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Can't Decide: Olympus 850SW or Canon SD890IS
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scri bbles
(scribbles) - F

Locale: Atlanta, GA
Can't Decide: Olympus 850SW or Canon SD890IS on 03/05/2009 08:10:52 MST Print View

I'm interested in the 850SW for its shockproof/waterproof features (pictures in the rain!) but it has a weak batt life and uses xd cards...

Maybe even the new Olympus 550wp?

The SD890IS appears to be a high quality camera for its category and a good value at $199 from Amazon.

I can't figure out what to do. Any suggestions or other cameras I should look at? I'm looking at under $250...

Edited by scribbles on 03/05/2009 08:13:29 MST.

NYC Hiker
(NYCHiker) - F

Locale: NYC
Canon SD880IS on 03/05/2009 12:13:07 MST Print View

After lugging around a heavy digital with a 12x zoom, I started looking for a lighter P/S camera. I selected the Canon SD880IS. The main reason was for the wide-angle lens.

After using it for the past few months, I've really come to like the lens on the camera. I don't really miss the zoom capability, since most of my pictures are landscape shots anyway. It's under $250 on Amazon now.

I am not a photographer by any means, but I do enjoy having something to show other Manhattanites what's less than an hour away from their apartments.

edit: link to Amazon product page not working

Edited by NYCHiker on 03/05/2009 12:15:33 MST.

scri bbles
(scribbles) - F

Locale: Atlanta, GA
Re: Canon SD880IS on 03/05/2009 12:44:17 MST Print View

I would go with the 890IS but I'm just worried about contact with water. Am I going to miss the ability to shoot in the rain?

Edited by scribbles on 03/05/2009 12:46:40 MST.

Steve O
(HechoEnDetroit) - F

Locale: South Kak
SD880IS / Franco on 03/05/2009 14:47:31 MST Print View

not sure about the reputation of this website but they have it for 169$
http://www.slrgenius.com/products.asp?product_id=11662

make sure to get Franco's opinion (or look through his posts), as I believe he has researched the camera issue extensively

Edited by HechoEnDetroit on 03/05/2009 14:51:17 MST.

scri bbles
(scribbles) - F

Locale: Atlanta, GA
Re: Re: Canon SD880IS on 03/06/2009 08:38:21 MST Print View

The Olympus 550wp seems to be new as of this year, Waterproof/Shockproof. There's very little info on it online so far...

James Lee
(JLeephoto) - F - M

Locale: Triad
Olympus Vs. Canons on 03/06/2009 09:06:33 MST Print View

I don't own either of these cameras but I have owned many from both brands. I'm a pro Nikon shooter for many years but even I am a huge fan of Canon P&S cameras. They have a great balance of usability & image quality. While the image quality is usually there with the Olympus products, the speed of their processors are usually slower and their interface more fiddly. Canon P&S are always my first recommendation. That said, it can be nice to have a WP camera. I've found the Canons to be more water resistant enough to handle a rain shower without freaking out, but the Olympus and Pentax WP cameras are truly dunkable. I have a cheap Pentax WP tethered to my canoe.