SP550UZ @ISO50 like dSLR ;)

Started Feb 13, 2007 | Discussions thread
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TKH Contributing Member • Posts: 807
SP550UZ @ISO50 like dSLR ;)

Been seeing & reading about flat dull pics from the cam - so just throwing in some of my full out-of-cam unretouched jpgs for the good folks here to make an informed decision. NOTE that all as link provided are at default settings of sharpening/contrast/saturation of 0/0/0. The files are 2-3MB in size each with full exif info.

I am including one that have been retouched just to show what my routine PSCS2 action manages.

Unretouched original jpg here (hugh file) :
http://i5.pbase.com/o6/92/106692/1/74344338.T0wSeI0K.P2130002.JPG

These are just small thumnails from pbase with the corresponding link to the original size :

http://i5.pbase.com/o6/92/106692/1/74344478.M0Pmtixn.P2130007.JPG

http://i5.pbase.com/o6/92/106692/1/74344533.o00oxuA0.P2130050.JPG

http://i5.pbase.com/o6/92/106692/1/74344604.F2q1CN7W.P2130041.JPG

http://i5.pbase.com/o6/92/106692/1/74344642.i5XYnfw3.P2130046.JPG

http://i5.pbase.com/o6/92/106692/1/74344777.z3xfcK8n.P2130051.JPG

http://i5.pbase.com/o6/92/106692/1/74344833.stK6XWOH.P2130054.JPG

My hobbyist user experience is in line with scared_of_the_dark very useful review. I would add/emphasize my opinions of the following :

POSITIVES

1) ISO 50 images is close if not on par with some dSLR

2) perfect exposure with direct real time histogram showing Highlights in red/shadows in blue.

3) viewfinder diopter range is wide enough - I can shoot with my eyeglasses or without
4) the adjustable focus area is useful aid to my composition.
5) comfortable & compact - I have decided it will be my travel camera.

NEGATIVES/wish list

1) noise (for pixel peepers) from ISO 100 and up.

2) overall speed. May have a hard time catching up with active kids in the house.
3) only accepts XD memory

These are from my 1 day field usage experience -- TKH

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