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Old Apr 7, 2011, 6:14 PM   #1
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Default Canon SX30IS, Fujifilm HS20EXR or ???

I'm looking for a new ultra zoom camera. I've had Olympus cameras since 2002, but the newer models no longer have viewfinders on them, so I have to find something else. I can't work without a viewfinder. I've been looking at the Canon SX30IS and the Fujifilm HS20EXR. There may be something else out there that I haven't uncovered yet which is why I'm at this forum. The HS20 has some mighty impressive features, but I'm very accustomed to the bright picture quality of the Olympus and also the Canon. I also have a Canon 20D which has delivered excellent photos over the years, but I love the ultra zoom for travel.

Does anyone here have an opinion?
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Old Apr 7, 2011, 11:06 PM   #2
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I often wonder how much research manufacturers undertake before they decide to make such a radical change as dropping the viewfinder. About 2/3 of the people I know who use compacts but not SLRs wouldn't buy any camera with no viewfinder, no matter what its other merits. I wouldn't either.
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Old Apr 8, 2011, 10:43 AM   #3
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I would say pretty much most of the super zoom bridge camera's would satisfy your needs. Check out all the cameras your interested and the reviews either here at Steves digicams, Photographyblog or dpreview.com, also check out people's own personal experiences using the cameras. As for super zooms these are generally the cameras people look at.

Fuji HS20
Fuji HS10
Nikon P500
Canon SX30 IS
Panasonic FZ100
Panasonic TZ45
Panasonic TZ35
There is also a new sony camera think it's the XV100 or something like that.

As for viewfinder, I'm not sure which cameras have them or not, you'd have to research that.
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