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HELP PLEASE! Oly E510 or Sony A100
Please help! Have been looking at DSLR cameras. First time user and having trouble deciding. I have a new daughter and would like to have a good camera that I can learn with but that will take great shots while learning. I thought the Rebel XTI would be for me but with the 17-85IS lens found the grip to be very unstable. Looked at Pentax K10D but found it a little heavy to carry. So far, the A100 and Oly E510 seem the best hand fit.



Please keep in mind, I am most interested in children's shots including candid and portrait. But as our family grows, a camera that does well on family trips.Thanks..

Comments (12)

If you're not in a big hurry, I'd wait on the new Sony DSLR-A200..

Sonystyle.com is taking preorders for it now (the A200 with 18-70mm kit lens lists for $699.99):.

Http://www.sonystyle.com/...p;storeId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=3769.

It should have lower noise with faster Autofocus compared to the A100..

JimChttp://www.pbase.com/jcockfield..

Comment #1

A200 is particularly going to better A100 on it's only shortcoming viz. high ISO performance..

However if you must buy one immediately then consider Nikon D40 or Pentax K100D. Both are small in size and perform better than others in low light (typical indoor condition)..

Jim Cockfield wrote:.

If you're not in a big hurry, I'd wait on the new Sony DSLR-A200..

Sonystyle.com is taking preorders for it now (the A200 with 18-70mmkit lens lists for $699.99):.

Http://www.sonystyle.com/...p;storeId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=3769.

It should have lower noise with faster Autofocus compared to the A100..

JimChttp://www.pbase.com/jcockfield.

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

Comment #2

Thanks for the reply,.

My only thought on the D40 and Pentax 100 - I have long fingers and the grip is a bit off but don't like carying too much weight (when carrying baby supplies, etc...) and also for holding. Is the A100 better for indoor use than the E510?.

Will the A200 be even better? I live in Canada, will have to wait some time before A200 is available here (I already called Sony).Thanks again..

Comment #3

I think you ought to look at things other than best hand fit. Quickness of use and comfort of viewfinder for example. I think Nikon D40x would be the one to go for, especially if you can get an 18-70 kit lens with it. Also the Nikon system (as with Canon) has a class-leading full system of lenses and can accept most of the afforadable third party lenses from Sigma, Tamron and Tokina etc..

Olympus and Sony both offer image stabilisation but remember this does nothing to slow the motion of your subject - only a high shutter speed can do that. You won't go far wrong with any of the entry level DSLRs and the Sony Alpha 100 will be available at bargain prices now the A200 has been announced..

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Comment #4

Check out photozone and the Sony 18-70- about the worst lens ever tested. Not even worth the little extra they charge..

Plus you can get the E510 tow lens kit for about $650 or less. Coverage is 28-300 in 35mm terms..

It has live view. The dust reduction works better and it has inbody IS as well..

It's a much better value than the A100..

Also, you can buy any Oly lens and not get a bad one (in terms of performance)..

Gene..

Comment #5

Or you could get the 2 lens kit for the Oly E510 and Live View for 50 bucks less now. No contestget the Oly between these 2 choices. Better camera, more features, better kit lenses, lower cost..

MaddogOlympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

Comment #6

BTW, the Sony DSLR-A100 has *much* better dynamic range compared to the Olympus E-510. So, if you don't want more blown out skies and burnt skin tones and/or lost detail in shadows, I'd lean towards the Sony models..

They're going to do *far* better at capturing a greater range of light to dark..

See the Dynamic Range tests here for the A100 for an example:.

Http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/AA100/AA100IMATEST.HTM.

Note the test here for the Olympus E-510 (I think it's probably got the worse Dynamic Range of any DSLR model ever tested by a major review site using modern tools like Imatest, and I've seen more than one thread complaining about how hard it is to capture high contrast scenes with this Olympus model:.

Http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/E510/E510IMATEST.HTM.

Note the comments about it:.

"Regardless of the positions of the other cameras though, the Olympus E510 does appear to offer rather poor dynamic range, the one notably negative mark against what is otherwise a good-performing consumer SLR. Matters improve somewhat if you take the time to process it's RAW files manually, but the results are still far from stellar.".

Also, see comments about it in the review conclusion here at dpreview.com:.

* Dynamic Range less than competition (highlights by about three quarters of a stop; 0.7 EV).

* Serious highlight clipping on bright days unless you reduce exposure.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympuse510/page31.asp.

Unless you're shooting in even lighting, and/or don't mind shooting raw to try and get Dynamic Range close to what competing cameras can do shooting jpeg, I'd avoid the newer Olympus models using Panasonic sensors..

On the downside, the Sony A100 has higher noise at it's highest ISO speed settings.. But, I don't expect that to be the case with the new A200 (if you even need to shoot at ISO 1600)..

JimChttp://www.pbase.com/jcockfield..

Comment #7

Not an issue for 90% of users..

All digital cameras have a DR shortage compared to film..

Gene..

Comment #8

R Valentino wrote:.

Check out photozone and the Sony 18-70- about the worst lens evertested. Not even worth the little extra they charge..

Gene.

I sure don't think that I would agree with that statement..

Ron.

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Comment #9

R Valentino wrote:.

Not an issue for 90% of users..

All digital cameras have a DR shortage compared to film..

Gene.

So since they have less than Film we should ignore it when on camera has more? HmmmKen - Happy A700 Ownerhttp://www.cascadephotoworks.com..

Comment #10

And pick up one of these brand new Sony A200 cameras. With the weakness in the US$ versus the Canadian Loon, think of the savings!.

Based on what I've read, availability of the camera is around the first of February.Matt..

Comment #11

By that logic, the lens issue is not much of a issue either. 95% of users won't notice a difference. The user will be better off checking out himself the reviews of both the kit lenses..

R Valentino wrote:.

Not an issue for 90% of users.All digital cameras have a DR shortage compared to film..

Gene.

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

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