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    Hi guys, I'm new to this forum. I intend to buy a PnS digital camera, and my options are still open as I do not want to buy hastily and end up with regrets. Current models that I'm considering are the

    Casio EX-Z700
    Pros:
    - Long battery life (approx 460 shots)
    - Relatively low price ($477 includes 1GB SD card and carrying case)
    Cons:
    - A lil doubtful over this model as the salespeople keep pushing this product, saying that it's among the better models but when I checked online, Casio doesn't seem to be leading in digital cameras. Friends commented that the salespeople might be trying to clear stock for this model.
    - Meager reviews over this phone, saying that T10 is a better buy.

    Nikon Coolpix S8
    Pros:
    - Stylish design
    Cons:
    - Slower shutter speed

    Sony Cybershot T10
    Pros:
    - Least noise when taken up to higher ISO levels when compared to the above 2 models
    - Sexy Design
    Cons:
    - Most expensive the above ($599 bundle with 1GB card and carrying case) ($477 without bundle)
    - Expensive memory card
    - Short battery life (approx 240 shots)

    Will appreciate veterans' advice and suggestions on this matter.

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    Casio EX-Z700
    Pros:
    - Long battery life (approx 460 shots)
    - Relatively low price ($477 includes 1GB SD card and carrying case)
    Cons:
    - A lil doubtful over this model as the salespeople keep pushing this product, saying that it's among the better models but when I checked online, Casio doesn't seem to be leading in digital cameras. Friends commented that the salespeople might be trying to clear stock for this model.
    - Meager reviews over this phone, saying that T10 is a better buy.

    Casio isn't that bad in cam.... my friend had one, red in colour, not use the model, but it is nice to use the the colour is good....

    As for the others, the price is you pay what you get... T10 is ex i think is becoz the lens would not be shooting out when u zoom.

    Panasonic and Fuji are also good... Fuji good nosie control and Pansonic easy usuage

    As for the memory card, you need not buy from the Sony if your cam is sony, mayb can try Kingston or Scandisk for a cheaper option...

    the usual and field you want to take photos of is also the issue, if like concert, you need high ISO which would put panasonic out of the picture due to its poor noise control at ISO 800

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    Quote Originally Posted by compro_1975 View Post
    Casio EX-Z700
    Pros:
    - Long battery life (approx 460 shots)
    - Relatively low price ($477 includes 1GB SD card and carrying case)
    Cons:
    - A lil doubtful over this model as the salespeople keep pushing this product, saying that it's among the better models but when I checked online, Casio doesn't seem to be leading in digital cameras. Friends commented that the salespeople might be trying to clear stock for this model.
    - Meager reviews over this phone, saying that T10 is a better buy.

    Casio isn't that bad in cam.... my friend had one, red in colour, not use the model, but it is nice to use the the colour is good....

    As for the others, the price is you pay what you get... T10 is ex i think is becoz the lens would not be shooting out when u zoom.

    Panasonic and Fuji are also good... Fuji good nosie control and Pansonic easy usuage

    As for the memory card, you need not buy from the Sony if your cam is sony, mayb can try Kingston or Scandisk for a cheaper option...

    the usual and field you want to take photos of is also the issue, if like concert, you need high ISO which would put panasonic out of the picture due to its poor noise control at ISO 800

    Welcome to CS family
    Thanks for the welcome

    Hmm Sony models use Sony Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, which is made by Sony so if I'm not wrong no other brands of memory stick can be used... Any particular Lumix or Finepix models to recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aRcTiC sTaR View Post
    Thanks for the welcome

    Hmm Sony models use Sony Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, which is made by Sony so if I'm not wrong no other brands of memory stick can be used... Any particular Lumix or Finepix models to recommend?
    Yes. Read this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by compro_1975 View Post
    Casio EX-Z700
    Pros:
    - Long battery life (approx 460 shots)
    - Relatively low price ($477 includes 1GB SD card and carrying case)
    Cons:
    - A lil doubtful over this model as the salespeople keep pushing this product, saying that it's among the better models but when I checked online, Casio doesn't seem to be leading in digital cameras. Friends commented that the salespeople might be trying to clear stock for this model.
    - Meager reviews over this phone, saying that T10 is a better buy.

    Casio isn't that bad in cam.... my friend had one, red in colour, not use the model, but it is nice to use the the colour is good....

    As for the others, the price is you pay what you get... T10 is ex i think is becoz the lens would not be shooting out when u zoom.

