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Old 10-13-2006, 11:44 AM   #61
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I have the H5 and like it. The only other difference from the H2 than MP is it has a huge 3" LCD.

Don't pay any attention to the battery meter. It is inaccurate. It will show you need to change the battery way before you need to. With rechargable AA batteries being cheap I ignore it and carry spares. I let it shut down then change them.

The flash is slow to recycle but it is one of the strongest around. I haven't done it yet but I think you can vary the strength and this will recycle it faster.

It uses the Duo Memory sticks.

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Old 10-13-2006, 12:00 PM   #62
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thanks for your advice.I hav recently been getting frustrated with the x3 zoom so will have a look at the above options.
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:22 PM   #63
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I also have the Panasonic TZ1 that I like. It is a 10x zoom and is small.

The Panasonic fz50 is a 12x zoom. It also has an external flash shoe and shoots RAW format in addition to JPEG.
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Old 10-13-2006, 04:57 PM   #64
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Manning, I just bought the same camera. Have you burned video from your camera to a dvd yet? If yes, how is the quality. I'm not sure if I should invest in a dvd burner or not. I bought the camera mainly for taking pictures not video. But if the video will be good quality I'll get the burner. Would be interested in any info you have. Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2006, 07:54 PM   #65
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A DVD burner is only $30 or so nowadays... it's worth getting in any case IMHO!

DVD media is much cheaper "per meg" than CD media now, too.
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Old 10-13-2006, 08:08 PM   #66
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thanks guys,had a look at the H2 and H5.Can feel a shopping spree coming on!!
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Old 10-13-2006, 08:43 PM   #67
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Do the H2 and H5 take your kind of memory sticks? We were going to try to stick with Sony, but the memory stick styles have changed. None that we saw still used the rectangular sony memory, but rather a new, shorter, more "squared" version. We ended up going with the famed (on this board anyway) Canon S3-IS because if we were going to have to buy new memory anyway...we wanted that camera.

You may already know all of this, but I thought I'd try to help, just in case. Our old camera is only like a year and a half or so old, and it was still on the longer memory sticks.
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Old 10-13-2006, 08:48 PM   #68
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Manning, I just bought the same camera. Have you burned video from your camera to a DVD yet? If yes, how is the quality. I'm not sure if I should invest in a DVD burner or not. I bought the camera mainly for taking pictures not video. But if the video will be good quality I'll get the burner. Would be interested in any info you have. Thanks!

Do you already have a burner on your computer? If it is relatively new I think they are equipped with a burner. I may be wrong. If you don't have one I would get one, they are relatively cheap.

I haven't burned any yet, just taking test shots which look good. I also have a camcorder.

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Manning, I just bought the same camera. Have you burned video from your camera to a dvd yet? If yes, how is the quality. I'm not sure if I should invest in a dvd burner or not. I bought the camera mainly for taking pictures not video. But if the video will be good quality I'll get the burner. Would be interested in any info you have. Thanks!
Definately get a DVD burner. To archive photos ,make slideshows and for general computer file backups.


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Old 10-14-2006, 12:11 AM   #70
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stay with sony purely because i have all the memory sticks.
I wouldn't chose the camera based on its needing memory sticks. In fact, I'd lean towards getting something that used CF or SD cards rather than Sony's proprietary memory stick format. The others are industry standards that enjoy widespread support. With memory sticks, you are essentially tying yourself to Sony equipment in the future because no one else supports it.

Also, memory is pretty cheap these days. It's easy to find a 1 gig SD or CF card for under $20.

My advice is to pick the best camera for your needs and not to worry about the type of memory it uses. If anything I'd lean towards a camera that uses SD or CF because you are more likely to be able to share that memory with other devices (my GPS uses micro SD, my phone uses micro SD, the Nintendo Wii uses SD, my camcorder uses CF).
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Just an FYI - if cost is an issue, the Panasonic FZ50 that was mentioned above is over $600, however, the Panasonic DMC-FZ7K Digital Camera is 12x zoom as well, but is only about $300 .. less MP, but how much do you REALLY need, for the extra $300 or so .. I have researched the sony, canon, and panasonic, and now i think i am going to go with the panasonic.. It is cheaper, and uses the SD card vs the exclusive Sony sticks..
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I think you are all right about the memory issue.I was only going to stick with sony as i have all the sticks (they are still quite expensive in UK).However,i could get a smarter camera with 1 memory card and then buy a few when i get over there.
So which camera would any of you advise?Don't want anything especially fancy,just better optical zoom.

Thank you everyone for making me think it through.
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Old 10-14-2006, 07:43 PM   #73
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Heck I will buy memory and send it to you if that is the cheapest way. As long as it is not illegal for me. You can send funds to my paypal account. I won't even charge for an envelope!

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Just an FYI, I have a Sony with a 3x optical zoom, a Panasonic Lumix FZ-5 and a Canon Rebel XT. The Sony is hugely frustrating due to it's lack of zoom, and the fact that it has a great deal of lag time between shots, the Panasonic (which has a 12x optical zoom, a 432mm equiv) solves both if those problems but has a LOT of noise at any ISO over 200, and only is capable of a 400 ISO, limiting for shooting any type of indoor sport. The only way I have found to solve all of the above problems.....the Rebel XT. Other than the ISO issues I like the Panasonic, but if you shoot sports I would suggest looking elsewhere for another camera with less noise issues. Good luck!!!!
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Heck I will buy memory and send it to you if that is the cheapest way. As long as it is not illegal for me. You can send funds to my paypal account. I won't even charge for an envelope!

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aw that is so kind of you .When i bought some memory for the sony i actually did buy it from america via ebay (it really is so much cheaper over there).
When i decide on my new camera i may take you up on the offer of getting it for me -thank you so much.
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