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Old Mar 28, 2019, 1:13 PM   #1
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Default Point and shoot reccomendations

Hello, I am a 70 year young outdoor active person who is looking for my next point and shoot. Right now, I am using a Panasonic DMC-ZS25. I am a fugitive from the days of film and a bag full of lenses and I dont want to go back. I need a camera that can live in a pouch on my belt and doesnt make me walk with a limp. I camp out 30 days a year, motorcycle tour, go to figure skating comps and and aircraft races.
The Nikon A900 looks like a good camera but the imager is a bit small for low light shooting. No view finder for using in bright sun but it does have a tilting screen. I do like the 20 Mp resolution and the 35x zoom. And manual controls.
Any other reccommendations for cameras with similar specs but maybe a bigger imager? Something under $600? I can go higher if I am getting value for buck. TIA
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Old Mar 28, 2019, 4:29 PM   #2
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Good low-light performance is going to be hard to come by in something that can live in a pouch on your belt, especially one with a significant zoom range. You might want to consider something with a built-in flash. It won't help a lot, but it'll be better than nothing.

And, btw, the Nikon A900 is considerably bigger than your Panasonic, so I wouldn't describe it as "pouchable".

The Sony RX100 and RX100 II are in your price range, "pouchable", have a 1" image sensor and faster lenses, so they're better in low light, but they don't have the zoom you're looking for. The Sony HX80, HX90, and HX99 all have a 30X zoom, an eyelevel viewfinder, and are "pouchable", but they still have the small sensor.
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Old Mar 31, 2019, 4:18 PM   #3
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G'day Chris
It would appear that the ZS-70 is the current 'equivalent' for what you've been using - and it has a few extras added ~ a proper eyepiece being one item

However if you can come at a "real big camera" have a sqwiz at the Panny FZ-300 as I feel that it will surpass most of your concerns - except for its pocketability
ps- I use the FZ-200 & FZ-2000 for much of my stuff

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