A&P Powershot S3 IS vs Easyshare P712

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  1. Darius06

    Darius06 New Member

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    Looking to buy my wife a decent digital camera, but I'm not too knowledgeable about what to look for, basically i've narrowed it down to these two cameras

    Canon Powershot S3 IS ($499 CDN on sale for $449)
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0602/06022111canons3is.asp

    Kodak Easyshare P712 ($549 CDN on sale for $349)
    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/P712/P712A.HTM


    She wants to eventually get a DSLR, most likely a Digital Rebel since she is a big fan of Canon.

    Right now she doesnt have any experience with anything but a very basic digital camera, so something that can help her learn to use the more advanced tools cameras have would be preferred.

    Reliability and quality are both also my main concerns of course.
     
  2. mojito

    mojito New Member

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    no kodak then.

    s3 is is great, also take a look at the Canon g7
     
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    Darius06 New Member

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    thanks for the suggestion, looks like a great camera but unfortunately its a bit above my $500 CDN limit (650-700 CDN) i should have mentioned my limit in my first post
     
  4. XPX

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    If she is a fan of Canons go for the S3, that way she will learn the ways around it faster when she hits the DSLR.

    I have an S2 IS and even for a complete noob I surprise myself from time to time :eek3:
     
  5. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    of those, the S3 is the hotness.

    But if she's a future DSLR owner, take a look at the new Nikon D40. I'm a HUGE Canon sackrider, but the D40 is hot shit for the price. You could get her into a DSLR for damn near the price of the S3.

    Ritz has the D40 for $600 w/ the kit lens, and an S3 for $400.

    For what it's worth, I have had an S1 since 2004, and I love the thing.
     
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    d40 is a P&S with inter changeable lenses. I don't see anybody with any real intrest keeping it for more than a year and will get pissed they can't use all Nikon lenses
     
  7. Joetabasco

    Joetabasco The Wing King

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    Its far from a p&s. but it is limited to lenses with focus motor built in. others can be used as long as you want to focus manually.

    I am too lazy to bother though...
     
  8. Darius06

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    I ended up feeling generous and bought the Digital Rebel XT. I'm actually fiddling with it more then she is so far!

    Now we're in the market for a decent macro lens and a better all purpose lens then the one that came in the kit
     
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    If you're really into macro, grab the Tamron 90mm Macro, so aharp it'll cut you :noes:
     
  10. itr452

    itr452 VTEC motherfucker, GOT ANY?

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    Darius: the s3is is on sale at dell.ca on jan 1&2 for $399. Hope you haven't bought the camera yet!!!
     
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    Thanks, I'll check it out. I was wondering if the IS lenses Canon offers are really worth the extra coin, how well does the IS work?

    Anyone have any suggestions for a good large apature lens for indoor no flash shooting? it doesnt need zoom capabilities
     
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    depnds on what you shoot. IS stops camera shake, but doesn't freeze movement any better, so its all but pointless for sports shooters.

    the 50 1.8 or better yet the 1.4 is always a good choice, the 85 1.8 is probably the best lens for the money for portraits.
     

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