Mega-pixels vs. Articulated (but small) LCD?

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  1. retexan599

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    Hello. I am choosing between several (my first) digital camera choices. My top choice is the Canon Power Shot S3IS. My alternatives are:

    1. Canon PwrSht S3IS: 6 mp, 12X zoom, articulated 2.0” LCD, OIS, 4AA, very good handhold, $350
    2. Sony DSC H5/B: 7 mp, 12X zoom, fixed LCD, 3.0” LCD, OIS, 2AA, good handhold, $450
    3. Panny DMC TZ1: 5 mp, 10X zoom, fixed LCD, 2.5” LCD, OIS, RC batt, handhold ok, $300
    4. Canon PwrSht A630: 8 mp, 4x zoom, articulated 2.5” LCD, no OIS, 4AA, good handhold, $250
    5. Olymp SP-510 UZ: 7 mp, 10X zoon, fixed 2.5” LCD, no OIS, 4AA, best handhold, $300

    My criteria for choosing were mainly the following:
    • how easy is it to hold in my hands (avoiding the very small ones, I have arthritis in my hands)
    • optical image stabilization (the experts say OIS is important and my hands are a little shaky)
    • swivel (articulated) LCD screen (I like this feature)
    The Canon S3IS was the only one that has both the swivel LCD and OIS. While it 'only' has the 6 megapixels whereas 7 MP seems to be the norm, but that would be a trade-off. The Sony DSC H5/B is a close second because of the 7 MP and OIS, larger but no swivel LCD; also was more expensive. Somehow I like the idea of having 4 batteries for power in the S3IS.

    Does it make sense for me to trade-off mega pixels for a feature like the articulated LCD? Any other suggestions?

    Would appreciate any comments and thanks.

    John in Houston, TX
     
  2. Ben Stafford

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    In my opinion, it absolutely makes sense to give up a megapixel for an articulated LCD. Canon's 6 megapixel camera will produce better quality images than many of it's higher-megapixel competitors. The flexibility of the articulated screen is very significant.

    The megapixel count really only matters when you consider print sizes. If you never print anything larger than a 4x6, even a 5 megapixel camera is more than enough. A 6MP camera will print to 8x10 prints (and probably larger) just fine.
     
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    The flexible LCD is a great feature. Before I got my camera I didn't know how valuable it would be. I use it very often.

    Also, being able to swap in AA batteries whenever needed is a useful feature, and has saved me a few times.
     
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    Thanks for comments and help. I am now an owner of the Canon Power Shot S3IS and enjoying it very much. It takes great photos.
     
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    Make sure to post the ones you are most proud of, in the photo gallery of this site!
     
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