How does this camera rank compared to today's cameras?

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  1. upsguy27 macrumors 65816

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    Right now, my current camera is a Sony DSC-F717. How does that rank compared to other cameras in that quality-price range? It cost about $1000 in 2003. Pics attached. Sorry for the bad quality, the only other camera I have is on my BlackBerry.
     

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  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    There's this.

    And then there is the fact that it's a 5MP superzoom from 2003. A $400 D40 will mop the floor with it, and Sony was never known for it's low ISO noise.

    Are you actually asking whether it's worth getting one, or are you considering getting a new camera?
     
  3. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Not a bad camera, but it is going on 5 years, and it isn't an SLR...
     
  4. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Not really looking at selling it just yet, just curious as to how it compares to today's cameras in the price range. It's been good for me so far, it takes good pictures. So you're saying that the current $400 cameras easily beat it?
     
  5. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Your question is pretty vague. What exactly is "that quality/price range" when we're talking about a five year old camera? In any case, the type of answer you're going to get will depend on why you're asking.

    If you're asking "should I buy another one of these?", then the answer is clear. NO.

    If you're asking "can I make lots o' money by selling this?" then the answer is clear. NO. It's old, out-dated tech.

    If you're asking "should I keep it?" then we have to ask, in turn: Are you happy with the output? Do you still enjoy using it? Because you're really the only one qualified to answer that particular question.
     
  6. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Yeah - a D40 that can be had new for $650 (or used for $400) will kill it in every aspect; even size.
     
  7. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    Atually, the D40 can be had new with the 18-55mm lens for $450, refurb for $400, used for less than that... you can get the D40 with the 18-55 and 55-200mm lenses for $530 at Sam's Club right now, too.

    Just a heads up, more for the OP than anything.
     
  8. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm just wondering. The camera is fine for me right now, but since I haven't been following the camera world since 2003, I was just wondering what's new. I may want a new one once I start taking more serious professional photos again.

    Huh. Interesting to know. Right now, I have the Sony Wide Angle Lens, a few 58mm lens, and some telephoto lens.
     
  9. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    I use the exact same camera for a job of mine where they just have me use what they have, and while it was a great camera then, it came out just before Digital Camera Technology from Canon and Nikon started to take off. Your max ISO is only 400, and it's pretty noisy. Comparing to any recent DSLR, it's not holding up well. Comparing to P&S cameras, it still does a decent job. I know I have taken some great shots with it.

    Once you buy a new DSLR though, you'll never want to pick that one up again.
     
  10. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Today you could buy a DSLR setup for under $1000. The dSLR is incomparably better, in a different class really.

    We can measure "better" in many ways. The new sub-$1K SLR is quicker handing, does not suffer from shutter lag, focuses faster and has a much longer battery life. Also the image is much "cleaner" with truer color.
     
  11. FastEddy macrumors regular

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    upsguy27: "... Sorry for the bad quality, the only other camera I have is on my BlackBerry. ..."

    Say? How did you get your Blackberry picture(s) to load onto your Mac? :confused::apple:
     
  12. hotsauce macrumors 6502a

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    email, sd card, enabling use ad external drive...
     
  13. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Low noise and Sony dont go together that well....

    Besides that... anyone who says that a D40 is million miles ahead really should take up something else as a hobby! It better alright but its a different breed of product altogether! I pickup a D40.. use an age old 70-300 and I'll probably get the same results. I attach a 17-55 and it becomes the best camera in the World.....

    So if you take photography as a serious hobby... pick up a DSLR immediately. As a hobby.. a prosumer point and shoot. A necessity like a camera has to be present in some corner of your house.... spend the money on something else!
     
  14. Vogue Harper macrumors 6502

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    Professional photos? In what sense as it appears you have been out of the loop for over five years on the camera front.
     
  15. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Youre luck that yours hasnt gotten the dreaded LCD sensor glitch...mine did.

    And the "wide angle" attachment is a BULKY, HEAVY, UGLY piece of screw on glass that barely adds anything, but certainly takes away quality.

    I couldnt understand Sony's idea with this camera then, and still dont now.
     
  16. FastEddy macrumors regular

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    BlackBerry Issue:

    " ... Say? How did you get your Blackberry picture(s) to load onto your Mac? "

    "... email, sd card, enabling use ad external drive..."

    Can't find software to work with regular USB Sync/charge cable? :confused:
     
  17. upsguy27 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Mine did get that glitch... sent it in for a free repair when they were running the repair program.

    It is. I've used it once, and put it right back in its case.

    There are a few oddities (the on/off switch causes the entire wheel to spin, sometimes spinning the wheel to change camera modes turns the whole camera off), but otherwise it's a good camera.

    I used a regular USB cable, with the BlackBerry desktop software and synced the photos. Worked fine for me.
     
  18. FastEddy macrumors regular

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    " ... the BlackBerry desktop software and synced the photos. ..."

    Which software? My version of "PocketMac for Blackberry (Pearl)" doesn't sync photos or indicate it will do so when configured for iPhoto sync., either ... :(

    I don't mind buying more software, but I expected a camera / cellphone of reasonable expense (costs) not to have any extra requirements like extra downloads and purchases ...?
     
  19. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    Please start a new thread or carry this conversation into PMs... it doesn't fit this thread.
     
  20. dmartinez19 macrumors newbie

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    Sony DSC-F717

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    The DSC-F717 represents the fourth generation of Sony's L-shaped 5x zoom split lens / body design. This started back in August 1999 with the 2 megapixel DSC- F505, in April 2000 the DSC-F505V gained a 3 megapixel sensor but only captured 2.6 megapixels of that (because of the lens design). August 2001 saw the announcement of the DSC-F707, with a larger lens this camera sported a 2/3" 5 megapixel CCD. One year on we are presented with the DSC-F717, still utilizing the same body design, same 5 megapixel sensor and excellent 5x optical zoom lens. The changes this time are more subtle with added features and expanded options.

    Professional Cameras
     
  21. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    My first digital camera was of a similar specification. I thought it was a great camera until technology improved and not much later it was out dated by a lot of improvement in features and image quality. These prosumer zoom models always are getting a little better, now I believe you can pick up a smaller lighter 12 Mp 18x zoom with better image quality than your Sony for half as much.

    But as has been stated already, at $500 and up it is worth an investigation in to dSLR technology which blows away the old digital cameras so much so, it is like night and day in image quality. ;)

    I don't think any one would buy your old camera at all btw... newer + better go for $15 on craigslist.
     

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