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Old 12-10-2006, 08:15 PM
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Default Digital camera choice-Sony or Olympus?

Looking at cameras as a gift for the admiral.

I have it narrowed down to the Olympus SP 510, and the Sony DSCH5.

Both have image stabilization, about the same pixel count, zoom and other features. The Sony has the largest viewing screen.

Ease of use is important.

Does anyone have experience with either of these two cameras?

Thanks for any replies
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Old 12-10-2006, 08:19 PM
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I know its not one of your choices but Fuji is a top notch camera, I have used sony cams and I do not like them at all.
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Old 12-10-2006, 10:06 PM
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Not the same model but we have been very happy with our 2 year old Olympus Stylus 300.
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Old 12-10-2006, 10:38 PM
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I have a Sony and basically hate it. Had a Canon ELF, and I miss it terribly, just can't justify getting a new one right now.
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:56 AM
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With the problems Sony has had with the E-18 error codes on their zoom lenses, I'd avoid any Sony digital camera until this matter is resolved.

Lots of other good digital camera's available!!

"The long-standing "E18" controversy, named after an error that displays when the lens can no longer extend or retract, is in the forefront again. Users with Canon point-and-shoots, including the A and SD product lines, have long complained of the problem."

"Canon has not reported any defect with the cameras and typically doesn't pay to repair affected cameras that are out of warranty."

Canon says the E18 error arises when anything prevents the lens from properly extending or retracting. For example, the lens can freeze or stick if a camera is subjected to external shock or if any substance (such as liquid, sand, or dirt) seeps into the unit, says the company. Or, if a camera powers on while inside a bag and something prevents the lens from extracting, a user could be affected, Canon says.

The ongoing controversy centers around Canon camera owners who insist that they did not cause their camera woes and feel Canon should fix the problems for free. They've made their stories known on a range of Internet user forums and blogs, including those on Digital Photography Review, Imaging Resource, and The Juggle Zone.

To help keep your camera problem-free, Canon recommends not touching the lens or its surrounding area. The company also suggests that you make sure the power is off before storing your camera in its case.

If you get hit with the dreaded E18 error, and turning the camera off and on again doesn't take care of it, Canon suggests contacting the store where you bought the unit, taking it to the nearest service center, or calling Canon's tech support at 800/828-4040.

If your camera is still under warranty and you need to send it to Canon, the company's tech support says it will examine E18 problems on a case-by-case basis to decide if the warranty covers the repairs. But if the warranty has expired, you will pay.

ConsumerAffairs.com reported last fall that the Chicago-based law firm of Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of camera owners affected by the E18 problem. Neither Canon nor the law firm would comment on the pending litigation. A San Francisco-based law firm, Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo, is also looking into the matter.


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Old 12-11-2006, 12:45 PM
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I have the Sony DSC-H5 and I am purely satisfied with it. the zoom is awesome and the picture quality is excellent.

I have not had any issues as mentioned above and my only complaints are as follows..

1. The flash can be a little slow to recharge for rapid shooting. Now, when I say slow, it's like 5-8 seconds but that seems like an eternity when you are trying to take quick pictures.. I attribute this slowness to the batteries since I have found the non-rechargable batteries do work pretty quick (like 3-5 seconds).

2. While it is minor, there is an ever so slight delay on the shutter however, on the action mode, it is just about instantaneous. Compared to my old camera, it's lightning quick! In the action mode or rapid picture mode, you can literally snap a picture about every 1/2 second - basically about as fast as you can click on it, re-center the shot and then click again..

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Old 12-11-2006, 03:00 PM
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Take the Sony. It has Zeiss optics, a 12x optical zoom, and the larger LCD display with improved resolution. The Oly has a little wider ISO but even the best digital cameras costing thousands of dollars have trouble producing an image without extraneous grain at ISOs above 800. That said, the Oly is claiming 2 stops faster than the Sony and that is significant.

Don’t know if it matters to you but you might want to take a look at the user manuals for each camera online. That alone can make a significant difference that may swing you one way or the other. The Oly has a smorgasbord of scene mode, the Sony has the basics. Having a lot of scene modes can be good or it can be bad.

