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Re: [Killietalk] Digital cameras
George & Melanie wrote:
I know we have had a lot of comments on digital cameras on this list but
I am in need of a newer digital camera and thought as long as I am
getting a new camera I should get one that I could use to take pictures
of some of my killies. The cameras real use is for my wife's real estate
business. I am looking at the Canon G3 and the Nikon coolpix 5000 or
5400. Has anyone had any experiences with these cameras?? Would
appreciate any input.
No personal experience, but I always check such things out at Steve's
digicams and the dpreview sites. http://www.steves-digicams.com/ and
http://www.dpreview.com/ They are good, if you read between the lines.
[They don't like to anger folks who give them free cameras to test.]
Things to watch for. Autofocus and autoexposure settings are always too
slow to catch even a leisurely-moving killy. Shutter delay is a killer
on fish, pets and fast-moving small children. You'll get nothing but
tail pictures of the fish. A half-press of the shutter release will
preset them, so you can wait for the moment and finish the press. The
remaining shutter delay *should* be very low, but isn't on some cameras.
Check it out before buying.
Even full manual cameras can have an annoying delay from when the fish
was facing properly and the shutter actually works, too. Not acceptable
in a fish camera.
The ergonomics of that "half-press" are from great to terrible from one
camera to another. Get one in your hands, and practice setting the
half-press and holding it for at least 10 seconds before taking a
picture of your friend's moving hand (emulating a fish). The difference
between half-press to set auto functions and full to take the picture
must be very distinct in that excitement of catching that special
instant as the fish do the nasty.
My general impression of Nikon consumer cameras is that their lenses are
terrible. They may have great macro functions, but the chromatic
aberration, small aperture, etc. are too great a price to pay for that.
They are among the best of the high end cameras and really bad in
consumer cameras, IMO.
The Canon, with an added close-up lens set should give much better
results, all other things being equal (which they never are). The lens
is way faster, I think.
Be aware that the G3 is two generations back, and great improvements
have been made in noise and other factors in some of the newer models.
Read the reviews carefully. G5 is the current model in that line.
For her real-estate business, don't forget to factor in a wide-angle
adapter. They are essential for interior work, as is an external flash
in some cases. [The internal flashes in consumer cameras are pretty
worthless for anything more that a few feet away.]
I suppose she will need and like the handy "Point and Shoot" capability,
but those designs are always in conflict with nice fish pics, I find.
I'd hold out for the new Canon Digital Rebel 300D kit. It comes with a
useful lens and would be way better for the real-estate pictures. ;-)
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