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Which camera to buy: Canon vs Fuji vs Panasonic
I am planning to buy my first digital camera and had shortlisted the following brands:.

Canon SD 870Fuji F100 FDPanasonic FX500.

I take photos outdoors and sometimes in parties. I heard that Panasonic FX 500 produces noisy images , but I am excited about the HD option it provides..

Canon SD 870, It is a reliable model and looks are good. But again I read in forums it provides noisy images at higher ISO..

Fuji F100 FD, I am certainly inclined to this as it has better specs than SD870. Not sure of the Image Quality.

Can you help in finalising the model. I am really confused. I take outdoor shots , parties and functions. I would also take some normal size prints..

Thanks..

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Finmotor wrote:.

I am planning to buy my first digital camera and had shortlisted thefollowing brands:.

Canon SD 870Fuji F100 FDPanasonic FX500.

I take photos outdoors and sometimes in parties. I heard thatPanasonic FX 500 produces noisy images , but I am excited about theHD option it provides..

Canon SD 870, It is a reliable model and looks are good. But again Iread in forums it provides noisy images at higher ISO..

Fuji F100 FD, I am certainly inclined to this as it has better specsthan SD870. Not sure of the Image Quality.

Can you help in finalising the model. I am really confused. I takeoutdoor shots , parties and functions. I would also take some normalsize prints..

Thanks.

I have an SD870IS. It's great. True wide angle, sharp lens, very effective IS, great out-of-camera images, great LCD (makes up for lack of OVF). It is noisy at high ISO, but no more so than other small-sensor cameras...

Comment #1

All the cameras you are looking at have small sensors and small sensors are relatively noisier than large sensors, like DSLRs. Since I don't have any direct experience with any of your listed choices, I can't comment on what camera is "better"..

If you use a pocket size camera, at one time or another you'll have some noise in your images. However, I think many people make too big of an issue about "noise". You will notice the noise if you shoot at higher ISOs ... AND ... view your photos in a large size. Typically, if you print 8x10 or smaller ...

View your photos on a computer monitor in full screen size you probably will NOT be bothered by the "noise"..

However, if you print large or heavily crop your photos, you should consider a larger camera. If you want to take action shots in low light you should consider getting a DSLR, not a pocket point and shoot camera..

- Simon.

Http://scpics.smugmug.com/..

Comment #2

Finmotor wrote:.

I take photos outdoors and sometimes in parties. I heard thatPanasonic FX 500 produces noisy images , but I am excited about theHD option it provides..

Panasonic has improved over the years and the IQ now is on par with others in class. Its lens is better and wider. A/S/M modes, NR control options make it worthy choice..

Canon SD 870, It is a reliable model and looks are good. But again Iread in forums it provides noisy images at higher ISO..

For peace of mind (it pays to be with the leader). The images are noisy but the grainy noise is not that offensive as agressive NR results from many others..

Fuji F100 FD, I am certainly inclined to this as it has better specsthan SD870. Not sure of the Image Quality.

It is better choice (over SD870IS) if you shoot in auto mode. The lens is sharp, more zoom, NR algorithm is bit better than others. Resolution good..

Can you help in finalising the model. I am really confused. I takeoutdoor shots , parties and functions. I would also take some normalsize prints..

My pick - Fuji F100fd.Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

Comment #3

I agree with Simon, they are all good cameras. Instead of splitting hairs over performance get the camera with the features and controls that work best for you. Which is a personal thing, each of us has different ideas on the perfect feature set or control setup..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #4

Your desire to shoot in low light conditions on occasion puts the F100fd way ahead of the pack..

Dave..

Comment #5

Http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM comparison of F100fd (left) & SD870 at ISO 800 (right) shown at full enlargement..

Dave..

Comment #6

Big whoop. Unless most of the indoor shots by the OP are without flash, and end up as 16X20 prints, still no PRACTICAL difference here. If anything I'm surprised the old Canon did that well..

Kelly(Fuji owner)..

Comment #7

KCook wrote:.

Big whoop. Unless most of the indoor shots by the OP are withoutflash, and end up as 16X20 prints, still no PRACTICAL differencehere. If anything I'm surprised the old Canon did that well..

Kelly(Fuji owner).

I agree with Kelley ... for most situations there is no "PRACTICAL" difference between these two photos. The sample photos (100% crops) are an example of "pixel peeping" - blowing up the image so that every individual pixel can be seen. This makes sense only if you are planning to heavily crop an image or to print very large - greater than 8x10..

If you are THAT particular about the individual pixels in your photos, you should be getting AT LEAST an entry level DSLR. If you decide to stay with the pocket sized cameras, then pick a camera that has good "practical" image quality (not pixel peeping) and has the features/price you are looking for. Then ... enjoy it..

