I'm not sure what a DD card is either What you do have within the camera world are a variety of different card types or formats. The "formats" are the shapes of the cards, with a few exceptions, the different formats aren't interchangeable. Most people refer to them by the type "name" or an abbreviation of the name. Xd is (I believe) the name of the format, others like SD or CF reflect the name of the format like, Secure Digital or Compact Flash. Although some people have some preferences, I don't think the card type is too significant in the overall camera choice. For a beginner, I think the Olympus is a good choice but not that the Nikon would be a bad choice.
Some people have different hand sizes and some feel better or worse, etc. I think the Oly has a more menu driven style and more controls on the Nikon but haven't looked too closely at either - I've considered the oly as a second camera due to it's weather resisitant design...
Thanks Craig, I am leaning towards the Oly. I have read a lot about poor shots in low light but this seems to be something all digi cams suffer with, or is it just the reviews i've been reading!..
That's both exagerrated and true, I suppose. Some electronic finders or focus systems which don't do well in low light, others do better in those scenarios. But while iso 400 film works just fine in a film camera and is the film of choice for some people, most digicams are noisy at 400 and really poor at 800. I haven't used the Oly so don't know if it's better or worse than average. Some have slower lenses which aggravates the problem...
So Craig, What camera's have you used in the application.
That TF mentioned ?
In low light? Besides having used a variety of different cameras and films since the 70's, I've compared the results I and others (family, friends, etc.) have gotten with different digicams at a number of functions,like graduations, musicals, talent shows, etc. My S602 hasn't got any focus assist so in really low light situations, there will be times it won't acquire focus. But that tends also to be dark enough to either need flash or to use a tripod. For example, my neighbor's Olympus 740, in side by side shots of our kids getting ready for a school event easily did a better job capturing the girls in their living room, a fairly typical family type shot, from a focus standpoint and from flash use, until I added an external flash (the S602's integral flash is notoriously weak). However, another time, shooting in the auditorium by using the good flash and iso 400, I was able to get shots he just couldn't. But going from screen viewing to prints (for both settings) made the noise much more apparent.
There was plenty of light to focus, not enough to capture the "talent" when moving around. Again, comparing the results at school music programs, one year using Supra 400, the next year in the same venue, the S602 at 400, the difference was obvious. Film blew it away. Trying to capture soccer action at 400 or 800 was a non-starter indoors. So, I have more than enough experience to recognize both the shortcomings of typical digicams (not dslrs) in low light environments and that different cameras will perform differently under the same circumstances..
Has anyone out there got experience with the Oly mju400, & what do you think of it? Are there any other digi cameras with a slpash proof body?..