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blinky Jul 22, 2009 6:20 AM

New Point and Shoot Compact
Hi All,

I'm looking for a new digital camera to replace my ageing Fuji Finepix A203 (2Mp, 3x Optical Zoom, XD Cards) which is ~6 years old. I would imagine that in this time that even point and shoots have jumped on leaps and bounds.

I don't do a lot of photography but I would like something which would give good results and is easy to use. The first use of the camera will either be at my wedding or more likely the honeymoon :)

One of the failings on my Fuji is that indoor / low light shots even with flash can be plagued by noises. (In addition to being slow, using AA and XD cards and unable to take photos in bursts).

I'm probably looking around the 100 mark (~$160 but unfortunately prices are greater across here).
I am also more tempted towards a pocket camera.

I would prefer SD / SDHC card but from what I see most use these cards now. I would prefer a Lithium battery too.

Is it worth having image stabilisation on a compact? I think if it works reliably it might help my slightly unsteady hands.

Any ideas?



KCook Jul 22, 2009 11:21 AM

At that price I would try the Sony W220 for low noise. Of course that uses Sony's Memory Stick card. A bunch of compacts use the SD card, and it's not easy to say just which of those would work best for low noise. Unfortunately the review sites do not cover this price class very well. Best you can do is buy from an outfit that makes returns easy, just in case.

Kelly Cook

blinky Jul 23, 2009 5:06 AM

Unfortunately, that's a bit out my price range as it retails for 150. :(

I know the Panasonic FS4, FS85, Fuji J20 / J25 and possibly the Canon Ixus 80 are available at my price point.

In addition I know Staples have some older Panasonic's on clearance but I can't remember the models.

KCook Jul 23, 2009 11:09 AM

In some markets Sony also sells a W210 model, priced under their W220. Of the cameras you listed, the Canon IXUS 80 is a safe bet, in fact surprising you can buy it priced as low as those others.


blinky Jul 23, 2009 11:22 AM

I think it's because it's an old model. I wasn't sure if it was one of the models with the CCD issue. I think I read about someone with a faulty one either here or at

Thanks for the help :)

blinky Jul 23, 2009 5:26 PM

Unfortunately the Ixus 80 is out of stock. :(

I'll probably go for the Panasonic FS3 as it's available and at a good price (80)

KCook Jul 23, 2009 7:17 PM

The Panny FS4 is a newer model by about 2 years. So it may have tamed noise better than the FS3.


blinky Jul 24, 2009 3:54 AM

I think the FS4 is out of stock too, as it's no longer showing on the website :(

Panasonic have also omitted the image stabilisation

KCook Jul 24, 2009 10:40 AM

The Panasonic web site shows the FS4 as having OIS -

blinky Jul 24, 2009 11:52 AM

Not what I've read - it doesn't have an optical stabiliser


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