Good luck ....

- Simon.

Http://scpics.smugmug.com/..

Comment #8

Scphoto wrote:.

KCook wrote:.

Big whoop. Unless most of the indoor shots by the OP are withoutflash, and end up as 16X20 prints, still no PRACTICAL differencehere. If anything I'm surprised the old Canon did that well..

Kelly(Fuji owner).

I agree with Kelley ... for most situations there is no "PRACTICAL"difference between these two photos. The sample photos (100% crops)are an example of "pixel peeping" - blowing up the image so thatevery individual pixel can be seen. This makes sense only if you areplanning to heavily crop an image or to print very large - greater.

What silly positions to take; Of course one occasionally seeks to enlarge an image which was taken in low light conditions..

KCook said.. " Unless most of the indoor shots by the OP are without flash, and end up as 16X20 prints,...".

Yes, but sometimes OP just might want to do that. Why preclude the possibility? After all, it is dark out about 50% of the time..

A better statement would be if ANY of the photos the OP wants to take will be in low light, no flash conditions, the F100fd would be the camera of choice...

Comment #9

F100fd has bit more zoom, better corner to corner sharpness and better noise reduction algorithm in it's class. Low noise is not all about low light situations (without flash photos). Many times a landscape would have more DR than a camera can capture and to preserve highlights one underexposes. That hides details in shadows. A camera with lower noise gives better chance to revive those details with shadow highlight treatment during PP..

Dave Martin wrote:.

A better statement would be if ANY of the photos the OP wants to takewill be in low light, no flash conditions, the F100fd would be thecamera of choice..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

Comment #10

Dave Martin wrote:.

After all, it is dark out about 50% of the time..

It's only dark 50% of the time if you stay awake 24 hours a day...  .

Folks you have to be kidding me about this discussion. These are not DSLRs or something complicated. This type of camera really shouldn't generate this much of a decision process. There are memory cards that cost more than these cameras do. I realize that price is relative, but even when you're comparing features, these cameras don't have that much to compare..

Just buy the one that's offered in your favorite color or offers a feature that the others don't or is a namebrand currently offers the coolest commercial marketing. They're happy-snap cameras. Just buy one and start taking those happy-snaps (whether day or night)! These are basically party cameras and the final destination of most party camera shots? 640x480 resolution FaceBook or MySpace images..

ChrisEffzeeone now has a Effzeefifty!(Gear in profile)..

Comment #11

Dave Martin wrote:.

Scphoto wrote:.

KCook wrote:.

Big whoop. Unless most of the indoor shots by the OP are withoutflash, and end up as 16X20 prints, still no PRACTICAL differencehere. If anything I'm surprised the old Canon did that well..

Kelly(Fuji owner).

I agree with Kelley ... for most situations there is no "PRACTICAL"difference between these two photos. The sample photos (100% crops)are an example of "pixel peeping" - blowing up the image so thatevery individual pixel can be seen. This makes sense only if you areplanning to heavily crop an image or to print very large - greater.

What silly positions to take; Of course one occasionally seeks toenlarge an image which was taken in low light conditions..

KCook said.. " Unless most of the indoor shots by the OP are withoutflash, and end up as 16X20 prints,...".

Yes, but sometimes OP just might want to do that. Why preclude thepossibility? After all, it is dark out about 50% of the time..

A better statement would be if ANY of the photos the OP wants to takewill be in low light, no flash conditions, the F100fd would be thecamera of choice..

Dave -.

I can't argue with your comment that at some point the OP may want to print large and he may be disappointed in the result. My point is that for someone looking for a small pocket camera, one needs to make choices and compromises so that one is happy with the results the vast majority of the time..

If one is a discerning photographer, almost every camera will produce a disappointing result at some time or another. Of course, the more money you are willing to spend and the more gear you are willing to carry, the fewer disappointments you will have..

Just an example ... A good friend of mine, who is an excellent nature photographer, and his wife just left on a trip to Africa for a month. He has a Nikon D300 and a lot of expensive glass. He told me his camera gear pack weighs 35 pounds. Fortunately, he'll be riding in a jeep (Land Rover?) most of the time. His wife carries a Panasonic FZ10 (4MP, 35-420mm zoom, F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range, shoots JPG).

Obviously, he gets much better photos with his 35 lbs and who knows how many thousands of dollars of gear than does his wife. However, she's happy with what she's got and he's happy with what he's got..

I guess, at some level, it's all about being "happy" with your camera and your photos, and the other choices you make. I think someone who chooses a pocket camera, needs to be realistic about the results he's going to get. That's what I meant when I referred to being "practical"..

Dave - I do agree with the point you made ... I think we are both "right". I'm just looking at it from a different perspective..

- Simon.

Http://scpics.smugmug.com/..

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