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Old Mar 24, 2005, 10:03 AM   #1
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I own the Lumix Z-10 and very happy with it, but it is 'too much' for my mother-in-law to use. I'm looking for a compact camera for an Alaska trip, good for mostly 'people' shots (indoors and out) but also for landscapes. Point-and-shoot, fitting into pocket would be nice. Won't need much zoom etc. IS would be a big plus as she's not real steady if you know what I mean Would still like 4 megapixel range as I'll probably 'inherit' it after her trip and find my Z-10 somewhat lacking for indoor lower light 'people' shots where point and shoot is king. Of course I'll look in the other forum areas, but I wanted to getideas from my fellow Panasonic owners.
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Old Mar 24, 2005, 10:27 AM   #2
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I have used a Nikon Coolpix 3100 for a couple of years as a small, in the pocket, camera. It takes great pictures. It is only 3.1 megapixel but the later versions have more. It has 4X optical zoom but does not have IS. It has worked well as a point and shoot camera.

One you might consider.

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Old Mar 24, 2005, 1:35 PM   #4
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Nice avitar. Elphs are pretty good for people snapshots. The s400 and 500 do ok for landscapes unless she is going to go pro. ^_^ Especially if you're going to inherit it, it's nice to have a backup camera that fits in your pocket. The panasonic fx7 has stablization, don't know anything about it. Maybe compare photos on pbase.

thanks for the feedback. I'm leaning to an Elph but haven't really investigated any models yet. Thought I'd get a 'top five' and then compare.

The avitar is a 'self portrait' of my son. He was going for 'weird crybaby' Strange kid, but creative and a good soul (DEEP within). One of these days I'll switch it out.
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Panasonic LZ1 has OIS,6x zoom. $249 retail. Here's a review

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/pa...ew/index.shtml
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Old Mar 24, 2005, 10:46 PM   #6
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Panasonic DMC-LC43 is a great little point-n-shoot. 3x optical zoom, 4MP, same basic controls as the FZ'z. small, compact, takes great shots. only "down side" is, no OIS. uses just2 AA batteries, so it's great for trips. you can get 'em on ebay for under $250, if you hit it right; i got mine for $115.


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Thanks for the posts. E-bay didn't show much right now, except for the Panasonic (no Z1 or Nikon Coolpix 3100.) I did bid on a DMC LC-43 but got outbid by two people at the very end. One went $118, the other $120. It had no accessories at all. I am concerned about indoor low-light situations so I'll start doing some research I guess. Don't know why I'm so concerned about price... it ain't MY money !
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I'm now looking at the Nikon Coolpix4100. Thanks for the suggestion. Looks like it can be had for around $175.
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I still have a Nikon Coolpix 775 - its the lil brother to the 3100 and its a great little point and shooter, esp indoors.

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