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Old Jan 20, 2007, 12:56 PM   #1
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Perhaps someone can help?

What I'm looking for..

1:<$400 but flexible
2: Ultra compact to small compact
3: At least 6 MP
4: At least 5x Optical Zoom
5: Image Quality Rating - 7

My important features:
Size, Image Stabilization, Flash Range & Optical Zoom
Must also have movie capture with audio
SD memory card preferred but not required

Not important:
Manual controls or Optical viewfinder

I'd like a small camera with a better than average optical zoom that has a flash range of at least 15 ft

I have used a Pentax Optio 555 for several years. I am very happy with it, but assume technology has better to offer? I'm used to its 5x zoom and a great flash range of about 17 ft.

The improvements I'd like to find now would be:
Improved shot to shot time!
Image stabilization
Bigger LCD screen
Better video quality

In all the compact cameras I've researched, it seems the ones that have high powered zooms don't have adequate flash ranges.

I'm looking for a pocket camera for various point & shoot moments. This isn't for sports or landscape. This is for indoor flash pics at parties and outdoor pics of the kids at the park, etc.

Any suggestions or opinions are welcome!
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Old Jan 20, 2007, 2:19 PM   #2
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The answer is most probably that you cannot find all of your requests in a single camera. However, the Kodak C-875, and the Panasonic LZ-3, and LZ-5 come close. All threeare priced below $200.

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Old Jan 20, 2007, 3:42 PM   #3
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I haven't got it yet but the Canon Powershot G7 meets alot of those requirements. The price is a little higher then you are looking for but it has a hotshoe for many different flashes. Read Steves review on it.
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The Canon G-7 is a good suggestion. However, it is nearly DSLR size, so be sure that you physically handle the Canon G-7 before purchasing it.

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Old Jan 20, 2007, 7:20 PM   #5
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How 'bout the Canon A710IS?
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Chris-

It is certainly another consideration.

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Old Jan 21, 2007, 3:02 PM   #7
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The G7 is a bit bigger than I wanted but will look at the other suggestions. Thank you.
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