I am looking at various Canon cameras and have notices that many web sites offer overseas version, the 300D for the Digital Rebel for example. I'd like comments on pros/cons of purchasing the 300D instead of the USA version, the 350D instead of the Rebel XT, etc.
Curious, There are a lot of good choices in your list, and of them, for the situations you describe, you can't go wrong with the Canon A95. Another camera I like is the Olympus C-7000, with a 5x zoom and a great imager, now with a rebate that makes it $100 more affordable (if you can put up with rebates). Shawn Barnett.
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Hello, I have narrowed my choice to two digital cameras. 1.Canon A95.
2.Sony DSC-P200 I have been reading the reviews but am not able to choose between the two. I want my camera to last for a long time and to be reliable.
Can you please help me? Thanks in advance,.
Curious: Dave writes: __ Very basic, I don't care much about the battery, lcd screen size and so on. I've pretty much narrow it down to the following... Canon A95 Casio Ex-P600 Sony DSC-W5 or W7 Sony DSC V3 Can you provide any guidance? Well, I haven't seen samples of the W5 or W7 yet, so can't comment at all on those. All of the other three are excellent cameras, all take good pictures. If you're the type who likes to play with lens apertures and shutter speeds directly, I'd point you toward the P600 or V3, as they're more "enthusiast" cameras. Also, if you wanted to use an external flash with the camera, that'd mean either the P600 or V3 as well.
- Check out the test images and any "gallery" photos we've shot with the three, and see which one's images appeal to you the most. Dave __ Hope this helps. Forum Admin..
Randy: Dave writes: __ Randy I am looking at various Canon cameras and have notices that many web sites offer overseas version, the 300D for the Digital Rebel for example. I'd like comments on pros/cons of purchasing the 300D instead of the USA version, the 350D instead of the Rebel XT, etc. thanks The generic name for cameras like that is "grey market" models. The problem is that they won't have a US warrantee. If anything goes wrong, the US division of the company will (rightly) refuse to service it. Warrantee repairs cost money, and generally the parent companies in Japan dole out funds to cover warrantee repair to their foreign operating divisions (in the case of the cameras you mentioned, Canon USA, Inc.) based on the number of cameras sold into that market.
I've personally bought grey-market lenses (don't tell any of my friends in the camera companies), figuring that there wasn't likely to be a warrantee issue on a lens, assuming that it worked OK when I first got it. (That may or may not be true, it was just a risk I felt OK about taking.) A camera's a different matter though, especially an SLR. I've seen enough problems develop in SLRs with focus accuracy over time that I'd be very leery about owning one without a US warranty. (And I personally think that third-party "extended warrantees" linked to a particular camera repair outfit, as are sometimes marketed with grey market cameras aren't worth the paper they're printed on.) Dave __ Hope this helps. Forum Admin..
Lover: Dave writes: __ lover Hello, I have narrowed my choice to two digital cameras. 1.Canon A95 2.Sony DSC-P200 I have been reading the reviews but am not able to choose between the two. I want my camera to last for a long time and to be reliable. Can you please help me? I hate this sort of question, there's just no way for me to make choices for people between different camera models. So much depends on what you want out of the camera, and what you think of the two camera's color. Check out images from both in our Comparometer ( http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM ) Let your own eyes be the judge.
(I haven't really scrutinized prints from both close up though.) The P200 is more portable, and has faster shutter response, but the A95 gives you a bit more control over the exposure, if you like to twiddle with aperture and shutter speed directly. Both are fine cameras though, I'm sure you'd be pleased with either for years to come. - Do check out their images on the Comparometer though, and let your own eyes be the judge of what looks best to you... Dave __ Hope this helps. Forum Admin..