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h3 or S5 IS or S8000 fd or please help
Just sold my H5 which I was very impressed with, fancy a change and cant decide..

I shoot family pictures indoors and out, also drag race pictures especially cars launching off the start line. I like the idea of the H3 for it's size will it compare in picture quality to my old H5, especially in video mode?.

Was Thinking of the cheaper end of the SLR range ie D40 but reading some of the reviews it could be quite costly with lenses and kit unless someone can tell me different?.

I have always had Sony cameras and like the operation and functions ie H1, H2 and H5 but I think a change might be a good thing although I am rather keen on the H3 especially as I do need now I think the face detection technology..

Is the h9 as bad as I have read?.

Can someone please help !Lee..

Comments (9)

I do no tknow about the H9 - but did compare the H3 to several Canon's, G9, 100 is.....

Have the H3 for about 5 days.....

Things I like alot - ISO100/200 is extremely good - colors and OOC I think - beats what I was seeing on the G9 - much better than the 100 - comparing apples/oranges here I know...but there were different reasons I was looking at these levels....

H3 - some nice in camera effects/features, very easy to use for novice and has some greater ability for more of an enthusiast...flash is VERY good - almost too much flash...you are able to tone it down...ergonomically - I have found this camera very easy to shoot - much more so than the canon's, I liked the G9 viewfinder - except it does not show the whole field of view - hence I was missing some composition - sorta negates some of the benefits of a VF if it is wrong I think....

I think you need to give more info on what you are looking for - but for the price/features and IQ - the H3 seems to me to be hard to beat. If you want more manual control, RAW than I would go with the G9..

I like the H3 better than the others youhave mentioned (except H9 - since I do not know)..

Comment #1

Thanks for your reply, not considered the G9 but will have a look at some reviews..

The main criteria for me is obviously image quality the others are:-10 - 18 x optical zooma good image stabilisation systemFace detection technology2.5" or greater lcdprefer h3 size but S5 IS or H9 size is okaround the 7/8 MP is ok.

The main shots will be of my kids indoors and out. (action shots)holiday shots of landscape in different lights.

I am a keen drag race enthusiast, action shots of cars launching off the line, these are very quick !!.

My H5 coped very well I think with some pleasing results.I only print 6x4 and 7x5 very rare A4 size..

So thats basically it, as I said I am not quite a beginner but have loads to learn..

Anyone views would be much appreciated.Many ThanksLee w..

Comment #2

"The main criteria for me is obviously image quality the others are:-10 - 18 x optical zooma good image stabilisation systemFace detection technology2.5" or greater lcdprefer h3 size but S5 IS or H9 size is okaround the 7/8 MP is ok".

H3 has 10x, good IS(actually better than I expected - even at long zoom and in low light), FD tech, great ergonomics - among the best I have felt for me at this size and right amoung of MP for sensor size. More is not better on these small sensors. However, The LCD is terrible. One can certainly shoot a pic with it and it is viewable even in bright sunlight. But you will not want to "watch" pics on this LCD. Most of the other cams have better lcd's..

"The main shots will be of my kids indoors and out. (action shots)holiday shots of landscape in different lights.

I am a keen drag race enthusiast, action shots of cars launching off the line, these are very quick !!".

This is why I ended up with this cam - even though it was not on my original list. Really was just getting the G9 and checking some of what I thought were the closer compeitors..

Try the burst mode on all of them - I was very impressed with the speed and responsiveness of the H3 (have a 15 yr old that carts). ALso has sports mode - works very well - these two features alone - and there are a few more that are interesting - make this camera different form those of the same price and quite frankly even much higher in the small sensor P & S area..

I have also included a shot I took of landscape night lighting. I am still playing with night shots - so cannot say with certain how this camera performs. So far...pretty good. But I have not tryed enough to make a true statement here yet..

I have been more than pleased with the results to date. if I did not own a DSLR(actually 2 - canon and nikon) and wanted a single camera to do it all. I might be more swayed towards the G9. It has full manual. WHile the H3 has manual it is limited to a few stops. the H3 also does not have a VF - and this is the first time I am using a camera without one - it has taken some getting used to.

The g9 is also a bit wider than the H3. At is0 100/200, I actually prefer the OOC colors pics form the H3, the G9 can be made to look equally as well - just need more PP. And perhaps diffent settings. I am talking auto here and not manual. WHich I think the g9 will do better or at least equal.

For two camera's at two very different price points - it became a tough decision for me. Think you should check them both out. I felt these two were the best in the sub 500 category for the size....(this of course is just my opinion!).

Here is the night shot I mentioned...http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2047619808&size=l.

Good Luck!..

Comment #3

Thanks for your reply, the night shot looks great !!.

I think I will go to my store and have a go with both the G9 and the H3 they both seem to be exactly what I am looking for..

Thanks for your help it is much apprecated.Lee.w..

Comment #4

Have narrowed it down down to a sony h3 size, I am wanting a camera to fit in my coat pocket with the best image quality and best all round features (probably like everyone) is their anything else I should consider poss in the cannon range before I part with my money ??Must have a 6x optical zoom or more..

Anyones views will be very much appreciated.Lee.w..

Comment #5

If you are pleased with the Sony way then I suggest you stay with that brand. However, if you're wanting to branch out look at the Panasonic and Olympus brands of superzoom p&s cameras..

If you choose to go with a canon don't forget the s-5. Read the reviews and look at the feature set to help with your decision..

REd..

Comment #6

Thanks for your guidance, will check out some reviews, can anybody suggest what particular models I should look at to compete with the H3 may be Cannon as well ?? really want to keep to h3 size bearing that in mind..

Your views are all very much appreciated.Lee w..

Comment #7

I compared the G9 to the S8000fd, and for me, the Fuji was a better fit because of it's superior ability to take action/continuous shots. I've had my S8000 for about ten days now and am happy with the wildlife and kid shots I've gotten with it. The CNET review of the S8000 says it's image quality is low, but I'm not sure why the DPReview review of the Panasonic FZ18 compares that camera with the S8000, and both look like they produce adequate-quality images...

Comment #8

Canon SX100IS, Manual modes, automatic lens cap, AA batt., better IQ at higher ISO,while similar in size to H3..

Leew8948 wrote:.

Thanks for your guidance, will check out some reviews, can anybodysuggest what particular models I should look at to compete with theH3 may be Cannon as well ?? really want to keep to h3 size bearingthat in mind..

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

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