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(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
camera for christmas: help me decide on 08/28/2012 12:53:50 MDT Print View

I'm thinking of replacing my Canon A520 and from research here and on camera sites have determined the the Canon S100 and Olympus TG-1 seem to be the best-regarded in the ~$350 range. Where they seem to differ:

Manual mode/shooting with RAW: S100 yes, TG-1 no

Ruggedized: S100 no, TG-1 yes

Projected battery life: TG-1 wins

Currently I carry my camera in a Pelican 1010 case strapped to my hipbelt. If I got the Olympus I could ditch the case. While that's appealing, I'd lose all ability to fiddle with settings. Admittedly I don't use manual mode all that much with my current camera, but I do use it some, and I don't know if I'd miss it. Plus, while I've never had a camera that shot RAW, I understand that's the best format if you want to actually print photos, and that seems like a good feature to have.

What do you knowledgeable camera people think?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: camera for christmas: help me decide on 08/28/2012 14:31:46 MDT Print View

"Plus, while I've never had a camera that shot RAW, I understand that's the best format if you want to actually print photos, and that seems like a good feature to have. "

I've been using Canon digitals since 2002, and about 99.99% of everything I shoot is RAW.

If you have a dead-perfect eye for exposure, and if you have the ability to fool around a lot at the shot time, bracket exposures a lot, and really take some time with it, then maybe you do not need RAW.

OTOH, most of us find RAW files to be handy so that you can tweak in your exposure (or other factors) at the time of the processing at the computer. I've found that I can tweak exposures by a small fraction of a stop and get good results. If I need to tweak it a lot, then I screwed up too much at the time of the shoot. If I have to correct a RAW file by 1 stop, that is serious. Two stops is ridiculous. Keep in mind that you can still hide a multitude of sins from within Photoshop.

--B.G.--

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
camera for christmas: help me decide on 08/28/2012 15:45:28 MDT Print View

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Edited by rmjapan on 06/19/2015 08:16:27 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
camera for christmas: help me decide on 08/28/2012 16:17:00 MDT Print View

Photokina is on next month.
Some new releses will make to the shelves for xmas, so it may be worth waiting for that.
Franco
(Photokina is the largest photo gear exibition, biennial)