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  1. #11
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    Mar 2006
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    I guess I'll leave the dirty work to the XT. That still leaves me with the decision of which to get.

    I think I'm leaning the sony direction right now. I think if I get into this the live histogram would be a nice feature to have; it actually seems like something that you can use pretty regularly if I understand its function. You basically want a nice curve spanning from one end to the other is what I've gathered. Also, the battery/MC door seems to be sturdier on the sony and the lens cap seems like it will stay on better. From what I've read there are both average on the canon and the cap falls off alot. So as of right now its the sony.

    Anyone care to tell me otherwise?
    Last edited by gtchief; 03-10-2006 at 01:03 PM.

  2. #12
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    Mar 2006
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    I went to best buy this past weekend and took some pics with the canon S2. I was mainly playing around with auto mode and really wasnt too thrilled with what I saw when I got home. The shots that came out good were really nice, but alot of them didnt come out very clear. This is both near and far in the store, which I feel is pretty well lit. I was using a basic SD card, no high speed or anything, but was also only taking simple basic shots.

    I wasnt able to test out the sony h1 since I dont have a stick for it. Walmart has the sony for $350 right now; so I think its pushing me closer to it.

    I'm just annoyed I need/want this camera before all the new stuff is released. I would consider the panasonic fz7, but that stupid battery pack. How do people who have them find the life of the pack to be? As in holding a charge of the same duration and not dying out quickly after alot of charges.

    Thanks for everyones help here. Its been great so far.

  3. #13
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    Sep 2004
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    Panasonic FZ 15 on trip to Europe

    Last summer I took my Panasonic FZ 15 to Europe and loved it. The long lense allowed me to shoot everything I could see and the camera's ergonomics made it easy to adjust setttings as I needed.

    I brought two batteries and charged one while I used the other. I had no problems with a low battery, especially when I limited my shooting to the view finder only.

    My biggest problem was having enough memory, fortunately my wife's family let me burn a few CD's so I could free up more SD memory.

    If a digital SLR is not on your options list, you will be very happy with a long lense super zoom like the FZ7 or FZ30. If you are considering an SLR, I replaced the Panasonic with a Nikon D50. It's more cumbersome than the superzoom but the image quality, especially in low light, is far beyond what a non-SLR can provide. Nikon makes a beautiful 18-200mm image stabilized zoom for $750,the D50 is around $550. That system would be awesome to travel with.

    Bon Voyage!

  4. #14
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    Mar 2006
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    Finally did it

    Well I finally went out last night and picked up a Sony H1 for $350. I got it home and immediately took some pictures until the batteries died. I put them on my computer and am very happy with how they came out. I went into a completely dark room in my house and the flash lit it up amazingly. I really wasnt expecting it to be nearly that bright so it was great. I definitely saw how the flash over exposes some shots. I can wait to get home from work today and start playing with it more since the batteries will have a nice fresh charge. Thank you everyone for your help and hopefully this will be the camera for me.

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