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 12-15-2003, 14:49 Post: 71252
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I've decided to order an Olympus C-740UZ. Has anyone heard anything bad about this perticular camera?

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 12-15-2003, 14:59 Post: 71253
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I don't own one personally, but from what I've seen it's a pretty nice camera. It has an awesome optical zoom which is great. Digital zooms aren't that great. I see it is using the new X-D card which is nice, but the card that comes with the camera can only handle a few pictures so count on adding a 128 meg or 256 meg card. I have a Fuji Finepix which I've had for a couple of years. My mom just got the Olympus 720 and it's pretty nice. I've been helping her learn how to use it.
I'm sure you'll love the new camera.
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 12-15-2003, 15:34 Post: 71255
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Thanks kubotaguy. You're right about the memory card, it's almost worthless. I've been checking into larger memory too.

I did look seriously at the 750 UZ but couldn't see the 100 bucks more in price. As a matter of fact, I've look at so many cameras, I'm about to go crazy. It's as bad as buying a new tractor (maybe worse but not as expensive).






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 12-15-2003, 16:59 Post: 71256
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I agree with you about the models of cameras. I just got a new one from Sony. I looked at the Olympus, Gateway, HP, FinePix and other models, but decided to get the Sony since it can do some video also. The Sony is a 5MP P10 model with 12X zoom. CompUSA had them on sale, but were out and OfficeMax gave me their 115% price guarantee so I did even better. I got 32MB and 128MB memory sticks. I haven't tried the video, but they claim that it will do 90 mins on the 128MB memory stick. It is about the size of a pack of cigarettes. There are so many features and so many different models, that I finally just made a choice to move forward.

I have a Canon 35mm outfit that I would like to get a digital body for when I have some spare cash lying around.






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 12-15-2003, 18:39 Post: 71263
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I have the earlier 2mp version. Love it for photos at work, but the clarity wasn't quite there since I'm used to 35mm SLR. I understand the 4mp should answer that complaint fairly well.

Although usually I like to be in control of the settings, I have been very pleased with the auto mode results.

Hope you like it. I think you'll really like the optical zoom.






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 12-16-2003, 07:05 Post: 71302
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AC5Z0, normally video's take a tremendous amount of memory. My Fuji Finepix takes 60 second video's with sound and it uses around 10 megs for that short video. I don't think it will do a 90 minute video on one of those memory cards. Also is your 12X zoom all optical? Normally Sony does part optical and part digital. When using the digital zoom I noticed the pics aren't that clear.
As far as increasing the megapixel, normally all that does is increase the picture size not the quality. A 2 megapixel camera will give you a decent 8X10. Also the printer has a lot to do with printing photos. I only print a few photos but if I need good quality photos, I upload them to Kodak's website and order them from there. They are awesome quality and are done on a print machine.
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 12-16-2003, 07:37 Post: 71306
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We'll be upgrading from a 3-year old VISA points camera to this year's VISA points camera. This stuff is changing so fast that I can't see spending real money on something I like until the rate of obsolescence slows down a bit.

This year's VISA camera is a Finepic 3.1 mp with a 10X optical zoom. I noticed that popular current models tend to have 8x opticals with 2x digital zooms. Think I've got that one figured out. Digital zoom enables a person to crop a pic and blow up it up but the resolution is degraded. I think that an 8x optical plus 2x digital is 16x, and the resolution likely is degraded from 5mp to 2.5. I think that camera would have higher resolution at 10X that the 3.1 mp Finepic using a 10X optical zoom--have to keep in mind here that some pix ratings are not real physical pix. I'm guessing it's cheaper to maintain image quality with more pix than with longer opticals. However, having a digital zoom on a camera is not too relevant. They do the same thing as a graphics editor and maybe a good editor does it better.






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Tom, I got bad news if you are waiting for computer technology to slow down. If anything equipment will become obsolete faster and faster. I have been amazed at how fast things are continuing to change in computers. I guess they are like a snowball going downhill, it's only going to go faster!!! Sounds like you have a real nice camera there.






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Tom.... I think an 8x optical plus a 2x digital adds up to 10x.






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Speaking of being passed up by technology; I still have AND use my old Olympus Infinity that carried with me all through the Persian Gulf War. That ole' camera and I have got a lot of memories. At least the camera doesn't suffer from CRS. Wink yeah right I still have my Cannon AE-1 Program too! I did get a chance to play with a Sony digital cameral that the Army bought for us while I was working on the Apache rotor blade trailer project. I forgot the model # but it used a mini CDRW to save the pictures to. It would hold something like 500-600 pictures I think. Was a nice camera but too much money for me.






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