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    What kind of cameras do you use for personal use? Do you like film, digital, point-and-shoot, advanced, SLR, etc.? What brands and models do you suggest would be favorable. Feel free to comment about any details worth noting!
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    Some time ago I got a Pentax Optio 60 camera as a birthday-present.
    So if I want to take a digital photo, I use it. Most of the times it's sufficient for my purposes.
    One aspect that could be a favorible : not only saving as JPG but also as uncompressed BMP or TIF.
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    One aspect that could be a favorible : not only saving as JPG but also as uncompressed BMP or TIF.
    That is a nice feature. You don't see that much anymore, with the way JPG has been embraced.

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    Yep. It's the same principle I handle anyway with bitmaps :
    Doing the work with the uncompressed material. Only choose for some compression for the final result.
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    Absolutely! But how do you change the industry? You have to pay quite a bit just to shoot in RAW, and bypass JPG-only cameras. But a BMP or TIF option would make things simpler. Is flash memory just too small still to handle it, or is JPG just reasonably acceptable considering the resolution (as high as 13MP)?

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    That is the basic rule of data compression, encode to lossy at most one time. Consumer cameras or hardware in general (like MiniDisc) compress to lossy because the average joe wouldn't understand the difference. The capacity of storage mediums is often expressed in "hours of video", "num of photos", etc. A system recording lossless or higher quality lossy would look uncompetitive in such comparison.

    The speed of flash memory is limited. It can definitely handle the data rate of uncompressed photos. But the manufacturers rather choose to improve the speed of continuous shooting, because again a faster camera would look better in the market. Professionals and prosumers, who understand the technical side will simply skip the low end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skippybox View Post
    ... What's your impression of the cheaper Sony Alpha A850?
    Hhmm... good camera, good technical details!
    (But Sony for a SLR camera ... ? I think Sony is probaly the best decision for a video solution!)

    Why not look at DMC-G1K or DMC-GH1K from Panasonic or the PowerShot G10 or PowerShot G11 from Canon?

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    I know I said SLRs are cumbersome, but I'd still want a traditional SLR if I got one. I mentioned the 5D Mark II and the Sony, since they have full frame sensors. I'll have to investigate whether a full frame sensor is always ideal though.

    G11 and DMC-G1K are definitely interesting, as is the Olympus Pen EP-1, but probably not my taste. For the cost, I'd lean towards a true SLR.

    If Sony does video well, as you say, why do you question its SLR performance? Not enough experience or history in that market?
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