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Canon SX 100 IS vs Sony DSC H3
I am a relative beginner who needs portability and cost-effectiveness badly enough to be debating between these two cameras instead of a full D-SLR (though I do miss traditional ring-adjusted manual focus). Use will be predominantly for landscapes (city, countryside, bodies of water), including macro shots like plant and water reflective detail, and action shots like animals in motion, at very variable lighting. I know the on-paper specs but am not skilled at translating that information in to image quality. To me, the long range of the flash, the 9-point auto-focus, and the availability of tele and wide conversion lenses and filters on the Sony look attractive, and the broader range of manual focus (vs presets), the a/s priorities (which I'm not very good with yet) and the stronger digital zoom (4x vs 2x) on the Canon look attractive. My old point-and-shoot was a Sony, so I already have batteries and a memory stick. Image clarity/detail/sharpness, and color accuracy are very important to me.



How does the Canon lens compare with the Zeiss?.

Is the construction of one camera significantly more sturdy than the other?.

Will the Super-Steady or the OIS offer better hand-shake blur reduction?.

How does the DIGIC III compare with Sony's processor?.

Any other advice would be appreciated as well..

Thank you!..

Comments (6)

I would suggest you to go for S3IS instead. Or maybe Kodak Z712 or 812, as these will have EVF, which will help in shooting with steady posture. The zoom lens will also be larger and better. These should cost you around the same or less..

However if you want to choose between THE TWO, than CAnon SX100 due to it's better compression algorithm. Sony just compresses images to death..

Taliasocs wrote:.

I am a relative beginner who needs portability and cost-effectivenessbadly enough to be debating between these two cameras instead of afull D-SLR (though I do miss traditional ring-adjusted manual focus).Use will be predominantly for landscapes (city, countryside, bodiesof water), including macro shots like plant and water reflectivedetail, and action shots like animals in motion, at very variablelighting. I know the on-paper specs but am not skilled at translatingthat information in to image quality. To me, the long range of theflash, the 9-point auto-focus, and the availability of tele and wideconversion lenses and filters on the Sony look attractive, and thebroader range of manual focus (vs presets), the a/s priorities (whichI'm not very good with yet) and the stronger digital zoom (4x vs 2x)on the Canon look attractive. My old point-and-shoot was a Sony, so Ialready have batteries and a memory stick. Imageclarity/detail/sharpness, and color accuracy are very important tome. My questions:.

How does the Canon lens compare with the Zeiss?.

Is the construction of one camera significantly more sturdy than theother?.

Will the Super-Steady or the OIS offer better hand-shake blur reduction?.

How does the DIGIC III compare with Sony's processor?.

Any other advice would be appreciated as well..

Thank you!.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #1

Be aware that I have not used the camers that you mention, but landscape and wildlife photos I take quite often. This is some generic advice..

To capture landscapes, filters can help a lot -at least a polarizing filter. The SX100 does not have a threaded lens, so I think it is very limiting. As another post mentioned, the Canon S3 would be a better fit for you. I own a Canon S2, which is very similar..

A 28 mm wide lens will give you more flexibility when capturing landscapes. You can attach a wide-angle converter to the S3, and I guess there are some for the Sony H3..

The Sony H3 does not have aperture and shutter priority modes. I think that as you learn you will need those modes in order to capture photos under difficult conditions..

The digital zoom is irrelevant. You can just crop the photo to achieve the same result..

To capture motion in nature, you want a camera which works in low light so that you can use a fast exposure. Unfortunately, all the compact cameras are lacking in this respect, including mine..

Also, when capturing animals a long zoom is very useful. I think the 420mm in my camera is enough..

In the same class as the Canon S3 you should have a look at the Sony H2 and H5. These are fine cameras, but I don't like the Memory Stick because it is a proprietary standard..

I'm considering the Panasonic FZ18, which is a little more expensive. This camera is small and light. The zoom goes from 28mm to 504 mm (18x), the widest range around. It is coming out highly praised in the preliminary reviews. I'm not sure about it's low light capabilities, but it seems my current camera is significantly worse..

Unfortunately, you cannot infer the image quality from the specs. Check the reviews for each camera for a side by side comparison..

If you need portability, I guess you don't want to carry a tripod -neither do I. At least get a monopod, which is light and unobtrusive. A tripod will keep your camera more stable, but the monopod will help a lot..

Hope this helps...

Comment #2

I have had the opportunity to use both of these cameras at the shop. I find both of them to be fantastic cameras. When I can't find a technical or quality difference I go for the one that feels best. That way you will take more pictures, learn more features, and become a better photographer..

I included my personal files on both cameras. Once you decide which to buy you will have access to the user documentation and customer service links..

Http://personafile.com/Canon-Powershot-SX100-P013803002111.htm.

Http://personafile.com/...gital-Camera-Full-Featured-DSC-H3-P027242000288.htmA Few Of My Favorite:http://personafile.com/kcair/public..

Comment #3

Hello,.

So I went to circuit city today to buy one of these cameras. They are almost exactly the same size and weight. The rotating controller scheme on the Canon is far superior to the Sony. Also, the Canon offers true Shutter and Aperture priority modes as well as a true manual focus mode. I was drawn to the canon because my previous camera was a very well traveled SD600 (whose buttons were completely stripped of their silkscreening when I broke the screen last month) and that I have used and thoroughly enjoyed the IQ and control scheme of the Canon S3is..

I ended up buying the SONY..

WHY?.

For starters, it seemed much more "well put together". As subjective and intanglible this sounds... the canon (especially the rotating controller I liked so much) just felt like a cheap toy. The overwhelming feeling I get is that Canon QC has been awful the past few years (the number of 40D's getting sent back, the a650 recall, g9 lcd light leak, and the fact that both my SD600 and my friend's S3is have suffered from lens errors that required them to be sent to the factory). The nail in the Canon's coffin however was the flash. I lined up and took a "face detect" flash picture of the salesman with each camera on full auto.

I tried taking a tele-macro picture of a merchandise label 10 feet away from me with both cameras and this time the canon flash did not reach while the pic from the Sony came out well exposed and clear. I've been using the H3 all afternoon and have to say that I am thrilled..

Btw, I have a medically diagnosed tremor in my right hand and before using the s3 thought that I COULD NOT own a long zoom camera. The IS and Steadyshot made this a complete non issue. Oddly, it seems like the Steadyshot works much better in landscape than portrait orientation..

I will post some pictures after the weekend. Hope this helps..

-otswim..

Comment #4

I wound up going with the Sony as well, for pretty much the same reasons. I also like having the option of adding a telephoto/wide angle/filter. So far I've been very pleased with this little camera...

Comment #5

After the initial honeymoon phase with the camera (perhaps I should have waited before my above post) I exchanged the H3 for a p5100..

So I shot with the h3 for ten days and really did try to like it (I took several hundred pictures). I got a handful of keepers, but none that I can say really thrilled me and many more throw-aways than I should have. Overall, there were issues with the camera locking on focus and getting WB right that I just didn't feel I should have to deal with with a new camera..

The p5100 is better in all but two very important respects; (1) The sony was MUCH faster both in operation of menus and shooting (2) I miss having a 10x lens. The focus and low light issues are no longer a problem and I can carry this camera much more comfortably in my pocket. In the end, the Sony is great for outdoor shots and was a very solidly built camera. Indoor results, even with flash of both people and things were much less than stellar. I get the feeling that the p5100 is going to be better suited as an unobtrusive walk-around street photography and social camera. I'm going to wait a few weeks before giving an endoresment this time around though..

I still really want a long lens camera though and am kinda bummed that I though it could have been something I could carry in my pocket..

-otswim..

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