Urgent.....advise Needed

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Jan 20, 2002
Halo halo.......

please advise me on the following.

I have been offered a good upgrade deal for my HP C618 to the HP912.

Here are the specs of both cam, please advise me if i should take up the upgrade deal.

My requirement is to be able to take nice and artistic pictures.

Here's the specs:

HP 618 (currently holding)

Image Sensor: 2.11 megapixel (total pixels), 1/2.7 inch interline transfer interlace scan CCD with a primary color filter.
Color Depth: 10 bit x 3 colors.
Recording Pixels: 1600 x 1200 pixels (full size) 800 x 600 pixels (1/4 size).
Sensitivity: Auto or fixed at ISO 100 or 200
File Formats: JPEG (compressed), TIFF (uncompressed), DPOF.
Quality Levels: "Good", "Better", "Best" in JPEG format.
Storage Media: CompactFlash (CF) card Type I and Type II. Not compatible with Microdrive.
Image Storage Capacity: Exposure capacity when using 8MB CF card:
Recording Pixels Good/Better/Best/TIFF
Full approx. 27 / 14 / 7 / 1 1/4 approx. 82 / 50 / 28 / 5
Lens: Pentax power zoom 5.2mm-16.5mm (Equivalent to 34mm-108mm in 35mm format) f/2.4-f/4.0, 9 elements in 8 groups (2 aspherical elements).
Focusing System: Type: TTL contrast detection autofocus system. Manual focus Infinity-landscape mode available.
Focusing Range: Autofocus Normal 1.64 ft. (0.5m) to infinity. Macro 0.33 ft. (0.1m) to 1.97 ft. (0.6m). Manual Focus: 0.33 ft. (0.1m) to infinity.
Exposure Control: Metering System: TTL metering. Choice of Average metering, Center-weighted metering and Spot metering.
Exposure Modes: Programmed AE, Aperture-Priority AE and Shutter-Priority AE.
Picture Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Action.
Exposure Compensation: +2 to -2 EV (0.5 steps).
Shutter Programmed AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic shutter. Shutter speeds: approx. 1/1000 sec. to 4 sec.
Drive Modes Single shot, Continuous, Timelapse, Self-timer and Remote control.
Flash Built-in auto zoom flash. Automatic discharge under low lighting conditions in auto modes. Flash-on and flash-off modes. "Red-eye" reduction function employs a single discharge. Slow-shutter sync available.
Flash Effective Range 0.98 ft. (0.3m) – 18 ft. (5.4m) at 5.2mm; 0.98 ft. (0.3m) – 12 ft. (3.7m) at 16.5mm. White Balance Auto, Daylight, Tungsten light and Fluorescent light.
Color Modes Color, Black & White and Sepia.
Digital Zoom Shooting 1.2X, 1.5X, 2X, Playback 2X.
Optical Viewfinder Actual-image zoom viewfinder with diopter adjustment from –3 to +1.
LCD Monitor 2 inch, low temperature poly-silicon TFT color LCD with 130,338 pixels. Adjustable brightness control.
LCD Panel Battery level, flash modes, exposure counter, self-timer, remote control, Macro mode and Infinity-landscape mode.
Sound Recording Sound recording and playback possible. 45 seconds of recording per image. Presentation and Review Modes Images can be played back, edited, and deleted.
Auto Image rotation Automatic image rotation for right-side-up viewing on TVs, computers and camera. Interfaces AV output terminal (NTSC/PAL)

HP 912 offered

Product type: Digital SLR type camera
Image pickup element: 2/3 inch CCD solid-state image pickup 2.24 million pixels, frame transfer type. Color depth: 36 bit (12 bits x 3 colors)
Lens: Pentax power zoom 8.2-25.8mm(34-107mm 35mm equivalent) 8 elements in 7 groups; 1 aspherical element f/2.5 - f/3.9 Filter size: 49 mm.
Viewfinder: Optical SLR viewfinder with 95% viewing field. With full exposure readout and diopter adjustment.
Recording modes: Color, Sepia or B&W
Recording system: Still image ; JPEG (DCF: "Design rule for Camera File system"), TIFF (non-compress), DPOF support Up to 45 secs of audio (Rec or Play mode)
Image/File sizes: FULL (1600 X 1280) 1/4 (800 x 640) Uncompressed TIFF or JPEG (Good, Better, Best) Memory: CompactFlash Type I or II (not compatible with Microdrive).
White balance: Full-auto TTL, Pre-set manual (Auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, 5500K)
Light metering system: Multi-pattern, centre-weighted average and spot metering.
Exposure Modes:
(1) Program AE
(2) Aperture priority: F2.5 - 11.0
(3) Shutter priority: 4 - 1/1000 sec.
(4) Manual exposure: 4 - 1/1000 sec.
(5) Fully Automatic
(6) Portrait
(7) Landscape
(8) Macro
(9) Sports
(10) Night Scene Exposure control:
Exposure compensation +/- 3Ev in 1/2EV steps
(2) Auto Bracketing: 1/2EV or 1EV; 3 images.
(3) TimeLapse: 2-1,000 images; 15 secs to 24 hrs ISO Sensitivity: Auto or fixed 25, 50, 100, 200, 400 equivalent
Focus System: AF passive TTL system autofocus Wide-Area or Spot, user selectable. Single or Continuous AF modes. Manual focus presets (0.1m, 0.2m, 0.3m, 0.5m, 0.7m, 1.0m, 1.5m, 3m, 10m and INFinity)
Focus Range: Standard mode: 50 cm (1.64ft) - infinity
Macro mode: 2 cm (0.07ft) - 60 cm (0.33ft)
Manual mode: 0.1m (0.33ft) - infinity.
LCD monitor: 2.0 inch color TFT LCD, 130,338 pixels brightness adjustment is possible. LCD can be tilted upward to 90 degrees
Flash modes: Built-in Flash: Auto, Auto with Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, and Forced On with Red- Eye Reduction
Flash working range: N/A Self-timer / remote controller: 10 second delay / 3 sec. after remote controller operation.

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