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Old Apr 5, 2005, 11:55 AM   #1
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Hi. I'm really new at this, but I'm ready to buy a "good" digital camera. I know very little about the manual settings and all, but I'm prepared to learn.

My price range ....well.... I'd like to spend around $500 (or less), but I'm thinking of going higher if it's necessary to get a good camera to suit my needs.

Mostly, I take pictures of my almost 2-year-old daughter (snapshots) and family members. Many of these are taken indoors. The cheap camera I have now does not do a very good job with this (only 2.0 megapixels ). I'm thinking I'd like to get at least 5 mp.

I'd also like to be able to take good quality "portrait-type" pictures a few times a year (instead of going to JCPenny for example.) I might want to make enlargements of these....say up to 11x14.

I was considering an Olympus c-7000, but then I started looking at SLRs. I could get a Canon Digital rebel for a decent price, but how much can I do with the kit lens?

I'm now seriously looking at a Panasonic DMC-FZ20. It has 12x zoom...don't know what I'd need that for, but it might come in handy. I like the idea of not having to buy various lenses for whatever I need. But is this camera capable of the portrait type pictures I'd like to do?

I guess what I'm really asking is...how much difference is there between the image quality of a lower-end SLR and a good point and shoot.

If you got this far, thanks for reading and I'd love to hear any recommendations or comments.
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Old Apr 5, 2005, 12:42 PM   #2
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I am debating the exact same thing. I can't decide between the Rebel and the FZ20.The all in one idea of the FZ20 apeals to me. I can't see myself dragging around a bag full of lenses and stuff.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"An extrenal flash will make the FZ20 much better for portrait type shots. Here are some nice examples of what the external flash can do.

http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/DMC-...st_Photos.html down nera the bottom of the page.

I hope this guy doesn't mind me posting a link to his site. I just think it's an excellent example and I didn't realise I needed an external flash until I saw it.

Anyway I would also be very interested in knowing just how much better the photo quality is with a Canon Rebel compared to an FZ20.
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