Dig Camera comparison, Advice Please

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
My dad wants to buy a digital camera and asked if I could get some feedback on the 2 he has narrowed down to. Price is a definate concern, but so is quality. Also important are: compatibility, video-snippet ability, physical interface, memory media price, capacity, quality, and availibility, and ease of use. I thought the AI boards have lots of digital photogs and such and would be a great place to ask. Any advice is very welcome.

The 2 camera he has decided on are:

Canon Powershot G2 w/ 4.o megapixel, 3x optical, 2x digital advanced.

Sony Cybershot DSC-S85 4.1 megapixel, 3x optical, 2x digital.

I know megapixels aren't the only determining factor in picture quality, but is important. That is about the limit of my knowledge of digital cameras. Right now the Sony is about $135 cheaper than the Canon, which about $215 Canadian, a pretty big difference, when you think each camera is in the $1000 range in Canadian dollars.

Thanks for any comments.


  • Reply 1 of 7
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    S85 for image quality. Canon for CompactFlash covenience.

    These are the biggest pros of each camera, to me.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    jambojambo Posts: 3,036member
    Moving to Genius Bar...
  • Reply 3 of 7
    neutrino23neutrino23 Posts: 1,563member
    Look at <a href="http://www.dpreview.com"; target="_blank">www.dpreview.com</a> for tons of information on these and other digital cameras.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    <a href="http://www.dcresource.com/"; target="_blank">DC Resource</a> is also filled with reviews and stuff!
  • Reply 5 of 7
    tulkastulkas Posts: 3,757member
    I did check out those sites, and a few others and they were very useful, thanks. I would sort of like some personal recommendations/experiences from AI users though.

    Another question my dad asked me today, that i wasn't able to find really concrete answers on. Both camera can do video clips. The Canon uses AVI and the Sony uses MPEG. Any issues with either of these on OSX? I thought AVI was a Windows only format.

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  • Reply 6 of 7
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    The AVIs use a compressor that works fine in QuickTime. It's basically motion JPEG.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    tulkastulkas Posts: 3,757member
    Thanks for your answers guys. he has decided on the Canon. I told him I thought it was a bit of over kill, but he has made up his mind.

    Thanks again
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