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Old May 3, 2008, 5:32 PM   #1
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OK i went to the digital photography show in toronto today and have been trying to decide which superzoom to get for my mom. She wants a camera with some manual controls as well as automatics, but not a big as a DSLR.

So I went areound and tried a few out and have narrowed the list down to 4:
Canon S5 IS
Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd
Olympus SP-570 UZ
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

I personaly am leaning towards the Canon, mostly because i'm fairly familiar with canon digital cameras (both my GF and I have cannons), but the features seemed a bit lacking next to some of the newer cameras. Also the housing felt a bit cheap but then i know there still faily sturdy.

With my 5 minutes of playing i seemed to like the Fuji and Olympus. They have some neat features but i'm not really sure how good either are overall. It dosn't help there so new that i can't really get any decent reviews on em :S.

Finaly the Panasonic. I'll admit i didnt really like it when i tryed it out... but i keep hearing good things about it so i havnt eliminated it yet.

The Nikon (S80 i think?) just seemed crappy like most of their point and shoots (i like their DSLR's though). And the Sony had lots of bells and whistles (smile detection, night shot, etc) but overally i wasnt impressed, and not to mention I hate their memory stick things.

So now over to you guys, advice?

I wanna try to make a decision by the end of the weekend so speed might be nice too LOL


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Old May 3, 2008, 8:41 PM   #2
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I tried out the Nikon P80 and like it very much. I thought it was small and light but had good build quality and smooth, quick operations.

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