    Panasonic and Fuji are also good... Fuji good nosie control and Pansonic easy usuage

    As for the memory card, you need not buy from the Sony if your cam is sony, mayb can try Kingston or Scandisk for a cheaper option...

    the usual and field you want to take photos of is also the issue, if like concert, you need high ISO which would put panasonic out of the picture due to its poor noise control at ISO 800

    Welcome to CS family
    talking about concert... normal 3x zoom ain't enough... you need a super zoom, else you are just taking picture of miniature models... ok, unless you are right at the front.

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    Okay now some of the Finepix models are catching my eye too. Prob not in design, but spec wise it does seem good, other than its proprietary xD card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aRcTiC sTaR View Post
    Thanks for the welcome

    Hmm Sony models use Sony Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, which is made by Sony so if I'm not wrong no other brands of memory stick can be used... Any particular Lumix or Finepix models to recommend?
    Not true...there are lotsa 3rd party MSPD (so called no brand) ard...cheap and good...I'm using a 4Gb one for my psp =) I believe they can be used with Sony cameras too...but Sony cams are overpriced I feel...

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    Yup, Sandisk & Kingston do produce MSPD too and they can be used on Sony cameras. I would suggest the Sony or Casio cams. They are quite good as compared to some others.
    Minolta. Konica Minolta. Sony

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    talking about concert... normal 3x zoom ain't enough... you need a super zoom, else you are just taking picture of miniature models... ok, unless you are right at the front.
    oo ya hor concert cannot... got too carried away with FZ50.... well like captive marina show or dancing events like spring in the city, high ISO is needed to freeze... i seem a number of 3x zoom at spring too... or TS can try Sony T100, 5X zoom

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    Quote Originally Posted by aRcTiC sTaR View Post
    Thanks for the welcome

    Hmm Sony models use Sony Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, which is made by Sony so if I'm not wrong no other brands of memory stick can be used... Any particular Lumix or Finepix models to recommend?
    Sandisk and many other memory card makers also make memory sticks. =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by aRcTiC sTaR View Post
    Hmm Sony models use Sony Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, which is made by Sony so if I'm not wrong no other brands of memory stick can be used... Any particular Lumix or Finepix models to recommend?
    That is grossly incorrect. Sandisk and Sony co-developed the memory stick format, and you can get a 4GB sandisk for 137.90 SGD. Will work 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    talking about concert... normal 3x zoom ain't enough... you need a super zoom, else you are just taking picture of miniature models... ok, unless you are right at the front.
    eg. sigma 28-300mm ~~ hee..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    That is grossly incorrect. Sandisk and Sony co-developed the memory stick format, and you can get a 4GB sandisk for 137.90 SGD. Will work 100%.
    Ok that sounds good. Just checked that a 1GB Sony Pro Duo costs around $60.

    By the way, any of you know if the place of manufacturing matters? Just learnt that T10s are manufactured in 3 places, namely Japan, Malaysia and China. Not sure which model the Sony shop sells, but the shops in Sim Lim sells them at different prices.

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    Sandisk one at Active Foto is $47.90.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xunjas View Post
    eg. sigma 28-300mm ~~ hee..
    PnS, where got sigma...

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    Ok sweet.

    Right now I got two options if I decide to buy the T10.

    1. Bundled Package for $565 ($34 off the usual $599).
    Includes standard package + 1GB + Carrying case

    2. $520 odd (after 5% GST on $450 + $50 for Sandisk 1GB)
    Includes standard package

    Difference of about $40 for a carrying case and a Sandisk stick instead of a Sony one. Opinions? I haven't seen its carrying case before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aRcTiC sTaR View Post
    Ok that sounds good. Just checked that a 1GB Sony Pro Duo costs around $60.

    By the way, any of you know if the place of manufacturing matters? Just learnt that T10s are manufactured in 3 places, namely Japan, Malaysia and China. Not sure which model the Sony shop sells, but the shops in Sim Lim sells them at different prices.
    Can get a 3rd party 2Gb high speed MSPD at slightly less than $60.

    I don't think the place of manufacturing matters...altho pple might say Japan's QC is always the best. And don't buy your camera at Sim Lim or Sony Gallery. Go to the shops trusted by forummers here, e.g. Mscolor, Alan Photo, blah blah...guaranteed much cheaper and better service

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    no doubt, #2 for me... unless u need the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rol View Post
    Can get a 3rd party 2Gb high speed MSPD at slightly less than $60.

    I don't think the place of manufacturing matters...altho pple might say Japan's QC is always the best. And don't buy your camera at Sim Lim or Sony Gallery. Go to the shops trusted by forummers here, e.g. Mscolor, Alan Photo, blah blah...guaranteed much cheaper and better service
    Noted. Does AP or CP have a website or number that I can call?

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    Sorry I mean does anyone have AP or CP's contact?

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