Help choosing a camera

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by nightsky, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. nightsky macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2007
    Hello, Here is a list of comparably priced (SLR like) digital cameras I'm interested in:

    Kodak p850
    Lumix DMC FZ7
    PowerShot IS S2
    Cyber Shot H2

    I have a Nikon N6006 35mm SLR but need to explore creative experiments with digital camera for a portfolio. I am new to digital photography and printing production using digital and computer software tools. I plenty of manual creative and technical production experience but changed fields before the PC and Apple explosion. Now I want to return photography and print production. I'm partial to DMC FZ7 but LCD resolution and Zoom lens mechanism r of concern according to some reviews, although specs reveal higher over all resolution than that of kodak, except for the LCD. Kodak p850 seems very competitive love the flash hot shoe. Both FZ7 & P850 taut outstanding lens quality. Have looked at gallery photos but its hard to decide, photo quality seems great on both and a good photographer can make most cameras look great. FYI have to get my portfolio done rather quickly.
    Thanks for your help.
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Before everyone rushes in here and recommends the Canon option, along with other Canon cameras not on the list, I'd like to put in a recommendation for the H2. ;)

    I don't know much about the Kodak, and all I know about Panasonic is that their sensor is noisier than others, although there are a few great things about some of the Panasonic line that makes them an option for me in the future. The FZ7 is a camera that owners seem very happy with, which pretty much says it all. :)

    The Canon S2 IS is a nice camera, but I didn't like the controls. The IS is great though. I'm sure someone else will chime in with more details on the Canon.
  3. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Olympus is coming out with the SP-550, which looks to be an amazing camera. You might want to wait a little for that. I believe it is due in shops in March.
  4. nightsky thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2007
    Image quality and other

    Others have suggested:
    Fuji 6000fd
    Lumix FZ30 Both these options are $100. more
    At this point I am starting to get discouraged. I do need AV output connection otherwise i would just buy Lumix LZ3 for $130. to start off with but it, alas no AV output.
    All these cameras each to have a set of serious flaw. LOL Noise which i think = blur and IS = blur. Wish all manufactures would cease chasing pixels and iso settings that don't work and just refine the best of what works for now.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Why not buy a DSLR body to replace the N6006 and use your existing Nikon lenses?
    Right now the D50 body is selling at discount and would be a direct swap for the N6006. It will focus a bit faster than the 6006 but otherwise work about the same but for digital in place of film.

    The other option is to simply scan your film.
  6. nightsky thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2007
    Will continue to look b4 buying :)

    You're thinking Chris, Thanks... LOL Just came back from looking at cameras first hand and b4 coming on here chked DPR for Specs on Nikon D40 that was available at BestBuy. Digital cameras feel awkwardly small and I don't like that the LCDs have no covers on the DSLRs I saw. Sure glad I did not just jump in and order online w/o going to physically look and hold. Think I will scan my film, till I can find something I feel comfortable spending $300. +
    FYI wound up w/ D40 - couldn't resist ;)

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