This request for advice pertains to general land use. I hope it's welcome here. (I AM a diver; just haven't invested in housing/strobes yet.)
I am torn between purchasing Nikon D70/D70s and Olympus EVolt 500.
Features I've picked up on via research so far:
I like the idea of the Oly supersonic wave dust cleaner, which Nikon doesn't have. (I would prefer not to have to "Photoshop out" dust marks in my photos.)
Nikon has five AF points, compared to "just" three for Oly, which suggests (based on other thread I saw here) that the Nikon would autofocus faster.
I've seen negative commentary (dpreview) re viewfinder in Oly being like looking through a tunnel. Might be problem when I eventually take camera wet. I don't know yet how the Nikon viewfinder stacks up.
Oly has 8 MP, vs. "just" 6 MP for Nikon. (I'd like to make this a hobby where I can create some artwork worthy of 11 x 17 blowups at some point.)
Nikon has status LCD in addition to view LCD; Oly doesn't, requiring status info to be viewed on power-consuming large view LCD.
Oly is significantly less $, but I'm willing to spend more for overall better quality in the long run.
I've been told that Nikon tends to have better lenses in general, and better range orflenses, but I'm just looking to get started right now with a decent "general" lens and one that gives me better telephoto capability than my current Oly 8080.
Oly's 4:3 format is supposedly closer to most frame sizes than Nikon's 3:2.
Butterflyphoto and B and H Photo both recommended Nikon in an instant over Oly (on basis of wider range of lenses and purported better quality of the Nikon lenses), but local cameral store (Penn Camera, in Washington, D.C.; two separate locations) recommended the Oly based on it being newer technology and based on the dust cleaning feature in particular.
I've currently got an Oly 8080 fixed lens camera, but I'm not happy with the sharpness of the images. (This may be apples to oranges issue when considering the EVolt)
Given these competing factors, I'm at a loss (and tossing and turning at 2:30 a.m. surfing the net trying to figure this out).
(I've got large hands and have been advised by B'fly and/or B and H that Canon (e.g., Digital Rebel) would likely be too small to be comfortable, but I can check that out for myself if anyone thinks Canon beats the other two.)
Thanks for any advice you might be able to provide.
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