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Old Dec 12, 2012, 7:09 PM   #1
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Hi,

Plz help me choose the best camera from the following which are within my budget of $200:

canon 110hs ($129)

canon 310hs (refurbished for $182)

panasonic zs15 ($149)

canon sx260hs ($199)

canon sx160is ($148)

I m kinda liking sx260hs. But, is it worth paying extra $70 against 110hs?

The camera is for my wife who wants a compact camera that can fit in her pocket.

She takes lots of pics of the kids. She loves to carry her camera so that she can take the pics on the go of the neighborhoods. This will be our main & only camera. It will be used for taking pics on vacations.

I am about to get a nexus 4 smartphone. So, we will have the camera of nexus 4.

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The ZS15 (TZ25 in the UK) is a decent little performer, with swift autofocus (ideal for fidgety youngsters), versatile 16x zoom and full manual/semi auto modes should you wish to venture beyond "point and shoot" modes.
The SX260hs is much in the same mould as the ZS15,though with a larger 20x zoom and GPS, though is not quite as swift as the ZS15.
I probably wouldn't go the way of the SX160is simply due to its AA battery usage- as I've yet to find a camera which uses 2xAA and offers decent battery life.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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The ZS15 (TZ25 in the UK) is a decent little performer, with swift autofocus (ideal for fidgety youngsters), versatile 16x zoom and full manual/semi auto modes should you wish to venture beyond "point and shoot" modes.
The SX260hs is much in the same mould as the ZS15,though with a larger 20x zoom and GPS, though is not quite as swift as the ZS15.
I probably wouldn't go the way of the SX160is simply due to its AA battery usage- as I've yet to find a camera which uses 2xAA and offers decent battery life.
Thanks for the response.
After reading reviews, I am also now down to ZS15 & SX260. I do not need GPS.
So, I guess for 50$ less ZS15 is more value for money.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 11:50 AM   #4
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a longer zoom and good low light performance for its class make the sx260 a great camera for the money. stabilization works very well, too. i haven't tried the zs15 - after trying the zs20, and being displeased with the low light performance and the stabilization, i got my sx260 and have been very happy using it as my carry around camera.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 8:17 PM   #5
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thanks for the response.
I am very much confused between sx260 & ZS15. Any more help is appreciated?
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 4:17 AM   #6
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Is the non GPS SX240hs not available where you are...?
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Is the non GPS SX240hs not available where you are...?
Thanks for the suggestion.
But, no more confusion.
its either zs15 or sx260.

adorama has zs15 + 8gb card + case = $173
sx260 + 8gb card + case + table top tripod = 199

price diff of only 26$ .. which one to go for?
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The Canon has a bit more zoom.... is that significant for what you want to shoot...?
The Panasonic has a more orthodox flash,in that it's fixed into the front of the body- some would prefer this system over the Canon's "pop-up" type... making handling awkward.
The Canon has stereo mic's for video recording, unlike the mono mic on the Panasonic.
The Panasonic has a faster auto-focus system, though not by a huge amount.
The Canon however,has better high iso/low light performance.....

As you can see, they both have advantages/disadvantages over the other....
Which is more suited to your type of shooting...?
I have the SX240- the same as the 260 minus the GPS- and am very happy with it, but that's just me....
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 4:23 PM   #9
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Thanks to all who helped.
I finally got the ZS15. So far looks good.
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