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Old May 21, 2012, 4:40 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I need a camera that is in the $350 or less range that is really decent for travel photography. I'll be traveling in some places that it might get stolen so I don't want to be out too much money if it does.

Here are some specs that I would like for the camera:

at least 12 megapixels
Quick start up
Optical Image stabilization
Low light image abilities
and if possible something with a viewfinder
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Old May 22, 2012, 4:42 PM   #2
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G'day CJ

You will get many replies to your Q ...
My suggestion is to look at the fixed-lens superzoom camera range
Light - auto or manual settings - all have IS - size varies
Compromises- yes everythig has its + & - side, and low light capabilities does vary

Keep watching here for other replies > there's plenty of us here with good knowledge of these cameras

I'd start looking at the Panasonic or Canon or Fuji cameras > goto DP Review.com for more side-by-side camera reviews too

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Old May 22, 2012, 6:20 PM   #3
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low light you are looking at a short zoom range with the larger 1/1.7 sensors. And no evf and just tunnel optical vf.
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Old May 24, 2012, 10:58 AM   #4
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As mentioned there are many p&s that will fit within your budget and have most of the features you desire.
Low light handling will be the only feature you will have difficulty finding at that price point.
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Old May 26, 2012, 4:34 AM   #5
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As PeterP suggests- many camera's should fit the bill in your budget- with the low light work being the only slight compromise.
If the viewfinder is a must,then I guess it's bridge camera territory or one of the frankly "sub-standard" optical types found on the Canon G11/12 or the Nikon P7000/7100.
If you don't need a huge zoom,maybe look at the Panny' LX-5 or the Olympus XZ-1- as you can attach viewfinders to both if required- albeit at some extra cost. Also,they both have fast/wide aperture lenses to aid low light shooting.
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Old May 26, 2012, 9:27 PM   #6
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Anything with a chain that is attached to a camera and handcuffed to your wrist might do the trick.
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