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Old 02-17-2004, 04:53 AM   #1
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i'm buying a digital camera...

Sony - DSC- P52 CYBER SHOT
3.2M PIX 2X Optical/3.2X Smart Zoom, 2048x1536 Pixels, 3.2 MP CCD, 1.5-inch TFT LCD, 16 MB Memory Stick, 10.3 Oz
Dell Part #: A0114049 | Manufacturer Part #: DSC-P52


i'm looking into getting this camera for everyday use and to take pictures of textures and references [brick wall, building, frog vomit] and wondering if anyone has any negatives on it. i've searched online but find only great "fake" reviews on sites that were given the camera as a "gift".

its 3.2m pix, i don't think i need anything higher because the pictures are going to get cleaned up and put on game models anyways. and if i need some ultra high res pic, i can use my wife's 35mm. i'll also use it to take videos of me "acting out" some animations as reference.

most importantly, its in my price range [$220ish] so don't compare this to a $999.98 camera


thanks in advance
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Old 02-17-2004, 06:33 AM   #2
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only 2x optical? definitely not good. Mine's 3x and still crap. And if you're thinking digital zoom will make up for it, you're wrong, because digital zoom is like resizing an image in photoshop; it comes out all pixellated and blurry
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Old 02-17-2004, 01:45 PM   #3
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I've got a pretty nice Olympus 10x optical. Forget the model number. Got it from Newegg.com for about $100 less than what CompUSA was asking.
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Avoid xD (which Olympus uses a lot). All the cards and accessories are much more expensive.
 
Old 02-17-2004, 03:23 PM   #5
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I would hesitate to buy a jpeg-only camera for semi-professional work.
 
Old 02-18-2004, 04:58 AM   #6
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i've been looking around and now i'm looking at this...

CANON PowerShot SD100 Digital Camera
Media Type: SD Memory Card
Digital Zoom: 3.2X
Optical Zoom: 2X
Features: Compatibility with SD technology, DIGIC and iSAPS technology, Wide Area 9-point AiAF system, Intelligent Orientation Sensor
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery



like i said, i'm on a budget. this will save us money on film development, i cam take pictures for 3d references, and even some for textures. even though its jpg only, i will be painting over the texture anyways with my good old Wacom. if anyone has something against Canon, let me know. if not, i'm ordering it.
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Old 02-18-2004, 05:00 AM   #7
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by the way, i'm buying a DIGITAL camera... messed up on the title of this thread....sorry


i already have a digit camera
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Old 02-18-2004, 09:55 AM   #8
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I'd buy a Canon over a Sony.
I've got a Sony (a bit an older one then you suggest).. and the usability is not very good. I've noticed that many times on sony's products.. I'd not buy consumer stuff from them anymore. I think their stuff is built for little chinese hands and not for us big european paws.

(Their pro VHS and Digibeta Decks are awesome though)
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Avoid xD (which Olympus uses a lot). All the cards and accessories are much more expensive.


I bought a 256mb XD card at the same time as the camera and I don't remember it being that expensive. I remember tt was about $100, because I wound up getting the camera and card for what I would have gotten the camera for at CompUSA. Plus I saved taxes.

edit:
OK, just looked at Newegg and 256mb XD is ~$100 while compact flash is ~$55. But, $45 is a small price to pay if you really like the feature set of a camera.
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