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06-15-2007, 05:31 PM
Hello, i was wondering what camera i should buy if i would like a digital camera that has some manual features like manual features! i was thinking some thing like the Sony DSC-F505V but this one is kinda old any suggestions? i can spend no more than $350 and i dont mind a used camera
Thanks for all your help!

Visual Reality
06-15-2007, 05:41 PM
Not enough information...refer to the sticky at the top of the forum.

06-15-2007, 05:54 PM
Sorry! i m an idiot :( heres the info

Budget:less than 350


* What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you?
Needs to be large to be an SLR like right?


How many megapixels will suffice for you?
atleast 5

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

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

Do you care for manual controls?

General Usage

* What will you generally use the camera for?
Outdoors pictures nature and sun rises/sets

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

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

Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?


Are there particular brands you like or hate?
Like canon most but open to almost everything

Are there particular models you already have in mind?
not sure about any please suggest some :D

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


06-15-2007, 06:24 PM

Based on the information that you provided, (thanks for filling out the form)the Canon S-3IS would be one of the best choices. If you could do without IS, and wanted to save some money, take a look at the Fuji S-5700/S-700. With either of these two cameras, you will need need to use falash in low light environments.

If you want to forgo the flash in low light environments, then check out the Fuji S-6000 which excellent high ISO performance, but does not have IS.

Sarah Joyce

06-15-2007, 06:40 PM
Ya i was thinking the S6000FD also but i m not sure does the S6000FD have manual focus with the lens? i mean like turning the lenses i m not sure whats it called...

06-15-2007, 06:58 PM

The S-6000fd has manual zoom. Plus it has both automatic and manual focus. I own a Fuji S-6000fd and like it very much. I have attached a sports photo taken with the S-6000fd for your reference.

Sarah Joyce

06-15-2007, 07:22 PM
I would recommend the Canon S3 IS for its rotating LCD which is really handy over crowds, at kid level, or for candids.

The EVF viewfinder is pretty poor, though. Low light performance is not great if I recall the other posts correctly.

I am in the process of selling my A620 (limited lens FL, otherwise I'd keep it) and plan on getting an S3 IS instead. For outdoor people shots I don't think it can'y be beat - with stereo-sound movies, too :-)

06-15-2007, 07:31 PM
Does the fuji S6000FD have a EVF? or an optical?

David Metsky
06-15-2007, 08:00 PM
All ultrazooms have EVFs, there's no way to put a small 10x or 12x zoom lens in the viewfinder.

It's mentioned in the review: http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/fuji/finepix_s6000fd-review/

06-15-2007, 08:50 PM
K thanks!! i got a few more months before my trip ill hope for a price drop! lol

06-15-2007, 09:31 PM
Oya what type of memory does the S6000FD use? thanks again!

06-15-2007, 10:09 PM
The S-6000 uses XD cards.

Sarah Joyce

06-15-2007, 10:38 PM
Do u think that the S9100 is worth the extra money over the S6000 ? it seems to be about the same except for more MP it can accomidate a CF and a external flash. Also both of them have the manual focus lens thingy lol
Thanks again :D
i feel so stupid for asking so many questions :(

06-16-2007, 04:28 AM
Zeva, don't feel stupid for asking questions - you'd be a lot more stupid to NOT ask the questions :)

I have the Fuji S9500, predecessor to the S9100 / S9600 (European model numbering). As you said, some main differences are the flash hotshoe and the CF card slot. The main downside compared with the S6000 is the ISO sensitivity - the S9100 only goes up to 1600, and from what I've seen of sample images, is possibly slightly noisier at this setting (one and a half times as many pixels in a fractionally larger sensor).

However, there are other advantages, of which a few highlights are: the EVF has better resolution (235kpixels against 115kpixels, which makes manual focussing easier), the LCD is articulated to help with high or low angle shots (though only 2" rather than 2.5"), the control layout is better, having a control wheel for adjusting common settings, and a few more dedicated buttons, which means less fiddling with menus and multiple button presses, and, possibly of minimal interest, there's a thread for a cable release on the shutter button, to avoid camera shake with long exposures on a tripod. :)

06-16-2007, 03:41 PM
Thanks! the 9100 seems more appealing because i know CF cards are more easily accessible and are cheaper than the XD but the 6000FD seem to have alot of features also >< so many decisions... :(

06-16-2007, 04:19 PM
Grrrrr the 6500 has a $50 rebate :9 http://www.fujifilmrebates.com/orstore/productsearch.aspx?categoryid=

06-16-2007, 05:21 PM
Thanks! the 9100 seems more appealing because i know CF cards are more easily accessible and are cheaper than the XD but the 6000FD seem to have alot of features also >< so many decisions... :(

I recently bought a high-speed 1 GB xD card for $30 from Circuit City, which is more than a 1gb CF card, but I don't think the difference is enough to sway a camera decision.

Also, the S6000 uses a newer iteration of the Fuji Super CCD sensor than the S9100. Websites that have reviewed both Fuji's seem to indicate (sometimes obliquely) that the S6000 produces somewhat better images than the S9100, or at least that it is easier to produce great images with the S6000 than the S9100. It could simply be that the lens is better suited to a 6mp sensor than a 9mp sensor.

06-16-2007, 05:55 PM
IC on amazon theres a 1gb XD going for 15 right now

06-20-2007, 04:39 PM
are there any other cameras that have an manual zoom and manual controls? thanks!

06-20-2007, 10:24 PM
are there any other cameras that have an manual zoom and manual controls? thanks!
Panasonic Lumix FZ50. But like all Panasonics it's has been bashed for high noise level.

06-21-2007, 02:36 AM
Other major differences between Panasonic FZ50 and the Fujis: FZ50 has more telephoto (420mm equiv against 300mm) - better for wildlife, but less wide angle (35mm against 28mm) - the Fujis would be better for landscapes.

FZ50 has Optical Image Stabilisation, which can be very helpful for static subjects at long zoom, but less useful when the subject is moving (although John Reed has posted some great pictures of birds in flight taken with its predecessor, the FZ30).

The FZ50 noise issue isn't so much noise, but excessive noise reduction, which smears fine detail at high ISO (although the Fuji S9100 is also possibly guilty of this, it's not as extreme). The Fujis, particularly the S6000, allow use of higher ISO, which can enable faster shutter speeds to avoid motion blur as well as camera shake.

06-21-2007, 08:02 PM
wow... the panasonic ones cost ALOT more lol