Did you checkout the reviews at Digital Photo Review to see if there wsa anything special about either camera that impressed you?

http://www.dpreview.com

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Old 12-11-2006, 06:59 PM
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I have a Sony DSC-W1 and bought the wife a DSC-S60 last christmas. I have experienced the same things that Reelwork stated but I still love the cameras. My boss bought a W5 for work a year or so ago (newer version of W1) and also bought his wife a W7 for christmas last year and is also very happy. I guess alot depends on what you want out of a camera and I was advised by someone that was pretty seriously into the hobby to by camera names but I have to say I have been happy with my sony.
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:43 PM
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I have had a Sony DSCH5 for a little over a month and it is taking while to get used to it. I replaced an Olympus C-2100 which was one of the first UZ's with stabilization 6 or 8 years ago. Compared to the Olympus the H5 is small and the controls are very small. I have a hard time picking up the camera without pressing one of the control buttons. The pictures and features are great and in time I'm sure I will get used to handling it, but in the meantime I am missing my old Olympus. There is also more shutter delay than I expected. If I had it to do over I would probably spring for a digital SLR.
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Old 12-17-2006, 07:26 PM
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The best camera is the one you have with you when a photo opportunity comes up. Lots of larger cameras might be better than mine, however mine is in my shirt pocket (with a neck strap) most of the time.

Thats why i keep updating my Canon cameras, Just got a Canon Elph SD800, love it.



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Old 12-17-2006, 08:48 PM
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own 3 sony digitals and about to buy another for xmas...love em...every pic posted here has been with a sony....works for me...
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Old 12-17-2006, 11:09 PM
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Damn! I thought that thing with the lens on my old Canon was my fault!! Guess I should join the class action Or maybe not... It was annoying though.

Again, not one of your chosen brands, but I recently saw a waterproof Pentax. It is shock proof to some degree and it is waterproof to about 5' for 30 minutes. My wife bought it for me for Chanukah, but I took it back b/c my Sony still works, despite how much I don't like it, I just couldn't justify spending the dough on the camera. Better spent on a new boat cover...

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Old 12-18-2006, 02:41 AM
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I purchased an Olympus last year, loved the camera but their software and customer service sucks. The camera came with what they called the Olympus "Master" software, when I tried to put some photos on a CD I found I had to "Upgrade" the software to the tune of $50, I liked the camera enough that I did it even though I thought it was BS, after I loaded the software I still couldn't get the photos onto a CD, I played email tag with their customer service for a week or so and they finally said maybe I should just call them, when I got in touch with a real person she asked what I had for a computer and what the CD trays were, Dell Computer, HP and samsung CD trays, don't get too much more main stream than that, lady put me on hold for a couple of minutes then came back on and told me that the software wasn't compatable with my CD trays, she said they would refund my money for the software up grade but that was the last I heard about that and it's been over six months. I took the camera back to Costco and returned it, bought a Kodak and love it. I guess the long and short of this reply is buy what ever you want as long as it isn't Olympus.
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Old 12-18-2006, 09:44 AM
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I bought the sony dsc last year when it was a 5.1 megapixel and now I think it's 6.1. I bought it on ebay and it came with a tripod, 256 mb card, wide angle lens, carrying case and cleaning kit for about $400. At the time it was the lowest I could find. I bought a 1 gig card for $90 and now the same card is like half that. The pics I take with it are great and love it more than my old camera. It has a movie (mpeg) mode as well that is OK in a pinch but has very good sound quality. The camera has more functions than I use and I like the size - it fits my hand well. Also it has tons of auto settings for shutter, ISO etc. very handy at ball games, low light shots and others.

Well worth the money if you're looking to get new and go better than a point and shoot and not spend digital SLR $$$; look at the sony.

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Old 12-18-2006, 11:03 AM
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Thanks for all the replies. I bought the Sony. Hope the admiral can use it well enough.
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Old 12-19-2006, 04:44 PM
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Had a Sony Cyber Shot 7.2 mega pixel and loved it, till the daughter took it to school and it ws stolen. The camera took excellent quality photo's, better than my father's Kodak camera. The larger screen I think is important and easier to use than looking through the lens. I alway's buy Sony products and have never had a single problem. ( Think it was the DSC-W7 model)
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