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'Best' digital camera?

I don't know if it's an appropriate topic in here, but I'd like to know your experience with digital photography (and quality )

Which brand do you trust the most?
A) Canon
B) Sony
C) Panasonic
D) Samsung
E) Olympus
F) Casio
G) Other

What's most important?
A) high optical zoom
B) design
C) ISO
D) megapixels
E) Wide angle (25/28mm)
F) other

Which camera do you possess/ did possess?

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A) Canon

I used to go by megapixels, but now I go by design & optical zoom b/c most cameras have enough megapixels to make a poster nowadays

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As far as I know, Canon and Nikon are the most respected brands. This is probably because digital photography is still very young, and these two companies already had a reputation for excellence before the digital market appeared.

What's most important is a bit like asking what's most important in life? It depends on you, and you'll only know once you've experienced a bit of good and bad alike. When people ask for advice when buying a computer it's a very simple answer: get the fastest one. There's no such thing in cameras, no one quality, there's a long list of attributes you have to consider.

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A) Canon

I used to go by megapixels, but now I go by design & optical zoom b/c most cameras have enough megapixels to make a poster nowadays
Megapixels say jackshit about image quality. I don't know it exactly, but there's a pretty good german webpage about it and "the curse of +6MP".
so how much optical zoom is good/enough for you?

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As far as I know, Canon and Nikon are the most respected brands. This is probably because digital photography is still very young, and these two companies already had a reputation for excellence before the digital market appeared.

What's most important is a bit like asking what's most important in life? It depends on you, and you'll only know once you've experienced a bit of good and bad alike. When people ask for advice when buying a computer it's a very simple answer: get the fastest one. There's no such thing in cameras, no one quality, there's a long list of attributes you have to consider.
well in computer I'd like to consider hard drive, etc as well p!
anyway, most ask for best image quality
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I'm no expert, that's for sure, but when I way buying mine - Canon IXUS 75 - I was told it's one of the best in it's class, especially when image quality is concerned. Downside was only 3x optical zoom, but since I have no need for it, that did not bother me.

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well in computer I'd like to consider hard drive, etc as well p!
anyway, most ask for best image quality
Then there are two main things. The lens and the sensor (in non-digital cameras the chemical film). The lens determines various optical characteristics, like how sharp the image is overall (eg. bad lenses make it sharp in the center but blurry in the corners), how long the shutter time is (you don't have to hold your hand steady for as long, easier to take pictures in the dark), how wide the angle is, how powerful the optical zoom is, and how distorted the image is (all lenses distort slightly, this is typically noticable in shots where you have a long straight line, like a building, which isn't a straight line in the picture).

Then there is the digital sensor, which actually records the image out of the light that comes through the lens. The sensor is basically the most complicated part. First of all, a bigger sensor means more actual light is received, which means there's more information to use, which means a better picture, which means a larger physical camera. That's why there are no tiny pro cameras. Furthermore, the sensor determines the overall "quality" of the image, how realistic is looks, how well the colors are preserved (early digital cameras did a pretty bad job of this), that sort of thing.

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Then there are two main things. The lens and the sensor (in non-digital cameras the chemical film). The lens determines various optical characteristics, like how sharp the image is overall (eg. bad lenses make it sharp in the center but blurry in the corners), how long the shutter time is (you don't have to hold your hand steady for as long, easier to take pictures in the dark), how wide the angle is, how powerful the optical zoom is, and how distorted the image is (all lenses distort slightly, this is typically noticable in shots where you have a long straight line, like a building, which isn't a straight line in the picture).

Then there is the digital sensor, which actually records the image out of the light that comes through the lens. The sensor is basically the most complicated part. First of all, a bigger sensor means more actual light is received, which means there's more information to use, which means a better picture, which means a larger physical camera. That's why there are no tiny pro cameras. Furthermore, the sensor determines the overall "quality" of the image, how realistic is looks, how well the colors are preserved (early digital cameras did a pretty bad job of this), that sort of thing.
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Yup, no doubt I was kidding. A lot of this stuff is over my head, but thanks for explaining the mechanics of a picture (digital

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i have watched a documentary about digi cams about a year ago. And the resume was to keep up with such companies that always produced cameras rather those who had only produced computers before.

I cant say as I havnt tested all. Ive got a canon powershot A530 and it has its weaknesses in repetition rate (you have to wait about 5 seconds till its ready for the next shot) whats a big disadvantage, when you want to try to take snapshots of people, animals, movements etc.. Night shots become pretty pixeled and the flash takes ages to load again. Macros are possible, but you need luck and a lot of patience. Manual aperture and exposure time settings are limited. the advantage is that you can use usual AA accumulators or even batteries if you dont have the possibility to recharge.

at times I use my moms canon powershot A710 IS. Its much better for macros and the picture stabilisator is a great addition. Still it needs long till its ready for the next shot. But it has much more possibilities for manual settings. night shots & accumulators/batteries are the same as the A530. Picture quality is fine.

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digital cameras aren't unfortunately made for night shots

anyway, I hope you like to read http://6mpixel.org/ and www.fotolehrgang.de
where I got some of my foto knowledge
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I really wanted to get a Panasonic, since basically it is a Leica without the Leica logo which adds $500 dollars to the price (and the yiddo in me really liked that), but I inherited a Sony HSC7, so that is my pick. It seems to image out clearer than the old HP model T I used to use and the zoom and flash actually work, but I don't really see any difference yet in the quality of photos I've taken...maybe when I process them into prints...

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Yeah, the last one is the one I wanted.

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I really wanted to get a Panasonic, since basically it is a Leica without the Leica logo
Have Leica ever made a good digital camera? Last time I checked, they havent..
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actually think that the cam is by Panasonic and the lenses by Leica. my dad has such a bridge cam at work and he says, its great!

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