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Old 04-17-2002, 09:17 PM
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Cannon Powershot G2 or Nikon Coolpix 5000

I'm about to purchase my third digital camera. I am a bit of a techie person and find I jump on the high tech bandwagon a little too fast. I bought one of the first Rio Mp3 players, only to discover in 6 months a flood of newer and more powerful players at a cheaper price. I also purchased one of the first digital cameras - Epson with the resolution of 640x480 - ooooh. Then I decided to invest in a higher res. camera (no kidding). My husband actually bought it for me for Christmas - so I hadn't had the chance to research it much. It was the Kodak DC280 2 mega pixel. Not a bad little camera. In time I was to discover but it had a great deal of shortfalls...At the top of the list was it's LCD screen. Hello, take it out on a bright day... and forget about seeing a single thing. Second was it's poor built in flash. No hot shoe or ability to mount a slave flash. I just as soon give up taking a night indoor picture. No threads to attach additional lenses - I had to purchase a special mounting unit to attach macho lenses - not good. Finally, the format can only be saved in jpeg. So, with that, I'm endevouring to find a new camera that will last me "a while" as these are not cheap. So, I have done my homework and would love to ask anyone that might own the Cannon Powershot G2 or the new Nikon Coolpix 5000 to give me their feedback. Both camera have a pivitable LCD screen (yeah), both have hot shoe, thread to additional lenses, and finally raw format storage. The extras like CCD, white balance are also a nice bonus.

Your feedback would be so appreciated!

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Old 04-17-2002, 10:30 PM
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Hi Lisa,
I can't help you on this issue myself but I did a Google search for Digital camera reviews and got alot of interesting sites. Here's three of them. I would look for reviews from owners of the cameras you are looking to choose. They would be the most honest since they have nothing to gain or loose from their opinions. Good luck. I envy you getting such a nice new toy. Let us know what you get and how you like it. The first one looks the best for getting some good user info.

http://www.pcphotoreview.com/pscCame...S_3098crx.aspx

http://www.zdnet.com/special/filters/sc/camera/

http://www.dpreview.com/
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Old 04-17-2002, 11:27 PM
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HI Lisa,
I have the Nikon Cool Pix 5000. So far the photos have been great although I've had little time to delve into the finer points of operating the camera as yet. The one thing that annoys me about it is that the screen goes into power saving mode far too quickly. Although I suspect that if I actually took the time too real the manual I would discover how to adjust the timing of the power down. I bought an external flash unit as an extra but have not had the occasion to use it as yet, the built in flash is quite good and has worked well under some of the poor lighting conditions. I would love to get some longer lenses but that will have to wait a while till the finances recover. I'll post some of the photos on my web site so that you can have a look at the results I have so far.

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Old 04-17-2002, 11:43 PM
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Thanks for the review links DJ - I do like your suggestion to look at the reviews from the owners. I have gone to dpreview and other sites to research the camera's and compair them. The consensis is most people like the Canon G2 better. However, the perplexing part is that the Nikon is a much more powerful camera - but appears to be a bit too complicated for the average Joe to use. I put myself in the average Joe category - as just about everything I do in life has been self taught. I learn mainly by playing around.

Thank you Sanda for your input and posting a link to some pictures. What impresses me about your pictures is, the size: the tractor / truck image stands out the most. Not being a standard 35mm in this case has it's advantages (28-85mm). Most of the images look a bit on the dark side. Have you used the white balance or fooled around with the settings? I'm curious. Still in all, very impressed! Thank you so much.

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Old 04-18-2002, 12:08 AM
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Lisa,
Yes the size of the photos is very good. I've been able to print 8"x10"s easily from the files.

No I haven't played with any of the settings yet, I've been a bit lazy. I've spent more of my time playing with my new printer and scanner that's what I get for buying 3 pieces of new equipment at once, I need more hours in the day at the moment.
I need to sit down and read the manual and get the camera set up properly. The photos you saw were with the settings on the camnera that came straight out of the box. I was hoping that one of my sons would read the manual and set it up for me but as usual they didn't, guess that would be too much to ask for.
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Old 04-19-2002, 12:12 AM
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Hi Sanda,

Well, if I get the Nikon - which I do believe it a more powerful camera - you can bet your bottom dollar I will keep you posted with my new discoveries and settings. The only issue with the Nikon would be the proprietary battery and the fact that you pay over 1,200 for a digital camera and get a mere 32mb memory card!

I appreciate the time you've taken to help me with my decision.

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Old 05-03-2002, 01:12 PM
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Nikkon Coolpix 5000!

I got it! I got it! I got it!!!

Any requests?

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I got one. Give us a break down on the features you like about it. You can't get a new toy here and not let us in on the details. You should know that by now.
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Old 05-03-2002, 03:22 PM
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Lisa,

I've been considering the Nikon 5000. I checked one out at Bests and that little camera fits my hands pefectly.

My most pressing concern is how well it takes indoor photos on the manual settings. Would you mind posting one?

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Old 05-03-2002, 04:03 PM
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I have my daughters 12 birthday party today at an indoor bowling lane.. I'll test it out. I too am anxious to see how the indoor lighting will affect this image. I am happy it has a hot shoe for additional flash. I guess I'll have to wait for Christmas for that!

I'll keep you posted

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