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Canon A590IS for $160+tx is it better than Panasonic DMC-LZ7 @$170 reg.$300

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Canon A590IS for $160+tx is it better than Panasonic DMC-LZ7 @$170 reg.$300

EDIT 10:56 AM July 4th, 2008:
Bought the Canon A590IS for $158+tx at futureshop but is the Panasonic DMC-LZ7 on sale for $170 with regular price $300 a better buy?

Jul 3rd, 2008 at 07:10 AM wrote:Just like my thread in request a deal I need some advice on the following. I need to buy today this morning.
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Skip the Samsungs.

Pretty much all compact cameras today use SD cards.
Deal with it.
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did you even look at the samsung?

"The Samsung S85 is a high resolution digital camera that is equipped with true-colour filtered 8.2MP CCD with produces highly detailed photos for printing up to poster size. In addition, the Samsung S85 has 5x optical and a 2.5" LCD with improved contrast

Zoom Range: 5x optical, 5x digital
Megapixels: 8.2MP
Memory/Memory Type: 20MB, multiple compatibility
Preview Screen Size: 2.5" LCD TFT
Power Requirements: 2x AA Alkaline Primary Battery; SNB-2512B rechargeable
Image stabilization: Yes."
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Ghetto_Child wrote:
Jul 3rd, 2008 9:27 am
did you even look at the samsung?
Yes. You're just looking at numbers.

8mp is more than plenty, and more is not always better. Also, the 5x optical zoom (omg more must be better!) starts at a not-so-wide 38mm. The Canon, while it doesn't offer the same reach, starts at a more usable 35mm. Digital zoom is useless.
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A590IS is a solid camera.
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You won't go wrong with a Canon. Panasonic LZ8 or FS3 are also good. Sears will have LZ8 for $149.99 on July 5 & 6.
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2.0 mps? Are you kidding? You couldn't buy a 2 mega pixle camera if you tried.
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I bought the A590IS, there were so many options to chose from I saw a panasonic DMC-LZ7 at the source for $170 and regular price is $300. Is that a good or better deal than the A590IS?

Canon:
A590IS
  • $170 @ Futureshop
  • $190 @ Walmart
  • $200 @ The Source
  • $200 @ Staples
A710IS
  • $170 (sold out) ($153 for Demo unit) @ Maxi & Cie
A720IS
  • $200 @ The Source
Mercury:? (was really tempted to buy this one)
MoviePix 1280x720 video, HDMI, SD Cards, Flash video format, MP3 player, 11MP, usb, still photos and movies.
  • $170 @ Zellers



Panasonic:
DMC-FS3
  • $190 @ Walmart
  • FS3A $190 @ The Source
DMC-FS5
  • $250 @ Zellers
DMC-LS70
  • $200 @ Zellers
DMC-LS80
  • $170 @ Zellers
DMC-LZ6
  • $200 @ Zellers
DMC-LZ7
  • $170 now, reg. $300 @ The Source,
DMC-LZ8
  • $150 July 5th & 6th @ Sears
  • LZ8K $200 @ The Source
Samsung:
S730
  • $170 @ Zellers
S85
  • $150 reg. price $190 @ The Source
Sony:
DSC-S730
  • $150 @ Zellers
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Panasonic DMC-LZ7 is an old model and replaced by LZ8. Older Panasonic cameras have some noise issue. The 2008 models have much improved. So either stay with your Canon A590 IS or get a Panasonic DMC-LZ8. Both are very good cameras. A590 IS has more manual controls but only 20 fps in video mode instead of the more common 30 fps, also very slow in flash recycle time. Canon A720 IS takes video with 30 fps.
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So far what really sucks about this cam is when you're in a room with low lighting and you zoom in like 4X to 8.2X and you use the flash, the picture still comes out dark, I guess the flash can't reach 5M-10M away? I tried Night Snapshot, Night Scene, Indoor, and Automatic. I can't get them to work right for the above mentioned condition.
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In my admittedly limited experience any sub $400 P&S camera has a flash that's only good for portrait shots. That's just the limitation of a small package.
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bought a kingston 1GB SD since there's no mention of the speed I just assumed it was a single speed unit. My camera has no problems using burst photo mode and it seems I can run that indefinately without stopping. I took 100-150 photos using that burst mode no flash about 10-20 shots per second and I only stopped once or twice throughout because lighting condition changed.

Will a higher speed memory card make any difference at all? I did not detect any image corruption when I reviewed the photos on the A590IS LCD screen.
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Ghetto_Child wrote:
Jul 5th, 2008 4:56 am
So far what really sucks about this cam is when you're in a room with low lighting and you zoom in like 4X to 8.2X and you use the flash, the picture still comes out dark, I guess the flash can't reach 5M-10M away? I tried Night Snapshot, Night Scene, Indoor, and Automatic. I can't get them to work right for the above mentioned condition.
Yup, normal flashes don't have that range. In low lighting, you never want to zoom...you want to physically move closer to the object. This does two things: it's in range for the flash, and not zooming keeps the aperture opening larger, which lets in more light. (you want the most light you can get in low light)

I think there will be neglible difference with faster memory. The limiting factor to the A590IS is the flash recharge time when taking multiple shots with flash.

I love my A570IS even though there are some limitations. It's much better in low light compared to my Lumix FX10. The lumix has too much high iso noise and the noise reduction removes all the detail in slow light shots. It also likes to take high iso (640) shots in low light which are garbage like most Point and Shots.

PS. Also make sure you disable "digital zoom" and only use the optical zoom. Digital zoom degrades photo quality. Here's some pics with my A570IS.
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yeah I know about the digital zoom. I never used it, I left the zoom on standard so that I can observe the digital zoom but I only use zoom up to 8.2x for the picture and digital zoom just for help focusing but not part of the photo capture.
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