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NodakerDeb
09-20-2006, 11:21 AM
I'm going out of my mind trying to decide on a new digital camera. :eek: Presently using a Canon PowerShot ELPH S500, which is pretty much DOA. I want to considerably upgrade in photo quality without going to a dSLR so I'm looking at this camera:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sony/sony_dscr1.asp

I'm not all that interested in super mega zoom capabilities. I'd rather go for the ability to shoot photos in room light vs. flash (I despise flash photos). I will be mosting shooting photos of still lifes, florals, grandbaby :heart: , finished art pieces for prints. No sports, no African safaris (which I'm sad about, but it's not in the travel plans), eaglettes in nests 100 feet in a tree, or the gossamer wings of a fly. What I really want is a digital camera that can truly capture purples and accurate blues, one that doesn't have lag time between the time the button is pressed and the photo is actually taken, and of course, fantastic images without a lot of manual fussing.

Deb
(usually hang my hat in Watercolors or Acrylics :wave: )

Manstein
09-20-2006, 06:56 PM
An interesting spec probably unatainable! Even if you have Picasso's brushes doesn't mean you can knock off a copy of Guernica! I use an R1 and its an excellent tool and post occasional images here as a counterblast against the bug and weed mafia who haunt these pages.

2bears
09-20-2006, 07:18 PM
I 'm using a Sony W5 I found it by reading camera reviews at this site:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html
There's alot of useful information on each camera but if you are in a rush you could skip to the conclusion then look over the sample pictures posted for the camera reviewed

NodakerDeb
09-27-2006, 07:45 AM
Hello all,

I ended up ordering the Sony DSC-R1 and it's due to arrive by UPS today! After all the research I did I finally decided on this camera because I believe it will fit my needs. I'm esp. excited about the placement of the LCD on the top of the camera with the ability to adjust it in many ways. This camera will not arrive any too soon as my Canon S500 ELPH just presented me with the dreaded E18 error. <grrrrr>. Fortunately, I bought the extended warranty for that camera, but now I won't be without one while it gets sent in to get fixed.

Deb

Manstein
09-27-2006, 08:09 AM
I'm sure you'll be pleased with it. A cheap 1 or 2gb memory stick is a useful buy as the camera will run both in parallel.
Excellent quality spare batteries here....

http://www.sterlingtek.com/ln11-sony-np-fm50-dlsm50-26.html

damar
09-27-2006, 09:20 AM
I read several reviews and looked at the specs closely.
I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Congrats on your new gear!
Hope you'll come back and post some of your photos.

NodakerDeb
09-27-2006, 09:28 AM
I'm sure you'll be pleased with it. A cheap 1 or 2gb memory stick is a useful buy as the camera will run both in parallel.
Excellent quality spare batteries here....

http://www.sterlingtek.com/ln11-sony-np-fm50-dlsm50-26.html

WOW! Those are great prices! I did order an extra battery with the camera along with a case, a battery charger and a 1gb Compact Flash. My ELPH uses (used? :() CF so I thought I would just stick with that format for now. There is a rebate on the battery, but it doesn't bring it down to the price of this site.

When I get my ELPH fixed I may use this site to buy another lith. battery for it. I can't get a lithium battery for that camera to last longer than a year. What's with that! <grrrr>.

Deb

NodakerDeb
09-27-2006, 09:35 AM
Hope you'll come back and post some of your photos.

Are you sure about that -- LOL!!!:lol: I take a lot of photos of my dogs. :D

http://www.deborahs-art.com/StudioAssistants.htm

Deb
P.S. Of course, I do photograph my art also, but usually the hounds manage to get in the way. ;)

Manstein
09-27-2006, 09:41 AM
I was wary of the price/life of those SterlingTek batteries but they perform well. By parallel I meant you could run a memory stick as well as a CF card in the camera. I have a 2gb memory stick I got off Ebay which is handy as a backup.

damar
09-27-2006, 09:37 PM
Are you sure about that -- LOL!!!:lol: I take a lot of photos of my dogs. :D

http://www.deborahs-art.com/StudioAssistants.htm

Deb
P.S. Of course, I do photograph my art also, but usually the hounds manage to get in the way. ;)

CUTE dogs and excellant art work.
Nice website Deb!
I have 2 dogs too, one is a senior (wheaten terrier mix) and the other (boxer/dane/whatever mix) seldom sits still!
:)

NodakerDeb
09-29-2006, 11:15 AM
CUTE dogs and excellant art work.
Nice website Deb!
I have 2 dogs too, one is a senior (wheaten terrier mix) and the other (boxer/dane/whatever mix) seldom sits still!
:)

Damar, thank you for all of the compliments on all accounts. Wow -- made my day.:)

I have not had much time to check out my camera because coinciding with its arrival was the replacement of our windows (as in the house) so fiddling with my R-1 has been limited :( . I did manage to shoot this photo last night and I can't remember what I did except the flash went off which I wasn't happy about (I hadn't turned it off -- my fault), but ... was pleased to see no red eye, just alien eyes. :eek: I'm sure I had it set to aperature priority, I know the zoom was extended fully -- and I probably messed with the white balance. The color was not set to AdobeRGB, but it is showing quite accurate. The camera was also set at 10MP, not RAW mode, but still in order fit into the WC requirements this is scrunched down significantly.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Sep-2006/36302-Dan-firstSonyPhoto-500pix.jpg

I can't wait for daylight to see what this puppy (as in the camera) can do!

Deb