nikon coolpix 4200/5200 or canon elph (ixus) especially macro ability

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Patrick Mansfield, Feb 5, 2005.

  1. Hi -

    I'm trying to decide whether to buy a compact nikon coolpix (4200 or 5200)
    or a canon elph (ixus, s410, sd300 or sd500). I've read the online

    If you have one of these cameras, how do you rate its macro ability?

    I assume the elphs have similar macro performance. I had a coolpix 880, it
    had superb though slow focusing macro abilities.

    Do you find the lack of manual control on the elph limiting? I sometimes
    like to adjust the shutter speed, or use shutter priority, but rarely.

    4 vs 5 mp is not a major issue; $30 or so more for 5 mp is worth it. I'm
    planning on getting a DSLR (likely a canon eos20d) for high quality images
    and higher zoom, the compact will be for every day usage.

    The size differences are not significant, but all things being equal I
    would go with the smallest camera (sd300). All the cameras are within my
    price range (less than $350 online, for canons
    for nikons).

    Right now I have an Olympus C750UZ, its low light performance is subpar,
    the big zoom is nice but the camera is not fast enough.


    -- Patrick Mansfield
    Patrick Mansfield, Feb 5, 2005
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  2. Patrick Mansfield

    mort Guest


    I'm happy with the "close-up" capability of my Digital Elph S500. However, the
    LCD panel is quite accurate for framing the picture, while the optical
    viewfinder is not. Keep in mind that "macro" usually implies 1:2 or 1:1 size
    ratio of the images, and for that you need a SLR (film?) with a so-called
    macro lens.

    Good luck.

    mort, Feb 6, 2005
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