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E^vol
06-12-2007, 08:33 PM
Budget

$1000 or less

Size

Wife prefers the larger size and "grip" of the A640 vs. SD800 (for example)

Features

How many megapixels will suffice for you?

8 to 10

What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x, Other - Specify)

4x minimum, 6x is nice, 10x-12x is great.

How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)

10 ! (on the computer)

Do you care for manual controls?

Nope, I'll have it set on Auto most of the time.

General Usage

What will you generally use the camera for?

Downhill mountain biking photos and videos.
Family photos.

Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?

Nope. All viewed on computer. We live in a digital world.

Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?

Maybe... In the shadows of the trees during biking.

Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?

Yes. Downhill mountain biking. Drops, jumps, etc...(remember, Auto mode ;) )

Miscellaneous

Are there particular brands you like or hate?

Canon A70 & A620 = Great experiences
Sony DSC-W50 = Crappy experiences

Are there particular models you already have in mind?

Canon PowerShot S5 IS, G7, A640

(If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)

Video = 640x480/30fps. (For biking - I really like the idea of being able to record a video of the entire stunt and snapping a still of the "money shot" during the apex of the jump or drop)
Image stabilization.
Wife likes rotating LCD (To protect the LCD when closed).
I am only interested in cameras that support SDHC cards as I'll buy an 8Gb Class 6 card minimum.


Basically, I think the S5 IS would be great for me.
I can shoot a video & a still at the same time.
I have a 2.5" LCD that rotates closed.
Adjustable zoom during video.
Image stabilization.
SDHC support up to 2Tb. (I called Canon USA)

But I'm a bit worried that the video will pause slightly when I take a still (I read this happens with the S3 IS). Also, people complain about the image quality. I want nice pics, but as long as the quality will be equal to or great than the A70 & A620, I'll be happy.

I'm not worried about file sizes for the computer, as I already have a TeraByte of HDD space and plan to add another TB soon.

If anyone has any other options for what I'm looking for, please let me know...
Thank you for your time and help with this matter,

David Metsky
06-13-2007, 07:58 AM
But I'm a bit worried that the video will pause slightly when I take a still (I read this happens with the S3 IS).
Yup, this is going to happen on the S5 as well. It's certainly noticeable if you view the video as a whole; things stop, black screen, they start up again. If you want to capture the apex of a jump I find it better to shoot in continuous mode and shoot the video separately.


Also, people complain about the image quality. I want nice pics, but as long as the quality will be equal to or great than the A70 & A620, I'll be happy.
Then you should be happy.

E^vol
06-13-2007, 04:03 PM
Thank you for your quick reply.
How bad is the pause during video when taking a still image? (S3 IS)

Would there be any other cameras that could shoot video and a still at the same time ?

David Metsky
06-14-2007, 08:34 AM
Take a look here (http://www.hikethewhites.com/dcrp/s3_sample.avi).

Not sure what other cameras offer this option. As I said, if you want to capture still shots of action, I find that burst mode is key. Having shot a lot of skiing this winter (jumps, bumps, etc) you can really only do one thing at a time (video vs stills).

-dave-