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post #151 of 204
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
How's the Auto setting? I know nothing about cameras so this'll be my default for a while. Also, how are the ergonomics?

I prefer "Program" mode over "Auto," as I like ambient lighting best. Also, it seems you can be in P mode but have the lens ring set to change a setting, whether it be ISO, aperture, etc. I'm glad they made that back ring harder to move; if it was easier, I could see it being a pain.

Overall, very small, pretty non-crowded dashboard, easy to access menu and my early impressions are very positive.
post #152 of 204
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
I prefer "Program" mode over "Auto," as I like ambient lighting best. Also, it seems you can be in P mode but have the lens ring set to change a setting, whether it be ISO, aperture, etc. I'm glad they made that back ring harder to move; if it was easier, I could see it being a pain. Overall, very small, pretty non-crowded dashboard, easy to access menu and my early impressions are very positive.
The accidental switching of the ring was one of the biggest complaints against the S90. Sounds like this might be my first camera purchase.
post #153 of 204
got s95 for myself, will post a review soon
post #154 of 204
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Originally Posted by thekunk07 View Post
got s95 for myself, will post a review soon
Great. Keep em comin'.
post #155 of 204
Anyone able to help me find a quick guide to "semi manual" features such as white balance, RAW/other picture formats, whatever other toggles I should be playing with to help me make the most of my new s95? Total noob here.
post #156 of 204
I've always shot in P mode on canon cameras (if I don't want to switch to av or tv...rarely ever use M). It is essentially full auto but you can easily override the setting it suggests. The only time I use auto is on my canon D60 when I can't get the pop-up flash to look good in P. Not sure why, but if I am forced to use the pop-up flash, I prefer the results from auto (but I think this is better on newer bodies).
post #157 of 204
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Anyone able to help me find a quick guide to "semi manual" features such as white balance, RAW/other picture formats, whatever other toggles I should be playing with to help me make the most of my new s95? Total noob here.

RAW is a lossless file format that can be opened by Aperture/Lightroom/Photoshop/iPhoto/etc. for adjustments - this is the format to use to get the most of out of your images.

If you shoot in RAW you can ignore white balance and correct in your preferred editor (or let it auto-correct for you).

If you're going to be in varying amounts of light, the S95 has an Auto ISO mode - it will increase the ISO to give you a higher shutter speed (and sharper images) when necessary. But it only goes up to 800, IIRC, so I prefer to set my own ISO on this camera.

The other settings you need to learn about aren't S95 specific - apertures, shutters, exposure values, how to expose, etc.. Search for basic photography information - if you want to learn about using any camera in a more-manual mode (whether full manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, etc.) you'll need way more info than can be given in a post here.
post #158 of 204
I was trying to decide between

Canon G11 (too bulky)
Panasonic LX5 (feels great)
Sigma DP2 (nothing but the Foveon sensor)

and then Olympus E-PL1 came to my mind as the best P&S while not being a P&S, what do you think? Any experiences?
post #159 of 204
Does anyone have a good camera suggestion for ~$300? I'm not particular when it comes to new or used.
post #160 of 204
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Originally Posted by pabloj View Post
I was trying to decide between

Canon G11 (too bulky)
Panasonic LX5 (feels great)
Sigma DP2 (nothing but the Foveon sensor)

and then Olympus E-PL1 came to my mind as the best P&S while not being a P&S, what do you think? Any experiences?

Um the pen series is more like a mini SLR than a giant P&S (that would be G11). If you think G11 is bulky, E-PL1 is no better.
post #161 of 204
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Does anyone have a good camera suggestion for ~$300? I'm not particular when it comes to new or used.

Did you even read the thread title?
post #162 of 204
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Originally Posted by ZhiMingBuFanDe View Post
Does anyone have a good camera suggestion for ~$300? I'm not particular when it comes to new or used.

Since the S95 came out, a new S90 has dropped to a little over $300.
post #163 of 204
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Originally Posted by milosz View Post
RAW is a lossless file format that can be opened by Aperture/Lightroom/Photoshop/iPhoto/etc. for adjustments - this is the format to use to get the most of out of your images.

If you shoot in RAW you can ignore white balance and correct in your preferred editor (or let it auto-correct for you).

If you're going to be in varying amounts of light, the S95 has an Auto ISO mode - it will increase the ISO to give you a higher shutter speed (and sharper images) when necessary. But it only goes up to 800, IIRC, so I prefer to set my own ISO on this camera.

The other settings you need to learn about aren't S95 specific - apertures, shutters, exposure values, how to expose, etc.. Search for basic photography information - if you want to learn about using any camera in a more-manual mode (whether full manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, etc.) you'll need way more info than can be given in a post here.

I was playing with the S95, indoors, ambient light. In auto the ISO was up to 1600 for some shots. The draw back is the "noise" above 800. I have not played enough with the 95 yet to know, but I can tell the guy you were replying to, the G10-11 allows you to shoot in the biggest jpeg and RAW at the same time. Just have a big memory chip in there. I need to see if the 95 can do both modes at once.
post #164 of 204
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
I was playing with the S95, indoors, ambient light. In auto the ISO was up to 1600 for some shots. The draw back is the "noise" above 800. I have not played enough with the 95 yet to know, but I can tell the guy you were replying to, the G10-11 allows you to shoot in the biggest jpeg and RAW at the same time. Just have a big memory chip in there. I need to see if the 95 can do both modes at once.

I almost never let my cameras go auto ISO for this reason. Newer cameras are better at higher ISOs (used to be I would only push 400 if I was willing to accept noise to get a shot) but they also go far higher. If I can't make it it a low ISO, I bump it myself rather than not notice that it decided to shoot at 1600 and end up with a ton of noise when I blow it up.
post #165 of 204
I find the S90 acceptable up to 1600 (and my D700 up to 6400).

I remember printing 11x14 concert photos from 35mm TMZ3200 and Delta 3200 (which were, in reality, 800-speed films that were pushed two stops, IIRC). I actually hated shooting fine-grain and larger formats because it was hard to pick up the grain for critical focusing at the print stage.
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