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Old Jan 28, 2007, 4:11 PM   #1
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I am looking for the perfect camera. I do not want to fool with changing lenses and the weight of an SLR, but want to get as close to SLR quality as possible. I would like image stabilization and big megapixals, and HUGE zoom capabilities. My subjects are extremely varied - wildlife on one extreme, and my adorable grandchildren on the other. I have muscular dystrophy, and my hands are very weak, so I need a camera which will both fit in my small hands and which is not heavy and hard to hold and operate - the bells and whistles need to be easy to push! I am looking at several - the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50, the Fujifilm FinePixS6000fd, the Sony CybershotDSC-H2, the Olympus SP-550UZ, and the Canon Powershot S3 IS. I'm open to other suggestions, and would appreciate first hand knowledge from anyone. Thanks.
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Old Jan 28, 2007, 5:03 PM   #2
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The Panasonic FZ-50 is a huge camera. I think that it would be better to be sure and handle it first. Likewise the Fuji S-6000fd. I own one and it is nearly as large as my Nikon D-50 DSLR camera. I have attached a photo showing the S-6000 and D-50 side by side.

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Old Jan 28, 2007, 5:48 PM   #3
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So what about some of the other cameras on my short list? Do you think any of them have merit given my limitations? A friend of mine is really sold on her Panasonic, and I have been trying to tell her that not all cameras are perfect for all people . . . but she still is trying to push the Panasonic off on me because it suits her. Right now I have a Canon 750C, but it has no image stabilization, and the kitties knocked it on the floor last week and broke the zoom, so I'm seriously in the market. Thanks!!
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Old Jan 28, 2007, 8:09 PM   #4
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I always liked the Panasonic FZ-7, which weighs less than half the FZ-50. But I like small cameras. It also doesn't have alot of megapixels, but I don't think that really matters much except for very large prints. And, a smaller lighter camera also means smaller buttons. So I'm not suree if good ergonomics for me will be the same as good ergonomics for you.

I also think you might consider the S3IS, though it's on the heavy side compared to an FZ-7 (but about the same as th others. You haven't said if you are also limited to a wheelchair at times, but if so, the articulating LCD would offer a much greater degree of freedom in composing shots than a fixed screen or viewfinder. It's buttons also seem a bit friendlier than some of the others--especially the arrow button control used to navigate menus.

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The lightest Panasonic that offers excellent features and a reasonable price (less than $300) is the FZ-7. Both the Sony H-2 (6mp and 2.0" LCD) and the H-5 (7.2mp and 3.0" LCD are excellent choices as well as able to take higher (ISO 400) existing light photos.

The first photo is from the Panasonic FZ-7 the second photo is from the Sony H-5.





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