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Old 06 July 2007, 07:50   #11
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here is my mate thru a pint of Blackthorn
That's frickin hilarious... Kinda one up on Homer Simpson's Beer Goggles!

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Old 06 July 2007, 09:18   #12
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Yes but it's still only 3x zoom!!!
to be fair, yes, however, there is a digital zoom which you can sub-select which is excellent, but as with all of these things unless you hold the damn thing dead still it's never going to be perfick, which on the rib is tricky!

As with most things it's a compromise... yes, the zoom could be seen as limited, there is no view finder its all display, however, its waterproof to 10m! crush and shock proof and if you hunt, sub 200! ideal for boating, holidays and... er, the hot tub... [apparently??!?!]


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Old 06 July 2007, 10:24   #13
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I'm with Cookee and Milo ... the olympus is top banana

Comes complete with underwater video, shoot and select, loads of other features. Many of the others may have better zoom but believe me the first time it gets smacked against the console as you are bounced around at 30 knots you'll be pleased you bought the Olympus

In my mind- no contest
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Old 06 July 2007, 11:24   #14
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Does the olymus have a viwfinder? and a rear lcd panel?

Ian Parkes.
Thanks for Opti comments- which setting have you found to give no 'lag'
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Old 06 July 2007, 13:27   #15
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The 720/725 only has a 2.5" LCD (no view finder), but this is more than good enough for our usage. Anyway always find snorkel mask gets in the way when I try to use a viewfinder underwater
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Old 06 July 2007, 16:48   #16
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Does the olymus have a viwfinder? and a rear lcd panel?

Ian Parkes.
Thanks for Opti comments- which setting have you found to give no 'lag'
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Pretty sure its the sports / moving object setting that has no delay .
I must say I haven't really noticed the delay outdoors in good light when the flash isn't used . There is a short wait on some settings while the pic is stored . I just switch it on and click as often as I can , then sort out the crap when i download the pics .
Having no viewfinder is no problem at all on a moving boat , bit like a sawn off shotgun , just pointing and shooting in the general direction seems to get the pics I would miss with other cameras .

The Olympus sounds very good too , don't think it was out when i bought my Optio
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Old 09 July 2007, 01:02   #17
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Got one - the menus aren't the best, but otherwise I love it!
I have got one now also,very pleased with it,it has got an image stabilisation mode which may help a little on a boat,no view finder and although you can brighten the backlight on the lcd,it can still be difficult to see in bright sunlight.
I,ll have to try out the underwater mode before I,m much older!
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I have got one now also,very pleased with it,it has got an image stabilisation mode which may help a little on a boat,no view finder and although you can brighten the backlight on the lcd,it can still be difficult to see in bright sunlight.
I,ll have to try out the underwater mode before I,m much older!
Beware of the so called image stabilisation mode. Many cameras these days are advertising this feature but all they do is increase the ISO setting(film speed) so you can use higher shutter speeds - of course image quality suffers considerably. It's false advertising!!!

In cameras like the Panasonic Lumix FZ50 with it's Leica 12x optical zoom the lens actually moves around to compensate so you don't change the ISO settings. Obviously this adds to cost quite a bit...........
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