and have been recieving rave reviews from users in other forums....

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    some more consumer reviews....

    http://www.verdicts.co.uk/reviews/3448/

    http://finickyfeline.liquidblade.com...canon-ixus-50/

    finding reviews for the IR-300 is like finding a needle in the haystack!
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Default Re: ultracompact - olympus IR-300 - reviews?

    less marketing dollars pumped in by Oly for this camera, so the this camera is less known and thus cheaper.

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    Default Re: ultracompact - olympus IR-300 - reviews?

    Quote Originally Posted by tao

    you really can't go wrong buying anything from Olympus.

    And also, never read and believe photographic equipment reviews from PC and computer parts review sites.
    Hi tao,

    Olympus must thank you for saying that!!! tao olympus

    I second your statement on reviews. Most review sites are "PRO" whoever are is paying them their advertising money. Imagine C is buying 5 full colour pages of advertising and you write N camera is better then C's.


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    Default Re: ultracompact - olympus IR-300 - reviews?

    Here is a Japanese review, you can use Babelfish to translate:
    http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/re...4/04/1297.html

    Image quality looks pretty good to me, think it uses less JPEG compression compared with the other tiny digicams so less artefact in that respect but the sharpening is a bit too much for me. Guess that is the problem with all superslim cameras.

    And here is a set of images posted by someone with the IR-300. I must say that its macro capability is amazing, certainly the best in the superslim class.
    http://mikese-1.freeservers.com/photo.html
    Last edited by tao; 3rd September 2005 at 02:07 PM.

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    tried it out at comex.... the anandtech review does'nt do it justice... esp WRT to build quality...

    u should drop by a shop and try em all out....

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