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    Default Which 10x optical Zoom Cam to choose?

    I'm quite new to digital cams.
    Looking to get a cam with at least 10x optical, have seen a few models,
    Olympus C750, Fujifilm S5000, Panasonic Z1.
    Which model is better? Or are there other models to recommend?
    Also there seems to be many models of the olympus C700 series, does the older models does the job well?
    Is there any models with both good wide angle and good optical zoom?
    Cos for me, those 3x and 4x optical zoom are definitely not enough.
    Any comments appreciated. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hus
    I'm quite new to digital cams.
    Looking to get a cam with at least 10x optical, have seen a few models,
    Olympus C750, Fujifilm S5000, Panasonic Z1.
    Which model is better? Or are there other models to recommend?
    Also there seems to be many models of the olympus C700 series, does the older models does the job well?
    Is there any models with both good wide angle and good optical zoom?
    Cos for me, those 3x and 4x optical zoom are definitely not enough.
    Any comments appreciated. Thanks!
    You forgot the latest Canon Pro1 IS.

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    Wah..
    This one expensive..
    My budget around $1k only.
    Anyone using C750 or S5000? Which one better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hus
    Wah..
    This one expensive..
    My budget around $1k only.
    Anyone using C750 or S5000? Which one better?
    I think he is referring to Powershot S1 IS that comes with 10X optical zoom, the Pro 1 got no IS but comes with 7x optical zoom.
    S1 is around $880++ still within your budget

    Normally super tele zoom digicam usually produce soft image at the zoom end. CA is also quite common in long zoom cam. also if you were to use long zoom, it is advisable to use a tripod. my 0.02cents
    Last edited by jimtong; 31st March 2004 at 02:04 PM.

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    C-750 UZ

    * 4.0 MP
    * 10x Optical Zoom
    * 40x with Digital Zoom
    * ED Lens to minimise CA
    * Availability of Flash Hot-Shoe
    * Super Macro Mode of 3cm
    * Live Histogram
    * Movie Recording with sound limited only my memory card
    * Wide-Angle Convertor Option
    * Manual modes
    etc...

    Olympus is also the founder of 10x Optical Zoom camera.

    An good camera to consider.

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    Thanks for all the input.
    So now have 3 cams to compared.
    Olympus C750, Fujifilm S5000, and Canon Powershot S1.
    Which one better?
    Only S1 have IS right? Is IS a neccessity?
    BTW, what is "CA"?

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    Information lifted from DPreview

    Resolution
    Canon S1 IS - 3.2MP
    Fujifilm S5000 - 3.1MP
    Olympus C-750 - 4MP

    Zoom
    S1 - 38-380mm f/2.8-3.1 (Digital 3.2x)
    S5000 - 37-370mm f/2.8-3.2 (Digital only at lower res)
    C-750 - 38-380mm f/2.8-3.7 (Digital 4x)

    Image Stablizer
    S1 - Yes
    S5000 - No
    C-750 - No

    Shutter Speed
    S1 - 15 - 1/2000 sec
    S5000 - 2 - 1/1000 sec
    C-750 - 16 - 1/1000 sec

    Flash Hotshoe
    S1 - No
    S5000 - No
    C-750 - Yes

    Continuous Drive
    S1 - 1.7 fps up to 24 frames
    S5000 - 5 fps, 5 frames
    C-750 - 2.6 fps, 12 frames

    Movie
    S1 - 640x480, 15/30fps
    S5000 - 30fps
    C-750 - 15fps

    Storage Types
    S1 - CF Type I or II
    S5000 - xD Picture Card
    C-750 - xD Picture Card

    Uncompressed format
    S1 - No
    S5000 - RAW
    C-750 - TIFF

    Weight
    S1 - 469g
    S5000 - 430g
    C-750 - 340g

    Dimension
    S1 - 111 x 78 x 66mm
    S5000 - 113 x 81 x 79 mm
    C-750 - 108 x 66 x 69 mm

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    Thanks!
    Saw another model, Minolta dimage Z2. How is this CAM?
    Any comments?

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    IMO, i think spec wise, Olympus C-750 seem better loh. But at the end of the day, it realli up to urself to decide. If i have the money to buy this 3.. i might thinking of getting fuji or even canon set because it seem more comfort 2 hold.

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    What abt the Panasonic Z10?

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    Default Yeah the Pan Z10

    Pan Z10 12x zoom, leica lens, IS as well. Try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bean
    C-750 UZ

    * 4.0 MP
    * 10x Optical Zoom
    * 40x with Digital Zoom
    * ED Lens to minimise CA
    * Availability of Flash Hot-Shoe
    * Super Macro Mode of 3cm
    * Live Histogram
    * Movie Recording with sound limited only my memory card
    * Wide-Angle Convertor Option
    * Manual modes
    etc...

    Olympus is also the founder of 10x Optical Zoom camera.

    An good camera to consider.
    Not sure about C750, but my C730 failed me. It got a very serious shuttle lag. Would you like to comment on C750?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hus
    what is "CA"?
    Hi you can read the article here

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    how about the Canon Pro90IS? Got 370mm and IS also. Most importantly you can get it for less than $500 (?) in the 2nd hand market.

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    I had the Olympus C750UZ for several months b4 I sold it off to get my new camera. I would rate it very high. Images are sharp and colors are vivid. If you are interested in macros, get a flash, snap on a +4 filter and you can get quite amazing results. It feels great in my hands too. The only drawback is the expensive xD picture card.

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    Last edited by megaweb; 1st April 2004 at 08:45 AM.
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    I would say...ur review influenced me tons.

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