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Old Feb 5, 2011, 9:42 AM   #1
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LTZ470 seems to like the ZS7 he has made some very nice shots. So I am looking for a new camera for my 74 year old father, who has an old Kodak DC260 1 megapixel camera I gave him years ago. Do you think the ZS7 is a good camera, easy to use point and shoot. He is not going to use the manual settings. Unless you have a better suggestion.

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Old Feb 5, 2011, 10:19 AM   #2
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IMHO the ZS7 is a very good camera, I have met a few people that use it as a strictly point and shoot using intelligent auto mode.
Is he going to take pictures more indoors or outdoors ? Does he want or need a long zoom ? If you could give some more info on what his photography interests are.
LTZ470, Five-O and Sarah and others could be of great help to you.

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Pop I would recommend this little jewel...I don't own it, but many folks brag about the IQ and user friendly...and the price is right...Canon SX130IS
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerSho.../dp/B003ZSHNG8

And Rebs is correct on the ZS7 most of the Nigerians are using theirs in iAuto Mode and love the ZS7...I bought the last 4 of them from Amazon Warehouse Deals used Like New for around $200 and they were all brand new when I recieved them (Open Box and returned) that is another great deal also for around $200...


If you think he may want something that is better indoors the ONLY P&S I would get him is the Canon S95 easy to use and Highly Recommended...you can even adjust the output of the flash on the S95 Canon, but the zoom is short on it...

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Old Feb 5, 2011, 12:24 PM   #4
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Is he going to take pictures more indoors or outdoors ? Does he want or need a long zoom
He would be using it for both indoor and out so I would assume a zoom would also be good. generally looking for something in all Auto mode.

LTZ: tha canon SX130 IS looks interesting as well i will have to search more on IQ of that camera the S95 is similiar to my LX5 not sure if I want to go that route with him. I like the Idea of the best take with you camera,with all auto mode and good IQ for the occasional 8 x 10 or 4 x6 photo prints. as I have seen him print off the 1 megapixel photo's before.
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Also, if he is used to operating his Kodak, maybe another newer model Kodak would be easier to learn with same menu style and icons. Some of the EasyShare models are in the 12 to 14 MP range and getting pretty good reviews. Also, a larger body will be easier for older people to handle and see.
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The S95 has a very good auto mode, but the zoom is lacking...it may be a little small...you're probably right on with the SX130IS....the FZ35 is at an all time low price also and iAuto Mode is good on it as well...and it has a good flash for indoors...
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Pop I would recommend this little jewel...I don't own it, but many folks brag about the IQ and user friendly...and the price is right...Canon SX130IS
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerSho.../dp/B003ZSHNG8

And Rebs is correct on the ZS7 most of the Nigerians are using theirs in iAuto Mode and love the ZS7...I bought the last 4 of them from Amazon Warehouse Deals used Like New for around $200 and they were all brand new when I recieved them (Open Box and returned) that is another great deal also for around $200...


If you think he may want something that is better indoors the ONLY P&S I would get him is the Canon S95 easy to use and Highly Recommended...you can even adjust the output of the flash on the S95 Canon, but the zoom is short on it...
I don't know about Nigerians, but there is a few people on other sites , amazon, phoenix rising etc that just use IA almost all the time. It is a good p&s outdoors, but not a very good choice for indoors as to its limited flash and low light noise at iso 400 and above.

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For indoor purposes stay away from the ZS7 unless you have the experience to set the settings manually for each indoor picture. iAuto doesn't cut it in doors.

Stick with something like the S95 indoors.

Sure, it may only have 3.8x zoom, but zoom should generally be avoided indoors and turn on the digital zoom for him. He won't notice the difference if digital zoom is used to a moderate degree. Or if he doesn't view the images too critically.

I showed some friends a very poor shot (imho) taken at ISO 800 on a 6 year old compact camera. The noise was everywhere and about to overflow out the image from the computer screen.

They didn't say one thing about the noise though! They did compliment me on the intesting looking fish I caught inside the dark aquarium .
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I think I am going to order the ZS7 for him. I went to Best Buy and got to hold the Panny ZS5 and the cannon S95 in my hands. I really didn't like the feel of the s95 in my hands, for me it was hard to hold onto. I really like the grip on the SZ5 even though I could not get the one at best buy to work. it is also a little cheaper than the LX5/S95. I thought he might be able to use the zoom more outdoors and I quess i also thought that he might enjoy something small that he could keep in a pocket. So maybe he would use it more than the Kodak DC 260. Like I said he is an all auto point and shoot person also I thought Mom might get a chance to use it too. Hopefully the lack of a viewfinder will not be a problem.
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Just to show you what can be done with the ZS7, these images were taken about 30ft from the subject. NO FLASH (it's church) and handheld.





These macros were in room lighting. NO FLASH, handheld.





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