Hi, Have you narrowed your search to only those two models? The reason I ask is because I know a lot about digital cameras and if you tell me the specifications you are looking for I could probably reccommend one that suits your needs. There are a lot of cameras on the market and technology is changing everyday. Honestly, it can be pretty overwhelming for someone looking to buy. But, like I said, I have spent a lot of time researching the digital cameras that are currently on the market, and would be more than happy to reccommend one if you tell me your preferences. I hope I can help... -Brandon..
I too am a beginner, looking for a good all-around camera for family, kids, and sports (horseback riding), and I want a pretty hefty optical zoom, with fast response time (little shutter lag).
I have been looking most closely at the Minolta DiMage Z1 or A1, and the Kodak 6490my kids have a 6340, but I know the speed is not there in the 6490. I like the A1 because of the anti-shake feature.
The discussions on the Z1's problems with the switching device between the EVF and the LCD scares me, as well as the poor customer service from Minolta. Cost is pretty much limited to $600. I don't need a high MP camera (or at least don't think I do!).
I narrowed the search down to these two because of the price. I can get both these cameras for around the same amount and I have seen pictures from both of these cameras. I like the small convenient size of the P92 but I like the zoom the Dimage has plus I have read some great reviews on this camera and heard from those that used it personally how much they liked it. I really want something that will last for a while and something that takes a decent picture. On the Dimage it's mostly the zoom I am interested in. Having kids it's nice sometimes to have that zoom quality.
We won't be enlarging pictures so small amount of megapixels is fine. If you know of a camera that is in the price range of the Dimage or the P92 ( around $300-$350) definitely recommend it. If it has zoom, more the better. Thanks!..
Brandon you seem to have a lot of good comments. I am also looking for a new digital. I like the Minolta Z1 & Z2. I have 2 Minoltas and like them both, (SLR and pocket). I am also interested in the Powershot S1 is. I like that they both have the good zoom, but the Canon Powershot has the image stabalizer.
At this point I won't do doing any pictures larger than 8X10. What do you suggest? Either of these or another camera that I haven't considered?.
I'm in the same boat, but I narrowed the selection down to: Kodak DX6490.
Konica/Minolta Dimage Z2.
Olympus Camedia C765 I really would like the 10x optical zoom - even if I can only get 4 Mega Pixles. That should be ok for 8x10 blowups right? Some spec sheets indicate that they a AA batteries, other indicate recharge-lith. I would like recharge lith. Which would you choose and why? any and all advise is apprciated. thanks in advance. Please let me know if you get any leads too. jon silver..
I also narrowed it down to the DX6490 (apparently will be discontinued from july 2004!).
The Z2 (just been to have a look, not as top build as my Ixus V3, but perfectly good, and WHAT a movie mode!!!!) On my 60 canon i450 home printer, with good paper, I can print 3.2MP pictures at photo quality up to A4 (11x8") So 4mp is absolutely fine for this, besides, with huge blow ups of pictures, you don't sit quite as close, so they look even betterr!. The main reason that manufacturers state that 5mp is needed is to sell 5mp cameras!!! However, bear in mind that a standard 35mm is roughly 18MP!!!!! So there's a way to go yet before you canREALLYY blow up your pictures without losing detail! Hope this helps. James..