Newbie Needs Help

cardinaleeJune 19, 2011

I'm trying to upgrade my camera. Have a Canon A40 (2mp) that I'm guessing is probably about 9-10 years old. I'm guessing the higher mps now should produce better quality. Bought a Canon SX100 about 6 months ago and it did not have as good quality (color and clarity) when printed as the A40 so I returned it. Recently bought a Kodak Z981 (14mp) with the same results so am taking it back. Both of these cameras were recommended as top performers by Consumer Reports. I took identical pictures with the two new cameras and the A40 for comparison. Printer and photo paper were the same. I tried adjusting the settings but it did not help. This just does not make sense to me. Both cameras I bought were in the $300 range at the time so I expected better results than from the A40. Can someone give me a simple explanation or give me suggestions for a better performer? I think I would basically like a good point and shoot and don't want to spend more than $300.

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Could you post them and let us see the difference?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 12:25AM
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While I am not personally a Canon fan, I have had opportunity to shoot both a Canon SX100 and a Kodak Z981.

From my experience both of those cameras are capable of producing images that rival the quality of high end DSLR's.

I must agree with Konrad, if you could post some photos we might be able to help you out, but I doubt very seriously if the fault is in the cameras and I don't think you will resolve your problems by exchanging them for another camera.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 1:38AM
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Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate it. I will try to post pics but at the moment don't know how.
Lazypup, I suspect you are absolutely correct about exchanging the cameras. Know it's probably operator error but don't know what to do about it. Both new cameras appeared fairly straight forward in their operation so I don't get it. Will try to post again later.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 5:28PM
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If you can't figure out how to post pictures email them to me and I will post them for you.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 1:10AM
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Thanks, Lazypup, for your kind offer to post my pics but I already returned the camera. Will let it rest for a while. I see the great photography here and on the other GW forums and, from time to time, let my allegator ambition override my hummingbird ability. Just one more thing to learn but, so many crafts/hobbies and only one lifetime. Sometimes think the hurrier I go the behinder I get. :

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 6:41PM
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Maybe the problem is the printer...

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 2:30PM
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