10X Zoom Camera What is the best choice

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by sja68, Mar 3, 2004.

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    sja68 Guest

    Hi, I would like to purchase a camera with 10x zoom. I've looked at
    the Kodak, Olympus, and read about the new Canon S1. I really don't
    know what is the best choice and would like some feedback.

    Thanks for your help.
    sja68, Mar 3, 2004
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  2. Theres the Panasonic Lumix series with Leica lens. It is spoken of well.

    Regards, Guenter
    Guenter Fieblinger, Mar 3, 2004
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    al-Farrob Guest

    I have an Olympus c-730uz and I like it very much
    Now you have the 740 which is almost alike and the 750
    al-Farrob, Mar 3, 2004
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    ellis veech Guest

    I've got one of the first 740s and have had real good results with it.
    ellis veech, Mar 3, 2004
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    SD Guest

    Also check out the Toshiba PDR M700 (Canon lens), Minolta Dimage Z1 (I
    think theres also a Z2 now).
    SD, Mar 3, 2004
  6. I bought a Kodak DX6490, because it was $200 (Australian) cheaper than the
    Olympus 750. I would have bought the Olympus if I could afford it because it has
    1 more megapixel I believe, and possibly a manual focus which I wish my DX6490
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?BenOne=A9?=, Mar 3, 2004

  7. No they both have the same amount of pixels, in fact the Kodak has just a
    few dozen more.
    Have been trying out a 6490 for a week and am very impressed with it,
    especially it's gorgeous big screen and it's brilliant low light
    auto-focus - with that you don't really need manual focus :)
    But all things considered the Olympus has slightly better performance - more
    functions and less compression than the Kodak - that's probably the only
    real downer with the 6490 - even at max quality it's compression is too
    high - great for small file sizes but no good when cropping and enlarging
    especially where there are large solid areas or even worse - human
    faces/flesh involved.

    BTW Megamart have both the Kodak and the Oly750 at the same price of $849 at
    the moment (yes we are ripped off down under!) - probably because of the new
    Oly 770 that's due in April....
    AngryofMayfair, Mar 3, 2004
  8. Check the camera reviews. In your case the lens quality will be very
    important. A sharp 10x zoom is non-trivial to construct. Inexpensive
    compact wide-range zoom lenses typically stop gaining detail past 6x.
    After that the results are no better than digital zoom.
    Kevin McMurtrie, Mar 4, 2004
  9. I bought my DX6490 for $860 at JB HiFi 4.5 months ago. At that time, they were
    retailing for $1000 and on sale for $50 less. I haggled hard. The oly was $200
    more I think.

    On a side note, I took a photo yesterday with my 6490 that was 1.8Mb in size.
    I don't think there was much compression in that one.
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?BenOne=A9?=, Mar 4, 2004
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    John Navas Guest

    [POSTED TO rec.photo.digital - REPLY ON USENET PLEASE]

    In <[email protected]> on Thu, 04 Mar 2004 20:59:03 GMT, BenOneĀ©
    4 MP true color uncompressed TIFF is 12 MB, so that image was compressed
    almost 7:1, which is significant.
    John Navas, Mar 4, 2004
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    JJ Guest

    Yep, there is the 4 meg DMC-FZ10K for $600 list and ~$500 street.
    It has a dslr form factor and is not a pocket sized camera.
    I'm seriously considering this camera as a stop gap until Nikon either
    puts out a less than $1500 dslr that will meter with my manual focus
    lens or gets put out of bidness by Canon. :) (or I might just get
    the D70...)

    I think there is also a 2 meg version with the same/similar Leica
    lens. One wag on one of the digicam websites said to put some black
    tape over the Panasonic label and tell people it is a Leica camera.
    If I get one, I am doing this! :)

    JJ, Mar 5, 2004
  12. I bought my DX6490 for $860 at JB HiFi 4.5 months ago. At that time, they
    JB still have both the Oly750 & the Kodak 6490 on the shelf at $999 despite
    them selling at Megamart for $849, perhaps they know that Megamart have
    nothing but the demo models of the 750 left and are also close to nil stk on
    the 6490.
    I exchanged the 6490 for the Oly750 and i can't say that I am over the moon
    about the swap - perhaps I have been spoilt be the large Kodak LCD and it's
    excellent useability as I am really struggling with the 750's teeeny screen
    and convoluted menu system - far less user-friendly. Still, I am hoping
    that the aquaintence will grow and once I find my way around the menu then
    hopefully I can acheive some comparable if not better results to the
    The Oly's low light auto focus is a joke though - totally useless compared
    to Kodak's excellent (almost night vision) screen boost and 'hybrid'
    auto-focus system...
    Also when you add the additional costs of the required XD card ($230) which
    was not a prob with the Kodak as I already had a 256mb SD card to use with
    it, plus the fact that Olympus Australia does not see us worthy enough to
    supply a set of rechargables and a charger (another $90) like they do in the
    US (for less than $500 US all up!) and then you find that they also try and
    screw another $20 US out of you to upgrade from the supplied 'light'
    software to the real thing, hmm, I'm beginning to smell a rat here.... :-(
    AngryofMayfair, Mar 5, 2004
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    Dave Guest

    See if the FZ10 owners have assembled a gripe list...

    Dave, Mar 5, 2004
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Why do I get the impression you would have been happier, and better off,
    staying with the Kodak?
    Ron Hunter, Mar 5, 2004
  15. Yeah.. I'm confused.

    Russell Hobman, Mar 6, 2004
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