In general, most people seem to prefer the Canon Powershot A95, but it
does depend somewhat on exactly what you are looking for.
If price is a factor, consider that right now the Sony is eligible for
a $50 rebate, making it about $40 cheaper than the Canon.
December 15, 2004 2:36:30 AM
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On Thu, 09 Dec 2004 20:20:46 GMT, you, "Jason Sayer"
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, wrote in
> Looking for overall best picture quality. i.e sharpest, clearest etc.
> with lowest noise problems.
> Also, best performance and results in low/very low light situations.
> Is there a better alrounder of the two? Or is there any other camera
> in a similar price range that outdo's them both?
> It would be good to have a camera that copes well with fast movong
> images such as water.
> Anyone recommend the best?
Straight out of the camera images from the Sony W1 is very bad: soft and
blur because of a too aggressive noise reduction system - fine details
removed, lines broken, also a bit much sharpening halo. However, all
these can be fixed by turning Sharpness setting to Low and apply
unsharpmask at postprocessing. By then, it will be about equal the Canon
A95 in terms of details and resolution, but has slightly more noise in
The W1 is a much more responsive camera than the A95 and has a larger
LCD, while the A95 has a flexible LCD, some more shooting features and
very good image quality straight out of the camera. So you have to make a
choice depending on what you want then.
As to a third choice, the Fuji E550/F810 could be very well better than
both if you can cope with their Raw or large file sizes and smaller
capacity xD cards. Or the Panasonic FX7 with very hi-res images but more
noise and limited shooting modes/picture adjustments, if you can take it.