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May 07, 2008 10:15 |  #1

I've been reading some reviews and the A650 looks like its really close to the G9.
One reason I'm looking at the A650 is because it has the flip screen like my G5 and I use it a lot!

Whats the difference with these two cameras?


Also, what about the PowerShot Pro Series S5 IS?? It also has the flip screen......


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May 07, 2008 13:32 |  #2

Reeforbust wrote in post #5477958 (external link)
I've been reading some reviews and the A650 looks like its really close to the G9.
One reason I'm looking at the A650 is because it has the flip screen like my G5 and I use it a lot!

Whats the difference with these two cameras?

Also, what about the PowerShot Pro Series S5 IS?? It also has the flip screen......

Seems like the A650 is a better deal, not only has it got flip screen like the
true G-series, it also uses 4xAA batteries, should give better battery time than the G9. I don´t think the A650 can shoot raw..


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May 07, 2008 13:48 |  #3

Canon_Owner wrote in post #5479093 (external link)
Seems like the A650 is a better deal, not only has it got flip screen like the
true G-series, it also uses 4xAA batteries, should give better battery time than the G9. I don´t think the A650 can shoot raw..

I don't shoot RAW anyway. I'm stepping down from a DSLR so I'm kind of leaning towards the camera's that have the same look/feel....

Canon S5 and I was just researching the Panasonic FZ50 with a 12x zoom !?


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May 07, 2008 14:06 |  #4

Reeforbust wrote in post #5479188 (external link)
I don't shoot RAW anyway. I'm stepping down from a DSLR so I'm kind of leaning towards the camera's that have the same look/feel....

Canon S5 and I was just researching the Panasonic FZ50 with a 12x zoom !?

Ok, i dont know about the panasonic, but try to find a compact with good low light performance at least F2.0 lens

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May 07, 2008 14:10 |  #5

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Ok, i dont know about the panasonic, but try to find a compact with good low light performance at least F2.0 lens

Good luck

My G5 has an f2 lens in it and it SUX in low light...... I'm not sure there is a good "low" light P&S......


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May 07, 2008 14:30 |  #6

Reeforbust wrote in post #5479332 (external link)
My G5 has an f2 lens in it and it SUX in low light...... I'm not sure there is a good "low" light P&S......

Ok, well both the G9 and A650 has got F2.8 and if you think your G5 sux in low light conditions you´ll think that G9 double sux


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Ok, well both the G9 and A650 has got F2.8 and if you think your G5 sux in low light conditions you´ll think that G9 double sux

Not necessarily.... There are more things that contribute to "SUX" than just that...


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May 07, 2008 14:56 |  #8

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Not necessarily.... There are more things that contribute to "SUX" than just that...

Buy and try!


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May 07, 2008 15:43 |  #9

There seem to be two main advantages to the G9: RAW and the hotshoe. The hotshoe will allow you to use a much better flash than the built-in which will help low-light performance significantly. RAW also is a big feature if you use it.

Now if you are not interested in post-processing and are not going to use a real flash, then the A650 is probably the way to go unless you like the look and feel of the G9.

As for the A650 advantages, it is mainly the AA batteries and rotating screen. AA batteries are nice, but I find the screen a double edged sword. I had the same type of screen on my A80 and after a couple of years, it no longer works consistently. I attribute that to the wires being moved around all of the time.

Both are great cameras though. All you need to do is decide what features you want.

**EDIT** One more thing to consider, the G9's manual controls are very easy to use. I am not sure how the manual controls on the A650 are.




  
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May 07, 2008 15:46 |  #10

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There seem to be two main advantages to the G9: RAW and the hotshoe. The hotshoe will allow you to use a much better flash than the built-in which will help low-light performance significantly. RAW also is a big feature if you use it.

Now if you are not interested in post-processing and are not going to use a real flash, then the A650 is probably the way to go unless you like the look and feel of the G9.

As for the A650 advantages, it is mainly the AA batteries and rotating screen. AA batteries are nice, but I find the screen a double edged sword. I had the same type of screen on my A80 and after a couple of years, it no longer works consistently. I attribute that to the wires being moved around all of the time.

Both are great cameras though. All you need to do is decide what features you want.

**EDIT** One more thing to consider, the G9's manual controls are very easy to use. I am not sure how the manual controls on the A650 are.

I didn't see the hotshoe or lack of.... I do need that.
I hate to say it but the more I read up on the Panasonic DMC-FZ50 the more I like it. It has a flip screen that I want and it has a 12x zoom which would be great to have at the zoo..!?!?


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May 07, 2008 15:55 |  #11

Reeforbust wrote in post #5480002 (external link)
I didn't see the hotshoe or lack of.... I do need that.
I hate to say it but the more I read up on the Panasonic DMC-FZ50 the more I like it. It has a flip screen that I want and it has a 12x zoom which would be great to have at the zoo..!?!?

I have not read up on that model, so I do not know how it compares. Don't forget that the G9 does have the option for the teleconverter and the wide converter. Of course that is more expense on top of an already pricey point and shoot.

Not that I am trying to push the G9. Sorry if it seems that way.




  
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May 07, 2008 15:59 |  #12

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I have not read up on that model, so I do not know how it compares. Don't forget that the G9 does have the option for the teleconverter and the wide converter. Of course that is more expense on top of an already pricey point and shoot.

Not that I am trying to push the G9. Sorry if it seems that way.

After having the G5 I know without a doubt that the G9 is a good camera and fits most of my needs. I bought all the lens' and filters and this and that for my G5 but it was just a bunch of stuff I had to carry around.
I'm looking for a decent camera that will have a good zoom range and take a nice pic without having to carry extra stuff.

I like the Canon sureshot S5 as well....


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May 07, 2008 18:25 |  #13

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Ok, well both the G9 and A650 has got F2.8 and if you think your G5 sux in low light conditions you´ll think that G9 double sux

And i take it youve got first hand experience on the G9 HEY, you seem to have a downer for the G9 buddy, why dont you take your own advice and, Buy and try!:p



  
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May 07, 2008 21:11 |  #14

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Ok, well both the G9 and A650 has got F2.8 and if you think your G5 sux in low light conditions you´ll think that G9 double sux

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May 08, 2008 16:32 |  #15

Reeforbust wrote in post #5480002 (external link)
I didn't see the hotshoe or lack of.... I do need that.
I hate to say it but the more I read up on the Panasonic DMC-FZ50 the more I like it. It has a flip screen that I want and it has a 12x zoom which would be great to have at the zoo..!?!?

I've been toying in Panny land with the TZ5, and I have to say, the Panny tiny sensors are NOT as clean as Canon. Definately get some test shots in. My G9 produces clearer, deeper pics than the Panny, though, of course, you are talking about a different model than the TZ5.

A650 doesn't have a hot shoe, but there is a Canon-brand attachment flash for it. Not sure how it works.

AAs are nice (I guess -- I'm fine with the G9 battery), but the A series have a history of slow flash recycle (strike that REALLY slow flash recycle) when the batteries are winding down. I'm talking 10seconds. That may not matter to you, but you should be aware of it.


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