24th January 2004, 03:37 PM
Thanks for the link but I was already aware that more zoom means you can zoom in closer. I was just asking if the diff between 105 & 132 was significant & chriszzz said the diff was noticeable, so ok that means its highly likely for me to get the Kodak DX6440.
Originally Posted by sehsuan
24th January 2004, 04:18 PM
frankly, it's up to you. as far as i know, very few folks are using kodak digicams in the first place, so you'd probably be placing yourself in a minority group.
the key thing that focal length does is to change your perspective when shooting - i'm not good in explaining terms, but it either gives you really closeup feeling in wide angle shots (depending on the surroundings, of course), and tele usually compresses the perspective.
24th January 2004, 08:20 PM
I think in terms of focal length, the Kodak is ahead since it is both wider AND longer. However, it takes more than focal length to make a good camera. Have you compared the image samples from both cameras ? Read at least several reviews and opinions from people who have used either one ? Check out its design and ergonomics ? Don't choose a camera based solely on its focal length. It would be a mistake. You need to see the overall performance and handling as well.
Originally Posted by wheek
24th January 2004, 09:18 PM
24th January 2004, 09:49 PM
Ok besides the Kodak DX6440, I was also looking at the Canon Ixus 400. Now for some noob questions. For the Kodak, I notice they had modes like sports (for fast action photos), night, portrait, landscape, etc. And all one had to do was turn the dial to the respective one & viola.
I notice the Ixus 400 doesn't have all these modes. So if I was to want to say take fast action shots for e.g. Wat do I do? Or portrait shots, landscape shots, low light shots, etc. Does it mean I have to adjust the settings manually? This is what worries me since I'm a newbie u see.
24th January 2004, 09:50 PM
hopefully you won't soon outgrow the preset modes, and face a possible lack of "manual" controls.. i know nothing about the kodak, but do check for ability to do manual controls.
24th January 2004, 11:31 PM
Ok then let's not use Kodak as an e.g. How about the Canon Powershot S45 or even the S50? Like I said, my main concern is without these preset modes on the Ixus 400, how do I set those things? Manually is it?
Originally Posted by sehsuan
25th January 2004, 09:50 PM
Ok never mind. I already got the Ixus 400. Anyway, just to answer my own question, I went to Harvey Norman & tried both the Kodak DX6440 (4x optical which is about 132mm) & Ixus 400 (3x optical about 108mm). I zoomed both to max optical & placed the cameras side by side & focused on several items.
Surprise surprise, not much diff wor! I was expecting the 132mm to bring me significanlty closer to the item but it didn't. Just a tiny bit closer. Hmm......
26th January 2004, 04:22 PM