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hey guys. i want a new camera... i really like the Canon Power Shot A710 IS... its everything thing i want and expect but its a little bigger than i hoped. still way worth it. i like all the manual functions, the picture quality reviews were great in all conditions. i dig it. any reason i should or shouldn't get this camera.

i have around 400-600 bucks to spend on a new camera. i wanna be able to take real sweet macros and night pics,and would like to control the white balance, apeture, focus, and shutter speed for added versatility and fun. i love taking all kinds of shots. at the same time i take a lot of 'memory' pics. you know pics at clubs/shows/parties/festivals/events or w/e... so i dont wanna carry a real mid sized camera around in my pocket.

i dont have enough to spend on a good ultra compact p&s to take videos and pics with of the more mainstream type and then have a bigger camera or even a digital slr for my more artistic pics. i need the best compromise of both worlds. did i already find it? if so great cause i love the camera.. i just need to go see it and hopefully its not too big. the dimensions are a little bigger than my currnt digital so im sure itll be fine.

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Re: digital camera help

The ultra compact cameras will take away from aperture and shutter speed control. I haven't ran across any one that offered those functions.
The A710 IS is not very large at all. I can fit it comfortably in my pants pocket (you'll have a noticable bulge ). The A700 is .2 inches shorter (length) and .1 inches thicker.


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Re: digital camera help

Tough spot to be in.. I'd hate to tell you to spend too much on a really good non-SLR camera, because even with adaptors and converter lenses and manual-mode settings, I doubt that you can ever have the flexibility of a true SLR.. I was in your shoes a few months ago and I'm glad my buddy pushed me to get an SLR (rebel xt) and then an el cheapo used pocket-cam on ebay

If you are pretty set on getting a really good one-size-fits-all you might have found a pretty good one.. dpreview.com seems to like it.

If low-light is going to get a fair share of your photo-time, you might want to look at some with ISO 1600 (some other PowerShot's have it).. the A710 tops out at 800. You'll be able to get "brighter" photos without a flash, though I guess it could be somewhat emulated via software touchups


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i havent seen a digital camera that has a decent pic past iso 200.. they all get mad muddy and grainy and noisy. so w/e...

basically i ust really wanna know f theres a camera ten times beter for 25 bucks more... or if theres a camera 100 bucks cheaper that does the same shit.

its pretty much at the top of it game i guess. except for the mgp's. but all the 10 mgp cameras dont shoot quality photos as good as this canon. and if they do they dont have any manul functions what so ever. so fuck it. let me know iv got about a week and a half


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Don't sweat about the megapixel number unless you're planning to print poster size prints. These days, the 5MP minimum suffices for decente 8x10s... if you are ever going to print that size. But more MP allows you more room to crop the photo.

As for picture quality, it should be almost indistinguishable from the A6xx up to the A710 IS. Hell, I had kick ass pictures with my old 2MP A40.


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i dont really print. but that doesnt mean that is ok to have shitty quality photos. i wanna be able to print if i want to.

anyone know anything about the samsung NV 7 OPS or NV 10?

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My point was that the number of MP does not ultimately determine the final quality of the photo.


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oh.. i know. thanks. i diggin this camera a lot now. more and more everyday...

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It really depends on the camera. Some 6 or 8 megapixle point and shoots don't turn out any better quality then a 6mp dSLR and some turn out significantly worse. A lot depends on what image sensor is used and the processing algorithms. Do a search on google for digital camera reviews and you can find some fairly good ones out there so you can compare different cameras.
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If you are looking for an ultra compact...make sure you go with a canon or panasonic..the Lumix panasonics are quite nice. nothing beat a DSLR though, and for about $800 you can pick up a Rebel XT or for a $100 more you can get the new XTi, but if youre going DSLR you shoudl definitely look at the Nikon D50. its cheap and a very high quality camera. ($550 for a DSLR is amazing)


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